A Muslim author who has allegedly expressed negative sentiments about Dutch Jews and Israel has been named as the keynote speaker at The Netherland’s Remembrance of the Dead event.

The National Committee which organises the annual commemoration announced last week that Moroccan-born Abdelkader Benali will deliver the address at this year’s main memorial ceremony in Amsterdam. Held on 4th May and attended by King Willem-Alexander and other dignitaries, it is the day when the nation remembers its fallen soldiers and the victims of Nazism, who include 102,000 Dutch Jews.

According to a 2010 article published in the HP de Tijd weekly by Harald Doornbos, a respected Dutch journalist, Mr Benali expressed antisemitic views in July 2006 in Beirut, Lebanon, during a conversation between the two. Mr Doornbos, a specialist on the Muslim world, wrote “Benali let loose”, and quoted Mr Benali as allegedly saying that southern Amsterdam “is full of Jews. And that’s annoying that there are so many of them. Amsterdam Jews. Makes you feel uneasy as a Moroccan. It looks like Israel. So many Jews, it just feels crazy.”

In a 2009 opinion piece published in the Volkskrant newspaper, Mr Benali called Gaza a “ghetto.” According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, comparing Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis is an example of antisemitism.

This is not the first controversy for the organisers: in 2017, after naming rapper Emerson Akachar as “ambassador for peace,” it emerged that a year before he had been filmed shouting “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” during a soccer match. The committee revoked the honour. In 2012, meanwhile, a poem describing an SS soldier as “a victim of World War II” was pulled after sparking protests.

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One of the largest Holocaust memorial centres in the world is set to be built in Ukraine at Babyn Yar (also known as Babi Yar), near the capital, Kiev.

Plans for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre (BYHMC) were unveiled on 20th January. The site will have a dozen buildings including, a Holocaust exhibition space and a memorial to those slaughtered at Babyn Yar. The BYHMC will also include an educational centre, a multi-media centre and a spiritual centre containing a synagogue, church and mosque.

Babyn Yar was chosen because it was the site of the the first major massacre of European Jews in World War II. In September 1941, over 33,000 Jews were taken from Kiev to the Babyn Yar Ravine and shot. Afterwards, the site became a Nazi killing ground for Jews and non-Jews with an estimated death toll of 100,000.

The synagogue and exhibition space are scheduled to be completed this year in time for the 80th anniversary of the massacre.

Natan Sharansky, the Ukrainian-born former head of the Jewish Agency and one-time Soviet refusenik, is the chair of the BYHMC’s Supervisory Board. Describing the concept as “amazing”, he said that the museum and educational centre would be “different from many other Holocaust centres”, so helping to “fill a vacuum in the field of Holocaust studies.”

Poland’s former President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is also a member of the Supervisory Board, said that the new centre “will allow us to find a common language with the younger generation.”

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A campaign to find the perpetrator of antisemitic attacks on two Jewish sites in Huntsville, Alabama, will include digital billboards.

The billboards are part of a campaign to find the perpetrator behind antisemitic graffiti daubed at the Etz Chayim Synagogue and at Chabad of Huntsville last April. Rewards totalling $18,000 (£13,000) are being offered. The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction, while the ADL is offering a separate $2,000 reward and Huntsville Area Crime Stoppers a further $1,000.

Based on surveillance footage, investigators believe the same man vandalised both locations. They hope to be helped to find him through “digital billboards across north Alabama and southern Tennessee,” according to a press release.

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Antisemitic and anti-black racist slurs and pornographic images appeared online when a virtual lesson being given by an elite San Francisco school was hacked.

According to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the hacking took place during an anti-racism talk to students of Lowell High School. The SFUSD said that students were using the Padlet platform to share reflections on anti-racism lessons when the messages and images appeared.

The SFUSD said its Department of Technology were trying to identify the hacker and trace the origin of the posts.

Lowell principal Dacotah Swett issued a video statement, saying: “My heart goes out to the members of our community who were targeted — our Black and Jewish students.” Directing comments to the perpetrators, she said that she would pursue “by all means available” to her those who made “these racist and antisemitic attacks on our community.”

Noting that their “words and actions” had no place at Lowell, she added: “Your actions constitute hate speech and you will be held accountable.”

Students from Lowell High School have complained about ongoing racism at the elite school where nearly 70% of students are either Asian-American or White. Less than 2% of students are Black, and 12% are Hispanic.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a petition had been started by a Lowell teacher and black student calling for a federal investigation into the hacking.

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A screaming Holocaust-denier infiltrated a virtual gathering last weekend of the Or Shalom Synagogue, according to the Vancouver congregation’s leadership.

They said that the antisemitic racist used a fake identity and “snuck into their virtual gathering” in what they are calling a “Zoombombing.”

Synagogue co-Chair David Kauffman explained that due to pandemic-related restrictions the synagogue in Canada’s main West Coast city held a virtual event on Sunday evening. He said that an unknown person using a “Jewish sounding” name joined the Zoom, but kept his video off before screaming and “disrupting with what sounded like a recording of Holocaust denial”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has warned about the phenomenon of Zoombombing over the past year, as video gatherings have become more common during the period of pandemic lockdowns.

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Southwestern Law School has issued an unequivocal condemnation of the “intensely offensive antisemitic statements” reportedly expressed by an alumnus.

A recent report revealed that a California lawyer, Farhad Khorasani, posted a number of hateful and antisemitic statements on social media across his personal platforms.

In past Facebook posts, Mr Khorasani claimed that Israel is “the main enemy of the human race and the world” and its supporters are a “satanical cartel”. He made a further statement that read: “the Jew anywhere is an existential threat to Aryans, Muslims and Iranians everywhere. Hitler has proved that he knew these terrorist semites very well. Hitler was right, we need a new Hitler”.

The lawyer, who has his own firm, has also previously promoted Holocaust denial and alleged that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a common antisemitic conspiracy theory.

The California Bar Association stated that it investigated the complaints made against Mr Khorasani, however it said that they would not pursue any disciplinary action against the Iranian-American international lawyer.

In an Instagram post on 23rd January, Mr Khorasani claimed that his social media accounts had been hacked and that he was not responsible for the hateful content. He issued an apology and the posts were removed.

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Baroness Tonge has blamed the rise in antisemitism on actions of Israeli Government, again.

In a debate called by CAA honorary patron Baroness Deech over the adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism by universities, the disgraced Baroness Tonge called for an “investigation into why these [antisemitic] incidents are increasing”, noting apparent upswings during conflicts between Israel and the antisemitic genocidal terrorist group Hamas in Gaza in 2009 and 2014.

Baroness Tonge continued: “Whenever I suggest a connection between the two, I am told this is ‘victim blaming’, which it is not. The victims are innocent Jewish people — students, in this case. They are victims because of the illegal actions of the Israeli Government. Please will our Government investigate the connection?”

While Baroness Tonge is correct to note that conflagrations in the Middle East can have an impact on antisemitism in the UK, this is not always the case. For example, the rise of the antisemite Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party — and the unlawful anti-Jewish racism carried out by the Party during his time in office — were not in some way a response to developments in the Middle East.

Moreover, if there is such an upswing in antisemitism in the UK during Middle East skirmishes, it is likely because antisemites in Britain are holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel (or its perceived actions), which is itself antisemitic, according to the International Definition of Antisemitism. It is regrettable that, in a debate about whether universities should be adopting the Definition, Baroness Tonge did not allude to this point or to the Definition at all. She remains more concerned to blame Israel for the rise in antisemitism instead of the antisemites.

Earlier in the debate, Baroness Tonge was skewered by Lord Polak as someone who has had “a career of repeating old, medieval tropes.”

Baroness Tonge was suspended from the Liberal Democrats before eventually resigning, has a long history of Jew-baiting, denouncing Campaign Against Antisemitism, suggesting that the antisemitic attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue might be Israel’s fault, blaming Israel for a rise in antisemitism, and sharing a cartoon comparing Israel’s policies to those of the Nazis, which is a breach of the International Definition.

In December 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism joined 88 members of the House of Lords in condemning remarks on Facebook by Baroness Tonge following the general election, in which she commented: “The Chief RabbI must be dancing in the street. The pro-Israel lobby won our General Election by lying about Jeremy Corbyn.”

In 2020, Lord Pickles called for reform in the House of Lords after Baroness Tonge called Israel America’s “puppet master” and received no sanction.

Staffordshire University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The adoption comes after a call from the Education Secretary for universities to adopt the Definition.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Liz Barnes, said: “At Staffordshire University we strive to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our community. Our decision to adopt the [D]efinition is a crucial step in combatting prejudice and makes clear that antisemitism will not be tolerated at our institution. We are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and will continue to promote a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves and are able to achieve their potential free from prejudice.”

Recently, BirminghamLancasterCambridgeManchester Metropolitan and Buckingham New Universities have adopted the Definition.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has consistently backed efforts by the Government to encourage widespread adoption of the Definition by local authorities, universities and public bodies. The UK was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings with officials at Downing Street.

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Tom Tugendhat MP has asserted that Shami Chakrabarti “only got her peerage because she cosied up and covered up antisemitism in the Labour Party”.

The Conservative MP and Chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee made the claim on BBC’s PoliticsLive yesterday, where he featured on a panel with Baroness Chakrabarti.

He said: “It’s a bit rich for Shami to talk about cosying up when she only got her peerage because she cosied up and covered up antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

Baroness Chakrabarti denied that this was the case.

But Mr Tugendhat insisted: “The entire Jewish community sees you as having covered up the antisemitism [in] the Corbyn Labour Party.”

Baroness Chakrabarti then referred Mr Tugendhat to her report on Labour antisemitism, the publication of which directly preceded her nomination for a peerage, which was the first such nomination Jeremy Corbyn had made, having promised never to nominate anyone to the House of Lords. Lady Chakrabarti’s report was a whitewash.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has lodged a complaint against Jeremy Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day of the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.

The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

The former head of New York Police Department’s discrimination office who was accused of posting “hateful” online messages is reportedly to retire.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, commanding officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division, had submitted retirement papers shortly after the department said that it was planning to suspend him.

Mr Kobel is alleged to have used the name “Clouseau” on a message board called The Rant where law-enforcement officials post anonymously. As Clouseau, he is alleged to have posted antisemitic, anti-Black, misogynist and homophobic slurs. Commenting on an article about Orthodox Jews tired of being photographed by tourists, Clouseau said: “I think that eventually all of the inbreeding may lead to the demise of these clowns. The severity of birth defects will only increase. Unfortunately, the local taxpayer is going to be on the hook for the bill when the children need special programs in the local school districts and the parents continue to leach [sic] off the system.”

The Oversight Division of the New York City Council identified Mr Kobel as “Clouseau”. He Mr denied the charge but was suspended pending an investigation, and has now resigned. The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, had said that Mr Kobel should be “terminated immediately” if found guilty.

The head of Mr Kobel’s union said that Mr Kobel had retired to avoid a departmental disciplinary hearing, believing that, “given the current political climate”, he did not expect to “get a fair administrative trial”.

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Concerns have been raised over the alleged increase in neo-Nazi content on Telegram.

The Dubai-based social media platform has reportedly begun removing some content and even some channels in response to the trend, which comes as the platform has, by its own estimation, acquired 25 million new users in the past week.

NBC News claims that at least fifteen far-right channels on Telegram have recently been banned, while content had been censored on other channels.

Part of the rise in user numbers is allegedly due to white supremacists and neo-Nazis leaving major platforms which are moving to curb hate speech. However, Telegram founder, Pavel Durov, claimed that the “vast majority” were those who “no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies.”

Whatever the truth, Megan Squire, a professor of computer science who monitors extremist groups, claimed that a number of Telegram channels were still “actively posting explicitly white supremacist and pro-Nazi content.”

NBC’s national security analyst, Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant FBI director, welcomed the curbs at Telegram, claiming that such crackdowns “help to keep the violent extremists off-balance.” As they “scramble to find new homes, they inevitably make mistakes,” leaving “clues and trails” that law enforcement can use to defeat them, he said.

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A Microsoft-owned company has apologised over the dismissal of a Jewish employee who referenced “Nazis” in a comment to colleagues, and the company’s Head of Human Resources has resigned over the episode.

GitHub, a code-sharing site for software developers, said on Sunday that its Head of HR had resigned after an investigation into the employee’s dismissal uncovered “significant errors” in judgment and procedure.

In an interview published on TechCrunch, the employee said that on 6th January, the day on which the Capitol Building was breached, he had made a comment on the Slack messaging service cautioning colleagues in Washington D.C. to “Stay safe homies, Nazis are about.” Two days later, on 8th January, the employee was allegedly fired by GitHub.

According to a statement from Chief Operating Officer Erica Brescia, other GitHub employees raised concerns about the dismissal and an independent investigation was launched. The company found that there had been “significant errors of judgment and procedure”, she said. In a blog post on Sunday, Ms Brescia said that the Head of HR had “taken personal accountability and resigned.” She added: “To the employee we wish to say publicly, ‘we sincerely apologise’.”

GitHub Chief Executive Officer Nat Friedman acknowledged in a post that the violent mob had included “Nazis and white supremacists.” In a statement, Mr Friedman said: “Employees are free to express concerns about Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment in internal discussions.”

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A US college which was at the centre of a row over antisemitism and failing to protect the rights of Jewish students has reached an agreement with the complainant and adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In January 2020, the Georgia Institute of Technology – known as Georgia Tech – was accused of “failing to confront antisemitism and protect the rights of Jewish students.” The  accusation came after Lauren Blazofsky, the then-director of Georgia Tech Hillel, was barred from attending a campus event called “Palestine 101”.

On behalf of Hillels of Georgia, the American Centre for Law and Justice asked the US Department of Education to investigate whether Ms Blazofsky was barred from attending because she was Jewish.

