July 2009 Blog Archive

  • Do ethnic minorities need ethnic police officers?

    31 Jul 2009 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle reports on a pilot scheme being run by the Metropolitan Police, whereby ethnic victims of crime can request a police officer from their own community to deal with their case. The scheme is currently being trialled with the Sikh and Punjabi community and has been supported by…

  • Jihadist measures to fool the police

    31 Jul 2009 by CST

    The Jamestown Foundation has an interesting report today, about an article from the online Jihadist magazine Sada al-Jihad (Echo of Jihad), which offers advice to its readers on "security precautions" to fool the police and security forces. The article discusses several examples of "un-Islamic" behaviour which jihadis, so the author sa…

  • James von Brunn charged

    30 Jul 2009 by CST

    James von Brunn, the white supremacist who shot and killed security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. last month, has been indicted for murder and hate crimes: James Von Brunn, an 89-year-old white supremacist, was indicted on murder and hate crimes charges by a…

  • German far right leader charged with incitement

    28 Jul 2009 by CST

    Reuters reports: A leading member of Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) has been charged with inciting racial hatred for calling Germany a "Jews' Republic" and attacking Turks in a speech earlier this year. State prosecutors in the southwestern city of Saarbruecken said on Monday they had charged Udo Pastoers,…

  • Jewish conspiracy, Moldovan-style

    28 Jul 2009 by CST

    Moldova's National Liberal Party has pulled out of tomorrow's Parliamentary Elections, fearing that they will not pass the election threshold necessary to win seats. When announcing this decision, the NLP Chairwoman Vitalia Pavlicenco warned of dark forces trying to manipulate the vote: At the same news conference, Vitalia Pavlicenco warned…

  • 11-year-old boy convicted of racially aggravated assault

    27 Jul 2009 by CST

    A boy of 11 has pleaded guilty to a charge of racially aggravated assault after leading a gang attack on a Jewish man in Gateshead: A SCHOOLBOY aged just 11 beat-up a Jewish man because of his religion. The school-aged attacker launched himself at the victim – in his late 20s – landing a p…

  • Hate crimes, discourse and extremism

    24 Jul 2009 by CST

    The antisemitic incident figures released by CST today, which show an unprecedented number of racist incidents against British Jews in the first half of this year, should make everybody concerned with fighting racism and antisemitism pause for thought. The figures are startling and show a worrying pattern of rising antisemitism.  …

  • Antisemitic incidents, January - June 2009

    24 Jul 2009 by CST

    CST releases its half-yearly report on antisemitic incidents today, available on the CST website. This report shows an unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents: 609 in total in the first six months of this year, more than in any previous entire year since CST began recording antisemitic incidents in 1984. The comment piece …

  • CST Antisemitic Discourse Report 2008

    22 Jul 2009 by CST

    CST has long been known for recording and analysing antisemitic hate crimes: the physical assaults, desecrations, racist abuse and hate mail that make up a quantifiable measure of antisemitism. But just as, in recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that antisemitism is not restricted to the activities of street…

  • A Second Life for Nazism?

    22 Jul 2009 by CST

    Second Life is now well known for its virtual world, in which users interact with each other’s Avatars, computerized graphical representations of themselves or their alter egos. Most do so without any problems, but it should not be a surprise that, like so much of the internet, this virtual …

  • The goose-stepping mayor

    21 Jul 2009 by CST

    The mayor of the Romanian city of Constanta has caused outrage after he and his son performed at a fashion show wearing Nazi uniforms: A Romanian city mayor outraged Jewish and pro-democracy groups after he goose-stepped with his son in World War Two German uniforms during a weekend fashion show.…

  • Using the law to halt Nazi slurs

    17 Jul 2009 by CST

    This is a guest post by Winston Pickett, via the Jewish Chronicle: In assessing the consequences of antisemitic discourse, are some characterisations worse than others? Are some epithets more offensive due to the depth of the insult, the affront to memory or the power to malign the Jewish collective? If…

  • Despedidas

    15 Jul 2009 by CST

    Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people. There are outstanding Interpol Red Notices against five senior Iranian officials for their alleged roles in the bombing.

