June 2010 Blog Archive

  • Cemetery desecration in the 21st century

    29 Jun 2010 by CST

    The neo-Nazi tactic of desecrating Jewish cemeteries is one that is sadly familiar across Europe. Normally, the results look something like this:     The purpose of these kind of attack is clear: to shock and offend Jews. There is something particularly despicable about desecrating a cemetery, as if Jews…

  • Neo-Nazis convicted for antisemitic race hate

    25 Jun 2010 by CST

    Two neo-Nazis have been convicted of inciting hatred against Jews and other minorities: Food packer Michael Heaton, 42, idolised Nazi warlord Rudolf Hess and kept piles of memorabilia including swaztikas and a fearsome armory of weapons. After a 12 day trial at Liverpool Crown Court Heaton was convicted on four counts of …

  • BNP activist jailed for violent attack

    24 Jun 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle reports: A BNP party member has been convicted of attacking an anti-fascist demonstrator, in a protracted court saga. Peter Tierney, 53, from Liverpool, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict at Liverpool Crown Court last Thursday for smashing Nicholas Barnett over the head with a camera tripod. The…

  • Robert Fisk: words, power, genocide and Holocaust

    22 Jun 2010 by CST

    The Independent newspaper (21 June 2010) featured a double page spread entitled “Fighting talk” by Robert Fisk in which he railed about the use of semantics by journalists, but revealed some very curious semantics of his own.    “Fighting talk” is a lengthy article about the use and the abuse of …

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir: "purify the earth of Jewish filth"

    20 Jun 2010 by CST

    Hizb ut-Tahrir have often claimed that they do not support violence, and that they are not antisemitic. When challenged on this, they normally say that they are merely anti-Israel, not against Jews. An example is this article, from the Guardian's Comment Is Free. Two weeks ago, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh…

  • Birobidjan - a campaign update

    17 Jun 2010 by CST

    Earlier this year, we blogged on the efforts of Michele Renouf, one of Britain's best-known Holocaust deniers, to promote her campaign to have Jews relocate en masse to Birobidjan, a Jewish autonomous region established in the eastern Soviet Union by Stalin in 1934. On that occasion, she was speaking to a…

  • Palestine Telegraph and "Jewish power"

    17 Jun 2010 by CST

    Palestine Telegraph has published an article by Gilad Atzmon in which he defends Helen Thomas's call for Israeli Jews to "go home to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere." The website's editor, Sameh Habeeb, has previously denied allegations of antisemitism relating to comments he made to a Leeds student newspaper about…

  • More Thoughts on Helen Thomas

    14 Jun 2010 by CST

    This is a cross post from the Z-Word Blog and the Jewish Chronicle , by Winston Pickett: For media watchers familiar with the White House Press Corps, the saga of Helen Thomas is has served up a pungent lesson on how antisemitic ideas can pollute and ultimately force a 58-year career…

  • Conflicts Forum and Khaled Amayreh

    10 Jun 2010 by CST

    Conflicts Forum, the thinktank run by former MI6 officer Alistair Crooke and which aims to promote understanding of (and some would say, sympathy for) political Islamism, has launched a series of monographs on "gender discourse and Islamist perspectives on feminism". For the first monograph, published here (pdf), they commissioned Palestinian…

  • Antisemitic incidents in France

    9 Jun 2010 by CST

    The  fallout from the Gaza flotilla affair has thankfully not, as yet, seen a large rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, as happened during last year's Gaza conflict. While there have been some incidents reported to CST that seem to have been triggered by reactions to the flotilla…

  • Shut Up Jewish Israelis (And go back to Poland...or to Auschwitz)

    8 Jun 2010 by CST

    As so often, a controversy involving Israel has exposed the widespread conceit that anti-Israel hostility and antisemitism are two distinct phenomena. While they are certainly not the same thing, the border between them is frequently porous. In this instance, the controversy concerns Israel’s seizure of boats heading for …

  • The English Defence League: bigotry and hate

    4 Jun 2010 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle reports that the English Defence League, like the British National Party, is trying to recruit Jews to its Islamophobic campaign: The English Defence League, the extreme right-wing anti-Islamic-fundamentalism group, has launched a "Jewish division", encouraging members of the community to "lead the counter-Jihad fight in England". It…

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