Prosecutions for Antisemitic Criminal Acts

This list shows prosecutions for antisemitic criminal acts. CST hopes that it will encourage victims of antisemitism to report their experience and help press for action against the perpetrators.

CST will continue supporting prosecutions against antisemitism and will update this list as required.

CST assists the investigation of antisemitic hate crimes and can help support victims through the criminal justice process.

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2016

August

  • Kamil Malmon, of Polish origin, was found guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage after he wrote “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June. Malmon was given a 26 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £735.
  • James Evans was found guilty of breaching a restraining order by sending 17 antisemitic letters to BBC employees. In the letters, Evans referred to Jews as “Yids”, “Zionists”, and claimed “Jewish people rule the world”. Evans is banned from entering BBC Hereford and Worcester and making contact with members of staff. He was given a new four year restraining order, ordered to pay a fine of £150, a 12 month community order, pay court costs of £135, and a victim surcharge of £75.

July

  • John Nimmo pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to two offences of sending malicious communications to Luciana Berger MP. One message said: “You are going to get it like Jo Cox did. So you better watch out Jewish scum”, and included a photograph of a large kitchen knife.
  • A 14 year old boy, who could not be named because of his age, was sentenced by Hackney Youth Offender Panel to a one year referral order and ordered to pay £20 compensation for intentional harassment contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986. On 31st January, the boy was arrested in Stamford Hill after he put lit fireworks into the pockets of Jewish pedestrians as they passed him in the street.

June

  • Geoffrey Ingram pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court to racially aggravated abuse. Ingram was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, half on license, ordered to pay £250 in costs, £200 compensation and £80 victim surcharge. The incident occurred in June 2015 on Regent Street in London after a minor motoring incident, after which Ingram intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah, and shouted a series of antisemitic insults and threats. 
  • Wilberth Henry was convicted in his absence of antisemitic harassment and threats after shouting “I’ll f***ing beat you up, you f***ing Jewish c***”.

March

  • Richard Prendiville and R. Peacock, two West Ham fans, were convicted at Northampton Magistrates Court of racially aggravated harassment alarm and distress for singing antisemitic football songs on a train. Prendeville was fined £220, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £23, and £350 costs. Peacock was fined £270, a victim surcharge of £27 and £350 costs.
  • Rashal Miah, from Tottenham, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke violence. During a road rage incident in September 2014, Miah shouted that he would “kill all the Jews” at the Orthodox driver of a school bus in Stamford Hill. Miah was given a 28 week sentence suspended for one year, ordered to carry out 15 days of anger management sessions, 100 hours of community service, £900 costs, and £80 surcharge.
  •  Darren Mark Lumb pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to one count of religiously aggravated harassment and stalking with fear of violence, and one count of breaching an anti-social behaviour order. In January 2015, Lumb launched an antisemitic verbal attack in the street against Jon Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire. Lumb was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

January

  • Thomas Flynn and Michael Haydon pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates’ Court to a religiously aggravated public order offence each of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour. Flynn and Haydon, both fans of Southampton Football Club, shouted antisemitic abuse and gave Nazi-style salutes at Tottenham Hotspur fans during a match at St Marys Stadium on 19th December. One Spurs fan reported hearing hissing sounds imitating gas escaping and another fan reported hearing chants of “gas the Jews” from a group of fans. They were sentenced to a three-year banning order preventing them from attending games in Britain, told to hand their passports to police before major games abroad, a 12 week community order and curfew, banned from going within a mile of St Marys Stadium four hours before and after kick-off on match days, and pay £145 in costs.

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2015

December

      • Joshua Bonehill-Paine was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material online, and sentenced to three years and four months in prison. In court, Bonehill-Paine was described as an “extremist” who expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”.

