Legislation to tackle antisemitism gathers pace in France

By Shirli Sitbon, April 23, 2015

The French government has presented draft legislation which includes 40 measures aimed at tackling the dramatic rise of antisemitism in the country.

It intends to back the plan with 100 million Euros of funding, to be used to train teachers in fighting intolerance.

A special government unit could also be set-up to challenge antisemitism and racism on social media sites.


Phone store boss attacks ‘arrogant Jews’

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

The assistant manager of an EE mobile phone shop has claimed “Jewish people are very arrogant”.

Daniel Reid made the comment after a staff member at his Tottenham Hale, north London, store was accused of turning away Jewish customers.


Amnesty rejects call to campaign against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Amnesty International has rejected a motion to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The motion was tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps in March who said it was defeated at the International AGM on Sunday by 468 votes to 461.

Mr Thorpe Apps said: “It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference.”


A truly stupid idea

April 16, 2015

We are all familiar with the attempts by some antisemites to hide their hatred of Jews by couching it in attacks on “Israel” or “Zionism” — just as when criticism of the “Israel lobby” is used as code for the idea that Jews control foreign policy.


TV dater shrugs off Twitter hate abuse

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

A London surveyor has revealed how taking part in a television dating show led to him being the victim of antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Ori Reiss appeared in last week's episode of Channel 4's First Dates, where couples who have never met are filmed having dinner together.


Jews around world suffered ‘explosion of hatred’ in 2014

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

There was a substantial increase in attacks on Jews worldwide last year, Israeli researchers have found.

“An explosion of hatred” had been felt by Jewish communities, with the rise attributed partly to the response to last summer’s Gaza conflict.


Miliband promises to defend shechita and combat online hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

Labour has pledged to defend shechita and tackle antisemitism in a series of election policies announced on Tuesday.

Launching a separate manifesto aimed at issues affecting minority communities the day after its main policy document, the party’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said more would be done to support ethnic minorities.


Truth about the J-word

By Michael Goldfarb, April 2, 2015

"Jew!" The contents of the pint glass were already airborne as we turned towards the shout. The beer hit my friend Doug directly in the face, soaking his glasses and forming a little drip from the end of his long, classically Jewish nose. He removed his spectacles and tried to find a dry spot on his shirt to wipe them.


Data will be shared to beat hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Police say they will share details about the victims of race-hate attacks with organisations that can help those who have been abused.

The decision to share data with the Community Security Trust and Tell Mama, which tackles anti-Muslim abuse, was a response to increased community tension, police said.

It comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism called on police forc


He's the new Jon Stewart. But does he have a Jewish problem?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart as host of the hit US comedy programme The Daily Show, has been accused of antisemitism over some inflammatory tweets.

In May last year, the South African comic responded to the news that hip-hop artist Dr Dre's headphones company Beats Electronics was being bought by Apple for more than £2bn by tweeting: "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a d