Manchester outstrips London in hate crime

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Manchester has overtaken London as the UK area with the highest number of antisemitic incidents.

Community Security Trust statistics for the first half of 2011 show a 27 per cent rise in incidents in Greater Manchester, with 121 reported crimes. The London figure was 98, a drop of nearly a quarter on the same period last year.


On this day: Mel Gibson’s ‘antisemitic’ rant

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mel Gibson was the toast of Hollywood – had been for years – when he was stopped by a police officer in Malibu, California. He was arrested for drunk driving and launched into an attack on the officer - who was Jewish.

He allegedly shouted: "F***king Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".


Jersey MP gets more hate mail

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister, Freddie Cohen, has once again been the victim of antisemitic hate mail just weeks after announcing he would step down following a racist death threat.

Senator Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, said he and his family were left "deeply upset" after receiving the letter at his home address.

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NUS fails to reverse its anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The new president of the National Union of Students has rejected the opportunity to repeal the union's new anti-Israel policy, despite previously indicating he would act on Jewish students' concerns.

Liam Burns, who took over the presidency this month, had offered assurances that the measures would be diluted or overturned at the first national executive council meeting under his leadership.


Crackpot conspiracies, inspired by a madman

By Mike Whine, July 28, 2011

After last week's horrific attack in Norway it was only a matter of time before the blogosphere began to fill with the accusations of the conspiracy theorists and the anti-Israel lobby. The former think they have discovered Anders Behring Breivik's true allegiances; the latter seek to gain capital from the Norwegian tragedy.


Chelsea: formal complaint over Malaysian 'antisemitism'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Chelsea football club have made an official complaint following what they described as antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli player Yossi Benayoun at a match in Kuala Lumpur.

The Israeli became the first footballer from the Jewish state to play in a match in Malaysia in many years, when he helped Chelsea beat Malaysian XI last week.


Ranting taxi-driver gets year community order

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A taxi driver who screamed "all Jewish children must die," at Jewish mothers outside Manchester's King David School, has been found guilty of religious harassment by a jury and sentenced to community service.

Taha Osman, 36, from Blackley in north Manchester, was stuck in traffic outside the school last October when he became involved in an argument with one parent who was collecting her two yo


Fear of hate crime sparks film pullout

By Nathalie Rothschild, July 21, 2011

A Hollywood production company has cancelled plans to film a movie in Sweden because of a recent spike in antisemitic hate crimes.


Revulsion over Slovak Nazi bust

By Thomas Orszag-Land, July 21, 2011

The Slovakian government has condemned the erection of a bust of Ferdinand Durcansky, a prominent antisemite who served in the pro-Nazi Slovakian government during the Second World War and was sentenced to death in absentia by Czechoslovakia in 1945.


Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party