Joshua Bonehill-Paine denied bail at court hearing

By Naomi Firsht, July 13, 2015

A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody until September after appearing in court charged with inciting racial hatred.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine was denied bail at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

He is charged with publishing or distributing written material intended to incite racial hatred.


Neo-Nazis planning anti-Shomrim demonstration for Finchley

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2015

A white supremacist group has said it is planning a new demonstration to oppose a Jewish volunteer security organisation.

The New Dawn Party, which attended last Saturday’s neo-Nazi demonstration in central London, has revealed that it will run a protest opposing the Shomrim group in Finchley, north London, in September.


European Jewish Parliament leader defends decision to meet Marine Le Pen

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2015

The European Jewish Parliament president has defended his decision to meet far-right French politician Marine Le Pen this week.

Ukraine-born oligarch and EJP president Vadim Rabinovich came under fire from Jewish leaders when he met Ms Le Pen as part of a roundtable discussion held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


Beware of hysteria

By Simon Johnson, July 9, 2015

There is no singular way to express the overwhelming emotions I felt when walking through the entrance to Auschwitz. The infamous railway, the haunting watchtowers and the sheer vastness of the barracks leaves an indelible mark on the senses. I found my visit to the site of the darkest days in Jewish history a difficult experience.


The only SS judge who brought Nazis to trial

By Monica Porter, July 9, 2015

His SS Nazi Party identification card, dated 1936, shows a sombre-looking young man with short-cropped hair and round-rimmed spectacles. His rather protruding ears add to the air of 1930s dorkiness. Just another quasi-intellectual Nazi bureaucrat, you might think.


Forget the tensions, grassroots groups offer energy, ideas and sheer numbers

By Steven Jaffe, July 9, 2015

Apathy is the enemy of our community. Activism certainly isn’t – even when it poses fresh and positive challenges.

I see this issue from two perspectives.

As a grassroots activist, I co-chair Northern Ireland Friends of Israel. Launched in 2009 and with 700 supporters on our mailing list we have engaged with politicians across Northern Ireland’s political spectrum.


Grassroots plus establishment equals strength to face challenges

By Fiona Sharpe, July 9, 2015

Grassroots organisations came to the forefront last summer at the height of the Gaza conflict. It seemed that new pro-Israel, anti-establishment groups were popping up daily.


One year post-Gaza, and there is a surge in pro-Israel grassroots groups

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Since bursting into prominence last summer in reaction to rising antisemitism and dissatisfaction with the establishment's response to the Gaza conflict, grassroots organisations have flourished.

Friends of Israel groups in Sussex, north London and the north-west have grown in stature, while others have triumphantly emerged in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria.


Scottish Christians and Jews unite to combat antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Groups forged to combat antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment have been launched all over Britain since last summer.

One of the grassroots organisations that began during the Gaza conflict, the Scottish Israel Forum, fell by the wayside in January, but as its former chairman Richard Coats said, "the energy that went into it has diffused into different groups".


Three pro-Israel groups rising - and one treading water

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Sussex Friends of Israel

Established in 2013. Ronnie Bloom is president of the group, whose co-chairs are Fiona Sharpe, Winston Pickett and Simon Cobbs.


Has 15,000 people in its Facebook group.

Activities in the past year
Successfully campaigned against an anti-Israel conference at Southampton University, getting it cancelled.