Murdoch apology over Sunday Times Scarfe Israel cartoon

By Jenni Frazer, January 29, 2013

Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns the Sunday Times, has apologised over the Gerald Scarfe cartoon which appeared in the paper at the weekend, calling it "grotesque."


Scarfe "regrets timing" of Sunday Times Netanyahu cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe says that he "very much regrets" the timing of his controversial depiction of Benjamin Netanyahu in this weekend's Sunday Times.

Mr Scarfe, in a message to the JC denying permission to reproduce the cartoon, said that he had not been aware it was Holocaust Memorial Day.


Belgian school’s demise symbol of a Euro disease

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 25, 2013

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish community and its vicissitudes.


New Zealand grave vandal offered an education

By Dan Goldberg, January 24, 2013

The Jewish community in New Zealand has offered an olive branch to a vandal who pleaded guilty to desecrating a Jewish cemetery last year.

Geoff Levy, the chair of the New Zealand Jewish Council, told the JC this week that financial assistance had been tentatively offered to Robert Moulden to help him pursue a university degree in engineering.


Teen antisemitic ‘joke’ spurs Holocaust education programme

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

A teenager’s antisemitic email to an online Jewish group has spurred his school into extending its Holocaust education programme.

The founders of a Toronto-based website, which alerts subscribers to bereavements, were shocked to see a message entitled “Nazis Rule!” declaring “Go and get locked up in those chambers you smelly big nose clowns!”


Has John Galliano been forgiven?

By Anna Sheinman and Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Disgraced designer John Galliano is not only coming back into fashion among the globe’s sartorial community — it appears that Jews are also reconsidering their view of him.


Politicians challenge extremism in the European Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Politicians challenged the rise of neo-Nazi and extremist parties in the European Parliament during a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor warned that the parliament contained an increasing number of racists and antisemites, reflecting the dramatic rise in antisemitism across Europe.


Leaders’ streams

January 21, 2013

It is rare to get direct access to the innermost thoughts of a nation's leader but global statesmen appear to have been letting their streams of consciousness flow recently. This week we learned the extent of Barack Obama's contempt for Benjamin Netanyahu; he is so weary of Israeli policies that he "didn't even bother getting angry" when the E1 settlement plan was announced.


Ukranian far-right party says ‘This is a safe place for Zhids’

By Nissan Tzur, January 18, 2013

Ask Yuri Syrotyuk, a senior member of Ukrainian far-right party Svoboda, about widespread allegations of antisemitism in his own party and among the country’s political classes, and he constructs an unfortunate defence.


Italian football matches 'should be abandoned' if fans chant antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Antisemitic chanting at Italian football matches could lead to the suspension of games, new guidelines have suggested.

Italy’s interior ministry issued guidance which advises match referees to report incidents of “racism, intolerance or antisemitism” to stadium security chiefs who could then rule on whether to abandon a game.