On 19th January, the College announced that the parties had reached an agreement and that the case was closed. A College statement declared: “Antisemitism and any other forms of discrimination are not acceptable,” and confirmed that the College was adopting the Definition.

Ms Blazofsky, who is now Associate Director of Hillel at Emory University, said that she was pleased with the outcome, noting that the  “goal all along” had been to ensure that Jewish students could “rely on Georgia Tech to protect them when faced with antisemitism or discrimination.” She added that she was happy to see that the College had recognised the Definition, as it means that the College can “move forward to educate the community about all forms of modern antisemitism.”

Mark Goldfeder, the lawyer who handled the case, said he believed the “unified statement” on this issue would “help prevent any future instances of antisemitic behaviour, and ensure that if something does happen it is dealt with appropriately.”

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Campaign Against Antisemitism is proud that our teachers’ guide on antisemitism for Years 5-13 is now also available through BBC Teach.

The guide is available in two versions: Love Thy Neighbour, designed specifically for Church of England schools, and Love Your Neighbour, for Catholic schools. Both versions are also suitable for all other schools, and versions for other faiths and non-denominational schools are also in production.

The guides are intended for use with an accompanying student-friendly PowerPoint presentation, which is also available on our website and through BBC Teach.

These guides, which were prepared by a former teacher who refined this material whilst speaking to 25,000 children in over 100 schools, provide information for teachers on topics such as prejudice, stereotyping, bullying and the importance of being an upstander and not a bystander. They also complement numerous bases.

You can download the guides here or visit BBC Teach here.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old French Jew.

Social media posts remembered Mr Halimi who, on 20th January 2006, was kidnapped by an antisemitic gang and then tortured in what Washington Post columnist James McAuley described as “one of the most brutal antisemitic attacks in France in recent memory (and there have been quite a few).”

Mr Halimi, who lived in the Paris suburb of Bagneux with his mother and sister, spent three weeks in captivity as gang members tortured him and tried to extort ransom money from his relatives. He died on the way to the hospital after being dumped near a railway track on the outskirts of the French capital.

Part of the eulogy written for Mr Halimi by Judea Pearl, father of murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl, was also shared on Twitter: “Let there be no silence on your grave, Ilan; no rest, nor learned discussion… until another Zola rises with a louder ‘J’accuse’.”

Francis Kalifat, president of CRIF, the organisation representing French Jews, wrote on Twitter, “I think of his family and all the victims of antisemitism. Neither forgiveness nor forgetting.”

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A suspect has been named in connection with the antisemitic vandalism of a prominent Montreal synagogue.

Adam Riga, who also goes by the name Adam Rackett, has reportedly been identified as the man charged with the antisemitic vandalism of the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue in Montreal.

One of the Canadian city’s major Jewish landmarks, the synagogue was spray-painted with swastikas a week ago. In a letter to congregants, the synagogue’s Rabbi Adam Scheier said that the perpetrator, who had been stopped by a synagogue security guard, was carrying a canister of gasoline when arrested after spray-painting doors of the synagogue with swastikas.

Mr Riga is understood to be a supporter of the movement to boycott Israel.

Montreal police said that a psychological exam had been ordered on the a 28-year-old, as he appeared to be suffering from mental health problems.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the vandalism “despicable,” while Marc Miller, the Indigenous Services Minister, condemned it as an “utter disgrace.”

Former Premier Stephen Harper tweeted that his prayers were with the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue and its congregation. “I’m saddened and appalled to see such a vile antisemitic attack on a place so sacred to the Montreal Jewish community,” he declared, adding: “We must come together as Canadians and denounce all forms of hatred.”

Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-Chair of Québec’s main Jewish representative organisation, said yjsy the Jewish community was “outraged” by the “vile assault on Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.” He added: “This attack targets the entire community and all those who embrace civility and tolerance.”

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Morocco’s quasi-official Association Mimouna has signed an agreement with the US State Department to work to combat antisemitism in Morocco.

The agreement was signed on 15th January via Zoom by the President of Association Mimouna, El Mehdi Boudra, and the State Department’s Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, Elan Carr.

The agreement – a Memorandum of Understanding – follows the signing of the Abraham Accords aimed at normalising relations with Israel and promoting the acceptance of Israel and Zionism. A similar Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October between the State Department and Bahrain.

While neither the Moroccan organisation nor the signatory in Bahrain are Government bodies, both have the blessing of their nation’s respective royal family.

The Memorandum of Understanding commits the parties “to work together to share and promote best practices for combating all forms of antisemitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimisation of the State of Israel.” It also commits them to combat “other kinds of intolerance and hatred.”

In a statement, Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala, said that the agreement “reinforces the deep and longstanding partnership ” between the United States and Morocco “in the fight against all forms of intolerance and the promotion of peace and mutual coexistence.”

She added: “It is an unwavering engagement spearheaded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI” who “ upholds the proud heritage of tolerance perpetuated by his forefathers.”

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A watchdog monitoring peace and tolerance in the Middle East has accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) of distributing educational materials containing antisemitism and calling for jihad.

The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School (IMPACT-se) has published a report that alleges that material promoting jihad and violence was distributed by UNRWA to hundreds of thousands of pupils in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, which is controlled by the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, Hamas.

UNRWA reportedly said that an internal review had been conducted. The UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini blamed the distribution of the offending educational materials on the coronavirus pandemic. “Unfortunately, in the rush to continue students’ education uninterrupted, some material the Agency had previously identified as not in line with UN values was mistakenly included.”  

The Australian Department of Foreign Trade and Affairs (DFAT) has said it would investigate the issue, following the IMPACT-se report. Australia gave $8.39 million in 2020, making it the 19th-biggest contributor to the $921 million pledged to UNRWA in 2020.

A DFAT spokesperson told The Australian newspaper: “UNRWA has a fundamental obligation to remain unbiased and impartial while it delivers its humanitarian mandate.” 

According to the IMPACT-se report, some textbooks erased Israel from maps or labelled the country as “Palestine.” Other books featured phrases such as: “Jihad is one of the doors to Paradise” and “The motherland is worthy of any kind of sacrifice.” A social-studies booklet aimed at fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds contains the claim that Israel “deliberately spreads disease by dumping radioactive and toxic waste”, which is reminiscent of the age-old antisemitic trope that Jews spread disease.

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Sylvain Sylvain, the musician hailed as the “lynchpin” of the rock band, New York Dolls, has died at the age of 69 following a two-year battle with an unspecified form of cancer.

The guitarist was born Sylvain Mizrahi to a Syrian Jewish family in Cairo in 1951. His family emigrated during the Suez Crisis, which is believed to have triggered a renewed wave of antisemitism across the country, from which the family was fleeing. The family eventually settled in Queens, New York following a brief stay in France.

He joined the New York Dolls in 1972 after befriending the band’s original drummer, Billy Murcia, at his high school. The guitarist pursued a solo career and recorded numerous albums up until the late 1990s.

Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s longtime Jewish guitarist, issued a social media post on Sylvain Sylvain’s personal Facebook page to announce his death and celebrate his accolades.

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Prosecutors in Russia have launched an investigation into a circus performance that featured a monkey clothed in a Nazi uniform and two goats dressed in blankets embellished with swastikas. It is alleged that the incident may have broken laws surrounding the promotion of fascism.

The performance, watched by young children and their families, was commissioned by the Russian Orthodox Church in Udmurtia, a region in western Russia. Social media footage showed the animals being controlled by circus performers and trainers around the ring dressed in Soviet uniforms. The audience can be heard applauding and cheering throughout the show, which occurred on the day after Orthodox Christmas.

Following public outcry, the church released a statement in which it assured that the performance was used to celebrate the “victory over fascism” in Moscow in 1942, and to reflect a “worldwide condemnation” of the ideals of Nazi Germany.

In 2014, the country introduced a ban on Nazi symbols, however the law was later amended after politicians highlighted that it applied to documentaries and films about the Nazi regime and the Second World War. The Chairman of the public chamber of Udmurtia stated that the use of Nazi symbols, akin to those incorporated in the circus, are permitted for educational purposes.

Prosectors have not issued a comment on their current investigation.

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Rachel Riley, the Jewish TV personality and campaigner against Jew-hatred, has been vindicated in a defamation case that she brought against a Twitter troll who Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed in 2017 over his blog in which he claimed that there was a “conspiracy” by Jews and those who would defend them in the UK, and in which he has posted and linked to the work of notorious antisemites.

Mr Sivier had promoted a narrative started by another online troll that Ms Riley was bullying a teenage girl.

In a statement celebrating today’s judgement, Ms Riley noted that from the moment she began to criticise antisemitism in the Labour Party, she was subjected to a “large volume of abuse” that “seemed to increase exponentially”.

Instead of addressing her concerns, she explained, trolls on social media “turned their attention to discrediting my arguments by smearing my character”. One of them launched “a particularly nasty (defamatory and untrue) smear” accusing Ms Riley of bullying, but due to the fact that he was not located in the UK, Ms Riley did not pursue him for libel.

Today’s judgement has vindicated Ms Riley and her persistence, with the court striking out all of Mr Sivier’s defences, which the judge described as “fanciful” and “verging on the perverse”. This judgement leaves Mr Sivier with the option to concede or proceed to a full trial in which he would need to meet evidentiary thresholds that, in the circumstances, are thought to be impossibly high.

Mr Sivier has continued his crowdfunding campaign for legal funds.

Ms Riley was represented by solicitor Dr Mark Lewis, who is also an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, and barrister John Stables.

Campaign Against Antisemitism congratulates Ms Riley on her success today, and applauds her, Tracy-Ann Oberman, and other activists against antisemitism who are unafraid to confront and expose antisemitic abuse online.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) has denounced what it calls “another attempt to diminish and exploit the Holocaust” following the publication of a cartoon in a Greek newspaper.

The KIS said that a cartoon published in the Greek daily Efimerida ton Syntakton on 16th January depicting the iconic image of Auschwitz with a play on its slogan to make a point about universities (“Studies Make You Free”) was “a hideous and vulgar” use of the Holocaust for political purposes.

The KIS said that Kostas Grigoriadis, the cartoonist responsible for the cartoon, had drawn another in the same newspaper in 2018 in which he also depicted the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp to protest plans for a twelve-hour work day.

In a statement, KIS said that neither the expressions of respect towards the victims of the Holocaust nor the newspaper’s “firm position against antisemitism” excused it for publishing cartoons that insulted “the memory of the victims” by “trivialising the place of their martyrdom.”

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The terrorist group Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula has condemned the Governments of four Arab countries for their rapprochement with Israel and has called on Muslims to kill Jews who visit.

In its report, Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor states that an editorial  in the 8th January issue of the terror group’s publication described the Governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as “traitors” and accused them of a “humiliating stance” on “the Jewish occupation” and the “violation” by “the criminal Jews” against the Muslim nation.

After further accusing them of being “submissive to the Ziono-Crusader coalition”, it allegedly urged Muslims to “seize the opportunity presented by the visits of Jews to Muslim countries to cut off their heads,” pointing out that “the jihad waged against Jews today” was not limited to “those who are in Palestine”, as Jews were “walking around in the region,” offering “a rare opportunity.”

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Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of the Labour Party, has launched a bid in the High Court to overturn his suspension from Labour over remarks he made following the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) devastating report into antisemitism in the Party.

The first hearing, which took place earlier this week, related to the disclosure of evidence pursuant to Mr Corbyn’s insistence that there was a deal between his representatives and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer on which Sir Keir supposedly reneged.

Campaign Against Antisemitism lodged a complaint against Mr Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.

Separately, a case brought against the EHRC in connection with its report by two members of the public has apparently failed to advance because the claimants lacked legal standing. At least one of the claimants, Justin Schlosberg, last year lost a case in the High Court challenging Ofcom’s decision not to sanction the BBC over the Panorama investigation into Labour antisemitism.

Another challenge against the EHRC has reportedly been brought by the disgraced former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Cllr Pam Bromley, who were both singled out for criticism by the EHRC’s report.

The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

The Daily Blog, a far-left website in New Zealand, has shared an antisemitic cartoon three times.

The image depicts Zionism as a virus – reminiscent of the age-old antisemitic trope that Jews spread disease, which has received new life during the coronavirus pandemic – and features an “S” in a font widely associated with the Nazi “SS”. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is an example of antisemitism.

The first of the three articles to which the cartoon was attached – back in November – was titled the “crucifixion of Jeremy Corbyn”, a further offensive allusion. The two more recent articles are from earlier this month.

The Daily Blog describes itself as uniting “Top Left-Wing Political Commentators and Progressive Opinion Shapers”. It launched in 2013 and its editor is Martyn Bradbury. Sitting outside of the mainstream media landscape, it is not believed to have a large following.

This cartoon was apparently drawn by the notorious cartoonist Malcolm Evans, who claims that he was sacked from his job at New Zealand’s largest newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, in 2003, for refusing to stop drawing controversial cartoons about the Jewish state, although the newspaper’s editor denied that this was the reason.

The New Zealand Jewish Council has made representations on the issue and is considering appropriate further action.

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Geeta Sidhu-Robb, who last year was shortlisted as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the London mayoralty, has reportedly been expelled from the Party.

Ms Sidhu-Robb was revealed to have made antisemitic comments when she was a Conservative candidate in the 1997 General Election (she apologised for the comments at the time and again more recently when they re-emerged).

However, the Liberal Democrats’ leader, Sir Ed Davey, said that the Party’s vetting process was “completely flawed” and that he was “furious” when the incident resurfaced.

A disciplinary panel was reportedly convened and, after hearing evidence, apparently unanimously decided to uphold all the complaints.

Ms Sidhu-Robb reportedly said: “I have already publicly apologized for an act of momentary stupidity that took place 24 years ago under extreme provocation, but I am not a racist or antisemite and never have been, as anyone who knows me will attest. I find it deeply disappointing that a faction within the Liberal Democrats, who felt threatened by a fresh, engaging, female-centric approach to politics, have used this incident as a pretext to remove me from the party. However, I am now looking forward to focusing fully on my broader work, empowering a new generation of women to become strong, healthy, confident leaders by sharing the tools which have helped me during my career as an award-winning entrepreneur.”

