English Defence League

Board of Deputies welcomes ban on US anti-Islamist activist

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Jewish communal groups have backed Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision this week to ban a controversial American activist from entering Britain.

Pamela Geller had been due to take part in an English Defence League march in Woolwich, south London, on Saturday — Armed Forces Day. The march follows the attack which killed Drummer Lee Rigby last month.

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Far-right drops its mask

By Matthew Goodwin, May 3, 2013

The British National Party could once put up more than 400 candidates, and attract national media attention. As yesterday's local elections showed, today the BNP is very much a shadow of its former self, and can barely contest 100 seats.

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English Defence League debate in London cancelled by venue

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2012

A planned debate between the leader of the English Defence League and a Muslim activist has been cancelled amid security concerns.

Tommy Robinson and Abdullah al Andalusi were due to discuss “Islam or Islamophobia — which is a threat to Britain?” at an event yesterday (Thursday October 4), organised by the Muslim Debate Initiative, of which Mr al Andalusi is a co-founder.

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Britain’s fascists in a right state

By Gerry Gable, June 14, 2012

Andrew Brons, the BNP MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, has heavily criticised his party leader, calling him dictatorial. At a meeting of party "dissidents" last month, he said voters would be entitled to ask whether, if Nick Griffin were elected, he would run the country like he runs his party.

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Soccer fan banned for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A football fan who gave a Nazi salute and promoted the English Defence League has been banned from football matches for three years.

Lincoln City supporter Peter Briggs was involved in incidents at matches between 2009 and February this year.

During a game against Stockport in January 2011, Briggs unfurled a flag carrying the words: "Lincoln City Youth, EDL, No Surrender".

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Home Office responds on EDL threat

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Home Office has written to an umbrella group representing a range of Jewish communal and religious groups in response to statements distancing themselves from the methods and aims of the English Defence League.

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UJS Sheldon apologies to ZF's Hoffman

By Jessica Elgot, November 14, 2011

UJS Campaigns Director Dan Sheldon has apologised for linking Zionist Federation co-vice-chair Jonathan Hoffman with the English Defence League.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Mr Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc two weeks ago, over UJS’s “Liberation” campaign.

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Neo-Nazis still pose real threat

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A far-right extremism expert has warned that the real threat of neo-Nazi terrorism is being ignored because of the focus on Islamist violence.

During a debate on the British far right at the Jewish Museum last week, author Nick Ryan warned that antisemitism was still "the glue" which united many extreme far-right groups in Europe and the US.

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Canadian to lead EDL Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The new leader of the English Defence League's Jewish division has encouraged British Jews to back the extreme right-wing group and "defend liberal democracy".

James Cohen, 52, who is based in Ottawa, Canada, said his dealings with EDL leaders had led him to believe they were "affable, intelligent, right-minded people" who had been "wrongly maligned" by the British media.

Mr Cohen, a writer

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EDL picks new Jewish Division leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

The English Defence League has selected a new leader to run its Jewish division.

James Cohen, a Canadian writer and activist, was installed in the role last weekend.

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