Race hate website man's jail release

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man jailed for inciting racial hatred online in a landmark case is being released after serving less than half his sentence.

Simon Sheppard, 53, was arrested in 2008 after police traced a leaflet called "Tales of the Holohoax," which had been pushed through the door of Blackpool Reform Synagogue, to a post office box in Hull, registered to Sheppard.


Students' trial is delayed

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The trial of two students accused of desecrating an Israeli flag has been adjourned until the summer.

St Andrews University students Samuel Colchester, 20, and Paul Donnachie, 18, face alternate charges of racially aggravated conduct or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in relation to an alleged incident in March.


Racist car hooligans plead guilty

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 12, 2011

Two men who terrorised Jewish women and children with a speeding car while one of them screamed threats to kill Jews have been convicted of intentional harassment.


We hate Jews (except our best player)

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

When newspaper rumours first appeared about his possible transfer from Hapoel Beer Sheba to the Polish club of Wisla Krakow, Israeli football player Maor Melikson was bombarded with phone calls.

"A lot of people warned me off it. They told me: 'It's the most antisemitic club in Poland. They hate Jews, it won't be smart for a Jew to play there.'"


What a circus

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

A Washington courtroom settled down for a ringside seat this week at what must be one of Jewish America's most lurid family disputes.

The case is the latest chapter in a decades-old feud between two heirs of the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, estimated to be worth $750 million.


Britain wins - for the most antisemitic attacks in 2010

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2011

There were more major antisemitic attacks in Britain last year than in any other diaspora country, according to a new report.

Almost one in four attacks which took place worldwide happened in Britain, Tel Aviv University researchers stated. They found that there were 614 incidents worldwide, 144 of which were perpetrated in the UK.


Sorry about the Jew-burning, says Mallorca

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

On May 6 1691, Rabbi Raphael Valls, leader of the Chuetas, descendants of forced converts to Christianity in Mallorca who practised their Judaism in secret, was burned at the stake.

It was one of a series of auto da fes that year which took the lives of more than 30 Chuetas, the Catalan for "pigs", as the crypto-Jews were locally known.


Hard to put the lid on yid

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Spurs supporters cocked a predictable snook last week at attempts to ban the word "yid" and the antisemitism it reflects on the terraces.

Only days after the the Baddiel brothers released their anti-racism film The Y-Word, White Hart Lane fans, used to styling themselves the "Yid Army", raised the familar chant during last week's derby with Arsenal.


Gyspy scare stories given Jewish makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A group campaigning for the rights of Britain's traveller communities has set up a website substituting the word gypsy in "blatantly racist" headlines with the word Jew.

The Dale Farm Solidarity group built Jewify to raise awareness of the "official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing…racism against Gypsies".


Jewish graves smashed in Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Vandals have smashed headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul.

The incident, which happened on the final day of Passover, left at least eight gravestones damaged at the Beyoglu cemetery.

Police are looking at security camera footage to investigate what happened.