"#UnBonJuif": Twitter deluged with French antisemitism

By Shirli Sitbon, October 18, 2012

Jewish and anti-racist organisations in France have threatened to sue dozens of Twitter users for posting antisemitic jokes and statements on the site using the hashtag #UnBonJuif (“a good Jew”).

Many tweets mocked the Holocaust, said “a good Jew is a dead Jew” or contained other racist statements which are illegal under French law.


UK Ambassador to Chile apologises for Falklands tweet

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

Britain’s Ambassador to Chile Jon Benjamin has apologised for a tweet which suggested Argentinians lost the Falklands War because they are “cowards”.

His post, written in Spanish, referenced a lewd football chant sung by Chilean fans when their team plays Argentina. The chant translates as: “Argentines, gays, they took the Falklands off you because you are cowards.”


French Twitter users posting anti-Jewish messages

By Jennifer Lipman, October 16, 2012

Antisemitic messages and offensive remarks are being posted on social networking site Twitter in France as part of a "concerning" new trend.

The president of the Union of French Jewish Students urged Twitter to improve its moderation system after French users of the site began competing with each other to post messages under the hashtag #unbonjuif.


Jessie Ware targeted by Twitter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has received antisemitic abuse on Twitter. The offensive message was sent to the 26-year-old in the early hours of Saturday morning after she performed live on Channel 4.

Ms Ware had sent a tweet to her 28,000 followers on the social networking site praising DJ A-Trak— real name Alain Macklovitch — who is also Jewish and also performed on the show.


It's about time social media did right thing

By Robin Shepherd, August 16, 2012

There may still be some out there who think this is all a figment of Benjamin Netanyahu's imagination. But, back on planet Earth, the global delegitimisation of Israel is very frightening, very widespread and very real.


Arsenal's Frimpong charged over 'scum yid' jibe

By Jamie Michaels, July 24, 2012

Arsenal footballer Emmanuel Frimpong, 20, has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for comments he made over Twitter. The l midfielder labelled a rival fan a "scum yid" in response to a comment aimed at the Ghanaian in which the fan told Frimpong he "prayed" the player would break his arms and legs.


My week of tweet nothings

By Cari Rosen, July 24, 2012

I wouldn't like to say that I'm totally addicted to the internet but, thinking back, I really should admit that there have been occasional times when I've been sitting right next to my husband in front of the telly and I've emailed him to ask whether he will be in for dinner the following night.


Swedish Twitter experiment goes awry with Jewish comments

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

A project that gives ordinary people control of a Twitter account representing Sweden has erupted in controversy after this week's curator let loose a stream of posts that could be seen as offensive to Jews.

Sonja "Hitler" Abrahamsson, as she refers to herself, was put in charge of the @Sweden account on Monday in the latest stage of the Swedish Institute's Curators of Sweden project.


The words I never thought I'd say: Marry me

By Paul Lester, April 4, 2012

Readers, you may remember that, late last year, I got dumped by my girlfriend Mandy when she finally twigged I wasn't going to be able to provide her with the things she really wanted: my ultra-rare Frankie Say Arm The Unemployed T-shirt from 1984 and box set of nine Seinfeld DVDs.


Ed Miliband lookalike tweeter loses PCC appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

A Twitter user and former professional Ed Miliband lookalike who was alleged to have posted antisemitic and threatening messages has lost his appeal to the Press Complaints Commission.

Shereef Abdallah went to the watchdog after details of tirades against Jewish or pro-Israel users, made under his name, were revealed in the Jewish Chronicle and three other newspapers in January.