Extremism

MPs pledge to tackle campus extremism and online hate

By Jessica Elgot, January 21, 2011

MPs have pledged to crack down on antisemitic preachers on campus and internet hate sites during a major parliamentary debate on antisemitism.

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Britain ban for flag-burning pastor Terry Jones

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

An extremist American pastor who said Judaism was “of the devil” and threatened to burn a Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks has been excluded from Britain.

A Home Office spokesman said the decision was because of “numerous comments” by Mr Jones that were “evidence of his unacceptable behaviour.”

Members of the interfaith Council of Imams and Rabbis had sent home secretary Theresa May letters appealing for her to stop Mr Jones entering Britain.

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London university to host imam who called Jews 'enemy'

By Robyn Rosen, January 18, 2011

Queen Mary University’s Islamic Society is to host controversial speaker Abu Usamah, who has called Jewish people the “enemy”.

Abu Usamah, who is an Imam at Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham, will address students on Wednesday in a lecture entitled: “Wives of the Prophet.”

In 2007, footage of him was used in a Channel 4 documentary called Undercover Mosques. He was filmed saying Osama bin Laden is “better than a thousand Tony Blairs” and that non-Muslims are “liars”

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The BBC's fantasy extremists

By Stephen Pollard, January 6, 2011

Imagine for a moment that you're a BBC reporter. You're on the Sunday programme, the Radio 4 early morning religious affairs show. In September, it'll be a decade since the events of 9/11. You've been asked to look at the impact on the relationship between Islam and the West.

So what do you focus on? The alliance between the hard left and Islamists? Maybe. The rise of radical Islam on campus? Perhaps. The failure of some in the West fully to grasp the threat? Possibly.

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On this day: The beginning of the Klu Klux Klan

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, veterans of the Confederate side grouped together in Tennessee to form the KKK.

Also known as the Klan, the far-right organisation was ostensibly a private social club dedicated to returning the greatness of the antebellum Old South but soon became known for hunting down black people and other minorities under a mixture of nationalist and white-supremacist ideology.

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Director of Polish Holocaust memorial attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2010

The Polish government has been urged to clamp down on antisemitism in the wake of an attack on a non-Jewish man who works to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for a “swift response” after bricks with swastikas on them and firecrackers were thrown through the window of Tomasz Pietrasiewicz’s home in Lublin.

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Chief Rabbi: full comment on campus extremism

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, December 14, 2010

Two weeks ago a highly inflammatory speaker with known anti-Zionist views was allowed to speak at the LSE. No counter voice was allowed. Jewish students present were intimidated and verbally abused.

This was not an unforeseen outcome. The UJS, which has done outstanding work in recent years, raised its concerns in advance. Assurances were given by the LSE student union. In the event they were not honoured. They proved to be empty words.

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Chief Rabbi speaks on campus extremism

By Marcus Dysch, December 14, 2010

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has launched a blistering attack on university authorities and warned that they must not “turn a blind eye and deaf ear” to the rise of antisemitism on campuses.

In a passionate defence of Jewish students, he said universities had done “too little, too late” to tackle hate speakers appearing at universities.

The Chief Rabbi was speaking at the Department for Communities and Local Government ahead of the launch of a report into antisemitism in Britain.

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Anti-Islamophobia parliamentary group drop 'Islamist' secretariat

By Martin Bright, December 8, 2010

A new parliamentary group set up to tackle Islamophobia has been forced to end its partnership with a controversial Muslim organisation which has campaigned against “Zionist” teachings at Jewish schools. It has also defended radical Islamist preachers and targeted moderate Muslim groups which raised concerns about the rise of Islamist politics in Britain.

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On this day: Oswald Mosley dies

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

After the death of Britain’s wartime fascist leader at the age of 84, the JC wrote that the demise far right leader stirred “bitter memories of the 1930s and the immediate post-war period, when the Jewish community was subjected to a vicious campaign of vilification, often accompanied by physical violence.”

Educated at Winchester, trained at Sandhurst, the young politician was elected in 1918 to represent Harrow, north-west London, for the Conservatives. At just 22, he was the youngest MP in the house.

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