Pope candidate accused of holding antisemitic views

By Anna Sheinman, February 19, 2013

Harvard academic Alan Dershowitz has accused a leading candidate to be the next pope of holding antisemitic views.

In the letter written to the Miami Herald, the law professor accused Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the possible replacements for Pope Benedict XVI, of propagating conspiracy theories about Jews.


Antisemitism: in the eye of the beholder

By Mark Gardner, February 18, 2013

Most weeks, a quick read of the JC will show the extent to which perceptions dominate the debate about contemporary antisemitism. These perceptions arise on a personal or a communal basis; and may arise from any combination of emotive, philosophical or political drivers.


A Scarfe won’t Ward off the cold

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 12, 2013

Look, I know we're all supposed to be beside ourselves with anger over That Cartoon. I know That Cartoon has given rise to a communal uproar - a rare instance of almost total communal unity, our righteous outrage dutifully articulated by the Board of Deputies, the JLC, CST and so on.


We still need to speak up on ‘mainstream’ antisemitism

By Michael Dugher, February 7, 2013

In 2006, the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism warned that antisemitism was creeping into the mainstream with traditional antisemitic themes - dressed up as "anti-Zionism" - mounting a comeback. Sadly, this has not abated over the past few years.


Lib Dems promise to deal with David Ward's latest comments about Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community have raised the question of MP David Ward’s string of comments about Jews during a meeting with Liberal Democrat chief whip Alastair Carmichael.


Sunday Times apologises over cartoon but Ward unrepentant

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

The Sunday Times dedicated its editorial last weekend to apologising for “crossing the line” after publishing a cartoon depicting the Israeli prime minister “revelling in the blood of Palestinians” on Holocaust Memorial Day.


Rise in antisemitism makes 2012 third worst year on record

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2013

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose slightly last year, making 2012 the third worst year on record.

Figures released by the Community Security Trust show there were 640 reported attacks against Jews, up from 608 the previous year and representing a national increase of five per cent year-on-year.


Antisemitic attack in Marseilles

By Ray Filar, February 6, 2013

A young Jewish man wearing a star of David pendant was called a "dirty Jew" and mugged outside Marseilles’ major train station this week.

Two men on scooters approached the 20-year-old at 3.30 pm on February 4 outside Saint-Charles train station.


Knife-wielding woman threatens boy at Toulouse Jewish school

By Ray Filar , February 6, 2013

A woman has been arrested for brandishing a knife at a student outside the same Toulouse Jewish school which was the scene of last year's terrorist murders.

Allegedly shouting antisemitic slogans and appearing “mentally unstable”, the 51-year-old woman waved the knife at the boy as he left the Ohr HaTorah school yesterday.


Polish embassy complaint over 'antisemitism' claims in Giles Coren's column

By Jennifer Lipman, February 5, 2013

The Polish ambassador to the UK has expressed outrage over a column in The Times by Giles Coren poking fun at the country's attitude toward Jews.

Mr Coren, who is known for courting controversy in his columns, wrote the piece in Saturday's paper, ostensibly in response to the census findings that Polish is now England's second language.