A Lib Dem spokesperson reportedly said: “The Liberal Democrats take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously. The party suspended Geeta Sidhu-Robb within 24 hours of receiving a complaint and can confirm that, following our investigation, she was expelled late last year.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

A professor at the University of California Merced will not be teaching in the upcoming semester after he was revealed to have allegedly posted antisemitic tweets.

Prof. Abbas Ghassemi, who teaches engineering at UC Merced, will not be teaching in the upcoming Spring semester, according to reports.

Prof. Ghassemi has deleted a Twitter account, dating from July 2019, from which he allegedly tweeted a drawing labelled “the Zionist Brain” that divided an image of a brain into sections that used antisemitic tropes such as avarice and “world domination”. Other areas of the brain were labelled “land usurpation” and “compulsive-lying”. The same image has been seen on a website dedicated to peddling antisemitic conspiracy theories.

Other tweets included wording such as “Surprise, surprise!! The entire system in America is controlled by [the] Zionist. Change of president is just a surface polish, change of veneer. Same trash different pile!” and “the Zionists and IsraHell interest have embedded themselves in every component of the American system, media, banking, policy, commerce…just a veneer of serving US interest and population – everyone pretends that is the case.”

When the tweets were first revealed, a spokesperson for UC Merced said:“As the now-inactive Twitter account made clear, these were the opinions of a private individual.” But since then it is understood that an investigation has been opened and is still ongoing while Prof. Ghassemi is apparently suspended.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the University of Leeds regarding a politics professor with a history of antisemitic tweets.

Ray Bush, Professor of African Studies and Development Politics, appears to have tweeted from the Twitter handle @raymondobush a large number of tweets that breach the International Definition of Antisemitism, which the University of Leeds recently adopted.

There are three types of breaches.

First, Prof. Bush states that Israel’s existence itself is unacceptable, using the exact language of the Definition in referring to Jewish self-determination as “a racist endeavour”. The Definition states that “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour)” is antisemitic. Prof. Bush has, for example, made this claim herehereherehere (“#DefyIHRA the state of #Israel is a #racist endeavour”), herehere and here.

Second, Prof. Bush has breached the Definition by comparing Israelis and Zionists to Nazis. According to the Definition: “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. He has done so here (“Does it take a nazi to recognise a #nazi #Israel #racism ?”) and here, for example.

Third, Prof. Bush has contravened the Definition by claiming that concerns about institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party, which were vindicated by the recent report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, were due to a campaign run by the “Israeli embassy.” He has thus supported one of the oldest tropes used to justify acts of antisemitism – the discredited myth of a Jewish conspiracy in which Jews are disloyal and act as a fifth column against the interests of their home countries. The Definition states that: “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective – such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic. He has done so, for example, here (“The reason they hate Corbyn of course is because he is anti #Zionist and the antisemitic campaign is ran by the #Israeli embassy among others) and here.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “These posts are clearly in breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism. Anyone airing and disseminating dangerous antisemitic views such as those promoted by Prof. Ray Bush is not fit to be entrusted with the responsibility of teaching young people. For this reason, Prof. Bush must be held to account. Accordingly, we have written to the University of Leeds to request that it investigates and takes appropriate disciplinary action to protect Jewish students from Prof. Bush.”

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected].

A Holocaust museum is due to open this week in Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city after the capital, Lisbon. It will be the first museum of its kind in the country.

The idea for a Holocaust museum in the city was conceived by the local Jewish community. During World War II, the the local Jewish community played an important role in giving refuge to Jews fleeing other European countries.

The Mayor of Oporto and the President of Oporto’s Jewish community will preside over the inauguration, which will be attended by dignitaries, including the Secretary of State for Culture Jorge Barreto Xavier, UNESCO official Karel Fracapane and the head of the Portuguese delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Leaders of other faiths are also due to attend, including the Bishop of Oporto and the President of Muslim community.

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Image credit: The Holocaust Museum in Oporto, Portugal

Watford Football Club has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In a statement, the Championship club said: “Through the adoption of this definition, we aim to increase the understanding of antisemitism within our supporters, staff, and the wider football family.” The statement added: “It will also become an additional key element within our educational process moving forward, should we receive reports of antisemitism, specifically around acceptable language and behaviour.”

The Hornets join nineteen Premiership clubs and the Premier League, which all adopted the Definition last month. The twentieth club, Sheffield United, declined to do so.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has consistently backed efforts by the Government to encourage widespread adoption of the Definition by local authorities, universities, public bodies and other institutions. The UK was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings with officials at Downing Street.

A court has ruled that a neo-Nazi teenager who planned to throw homemade bombs at Durham synagogues can be named.

Jack Reed, 18, can be named after his bid for anonymity was rejected by a court.

Last January, Mr Reed was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to six years and eight months in prison after being found guilty by a unanimous jury of preparation of terrorist acts between October 2017 and March 2019. He has also been given a separate custodial sentence for unrelated child sexual offences against a schoolgirl.

Mr Reed, who is from Durham, had begun drafting a manifesto titled “A Manual for practical and sensible guerrilla warfare against the kike system in the Durham City area, Sieg Heil”. Other items seized from his home included a copy of Mein Kampf and material on explosives and firearms.

The prosecution claimed during the trial that the defendant had become “an adherent of neo-Nazism – the most extreme of right-wing ideology”, noting that he had written in his diary on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday that the Nazi leader was “a brave man to say the least. Although maybe having written proof that I admire their number one enemy isn’t such a wise idea. I will however say that I one day hope to follow in his footsteps.”

Mr Reed’s anonymity was due to expire on his eighteenth birthday, which fell on Christmas Eve, but an extension was granted following a request to continue the restrictions, which, after the latest legal proceedings, has now been denied. The defence claimed that there would be a “huge negative impact” on the teenager – who is undergoing mental health assessments – and his family, if his identity were revealed.

At a hearing at Manchester Crown Court, the judge reportedly ruled that the Crown Court had “no power…to make the order sought”. In fact, the judge even ruled that there was no power even to have made the short extension.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to support the authorities following suit.

Antisemitic stickers have been found appended to street furniture in Penzance.

According to Cornwall Against Antisemitism, stickers reading “The Holocasut didn’t happen. But it should have” and featuring a swastika, have been found in numerous locations, including the A30 Heamoor roundabout underpass.

Other stickers read: “Antisemitism is caused by Semitism”.

Those seeing the stickers have been called on to report them to the police on 101.

Last year, members of the proscribed National Action group were sentenced to prison, having engaged, amongst other activities, in far-right stickering and recruitment campaigns.

Campaign Against Antisemitism continues to monitor and report on far-right stickering campaigns, including by the far-right Hundred Handers group.

Concerns have been raised by calls from the British far-right to emulate the attack on the US Capitol in the UK.

Posts on 4chan and Gab, both networks popular with the far-right, were of particular concern, including a Gab group called Britfam with close to 5,000 British members.

A significant proportion of the posts were reportedly threats against British politicians and calls for action emulating the attack on the US Capitol, and included antisemitic abuse toward social media companies (for example, “another Jew silencing us”), the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States. 

There were also references to the Rothschilds and Israeli involvement.

Research by the Community Security Trust and Hope Not Hate suggests that calls for violence currently remain marginal, but called for vigilance from Government.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to support the authorities following suit.

Labour’s Deputy Chair of Newham Council has been suspended over social media posts, including the same antisemitic post as that shared by Naz Shah MP several years ago, according to the Jewish News.

Cllr Nazir Ahmed shared a post in December 2017 with an image situating Israel in the middle of the United States and calling for the relocation of Israel to America. This was the same post for which Ms Shah apologised and was suspended from the Labour Party in 2016.

Cllr Ahmed described the image as an “easy solution for Israel Palestine conflict!”

According to the report, in another Facebook post, from 2014, Cllr Ahmed shared a video that asked whether “Israel have USA in the pocket [sic]”.

A Labour spokesperson reportedly said that the “Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism recently lodged a complaint against Mr Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.

The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

A customer at the Mill Hill East Waitrose was called a “f”””ing Jew” by a fellow customer who had allegedly jumped the queue and whom she had confronted for not wearing a facemask, according to the JC.

The victim, from Hendon in North London, reported that the other customer turned to her and said: “f*** off, you f***ing Jew. Go back to where you came from, you c***.”

The victim said that she reported the customer to the Waitrose staff but was shocked at being told to “walk away”, with the staff allegedly ignoring the matter.

She then tried calling 999 but was informed by the operator that this was not a police matter.

The victim said that she felt “very vulnerable walking around the aisles”, particularly as she continued to see the other customer, whom she eventually encountered again at the checkout line. “She started calling me a c*** again and said ‘keep the mask on, I bet you’re so ugly behind that mask’.”

She claims that a manager then ordered both of them to be quiet.

The victim has apparently not returned to the branch, and says that she has contacted the chain twice to demand an apology. “I do feel absolutely victimised. I’ve never felt like this before. I felt horribly alone, and that’s why I can’t let it go. It’s keeping me awake,” she reportedly said.

When approached by the JC, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police reportedly urged the victim to report the incident online, saying: “That would be unlikely to amount to an investigation in respect of close contact/unmasked etc, but an allegation of racial abuse ought to be recorded.”

A Waitrose spokesperson reportedly said: “We are very sorry to hear about this. We do not tolerate any sort of discrimination. Any customer who is found to discriminate against a member of staff or another customer will be banned. We are also now taking a more robust approach to mask wearing and customers must wear a mask when they are in our shops unless they are exempt.  We will refuse entry to those who do not comply. Once again, we are very sorry to learn about the customer’s experience.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

The online marketplace Etsy has apologised for selling a t-shirt with the phrase “Camp Auschwitz” and reported that it had immediately banned the seller after being made aware of the item.

The t-shirt also featured a skull and crossbones and had apparently been posted by an American seller. It was available for purchase in the UK for £19.95.

The item, which came to prominence after photographs emerged of a protestor at the attack on Capitol Hill wearing similar apparel, was described on the website as “everything you’ve dreamed of and more” and “flattering for both men and women”.

The Auschwitz Memorial, which noticed the item and called for its removal, thanked Etsy for swiftly complying.

An Etsy spokeswoman reportedly said: “We are deeply saddened by the events that took place at the US Capitol. Etsy’s long-standing policies prohibit items that promote hate or violence, and we are vigilantly monitoring our marketplace for any such listings that may have been inspired by recent unrest. We removed this item immediately when it was brought to our attention and have also banned the shop that attempted to list this item. Items that glorify hate or violence have no place on Etsy and we are committed to keeping our marketplace safe.”

A man with “entrenched racist views” has walked free from court after shouting antisemitic abuse and giving Nazi salutes on a flight from Warsaw to Liverpool.

Louis Mann’s rant was reportedly filmed by a fellow passenger, a family member of Holocaust victims, who said that he was “shaken”, “shocked” and “disgusted” by the abusive language. Mr Mann is a 28-year-old medical student studying in Poland and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

The prosecution advised that “The defendant was a passenger on a Wizz Air flight from Poland, Warsaw, to Liverpool on 19th October 2019 The flight arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport at 17:37,” adding: “The flight was full and passengers reported during the flight Mr Mann had had to be repeatedly asked to sit down, to fasten his seatbelt and to refrain from making rude and offensive gestures.”

The offence for which Mr Mann was charged apparently took place once the flight had landed in the UK. He allegedly “got out of his seat before permitted to do so” and responded to requests from the flight crew to sit down with a “tirade of racial and religious abuse by words and gestures”. According to the prosecution, “He was standing in the aisle of the flight making a Nazi salute and was shouting ‘Anglo-Saxon race, we are superior’.” He also apparently said, “‘Know your place, don’t answer back, you’re a Slavic race traitor n***** lover’,” spoke of “inferior people”, and shouted abuse to “Jewish n***** lovers”.

Mr Mann’s racist rantings apparently continued as he was being arrested and even once he reached the custody suite, where he told one policeman: “You’re alright, you’re Aryan.”

According to the defence, Mr Mann was impacted by recent mental health problems and that he had been “groomed” by far-right groups in Poland.

Wlodzimier Tych wrote in a victim impact statement: “Prior to this I have always felt very welcome in this country. I have lived in this country for 31 years; I have never experienced this sort of behaviour. I am of Jewish origin, this made me feel very shaken and upset, I also felt angry, disgusted and upset as he continued his behaviour regardless of other people’s feelings.”

Mr Mann, of Morecambe, admitted being drunk on the plane but denied a charge of racially aggravated harassment. The court described Mr Mann as having “entrenched racist views” and upheld the drunkeness charge, increasing the sentence to reflect the racial element.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

Today, Campaign Against Antisemitism publishes its latest Antisemitism Barometer, comprising a survey of the British public’s views toward Jews and a poll of the Jewish community.

The Barometer’s poll of the British public’s views towards Jews is the first survey to use the Generalised Antisemitism Scale, devised by Dr Daniel Allington of King’s College, Louise Katz of the University of Derby, and Dr David Hirsh of Goldsmiths, for the purpose of this study. The survey was designed and analysed by Dr Allington, with fieldwork carried out by YouGov.

  • Using the new twelve-question Generalised Antisemitism Scale, the survey shows that 55% of British adults do not harbour any antisemitic views; they did not affirm a single one of the twelve statements.
  • The other side of the coin, however, is that there is deeply troubling normalisation of antisemitism, as 45% of British adults did affirm at least one antisemitic statement, although over half of them only agreed with one or two antisemitic statements.
  • 12% of British adults have entrenched antisemitic views, affirming four or more antisemitic statements. 
  • The most popular antisemitic statement was that “Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews”, with which 23% of British adults agreed. That view is antisemitic under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the Government.