September

      • Anthony Michael pleaded guilty at Stratford Magistrates’ Court to racially threatening behaviour and racially aggravated criminal damage after he was filmed giving a Hitler salute to a Jewish van driver in North London. Michael was sentenced to 16 weeks’ in prison suspended for 12 months, a community order for 20 days of rehabilitation activity, an electronically monitored curfew for 8 weeks, £250 victim compensation, and £85 court costs

      • Nicholas Sweeney, from Clapton, was jailed for 49 days after pleading guilty at Thames Stratford Magistrates Court to two counts of racial religious harassment, and criminal damage to a police cell. Sweeney, who was also ordered to pay £80 victims surcharge and £166 for the damage, shouted antisemitic abuse at two Jewish men in Stamford Hill in August.
      • Two 17 year old youths, who could not be named because of their age, pleaded guilty at Manchester Youth Court to assaulting four Jewish youths at a tram station in Manchester that left one with a fractured skull. They admitted two counts of common assault and one count of actual bodily harm. One of the boys was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm. One youth was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and the other was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

August

      • Taha Bakhit, from Swindon, pleaded guilty at Swindon Crown Court to racially aggravated common assault and was sentenced to nine months in prison. Bakhit shouted antisemitic abuse at a resident of a shared home, threw a fire extinguisher at him, put his hands around his throat, tried to gouge his eyes out, and threatened to behead him.
      • Nicholas Goodwin was jailed for six months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court Scotland after sending a photo of himself with a Nazi flag to a Jewish woman on 29 June 2015, two days after Holocaust Memorial Day. Goodwin will serve his sentence consecutively with another jail term he received at Paisley Sheriff Court in July after shouting racist abuse at a 16 year old schoolboy, who he also threatened to stab.
      • Adam Elliott and Muzamal Hussain were both jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, at Newcastle Crown Court after the former pleaded guilty to shouting “I’m going to kill all Jews” and “Free Palestine” from a car driven by Hussain in Gateshead in July 2014. Soon after Elliott had also gone into a shop and said “I hate Jewish….”. Both were also handed a 12-month supervision order.

July

      • Jakub Kawczynsk was fined £975, including £200 compensation to his victim, at Thames Magistrates Court London after calling members of the Shomrim neighbourhood watch group “f…..g Jewish f…..s”, in June 2014 after he had been asked to stop in urinating in public.

June

      • John Churchod was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £650 costs at Hastings Magistrates Court Sussex after sending antisemitic and homophobic messages on Twitter, in August 2014. Among the messages he tweeted were “The world will exterminate you. As Hitler failed to do in entirely” and “Jewish and gay, probably the worst combination ever”.

February

      • Mahmudul Choudhury, a 35 year old married teacher, was fined £465 plus a £47 victim surcharge at Bromley Magistrates Court London after posting Hitler images on Facebook together with ”Yes man, you were right. I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was killing them. Share this picture to tell the truth a whole world”.

January

      • Four Tyneside teenagers were convicted of assaulting a rabbi in Gateshead in July. Prior to the attack, Balawal Sultan had texted a message saying he was going to "smash some Jews up". Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin and a 16 year old who cannot be named because of his age, were committed to young offenders institutions after admitting racially aggravated common assault.

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2014

December

      • Huseiyn Seyel from Ilford, and Steven Truran from Wood Green were convicted of committing racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage after rampaging through Stamford Hill north London, slashing the tyres of more than 40 parked cars. The area is home to a large Strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

November

      • Abdul Hafes, from Glasgow, was jailed for 16 months after admitting sending a series of racist and obscene Twitter posts in June. Amongst these was a message to Kurds and Shia Muslims to "die like the jews".
      • Two 13-year old boys from Rochdale and Blackley, who pleaded guilty to damaging five headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester in June, were handed a nine-month supervision order and a nine- month referral order respectively, in addition to being banned from all graveyards.
      • Ian Campbell, was jailed for 16 weeks at Hendon Magistrates Court, after pleading guilty to racially or religiously aggravated harassment. He had been heard making antisemitic comments on a bus travelling between Golders Green and Hendon, northwest London, and although the bus driver refused to act, passengers had phoned the police. Campbell was also jailed for a further four weeks for breaching a conditional discharge for an unrelated theft offence.

