Antisemitism

Fourth man arrested for Crete synagogue fire

By Jessica Elgot, January 25, 2010

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with two arson attacks on a Crete synagogue.

The American man has been arrested in Hania, the Crete seaside town where the Etz Hayyim Synagogue was attacked. Police said he was an English teacher.

Two British men and a Greek Man have been in court charged in connection with the fire. Police are still searching for another American man, also though to be an English teacher.

The British men, who have not yet been named, are aged 23 and 33. They are believed to be nightclub bartenders in Hania, the town where the synagogue was attacked.

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Worst year 'since Holocaust' for antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, January 25, 2010

Antisemitic incidents last year were the highest since the Holocaust, the Jewish Agency has reported.

During the first half of 2009, antisemitic incidents were as many as for the entire of 2008, following Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. These included two murders, both in the US, including the shooting of a non-Jewish guard at the Holocaust Memorial museum.

Commenting on the report, Israel's Prime Minister Bin6yamin Netanyahu said: " "This is a test for humanity and we will see in the coming weeks how the international community stops this evil before it spreads."

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Britons charged with Crete synagogue arson

By Jessica Elgot, January 22, 2010

Two British men have been in court charged in connection with the arson attacks on a Crete synagogue.

The men, who have not yet been named, are aged 23 and 33. They are believed to be nightclub bartenders in Hania, the town where the synagogue was attacked.

They are charged alongside a Greek man. Two more men, believed to be American citizens, are wanted by police in connection with the two separate arson attacks on the synagogue.

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Mel Gibson defensive over antisemitic comments

By Dina Rickman, January 22, 2010
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Mel Gibson delivered an angry rant when being questioned by a Jewish interviewer this week.

The Braveheart actor was being interviewed by American newsman Sam Rubin while promoting his first starring role in seven years, in his new film "Edge of Darkness," with Ray Winstone.

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Analysis: A matter of context

By Rod Liddle, January 21, 2010

Context is everything. I’m a Millwall supporter and I do not know of a single fellow fan who could remotely be described as antisemitic. But looking at the stuff a few bloggers have pulled from one the club’s fan-sites, where I sometimes post, you would probably beg to differ. But then if you looked at the stuff on any football website — and especially those of the London premier league rivals, Spurs — you will find the same, and worse besides.

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Liddle defends his Auschwitz ‘humour’

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Journalist Rod Liddle has defended comments he made about Auschwitz in an online forum which contains virulently antisemitic jokes.

Mr Liddle, the former editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, said his remarks needed to be viewed in context and that he had been attempting to show the Nazi death camp has been “rendered politically correct…something much less than it should be”.

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UCU under fire for 'institutional racism'

By Leon Symons, January 21, 2010

The University and College Union has been accused of being antisemitic and institutionally racist by one of its members at a seminar it was running — to fight antisemitism.

The union, whose repeated attempts to introduce an academic boycott of Israel have led to a number of resignations, was the subject of a scathing attack by David Hirsh, who runs the Engage anti-boycott website.

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Board blasts PSC over 'hate' cartoons

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2010

The Board of Deputies has accused the Palestine Solidarity Campaign of including “antisemitic” cartoons in material produced for schools.

Two cartoons, with images of a crucified Jesus to depict Palestinian suffering at Israel’s hands, appear in the PSC’s online educational resources.

They were cited by the Board and the Community Security Trust in a submission to a government inquiry on preventing racism in schools.

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Crete synagogue's second arson attack

By Jessica Elgot, January 18, 2010

A Crete synagogue has been targeted by arsonists for the second time in two weeks.

Police said the attack took place around 4am yesterday when vandals broke into the first floor of the Etz-Hayyim Synagogue in the seaside town of Hania.

The blaze destroyed part of the shul’s wooden ceiling as well as much of the synagogue’s archives. Around 2,500 books, many of which are rare editions have been destroyed in the two attacks.

Synagogue director Nikos Stavroulakis added that four computers and 300 CDs and cassette tapes of Jewish music were also destroyed.

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Anger at students' Hitler drinking game

By Robyn Rosen, January 18, 2010

The community has spoken of its outrage after almost 12,000 students joined a Facebook group promoting a drinking game which encourages participants to mock the Holocaust and dress up as Hitler.

Students at Huddersfield University allegedly created Hitler – The Drinking Game, which involves laying out cards in a swastika shape and members impersonating Hitler.

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