Antisemitism

Irish TV host: ‘Israel is cancer’

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A renowned Irish broadcaster has referred to Israel as a “cancer”.

Speaking about the US presidential debates on Tuesday night, Vincent Browne lamented the lack of discussion of American support for Israel. “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs,” he said, adding: “It’s a massive injustice — they stole the land from the Arabs.”

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Football chiefs say antisemitism 'has got worse'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

In the week when football’s anti-racist efforts have come under the microscope, Jewish personalities within the game have criticised the Football Association, the government and the police for not doing enough to tackle antisemitism at stadiums and playing fields.

Manchester United non-executive director Mike Edelson believes antisemitism in football “has got worse”.

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Men charged over grave desecrations in New Zealand

By Dan Goldberg, October 25, 2012

Three men have appeared in court in New Zealand charged with desecrating more than 20 Jewish gravestones in a historic cemetery last week.

The men, aged between 19 and 23, are alleged to have daubed the graves in Auckland, some of which date back to the 1880s, with swastikas and the number 88 — code for “Heil Hitler”.

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A just war? That’s just not Jewish, says ex-envoy

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Peter Jenkins, Britain’s former representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency, has told the debating union at Warwick University that a just war is not a Jewish notion.

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Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.

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Brick Lane mural gets partial whitewash

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

A controversial mural which was likened to antisemitic propaganda has been repeatedly defaced, but has yet to be fully removed.

Freedom for Humanity was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End last month by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.

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Maureen Lipman blasts Jewish Mum TV series

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman has attacked the “culture of humiliation on television” in reference to the Jewish Mum of the Year series currently being aired on Channel 4.

The Pianist star told the Telegraph: “It is very damaging, with antisemitism being what it is. Not to mention that being a Jewish mother is nothing like the way they portray it.”

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"#UnBonJuif": Twitter deluged with French antisemitism

By Shirli Sitbon, October 18, 2012

Jewish and anti-racist organisations in France have threatened to sue dozens of Twitter users for posting antisemitic jokes and statements on the site using the hashtag #UnBonJuif (“a good Jew”).

Many tweets mocked the Holocaust, said “a good Jew is a dead Jew” or contained other racist statements which are illegal under French law.

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Gilad Atzmon’s idea of a joke: Anne Frank

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The Frontline Club has insisted that no UK Jewish organisations asked it to cancel a screening of a film about the antisemitic Israeli musician, Gilad Atzmon.

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French Twitter users posting anti-Jewish messages

By Jennifer Lipman, October 16, 2012

Antisemitic messages and offensive remarks are being posted on social networking site Twitter in France as part of a "concerning" new trend.

The president of the Union of French Jewish Students urged Twitter to improve its moderation system after French users of the site began competing with each other to post messages under the hashtag #unbonjuif.

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