October

      • Garron Helm, from Litherland in Liverpool, was jailed for four weeks and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge after admitting sending an offensive, indecent or obscene message to Luciana Berger, a local MP. He had tweeted a picture of Ms Berger with a yellow Star of David on her head, called her "a communist Jewess" and stated "You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually". When the police searched Helm's home, they found Nazi memorabilia, including a flag bearing the SS symbol and flags from the National Action neo Nazi group.

July

      • Miroslav Ondurus, a Slovakian national living in Wimbledon was given a 180 hour community service order and a victim surcharge after having been convicted of making a Nazi salute, calling out "Heil Hitler", and attempted assault at a kosher restaurant in north west London, in April. His companion, Jozef Dubos, was cleared of two charges of religiously and racially aggravated harassment at Willesden Magistrates Court in August.

June

      • Daniel Stuart was charged by Police Scotland in Aberdeen with religiously aggravated offences including a breach of the peace when he had called arresting officers "poofs" and "Jewish c...s". He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 200 hours Community Payback Order.
      • High school student, Andrew Ferguson was convicted at Falkirk Sheriff Court of tweeting antisemitic, and anti Irish, comments and sentenced to a 240 hours Community Payback Order.

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2013

November

      • Nasser Javid from Pollockshields in Glasgow, was given a Community Payback Order after shouting antisemitic abuse at a police officer in May. After he was arrested for causing a disturbance and assaulting a local resident, Javid had said to one of the policemen "Are you a f...ing Jew with that nose? I hate f...ing Jews. No wonder the Nazis slaughtered you all". Javid admitted assault, behaving in a threatening manner and making offensive remarks.

June

      • Zohib Shah, Yusuf Patel and Muhammed Sultan were convicted of racially aggravated assault after they had thrown an egg from a moving car that hit a Jewish family on a Manchester street. They were given a 12 month Community Order which included 210 hours of unpaid work, a month–long curfew, and ordered to pay compensation.

February

      • Gareth Smith from Huddersfield admitted being part of a group of football fans who made Nazi salutes and sang anti-Jewish chants at a game between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United in December 2012. He was convicted of a religiously aggravated public order offence, fined £120 and costs, and given a football banning order.
      • James Doyle, from Hodge Hill, was banned from football matches for three years for giving a Nazi salute to Tottenham Hotspur fans at a match at Villa Park on Boxing Day 2012. Doyle was convicted of a religiously aggravated public order offence, fined £155 plus costs and given a three year football banning order. Terry Douglas from Rowley Regis was fined £290 after shouting antisemitic abuse at a Spurs player at the same football match.

January

      • Alexander Paul Holloway, a 19 year old from Hartford admitted sending two racially aggravated messages to a Jewish teenager in October and December 2012. He had tweeted "just gas them all", "Jews are vile" and a photograph of a Jewish man with a caption stating "this creature should be gassed". Holloway claimed he sent the messages because "he "didn't like what Israel was doing in Palestine". He was given a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement, a three year restraining order, and was ordered to complete the Promoting Dignity programme.

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2012

December

      • Philip Hayes was convicted at Liverpool Magistrates Court of an aggravated public order offence after making antisemitic remarks to a Jewish Member of Parliament. He was fined and ordered to pay court costs.

September

      • Mark Symington was convicted at Perth Sheriff's Court in September of making threatening antisemitic phone calls to his former wife during a three day drunken tirade, in which he had threatened to gas her, following their estrangement.

July

      • Margaret Walker, an elderly BNP supporter, was convicted of distributing anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim leaflets at Fareham Magistrates Court and given a non-custodial Anti Social Behaviour Order, in July.
      • Mohammed Khalifa, 19, Aimen Mohamed, 19, Mohammed Jawad, 21, and Haider Al-Fardan, 21, were convicted of racially motivated attacks against Jews in July, after they had driven through the north London suburb of Golders Green the previous December throwing eggs at passersby and shouting anti-Jewish abuse. The four were all found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment and ordered to pay fines, court costs and compensation.