The Barometer also includes a separate survey of British Jews designed and analysed in consultation with Dr Allington and carried out by Campaign Against Antisemitism and Jewish community partners. The survey reveals that:

  • British Jews are showing early signs of recovery from the Corbyn era but have been left scarred. Far more British Jews are optimistic about their future in the UK this year, but the proportion who decline to display visible signs of their Jewish identity due to antisemitism is at a record high.
  • British Jews’ confidence in the criminal justice system is low: a majority believes that the Crown Prosecution Service does not do enough to protect British Jews and the courts were also strongly criticised. Only the police receive more praise than criticism.
  • British Jews reserve the greatest opprobrium for politicians. They believe that almost every political party is more tolerant of antisemitism than it was last year; the Labour Party is viewed as more than twice as tolerant of antisemitism than any other party showing that it still has a great deal of work to do to win the confidence of British Jews.
  • In the first ever poll on the subject, an overwhelming majority of British Jews — 91% — want the Government to proscribe Hamas in its entirety.
  • Two thirds of British Jews are deeply concerned by the BBC’s coverage of matters of Jewish concern, and 55% by its handling of antisemitism complaints, Channel 4 also performs poorly with British Jews. Both broadcasters are state-funded.

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Britain’s Jews are back from the brink. This study starkly shows that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn dealt a crushing blow to Jews’ confidence in their very future in this country, and that our community is now beginning to recover.

“But scars remain. Notwithstanding the relief felt by so many, our data shows that nearly half of those who normally wear outwards symbols of their Judaism now feel they have to hide it, and despite nine months of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership of Labour, British Jews remain just as sure that the Party harbours antisemites.

“Though Britain remains one of the best countries in the world in which to live as a Jew, almost a fifth still feel unwelcome in this country. The departure of Mr Corbyn is no substitute for the sustained action and leadership to protect the Jews of this country — in politics, universities and social media — for which we have been calling for years.”

The full Barometer is available at antisemitism.org/barometer.

Italian police are investigating an online antisemitic attack that occurred during a Zoom presentation of a book written by leading Italian Jewish journalist Lia Tagliacozzo on 10th January.

The incident, carried out by ten people, aimed antisemitic slurs and slogans at the journalist and organisers of the virtual event, Turin’s Jewish Studies Centre. The threatening and discriminatory phrases included “Jews we’re going to burn you all in the ovens”,“the Nazis are back” and “You must die”. Laughter and fascist chants could also be heard. Several images of Hitler, swastikas and the Third Reich eagle emblem were displayed across viewers’ screens.

The attackers reportedly registered themselves onto the event using fabricated e-mail addresses and the names of individuals known in the wider Jewish community.

The perpetrators were removed swiftly from the Zoom meeting and the event was able to continue with more than one hundred participants present.

Ms Tagliacozzo, who is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, praised the organisers for their prompt response and ensuring that the cyber-attackers were unsuccessful in preventing the continuation of the presentation.

Following a post on her social media page, Turin prosecutors stated that the case would be taken seriously to ensure the group is identified and held responsible.

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Eddie Elmer, a resident of Vancouver, Canada, has decided to speak out after falling victim to a hate-motivated physical assault for the second time in a year.

The incident occurred “in the heart of downtown” Vancouver early on 9th January. Mr Elmer reported that a male approached him while he was waiting to cross at a junction and began shouting antisemitic comments. The perpetrator reportedly yelled, “you Jewish people”, and proceeded to strike Mr Elmer in the head and leg.

In August of last year, Mr Elmer reported another hate-related incident in which an unknown male called him a homophobic slur, followed him and threatened to “put a bullet in [his] head”. He has subsequently issued a public statement on his personal social media page and expressed a deep concern for his safety and wellbeing in Vancouver.

A report to the Vancouver Police Board in October of 2020 discovered that hate crimes had increased by 116 percent since the previous year.

Mr Elmer called the emergency services directly after the recent incident, and the suspect was arrested on an unrelated warrant. The city’s hate crimes section is reviewing the file and the investigation is ongoing.

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Research into the educational materials used by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has discovered that the content contains antisemitic prejudice and the glorification of terrorism. The recent study was conducted by the research body IMPACT-se, which monitors school curricula on a global scale.

The report claims that the materials violate the United Nations’ requirements, outlined by the cultural organisation UNESCO, to remain neutral, respect “the other” and pursue peace, in order to refute incitement and potential bias.

It stated further that UNRWA resources actively encourage martyrdom and terrorism, and fail to condemn the use of violence. The idea of a Jewish state is described as “the Enemy” and multiple conspiracy theories and false claims are mentioned to justify violence. The materials, also included in unrelated subjects such as mathematics, reportedly seek to demonise the Jewish community and undermine Jewish history and culture.

Some of the resources have allegedly been copied from Palestinian Authority textbooks that have received significant criticism for their overtly antisemitic views.

UNRWA educational materials are used to teach over 500,000 children.

IMPACT-se concluded that the content of UNRWA educational materials undermines “any facade of UN-mandated neutrality”.

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Anti-Jewish laws introduced during the Third Reich are among pieces of legislation that the German government is being asked to remove from its statute books.

One such law required German Jews who did not have a “typically” Jewish name (according to a list compiled by the Reich Interior Ministry) to add a forename, “Israel” for men and “Sara” for women, in all official documents. The law, passed in 1938, came into effect in January 1939 and gave Jews one month to register their “new” name or face a prison sentence.

The Federal Antisemitism Commissioner Felix Klein found 29 statutes that had still to be deleted entirely, including many introduced under the notorious Nuremberg Laws. Although the post-War occupying powers purged the Israel/Sara law, it was never completely deleted. Describing it as “the most blatant of all”, Mr Klein said that anyone who wished to change their name in Germany, even today, was still “confronted with this antisemitic-motivated law.”

Mr Klein said that he had sent the German Bundestag a complete list of antisemitic laws still on the statute books, calling for their reformulation or deletion.

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A letter containing antisemitic insults and slurs was discovered by employees of the National Museum of Judaism and the Shoah in Italy on the morning of the 8th January.

The contents of the letter have not been published, however reports suggest that the letter included a threatening message and several expletives directed toward the Jewish community.

The director of the Museum, situated in the northern city of Ferrara, said that the cultural and educational mission of the institution remains unwavering and the organisation will not be intimidated by such acts of antisemitism.

Local law enforcement were alerted to the recent incident, and the General Investigations and Special Operations Division has launched an investigation to identify the perpetrator. The envelope was addressed to the popular museum, however the location of its sender is currently unknown.

The Mayor of Ferrara stated that the city, with a historic Jewish heritage, maintains a zero tolerance for racial hatred and discrimination, and those responsible for antisemitic attacks will be held to account.

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A Confederate flag, described as “a potent symbol of white supremacy” was placed at a New York City Holocaust museum on Friday.

The incident at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust came two days after the incident at the US Capitol which featured far-right activity.

Jack Kliger, the museum’s President and CEO, said that the police had been informed. In a statement, he described the flag as “a potent symbol of white supremacy, as evidenced by the events at the US Capitol this week”, adding that the incident showed that “hate has now arrived at our doorstep.”

The New York Police Department confirmed that the incident was being investigated, but did not confirm whether it was being treated as a “bias crime”. The spokesperson called it an “atrocious” act.

The museum played a central role in New York’s efforts to combat antisemitism in early 2020 after Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed that every pupil in a New York City public school should be required to visit a museum dedicated to the Holocaust.

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A Jewish family was subjected to antisemitic abuse while walking on New York’s Upper West Side on 3rd January.

Dovid Efune, who runs the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner, was walking with his wife and three young children when a man accosted them with hostile questions and antisemitic insults.

Mr Efune, who wears a kipper and tzitzit (ritual fringes) and describes himself as “conspicuously Jewish”, gave a first-person account to his newspaper saying that as he and his family were walking on Broadway and 82nd Street, a man began walking alongside and calling out questions about Jews. After being asked to go away, the man allegedly said: “Why aren’t you in Israel? Are you not Jewish?” After being asked more forcefully to go away, he allegedly shouted “Go to Israel” and then “Heil Hitler!”

Mr Efune said that the man “eventually took off” when he began calling the police, adding that the police “never arrived.”

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The US Army is reportedly likely to dismiss an officer who posted an antisemitic video that went viral.

Second Lieutenant Nathaniel Freihofer, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, was suspended from leadership roles after he allegedly posted antisemitic material on the social media platform, TikTok, in August.

An investigation was launched into the post, which allegedly included jokes about Jews and the Holocaust.

This week, the commander of the XVII Airborne Corps, Lieutenant General Michael Kurilla, said that the “antisemitic statement” was “inappropriate for anyone in a position of leadership”. As a result, the commander had recommended his dismissal and had “initiated the process” of removing the officer, explained a spokesman.

The officer, who has two weeks to offer a final defence, has posted thousands of photos and videos to social-media platforms and has some 3 million followers.

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The food-delivery service Deliveroo and two delivery men are facing legal action after two kosher restaurant owners in Strasbourg claimed that delivery men had refused to deliver their food because for reasons of antisemitism.

Raphaël Nisand, Mr Nisand claimed that the restaurateurs had prepared the orders, when “the delivery man asked, ‘What’s your speciality?’” Allegedly, when the restaurateurs said, “these are Israeli specialities, the delivery man answered, ‘oh no, I don’t deliver to Jews’, and cancelled the orders.”

On Sunday, Mr Nisand lodged a complaint with the local police against the delivery men and Deliveroo, the company which assigned the orders.

The Consistoire Israelite for the local Bas-Rhin region, and BNVCA, a French organisation that monitors antisemitism, both added their names to the complaint.

Maurice Dahan, president of the local Consistoire, said in a statement that they consider it “intolerable that delivery men working for the company Deliveroo dare to openly practice antisemitic discrimination.”

On Monday, Deliveroo reportedly said in a statement that it took the incident “very seriously and immediately decided to conduct our own internal investigation to clarify the circumstances. If the facts as reported are proven, we will act and definitively terminate the contract of the responsible delivery man.”

The statement went on: “We have no tolerance for antisemitic words or actions, which constitute a criminal offence,” adding that it condemned “any such act in the strongest possible terms.”

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A right-wing, Islamist newspaper known for its support of Turkey’s controversial President Recep Erdoğan and the ruling AK Party, has aired anti-Jewish conspiracy theories including that US President-elect Joe Biden was brought to office by “Jewish controlled media organisations and powerful Jewish lobbies.”

The article, which appeared in Yeni Safak, the Turkish daily newspaper known for its hardline support of Turkey’s long-serving President, also made a series of antisemitic allegations, claiming that “Jewish capital” controlled the “deep state” in the United States. This antisemitic conspiracy has been pushed by other Islamists.

The article claimed that President Trump, the “great president” of the United States, had been removed by “Jewish lords”, adding that “the global Jewish power in America” had dealt “another blow” to President Trump. Allegedly, this was effected “first by allowing Trump supporters to raid Congress” and then by “gathering masses in front of Congress holding ‘Trump is guilty’ banners.”

The article goes on to claim that “Trump fought to free America from the occupation and yoke of Jewish power”, adding that his “great concessions” to the Jews were “to placate them”, but after taking these “concessions” the Jews did not hesitate “to have a gun on Trump’s head!”

The article, written with the byline ‘Yusuf Kaplan’, allegedly goes on to claim that “America is a guinea pig for Jewish power, from which the Jews produced and legitimized their hegemony around the world.”

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A few dozen far-right protestors gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Kiev calling on Israel and Jews to “repent for genocide” on Ukrainians, apologise for Soviet oppression and take responsibility for a 1930s famine.

The demonstration in the capital of the former Soviet republic was a protest against a tweet by Israel’s ambassador, Joel Lion, which criticised a torchlit march held in memory of a Ukrainian World War II leader and alleged Nazi collaborator.

The far-right activists called on Israel and the Jews to assume responsibility for the famine known as Holodomor. The famine, which killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s, was a result of the policies of the then-Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Noted activist Vladislav Goranin claimed that Israel “deliberately spreads antisemitism in Ukraine” and that Jews and Israel must “repent for genocide” on Ukrainians. Ultra-nationalists in Ukraine and elsewhere in the Former Soviet Union blame Jews for Communist oppression as well as the famine, citing the “support” of some Jews for Communism.

Jews have historically been accused of promoting Communism by its opponents, just as the Communists accused the Jews of propagating Capitalism. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, examples of antisemitism include “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective”; “Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews”; and “Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism to characterise Israel or Israelis.”

Moreover, Jews in the Soviet Union were subjected to horrendous persecution, as were other minorities, just as they were subjected to pogroms by the Czarist regime that preceded the Soviet Union.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to Audio Valley, owners of streaming service Shoutcast, asking that they stop hosting David Duke on the Rense Radio Network after the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard used a broadcast to call on his followers to converge on Washington DC.

Shoutcast is a platform for media streaming and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Online Monitoring and Investigations Unit monitors the Rense Radio Network, which Shoutcast hosts.

During an hour-long internet radio broadcast on 5th January, Dr Duke exhorted his followers to join the protest on Capitol Hill to defend the United States against a supposed Jewish conspiracy to overthrow President Donald Trump. Dr Duke claimed that the Jewish conspirators spanned the higher echelons of US business, media and politics and had plotted to depose President Trump and replace him with Joe Biden, who Dr Duke said was under Jewish control. Dr Duke was joined throughout the broadcast by British Holocaust denier Andrew Carrington Hitchcock.

The next day, the US Capitol was breached by a group including various white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Campaign Against Antisemitism contends that this broadcast and others like it are a breach of Shoutcast’s Terms of Use and we have called for an urgent investigation leading to the termination of Rense Radio Network’s broadcasts.

