Cameron discusses racism in football

February 23, 2012

English football authorities are deeply concerned by the prospect of antisemitic chants and abuse at this summer's European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

During an anti-discrimination summit hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street on Wednesday, leading figures in football discussed their fears that far-right elements might disrupt the tournament, both during matches


Jobcentres accused of 'Friday' antisemitism

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2012

Two Jobcentres in Greater Manchester have been accused of institutionalised antisemitism after cancelling jobseekers' benefit payments to Jews who keep Shabbat.


Apple asked to remove app offering 'Medieval' anti-Jewish stereotypes

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Stumped for an unflattering word that also means "Jew"? Spanish-speaking iPhone users have found a solution.

A Spanish-language thesaurus application called "iSinónimos" is available in the iTunes store for free. But the app, sold by developer Alberto Garcia Hierro, brings up some surprising results.


'Unrepentant bigot' Buchanan sacked from news network MSNBC

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

One of the most controversial political commentators in the US has been sacked from his role on a major US news network.

Pat Buchanan had already been suspended by MSNBC, but this week the network said it was parting ways with the social conservative pundit.


'Racist' ref is suspended

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 16, 2012

The head of Manchester's Football Association said this week that antisemitic remarks had been "brushed under the carpet" in the past, after the suspension of a top refereeing official for a racist remark about the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Philip Morris, referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was suspended for two months after allegedly telling a young FA official before a Mancheste


Ask why people are antisemitic, says leading Catholic writer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Piers Paul Read, the writer of a new book about the 1894 Dreyfus Affair, was criticised this week after saying that the French soldier's treatment could be linked to Jews being a "very powerful influence in finance, in business", and that Jews should ask why people were antisemitic.

English literature Professor Jacqueline Rose, author of Proust among the Nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East


Belsen liberator statue attacked in Scarborough

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2012

Scarborough police are pursuing the possibility of a racial motive behind the vandalism on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day of a statue of a British soldier who helped to liberate Belsen.

Yellow paint was splashed over the sculpture, known as Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, last Thurday night.


Chilling resurgence

February 2, 2012

This may be the twentyfirst century but little has changed in parts of Europe, where antisemitism has returned to the mainstream.

In Hungary, Jew-haters are closing in on government. Jobbik, the third-largest party in parliament and tipped to take many more seats in a future election, spouts rhetoric that could have come from the Third Reich.


Antisemitism figures up in Manchester in 2011

February 2, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in Britain declined last year, according to new figures released by the Community Security Trust.

There were 586 recorded incidents across the country in 2011, representing a nine per cent decrease on the previous 12 months but also making it the fourth highest annual total on record.


Anti-Israel activist convicted of attack on Jewish man

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a protest last summer.

Carole Swords, chairman of the Tower Hamlets Respect Party and Viva Palestina supporter, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli products from potential vandalism by protesters.