May

      • In May, veteran political campaigner Norman Scarth was convicted of racially aggravated harassment at Manchester City Magistrates Court, fined and subjected to a restraining order to prevent him approaching a Jewish judge who lived in Leeds, or any synagogue or Jewish community institution. Although no political extremist, he had subjected the Jewish judge to a campaign of threats following his conviction for other offences.

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2011

December

      • James Casserly was given a three month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation at Hendon Magistrates Court, north London, after pleading guilty to racially abusing a Jewish man standing at a bus stop.
      • Mohammed Sandia was sentenced to be admonished after his conviction twelve months earlier for inciting hatred against Jews by publishing antisemitic and threatening messages on the comments web page of The Scotsman newspaper. The courts had agreed to a twelve month review of his behaviour after his initial conviction.  Scottish law allows a defendant to be admonished, without a custodial sentence, and for this to appear on his criminal record. This significant case led the Scottish First Minister (in effect, the Prime Minister) and Lord Advocate (in effect, head of the criminal justice system) to write to newspaper editors to remind them of their legal responsibilities over the content of their publications, including online.

September

      • Yacoub Osman, an Egyptian national living in London, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of racially motivated criminal damage after daubing swastikas and antisemitic graffiti on the walls of a train station in Chalk Farm north London. He was given a 12 month community order with 50 hours unpaid work and fined.
      • Zbignigw Lebek was jailed for a year at Mold Crown Court, north Wales, for shouting antisemitic abuse and making Hitler salutes at an Orthodox Jewish youth working as a volunteer at a local hospital. A police search of his apartment revealed a Nazi flag with a swastika draped over the stairs.
      • Perry Merchant was convicted of racially aggravated common assault, and given 140 hours of community service and made to pay compensation and court costs, after driving his van in a threatening manner towards two members of Borehamwood Synagogue in Hertfordshire on their way to High Holyday services.
      • Paul Donnachie was convicted of racially abusing an American Jewish student at St Andrews University. He was sentenced to 150 hours community service and ordered to pay the court's costs. He was also expelled from the university. The case against his co defendant, Samuel Colchester, was found not proven but he was suspended by the university for a year. Donnachie's conviction led to demonstrations in his support outside Cupar Sheriff Court in Fife, by members of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, three of whose leaders had been denied permission to give evidence on his behalf. He subsequently lost his appeal to the Scottish High Court of Justiciary, in May.

July

      • Edna Beck, an 80 year old woman from Brighton, was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order by the local court after shouting antisemitic abuse at her neighbours.
      • Taha Osman, an Iraqi Kurd working as a taxi driver in Manchester, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment after he had shouted antisemitic abuse from his car at parents outside a Jewish school in Manchester. He was given a community order by the court.

June

      • Richard Brundritt was jailed for a year at St Albans Crown Court for religiously aggravated assault after attacking a supermarket guard, an Orthodox Jew.

May

      • Aaron Hanson and Liam Martin were convicted of racially aggravated harassment by a Manchester court after having driven around Broughton Park, a largely Jewish suburb of Manchester, shouting abuse. Hanson was given a 12 month community order and fined; Martin a six month community order and fined.

March

      • William James Hannaford was convicted of aggravated harassment against a Jewish newspaper at the Central Criminal Court London, after he had shouted antisemitic abuse down the paper's office telephone hundreds of times.

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2010

December

      • Lee Tucker was jailed for a year in December, at Cardiff Crown Court, for threatening to assault four Jews on their way to synagogue having first driven his car at them.

November

      • Mark Padgett and Karl Bowman were convicted of racially aggravated disorder and other charges in November, after abusing two yeshiva students at a Jewish college in Gateshead.

June

      • Neo Nazis Trevor Hannington and Michael Heaton were jailed at the Central Criminal Court in June for inciting racial hatred after they had posted numerous messages to the website of the Aryan Strike Force in which they threatened violence against Jews.

