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Anelka and the ‘quenelle’ – this is only the beginning

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka’s antisemitic goal “celebration” has plunged English football into its third race row in as many years.

The Frenchman’s “quenelle” salute – described by his country’s sports minister Valérie Fourneyron as an incitement to racial hatred, and by journalist Philippe Auclair as “cretinous” – brings to football stadiums in this country a controversy that is spiralling out of control across the Channel.

The rise of the antisemitic signal – part Nazi salute, part “up yours” gesture – has been so rapid that French authorities want to ban its creator, antisemitic “comedian” Dieudonné from performing in public.

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The rise of the Far Right in Hungary

I took part in a debate on The Voice of Russia UK radio discussing the rise of the Far Right and extremist parties across Europe, and Hungary in particular.

It is a topic we have covered extensively on the Jewish Chronicle’s foreign pages, looking at the growing popularity of the Jobbik party.

The other participants in the half-hour discussion were Colm O’Cinneide, who lectures in constitutional and human rights law at UCL; Erik D’Amato, editor of the Hungarian news portal politics.hu; and Benjamin Abtan, president of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement.

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What a Church of Scotland report on Israel means for Scottish Jews

This week I made two media appearances to discuss a story I broke in the Jewish Chronicle.

My report on a Church of Scotland discussion paper about Israel ahead of its general assembly led to debate about the church’s motivation and the impact on Scottish Jews.

I spoke about the story on Thursday evening’s edition of Newsnight Scotland with former church minister Johnston McKay. You can see the segment on iPlayer, here.

The following morning we met again on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland show. Mr McKay went very much on the offensive, claiming the Jewish community’s response to the … Continue Reading

Radio Humberside: Talking JB, the JC and HCAFC

I was recently invited to appear as a guest on BBC Radio Humberside’s evening show.

Last week I joined presenter James Hogarth in the studio to discuss issues ranging from the rise of antisemitism in Britain to the fortunes of Hull City.

You can hear us discuss how the Jewish Chronicle represents British Jewry, why Jimmy Bullard’s days are numbered at the Tigers, and what happens when you wear a flat cap in London, here.

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