Dr Duke has previously been removed by several other social media networks.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “We regularly monitor output by far-right and far-left individuals and groups, and on this occasion the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke was heard exhorting his deranged followers to converge on Washington DC. Dr Duke has rightly been removed from numerous social media networks, and we have now written to Shoutcast to follow suit and stop streaming Rense Radio Network, which broadcasts his radio show.”

Several Jewish homes in the heavily-Jewish neighbourhood of Stamford Hill have been daubed with crosses apparently painted in blood.

The incident took place at around 02:00 on 10th January on Portland Avenue, and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

The police are investigating.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD5149 10/01/21.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “This vandalism is grotesque and marks yet another escalation in the incidence of antisemitism in Stamford Hill. It is particularly concerning in view of the global rise of far-right antisemitism. We applaud the Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, for their continued vigilance, and urge the police to do everything possible to find the perpetrators of his hideous crime.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

Gabriel Attal, a French politician of the La Républice En Marche! (LREM) Party, received a letter on 8th January that contained antisemitic and homophobic threats against him.

On the envelope, the individual responsible had drawn a yellow and a pink Star of David in a direct reference to the identification system used by the Nazi regime. The letter read: “We’ll kill you…We’ll burn the trash…Bravo Attal = 2 Stars = Yellow and Pink!”

Mr Attal, who currently serves as Government spokesperson under President Emmanuel Macron, shared the hateful content on his social media page and stated that the letter acts as further evidence for what seems to be a significant problem within the country. He argued that the “fight must be permanent” to overcome and prevent racism, antisemitism and homophobia.

Mr Attal announced further that he has filed a complaint into the incident.

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A former student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has reportedly been refunded his fees after he was forced to leave the University due to a ”toxic antisemitic environment”.

Noah Lewis was called a “white supremacist Nazi” and accused of covering up war crimes when he proposed to write a dissertation on bias against Israel at the United Nations. He said that fellow students labelled him and other Jews pejoratively as “Zionists” and left antisemitic slurs on lockers, desks and toilet walls.

The student, originally from Canada, matriculated in 2018 but lodged a formal complaint in May 2019 after finding his mental health adversely affected by the stress and extreme discomfort caused by the ”toxic antisemitic environment” which ultimately led him to quit the University and return home.

In July 2019, the University offered an apology for the ”emotional trauma…experienced due to the perceived antisemitic discrimination which he had to endure” and recommended compensation of £500.

Mr Lewis appealed the decision with assistance from UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), however, and in March 2020 the appeal panel determined that the original decision ”had not been adequate” and recommended an external investigation, even if the University reached a settlement with Mr Lewis.

A settlement has reportedly been reached, with Mr Lewis refunded £15,000 in full in December 2020.

Jonathan Turner, Executive Director of UKLFI Charitable Trust, said: ”The panel grasped the nettle and has set a benchmark for best practice which should be followed in other cases of an antisemitic environment. We hope that other students who experience antisemitism at universities will now be encouraged to object.”

A spokesperson for the University said: ”SOAS is extremely concerned about any allegations of antisemitism at our school. Diversity is key to the SOAS mission and we want all our students to feel welcome and supported in their studies. We cannot comment on any individual student case or the outcomes of any appeal. However, where we have established an independent panel as part of a complaints process, we would of course consider the findings of such a panel thoroughly and take appropriate action.”

SOAS has long been a hotbed of antisemitism among UK campuses and has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism. Last September, a professor at the University labelled Israel as a “virus” and said that it “exploited the Holocaust” for its own political agenda.

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected]

Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted a complaint to the Bar Standards Board against a barrister over a tweet asserting that “Zionism is a kind of racism”.

Franck Magennis is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London. 

At 21:35 on 17th December 2020, Mr Magennis apparently tweeted from the Twitter handle @FranckMagennis that: “Zionism is a kind of racism. It is essentially colonial. It has manifested in an apartheid regime calling itself ‘the Jewish state’ that dominates non-Jews, and particularly Palestinians. You can’t practice anti-racism at the same time as identifying with, or supporting, Zionism.”

His profile on the Chambers’ website describes him as “an expert on the Palestinian struggle for emancipation from Israeli apartheid and occupation”.

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour)” is an example of antisemitism.

Furthermore, by asserting that “You can’t practice [sic] anti-racism at the same time as identifying with, or supporting, Zionism,” Mr Magennis has besmirched British Jews and the Jewish community, over 90% of which identifies as Zionist according to polls.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Bar Standards Board to investigate Mr Magennis over the tweet, on the grounds that it breaches the standards expected of barristers and damages trust and confidence in the profession.

Under the Action Plan published by the Labour Party in December 2020, the Party had pledged that “A new antisemitism complaints handling webpage will be uploaded by 31 December 2020”. The Party has fulfilled this requirement by publishing a discrete Antisemitism Complaints holding page on its website.

The Action Plan was produced in response to the devastating report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that found that the Labour Party had broken the law in its discrimination against Jewish people.

The new webpage serves two functions. The first is as a holding page, reiterating that “the Labour Party is committed to implementing the recommendations [of the EHRC] as quickly as possible” and explaining that “This webpage will continue to be updated regularly throughout 2021, including for: [a] Further guidance for antisemitism complaints procedures [and b] Code of conduct against Antisemitism.”

The second function is to provide a portal to a “summary of statistics of disciplinary cases determined by the Labour Party’s NEC [National Executive Committee] in 2019,” although the document itself appears to be designed to showcase the disciplinary action that Labour has taken since May 2020, shortly after Sir Keir became leader, and the reference to 2019 in the title is an error. That being said, the document makes reference to case numbers in 2014-2018 but makes no reference to 2019 whatsoever. We are therefore writing to the Labour Party to clarify what this document is showing.

Campaign Against Antisemitism will continue to monitor Labour’s progress in fulfilling its Action Plan, implementing the recommendations of the EHRC and, above all, making the Party safe for Britain’s Jews.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has lodged a complaint against Jeremy Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day of the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.

The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

A man armed with a large stick was seen shouting abuse and chasing Jewish families on their way to synagogue in Stamford Hill.

According to witnesses, the man appeared to be trailing the visibly Jewish passers-by specifically.

The incident took place on Dunmore Road at 09:00 last Saturday 2nd January and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD5521 05/01/2021.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that close to two thirds of British Jews believe that the authorities, in general, are not doing enough to address and punish antisemitism.

Small posters with Quick Response (QR) codes that link to racist and antisemitic material were distributed around the centre of Lexington over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd January.

It is the second incident of anti-Jewish racism in the Kentucky city. In December a member of Lexington’s Jewish community was assaulted outside the Chabad House during the festival of Chanukah.

Following the latest incident at the weekend, Lexington Rabbi Shlomo Litvin is calling on the community to speak out.

In a statement Rabbi Litvin said that over the weekend “dozens of stickers” had been “illegally plastered around downtown Lexington.” He said that they had “links to incoherent racist and antisemitic drivel”.

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The UN General Assembly has approved an operating budget that includes money to commemorate an event which has been widely described as antisemitic.

Despite protests from the United States, the $3.231 billion budget containing a provision to mark the notorious 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, was approved. The General Assembly voted 167 in favour, with only the United States and Israel voting against.

Kelly Craft, the US Ambassador to the UN, accused the world body of “extending a shameful legacy of hate, antisemitism, and anti-Israel bias” by supporting an official event to mark the infamous Durban conference during the next General Assembly session.

The Durban conference was dominated by clashes over the Middle East. The US and Israel walked out over a draft resolution that equated Zionism with racism. The language was amended in the final documents, but the conference was seen as the beginnings of the boycott of Israel known as BDS, the tactics of which an overwhelming majority of British Jews believe are intimidatory.

The UN regular budget is funded on a sliding scale with the US paying the largest share. In September, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote to the 193 member states warning that UN operations were under great pressure due to a “deepening liquidity crisis” exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. That being said, the approved budget was higher than the draft budget that he had proposed.

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A man was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant and subjected to antisemitic abuse in Berlin on Monday night earlier this week.

According to a report, the 33-year-old man was subjected to “antisemitic insults” by a drunken 28-year-old who then attacked him with a knife. The victim defended himself with pepper spray.

The attacker was arrested and will face a number of charges including “dangerous bodily harm” and assaulting police officers.

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A man screamed antisemitic abuse at a rabbi and his children as they walked home from synagogue in the German city of Offenbach on New Year’s Day.

Witnesses to the “traumatic” verbal assault on Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz called police and kept track of the assailant. Police officers later arrested a 46-year-old man for offences including hate speech and displaying symbols of far-right organisations that are banned under the German Constitution.

German-born Rabbi Gurewitz, who has faced antisemitic abuse on previous occasions, described the experience as “traumatic” but praised his fellow citizens for coming immediately to his aid. In a post on Facebook he wrote that people “intervened from every window” to “shout at the aggressor” while “some left their homes” to follow him. Rabbi Gurewitz described it as “a sudden explosion of love and support”.

Uwe Becker, the Antisemitism Commissioner for the Hesse region, condemned the attack as a worrying indication “that Jews cannot openly display their faith in public.” Mr Becker added that those who came to the rabbi’s aid gave “an important sign that everyone can do something against antisemitism.”

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An imam in Toulouse is to be prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred over a sermon he delivered in 2017.

Algerian-born Mohamed Tatai, 57, was indicted more than two years ago on a charge relating to “public verbal provocation to hatred or violence” and for allegedly “inciting discrimination, hatred or violence.” The charge followed an investigation into a sermon he gave in December 2017.

A lawyer for CRIF, the representative organisation of the French Jewish community, confirmed on 5th January that Mr Tatai was being prosecuted, though no date has been set for the trial.

In his sermon, Mr Tatai allegedly cited a saying attributed to Muhammad that “on Judgment Day the Muslims will fight and kill the Jews.” Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) obtained video footage of the sermon.

Lawyers for Mr Tatai said that they believed that the charges against him would not stand up in court. In a statement, they claimed that Mr Tatai had “always been on good terms with the representatives of the Jewish community,” and that he had “largely explained” the meaning of his sermon and the “total exclusion of any incitement to hatred”.

This city in south-west France was the site of arguably one of the worst atrocities against French Jews when n Islamist on a “terror spree” attacked a Jewish school in 2012, shooting dead three young children and a teacher.  

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The notorious antisemite Alison Chabloz is facing a charge of incitement to racial hatred, which carries a potential prison term of seven years if she is convicted. The charge follows action by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Ms Chabloz is being charged under section 21 of the Public Order Act 1986, which covers incitement to racial hatred when a defendant “distributes, or shows or plays, a recording of visual images or sounds which are threatening, abusive or insulting and [s]he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby.”

The charge concerns a video of the scene in the classic Oliver Twist film when Fagin, a fictitious Jewish criminal (a character that has come under significant criticism over the past century for its antisemitic depiction), is explaining to his newest recruit how his legion of children followers pick pockets. Ms Chabloz uploaded the video and sings an accompanying song of her own about how Jews are greedy, “grift” for “shekels” and cheat on their taxes.

The video appears to be either a bizarre fundraising effort for her mounting legal costs due to numerous charges she has faced, including several ongoing prosecutions in which Campaign Against Antisemitism has provided evidence, or an attempt at mockery of Campaign Against Antisemitism for pursuing her in the courts.

Ms Chabloz is a virulent antisemite and Holocaust denier who has an extensive record of using social media to publicise her hatred for Jews and to convert others to her views about Jewish people. Following a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was later continued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Ms Chabloz became the first person in Britain to be convicted over Holocaust denial in a precedent-setting case.

Ms Chabloz is fixated on the idea that the Holocaust did not occur, and that it was fabricated by Jews and their supporters as a vehicle for fraudulently extorting money in the form of reparations. This forms the basis for her second obsession, that Jews are liars and thieves who are working to undermine Western society. Ms Chabloz is also connected to far-right movements, at whose meetings she gives speeches and performs her songs, in the UK and North America. She is currently banned from entering France, where Holocaust denial is illegal.

Ms Chabloz is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 21st March in relation to this latest charge,

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We are very pleased to see the CPS finally charging the notorious antisemite Alison Chabloz with incitement to racial hatred. She has repeatedly evaded justice, and we are grateful to the CPS for pursuing this matter following our discussions with them. If convicted, Ms Chabloz must face a sentence with real teeth in order to bring an end to her rampage of anti-Jewish racism which has continued relentlessly for far too long.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

Photographs have emerged showing that neo-Nazis did respond to calls by Dr David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and others to attend the demonstration that turned into an attack on the US Capitol building yesterday.

Amongst those who breached the building were men photographed wearing slogans such as “Camp Auschwitz, Work Brings Freedom”, referring to Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million Jews in the Holocaust and the slogan above the gates of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious concentration camps where over a million people were murdered. The back of the clothing reportedly read “Staff”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Online Monitoring and Investigations Unit observed neo-Nazis calling for attendance at the protest, including Dr Duke, who used an hour-long internet radio broadcast carried by the ShoutCast internet radio network and monitored by Campaign Against Antisemitism, to exhort his followers to join the protest to defend the United States against a supposed Jewish conspiracy to overthrow President Donald Trump. Dr Duke was joined throughout the broadcast by British Holocaust denier Andrew Carrington Hitchcock.

A number of antisemitic extremists were reportedly sighted at the march, from white supremacists of the National Anarchist Movement to black supremacist Black Hebrew Israelites.

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Actress and fitness studio owner, Kelechi Okafor, has dropped out of BBC Woman’s Hour, hanging up the telephone before going on air after finding out that the programme’s new host, Emma Barnett, planned to ask her questions about her defence of antisemitic comments by Reggie Yates, who apologised only once he had been caught out.

Ms Barnett had been approached by Twitter users, including journalists Rosa Doherty, who first discovered Ms Ofakor’s comments, and Adam Cailler, who tweeted Ms Barnett with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s reporting on Ms Ofakor.