March

      • Clifford Nelson was convicted at Manchester Crown Court in March of racially aggravated harassment at Barnstaple Magistrates Court for daubing anti Jewish and other offensive graffiti on local public buildings.
      • Dean Parker, Shameem Parker and Barry Clark-Millar were convicted at Salford Crown Court in March of racially aggravated common assault after shouting antisemitic abuse at a group of Jewish children at whom they drove their car.

February

      • A 17 year old youth who could not be named because of his age, was the first person in the UK to be convicted of inciting racial hatred on YouTube in February after he had posted antisemitic and racist messages.

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2009

November

      • Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle appealed against their convictions for inciting hate online via the heretical.com website that Sheppard managed. In January 2010, the Court of Appeal rejected their appeal but reduced Sheppard's sentence by one year and Whittle's by six months. (see below)

October

      • Andy Unwin was convicted of two charges of abuse for sending abusive antisemitic messages on Facebook about his girlfriend's former employer. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for two years.
      • Teenager Junaid Javaid was ordered by Edinburgh Sheriff Court to pay £1000 compensation to an Edinburgh synagogue after he was convicted of smashing the synagogue windows with a baseball bat.

July

      • Zayn Younis a student from Halifax, West Yorkshire was convicted of daubing 'Free Gaza' and 'Kill the Jews' on the walls of Calderdale College where he was a student. He was given a conditional discharge but ordered to pay £120 compensation to the college at the local magistrates court.
      • Paul Fretwell appeared in a Leeds magistrate's court charged with racially aggravated intentional harassment after sending hate mail to a synagogue in Leeds during 2008. He was subsequently convicted, given a 100 hour community service order, ordered to participate in a 14 week hate crime programme and is to be supervised by the probation service for a rehabilitation period of 12 months.

May

      • BNP member Kris Cherry, who had previously served four years imprisonment on manslaughter charges, was convicted of firing a toy pellet gun at a Jewish man and sentenced to a one year supervision order.

March

      • Three boys, all aged 15, were fined at Bury Youth Court for a racially motivated attack on a Jewish man and his non Jewish friend following a football match at Prestwich, Manchester. One of the perpetrators was found guilty of assault and given a 12 month referral order, fined sixteen hundred pounds and ordered to pay three hundred pounds costs; a second given a 6 month referral order and fined one hundred pounds; the third given a 12 month referral order and a 6 month curfew.
      • British First Party leader, Kevin Quinn was convicted of religiously aggravated public disorder after delivering a tirade of anti Jewish and anti Muslim abuse from a platform he had set up in a shopping precinct in Watford. The case was a retrial after a jury had failed to agree a verdict at his first trial in 2008.

February

      • A schoolboy who could not be named because of his age, was convicted of abusing a Jewish school boy on a bus taking them home from school in north west London in November 2008. He was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order at Hendon Magistrates Court. Under the terms of the order, he was prohibited from using racist or abusive behaviour while travelling on public transport and restrictions were placed on the times when he can use public transport.

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2008

December

      • A teenager who could not be named because of his age was charged with racially aggravated harassment and assault for attacking a Jewish school pupil on a bus in Hendon, North London. The arrest followed a proactive policing operation designed to catch assailants of Jewish pupils.
      • Two far right activists who published racist and antisemitic pamphlets and articles on the Heretical Press website hosted in the USA were found guilty at Leeds crown court in June, of publishing racially inflammatory written material. However, both men fled to the USA before the end of their trial and claimed political asylum on arrival at Los Angeles airport. In their absence, Simon Sheppard was found guilty of the eighteen charges he faced, and Stephen Whittle, who wrote under the pen name of Luke O'Farrell, was found guilty of the five counts he faced. In March 2009 they were due to have their asylum request reviewed but were detained in the interim in Santa Anna jail in Orange County, Los Angeles. The pamphlets, which were delivered to homes and synagogues, included the American publication Tales of the Holohoax and Don't be Sheeple, both of which deny the Holocaust. (see above)

