‘Hitler’ slur on Capriles in lead-up to Venezuelan elections

By Jonathan Gilbert, April 4, 2013

Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate in Venezuela’s upcoming election, has hit out at his main rival for labelling his supporters “heirs of Hitler”.

Acting president Nicolas Maduro, the man most likely to win the election and succeed Hugo Chavez, said: “The heirs of Hitler are leading a campaign in Venezuela against the Cuban people.”


Jewish leaders reject Lord Ahmed apology

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

The Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust have rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for suggesting that Jews control the media.


Call for Sunderland chair to resign over Di Canio

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi and the dean of Durham have attacked Sunderland AFC’s appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, called on Sunderland chairman Ellis Short to resign for overlooking Mr Di Canio’s apparent fascist beliefs when hiring him this week.


Oxfam will continue to work with hate blog charity

By Anna Sheinman, April 4, 2013

Oxfam will continue to work with Miftah, a West Bank-based charity, despite the appearance of a blog post invoking the blood libel on the website of the Palestinian organisation.


Why antisemitism is so hard to discuss

By Winston Pickett, March 31, 2013

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with antisemitism. Try as I might, I can’t get away from it.

It chases me. It pursues me. It invades my thoughts. Thanks to Google Alerts, it clutters my email inbox.

Over time, I’ve come to see this as something less than natural. Then again, obsessions seldom are.


Time to get out of Italy, says Rome leader

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

The president of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, has compared the leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), Beppe Grillo, to Hitler and said that Jews should start planning to leave Italy.

Mr Pacifici has agreed to meet Mr Grillo, who wants to address the community leader’s fears over the rise of MS5, which is seen by some in Italy as sympathetic to fascism.


'Extortioners' — a stereotype that stuck

By Carl Packman, March 25, 2013

Writing about the pawnbroking industry in early America, US istorian Wendy A Woloson opens: "In a 1782 letter, Robert Morris broke the bad news to Richard Butler, a colonel in the Continental army, that he couldn't loan him any money." With so few lenders, at such a fractious time, this was obviously an unexpected and sudden surprise. So who was behind the bad news? "Jew brokers and others".


My dear, put-upon Lord Ahmed

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 24, 2013

An Open Letter To The Lord Ahmed of Rotherham in the county of South Yorkshire, c/o The House of Lords:

As-salamu 'alayka!

Greetings from your Lordship's Humble Servant, Professor Geoffrey Alderman.


Silly comment’s consequences

By Mark Gardner, March 22, 2013

Thanks to Lord Ahmed, over the past week we have seen antisemitism subjected to the ridicule that it so richly deserves. Within hours of reports of his alleged comments in Pakistan emerging, there was even a website where you filled in the blank space next to a mocking graphic of Lord Ahmed's face and the punch-line: "blame the Jews!" My submission, "too many people coming for Seder night?


Greek premier pledges anti-Nazi laws

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

The prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, promised Jewish leaders who gathered last weekend in Saloniki to mark the 70th year since the start of deportations to the death camps from the city, that his government would enact new laws to proscribe neo-Nazi parties.