  • Playing the Nazi card

    14 Jul 2009 by CST

    The European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism - EISCA - has published a new report today, on Understanding and Addressing the 'Nazi card'. Any student of antisemitism is familiar with the way that  swastika daubings or Hitler salutes - the discourse of Nazism - are used to abuse …

  • Jobbik MEPs don their uniforms

    13 Jul 2009 by CST

    Nick Griffin's friends in Hungary, the far-right party Jobbik,  have relaunched their paramilitary wing in defiance of a court ban. At a rally in Budapest yesterday Jobbik supporters wore their banned black and white uniform, which their MEPs Krisztína Morvai and Csanád Szegedi have promised to wear to the o…

  • 'Dog bark' politics

    10 Jul 2009 by CST

    On Wednesday Nick Griffin, BNP leader and newly-elected Member of the European Parliament, told the BBC that boats carrying illegal immigrants to Europe should be sunk as they cross the Mediterranean. In an attempt to show his humane side, he insisted that he did not want anyone to actually die: …

  • Ilan Halimi and the 'Gang of Barbarians'

    10 Jul 2009 by CST

    The BBC website reports on the trial in France of Youssouf Fofana and 26 other gang members, accused of the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006. The jurors are soon to give their verdicts on charges including kidnap, torture, premeditated murder and antisemitism. Fofana's behaviour during the investigation and trial has been…

  • Hizbollah trial in Azerbaijan

    10 Jul 2009 by CST

    The Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor reports on the trial of six people in Azerbaijan, accused of plotting terrorist attacks in the country on behalf of Iran and Hizbollah. The six are accused of planning to attack, amongst other targets, the Israeli embassy and a Jewish Cultural Centre in Baku: A…

  • Stephen Roth Institute reports on UK antisemitism

    8 Jul 2009 by CST

    The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism, which is a terrific resource for information about antisemitism around the world, has published its report on the United Kingdom for 2008/9. The UK report, authored by CST's Michael Whine, can be read here, alongside entries for many other countries.…

  • Extreme Speech and Democracy

    7 Jul 2009 by CST

    All democracies have grappled at some point with the difficult balance between protecting free speech and restricting hate speech. The United States is known for its First Amendment, which protects as free speech the most extreme, noxious expressions that would be rendered illegal in many European states. In Europe, by…

  • Far right terror fears

    6 Jul 2009 by CST

    The growing threat of terrorism from the far right is worrying the police, and attracting the attention of the media. According to the Sunday Times: A network of suspected far-right extremists with access to 300 weapons and 80 bombs has been uncovered by counter-terrorism detectives. Thirty-two people have been questioned in a …

  • The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

    3 Jul 2009 by CST

    In January 1987, the American left wing journal Dissent carried an essay by Paul Berman titled "The Anti-Imperialism of Fools", in which Berman tried to answer the question, "why is it that Israel arouses, around the world, such ferocious hostility?" Berman was and is not an 'Israel right or wrong' advocate.…

  • Four-year-old abused by school racists

    3 Jul 2009 by CST

    This story is from today's Jewish Chronicle: A four-year-old girl has been withdrawn from a West London infants’ school after being subjected to repeated antisemitic remarks by other pupils. Her father, journalist Nick Johnstone, has accused the head teacher, Philip Eaton, of failing to deal with his complaints. He has …

  • Real conspiracies

    1 Jul 2009 by CST

    While the BBC entertained us last night with the fantasies of assorted 7/7  conspiracy theorists, Channel 4's Dispatches broadcast a stunning anatomy of a real conspiracy: the terrorist attack on Mumbai last November by Lashkar e Toiba (LT), that left 170 people murdered and injured hundreds more. The documentary is built around au…

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