Antisemitism

Poland accuses Stephen Fry of 'defamation'

By Robyn Rosen, October 9, 2009

The Polish Embassy has accused comic actor, Stephen Fry, of “defamation” after he allegedly implied that the Polish nation was responsible for the atrocities at Auschwitz.

Mr Fry was interviewed on Channel 4 news earlier this week by Jon Snow where he criticised the Conservative party’s ties with Poland’s Law and Justice party.

Mr Fry is among the high profile figures who have spoken out against the Polish party’s alleged homophobic and antisemitic views, which Polish MEP, Michal Kaminksi, denies.

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Leaders split over David Cameron's Euro allies

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, October 9, 2009

The controversial Polish MEP at the heart of the row over David Cameron’s new alliance in Europe has launched a fierce rebuttal of claims that he is an antisemite with a neo-Nazi past.

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Scars yet to heal on Canada hate campus

By Blake Lambert, October 8, 2009

A month into the new academic year, Toronto’s York University is attempting to restore the confidence of the Jewish community after anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist harassment and intimidation dominated its campus last year.

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Teen must pay £1000 after shul vandalism

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A Muslim teenager has been ordered to pay a Jewish community compensation after he smashed its synagogue windows with a baseball bat.

Junaid Javed must pay £1,000 to Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation after admitting the attack had been motivated by antisemitism.

But the congregation’s Rabbi David Rose expressed surprise that Javed had instructed his lawyer to tell the court he had visited the shul to apologise after the incident.

Rabbi Rose said he did not recall meeting the teenager.

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Baddiels use film to tackle football hate

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Comedian David Baddiel and his writer brother, Ivor, are making a short film in a bid to curb antisemitism in football.

The Y Word is a two-minute film which will feature Premiership footballers and highlight the use of the word “Yid” in football chants.

The brothers, both keen Chelsea fans, are now rounding up footballers to feature in the film, which has the backing of the FA, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the Premier League and campaigners Kick Racism out of Football. The plan is to screen it before matches with a likely completion early next year.

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Board sent letter to Cameron over Kaminski

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2009

The Board of Deputies has sent a letter to Conservative leader David Cameron expressing concern over his party’s rightwing European alliances.

Vivian Wineman, president of the Board, wrote to Mr Cameron raising his concerns over the past political activities of Michal Kaminski and Roberts Zile, who made appearances at the Tory conference this week.

Mr Kaminski, who is Polish, is the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists bloc at the European Parliament, of which the Conservative Party is a member. Mr Zile is the leader of the Latvian Fatherland and Freedom party.

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Chelsea to ban antisemitic football chants

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2009

Chelsea FC have pledged to find and ban supporters filmed singing antisemitic songs about rivals Tottenham at a match last month.

Clips of fans chanting in a concourse at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium were posted on YouTube, leading Spurs to complain to the west London club.

They can be heard singing "Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz" while beer bottles are thrown around.

Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich, said they had passed the clips to police who are now investigating.

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Yom Kippur crime on the increase

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

A man was arrested for shouting antisemitic abuse and police are investigating a number of other incidents which took place around synagogues over Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

After a peaceful Rosh Hashanah, the Community Security Trust reported a busier Yom Kippur period with reports of verbal abuse and egg-throwing in north-west London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

On Saturday night, a 38-year-old man was arrested in Golders Green for causing racially aggravated harassment and distress. He has been bailed to return to a north-west London police station on October 27.

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Anti-racist strategy wins admirers

September 24, 2009

The British parliamentary model of fighting antisemitism is being adopted elsewhere.

Germany, Italy and Canada have started their own versions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, which is led by Bassetlaw Labour MP John Mann.

Talks are also ongoing between the London-based Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) and parliamentarians in Austria and South Africa.

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Foreign Office man guilty of racist rant

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

Foreign Office civil servant Rowan Laxton has been found guilty of uttering a foul-mouthed anti-Israel rant at a gymnasium during Operation Cast lead in January.

District judge Howard Riddle fined Laxton, 48, £350 with £500 costs at Westminster Magistrates Court.

His counsel, Julian Knowles, said afterwards: “Mr Laxton is very disappointed by the outcome and he will be considering his next steps with his legal team.”

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