Tag Archives: racism

Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

According to the Coalition Against Racism in Israel, a group consisting of several organizations, racially motivated incidents have almost quadrupled since 2008. There were 16 reported cases in that year, compared to 63 between March 2012 and February 2013. Residents of Tel Aviv’s affluent northern neighborhoods collect signatures to prevent Arabs from moving into the […]

No such thing as ‘race’, say French lawmakers

France’s National Assembly voted on Thursday 16 May to strike out the word “race” in any existing legislation that governs the country, even as members of the main opposition Union for Popular Movement labelled the move as overly idealistic. “In eliminating the legal category of race, the Assembly has helped our country move forward on […]

Inside the far-Right stronghold where Hungarian Jews fear for the future

As the World Jewish Congress opens in Budapest amid a rise in anti-Semitism in Hungary, Colin Freeman visits the town of Tiszavasvári, twinned with Iran and the stronghold of the far-Right Jobbik party. As the self-declared “capital” of the ultra-nationalist Jobbik Party, the town of Tiszavasvári prides itself on being a showcase for how the […]

Italy’s first black minister attacked by Northern League

Italy’s first-ever black minister was immediately at the centre of a virulent controversy as her appointment was deplored by the rightwing Northern League. Cecile Kyenge, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, takes on a new portfolio for racial integration. She is one of two naturalised Italians in the government, both elected for the centre-left Democratic […]

Racially motivated attacks on the rise in Greece, human rights groups say

The number of racially motivated attacks increased in Greece last year, as did the severity of the violence involved, human rights groups have said. The Racist Violence Recording Network reported 154 cases of racist violence in 2012, including 25 in which the victims said the perpetrators were police. The figures were released a week after […]

UN Body Reprimands Germany over Sarrazin Comments

A United Nations committee has reprimanded Germany in strong language, saying that the country had violated an international anti-racism convention. At issue are controversial statements made in 2009 by Thilo Sarrazin, a former finance senator for the city-state of Berlin, about Turks and Arabs, who he said sponged off the state and were incapable of integrating, […]

Black Workers ‘Banned From Paris Gare Du Nord During Israeli President Shimon Peres’s Visit’

Black and North African workers were excluded from Paris’s main railway station during a visit by Israel’s President amid fears they might be Muslim, it has been alleged. The decision was reportedly made ahead of Shimon Peres’s arrival in the city on March 8 to discuss the Middle East peace process with President Francois Hollande. The […]