Ms Okafor reportedly hung up on Ms Barnett during a conversation shortly before broadcasting was due to commence.

She had been invited onto the programme to speak about the #MeToo movement but Ms Barnett noticed the information from Campaign Against Antisemitism that had been sent to her about Ms Okafor. She was concerned that is Ms Okafor was to be on the programme, she must face questions about her past.

According to a string of angry tweets posted by Ms Okafor, Ms Barnett had been commenting about her without realising that Ms Okafor could hear her. Ms Okafor tweeted that she was “being talked about like a dickhead” and that it was “absolutely degrading and vile”. She then appeared to dismiss the entire matter as “other bs”.

Ms Barnett had brought up Ms Ofakor’s decision in 2017 to defend comments about Jews made by BBC presenter Reggie Yates in which he claimed that it was “great” that the young generation of grime music artists is not “managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren”.

Ms Okafor had argued that Mr Yates was wrong to apologise for the comments and to step down as a host of the BBC’s Top of the Pops programme.

In a 24-minute podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud that has since been removed, Ms Okafor addressed Yates’ comments, remarking that she “had a huge problem with people apologising for things that they meant”, adding that Yates’ apology statement was “well-manicured”. She said that Yates’ comments were “not problematic”, that he was speaking “the truth”, and that the whole affair demonstrated “the power of a specific community”. Ms Okafor challenged whether these Jewish music managers really are from North West London, adding “I just want to know where the fallacy is”, and that “stereotypes are based on an element on truth”.

Ms Okafor then began describing how black entertainers had been “so short changed by the kind of people Reggie Yates describes”. She commented that “all sorts of ethnicities” can be capable of this but added “the fact is, these men has dominated the industry for decades [sic]” and are “taking most of the profits”. She claimed that black artists “are having to work [their] entire arse off while they’re keeping everything”. Ms Okafor remarked near the end of the podcast that grime, RnB, and hip-hop music have been “diluted” by these supposed Jewish music managers who “like blackness as long as it’s making them money”.

Ms Okafor also appeared to take umbrage at how the Holocaust receives public attention each year, but claimed that the legacy of slave trade was seemingly ignored. She described how these historical events are responsible for the “power dynamic” that she was discussing.

Ms Okafor then turned her attention to Harvey Weinstein, a Jewish figure in the entertainment industry who had recently been accused of sexual assault and rape, of which he has since been convicted. She remarked how accusations of inappropriate behaviour from the black actress Lupita Nyong’o were not taken seriously, but that “if you offend one of the more powerful sectors of the community, then off be with your head”. Ms Okafor claimed that what’s happening now is that “people are demanding their pound of flesh, and I am very specific about the reference I just made”. Ms Okafor mentioned how the phrase is linked to Shakespeare. The “pound of flesh” is a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in which the antagonist Shylock is portrayed as a stereotypical money-grabbing Jew. Shylock has become synonymous with the antisemitic trope that Jews control money and the banks, and it appears that Ms Okafor explicitly intended this understanding.

Ms Okafor was not in the least apologetic about her comments in the podcast, saying that “if people don’t like what I said, they can drink some water and go to sleep”.

When approached privately by Ms Doherty, a journalist with the Jewish Chronicle, who first discovered the podcast, Ms Okafor responded via Twitter: “Hi @Rosa_Doherty thank you for your email regarding my podcast. I appreciate the time you took to reach out to me. What does the Jewish Chronicle do to tackle anti-blackness?”

In a statement about today’s incident, Ms Barnett said that she had raised the issue with her producers and Ms Okafor after being sent a “report of the transcript of what she had said on her podcast supporting antisemitic comments by Reggie Yates comments about Jewish male managers and profits. As Weinstein is also Jewish and was referenced as part of this same podcast, I was discussing with my producers the role of this guest in light of her allegedly antisemitic comments. Kelechi overheard that chat on our open Zoom link — with two minutes to airtime. I then directly talked to Kelechi about the allegations, standing by my queries, and said she could put her response across in the programme. She denied the allegations and hung up, choosing to no longer be part of the programme. I stand by my questions to my team and to Kelechi. I would have happily hosted her on the programme with a question on this issue.”

A BBC spokesman said: “During an off-air conversation ahead of the programme, Emma Barnett and the production team talked about a guest’s role in the discussion, and how to reflect some of the guest’s alleged previous comments and the issue of antisemitism as part of the Woman’s Hour discussion on the role of minority voices in the MeToo movement. This was also raised directly with the guest before going on air.”

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Whilst Kelechi Okafor clearly considers herself to be an activist against anti-black racism, we are not aware of her ever apologising for her appalling defence of the antisemitism of Reggie Yates, which we called out at the time. Emma Barnett was absolutely right to want to question her on the cause of her disgrace — indeed that is the only topic on which Ms Okafor should be interviewed on such a prestigious platform.”

The BBC has reportedly denied a request by the father of a teenage victim of an antisemitic terrorist attack to address the staff who broadcast a sympathetic interview with her murderer.

Arnold Roth, whose daughter Malki was murdered in the 2001 Sbarro Pizza terrorist attack in Jerusalem by the unrepentant antisemitic terrorist Ahlam Al-Tamimi, met with BBC executives after a sympathetic interview was broadcasted on the 8th October episode of BBC Arabic’s Trending. The attack took the lives of fifteen civilians, half of whom were children.

Ms Al-Tamimi is a Jordanian national who was convicted for the terrorist attack, which killed fifteen people, half of whom were children. She was also behind a previous failed terrorist attack. She has repeatedly expressed pride at her actions and never remorse; she was even disappointed that the death toll was not higher. Although she was given several life sentences, she was released as part of a prisoner deal that secured the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from the genocidal antisemitic terrorist group Hamas. The sympathetic interview saw her appeal for the return of her husband – also a convicted terrorist – from Qatar to Jordan, where she resides and enjoys a celebrity status of sorts.

The families of numerous victims complained to the BBC, with an internal report finding that the Corporation had breached its own ethical guidelines.

The Director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, apologised, calling the episode a “lapse in our editorial standards”, but Mr Roth reportedly criticised the apology as “empty, cruel and pointless”.

Mr Roth, who met with Mr Angus and the Head of BBC Arabic, Samir Farah, on 9th November, said that the episode went beyond a mere lapse in editorial standards, noting that the episode omitted reference to the victims and described Ms Tamimi’s crimes as allegations, and that the episode was promoted on social media with the hashtag “Ahalm Tamimi, your voice is loud and clear”. Mr Roth said that the episode was contrary to journalistic and ethical values.

It is believed that Mr Roth observed that the BBC Arabic anchorman presented the apology by saying “I read you a message from the BBC”, which he claimed showed that BBC Arabic was failing to take responsibility. The BBC apparently considered, to the contrary, that this introduction gave the apology more prominence.

It is understood that Mr Roth wished to speak with BBC Arabic’s Trending staff to present on the work of the Malki Foundation, named for his daughter, which works with disabled children of all faiths in Israel, and to record a segment for the programme outlining his criticism of the interview.

According to the JC, the BBC decided to “respectfully decline” his request.

A spokesperson for BBC Arabic reportedly said: “Airing an apology on live TV gives it the highest of prominence. The fact that BBC Arabic did this, and the breach in editorial guidelines acknowledged by the programme, is a reflection of the seriousness with which BBC Arabic dealt with it. The very clear apologies published online in both English and Arabic also show how seriously it is still taken.”

Ms Tamimi is wanted in the United States on terror charges.

The actor Keith Allen has defended Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism, complaining of the “appalling treatment” meted out to the former Labour leader.

Mr Allen said in an interview with the Radio Times that Mr Corbyn had been treated “appallingly” by the media, which was “scared” of him.

Regarding Mr Corbyn’s antisemitism, Mr Allen said: “I don’t think for one moment that he’s an antisemite”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has lodged a complaint against Jeremy Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day of the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.

The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

Celtic fans have unleashed a torrent of abuse at the club’s Israeli midfielder after a weekend derby saw a loss to rival Rangers.

Nir Bitton was called a “dirty Jew bastard” and a “Zionist rat” on social media after receiving a red card in the match. His wife also revealed that she has been subjected to abuse, including calls for her and her husband to be “hanged”. One post said: “Here you ya cow, you and yer husband deserve tae be hung on the streets. F**k you and yer wains.”

Their two children have also reportedly had abuse directed at them as well.

This is not the first time that Mr Bitton has disclosed the abuse he suffers from some of the club’s fans; in 2016 the police launched an investigation after a Celtic fan said that Mr Bitton should be gassed.

It is also not Celtic’s first brush with controversy over Jews or Israel, having been sanctioned by UEFA in the past over persistent problems. In the Scottish FA Cup final in 2016, for example, fans displayed a banner reading “end Zionism”. A Jewish former director of the club was also subjected to abuse by fans, including “Get this Ashkenazi c*** out of OUR club and take that other fake jew p**** Bitton with him [sic]”, and “He’s a Jew what do you expect”.

A spokesperson for Celtic FC said that it has passed its fans’ “vile” comments to Police Scotland and called for those responsible to be identified, adding that “all appropriate action should be taken”. The spokesperson added that “those responsible for such vile comments do not represent Celtic or Celtic supporters. They are faceless and nameless.”

Late last year, the Premier League and all of its constituent clubs bar Sheffield United adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “With this latest episode of antisemitic abuse, a group of Celtic FC’s fans have once again brought shame on their club with their appalling Jew-baiting. This antisemitism is even more astonishing when such abuse is directed at the team’s own players and staff. We commend the club for reporting these individuals to the police and would be happy to assist in identifying the perpetrators. We hope that the club will also follow the example of clubs south of the border which have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.”

According to a local news outlet, several antisemitic flyers were discovered in public areas of Staten Island, New York on 2nd January.

The content claimed that the far-left group Antifa operates as a “Jewish communist militia” that is engaged in an active “war against all non-Jewish European-American nationalists”. The flyer claimed that this “war” is “anti-white nationalist, anti-American, [and] anti-Christian”.

Four of the flyers were spotted in total by local residents on a single commercial stretch. Two were attached to a medical office building, with one located on a bus stop, and the fourth was posted on a sign in a supermarket car park. Another flyer had been reported the previous day.

The name and website address of the New Jersey European Heritage (NJEHA), a New-Jersey based white supremacist group, were listed on the posters. One article on the website makes reference to the “forces of international Zionism acting through the Jewish supremacist state of Israel”. The NJEHA is known to encourage members to spread hateful propaganda through printed stickers, leaflets and flyers.

In January 2020 similar flyers were discovered in the same area that detailed 9/11 conspiracy theories which suggested that the Jewish people were responsible for the terrorist attack.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is currently responding to the recent incident and investigations remain ongoing.

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The major online retailer VOVA has recently removed controversial “Hitler hoodies” from its website after their sale sparked significant outrage. The popular webpage had listed the item described as “Men’s Casual Adolf Hitler Funny Graphic Hoodies”.

Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre wrote to the company’s headquarters in London and Hong Kong as well as its press office in Paris. He stated that, “the banalisation of this archetype of hate and discrimination is scathing” and the global clothing retailer had subsequently “betrayed” and undermined its identity as a “trusted company”.

It was recommended that VOVA immediately destroy all supplies of the “Hitler hoodie” and terminate all contacts with the distributor following internal investigations.

On its website the item of clothing is currently listed as “out of stock” and the company has said that the product has been permanently removed. VOVA has declined to comment further and has not issued an apology despite concerns that the hoodies may be used as merchandise for neo-Nazi and white supremacist hate.

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A seventeen-year-old has reportedly been charged in connection with a violent neo-Nazi-inspired terror plot involving printing firearms.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested last week after police searches in Chelmsford and Brentwood in Essex in a “pre-planned, intelligence-led operation”.

It is alleged that he sought to produce plastic guns by a 3D printer, and is accused of drawing up plans for a storage bunker, providing instructions for the production of the firearms, and transferring money to a third party for materials to manufacture the weapons.

The defendant has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism, disseminating a terrorist publication and four counts of possessing material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video link and will appear at the Old Bailey on 22nd January.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to urge the Jewish community to remain vigilant and welcomes the seriousness with which the police are treating the danger posed by the far-right.

A neo-Nazi with a history of disseminating antisemitic material has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison after admitting terrorist charges.

Luke Hunter of Newcastle was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 23rd December after admitting seven charges of encouraging terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications.

Mr Hunter, who is 23, was reportedly tied to the neo-Nazi Feuerkrieg Division, which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

According to Hope Not Hate, Mr Hunter apparently “produced hundreds of hours of podcasts, multitudes of graphic designs, and dozens of stylised fascist videos” which were disseminated across his websites, numerous Twitter accounts, YouTube, Instagram, Discord and Telegram, on which he had over 1,200 subscribers. Among the posts were material promoting the murder of Jews, non-white people and homosexuals.

A raid on his house – part of a wider investigation into neo-Nazi activity – reportedly revealed Nazi memorabilia, white supremacist texts, military training manuals and guides on guerrilla warfare.

Detective chief superintendent Martin Snowden, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, reportedly said: “Hunter invested a lot of effort in maintaining his website, his online presence and his status among like-minded individuals. He saw himself as an influencer and even sought to widen his following by speaking at a right-wing conference in the UK. These actions are not simply the result of a young person simply seeking to explore and express their social or political views. Hunter promoted neo-Nazism to the widest possible audience and was reckless about the consequences.

“Through his pleas, Hunter accepts he was responsible for the hateful posts on his accounts, posts which glorified terrorism, promoted killing techniques and encouraged the killing of Jews, non-white races and homosexuals.

“Luke Hunter represents a threat to our society, not simply because of his mindset, but because of the considerable lengths he was prepared to go to in order to recruit and enable others in support of his cause.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to urge the Jewish community to remain vigilant and welcomes the seriousness with which the police are treating the danger posed by the far-right.

