June 10, 2011
Legislator from English Channel islands says he will not run after anti-Semitic threats
A legislator on Jersey, a British crown dependency off the coast of France, will not run for reelection because of anti-Semitic threats.
“My family have been very upset by recent events and I feel that it would therefore be better not to stand for re-election at the end of the year,” Sen. Freddie Cohen, who is also the island’s planning minister, was quoted as saying on June 7 by the London Jewish Chronicle.
Cohen and his family received anti-Semitic threats after the Jersey Evening Post criticized one of his decisions.
Cohen is a past president of the island’s 65-family Jewish community. Jersey was the sole British territory occupied by Nazis during World War II.