Racism

Jerusalem football club to change racist culture

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2013

This afternoon, a Jerusalem football team will battle on the pitch for promotion to the professional league — and to change the culture of the game in Israel.

Many fans are sick of clubs’ reliance on tycoon owners, who can send their fortunes up and down like yo-yos. So six years ago, a group of Jerusalemites established a football co-operative.

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Twitter faces £33m suit over hate messages

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2013

Social networking site Twitter is facing a £33 million lawsuit for refusing to divulge the identities of antisemitic users.

The site is being sued by the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF ) for ignoring a court ruling to hand over details of the users.

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Boys battle racism in football

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Two 13-year-old schoolboys have embarked on a mission to combat racism in football.

Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham Football Club co-owner David Sullivan, has teamed up with his Jewish schoolfriend Joshua Klein.

Both boys, who attend Chigwell School, participated in the BBC-led School Report initiative, which involved young people making and submitting a news report on Thursday.

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Yeshivah teacher shame over ‘schvartze’ remark

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

New York’s Yeshiva University has condemned one of its senior professors of rabbinic studies for his offensive remarks about “schvartzes”, made at a recent conference of United Synagogue rabbis in London.

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Livingstone to deliver anti-racist talk

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2013

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone is to address a National Union of Students conference later this month looking at challenging antisemitism, racism, Islamophobia and fascism.

He is one of several speakers invited to address the NUS Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism event, with MP Margaret Hodge and the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies also on the bill.

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Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.

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Should Twitter block hate speech?

By Robin Shepherd and Mike Whine, January 31, 2013

NO - ROBIN SHEPHERD

True defenders of free speech will have mixed feelings about recent discussions over social media’s responsibility to police “hate speech”, made ever more relevant by last week’s ruling against Twitter by the Grand Instance Court in Paris.

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Arab signings spark racism at Beitar

By Simon Griver, January 31, 2013

The Israeli FA and public opinion in the country have come down heavily against Beitar Jerusalem’s racist fans who reacted angrily to club owner Arkady Gaydamak’s decision to sign two Chechen Muslim players.

No Arab has ever played for Beitar and the only Muslim ever to play for the side, a Nigerian defender who arrived in 2004, left after two months.

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Malmo: 480 crimes, 0 convictions

By Natalie Rothschild, January 10, 2013

Out of a record 480 reported hate crimes in Malmo between 2010 and 2011, only 16 led to an indictment and none led to a conviction, according to statistics from the Swedish Crime Prevention Council. None of the 44 antisemitic hate crimes reported in Malmo in the two-year period even made it to a prosecutor.

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It's that word again

November 16, 2012

That hardy perennial, the chanting of "Yid Army" by Spurs fans, has reared its head again. There is nothing close to a consensus over the issue. Some see it as deeply offensive and an impediment to stamping out racism, and specifically antisemitism, on the terraces. Others see it as analogous to gays taking ownership of the word "queer", and turning abuse on its head.

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