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France’s government to fight racism and antisemitism online

France’s
government has presented a plan to better fight against racism and antisemitism,
focusing on social media and prevention in schools. 

 

Prime
minister Edouard Philippe said Monday France will push for a Europe-wide effort
to force internet giants to remove “heinous, racist and antisemitic” content.

 

Philippe
said “I’m upset that nowadays, it seems easier to remove a pirate video of a
soccer match than antisemitic comments” on social media.

 

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FA chief Martin Glenn in grovelling apology after comparing Star of David with Nazi swastika

FA Chief Martin Glenn has offered a grovelling apology for
appearing to compare the Star of David to the swastika and ISIS symbols.

 

Glenn said: “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by
the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in
football,specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely
important symbol to Jewish people all over the world.

HRW suspends employee over Auschwitz joke on dating app

Human Rights Watch has suspended its associate director of
finance over a joke he made in his Tinder profile about the Holocaust.

 

StandWithUs, the US-based Israeli advocacy organization,
posted a screenshot on Monday of the dating profile Matthew Myers created on
the Tinder app. Myers listed his workplace, his interests, and that “if you
can’t laugh about the hair room at Auschwitz, get out.”

 

Ken Livingstone suspended by Labour again – with ‘no time limit’

Ken Livingstone has been suspended from Labour for an
“unknown” period of the time after antisemitism claims.

 

The former London mayor is facing disciplinary action
following several controversial outbursts about Hitler.

 

He was previously serving a two-year suspension that was
due to be lifted in April, but had that lengthened for “no exact time
limit” on Thursday.

 

Far-right party’s antisemitism audit ‘worthless,’ Austrian Jewish leader says

European Jewish leaders reacted with skepticism to an
Austrian far-right party’s internal review following the discovery of antisemitic
texts at it affiliated fraternities.

 

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor and Oskar
Deutsch, the leader of Austria’s Jewish community, dismissed the Freedom
Party’s internal audit in statements made in recent days.

 

PayPal closes second illegal French BDS account

For the second time in 30 days, the US-based online payment
service giant PayPal shut down the account of a French organization advocating
for the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel.

 

The Jerusalem Post verified on Monday that the PayPal
account of the BDS organization Jewish French Union for Peace (UJFP) was no
longer permitting financial donations.

 

Austrian students disrupt Cabinet minister’s speech

Students in Austria disrupted a Cabinet minister’s speech at the “An end to Antisemitism!” conference over the fact that the government includes politicians from the far-right Freedom Party.

 

On Wednesday, a group of students from the Austrian Jewish Student Union (JÖH) and the Austrian Student union (ÖH) unfurled a banner reading “Mr. Kurz! Your government is not kosher!” during an address by Education Minister Heinz Fassmann.

 

UK Holocaust denier Michele Renouf under investigation

German police are investigating a British woman for
suspected incitement after she questioned the Holocaust during a far-right
protest in the eastern city of Dresden.

 

A spokeswoman for Dresden police says Australian-born
Michele Renouf is one of two people being investigated for remarks made at a
neo-Nazi rally Saturday commemorating those killed in the 1945 Allied bombing
of the city.

 

Labour expels controversial Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein

Labour activist Tony Greenstein has been expelled from the
party over allegations of antisemitism. 

 

The Brighton-based member was suspended in 2016 and a
disciplinary hearing into his conduct was delayed until January for health
reasons.

 

HuffPost UK understands the charges against him related to
abusive online behaviour, including the use of the word “Zio”.

 

Man who sent 600 ‘horrific’ tweets in one weekend jailed

A man who sent 600 racist, homophobic and antisemitic
tweets over the course of one weekend has been jailed.

 

David Bitton, 40, sent
hundreds of “horrific” messages to Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
“and many others” in May 2016, the force said.

 

Bitton, of Grosvenor
Road, Altrincham, also sent threats to GMP dog handlers.

 

He admitted 13 counts of
sending racist and threatening communication at Manchester’s Minshull Street
Crown Court and was sentenced to four years.

 

Wisconsin candidate banned from Twitter for antisemitic tweets

The Wisconsin Republican Party has dumped a candidate who
was banned from Twitter for antisemitic statements and ideas, and who
identifies with the alt-right.

 

Paul Nehlen, who is running to unseat US House of
Representatives Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in this year’s elections, was
permanently banned from Twitter last week for racist and antisemitic tweets,
and also claimed in a private Twitter direct message group that his critics are
“working for the Jewish media.”

 

Somali migrant plotted to kill queen and Jewish Londoners, court hears

London – A Somali migrant and Dutch national living in the
UK discussed killing Her Majesty The Queen with a fellow Islamic State jihadist
supporter, a court has heard.

 

Aweys Shikhey also allegedly fanaticised about shooting
Jewish people near his home in London and attacking Tottenham Hotspur football
club with Kenya-based Somalian Abdirahman Idrissa Hassan in conversations
dating back to May 31st, 2016.

 

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