Global coverage

coollogo_com-23172872ASW brings you the very latest and most extensive Antisemitism global newsround update:

France: According to the Daily Mail, a notorious anti-Semitic comedian has been spared jail for tweeting his sympathy for the terrorist behind the Paris Jewish supermarket massacre, which killed four people.

ASW19Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, 48, used the rallying slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to make a joke relating to gunman Amedy Coudlibaly, who murdered a policewoman and carried out the devastating attack on the kosher supermarket in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

The provocative entertainer had denied any wrongdoing and said the case exposed the hypocrisy of a country which ‘pretends’ to be a bastion of free speech.

He also maintained that he ‘condemned the attacks without reservation and without any ambiguity.’

But M’bala, who has previous convictions for anti-Semitism, was found guilty of ‘apologising for terrorism’ following his trial at the Palais de Justice in Paris.

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UK: David Cameron pledged more than £11m of additional funds to help secure Britain’s Jewish community in the wake of the atrocities in Paris and Copenhagen.

ASW20A total of £7m will be provided for security guards outside more than 100 Jewish private schools while a further £3million will pave the way for the same provision outside scores of synagogues. The prime minister also told guests at the CST’s annual dinner that the Government would provide an extra £1.5million towards a state-of-the-art mission control centre with closed circuit television.

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Vienna, Austria: Austrian police arrested a man who is suspected of a hate crime against a Jewish man in a shopping mall near Vienna.
The alleged victim was shopping Tuesday at a supermarket inside a shopping mall in St. Polten, a city in lower Austria, while wearing a Star of David necklace, the news website reported. The man, 53, allegedly was taunted with anti-Semitic slurs by a group of young men before he was attacked by one of the men, according to the report.

The alleged assailant, 21, hit and kicked the victim, prompting police to intervene and arrest him. The victim required medical treatment, the report said, but it did not elaborate on his injuries.

The victim told Heute that St. Polten is “one of the worst areas in terms of anti-Semitism,” adding that he was considering moving elsewhere.

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