Antisemitism

Thousands turn out for London rally against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 31, 2014

Thousands of people turned out for a rally against the rise in antisemitism in central
London on Sunday.

More than 4,500 protesters filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice to hear speakers including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis, and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.

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Banter: just another weasel word

By Grant Feller, August 28, 2014

It was simply "banter" and the more my two friends remonstrated with me, the more I wondered whether I had got it wrong.

Now it seems "banter" has become the catch-all excuse for people who are unable to tell the difference between being a racist and speaking like one.

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Chief sees rise of new hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned that the rise of antisemitism could lead to wider hatred and intolerance in society.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday, he said Jews were "the canaries in the coal mine" and other groups should take note when they began to suffer from "poisons in the political atmosphere".

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We will do more to combat antisemitism

By Theresa May, August 28, 2014

Britain has a proud record of tolerance and acceptance. But even in a country such as ours, we must be on guard against hatred and bigotry and any sign of a resurgence of antisemitism.

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Pupils and parents warned over school security

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Pupils and parents at Jewish schools should take additional security measures following the sharp rise of antisemitism, the Community Security Trust has warned.

Parents should join special security rotas, undergo training and send their children on a specialist programme designed to help them protect themselves, the organisation said.

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Malky Mackay apologises over ‘disrespectful’ texts

By Daniel Easterman, August 22, 2014

Former Cardiff City football manager Malkay Mackay has apologised for sending two text messages which he admitted were “disrespectful of other cultures”.

But Mr Mackay said the messages were part of “friendly text message banter”.

It is alleged that he sent a number of texts which were antisemitic, racist, homophobic and sexist.

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The price of joining polite society

By Jenni Frazer, August 21, 2014

I have had enough. I am sick of being told by people who haven’t the faintest idea of my beliefs and circumstances what I ought to think or feel. And that especially goes for the people who’ve never been closer to Israel than a packet of dates in Waitrose.

I am sick of being told by the bien-pensants in Britain’s society what antisemitism is, could be, or is not.

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Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.

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Russell Brand denies he called for Israel boycott

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Russell Brand has strongly denied that he called for a boycott of Israel by urging supporters to sign a petition by the online campaign website Avaaz.

The petition, addressed to the chief executives of major global companies, including Barclays, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar and G4S, calls on them to withdraw their investments from Israel in order to be “on the right side of history”.

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British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.

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