24 Sep 2016 by CST
Today, CST and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) are launching an important and timely collection of short essays authored by a distinguished group of faith, civic and political leaders.
Entitled Lessons Learned? Reflections on antisemitism and the Holocaust, this booklet presents a range of complementary views that are especially timely with antisemitism now on the rise. All too often, lessons from the Holocaust are ignored and dismissed or the Holocaust itself is twisted in a way to abuse Jews.
CST Chairman Gerald Ronson’s contribution explores the seductive nature of UK based antisemitism since the end of World War Two, discrediting the belief that Jew hatred perished in the ashes of the Holocaust.
He is joined by essays written by high profile and important politicians of all political hues. Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, reflects on his experiences of hate crime and ‘dinner party antisemitism’; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan sets out his unequivocal stance against discrimination at the helm of one of the most diverse cities in the world; and Angus Robertson MP, Leader of the SNP in Westminster, touches on the unique relationship between Scotland and its Jewish community.
Faith leaders are represented by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who respectively provide an impassioned plea for individuals to refrain from using ‘insidious language’, and lament the fact that such language has become part of everyday life.
Historian Laurence Rees debunks the myth that Hitler ‘supported Zionism’; French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann decries a situation where European Jews have been targeted for antisemitic attacks; and Mala Tribich, Holocaust Survivor, explains why she continues to give testimony about her experiences.
13 Sep 2016 by CST
This book review by Nick Cohen of Dave Rich's 'The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism' originally appeared on the website of The Guardian, where it can be read here. Read more…
17 Aug 2016 by Mark Gardner
Anjem Choudary, Britain’s most notorious Jihadist rabble rouser, has – at long last – been found guilty of “inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organisation”. On the surface, it looks like good news, but look deeper and it is hard to take much comfort. CST has been raising strong concerns about Choudary and his predecessors for over 25 years, warning the authorities that open incitement for Jihadist extremism and terrorism was causing not only antisemitism, but all manner of radicalism that could literally explode against the British public at any time in the future: as it is still doing, both here and across western Europe, fuelled by events in Syria, Iraq and beyond. Read more…
5 Aug 2016 by Dave Rich
Appearances are everything in politics, and the peerage given to Shami Chakrabarti, author of the Labour Party’s latest inquiry into its own antisemitism, appears to be an act of stunning hypocrisy and cold political cynicism. Chakrabarti’s inquiry was commissioned by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in April, after a succession of scandals about anti-Semitic remarks by party members had reached such a crescendo that one of his MPs, Naz Shah, and one of his oldest political allies, Ken Livingstone, were both suspended from the party for antisemitism. Read more…
4 Aug 2016 by CST
The first six months of 2016 saw an 11 per cent increase in antisemitic hate incidents recorded in the UK compared to the same period in 2015, according to CST's Antisemitic Incident Report January-June 2016, published today. Read more…
4 Jul 2016 by CST
CST is deeply saddened by the news that Holocaust survivor, professor, political activist and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has died. Wiesel was born in Transylvania, now part of Romania, and at the age of 15 the Nazis occupied the country, casting a dark shadow on the large Jewish population residing there. Elie was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where 90% of the Romanian Jewish population was murdered upon arrival. Wiesel’s younger sister and mother were both killed at the camp, and Wiesel and his father were further deported to Buchenwald in Germany, where his father was murdered just weeks before the camp was liberated by the US Third Army in April 1945. Read more…
1 Jul 2016 by Mark Gardner
The launch event for Shami Chakrabarti’s Inquiry report into antisemitism (and racism) in the Labour Party could, and should, have given a much needed morale boost for those wanting assurance that the Labour Party understands the fears and experiences of Jews in and around Labour. Instead, thanks to the Jeremy Corbyn circus, the exact opposite happened. Read more…