November 2009 Blog Archive

  • Don’t be fooled by Islamophobia

    30 Nov 2009 by CST

    A small Islamophobic group, called Stop Islamisation Of Europe (SIOE), has called for 1,000 Jews to attend its forthcoming demonstration at Harrow mosque; and for each Jew to bring an Israeli flag. This is strikingly similar to appeals that have also been made in recent months by the English Defence League …

  • Alleged BNP member admits to terrorism charges

    27 Nov 2009 by CST

    Hope Not Hate reports on the case of Terence Gavan, who they claim held British National Party membership number 130757: Terence Gavan, 38, made and stockpiled 54 nail and ball-bearing bombs between May 1999 and May this year. He also manufactured shotguns, pen guns and pistols at his home in Batley, West Yorkshire. Gavan …

  • Racists desecrate Muslim graves, again

    25 Nov 2009 by CST

    From the Asian News: RACIST vandals have targeted Muslim graves at a south Manchester cemetery for a third time. Sometime between 4pm on Friday 20 November and 9am on Monday 23 November unknown offenders pushed over 20 headstones at the Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road. The vandalism is being treated as racially m…

  • Images of Jews

    25 Nov 2009 by CST

    Google have issued adverts explaining why some internet searches, including searching for the word "Jew", throw up offensive results: Google is running advertisements to explain the appearance of racist and anti-Semitic material in search results, including a picture which depicts US First Lady Michelle Obama as a monkey. "Sometimes Google s…

  • Dispatches: Where is the evidence?

    23 Nov 2009 by CST

    David Henshaw, the Executive Producer of the Dispatches programme Inside Britain's Israel Lobby and Managing Director of the company that produced it, Hardcash Productions, has written an article for the Guardian's Comment Is Free website in which he says: Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor, made the point in last Monday's…

  • Pandering to antisemitism

    23 Nov 2009 by CST

    Oliver Miles is a former British diplomat who, five years ago, wrote a letter protesting against then-Prime Minister Tony Blair's Middle Eastern foreign policy and organised for 51 other former diplomats to sign it before releasing it to the media. The specific act which so enraged Miles that he felt moved…

  • Alleged plot to assassinate Yemeni rabbi

    20 Nov 2009 by CST

    A suspected plot to assassinate a rabbi in Yemen has been uncovered by police: Two people, believed to be of Houthi rebels, have been arrested in connection with plans to assassinate a Jewish Rabbi in Yemen, the News Yemen reported on Thursday. The website quoting sources which asked not to…

  • Who liked Dispatches?

    19 Nov 2009 by CST

    We have already written on this blog about how, despite Peter Oborne's assurance that in making Monday's Dispatches, Inside Britain's Israel Lobby, "we haven't found anything resembling a conspiracy", the tone and structure of the programme and its associated promotional media material, risked encouraging exactly that conclusion. So it is w…

  • Shallow polemic on pro-Israel lobby

    18 Nov 2009 by CST

    David Cesarani, research professor in history at Royal Holloway, University of London, and noted expert on Holocaust and antisemitism related issues, has written a very interesting article about Channel 4's Dispatches investigation of Britain's pro-Israel lobby. (The programme attracted 660,000 viewers, 2.6% of the audience share: an average total for Dispatches, suggesting it did…

  • Dispatches: Too late to shut the stable door

    17 Nov 2009 by CST

    Pre-publicity for last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme, “Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby” suggested that the programme would make startling revelations about “Britain’s Israel Lobby”. As previously explained on CST blog, this had more than a worrying whiff of conspiracy theory. At the end of last night’s programme, its pre…

  • Dispatches: how to build a conspiracy theory

    16 Nov 2009 by CST

    This morning's Guardian has two articles, a news story and an opinion piece, trailing tonight's episode of Dispatches, Inside Britain's Israel Lobby, by the Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne. Hardcash Productions, the company that has made tonight's programme, have suggested that it will include some investigation of CST's activities, although …

