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July 20, 2018

I cannot tolerate antisemitism so I'm leaving Labour

Being a member of the Labour Party, as well as a lifelong Labour voter, has been agony this week. There have been many such weeks: I have made no secret of my concern at Corbyn’s politics since he became leader nearly three years ago.


I cannot support a party which does not accept the internationally recognised definition of antisemitism, which allows — by omission from this international definition — a member to call a Jewish person a Nazi, or to accuse a Jewish person of being more loyal to Israel than to their home country, or to claim that Israel’s very existence is a racist endeavour.

At a time when the far right is creeping back into Eastern Europe, when Facebook permits Holocaust denial, when authorities in Austria draw up plans to register Jews to buy kosher meat, surely the Labour Party, with its long record of fighting racism and social injustice, should be at the vanguard of fighting rising antisemitism, not enabling it?

Not Corbyn’s Labour Party, it seems. The refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition has understandably caused consternation in the Jewish community, including the Chief Rabbi.


July 9, 2018

10 arrested in Germany for beating Jewish man wearing Star of David necklace

Ten people were arrested in Berlin after an anti-Semitic attack in the heart of the German capital, police announced Sunday. The victim, a 25-year-old Jewish man of Syrian descent, said he was beaten by a group of men and women when they noticed he was wearing a Star of David necklace.

The attack occurred Friday night in a park in the city center. The young man told the police that he approached the group to ask for a light for his cigarette. One man gave it to him, but then began to argue with the victim and apparently took the cigarette out of the victim’s mouth.

According to the victim’s account, when the man noticed that he was wearing a necklace with a Star of David pendant, he ripped off the necklace and sounded anti-Semitic slurs towards the victim.

“This dog star won’t help you now,” he allegedly shouted, among other things, according to media reports. The victim also told the police that the assailant punched him several times until he fell to the ground. He tried to run away but fell down again, and the group members that had chased him then punched and kicked him again.

Only when passersby tried to intervene did the attackers finally stop and attempted to flee the scene. Police officers nearby apprehended the group — three women and seven men, between the ages of 15 and 25 and of Syrian and German nationalities.

Groups are demanding state funding to 'honestly' dealing with anti-Semitism among the Muslim community

July 7, 2018

George Webb employee seriously injured after attack from man who went behind counter

Milwaukee police are looking for the man who went behind the counter of a south side George Webb Restaurant and punched an employee in the face.

It happened Friday, June 29 -- just after 1 a.m. at the restaurant near S. 21st and Mitchell.

Police say the woman was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital. Police say they are now searching for a known suspect.

Near the end of the video, a George Webb co-worker is seen pointing a gun at the suspect to get him away from the victim.


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