Racism

The Dutch ban smacks of racism

June 30, 2011

How did it come to this? It was never inevitable that the Dutch parliament would vote in favour of banning religious slaughter, but once the animal rights ball started rolling, it became harder and harder to stop.

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Professor quits UCU in hate row

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A professor has resigned from the University and College Union after more than 40 years following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

David-Hillel Ruben, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College and the former director of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), accused the UCU of being "institutionally racist" after it voted to distance itself from the defini

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Geert Wilders acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

An Amsterdam court has acquitted Dutch politician Geert Wilders of inciting hatred against Muslims.

The 47-year old populist, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom, was cleared and told his comments were "acceptable within the context of the public debate".

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On this day: Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman killed

By Anna Slater, June 21, 2011

Michael Schwerner, or "Mickey" as he was known to his friends, and Andrew Goodman, were political rights activists – a job that caused their untimely death by the Klu Klux Klan.

Mr Schwerner and Mr Goodman met when they both joined the Congress on Racial Equality in Meridian, Mississippi to take part in Freedom Summer.

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Football campaigners reveal anti-racist goals

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

It was a game of two halves as tackling racism in British and Israeli football was the theme of a JCC and New Israel Fund forum in central London on Tuesday.

Guests first enjoyed a screening of After the Cup, a documentary about Arab football team Bnei Sakhnin in the year following its Israeli Cup triumph and also focusing on star midfielder and Israeli international Abbas Suan.

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UCU's Sally Hunt 'not taking institutional racism seriously'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

A leading campaigner against academic boycotts of Israel has criticised the general secretary of the Universities and College Union for "pretending not to understand" the term institutional racism.

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The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.

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Londoner receives death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Swastikas and death threats have been spray-painted across the front of an east Londoner's house.

Yisro'el Shalom discovered the graffiti when leaving his Plaistow home to travel to the Shabbat service at the Settlement Synagogue, Stepney.

Mr Shalom, who wears tzizit and a kippah, has lived in Newham for 20 years. He claimed he frequently encountered verbal abuse and threats.

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Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.

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Gyspy scare stories given Jewish makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A group campaigning for the rights of Britain's traveller communities has set up a website substituting the word gypsy in "blatantly racist" headlines with the word Jew.

The Dale Farm Solidarity group built Jewify to raise awareness of the "official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing…racism against Gypsies".

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