English Defence League

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


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.


This time, the EDL did not pass in East End

By John Nathan, September 8, 2011

It was not the Battle of Cable Street.


Rabbi disguise for EDL leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2011

The leader of the English Defence League disguised himself as a rabbi to address supporters during a demonstration in east London on Saturday.

Stephen Lennon – known as Tommy Robinson – donned the outfit, which included a black hat and fake beard, in an apparent attempt to evade the police.


Tommy Robinson's rabbi disguise

September 5, 2011
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Footage of the EDL demonstration in east London on Saturday. Warning: contains language.


Edinburgh Council bans SDL marchers

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Defence League has been banned from marching through Edinburgh the day before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The off-shoot of the far-right anti-Islamic fundamentalism English Defence League had hoped to protest through the city centre on September 10.

But last Friday, Edinburgh City Council unanimously turned down the SDL's application, on public safety groun


Jews welcome ban on EDL marches

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

The London Jewish Forum has backed Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to ban a planned march by the English Defence League on Saturday through the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, home to a large Muslim population.


EDL Jewish division leader Roberta Moore quits

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The hardline activist at the forefront of the "Jewish Division" of the extreme right-wing English Defence League has announced that she does not wish to be a part of it any longer because of Nazi elements within it.

Roberta Moore, who has led the Jewish Division since it was launched more than a year ago, was accused earlier this month of being a divisive figure in the EDL.


The far-right Jewish voice split and in 'disarray '

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The hardline Jewish activist Roberta Moore was this week accused of being a divisive figure in the far-right's attempts to enlist support from members of the mainstream Jewish community.


EDL dismisses Jewish arm as too extreme

By Jessica Elgot, February 25, 2011

The leadership of the English Defence League has distanced itself from the group's Jewish Division, because of its partnership with the far-right American group Jewish Task Force.

The head of the EDL's Jewish division, Roberta Moore, previously announced that the group was working with the JTF, whose leader Victor Vancier has been imprisoned for terrorism offences.