Legal case launched after Hungarian actor attacked as filthy Jew

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2012

A prominent Hungarian actor has started legal proceedings after he was described as a "filthy Jew" by a politician from the right-wing Fidesz party.

Film star Jozsef Szekhelyi was also disparaged for sympathising with left-wing politics by a politician who sits on the council of the northern town of Eger.


Row in Hungary over far-right politician's Jewish jibe

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Israel's envoy in Hungary has cancelled a scheduled visit to the northern town of Eger to protest against allegedly antisemitic comments made by a local politician and directed at a Jewish actor.

The Eger council member, who is part of the right-wing Fidesz party, is reported to have called national film star Jozsef Szekhelyi a "filthy Jew" who sympathises with left-wing politics.


Greek Jews: Golden Dawn vote 'serious blow' to democracy

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Members of the Greek Jewish community have expressed alarm following the election of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party to the country's parliament on the weekend.

In a statement, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece described the inclusion of 21 members of the party as a "serious blow" to Greek democracy.


Neo-Nazi youth group on EU funded council

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2012

Lithuanian neo-Nazi youth group has been adopted onto a council which receives European Union funding.

The Union of Lithuanian Nationalist Youth (ULNY) was unanimously elected to the Lithuanian Council of Youth Organisations at a national conference last weekend.


Le Pen's National Front a winner in French election

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2012

One in five voters in the French presidential elections backed the candidate of the country's far right National Front Party.

Marine Le Pen was in third place after Sunday's first-round election. A run-off will be held between the two leading candidates, Socialist challenger Francois Hollande – currently the frontrunner – and incumbent Nicholas Sarkozy.


Blood libel cleric Salah told: you're welcome to stay

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

Senior judges have ruled that a leading Islamic political activist is free to stay in Britain despite having given a sermon in which he invoked the antisemitic blood libel.


Extremists arrested in France 'planned to target Jews'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

French police may have thwarted a plot to kidnap a Jewish magistrate last week.

According to AFP, the raid on 16 suspected Islamists last week has led investigators to plans to target members of the country's Jewish community.


'Two states critical for Israel's future'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 29, 2012

More than 2,500 policymakers, Middle East experts, religious leaders, community activists and students converged in Washington over the weekend for J Street's second national conference.

The self-styled pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group is working to re-focus the US foreign policy agenda on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


Universities say no to hate speakers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Anti-extremism campaigners were celebrating a string of victories at UK universities this week.

Muslim speaker Sheikh Assim Al Hakim, known for his radical views on homosexuality, was barred from three campuses in a matter of days.


Police probe violence involving Beitar Jerusalem fans

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

Police in Israel are looking into claims that supporters of the right-wing Betar Jerusalem football team verbally abused Palestinian workers in a shopping centre.

According to Ha'aretz, the clash took place at the Malha Centre last Monday after a match at the nearby Teddy Stadium, named after the former mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.