Antisemitism

Racial abuse pair spared jail sentences

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

Two men have avoided jail after racially abusing yeshivah students during a drunken rampage.

Mark Padgett and Karl Bowman taunted the students at Gateshead Talmudical College and tried to provoke them into fighting in the street.

The pair had been drinking at a house party before the incident in May.

Padgett, 19, of Saltwell Road, Gateshead, caused more than £1,000 of damage to the yeshivah by battering the front door with a plank of wood. He also smashed a car windscreen.

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Columnist unrepentant after 'tight fist' joke

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

A university newspaper has apologised for printing a column featuring jokes about Jews being tight-fisted.

The launch issue of London Student, distributed to universities and colleges which are part of the University of London, included an article titled The Tight Fist – Lessons in frugality from a real Jew.

The Union of Jewish Students complained to the newspaper's editorial board that the column contained antisemitic stereotypes.

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Investigation into football abuse claims

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

The Manchester FA are set to look into allegations that a Jewish man was racially abused by an opposition player during a Sunday League game in Manchester.

The man, whose son was playing for South Manchester Sports Club's Under 16 side, was called a "dirty ******* Jewish ****" during the contest against Mable United in Whitefield.

The player was promptly shown the red card for his actions and can now expect to be investigated by the FA.

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Helen Thomas: 'you can't criticise Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who resigned after calling for all Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" has dismissed claims that she is antisemitic as “baloney”.

However the 90-year-old veteran Washington correspondent said that even after apologising for the comments she “had the same feelings about Israel's aggression and brutality.”

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Pink Floyd's Waters insists critics misread symbols

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

British rock singer Roger Waters has dismissed the claim by American Jewry's main defence organisation that parts of his current concert tour "cross the line into antisemitism".

The former Pink Floyd bass player and vocalist was attacked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for using a projection which shows Israel dropping bombs in the shape of stars of David, followed by the dollar symbol.

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Amazon user claims 'Jewish lobby'

By Robyn Rosen, October 7, 2010

Amazon is continuing to allow posts by a reviewer who has claimed that the "Jewish lobby has a stranglehold over the mass media".

The reviewer, who goes under the name "Ian Millard", has had almost 700 reviews published on Amazon.co.uk since November 2001 and is among Amazon's Top 500 Reviewers.

Most of his contributions remain despite the removal of a number of his reviews following complaints from a reader and inquiries by the JC.

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Cruise passenger complains, then expelled

By Leon Symons, October 7, 2010

An 82-year-old woman was thrown off a luxury cruise for disruptive behaviour after protesting that she had been the victim of antisemitism.

Broadway producer Gloria Sher Evans was expelled from Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 only days into a month-long trip to Britain and the Mediterranean.

Her husband, 91-year-old former Royal Navy medical man Frederick Evans, said: "It was the second night of the cruise. We were in one of the dining rooms at a table with other people. This man was talking and he told Gloria to shut up.

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Jail for pensioner who battered biker with walking stick

By Jessica Elgot, September 29, 2010

A pensioner who was called a "f---ing Jew" by a 6ft 3in biker has been jailed for 18 months after he retaliated by smashing him in the face with a walking stick.

Keith Degroot, 66, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, was drinking in the Duck and Drake pub in the city centre with another regular, Stephen Hall - a member of the Blue Angel chapter of the Hells Angels.

During a row, Mr Hall knocked off Mr Degroot's glasses.

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Respect expels 'antisemitic' Tower Hamlets candidate

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

George Galloway’s Respect party apologised after it emerged that one of its national council members had posted “antisemitic” comments about Jews on Facebook – despite campaigning against racism against Muslims.

Abul “Abz” Hussain, who stood unsuccessfully in May to become a Tower Hamlets councillor suggested in one post that a “Jew” should be swapped for aid to Gaza. He has now been expelled from the party.

The former law student at the London School of Economics also joked about chopping off a Jewish person’s peyot (sideburns) and confiscating their kippah.

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Mourners' cars vandalised during funeral

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Mourners at a Bushey cemetery funeral are facing expensive vehicle repairs after "malicious" vandalism.

They discovered the damage following the funeral of Alan and Rochelle Bernard, who died after a car collided with them as they walked along a road to their holiday home in Dorset.

Graham Temple from Radlett, who had known the Bernards for more than 30 years, said the funeral had been attended by 800 people. "Even though we got there early, the car park had filled and many vehicles were parked along the grass verge outside the cemetery. I estimate there must have been 40 to 50.

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