3 Mar 2017 by Dave Rich
American Jews have been rocked in recent weeks by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents, including bomb threats and cemetery desecrations.
These kinds of attacks are not supposed to happen in the Jewish utopia of the United States, and suddenly the sense of insecurity felt by European Jewish communities in recent years seems to be making its way across the Atlantic.
This isn’t helped by the fact that President Trump was initially slow to condemn the attacks, and then, bizarrely, appeared to blame Jews, Democrats or anyone other than anti-Semites for carrying them out in order to damage him and his supporters.
“Someone’s doing it to make others look bad,” Trump was reported as saying on a conference call with state attorneys general from across America.
It might be anti-Semites perpetrating these incidents, or “the reverse can be true,” he said.
It’s typical of Trump to make everything – even the desecration of Jewish cemeteries – about himself, but the allegation that Jews or others carry out ‘false flag’ anti-Semitic attacks for political benefit is a conspiracy theory that is very common on the far right.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, a lot of the anti-Semites on the American far right are currently delighted with Trump’s presidency.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Trump, who regularly echoes conspiracy theories and appears contemptuous of the very idea there is such a thing as ‘fact’, could come out with such a strange suggestion; but it is certainly alarming.
It is a common mistake to view conspiracy theorists as wacky, or stupid, but usually harmless.
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2 Mar 2017 by CST
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, was the guest of honour at CST’s 2017 Annual Dinner in central London last night. The dinner is CST’s main fundraising event of the year. It was sponsored by Deloitte and attended by around 1,000 guests, including donors, politicians, Police officers, Jewish community partners and other supporters of CST’s work protecting our Jewish community. Read more…
27 Feb 2017 by CST
This week CST released the Annual Review 2016. The review is a chance to see the highlights of CST’s crucial work over the past year. CST received charitable status in 1994, and works to secure the Jewish community in the United Kingdom and fight antisemitism. Read more…
23 Feb 2017 by Dave Rich
His admiration for ‘Judeo-Christian values’ might differentiate Trump’s chief strategist from traditional European far right anti-Semitism, but stereotypes of Jews are still crucial to the global nationalist populism he champions. Read more…
15 Feb 2017 by Dave Rich
Last month, Al-Jazeera broadcast a four-part documentary series called "The Lobby" that claimed to expose "how the Israel lobby influences British politics." Read more…
8 Feb 2017 by Mark Gardner
This opinion piece, by CST Director of Communications Mark Gardner appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish News, where it was entitled, “The year Jew hate didn’t even need false pretext”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016. Read more…
6 Feb 2017 by CST
This opinion piece, by CST Chief Executive David S Delew appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish Chronicle, where it was entitled, “The new normal? let’s hope it isn’t”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016. Read more…