Racism

Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto banned for three games over quenelle tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The Football Association has banned Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto after he posted messages on Twitter relating to the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

Assou-Ekotto had been charged with improper conduct in April and ordered to remove two tweets following Nicolas Anelka controversially performed the quenelle last year.

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July breaks record for antisemitic hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

There were more antisemitic incidents in Britain in July than any other month since records began 20 years ago, the Community Security Trust has confirmed.

The final figures show that 302 incidents were recorded, a rise of more than 400 per cent on the same month last year.

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Malky Mackay apologises over ‘disrespectful’ texts

By Daniel Easterman, August 22, 2014

Former Cardiff City football manager Malkay Mackay has apologised for sending two text messages which he admitted were “disrespectful of other cultures”.

But Mr Mackay said the messages were part of “friendly text message banter”.

It is alleged that he sent a number of texts which were antisemitic, racist, homophobic and sexist.

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Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.

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Holocaust charity boycotts Dorchester hotel over Sharia law

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has relocated its annual dinner from the Dorchester hotel as calls to boycott the venue grow.

The charity said it was fundamentally at odds with the repressive Sharia laws introduced by Dorchester owner the Sultan of Brunei in the south east Asia kingdom.

HET’s fundraising event will instead be moved to a new venue.

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Ukip man refuses to apologise for 'ethnic cleansing' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

One of the UK Independence Party’s most prominent Jewish activists has refused to apologise after suggesting white people had been ethnically cleansed from an area of London.

Jeremy Zeid, chairman of the party’s Harrow branch in north west London, wrote on Twitter after visiting a Ukip MEP in Essex: “The almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.”

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Survey reveals growing racism across UK

By Charlotte Oliver and Marcus Dysch, May 28, 2014

Jewish leaders have expressed concern over rising racism in Britain as revealed by a national survey released this week.

According to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey, the percentage of Britons who say they hold some form of prejudice against people of other races has increased overall from 25 per cent to 30 per cent since 2001.

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This is not just about recession — Europeans must look much deeper

By Matthew Goodwin, April 10, 2014

For those who monitor Europe’s far right, these have been busy weeks.

Following her success in France’s municipal elections and her subsequent decision to ban halal and kosher food in schools under her jurisdiction, there are whispers that NF leader Marine Le Pen is considering running for president of the European Commission.

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Hungarian election a ‘wake-up call for Europe’

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2014

Electoral gains made by the far-right party Jobbik should be a source of grave concern for Europe, European Jewish Congress said in a statement following the Hungarian election on Sunday.

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Beware the whiff of casual prejudice

By David Aaronovitch, February 27, 2014

My last column here was rather an angry one. It made no attempt at analysing anything, but in the wake of the Dieudonné business and my encounters with nervous Jews, it was simply what is unpleasantly called “venting” about antisemitism.

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