Racism

Vidal Sassoon remembered: Anti-fascist, hairdresser, friend

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2012

Vidal Sassoon’s lifelong commitment to standing up for his convictions was recalled this week by a childhood friend who joined him in fighting fascists in London’s East End.

A decade before he became known for styling celebrities in his Bond Street salon, Sassoon gained a reputation for confronting fascists at their meetings in Ridley Road and Tottenham.

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Donnachie loses appeal as Scots judge rules no injustice at trial

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat last March at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a "terrorist".

Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last S

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French anti-racism group takes on Google for Murdoch 'the Jew'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 1, 2012

A French anti-racism group is taking on internet giant Google over its "auto-complete" function.

When internet users type in certain famous names, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch or Jon Hamm or Mad Men fame, the search engine recommends that the next keyword be "Jewish".

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Congressman hints at racist ‘dark side’ of GOP

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 26, 2012

Recent comments by Eric Cantor, the sole Jewish Republican serving in the US Congress, have been widely interpreted as suggesting that the Grand Old Party has a serious problem with antisemitism.

Asked at an event organised by Politico, the political news outlet, whether or not he has detected antisemitism among members of Congress, Mr Cantor said he did not want to talk about "the darker side"

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Cardiff library backs down on Protocols

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2012

Anti-racism campaigners have urged Cardiff City Council to remove a copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion from a city library.

Anti-racism campaigner Dave Shipper, 85, wrote to the library in February that the book was written to "foster hatred of Jews".

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Referee told Jewish footballers should 'remember concentration camps'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A well-known Manchester Football Association official told a referee to remind Jewish players of "the concentration camps" if they gave him any trouble.

Phil Morris, the referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was found guilty by an FA panel of making the comment before a match involving Jewish teams from the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.

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Bus fuss evokes US civil-rights protest

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Never, since the days of Rosa Parks, half-a-century ago, has a single bus-ride turned a citizen in to the heroine of thousands. A fortnight ago, Tania Rosenblit refused to sit in the back half of a bus where passengers normally segregate according to gender.

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'Racist' film Drives woman to court battle

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

A disgruntled film fan is suing a cinema after the action film she booked tickets for turned out to contain "dehumanising racism" towards Jews.

Sarah Deming, from Michigan, bought tickets for Drive having viewed the film's trailer, which and seen publicity that suggested it was similar to the Fast and Furious franchise.

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Cable Street memories: The day that every horse went down

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

For Cable Street veteran, Michael Sherbourne, the famous battle against the fascists in Whitechapel, 75 years ago next Tuesday, was a foregone conclusion.

"It was a deliberate provocation. We knew we were going to stop them."

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'Jew or Not Jew' iPhone app targeted by racism group

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

In recent months developers have created iPhone apps for hunting Nazis, finding chametz before Passover and encouraging Palestinians to rise up in a third intifada.

Now, technology which asks users to guess whether people are "Jew or Not Jew" has provoked the ire of anti-racism campaigners.

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