English Defence League

Guardian writer Greenslade's 'stupid' Jewish EDL stereotype

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

The veteran media commentator Roy Greenslade has rushed to explain his “stupid” remarks about Jews and Muslims in a blogpost on the English Defence League (EDL).

Mr Greenslade said he did not know what was in his head when he wrote in his Guardian blog of media baron Richard Desmond: “As a Jew, he may well have negative views of Muslims”.

The Guardian later removed the sentence on the grounds of “inappropriate language,” but it remained visible in the reader comments.

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Rabbis, imams: EDL channelling our worst fears

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Jewish and Muslim leaders have called a demonstration planned for tomorrow by the English Defence League (EDL) an “inciteful event”.

The far-right organisation have announced that they will stage a rally in Luton, the town where the group was set up by Tommy Robinson in 2009.

A number of the EDL’s previous 30-odd rallies and protests have descended into violence and resulted in arrests.

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EDL woos Canada's Jewish far right

January 13, 2011

The leader of the extreme right-wing English Defence League has urged members of a militant Jewish group in Canada to fight against Islam "for freedom".

Tommy Robinson appeared by video link at a Jewish Defence League Canada rally in Toronto on Tuesday night.

He told the audience of around 50 JDL supporters that Canadians must "wake up" to the "Islamisation" of their country.

Mr Robinson said: "We're fighting for our children, we're fighting for our freedom. Islam stands fundamentally against everything we stand for."

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EDL-speech rabbi calls for Chief TV debate

By Jessica Elgot, December 31, 2010

The rabbi who spoke at an English Defence League rally two months ago has apparently challenged Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to a televised BBC debate on "Is Islam a religion of peace?"

Californian Nachum Shifren was the speaker at the far-right group's October rally outside the Israeli Embassy.

He called Muslims "dogs" and criticised British community leaders and rabbis for speaking out against him, saying: "To all my Jewish brothers who have called me a Nazi… I say to them they don't have the guts to stand up here and take care of business."

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EDL has 'left BNP a mere sideshow'

By Martin Bright, December 16, 2010

The head of Britain's leading anti-fascist organisation has said the English Defence League has replaced the British National Party as the major force on the far right of British politics.

Nick Lowles of Searchlight said the BNP had become a "sideshow" since the crushing defeat of its leader Nick Griffin in Barking at this year's general election.

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EDL leader charged after Islamic extremist clash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a confrontation with Islamic extremists.

Stephen Lennon, who also uses the name Tommy Robinson, clashed with the officer during a Remembrance Day protest in Kensington, west London.

Protesters from a group called Muslims Against Crusades were burning poppies at 11am and shouting: "British soldiers burn in hell".

Two Islamic protesters and five other EDL members were arrested for public order offences after the confrontation.

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Jews against EDL launch unity voice

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

The first joint initiative to combat Jewish support for the English Defence League within the community has been launched.

The "Not in our name - Jews against the EDL" campaign is backed by more than a dozen organisations, including the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust, the Israeli Embassy, and Jews for Justice for Palestinians.

More than 500 people have already pledged their support.

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EDL men charged with Israel demo offences

By Jessica Elgot, November 3, 2010

Three EDL members charged with affray and public order offences during a “Tea Party” rabbi’s speech at Speakers Corner have had their case sent to Crown Court.

Shortly after their demonstration on Sunday outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington, EDL supporters made their way to Hyde Park where Rabbi Nachum Shifren, the so-called "surfing rabbi" from California, gave a short speech.

The rabbi had earlier called Muslims “dogs” and told the EDL “We will never surrender to the sword of Islam."

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Take me on? You don’t have the guts

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2010

Nearly 300 members of the far right English Defence League were joined in London on Sunday by an American rabbi for a demonstration planned “to oppose Islamic fascism”.

Speaking outside the Israeli Embassy, Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a supporter of the American Tea Party movement, said he was there as someone “who loves freedom”.

Rabbi Shifren, who is standing for the state senate in California, said: “To all my Jewish brothers who have called me a Nazi…I say to them, they don’t have the guts to stand up here and take care of business.”

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EDL demo and counter-protest

October 26, 2010
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Footage from the English Defence League (EDL) demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in london, including extracts from speeches by Rabbi Nachum Shifren, EDL members and anti-fascist campaigners.

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