  • Alleged neo-Nazi music distributors in court

    16 Nov 2009 by CST

    From the Jersey Evening Post: TWO Jersey neo-Nazis planned to distribute ‘propaganda of hate’ throughout Britain by selling CDs featuring anti-semitic songs, a court in London heard yesterday. St Helier-based tattooist Jon Denny-Mallen (40) and William Browning (39), a former Les Quennevais School pupil and former Combat 18 leader who now lives in L…

  • Dispatches and the "pro-Israel lobby": update

    14 Nov 2009 by CST

    On Thursday we expressed our concern at the language used by Channel 4 to promote their forthcoming episode of Dispatches, Inside Britain's Israel Lobby, which we believe will look at CST amongst other organisations. Our fear was that by emphasising the supposed hidden power and influence of the "pro-Israel lobby" over…

  • The Denial of Jewishness

    13 Nov 2009 by CST

    There are many ways, often subtle, in which anti-Israel or anti-Zionist debate can have an anti-Jewish impact. However, a new anti-Zionist book by Tel Aviv Professor of History, Shlomo Sand, remoulds the paradigm: with notions of Jewish peoplehood now under attack in the service of anti-Zionism. The sense of common …

  • Dispatches, the "pro-Israel lobby" and CST

    12 Nov 2009 by CST

    On Monday night, Channel 4’s Dispatches will broadcast a one-hour documentary, called Inside Britain's Israel Lobby and fronted by Daily Mail journalist Peter Oborne. The Dispatches website promises: Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of …

  • Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Antisemitism in England

    11 Nov 2009 by CST

    From Engage:   “This is an essential history and so it’s fortunate it has been written by a man with the extraordinary fluency, staggering erudition, scholarly integrity, intellectual acumen, and moral discernment of Anthony Julius.” –Philip Roth “Part history of an irrational hatred, part forensic analysis of a sophistical lie, part …

  • Alliance of European National Movements launch tomorrow

    11 Nov 2009 by CST

    The Alliance of European National Movements, a far right political alliance which includes the BNP, Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National and the Hungarian Jobbik party, will be launched in Brussels tomorrow: A new pan-European alliance of far-right political parties will be launched in [the European] parliament later this week. The…

  • Kristallnacht

    9 Nov 2009 by CST

    Today is the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, a night of then unparalleled Nazi violence against German Jews. Thousands of synagogues, Jewish shops, businesses and homes were smashed, looted and burnt, at least 91 Jews were killed and thousands were taken to concentration camps. The Center for Online Judaic Studies has put …

  • Jewish cemetery in Poland desecrated

    6 Nov 2009 by CST

    The Jerusalem Post reports: Unknown vandals defaced tombstones and spray-painted anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti at the Jewish cemetery in the Polish seaside resort city of Sopot, near Gdansk. Tombstones in seaside Polish city Sopot were vandalized during All Saints' Day. Inscriptions such as "Israel = The Third Reich," "Free Palestine" and …

  • Iranian Holocaust denial gets a boost

    3 Nov 2009 by CST

    If it were not bad enough for Iran to have the world's best-known Holocaust denier as its President, Iranians now have the misfortune to have an even more committed Holocaust denier and antisemite as their Deputy Minister of Culture: A top advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is considered…

  • Antisemitism in Arab newspapers

    3 Nov 2009 by CST

    Tim Marshall of Sky News has an excellent blog today on the subject of antisemitic cartoons in Arab newspapers. It is prompted by this cartoon, which appeared in yesterday's al Hayat al Jadida, a Palestinian newspaper controlled by President Mahmoud Abbas: Marshall writes: The articles in yesterday's Al Hayat prepare…

  • Nazis in London

    2 Nov 2009 by CST

    Tory MP David Wilshire has compared MPs under fire for their expenses claims to Jews under the Nazis: Mr Wilshire wrote: “The witch hunt against MPs in general will undermine democracy. It will weaken parliament - handing yet more power to governments. Branding a whole group of people as undesirables …

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