October 2009 Blog Archive

  • Al-Muhajiroun TV

    29 Oct 2009 by CST

    YouTube features videos of everything under the sun. It is the Speakers Corner of our digital global village, attracting extremists of all types. As has been pointed out before, it can also function as a social networking site for extremists to advertise events, publish offensive material and propagandise for their…

  • Antisemitism and Islamist terrorism

    29 Oct 2009 by CST

    Earlier, this month, Inayat Bunglawala took exception to the assertion by CST and the Board of Deputies that radical Islamist terrorism is rooted in an ideology that includes "a core belief in antisemitism". We have answered this in some detail previously, but a recent plot uncovered in America gives a…

  • Inverting the logic of the Holocaust

    28 Oct 2009 by CST

    Back in August, the Guardian ran a comment piece by Slavoj Zizek which accused Israel of wanting to make Palestinian territory "Palestinian-frei". The Guardian edited this in their print copy to read "Palestinian-free", but neglected to change the online version until after complaints were made. We posted about this here,…

  • The bishop; Holocaust denial & immoral filth

    27 Oct 2009 by CST

    The extremist British bishop, Richard Williamson, has been found guilty by a German court of denying the Holocaust. He faces a 12,000 Euro fine, but is likely to appeal.   I have worked at CST for many years. During that time, I have always found Holocaust denial to be the most upsetting fo…

  • Antisemitism as a Compliment

    26 Oct 2009 by CST

    This is an interesting article by Ben Cohen. It originally appeared on Z Word Blog and discusses the use of the antisemitic trope that relates Jews with money.      On the op-ed page of the South Carolina newspaper The Times and Democrat, two Republican officials are defending Senator Jim DeMint’s oppositi…

  • 'I do not have a conviction for Holocaust Denial'

    23 Oct 2009 by CST

    Last night on Question Time, Nick Griffin came up with one of the most transparent evasions imaginable when asked whether he denied the Holocaust, replying: "I do not have a conviction for Holocaust denial." Like much of what Griffin said during the programme, this is not exactly the truth. Griffin…

  • "We Fundamentally Disagree With Mr Bernstein’s Views"

    22 Oct 2009 by CST

    It is plain that if the Jewish state is regarded as a pariah, a compulsive serial abuser of human rights, then Jews everywhere will suffer by (real or imaginary) association. So, it matters when Robert Bernstein, founder and emeritus chair of Human Rights Watch (HRW), and its chairman for 20 years,…

  • The language of genocide

    22 Oct 2009 by CST

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken it upon himself to warn Europe and "the independent countries in the world" against the influence of Zionists (via MEMRI, transcript here): Even before World War I, there was some talk [about forming] a very vicious and twisted organization to take over the entire world. …

  • Nick Griffin and Nazi Germany

    21 Oct 2009 by CST

    Nick Griffin's bizarre invocation of the Nuremberg war crimes trials in response to the criticism of the BNP from former army top brass, is a reminder that Griffin and the BNP have, over the years, held a much more positive view of Nazi Germany than they like to show today.…

  • Nick Griffin: Bluffer’s Guide to Selling the BNP

    20 Oct 2009 by CST

    There was a time when nobody really doubted that Nick Griffin meant what he said. At this time, hardly anybody voted for him and nobody invited him on Question Time. Then, Griffin changed his sales pitch, the votes gradually rolled in, and an invite to Question Time followed. Ironically, it…

  • PRO'TWE'ST AGAINST THE BNP!

