February 2010 Blog Archive

  • Moi? Surely not!

    24 Feb 2010 by CST

    Sheikh Qaradawi has been in self-righteous mode on al-Jazeera recently. According to MEMRI (free registration required), he has criticised preachers who call for Jews and Christians to be killed: I denounced some contemporary religious preachers, who curse the Jews and the Christians, saying: "Allah, annihilate the Jews and the Christians."…

  • Recognising antisemitism

    23 Feb 2010 by CST

    It should go without saying that antisemitism, like all forms of racism, cannot be fought unless people recognise it, understand it and are prepared to challenge it. There have been a few examples recently of the failure to do this in mainstream circles. The complete lack of response, for instance,…

  • Blood & Honour: the case for proscription

    22 Feb 2010 by CST

    The Centre for Social Cohesion and Nothing British have produced a report (pdf) on the neo-Nazi Blood & Honour network, which uses music to promote racism, antisemitism and violence. It makes the case for Blood & Honour to be added to the Home Office list of proscribed terrorist organisations, summed u…

  • Bomb thrown at Cairo synagogue

    22 Feb 2010 by CST

    Associated Press reports: A man hurled a suitcase containing a makeshift bomb at Cairo's main downtown synagogue in the early hours Sunday morning, but there were no injuries or damage, police said. According to the police report, a man entered a hotel located on the fourth floor of a building…

  • Taking outreach to extremes

    17 Feb 2010 by CST

    Here is a video from a meeting of Society Outreach, a group which organises regular meetings in Parliament to discuss Middle Eastern matters. It is the last in a 10-part record of the meeting on youtube. The meeting is chaired by Lord Nazir Ahmed. On the panel is Oliver Miles, …

  • Protocols then and now

    17 Feb 2010 by CST

    Gilad Atzmon, jazz musician and ex-Israeli, writing last week in Dissident Voice -  which describes itself as "a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice": Interestingly enough, the political morbid conditions in which we live was actually described by an unusual fictional text that was published in 1903 …

  • Another antisemite convicted in Manchester

    16 Feb 2010 by CST

    Last week, CST blog reported about a mother and son in North Manchester who were convicted of a series of antisemitic attacks, in which they had driven around, shouting abuse at local Jews and squirting them with liquid. Now, another man in the same area has been convicted of making…

  • There must be a limit

    15 Feb 2010 by CST

    Palestine Telegraph is currently in the news because one of its patrons, Baroness Jenny Tonge, was sacked as Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman for her comments about allegations, in an article on the Palestine Telegraph website, of Israeli organ harvesting in Haiti. Palestine Telegraph is run by a Gazan called Sameh …

  • Was Chabad targeted again?

    15 Feb 2010 by CST

    On Saturday, a bomb exploded in a bakery in Pune, India, killing 9 people. The bakery was two doors away from the local Chabad House, and Indian authorities have suggested that Chabad may have been the intended target: Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Sunday that the Chabad house in Pune…

  • Is this a hate speaker?

    12 Feb 2010 by CST

    Azzam Tamimi, probably Britain's best known Hamas supporter, has repeated some of his most extreme views in a talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies on Tuesday evening. According to today's Jewish Chronicle: At SOAS, [Tamimi] praised Hamas and said: “Today Hamas is considered a terrorist organisation because …

  • U.S. Terror-Related Trials Marked by Claims of Israeli Control

    10 Feb 2010 by CST

    This is a cross-post from the Anti-Defamation League The trial of a Pakistani woman with alleged links to Al Qaeda is the latest terror-related trial during which defendants and their supporters have claimed that American courts are controlled by Israel. As jurors left a Manhattan federal courtroom on February 3, 2010, Aafia…

  • Reds under the bed?

    10 Feb 2010 by CST

    The Morning Star report on the increase in antisemitic incidents in the UK last year, based on CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report, makes the predictable claim that increases in antisemitism in European countries are a "direct result of Israel's actions" in Gaza. As anti-racists, the Morning Star should know that trigger…

  • Race hate thugs convicted in Manchester

    9 Feb 2010 by CST

    From the Manchester Evening News: A mother and son carried out a series of racist attacks on Jewish people by driving past shouting abuse and spraying them with liquid. Dean Parker, 22, and his mum Shameem Parker spent two days driving around the Broughton area of Salford targeting members of the…

  • "Kill the Jews" at the Oxford Union

    9 Feb 2010 by CST

     Last night Danny Ayalon, Israel's deputy foreign minister, spoke at the Oxford Union. A meeting that was frequently disrupted by members of the audience reached its low point when one person shouted "Kill the Jews" in Arabic, before being thrown out of the meeting. Danny Ayalon has tweeted this here. …

  • Politicians against antisemitism

    8 Feb 2010 by CST

    CST's latest Antisemitic Incidents Report showed a record high of 924 incidents during 2009. CST was grateful to receive the following public statements of opposition to antisemitism and support for the Jewish community in relation to the report.   Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP: Anti-semitism is one of the most ancient of hatreds – and…

  • Antisemitic Incidents 2009

    5 Feb 2010 by CST

    CST's report on antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2009, out today, shows a record number of incidents against British Jews: 924 last year, compared to 546 the year before. It is 55% higher than the previous record high of 598 antisemitic incidents in 2006. The full report is here, or there is a summary here.…

  • Antisemitism in Ilford...via Facebook

    4 Feb 2010 by CST

    From today's Jewish News: Police have launched an urgent investigation into a horrific Facebook group that gave graphic details of anti-Semitic incidents perpetrated by its members against Ilford's Jewish community. The group, created by a student at Loxford School of Science and Technology, attracted more than 500 members in two weeks…

  • Antisemitic incidents in France rise by 75%

    4 Feb 2010 by CST

    The French Jewish community organisation, the Jewish Community Protection Service, has recorded a 75% rise in antisemitic incidents in 2009: PARIS -- A group founded to protect France's Jewish community says anti-Semitic acts in France soared 75 percent last year - many coming as Israel pressed an offensive against Hamas in the Middle…

  • Terror against Jews

    1 Feb 2010 by CST

    There is a long and tragic history of terrorists attacking Jewish communities in various parts of the world, many of which are documented in this 2003 report from CST. Looking at the news in the past few days, the problem of anti-Jewish terror is not going away. In Egypt, between 20 and 25…

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