May 2017 Blog Archive
30 May 2017 by CST
The US-based Anti-Defamation League has released the fourth index of antisemitism, which polls attitudes towards Jews globally. In the UK, the major findings include that 10% of the population harbour antisemitic attitudes; a decrease of 2% from figures released in 2015. The methodology looked specifically at antisemitic stereotypes, such as beliefs in Jewish power in politics, media and financial market, and also analysed anti-Muslim sentiment. The polling results revealed specifically looked at beliefs in the UK, Germany and France.
24 May 2017 by CST
The raising of the national threat level to “Critical” means that Government, Police and security services believe “an attack is expected imminently”. This threat level is highly unusual and will result in both significantly increased policing and the deployment of military personnel. There does not, at present, seem to be precise intelligence about where or when a further attack (or attacks) may occur, but crowded places appear to be at highest risk.
23 May 2017 by Mark Gardner
As I write this article on the morning after the appalling terror attack at the Manchester Arena, my CST colleagues and I are keenly aware that we do not know what the coming hours, days and weeks will bring. What we already know is bad enough. 22 dead and this will inevitably include children. Over 50 injured, some no doubt on the brink of life or death. Will there be further attacks? The truth is that nobody can say for sure, but we cannot assume that this was the only bomb. Nor can we assume that the terrorist was the person who built it.
23 May 2017 by CST
Following the terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, CST requests that our community be calm, vigilant and cooperates with security measures at UK Jewish communal locations.
19 May 2017 by CST
This week in Denmark, an imam was accused of calling for the murder of Jews whilst at the same time a 17-year-old was charged for allegedly plotting to bomb a Jewish school in the capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is not new to violent antisemitism – in 2015 Jewish security volunteer Dan Uzan Z”L was gunned down by Omar El-Hussein whilst protecting his Jewish community outside the Copenhagen Synagogue.
18 May 2017 by CST
The Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights this week launched a new publication to help governments address security needs of Jewish communities across Europe. CST’s Mike Whine MBE attended the launch at the German Parliamentary Society this week. CST is proud to have helped with the compilation of the report, which aims to help governments understand the challenges faced by Jewish communities and to help develop effective responses.
9 May 2017 by CST
Last week CST’s Deputy Head of Krav Maga visited Leeds and Manchester to train CST security volunteers from the region. Several sessions took place as part of the re-launch of the Leeds training calendar. The goal of the training was to explain the mindset behind Krav Maga at CST and inspire people to come to training regularly.
5 May 2017 by CST
CST hosted its first training session this week for Project Griffin with Nightingale Hammerson in South London, one of the Jewish community’s leading providers of care for older people. Project Griffin is a scheme run by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, which aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that Police work with communities across the country. CST was accredited to deliver Project Griffin in December 2016.
3 May 2017 by CST
In a new report from the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Government has been called on to consider whether it is a crime for social media companies to allow “illegal and dangerous” content on their platforms. The Committee called for the inquiry following the murder of Jo Cox MP by far right extremist Thomas Mair. CST submitted substantial evidence to the Committee, focusing on antisemitism on social media. The Committee has recommended in their report for the Government to implement a stronger penalty for failure to act on hate online, for social media platforms to pay towards the cost of policing the platforms and for social media companies to issue reports on their safeguarding activity.