    20 Oct 2009 by CST

    This is a guest post from the Young Jewish Political Network JOIN YJPN ON A TWITTER PROTEST AGAINST THE BNP!! This Thursday, the BNP will have their first ever appearance on Question Time. To show your opposition to the BNP, the YJPN would like to invite you to join a m…

  • Stolen valour, stolen lives

    20 Oct 2009 by CST

    The Nothing British About the BNP group has launched a terrific campaign today, enlisting veterans of our armed forces to reject the BNP's hijacking of British symbols for their poisonous politics. There is a booklet here, and a video which gives a flavour of their message: A letter signed by…

  • Antisemitic assault in Manchester

    16 Oct 2009 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle reports on an unprovoked racist assault on a Jewish teenager in Manchester last week: North Manchester police are investigating an antisemitic assault on a 16-year-old boy as he walked home with his family from synagogue on Shabbat. Witnesses saw one white and one Asian man shouting racist…

  • Human rights watchers with poor visibility

    15 Oct 2009 by CST

    The website of the Jewish Chronicle has a slightly edited version of this article (below) by CST's Mark Gardner. The article draws upon lengthier pieces that have previously appeared on CST's blog, concerning Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.  The JC has entitled the article as "Human rights watchers with poor vis…

  • The looming threat of far right terror

    14 Oct 2009 by CST

    Johann Hari has a highly thought provoking article in the Independent (14.10.09), entitled "The looming threat of terror that comes from the far right". The article is well worth reading in full. It includes some of the many terrorism arrests that have recently occurred around the British far right: David Copeland, who'…

  • Thin line between untruth and bigotry

    13 Oct 2009 by CST

    The Independent (12.10.09) featured a full page article by columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown about her having attended all three of the recent main political party conferences. It is a lengthy piece, aptly summarised by its title, "My journey into the heart of the white middle class". In the penultimate paragraph, Alibhai-Brown writes "Othe…

  • Internet Hubris: Canadian Terrorist Hoisted By Own Petard

    9 Oct 2009 by CST

    This is a cross post by Tim Stevens from FREErad!cals, the blog of the ICSR. It should be apparent by now but, in the broad and complex field that is the confluence of the internet and terrorism, what is good for the goose is nearly as good for the…

  • Hate Crime Blog launched

    9 Oct 2009 by CST

    The Hate Crime Research Group, an alliance of academics, activists, policy makers, practitioners, researchers and students, has launched The Hate Crime Blog, which will feature stories and analysis covering all types of hate crime. The coordinator of the Hate Crime Research Group is Paul Iganski of Lancaster University, author of…

  • On violent extremism and conscientious objection

    7 Oct 2009 by CST

    Inayat Bunglawala has written a confused critique of the joint Board of Deputies/CST submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the Prevent strategy, which is currently being held by the House of Commons' Communities and Local Government Committee. He has used it as an opportunity to suggest that the "pro-Israel…

  • What's in a name - postscript

    5 Oct 2009 by CST

    We posted here last week about the efforts some people make to discern all sorts of profound insights in the former names of famous people. The Daily Telegraph thought they had stumbled on just such a discovery, with the news that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's family had previously taken the name 'Sabourjian':…

  • Bigotry in Manchester

    5 Oct 2009 by CST

    The BBC reports on the appalling desecration of Muslim graves in Southern Cemetery, the largest municipal cemetery in Manchester. Hope Not Hate draws the obvious inference that this may be connected to the English Defence League march which is due to take place in Manchester city centre on Saturday afternoon.…

  • Teenager fined for smashing windows at Edinburgh synagogue

    2 Oct 2009 by CST

    The Edinburgh Evening News reports: A TEENAGER who smashed windows at an Edinburgh synagogue has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation. Junaid Javed, 17, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court where he admitted maliciously breaking eight panes of glass in the front windows at Salisbury Hebrew Congregation Synagogue at the city's Salisbury …

  • How not to interview the BNP

    1 Oct 2009 by CST

    the Nothing British campaign has written a letter of complaint to the BBC about the appalling interview with two Young BNP members that was aired on Radio 1 yesterday. They summarise the problems with the interview very well indeed: Unfortunately, listeners to yesterday’s programme were provided with no context about …

  • Human Rights groups, Jews and Nazism

    1 Oct 2009 by CST

    The Amnesty International UK blog has another depressing example of the difference between Jewish perceptions of antisemitism, and the manner in which the subject is treated by NGOs. Appearing on the Amnesty blog under the pseudonym, Niluccio, the post criticised the responses of both Hamas and Israel to the recent U…

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