'Antisemitic' speaker talks in London before Commons event

By Robyn Rosen, June 28, 2011

Confusion surrounds the movements of an Islamic leader who spoke at a London event despite an apparent ban from entering the country.

Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, addressed an audience at Conway Hall last night about the Arab Spring’s effect on Palestinians.


Guard's attacker is jailed

June 23, 2011

A drunk who called a supermarket security guard a "Jewish c---" before knocking off his kippah has been jailed for 12 months.

Shoplifter Richard Brundritt, 34, attacked James Abrahams when he tried to remove him from a Wilkinson's store in Watford.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dunne told St Albans Crown Court that Brundritt was confronted after staff saw him hide an air freshener.

He said: "He was


East European Jews out and proud, says survey

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

While the vast majority of Jews in Eastern Europe are concerned about antisemitism, it plays a minor role in the formation of their identity, according to a wide-ranging survey commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).


It's bad, but much worse in Britain

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 23, 2011

Has Il Belpaese turned ugly on the Jews? A recent initiative by the Milan municipality to run a two-week long set of cultural events called "Unexpected Israel" became the target of virulent attacks from the extreme left, which included calls for boycotts and antisemitic language.


So much for the dolce vita: antisemitism in Italy?

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

It could be a picture from a Nazi textbook, but this hook-nosed caricature of Israeli President Shimon Peres, with hands clasped around a Magen David and a pocketful of bleeding babies, was part of an Italian "cultural festival" last month.

The sinister funfair game, in which Turin students paid one euro to throw shoes at the gurning puppet, is one of a recent catalogue of incidents causing a c


John Galliano: drugs erased my memory

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

John Galliano has told a Paris court that he is unable to recall the comments which led to the loss of his job at Christian Dior because he was under the influence of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.

The eccentric British couturier was in court on the charge of publicly insulting a person based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.


Peter Tatchell under fire for gay meeting attack

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been accused of "stirring up antisemitic rhetoric" after he condemned a gay organisation for hosting a meeting in Israel.


Professor quits UCU in hate row

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A professor has resigned from the University and College Union after more than 40 years following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

David-Hillel Ruben, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College and the former director of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), accused the UCU of being "institutionally racist" after it voted to distance itself from the defini


How Israel dog-stoning story went astray

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

It was the ultimate shaggy dog story - but one with a nasty bite.

According to the BBC and other websites over the weekend, a Jerusalem Beth Din condemned a stray dog to be stoned after it was suspected of being the reincarnation of a secular lawyer cursed by the court 20 years ago.

Yahoo's news report, headlined "Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning", drew more than 1,900 comments


Yale hate study centre closure 'suspicious'

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

One of the world's leading universities has decided to shut down a specialist centre on antisemitism after just five years.

Yale University in Connecticut said its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) was being closed because it had failed to produce enough scholarship to "warrant its continuance".

But the decision to end what was billed as North America's first