Antisemitism

Coasting along just fine at Sussex

By Gabriel Webber, January 17, 2014

At Limmud, two different people asked me where I go to university, heard my reply of “Sussex” and looked shocked. “It’s not very friendly there, is it?” asked one of them in hushed tones. I asked what they meant. “Not very friendly to Jews!” they explained.

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MP’s wall of criticism for church

January 16, 2014

The controversial replica of Israel’s security wall erected at a London church has been criticised as “shockingly anti-Israel” in Parliament.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon told the Commons that the wall, put up at St James’s Piccadilly, for last month’s Bethlehem Unwrapped exhibition, had undermined religious tolerance.

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Arsenal, Spurs, Dreyfus, Anelka - I'm having a Jewday meltdown

By David Aaronovitch, January 16, 2014

One day last week — it doesn’t matter which, so let’s call it Jewday — I had two encounters in the space of five hours that, together, left me feeling alarmed. The first was a planned meeting with a young woman seeking career advice. The other was when I was run into in a tube station in North London as I was going in and this man, the runner-in, was going out.

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Kick It Out threatens JC over Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, January 15, 2014

Kick It Out, the organisation charged with tackling racism in football, reacted to concerns over its failure to condemn Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture by threatening to take legal action against the JC.

The newspaper had questioned the group’s commitment to fighting antisemitism in the game in an article published last Thursday.

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Support for hate victims

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

Extra support will be provided to victims of hate crimes, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

A new Victims’ Code came into force on Monday, with a focus on helping people from minority communities to deal with reporting crime and the stresses of attending subsequent court hearings.

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Now we've become the villains says Jewish West Brom fan

By Daniel Easterman, January 10, 2014

A Jewish West Bromwich Albion supporter has spoken of her "strange and precarious position" in trying to support the club she loves after Nicolas Anelka's quenelle goal celebration.

Rachel Baron Singer, 30, from Illinois in the United States, became a West Bromwich fan after looking for a "plucky mid-table" team to support.

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Antisemitic comedian banned in France

By Daniel Easterman, January 10, 2014

The European Jewish Congress welcomed the decision by French authorities to ban Dieudonne’s performance calling the move a "triumph for the values of democracy".

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Documentary to be made about Csanad Szegedi

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2014

A UK-based production company is to make a documentary about Csanad Szegedi, the Hungarian politician who stood down from the antisemitic Jobbik party after he discovered he was Jewish.

Mr Szegedi, a member of the European Parliament, was asked to leave the party when he revealed that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor

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Police probe racist tweets

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets — most referring to the Holocaust — from fans of both clubs were highlighted following the match on Saturday.

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Why the quenelle exposes Y-word hypocrisy

By Andrew Peters, January 9, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s main defence for his quenelle gesture is that there was no intent to offend. It was not meant as antisemitic and, therefore, he says, he did nothing wrong. A similar defence was run by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez over his negrito comment, arguing unsuccessfully that this was everyday, non-offensive parlance in his native Uruguay.

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