June

      • Martin Gilleard, a leader of the British Peoples Party and former member of the NF, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment at Leeds crown court following his conviction for terrorism offences in June. He planned to bomb mosques and other buildings connected to minority groups, including Jews, in Leeds where he lived. In court, the police stated that he had a collection of Nazi memorabilia and propaganda at his home.
      • Martin Harris was convicted for giving Nazi salutes at Blackpool magistrates court in June and given an anti social behaviour order.
      • Ashraf Ali was convicted at Portsmouth magistrates court in June of sending an anthrax-like white powder together with antisemitic messages to the offices of a Jewish newspaper and two synagogues in Hampshire. On one of them he wrote "All Jews Die". He was given a nine month sentence and suspended for two years and put under a two year supervision order.
      • Jefferson Azevedo was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Southwark crown court for sending over 150 racist messages and packages containing caustic soda, which burns on contact with the skin, through the post. They included one containing a swastika and copies of America white supremacist groups' publications to an elderly Holocaust survivor.

May

      • Maher Khammash was convicted with sending antisemitic email messages to the offices of a Jewish newspaper.

February

      • An unnamed (because of his age) teenager was convicted of making racist comments and giving a Nazi salute to people leaving Hale synagogue near Manchester, in February and given a conditional discharge.
      • Anthony Twigg, Jonathan Dougan, Mark Hargreaves and an unnamed (because of his age) teenager were convicted of assaulting a rabbi at his Prestwich Manchester home and stealing Hebrew books and phylacteries.

January

      • Christopher Mitchell was convicted of anti-Jewish chanting at Barnet football stadium during a match between Barnet FC and Arsenal FC.

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2007

September

      • A Jewish customer services worker, was awarded four thousand pounds by a Birmingham industrial tribunal after a successful claim that he had been hounded out of his job by his antisemitic employer, a local telecommunications company.
      • Christopher John Lyons was sentenced to 12 months in a youth offenders institution suspended for two years after he had attacked a strictly orthodox student in Prestwich Manchester with an iron bar causing serious head injuries. During the attack, Lyon and two other assailants, told their victim that he was going to die. The unduly lenient sentence was appealed by the Police and condemned by CST. The Solicitor General subsequently referred the case to the Court of Appeal, but the sentence was upheld despite an admission by the court that the sentence was light, on the grounds that Lyons had also to serve a 12 month supervision order and carry out 200 hours of unpaid social work.

August

      • Edward Crowe was sentenced to fourteen days in prison at Cheltenham magistrates court for contempt after he called a visibly Jewish judge a 'dirty Jew'. Crowe was in court facing charges of assault, threatening behaviour, criminal damage, stealing a car and possessing offensive weapons. After passing sentence, the judge who has a rabbinic ordination and wears a skull cap, treated Crowe to a lecture on Jewish history.
      • Waeil Hammed was convicted at St Albans crown court of using racially abusive words, racially aggravated assault and common assault. Hammed's assault was against a member of the local Watford Jewish community who had objected to antisemitic remarks he had made out loud in a local café.

May

      • Mohammed Rizwan and Baber Mansoor were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment each at Stoke-on-Trent crown court for causing racially aggravated harassment against the Jewish community officials in the Midlands. Bomb threats made to a local pub, in which they lauded al Qaeda, were traced to their mobile phones and led to their apprehension.

February

      • Andrew Young and Martyn Closs were convicted of spraying swastikas and antisemitic graffiti on the war memorial in Troon, Scotland.

January

      • Anthony White, a convicted far right activist, was found guilty of distributing extremist literature and sentenced to twenty one months imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court. Police seized large quantities of flyers and stickers, as well as DVD's and CD's, some of which were antisemitic, and material from the hard disc of White's computer.

