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.
The primary perpetrator of the Hypercacher attack has been used regularly in jihadist propaganda since the attack. Video footage of the perpetrator released after the attack by Islamic State, both of him going through physical training and of his final message, continues to be used as motivation for would-be attackers.
It is worth noting that the day prior to this attack, the attacker murdered a trainee policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Phillipe, who was attending a nearby traffic incident in Montrouge. This took place not far from a Jewish school whom the French prosecutor speculated may have been the intended primary target.
Jihadist groups, and those they inspire, continue to celebrate such anniversaries and may wish to exploit them to perpetrate further attacks.
The attacks in January 2015 further underlined the threat of 'secondary attacks': while Western societies as a whole are at risk from terrorism, we have to consider that the Jewish community could be a secondary target, even when Jews are not the primary targets. We also saw the tragic expression of secondary attacks in the jihadist attacks at the Jewish school in Toulouse (March 2012) and the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen (February 2015), for which the five year anniversary will be on the 14-15 February.
The Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher attacks, as well as a foiled jihadist plot in Verviers, Belgium, led to the UK National Police Chiefs’ Council raising the threat level towards the UK Jewish community that January in 2015.
Today, CST remembers the victims of these attacks. May their memory be a blessing:
Philippe Braham z”l, Yohan Cohen z”l, Yoav Hattab z”l, François-Michel Saada z”l
CST also remembers the brave actions of Muslim shopworker Lassana Bathily who sheltered Jewish hostages in the cold storage room of the supermarket.
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…
18 Dec 2019 by CST
CST aims to protect British Jews in every way we can. We recruit and train volunteers to provide physical security to Jewish spaces and events; we work with Police, Government and our partner organisations to combat antisemitism and the threat of terrorism; we also give personal safety advice to our community. Read more…
3 Dec 2019 by CST
CST would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Devon and Cornwall Police, overall winners at the World Class Policing Awards 2019. The constabulary was recognised for their leading contribution in a number of areas, including digital device detection, policing the badger cull, support of domestic abuse victims, strategic alliance, and their handling of the terrorist incident at Exeter Synagogue. Read more…
28 Oct 2019 by CST
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25 Oct 2019 by CST
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CST supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week and launches guide to tackling antisemitism on Facebook
17 Oct 2019 by CST
CST is proud to support the annual National Crime Awareness Week, a week of action to raise awareness and to encourage local authorities, communities and key partners to tackle hate crime. This week, the Home Office revealed that hate crimes against Jews had doubled in England and Wales, with 1,326 recorded in 2018/9, compared to 672 the previous year. In 18% of the recorded religious hate crimes, Jews were the target, while 47% targeted the Muslim community. Read more…