With a new year comes renewed commitments – Including fighting Holocaust denial

[By Elizabeth Arif-Fear, Trustee (MAAS)] Just when we think things couldn’t get any more shocking when it comes to antisemitism, a recent survey came out, with once again disheartening results. Commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), the research looked into the views of millennial and Generation X adults’ (aged 18 and 35) in the USA surrounding the Holocaust. The results revealed some disturbing realities Read more

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As the Economy Falters Post Covid, Jews & Muslims Have Joint Risks

As we still work our way through this pandemic, the numbers of people who are being made redundant is rapidly growing. More and more people are losing their jobs, this after a decade plus of austerity that was felt in local communities by pressures on local services, including slow rates of wage growth. History has shown us that a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions, including large scale unemployment, political instability, societal Read more

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Salma Yaqoob reflects the grip of antisemitism over the Labour Party

There have been calls from many in the Jewish community, The Board of Deputies of British Jews (BOD) and others for the suspension of the Labour Mayoral candidate for Birmingham, Salma Yaqoob. The response is covered in a Jewish Chronicle article here and you can see the response from the Board of Deputies, President Marie van der Zyl below. Ms van der Zyl called Yaqoob’s claim that Israelis are European Read more

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What antisemitism feels like

What antisemitism feels like  “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” IHRA Working definition of antisemitism Since Jews lived on this earth they’ve been hated, mocked, laughed at, disliked and seen as nefarious controllers of the world just because Read more

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The Colour of Cows in Scotland: Why Fighting Antisemitism Is A Fight Against Islamophobia

When asked the reasons of our fervour against antisemitism, we might be tempted to scoff at the questions and the suspicions that an obviously Muslim organisation fighting so vociferously against antisemitism might engender, yet we resist the temptation to dismiss such concerns out of hand. Not only because we understand there are so many other issues our brothers and sisters from all faiths might want us to consider, like islamophobia, Read more

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