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2006

December

      • Abu Hamza al-Masri, the prominent Islamist and leader of Supporters of Shariah, lost his appeal at the High Court in London against his conviction for soliciting murder, and stirring up racial hatred. In February he had been found guilty of 11 of the 15 charges that he faced: 6 of these related to soliciting to murder; 3 to stirring up racial hatred; 1 to owning records which incited racial hatred; 1 to possessing a 'terrorist encyclopaedia'. Evidence for the racial hatred charges included telling worshippers at the North London Mosque, Finsbury Park in 2000 that, "we do not hate Jews because they hurt each other, we hate them for their corruption of the earth". In one video, Abu Hamza had stated that "The Jews are cursed. Hitler was sent to torture and humiliate the Jews, and every last Jew is going to be buried in Palestine... You will fight them until every tree and stone says 'O Muslim, you servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him'. In another he stated "Our houses are full of Jews. In the television, in the radio, in the books of your children".

November

      • Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle, who writes as Luke O'Farrell, appeared at Hull Crown Court charged with incitement to racial hatred as a result of material posted on Sheppard's Heretical Press website. Their material had also been sent to synagogues. (see above)

October

      • Simon Dunn, a performing arts student, who verbally abused a student rabbi in a local supermarket was fined £225 and ordered to pay £75 costs after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated harassment at Trafford Magistrates Court, Manchester.

September

      • Paul Jonathan Mahon was convicted of malicious communication, and fined £150 for phoning a synagogue in Newcastle and leaving a message which stated "following your killing of the children of the Lebanon, be on warning that your children are now targets in Newcastle".

August

      • A Jewish secretary who endured a campaign of antisemitic bullying by 4 female co workers at Deutsche Bank Services UK in the city, was awarded £800,000 in damages in the High Court.
      • William Galbraith, a 79 year old, was found guilty of racially aggravated assault, and given a 12 month conditional discharge, after he had abused and spat at a group of strictly orthodox Jews sitting on a Norfolk beach in August 2004. Galbraith was also ordered to pay costs.
      • Two 14 year old girls who could not be named because of their age, were found guilty of robbery and attempted robbery, after they stole a bracelet and attacked a Jewish girl on a London bus. Although not charged with a racially aggravated crime, it was clear from the evidence that their motivation was antisemitic, as they asked the victim if she was Jewish before they attacked her. The victim had been left unconscious after the assault. One attacker was sentenced to 10 months custody in a young offenders institution; the other received an 18 month supervision order.

July

      • Caroline Smith, her 18 year old son Michael, and an unnamed 16 year old, were convicted of assaulting a Jewish woman and her husband in Manchester. Mrs Smith was given a 4 month prison sentence suspended for two years; her son, a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years; the 16 year old, a 12 month rehabilitation order.

March

      • Two teenagers, who could not be named because of their age, were sentenced to a total of 7 years in a young offenders institution following a three day campaign of violent robberies and antisemitic verbal threats against Jewish school pupils in north London in June 2004.
      • David Young was jailed for four months in January at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Scotland on a charge of religiously aggravated breach of the peace after he had shouted antisemitic abuse at passers by, and painted a swastika on the front of his home. His offence arose after he had been aroused by the screening of a television documentary on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
      • Bamidele Omisore-Arayemi, a 20 year old student from Bournemouth was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment after he verbally abused Jewish staff and customers in a restaurant in Hackney, north London.

February

      • Gerald Goddard, a 63 year old taxi driver from Wakefield, was jailed for 6 weeks, after pleading guilty to several counts of racially aggravated criminal damage after he had daubed antisemitic graffiti on walls at Manchester airport in four separate incidents. On one occasion, he had drawn a swastika and had written 'finish the job Hitler started'.

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2005

November

      • Six members of the extreme right Racial Volunteer Force were jailed after pleading guilty to conspiracy to stir up racial hatred in a series of antisemitic articles published in Stormer. Mark Atkinson was sentenced to five years, Nigel Piggins to two and a half years, Jonathan Hill to four years, Steven Bostock to two and a half years and Michael Dennis to one year. Kevin Quinn, leader of the November 9 Society, also pleaded guilty to possessing The Longest Hatred and was sentenced to nine months, suspended for two years.
      • (It should be noted that Lady Jane Birdwood was convicted in 1994 for publishing and distributing The Longest Hatred, in which she denied the Holocaust. Atkinson and Bostock also pleaded guilty to managing the RVF website with the intention of stirring up racial hatred and Piggins admitted distributing a racist DVD).

