July 2018 Blog Archive

  • Leading from the Front: CST, rabbonim and community leading lights

    27 Jul 2018 by CST

    Over the past few months, CST has developed a new project working with synagogue bodies, reaching out to rabbonim, chairs and other community leaders, to develop their understanding of CST’s work to keep our Jewish community safe and to encourage them to help CST in its mission to give the Jewish community the freedom and confidence to thrive. Called ‘Leading from the Front’, this project includes discussions on the mission of CST, crisis management for the Jewish community, and the role of CST's state-of-the-art national security control centre.  

  • Antisemitism reveals the state of our society

    26 Jul 2018 by Dave Rich

    Antisemitic incidents have been too high for too long, and today’s Community Security Trust (CST) report confirms that this situation is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. Although the overall number of incidents reported to CST in the first six months of this year was lower than the number in the same period in 2017, it was still much higher than totals we saw three or four years ago. It is now normal to record more than 100 antisemitic incidents per month across the UK, whereas this had been extremely rare.    

  • CST Antisemitic Incidents Report for January-June 2018 published today

    26 Jul 2018 by CST

    This report shows that the number of antisemitic hate incidents reported to CST in the UK fell by 8 per cent in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. However, the total of 727 antisemitic incidents recorded by CST in the first six months of 2018 was the second-highest total CST has ever recorded for the January to June period of any year. The highest ever total for this period was the 786 incidents recorded in the first half of 2017, which was the highest total CST has ever recorded for the January to June period and was part of a record annual total of 1,414 antisemitic incidents during the whole calendar year of 2017. CST has recorded antisemitic incidents since 1984.  

  • Antisemitism now: the IHRA controversy

    24 Jul 2018 by Mark Gardner

    The Labour leadership’s defences of its new Code of Conduct on antisemitism have unleashed a torrent of abuse, including antisemitism, within Labour’s Facebook, Twitter and constituency party circles. Indeed, Labour has received at least two complaints regarding behaviour within the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that discussed the guidelines.    

  • IHRA and the Labour Code of Conduct

    23 Jul 2018 by Mark Gardner

    This blog will detail the differences between the internationally recognised standard International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and the Labour Party’s new antisemitism Code of Conduct.

  • CST statement on attempted arson attack at Exeter synagogue

    22 Jul 2018 by CST

    Last night an arson attack at Exeter Synagogue was reported to CST. Thankfully nobody was injured & damage was not extensive. A man has been arrested but motive is not yet known. We thank the emergency services for their swift action & remain in contact with Police.

  • The hatred Jeremy Corbyn refuses to take seriously

    18 Jul 2018 by Dave Rich

    In May 2016, a few weeks after Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah MP were suspended by the Labour Party for anti-Semitism, a Labour councillor in Burnley called Shah Hussain was revealed to have tweeted two years earlier to Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun that “You are a complete and utter plonker, you and your country doing the same thing that Hitler did to ur race in ww2”. This was a period of near-daily headlines about Labour anti-Semitism and the Party wanted to look like it was cracking down, so Hussain was swiftly suspended.  

  • Labour’s antisemitism code exposes a sickness in Jeremy Corbyn’s party

    18 Jul 2018 by Dave Rich

    This week the Labour party achieved something remarkable, even unique, in the history of British anti-racism. They managed to get 68 rabbis from every religious stream in the country – Orthodox, Liberal, Reform and Masorti – to form a coalition to denounce antisemitism. These are religious leaders who normally agree on very little, some of whom would not even acknowledge each other as rabbis. But on this issue, they came together as one. The problem for Labour is that they did it to condemn the party’s handling of its own antisemitism problem under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.  

  • Joint statement on Labour NEC adoption of a watered down definition of antisemitism

    18 Jul 2018 by CST

    .The Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies and CST respond to the result of the Labour NEC decision to defer adopting the full IHRA definition of antisemitism pending further consultation:

  • Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis praises the crucial work of CST

    16 Jul 2018 by CST

    Last week, CST’s Chief Executive, David S Delew, had the privilege of addressing the Office of the Chief Rabbi’s annual conference. Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis, gave a warm introduction to David, who spoke about the crucial work CST undertakes to protect our Jewish community.   

  • Who is really protecting you and your families’ Jewish life?

    13 Jul 2018 by CST

    As an outsider, looking in on an event that CST is securing, you might notice the one or two CST security volunteers on the door, checking names on the guest list and waving you in. You might have spotted an earpiece or an ID badge in passing, and you hopefully said thank you, before moving into the event and forgetting all about it. This is exactly what we at CST want. We want you to remember the event, rather than the security, because that means that we have done our job well, without fanfare and attention.  

  • What is the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism?

    11 Jul 2018 by Mark Gardner

    I attended the Jewish leadership meeting with Jeremy Corbyn in April and told the Labour leader that the bitter arguments over IHRA’s antisemitism definition epitomise the disgraceful blindness, evasions and double standards of the anti-Israel left towards Jews and our concerns.  

  • Srebrenica Memorial Day 2018

    11 Jul 2018 by CST

    This year, CST is recognising the 23rd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, on 11 July, when thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim. The Srebrenica massacre was part of a larger series of ethnic conflicts in the Balkans which resulted in the deaths of almost 150,000 people and the displacement of approximately 4 million people. As an organisation that works to counter antisemitism and protect our Jewish community, it is vital to commemorate the Srebrenica massacre and to take a stand against hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.   

  • The arrogance of Labour’s antisemitism definition

    10 Jul 2018 by CST

    Mr Livingstone, did you intend to be anti-Semitic when you repeatedly hacked away at the most sensitive and painful point in Jewish history by claiming Hitler supported Zionism?” “Of course not! I am a lifelong anti-racist”. “OK then, off you go.” That is how Ken Livingstone’s disciplinary hearing might have gone under the Labour Party’s new Code of Conduct for anti-Semitism, which has been rejected by all of British Jewry’s leading organisations and by the Party’s only Jewish affiliate, the Jewish Labour Movement.

  • CST trains guards to protect our community in Stamford Hill

    6 Jul 2018 by CST

    This week CST ran a training session for guarding company managers and security officers who work to protect our community in Stamford Hill. The training was part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the kehillah in the area is adequately protected by fully trained guards.  

  • Antisemitism in football being tackled

    5 Jul 2018 by CST

    The last few weeks saw two people face the consequences of being antisemitic when involved with football.  A Braintree Town player was suspended for five games for calling a Jewish footballer a “f****** Jew” and two men were handed a five-year ban from attending games for performing Nazi salutes in a bar in Russia during the world cup. Two other men who featured in the footage were served notices under the Football Spectators Act. CST has long campaigned and worked for the issue of antisemitism in football to be tackled and for individuals who perpetrate antisemitism to be dealt with.  

  • CST goes back to school

    4 Jul 2018 by CST

    CST has been focused on working with Jewish schools and parents to ensure all members of our Jewish community have access to the vital support and protection we offer. As well as launching the new publication A Parent’s Guide to CST at the Maccabi Community Fun Run earlier this summer, CST has been attending schools to work with parents, staff and teachers to explain the crucial work we do and what we can offer.