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Antisemitic graffiti was recently discovered in a neighbourhood in Thornbury, Ontario by local residents. Several swastikas were spray-painted across mounds of snow, alongside expletives and fascist rhetoric.

The incident was reported to local Mayor Alar Soever, who then issued a condemnation of antisemitism in the community and called for zero tolerance for manifestations of such hatred. He assured Jewish residents that he had contacted the Ontario Provincial Police who are undertaking an investigation into the incident.

A 2019 study showed that there had been a 62.8% increase in antisemitic attacks or crimes in the province compared to the previous year. Several organisations have praised the fast action of the Mayor, but many have also expressed great concern at the alarming rate of incidents in the country, stating that more must be done to combat and prevent antisemitic incidents occurring.

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A senior Government minister in Yemen made a series of antisemitic statements in a speech broadcast on Yemen TV, including a claim that Israel controls the drugs trade and another that Satan and Jews were “two sides of the same coin”.

In a Friday sermon delivered in the capital, Sanaa, and broadcast on the Yemeni television station, Al-Eman, Health Minister Dr Taha Al-Mutawakkil said: “Satan and the Jews” were “two sides of the same coin.” He also said that “Jewish trade relies on sex and drug trafficking” and claimed that Israel distributes drugs to Arab and Muslim societies as part of Jewish plans to harm them.

He also said that Muslims who carry out suicide attacks against Islamic targets were “under the influence of Jewish drugs”.

In a previous Friday sermon, Dr Al-Mutawakkil reportedly suggested that the United States may be behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Four Brooklyn synagogues were vandalised with antisemitic graffiti on a single night.

According to the New York Police Department, four synagogues in the Midwood area of Brooklyn were vandalised on Saturday night, 26th December, between 12:20 and 13:30, when graffiti and antisemitic phrases were daubed on four synagogues. The perpetrator allegedly also broke into one synagogue where he damaged property and stole a small amount of cash.

The perpetrator was allegedly caught on surveillance video vandalising one of the synagogues.

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A Jewish cemetery in Madrid was vandalised with antisemitic words and slogans on 23rd December.

Graffiti declaring “Dead Jew, good Jew” and “Murdering Jews, we will hang you” were daubed on walls at the entrance to the small Jewish section of the cemetery in a suburb of the Spanish capital. A wooden gate was spray-painted with the German word Raus (“out”), which has strong Holocaust connotations, and a Star of David with a line through it.

Esteban Ibarra, the President of a leading Spanish anti-racism organisation, called on the Madrid Public Prosecutor to make greater efforts to find the perpetrators and to punish them for “a crime against fundamental rights,” which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison under the Spanish criminal code.

Mr Ibarra expressed fears that the desecration may have been carried out by a “neo-Nazi organisation”. He also expressed concern that it was a sign of growing antisemitism in Europe as it took place in the same week that a synagogue in Bulgaria and and other European monuments were targeted.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain “strongly condemned” the desecration and urged the authorities to “pursue and convict the perpetrators”.

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Sir Michael Morpurgo has revealed that he will not be including The Merchant of Venice in a new collection of Shakespeare stories for children due to the play’s “antisemitic” attitudes.

The popular children’s author reportedly said of his upcoming Tales From Shakespeare that “I avoided Shylock because it worried me too much if I am honest about it…there are assumptions right the way through about what it is to be a Jew, and how Jews are thought of, which are so important for our society that, for me, it was best not to go there.”

Shylock, the titular character of the play, is infamous for embodying numerous antisemitic tropes, including avarice and usury, although some scholars note that the portrayal is more multi-dimensional than it seems, with the play’s Christian characters also exhibiting unsympathetic qualities.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “The portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice is a sensitive topic best approached with context and guidance. Sir Michael Morpurgo is right to recognise that there are other Shakespeare plays more suitable for younger readers.”

A Jewish teacher has been told by his trade union that he is black, even as he insists that he is not.

Jason Wardill, a design technology teacher of Mediterranean and Jewish heritage, was invited by the National Education Union (NEU) to a meeting of black teachers and for a year since then has been trying unsuccessfully to correct his ethnicity.

The NEU claims that because he does not consider himself white, he had to be registered as black.

He reportedly told the Daily Mail: “It made me feel pretty helpless. BAME would be absolutely fine, as it encompasses everything.” He went on to note that when he joined the NEU, he ticked “mixed other” in the ethnicity box, as this was “the only option available for me”, adding: “Jewish was an option in the religion section only, which leads me to believe the NEU doesn’t recognise Jewish as a race. They only appear to recognise it as a religion.”

He observed that the ‘black’ category was no longer an ethnic marker but a political label. “They said they could put an asterisk next to black to show it was political. I said that shouldn’t make a difference, because I am not black. I don’t feel that a black member would necessarily want me down as a black member, and rightly so.”

A spokesman for the NEU reportedly said that it “uses the term ‘black’ when communicating about some union activities to members who self-identify as black, Asian or any other minority ethnic groups who do not identify as white. There are also other times and projects, events or policy initiatives where we would engage specific groups of members such as Asian women members, Jewish members or Roma groups.”

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “At the NEU, the once noble practice of identifying minorities in order to enable their advancement has now degenerated into an absurd and dangerous inverted form of Aryanism. Under the NEU’s contorted logic, ‘white’ and ‘black’ are no longer useful or meaningful categories of racial identity but are instead political labels used to promote a divisive agenda. Rather than lifting minorities up, these politicised tick-boxes belittle them, and they deny individuals, including Jews, their right to identify as they choose. The NEU must recognise that any policy that orders Jews to identify as black, regardless of whether they actually are, is discriminatory, and erases their true identity.”

A prominent Italian political personality tweeted an edited image of a Star of David which appeared to represent an identification badge, akin to those used in Nazi-era Germany, for individuals who would choose to abstain from the COVID-19 vaccination.

Francesca Donato sent the tweet on 31st December 2020.

Ms Donato was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the League political party in 2019 and currently participates in the Democracy and Identity group in the Parliament. She is also the President of Eurexit, an Italian eurosceptic think tank.

The tweet, which received significant backlash, was captioned: “We started from #everthingwillbealright and we have come to the point where they propose stuff like this” in reference to the perceived stigmatisation of ‘anti-vaxxers’.

Following public outcry across several of her social media platforms, the tweet was deleted. Ms Donato has not commented upon the recent incident.

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Two Jewish cemeteries in the Alsace region of France, close to the German border, were desecrated within hours of one another on 29th December

Police are investigating after 107 graves were desecrated with swastikas and antisemitic slogans in a Jewish cemetery in the town of Westhoffen near Strasbourg. A few hours earlier, similar desecrations were discovered at a Jewish cemetery in the nearby town of Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn.  

On a visit to the area, President Emmanuel Macron told community leaders that it was “important” to be with them.

On Twitter, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner denounced the desecrations as “egregious,” and said that everything was being done to ensure that the perpetrators were “caught and dealt with”. In February, more than 90 graves were desecrated at the Quatzenheim Jewish cemetery north-west of Strasbourg.

France has the largest Jewish community in Europe, and official statistics reveal a rise in antisemitic incidents. Security specialists have now been called in to help protect the cemeteries.

In a separate incident, some 60 Christian graves were desecrated with swastikas and “strange” inscriptions at the municipal cemetery in the French city of Fontainebleau, near Paris. According to the Fontainebleau prosecutor’s office, the neighbouring Jewish cemetery was untouched.

Fontainebleau Mayor Frederic Valletoux shared pictures of the desecrations on Twitter and said that, as well as the swastikas, some gravestones had been vandalised with “strange” inscriptions such as “Biobananas” and “Charles”. Biobananas is allegedly a reference to “Shoananas,” an offensive word combining “Shoah” and “pineapple” created by convicted French antisemite Dieudonne. “Charles” is believed to be a reference to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by Islamists in 2015.

On social media, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, Audrey Pulvar described the desecration as “an antisemitic act” that belonged nowhere.

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A car was spray-painted with a swastika in the Maryland city of Takoma Park in the run-up to the Christmas holidays.

In a statement released on 24th December, the city’s Mayor Kate Stewart described the antisemitic incident as “deeply disturbing.” She said Takoma Park Police were investigating the incident, which had been referred to the county’s hate crimes unit.

In her statement, Mayor Stewart said that she was aware of incidents of anti-Jewish racism in other parts of the United States and abroad, which she “strongly” deplored adding that Takoma Park condemned all antisemitism, Holocaust denial and “distortions about Judaism and Jewish life and culture”.

She also condemned a further incident of racism against the African-American community in the city in which two murals were vandalised.

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A suspect in the 18th July 1994 terror attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AIMA) building in Buenos Aires was acquitted in a recent verdict delivered by three federal judges on 23rd December 2020.

Carlos Telleldín was accused of providing the van and car bomb used in the attack, which killed 85 people and left more than 300 injured.

Mr Telleldín serve ten years in prison for his involvement. Argentine courts, however, nullified the original sentence after it was discovered that he had allegedly accepted a bribe to participate in the attack.

The second trial began in 2019, almost a decade after several Jewish groups argued that the evidence collected before the illegal payment must remain valid.

The AMIA President reassured the wider Jewish community that the organisation intends to appeal the court’s decision to ensure justice is achieved.

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The United States has expressed deep concerns over the recent Sindh High Court ruling to release several convicted terrorists responsible for the abduction and murder of American-Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

On 24th December 2020, the Sindh High Court issued an order for the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib as their convictions were overturned.

Mr Sheikh was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court in 2002 for organising and leading the kidnap and murder of Mr Pearl. The four accused have been in jail for the last eighteen years after the Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter was brutally murdered in the country’s capital in January of that year.

In April 2019, a lower court had commuted Mr Sheikh’s sentence to a seven-year prison term and advocated for his immediate release. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that his detention should be extended for a week and it would then rule on his potential release while the case was appealed.

The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department tweeted that the accused have not been released at this time and that the case is ongoing. The four are reportedly being held under the emergency orders of the local government throughout an ongoing appeal against their acquittals.

According to acting US Attorney-General Jeffrey Rosen, if efforts to reinstate Mr Sheik’s conviction are not successful the United States “stands ready” to take custody of him to stand trial.

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Bulgaria’s most historic synagogue has been daubed with antisemitic slogans.

The perpetrators, who claim to belong to Antifa Bulgaria, daubed the walls of the Zion Synagogue in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s oldest synagogue, during the weekend of 20th December.

The graffiti reportedly read “free Palestine” and equated the Israeli Government with the Nazis, in breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Shalom, the organisation that represents Bulgarian Jewry, condemned the vandalism.

According to the Sofia Globe, nine incidents of antisemitism were reported in Bulgaria in 2019, none of which has resulted in a conviction.

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The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has asked the High Court to quash a decision of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), over its decision in relation to Nazim Ali, a pharmacist who leads the annual “Al Quds Day” march through London.

Last month, the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee, found that Mr Ali brought the pharmaceutical profession into disrepute, following a two-week hearing that culminated on 5th November arising from a complaint by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Following the GPhC’s ruling, Campaign Against Antisemitism made legal representations to the PSA asking it to use its statutory power to refer the matter to the High Court under the National Health Service Reform and Healthcare Professionals Act 2002, on the grounds that the decision made by the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee was insufficient to protect the public because it was “irrational and perverse”.

The PSA has now made the referral that we requested. The High Court will now decide whether to quash the decision of the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee, leading to the matter being re-opened.

In particular, we asked the PSA to review the GPhC’s ruling that Mr Ali’s statements were not antisemitic, including by attempting to distinguish between “antisemitism” and “antisemitic”. We have asked the PSA to consider the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, and the Guidance to all Judiciary in England and Wales produced by the Judicial College that makes clear that the word “Zionist” or “Zio” as a term of abuse has no place in a civilised society.

Furthermore, we argued that the ruling misapplied the law when asking whether a “reasonable person” would have considered the comments made by Mr Ali as being antisemitic. The GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee ruled that Jewish bystanders who saw the demonstration or watched the recording of it posted online could not be considered to be reasonable persons because of their “selective view of events”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism made its initial complaint to the GPhC related to Mr Ali’s actions in 2017, when he led the pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade for the controversial London-based organisation calling itself the Islamic Human Rights Commission, just four days after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in which over 70 people were burned alive.

Heading the parade, surrounded by the flags of Hizballah, the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, Mr Ali shouted over a public address system: “Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. Free, Free, Palestine…It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high-rise blocks. Free, Free, Palestine. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

At another point he told marchers: “Careful of those Rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers. Do not allow them in your centres.”

The events were filmed by members of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit.

Mr Ali is the Managing Partner of Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic. Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a complaint to the GPhC, which confirmed that the matter “calls into question the pharmacy professional’s fitness to practise as a pharmacist.”

The Professional Standards Authority told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “The Authority has decided to refer the decision to the High Court because we considered that it may be insufficient to protect the public. The Authority was concerned that the Committee had erred in its approach to a charge that the comments made by Mr Ali were antisemitic. Those errors mean that it is not possible to know whether a different outcome would have been reached in the case had the correct approach been taken, and that therefore decision taken by the Committee was not sufficient to protect the public. For that reason the Authority, by its appeal, is asking the Court to quash findings made by the Committee and remit the case back to the Committee for reconsideration, applying the correct approach to the charge of antisemitism. The appeal has now been lodged with the court.”

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Since 2017, we have fought to ensure that Nazim Ali faces the consequences of his actions. As a pharmacist, he is bound by professional rules, and we are pleased that due to our complaint his regulator ruled that he brought his profession into disrepute.

“However, the ruling was deeply flawed, finding Mr Ali’s remarks not to be antisemitic, and considering Jewish bystanders not to be reasonable persons. This was irrational and perverse in the extreme, so we instructed lawyers to ensure that it cannot be allowed to stand due to the example that it sets. Not only that, but the decision to merely issue Mr Ali with a warning was insufficient to protect the public. That is why we asked the PSA to refer this matter to the High Court, and we are delighted that they have now done so.

