February 2011 Blog Archive

  • Guardian letter and an unbecoming headline

    24 Feb 2011 by CST

    The Guardian (24 February 2011) carries a lengthy letter jointly signed by CST, Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students. The paper was under no obligation to carry the letter, especially given its length, but regrettably it has been framed on the letters page in a disconcerting…

  • Qaradawi on Muslims and Jews

    23 Feb 2011 by CST

    With Sheikh Qaradawi back in Egypt and back in the news, it is worth revisting a collection of his rulings and other writings on Israel, Jews and Zionism, Fatawa on Palestine, which was published some eight years ago, translated into English in 2007 and reviewed by myself and Mark Gardner in…

  • Zionism and Islamophobia

    17 Feb 2011 by CST

    Anti-racism has to be consistent. It must apply consistent standards and attitudes, and defend all minorities. An opposition to racism which demonises one group in society in an effort to protect another, is no form of anti-racism at all. Islamophobic hate crimes and the frequency of mainstream media reporting…

  • Johann Hari: "servile" British governments

    8 Feb 2011 by CST

    Writing in The Independent on Friday 4th February, Johann Hari provided the latest example of grotesquely overblown claims in mainstream media about the strength of the pro-Israel lobby. ...we are so servile to the demands of the country’s [Israel’s] self-harming government, and to its loudest and angriest lobbyists h…

  • The Prime Minister's speech

    7 Feb 2011 by CST

    Prime Minister David Cameron gave a keynote policy speech on terrorism, extremism and multiculturalism on Saturday, which has already generated a huge amount of commentary, both agreeing and disagreeing with what he said. Some of the criticisms of the speech have accused him of saying or meaning things that he…

  • Stars in their eyes

    4 Feb 2011 by CST

    There are some people who cannot watch a major crisis without seeing the hidden hand of "Zionists", or Israel, directing events, influencing decision makers and generally interfering to prevent things from turning out how they properly should. The current crisis in Egypt is a case in point. Many people have…

  • CST Antisemitic Incidents Report 2010

    3 Feb 2011 by CST

    Today, CST releases its Antisemitic Incidents Report 2010, which can be downloaded from the CST website (pdf). The report shows that CST recorded 639 antisemitic incidents across the UK last year, the seond-highest annual total since CST began recording antisemitic incidents in 1984. This is 31% down on 2009, which was to be expected as 2009…

  • Police hate crime website launched

    1 Feb 2011 by CST

    The proper reporting and recording of hate crimes is a vital first step in the work done by CST, the police and others in reducing hate crime and supporting its victims. People who suffer hate crime often feel vulnerable and isolated, and it is important to provide as many different…

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