October

      • Simon Johnston, who had desecrated a Jewish Cemetery in Birmingham in August 2004, lost his appeal against his six year jail sentence. His accomplice, Karl Jones, was imprisoned for 14 months in March.

July

      • Zaheen Mohammed was sentenced to a two year community rehabilitation order for distributing anti-Jewish leaflets in October 2000 which stated that: "the hour will not come until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them." The court noted that the offence would ordinarily have merited a custodial sentence but a rehabilitation order was more appropriate due to Mohammed's poor mental health.

April

      • Riaz Mohammed Burahee was sentenced to a three year community rehabilitation order at Wood Green Crown Court, London and banned from contacting or entering any synagogues after pleading guilty to ten specimen charges of making threatening calls to synagogues in the London area in March 2004.
      • Mark Peacock, a seventeen year old from Gateshead, was sentenced to two years detention in September for a racially motivated attack against a Jewish man and his daughter.

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2004

December

      • A 16 year old boy of Russian origin was given a twelve-month community rehabilitation order and placed under six months curfew for his part in the series of attacks on a Jewish cemetery in East London which resulted in the destruction of over 500 gravestones in 2003, the most serious attack on a Jewish cemetery ever recorded.

September

      • David Young was jailed for four months in January at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Scotland on a charge of religiously aggravated breach of the peace after he had shouted antisemitic abuse at passers by, and painted a swastika on the front of his home. His offence arose after he had been aroused by the screening of a television documentary on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

August

      • Aaron Hatch was jailed for four years at Southampton Crown Court for an assault on a Jewish youth in February which shattered his jaw in four places. His two younger accomplices were each given community-based punishments. A police search of Hatch's home revealed it contained neo-Nazi material.

July

      • Two teenagers, Jerome Bingham and Michael Sinclair, were both jailed for eight years at the Central Criminal Court London for a series of violent attacks on Jewish homes in north-west London.

May

      • Two Al Muhajiroun activists were found guilty of racially aggravated offences under the Public Order Act after displaying posters on a stall describing Israel as the 'Nazis of today'. Mohammed Akunjee and Siddartha Dhar were given conditional discharges for two years.

March

      • Alexander Tsiorulin, a vagrant Russian émigré, received a twelve month conditional discharge after displaying  antisemitic posters in Parliament Square London. A passing Jewish taxi driver had been outraged by his posters and had complained to the police.

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2003

July

      • The High Court rejected an appeal brought by Mark Anthony Norwood, the BNP Regional Organiser for Shropshire and a local councillor, following his conviction in 2002 for having a poster in the window of his home which was offensive to Muslims. The Court rejected the appeal and confirmed that an offence had been committed which was motivated by hostility towards members of a religious group, the first case brought under new legislation. During the same month, Norwood was also given a six month community rehabilitation order and ordered to pay costs after being found guilty of an assault on a man who he had thought was Jewish.

February

      • Phillip Norman from Bucknel was jailed for eighteen months after pleading guilty to a campaign of racially aggravated harassment against a Jewish Radio West Midlands presenter. Norman had bombarded him with more than one hundred antisemitic abusive and threatening emails.
      • Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who had urged Muslims to kill Jews, was jailed for nine years in March for soliciting murder and using threatening and insulting words in taped lectures. He was further sentenced to be deported on completion of his prison term. In February 2004 his sentence was reduced to seven years by the Court of Appeal.

January

      • Francis Dunlavey, a Manchester City football fan, was banned from football grounds for three years and fined for making indecent and racial chants when he made antisemitic comments at a game against Tottenham Hotspurs in December 2002.

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