“There was no way that we could allow this decision to stand due to the dangerous precedent that it set both for British Jews and the public which relies on healthcare professionals to be properly regulated.”

We are extremely grateful to Simon Braun, a partner at Perrin Myddelton solicitors, for acting pro bono for Campaign Against Antisemitism in this matter.

Campaign Against Antisemitism previously sought a criminal prosecution of Mr Ali. When the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) refused to prosecute him, we launched a private prosecution which the CPS disgracefully used its statutory powers to take over and discontinue, protecting Mr Ali from prosecution.

Members of a “fringe” academic-staff union at the City University of New York (CUNY) have “declared war on the Jewish community,” according to an advocacy group that fights anti-Jewish racism on campus.

The accusation came after CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress (PSC) International Committee passed a resolution last week condemning what it called the “censorship” of a virtual event with terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled.

As a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ms Khaled took part in two terrorist hijackings in 1969 and 1970. The U.S. Government has designated the PFLP as a terrorist organisation.

Ms Khaled was due to take part in the virtual event entitled “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A conversation with Leila Khaled”.  It had been widely promoted on social media and was due to have been live-streamed on Zoom. But the video-conferencing platform and social-media platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, withdrew.

The resolution also cited “a pressure campaign” by various anti-racism groups, which it blamed for the decisions by the platforms to drop the event.

The Lawfare Project stated that “this resolution was passed so that CUNY PSC could set up a committee and begin fundraising against our efforts to keep terrorists and Jew-hatred off campuses. In doing so, this fringe union has declared war on the Jewish community.”

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Two suspects are being sought by New York’s hate crimes task force after “despicable” antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on the wall of a Brooklyn yeshiva.

The incident took place in the early afternoon of 13th December at the Meslias Bais Yaakov yeshiva. The city’s Hate Crimes Task Force posted video footage of two men vandalising the building with spray-paint.

In a tweet, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described it as a “despicable” act. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that it was “simply despicable” that the “bigoted attack” took place as “the family of New York celebrated Chanukah”.

Saying that he was “disgusted”, Gov. Cuomo called for the Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate and added: “The fact that these vandals targeted an institution focused on educating our children makes their act of hate even more reprehensible.”

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An Israeli court has agreed that two Jewish passengers were subjected to antisemitic abuse by ground staff of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA).

A Small Claims Court in Rishon LeZion, Central Israel, ruled that UIA must pay compensation over the incident in April 2019 when the passengers took a UIA flight from Vienna to Tel Aviv.

The two were allegedly ridiculed and subjected to racial slurs by ground staff after trying to switch items between pieces of luggage to avoid an excess-baggage fee. One comment, allegedly made in English by UIA personnel, was: “Why do Jews always have a problem about paying?” Another comment was: “Only €60 and the Jews have a problem about paying.” UIA ground staff were allegedly also overheard joking and making remarks in German.

The Israeli passengers were prevented from boarding their flight. UIA claimed that this was due to the excess baggage fee, but the court accepted the passengers’ claim that it was due to the flight being overbooked.

The court ordered the airline to pay a total 5,000 shekels (£1,145) in compensation for verbal abuse and a delay in receiving their baggage. UIA denied the claims and alleged that the passengers behaved badly.

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In what has been called a “ground-breaking” move, Morocco has announced that its schools will begin teaching Jewish history and culture as part of the official curriculum.

The recent announcement follows the recent peace deal between the Muslim nation and Israel, brokered by the USA, under which Morocco’s head of state, King Mohammed VI, agreed to normalise relations with Israel.

The decision on the curriculum was reportedly made earlier as part of a revamp of Morocco’s national curriculum which, according to Fouad Chafiqi of the Education Ministry, aimed to “highlight Morocco’s diverse identity”.

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China’s crackdown on unapproved religions is impacting Kaifeng’s Jewish community, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Despite numbering barely 1,000, the Jewish community of Kaifeng is reportedly falling foul of Beijing’s campaign to erase non-sanctioned religions. An ancient well and stones marking a 12th-century synagogue have been removed or have vanished beneath cement as the authorities strive to erase Jewish history from the area. The authorities have also reportedly torn down the Hebrew signs indicating “Teaching Torah Lane” while a building used for holding services has a security camera directed at its entrance and it has been plastered with posters about China’s “management of religious affairs” and reminders that Judaism is prohibited.

Jewish schools have been closed and exhibits documenting the history of Jews in Kaifeng have also disappeared from a museum and a historic guild hall.

Unable to obtain Jewish religious materials, members of the Jewish community pass around dog-eared pamphlets compiled when Jewish scholars, rabbis and tourists flocked to Kaifeng as China opened up in the 1990s. Now, one resident explained, “no print shop dares to help us copy these”.

Groups such as the Sino-Judaic Institute and Shavei Israel had previously set up centres and helped some to emigrate. But both groups were among the first targets of the Government crackdown and expelled a few years ago.

Jews first settled in China’s historic former capital over 1,000 years ago. Of the 1,000 Kaifeng residents who claim Jewish heritage only around 100 are practising Jews. Yet the Jews in Kaifeng are remarkably resilient, and have found ways to keep their faith alive. Each week, meetings are supposedly held in secret to celebrate Shabbat, and candles to mark Chanukah were lit over the festival. “Whatever we do, we’re always very careful to make sure the authorities don’t find out,” one man said.

A local man, who said he dreamed of training in Israel to be a rabbi, claimed it was “Government policy” to “make sure the next generation doesn’t have any Jewish identity.”

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The Liberal Democrats have reportedly launched an investigation into the spokesperson for its Bromley branch after he made controversial comments about antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Jonathan Coulter, a former editor of the Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine newsletter, reportedly declared at a non-Party event earlier this month that “fake antisemitism campaign against Labour is the worst single episode of misinformation I have ever witnessed”.

He also referenced “antisemitism smears” in a similar connection, repeating a popular trope that has been at the centre of Labour’s scandal institutional racism against Jews.

A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats reportedly said: “The Party has received a complaint and in line with our processes an independent investigation has been opened.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.

Dubious disciplinary charges against a Jewish student who complained about antisemitism have been dropped by Warwick University.

The President of the Warwick Jewish Israeli Society submitted a complaint on behalf of a member against Dr Goldie Osuri for saying, in a lecture on 11th November 2019, that “the next time they say that the Labour Party is antisemitic, you know there are some people possibly that are possibly antisemitic, but this idea that the Labour Party is antisemitic is very much an Israeli lobby kind of idea.”

However, the complaint was rejected by the University, which backed the controversial academic, who doubled down on her outrageous claims. She also apparently emailed the entire class about the complaint and was absurdly portrayed by allies as being victimised because she is a “lecturer of colour”.

Dr Osuri then made two counter-complaints against the President of the Jewish Israeli Society, the first relating to the recording and publishing of her lecture and the second with regard to the University’s ‘Dignity at Warwick’ policy, which had allegedly been breached by supposed “harassment” of an academic and the “submission of a vexatious complaint”.

Warwick has now dropped the complaints, however, following representations from the student.

Throughout this saga, Warwick, which only grudgingly adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism after considerable pressure, has shown itself unwilling to address antisemitism. On this occasion, it has at least stopped short of punishing the victims.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been working with the student.

Previously, concerns were raised over the University’s failure to address a scandal over a group chat which gained national attention, in which antisemitic, misogynistic, abusive and threatening messages, including rape threats, were uncovered.

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected]

French police have arrested four people suspected of an antisemitic hate crime, after they allegedly verbally abused a Jewish family and threw bottles at the car in which the family was seated.

Initial media reports said that the incident happened at 20:40 on Thursday 17th December in the northern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers when the unnamed perpetrators – two adults and two minors – screamed antisemitic abuse at the unnamed family, including “f**k the Jews.” They also  rocked the car back and forth and hurled bottles at it. Prior to the assault, the family was listening to music including songs in Hebrew.

On the following day, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter: “Yesterday night, during Chanukah, a family from Aubervilliers was assaulted because they are Jewish. In France, in 2020.”

He noted that the perpetrators had been apprehended “very swiftly” by police and would “be punished in relation to the seriousness of these facts.”

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A sign for a Jewish food festival in Sarasota County, Florida, was reportedly targeted for antisemitic vandalism on 14th December.

Letters on a sign announcing the postponement of the Jewish food festival in Venice were rearranged to say: “Jews postponed until February 2022”. Rabbi Ben Shull of the Venice Jewish Congregation said that “such cowardly acts of hatred” would not “make us back away from living proudly as Jews and active members of the larger Venice community.”

He also said that he was confident that the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Venice Interfaith Community Association would work together to educate the wider community “about the nature and sources of antisemitism.” In July, two synagogues in Sarasota were vandalised with antisemitic graffiti. In October, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee hired its first community security director.

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An antisemitic tweet was posted by the youth wing of the Czech Republic’s far-right Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS) as part of its campaign to discourage vaccinations against COVID-19.

The tweet, featuring an anti-Jewish caricature, said: “We will not allow ourselves to be vaccinated against COVID-19! Those globalising bastards can blackmail us all they like!”

The Workers Youth organisation (DM) has frequently used Nazi images or propaganda in its posters, on its Facebook page and in other promotional items. The Czech Interior Ministry categorises the DSSS as one of the extreme right-wing parties. The DM and the DSSS share the same registered address.

The DSSS came into existence after its precursor, the DS was dissolved in 2010.

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A French court on Wednesday found fourteen defendants guilty of aiding two terrorist attacks that killed seventeen people in Paris in January 2015, including four people at a kosher supermarket.

Amedy Coulibaly, the perpetrator of the Hypercacher supermarket slayings, identified victims as Jewish and declared that he was murdering the people he hated most: “The Jews and the French.” Mr Coulibaly was killed in a shoot-out with police.

The sentences ranged from four years to life imprisonment with the heaviest sentence for Mohamed Belhoucine, believed to be dead in Syria, for “mentoring” Mr Coulibaly. Ali Riza Polat was sentenced to 30 years for  his “essential role” in the preparation of the attacks. Three other defendants were tried in absentia, including Mr Coulibaly’s wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, who was sentenced to 30 years.

The attack on the kosher supermarket came two days after the terror attack at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The trial, which began in September, provided moments of heavy emotion. At the kosher supermarket, Yohan Cohen, 20, lay alive and in agony after being shot. A witness said that Mr Coulibaly asked hostages if they wanted him to “finish off” the young man to silence him.  

The widow of Philippe Braham, another victim, told the court that she had to explain to her three young children that “a bad man killed your Daddy”.

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Video chat platform Omegle is being described as the “Wild West” of the internet for allegedly hosting antisemitic, racist and other abusive encounters.

The extreme racism on the Omegle platform came to light as some users apparently became “social media vigilantes” to record and share their encounters on the platform. Unlike mainstream social-media platforms, Omegle allegedly does not have policies for reporting users’ behaviour if they violate its terms of service. Also, as an account is not needed, the platform affords anonymity.

Though founded in 2009, Omegle was barely known until recently, as searches for the site soared in November and December following the publication of videos with the Omegle hashtag were posted on another social media platform, TikTok, and garnered millions of views.

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Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on the ground outside a school in Italy’s Lazio region.

Referencing Lazio football club, it read “Laziale ebreo” which roughly translates as “Lazio-supporting Jews”.

Last year, similar graffiti, which also featured a swastika, was found nearby.

The head of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti expressed his concern and said that he hoped the perpetrators would be found.

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Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on a home in a heavily Jewish neighbourhood in Queens in New York City on 16th December.

The antisemitic and misogynistic graffiti was sprayed in black paint across a large area of white fencing that faces a busy road. The owner of the Forest Hills home is not Jewish.

Condemning the incident, Assembly Member Dan Rosenthal said: “This kind of hate isn’t welcome here.” He said that the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating it as a “possible bias incident”.

Noting that Queens was a “diverse borough”, he said that it was “extremely disturbing” that somebody would want to make people feel unwelcome.

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T-shirts and other items claiming “6 million wasn’t enough” were briefly being sold on Amazon earlier this month.

T-shirts, hoodies and cups, emblazoned with “6MWE”, the neo-Nazi acronym for the phrase “6 million wasn’t enough”, were allegedly offered for sale on Amazon via a third party from 16th December. All of the items were removed after Amazon was made aware of the offending items.

Confirming that the products had been removed, an Amazon spokesperson reportedly said: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines.” Those who do not would be “subject to action including potential removal of their account.”

The t-shirts were similar to those worn by members of the far-right Proud Boys group in recent rallies.

The neo-Nazi items were allegedly also available for a short time at American online site Teespring, but the apparel site reportedly said that the neo-Nazi attire had been removed and the seller “permanently banned”, with a spokesperson noting that the site “categorically” did not “allow or condone” harmful content that may lead to “harassment or violence” or “threats to the health and safety of the public.”

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A Canadian radio station has cut its long-standing ties with a leading controversial Polish broadcaster over its alleged antisemitism.

In a move welcomed by Jewish groups, Toronto AM station CJMR1320 last week notified Polish Catholic broadcaster Radio Maryja of the immediate cancelation of its contract.

CJMR vice-president Matt Caine noted that the Polish broadcaster had failed to respond adequately to detailed complaints about its portrayal of Jews and Judaism, and that its Canadian representative had simply dismissed these as “inaccurate.”

B’nai Brith Canada, which had provided evidence of Radio Maryja’s alleged “vitriolic antisemitic content,” apparently including conspiracy theories and references to Jews as “greedy,” said that it was “extremely pleased” by the decision.

Former deputy premier of Alberta, Thomas Lukaszuk, said that by “eliminating the often offensive Radio Maryja” the Toronto radio station was “silencing” division in Canada.

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