June 2018 Blog Archive

  • CST launches ‘A Parent’s Guide to CST’ at the Maccabi Community Fun Run

    26 Jun 2018 by CST

    CST launched its brand-new publication, ‘A parent’s guide to CST’ on Sunday at the Maccabi Community Fun Run at Allianz Park. CST chose this event to launch the Parent’s Guide at the run because of the sheer number of Jewish families, from across the Jewish religious spectrum, who were attending to run and support those braving the 1km, 5km and 10km races. The guide is directed at parents in order to give them an understanding of the crucial work CST does across the community to protect Jewish children; whether they be at school, at a youth camp or at any Jewish communal event or site.   

  • CST runners raise vital funds to help protect our Jewish community at Maccabi GB Community Fun Run

    26 Jun 2018 by CST

    On Sunday 24 June, Maccabi GB held its annual Fun Run at Allianz Park, an event that has been described as the largest Jewish sporting fundraiser in the history of the UK. Over 4,000 people attended and more than 2,000 runners, joggers and walkers participated.   

  • CST supports witness in incident of antisemitic abuse on Tel Aviv to Manchester flight

    25 Jun 2018 by CST

    Last week CST attended Manchester Magistrates Court to support a witness in the case of antisemitic abuse on an EasyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Manchester. The defendant, Bashir Shamraize, pleaded guilty to racial religious aggravated intentional harassment to alarm and to cause distress while on the flight.  

  • CST welcomes cross-party delegation of MPs

    21 Jun 2018 by CST

    For the second time this year, CST welcomed a cross-Party delegation of MPs at the CST head office in London as the first stop of a wider Jewish community tour organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPGA).   

  • Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick speaks warmly of CST’s relationship with the Police

    21 Jun 2018 by CST

    CST hosted its annual Metropolitan Police lunch on 15 June, with keynote speaker, Commissioner Cressida Dick. This annual gathering of CST’s supporters and our friends from the Metropolitan Police underpins the warm relationship between the Police and our community. Without it, the vital job of CST would be far harder to perform.   

  • Finsbury Park attack anniversary: why as Jews we should stand against all forms of intolerance

    19 Jun 2018 by CST

    Today marks the anniversary of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack in London. Eight members of the Muslim community, who were gathered near to a mosque during Ramadan, were injured by a van driven by Darren Osborne, a far right sympathiser. One man, Makram Ali, was struck and later died at the scene. This horrific attack, perpetrated by an anti-Muslim terrorist, serves as a reminder of what bigotry, hatred and prejudice can lead to. As a Jewish community, we should stand against all forms of hatred against any minority communities.  

  • Antisemitism is well-defined already

    19 Jun 2018 by Dave Rich

    The academics and others who suggest a new definition of antisemitism (Letters, 16 June) ignore the existence of a perfectly good definition of antisemitism, adopted by the 31-member-state International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in May 2016. This definition has since been adopted or endorsed by the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, over 120 local authorities, several governments overseas and by the European Parliament. It is backed by all Britain’s mainstream Jewish community bodies and is fast becoming the standard non-legal guide as to what constitutes antisemitism.  

  • Driver pleads guilty after performing Nazi salute outside Jewish primary school

    15 Jun 2018 by CST

    A driver has pleaded guilty after giving a Nazi salute outside Wolfson Hillel, a Jewish primary school, in Southgate. Stephen Panagi, the driver, was sentenced for a racially aggravated breach of the Public Order Act.   

  • Jack Renshaw: “all Jews are the same, they’re all vermin”

    14 Jun 2018 by CST

    At the terror trial for 6 alleged members of National Action, one of the defendants, Jack Renshaw, was alleged to have said, in relation to targeting a synagogue, that “all Jews are the same, they’re all vermin.” The neo-Nazi National Action was proscribed as a terror group in December 2016, which CST welcomed. Six men, Christopher Lythgoe, Matthew Hankinson, Michal Trubini, Jack Renshaw, Andrew Clarke and Garron Helm, are all on trial at the Old Bailey on charges of being a member of a proscribed terror group.   

  • CST secures Jewish community counter-demonstration

    14 Jun 2018 by CST

    On Sunday, Community Security Trust secured the Jewish community counter-demonstration against the annual Al Quds Day march. The counter-demonstration was organised by the Zionist Federation, speakers included Chairman of the Zionist Federation Paul Charney and the broadcaster and former extremist Maajid Nawaz. 

  • CST hosts first security course at secondary school for the next generation of CST volunteers

    12 Jun 2018 by CST

    CST recently ran its first ever full training course at a Jewish secondary school. Twelve students successfully graduated as fully-fledged CST volunteers after attending a ten-week course at the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS).  

  • Al Quds Day demonstration

    8 Jun 2018 by Mark Gardner

    This Sunday, CST’s security teams will work with the Metropolitan Police on one of the trickiest events in our annual calendar, the Quds Day demonstration. It is not a Jewish event. In fact, it is just about the exact opposite of a Jewish event. CST’s role will be to help secure those attending the Zionist Federation’s counter-protest against the Quds Day demonstration. 

  • Tommy Robinson sentenced to 13 months in prison

    4 Jun 2018 by CST

    Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced to 13 months in prison for contempt of court on 29 May. Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, was arrested while filming outside Leeds Crown court. Robinson pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 months as well as a three-month sentence from a previous charge which had been suspended. The 35-year-old from Bedfordshire was convicted of the same offence while filming last May outside Canterbury Crown Court.     

  • CST hosts Police seminar to educate officers about Judaism, antisemitism and the community

    1 Jun 2018 by CST

    CST hosted a well-received annual awareness event for Police officers yesterday at the Jewish Museum in Camden. There were around 100 attendees from all ranks and departments within the Police including PCSOs, Community Safety Officers and Crime Prevention Officers, as well as staff from Public Protection Support and Counter-Terrorism Units. Police personnel attended from across London and the southern regions, including Kent, Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley, City of London and Metropolitan Police.  

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