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Date November 29, 2020 5:02 PM
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** “Alexa, was the Holocaust a hoax?”: Parliamentary antisemitism watchdog calls for action against Amazon for smart speaker that presents antisemitic conspiracies as truthful
Thursday, 26th November, 16:53

A Parliamentary antisemitism watchdog has discovered that Alexa, Amazon’s smart speaker that provides answers to questions by reference to online resources, presents antisemitic conspiracies as truthful. The leadership of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism has written to Amazon UK’s Vice President to alert him to Alexa’s propensity to answer antisemitic questions by directing users to websites […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Conservative MPs and peers warned against use of controversial “cultural Marxism” phrase
Wednesday, 25th November, 16:58

The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPG) has warned a group of Conservative MPs and peers against the use of the controversial phrase “cultural Marxism”, noting that the term could “inadvertently” act as a “dog-whistle for the far-right”, where the phrase is increasingly popular. 28 MPs and peers used in the phrase in a letter to The Telegraph regarding what they perceived […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Manchester Metropolitan University and Buckingham New University adopt International Definition of Antisemitism
Tuesday, 24th November, 11:14

Manchester Metropolitan University and Buckingham New University have both reportedly adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism. Buckingham New University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Braisby reportedly said: “Antisemitism is repugnant. It is a form of racism, has no place within society and will not be tolerated at our University. Our decision to adopt the [International] Definition of Antisemitism demonstrates our commitment […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** As Labour whip asks Jeremy Corbyn to apologise, CAA is resolute: “An apology is no substitute for justice”
Tuesday, 24th November, 11:04

Labour’s Opposition Chief Whip, Nick Brown, has written to Jeremy Corbyn, the former Leader, urging him to apologise in return for a restoration of the whip. Mr Corbyn was recently suspended for downplaying the extent of antisemitism in the Party but was then rapidly readmitted to the Party in a shambolic process that represented a con of the Jewish community. Under pressure, Sir […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Man charged with stirring up racial hatred with antisemitic coronavirus hoax wears Nazi armband to court
Monday, 23rd November, 17:11

A man charged with stirring up racial hatred with an antisemitic coronavirus hoax is understood to have appeared in court wearing a Nazi armband. Matthew Henegan, 35, faces seven charges of publishing, distributing and possessing material in March and April that is likely to stir up racial hatred. It is also claimed that he distributed leaflets in Cambridgeshire, where […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Facebook and Instagram under pressure following revelation that network of tens of thousands of white supremacists is operating on their platforms
Monday, 23rd November, 17:05

Facebook is under pressure following the revelation that a network of 80,000 white supremacists is operating on its platform, as well as on Instagram, which is owed by Facebook. The network reportedly includes more than 40 neo-Nazi websites, has links to the far-right in Britain and offers merchandise incorporating Nazi symbols. According to the Centre for Countering […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Lancaster University adopts International Definition of Antisemitism after campaign by Jewish students
Monday, 23rd November, 17:00

Lancaster University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism after a campaign by Jewish students. The University agreed to adopt the Definition at a meeting of the University Council on 20th November. The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Andy Schofield, said: “This is one important element of the University’s wider commitment to ensure that the University is fair and inclusive. We will be […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Court of Appeal halves neo-Nazi teenage terrorist’s sentence
Monday, 23rd November, 16:59

The Court of Appeal has halved the sentence of a convicted neo-Nazi terrorist. Connor Scothern was convicted earlier this year of membership of the proscribed National Action neo-Nazi terrorist group. Mr Scothern, who was apparently a practicing Muslim and activist with the extremist anti-fascist group, Antifa, before joining National Action, had been given a sentence of eighteen […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** With pro-Corbyn members leaving Labour en masse, other parties must stand guard against importation of Labour antisemitism
Monday, 23rd November, 16:56

According to recent reports, the Labour Party has lost tens of thousands of members since Sir Keir Starmer became leader, with the exodus apparently accelerating since the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. This is the first time since Mr Corbyn’s election as Leader that the Party’s membership has fallen below half a million, which was itself a staggering achievement […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** “You have a long history of unpleasant, antisemitic threats and harassment,” says judge before jailing man over video inciting terrorism
Monday, 23rd November, 16:54

A man with a history of antisemitic harassment has been jailed over a video inciting terrorism. Shehroz Iqbal, 29, has been charged on multiple occasions over antisemitic incidents with no custodial sentence, leading to strong protest from Campaign Against Antisemitism. He also reportedly had a history of posting antisemitic messages – including a poster saying “Jewish scum” – and harassing synagogue members […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

** Plaid Cymru divided: One former leader appears to endorse claim that Labour antisemitism accusations are “smear”, while another former leader says Party “cannot tolerate” antisemitism
Monday, 23rd November, 16:50

Plaid Cymru has seen two former leaders at odds over antisemitism, with one appearing to endorse conspiratorial denials of antisemitism in the Labour Party and another calling for no tolerance of anti-Jewish racism. Leanne Wood, who served as leader of the Welsh Nationalist Party until 2018, appeared to endorse tweets by a controversial American journalist that read: “I’ve never seen a […] Continue reading ([link removed][UNIQID])

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