25 Mar 2020 by CST
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We are living through unprecedented shutdowns of most Jewish communal activities, in line with government advice and the overall situation across all of British society. In these circumstances, CST has enacted its crisis contingency planning, adapted as necessary. In particular, the vast majority of CST staff are now working from home, with regular work routines and communications in place. This enables much of our work to continue as before, including:
- Our 24/7 national security control room remains operational, monitoring Jewish communal buildings, including those schools that remain open for children of key workers.
- Our security responses, advice and work with Police forces is continuing as required by Jewish communities across the country.
- Antisemitic incidents continue to be reported to CST‘s 0800 032 3263 helpline, to our offices and our representatives. We are still giving support to incident victims and discussing such matters with Police.
- We continue to monitor threats from extremists. With sad inevitably, some are blaming Jews and/or Israel for Coronavirus, but for now such accusations are relatively limited.
- We are in regular contact with other Jewish communal organisations, as well as Police, local and national Government, discussing our roles and responses throughout this crisis.
- We continue to manage the Government’s Grant for commercial security guarding of communal premises, especially those schools that remain open for the children of key workers.
- Our youth work colleagues in Streetwise and Stand Up! (in partnership with Maccabi GB) are issuing guidance for parents and children for use during the days and weeks ahead.
CST wishes good health, strength and comfort to our communities, and to society as a whole at this very difficult time.
17 Mar 2020 by CST
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the 17 March 1992 car bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 29 people were murdered in this terrorist attack and over 240 injured. The dead included Israeli Embassy personnel, local Embassy employees, elderly residents of a nearby nursing home and children who were passing by in a school bus. Read more…
14 Feb 2020 by CST
This Shabbat, 15 February, is the fifth anniversary of the brutal terrorist murder of Danish Jewish security volunteer Dan Uzan Z”L. Dan was shot dead by Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein whilst protecting 80 people at a Bat Mitzvah at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen. Read more…
7 Feb 2020 by Mark Gardner
CST’s annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, shows that 2019 was the worst year on record, with a total of 1,805 incidents deemed antisemitic by CST. This is 7% higher than the 2018 total of 1,690 incidents and is the fourth successive year in which a new annual high has been recorded. For the second successive year, CST recorded over 100 incidents in every calendar month. Read more…
6 Feb 2020 by CST
CST has today published our 2019 Antisemitic Incidents Report, which shows that CST received a record high total of 1,805 antisemitic incidents in the UK last year. 2019 was the fourth year in a row to see a record incident total and continues an ongoing trend of rising numbers of antisemitic hate incidents in this country. Download and read CST’s Antisemitic Incidents Report 2019. Read more…
9 Jan 2020 by CST
Today marks the five year anniversary of the 2015 Hypercacher attack in which four Jews were murdered by a jihadist terrorist in a kosher supermarket in Paris. This followed the Charlie Hebdo attack two days prior (7 January) in which two other jihadist terrorists killed 12 people in the offices of the satirical magazine. Read more…
30 Dec 2019 by CST
CST’s Antisemitic Discourse Report covering 2018 is released today. Its study of the Labour antisemitism controversy is a timely reminder of the weight of offence that caused the Jewish communal leadership to hold the unprecedented Enough is Enough demonstration in March last year; and what subsequently caused Labour to be formally accused of institutional antisemitism. Given the Discourse Report’s content, it is somewhat ironic that it had to be delayed due to the 2019 General Election being called, as publication would have risked CST breaking electoral and charitable guidelines Read more…