Antisemitism

Increase in Dutch antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

The Dutch Jewish community suffered almost double the number of antisemitic incidents in 2009 than in 2008. Experts said this increase might only be “the tip of the iceberg”.

Police said the 209 cases of antisemitism were documented in the Netherlands last year, representing a 48 per cent rise year-on-year and accounting for nearly a tenth of all discriminatory incidents in the Netherlands.

During Israel’s Gaza offensive in January 2009, 98 attacks were documented, including nine physical assaults.

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On this day: Lord Haw-Haw sentenced to death

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2010

William Joyce, known by the moniker Lord Haw-Haw, grew to notoriety for his virulently antisemitic radio broadcasts during the Holocaust.

Having fled Britain in 1939 in order to avoid imprisonment for his links with Oswald Mosley’s fascists, he became the Nazi radio broadcaster, transmitting messages urging for Britain to surrender and blaming the war on the Jews.

The name “Haw-Haw” was coined by a Daily Express journalist. In April 1945 he made his final broadcast, and was captured at the end of the war in Europe.

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Fears over Greek 'bigot' trial

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has called for an independent EU observer to attend a court case involving an extremist Greek writer who has described Jews as "subhuman" and questioned the Holocaust.

Konstantinos Plevris was found guilty of inciting racial hatred in 2007 and sentenced to 14 months in jail, but was later acquitted in an appeal.

He is now taking legal action against a series of his critics, including three Greek human rights activists.

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Rabbi warns: 'don't exaggerate antisemitism'

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

West London Synagogue senior rabbi Mark Winer warned against exaggerating the threat of antisemitism in the UK in his final Rosh Hashanah address to his congregation.

Although antisemitism was widespread, "we need to acknowledge that antisemitism does not really pose that much of a threat to Jews on a day-to-day basis," he said.

In general, he believed that "we Jews overestimate the threat of antisemitism as a part of our historically justified paranoia. But we run a serious risk of obsessive focus on it."

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Antisemitic attack on Moldovan synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Moldova’s Great Synagogue has been vandalised with Nazi graffiti.

Members of the Kishinev Jewish community arrived at the building to find that swastikas and other antisemitic abuse had been sprayed around the entrance.

The synagogue is the largest in Moldova. The former Soviet Union country is home to an estimated 23,000 Jews.

The Moldovan chief rabbi said antisemitism was not common in the area,

Rabbi Zalman Abelsky said: "Since I began working in this state 20 years ago, I have never encountered such crass behavior.”

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Angelina Jolie's dad criticises 'antisemitic' Time magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hollywood star Jon Voight has accused Time magazine of being “antisemitic” for its recent cover story on "Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace."

The actor, father of Angelina Jolie and star of the film Midnight Cowboy, suggested readers should boycott the magazine. He made the comments in an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who also criticised the Time story.

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Hall of Fame: Jose Manuel Barroso

September 14, 2010


"For us all, fellow Europeans, remembrance means to vigorously condemn any forms of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination on the basis of belief.


"Be assured of my commitment and determination in pursuing that cause."






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Readers fund CCTV for vandalised synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Surveillance equipment worth more than £1,500 has been installed at a Lithuanian synagogue vandalised in an antisemitic attack, following an appeal on the JC website.

An anonymous donor responded to the request to provide the synagogue in Kaunas in central Lithuania with CCTV cameras after extremists left a pig’s head outside the building.

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Mel Gibson Jewish rant officer in court

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

The Jewish police officer who was at the receiving end of Mel Gibson’s antisemitic slurs has sued his department for harassment.

After the Hollywood star was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 Mr Gibson reportedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".

Deputy James Mee, who made the arrest, has claimed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked him to remove the comments from the arrest report because of friendship between the actor and Sheriff Lee Baca.

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Chavez talks antisemitism with Venezuelan Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

President Hugo Chávez has agreed to meet representatives of Venezuela’s Jewish community to discuss antisemitism in the country’s state-run media.

David Bittan Obadia, vice president of the Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) said the meeting had been arranged because of concerns about levels of anti-Jewish feeling in Venezuela.

Mr Obadia said: "We do not deem [antisemitism] a state policy, but the government has the tools to stop it.

“We will be very straightforward in expressing our concerns. We can see that the government is willing to cooperate.

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