Extremism

May’s pledge to fight extremist groups in UK

By Marcus Dysch and Jenni Frazer, February 28, 2013

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the government is doing everything possible to counter extremist groups operating in Britain.

Speaking at the Community Security Trust annual dinner in central London on Wednesday evening, Mrs May said more would be done to stop extremists "masquerading as charities" in order to raise funds.

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Row over Muslim prayer space at City University

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

A leading London university has stopped allocating space for a Muslim prayer group after students refused to allow staff to oversee the content of sermons.

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Biggest Golden Dawn rally in Athens since election

By Ray Filar, February 6, 2013

Over 5,000 neo-Nazi Golden Dawn supporters rallied in central Athens this week, bringing traffic to a halt and causing roads to be cordoned off.

Far-right protesters marched past the Turkish and US embassies in Athens chanting anti-immigration slogans, in a protest billed as a ‘remembrance rally’.

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Biggest Golden Dawn rally in Athens since election

By Ray Filar, February 6, 2013

Over 5,000 neo-Nazi Golden Dawn supporters rallied in central Athens this week, bringing traffic to a halt and causing roads to be cordoned off.

Far-right protesters marched past the Turkish and US embassies in Athens chanting anti-immigration slogans, in a protest billed as a ‘remembrance rally’.

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The Duce-loving movement shaping Italian politics

By Cecilia Rencatti, January 31, 2013

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s defence of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at a Holocaust memorial ceremony was just one of several pieces of bad news for Italian Jews over the past ten days.

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The week extremism became mainstream

By Martin Bright, January 31, 2013

In January 2013, a watershed was reached in the history of anti-Zionism. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), a time for reflection and collective grief for the suffering of the victims of genocide, was overshadowed by two men.

First, LibDem MP David Ward drew a parallel between the death camps and the “atrocities” against the Palestinian people by “the Jews”.

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MPs warn of far-right rise in Europe during Holocaust Memorial day debate

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2013

MPs spoke movingly of meeting Holocaust survivors and visiting the sites of Nazi atrocities in a parliamentary debate convened to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

In what has become a tradition since 2008, politicians of all parties acknowledged the annual memorial day, which officially takes place this year on Sunday.

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Politicians challenge extremism in the European Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Politicians challenged the rise of neo-Nazi and extremist parties in the European Parliament during a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor warned that the parliament contained an increasing number of racists and antisemites, reflecting the dramatic rise in antisemitism across Europe.

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Israel’s ‘Soviet’ prayer police

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2013

Last month, Israeli police arrested worshippers at the entrance to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The worshippers had committed a heinous crime: they had tried to pass through the gates leading from the plaza to the Wall itself wearing tallitot.

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Oxford Union's Nick Griffin invitation criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

BNP leader Nick Griffin may be set to speak at an Oxford Union debate this week.

The far-right MEP has been invited to argue over the motion: "This House Would be Glad to Have Gay Parents".

Although it is unclear whether or not Mr Griffin has accepted the invitation, anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate urged students to say no "to Griffin spreading his vile hatred.

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