Antisemitism

German Jewish dance group attacked

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

A member of a Jewish dance group has been injured in Hanover, Germany, after the group was attacked with stones and antisemitic insults.

Hannover police spokesman Thorsten Schiewe said he believed a group of Muslim children and teenagers had used a megaphone to shout antisemitic jibes and then hurled stones at the group, who were performing at a street festival.

One of the dancers was injured in the attack and the group cancelled the rest of their performance.

Two immigrant teenagers are being questioned by Hanover police.

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Dutch police plan decoy Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

That may or may not be a genuine Jewish person you see walking around Amsterdam.

In a bid to reduce antisemitic hate crime Dutch police have revealed plans to post “decoy Jews” around the city.

If the idea is approved by the city’s mayor, police will be dressed in religious clothing and posted in Jewish neighbourhoods to catch out attackers.

Authorities have reported a rise in antisemitic assaults in several Dutch cities, with Jews in some Amsterdam areas reportedly unable to “cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked”.

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Jeremiah Duggan inquest reopened

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2010

A new inquest into the death of a British Jewish student in Germany has opened, more than seven years after he died.

Jeremiah Duggan was found dead on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003 while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group, which is alleged to have antisemitic connections.

German police said that the 22-year-old had committed suicide but Mr Duggan’s family and friends have campaigned for his death to be investigated fully.

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Banned hate preacher to speak in Canada

By Leon Symons, June 22, 2010

The Muslim preacher who has been banned from coming to Britain by Home Secretary Theresa May is to headline a religious conference in Canada.

Zakir Naik has been asked to speak at the Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto next month, July 2-4, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The invitation follows the decision by Mrs May to exclude Dr Naik from the UK.

She said: “Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.

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Hate preacher banned from UK

By Leon Symons, June 18, 2010

Muslim preacher Zakir Naik has been banned by Home Secretary Theresa May from coming to Britain.

Mrs May said: “I have excluded Dr Naik from the UK. Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.

“Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and I am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK. Exclusion powers are very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate on issues.”

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Canadian PM: Israel-denying politician should go

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2010

The Canadian prime minister has called for a senior politician to step down after she questioned Israel’s right to exist.

Stephen Harper joined other Canadian figures in demanding the resignation of Libby Davies from her position as the deputy leader of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) following comments at an anti-Israel rally.

Ms Davies was asked in a video interview whether “the occupation in Israel started in '48 or '67”.

Laughing, she replied: “1948, the year Israel became a State.

“It’s the longest occupation in the world.”

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Teacher loses antisemitism claim

By Leon Symons, June 14, 2010

A Christian teacher who sued his former school claiming he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were making antisemitic and anti-Christian remarks has lost his employment tribunal.

Nicholas Kafouris, 52, claimed that pupils had said in lessons that they “hated Jews and Christians”, had praised the 9/11 bombers as heroes and said they wanted to be suicide bombers when they grew up.

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'Aryan Strike Force' on trial

By Leon Symons, June 11, 2010

Two men whose avowed aim was to eradicate Jews from Britain have gone on trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Trevor Hannington, 58, from South Wales, and Michael Heaton, 42, from Manchester, have been accused of soliciting people to kill Jews through postings on a web site.

Hannington denied one count of soliciting to murder, while Heaton was on trial for four comments he made on a website run by an organisation called the Aryan Strike Force (ASF) between January and April, 2008.

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Students can 'avert antisemitic backlash'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

The Coexistence Trust, which tackles Islamophobia and antisemitism, is hoping its campus ambassadors programme will promote calm among British-based students amid tension in the Middle East.

The trust is recruiting 12 students to work to maintain good relations between communities on campuses.

They will encourage "respect, empowerment and change" at universities in Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Nottingham and Leicester.

Last week's Gaza flotilla incident led the Community Security Trust to warn of a possible backlash against Jews, including students.

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Rabbi who filmed reporter threatened

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

The rabbi whose video led to the resignation of a veteran Washington reporter has been facing death threats.

Rabbi David Nesenoff filmed Helen Thomas commenting that all Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” at a White House Jewish Heritage event in May. She also said Jews in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

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