Antisemitism

Lib Dem used 'racist' tactics, says Kaufman

By Jenni Frazer, May 27, 2010

A furious Sir Gerald Kaufman has accused the Liberal Democrats of antisemitic attacks on him during his successful bid to be re-elected as MP for Manchester Gorton.

Speaking this week during the Queen's Speech debate, Sir Gerald, Labour MP for the constituency since 1983, rounded on the Lib Dems and told them they would "have to indulge in some internal house cleaning".

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Hungarian community in fear of extremist violence

By Thomas Land, May 21, 2010

The Hungarian Jewish Congress (HJC) has issued a desperate appeal to the mainstream political parties, asking them to prevent the new, extreme-Rightist deputies from turning the parliament into a theatre of antisemitic demonstrations.

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Wembley's soccer shocker

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2010

Football's authorities may have tried to kick racism out of the sport but this t-shirt slipped through the Wembley turnstiles at the FA Cup final at the weekend.

Jewish Chelsea supporter Michael Coplans spotted it as spectators left the stadium after the game.

Taking its wearer to be a fan of opposing club Portsmouth, he said; "I can only think the 99 is a reference to their financial problems and the Yid is a reference to [Israeli manager] Avram Grant.

"I was flabbergasted. I sent the picture to a couple of Jewish friends and they were appalled by it, too."

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'Nazi zealot' milkman and father sentenced

By Leon Symons, May 14, 2010

A father and son described as “Nazi zealots” have been jailed for a total of 12 years at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ian Davison, a 41-year-old disc jockey, became the first man in England and Wales to be convicted of a terrorism-related offence involving the lethal poison ricin. He was given 10 years in prison.

Davison, from County Durham, had already pleaded guilty to six offences including production of the ricin.

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Man fined for race hate emails to Board

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2010

A man who pleaded guilty to sending racist and antisemitic emails to the Board of Deputies has been fined £700.

Mahmer Khammesh, 54, pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court to sending offensive messages by a public network.

He must pay a £700 fine, plus court costs.

In October 2008, Khammesh was convicted of three charges of communications offences. His email targets then included the JC, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and then Chelsea manager Avram Grant.

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Leeds student paper pulled for antisemitic interview

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2010

Leeds University’s newspaper Leeds Student has been pulled from shelves by the Students’ Union after it published an antisemitic comment by Palestinian Telegraph owner Sameh Habeeb.

The interviewer asked Mr Habeeb: “Do you believe mainstream media organizations have a hidden agenda?”

He replied: “They are certainly pro-Israeli. I think you have to ask yourself who controls the media.”

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Frankie Boyle: Israel is apartheid, terrorist

By Robyn Rosen, April 30, 2010

Comedian Frankie Boyle has described Israel as an “aggressive, terrorist” and “apartheid” state during an attack on the BBC’s decision to apologise for a joke he made about Jews.

The Scottish comedian, who has appeared on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, made the comments in an open letter responding to the BBC Trust editorial standards committee’s apology earlier this week.

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Antisemitic milkman guilty

By Jessica Elgot, April 30, 2010

A milkman who wanted to overthrow the government because he believed it had been taken over by Jews, has been found guilty on three counts of possessing terror documents.

Nicky Davison, 19, of Annfield Plain, Co Durham, was the co-founder of Aryan Strike Force, an on-line extremist neo-Nazi group.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court took 50 minutes to convict the teenager.

His father Ian Davison, 41, a disc jockey, earlier admitted six charges, including terrorism and producing a chemical weapon. He was discovered in possession of ricin, which can prove fatal.

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Israel deputy ambassador 'shocked' by Manchester attack

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to seek refuge in a security office after protesters attempted to attack her following a university lecture.

Talya Lador-Fresher said she feared she would be physically assaulted when demonstrators climbed on the bonnet of her car and attempted to smash the windscreen.

She had been speaking to members of Manchester University’s politics society when the incident occurred on Wednesday evening. Around 40 demonstrators had gathered at the venue.

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Our beliefs are your beliefs

By Peter Mandelson, April 29, 2010

On May 6, I believe we have a fundamental choice to make about the values that we want to define our shared future. I believe the Labour Party is driven by many of the same values that have historically united and defined the Jewish community.

At the heart of all we do lies a commitment to tolerance, justice and fairness, achieved through the combined efforts of a community united by shared beliefs and aspirations.

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