Blog – antisemitism

  • Jewish women, money and cunning

    2 Aug 2017 by Mark Gardner

    The deep outrage directed against Kevin Myers’ depiction of women, Jews and money in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times was inevitable and correct. The condemnation of Myers crude, ugly linkage came from all sides. He was sacked and this squalid example of hoary old antisemitic stereotypes was swiftly dealt with: but the themes of Jews, money and cunning superiority remain central elements of antisemitic opinion today, including much of the anti-Zionism that now passes for accepted wisdom in a disturbingly wide circle of British and international politics.  

  • CST Antisemitic Incidents Report reveals record number of antisemitic hate incidents in first six months of 2017

    27 Jul 2017 by CST

    CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report January – June 2017, published today, shows that in the first six months of this year, CST recorded 767 antisemitic incidents, which was a 30% increase from the 589 incidents recorded during the same period in 2016. This total of 767 incidents is a record for the first six months of any year. A further 483 reports were received by CST in the first six months of 2017, but were not deemed to be antisemitic and are not included in this total.   

  • How antisemitism poisoned the British Left

    7 Apr 2017 by Dave Rich

    This week’s furore over Ken Livingstone’s ongoing membership of the Labour Party has once again put antisemitism at the top of the news agenda – and at the heart of the battle over the future of the party. A tribunal of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee found Livingstone guilty of bringing the party into disrepute with his claim that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” – a claim he has repeated and expanded in the year since he first made it – but decided that his offence was not worthy of expulsion.  

  • Labour’s Refusal to Shun Livingstone Normalizes antisemitism

    6 Apr 2017 by Dave Rich

    The former London mayor’s claims go well beyond lazy moral equations of Israel with Nazi Germany ubiquitous in anti-Israel circles. They have more in common with Holocaust denial.  

  • Ken Livingstone: Dragging us through the dirt

    5 Apr 2017 by CST

    Ken Livingstone has dragged our Jewish community, Zionism and the Labour Party through the dirt. Labour’s NCC disciplinary panel agreed, finding he had brought the Party into disrepute.  

  • Tributes for a Jihadist Godfather: from Moazzam Begg to Al Qaeda Central

    28 Mar 2017 by CST

    Death and martyrdom are key parts of jihadist ideology. It is, therefore, vitally important to note the reactions to the deaths of leading jihadists: whether by actual terrorist groups, or by those British Islamists who push victimhood narratives.  

  • The denial and deflection that unites the cheerleaders of Trump and Corbyn

    3 Mar 2017 by Dave Rich

    American Jews have been rocked in recent weeks by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents, including bomb threats and cemetery desecrations. These kinds of attacks are not supposed to happen in the Jewish utopia of the United States, and suddenly the sense of insecurity felt by European Jewish communities in recent years seems to be making its way across the Atlantic.  

  • Positioning Steve Bannon on the Fascism - Nationalism spectrum

    23 Feb 2017 by Dave Rich

    His admiration for ‘Judeo-Christian values’ might differentiate Trump’s chief strategist from traditional European far right anti-Semitism, but stereotypes of Jews are still crucial to the global nationalist populism he champions.  

  • Sweeping antisemitism under the carpet

    15 Feb 2017 by Dave Rich

    Last month, Al-Jazeera broadcast a four-part documentary series called "The Lobby" that claimed to expose "how the Israel lobby influences British politics."

  • The year Jew hate didn’t even need false pretext

    8 Feb 2017 by Mark Gardner

    This opinion piece, by CST Director of Communications Mark Gardner appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish News, where it was entitled, “The year Jew hate didn’t even need false pretext”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016.

  • The new normal? let’s hope it isn’t

    6 Feb 2017 by CST

    This opinion piece, by CST Chief Executive David S Delew appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish Chronicle, where it was entitled, “The new normal? let’s hope it isn’t”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016.

  • Antisemitism today: CST’s Dave Rich addresses Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    25 Jan 2017 by Dave Rich

    CST’s Dr Dave Rich spoke earlier this morning at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Woolff gave a moving testimony of her experiences during the Second World War and other speakers included HE Ambassador Mark Regev, Professor Yehuda Bauer, The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP and The RT Hon Baroness Anelay of St John’s DBE. The full text of Dave Rich’s speech is reproduced below.

  • David Icke’s ages old New Age antisemitism

    5 Jan 2017 by Mark Gardner

    David Icke’s forthcoming “Worldwide Wakeup” tour, including a sell-out event at the Manchester O2 Apollo arena, forces opponents of antisemitism to seriously confront the blatant lunacy of New Age conspiracy theory. Icke’s promotional tour film has over 100,000 views on Youtube. It can be viewed here and shows Icke as a manic prophet of imminent doom, using speech and images to urgently warn an eager theatre audience that a “Rothschild Zionist” conspiracy controls the world, driving global conflict through NATO and seeking World War Three, which will begin between Zionists and Muslims.  

  • Antisemitic Discourse Report 2015

    23 Dec 2016 by CST

    Today sees the publication of CST's Antisemitic Discourse Report 2015 (see full PDF here). This is CST final report of the year. It examines the use of antisemitic language and images in mainstream politics and media, including social media. The report also covers public discussion and debate about antisemitism, including condemnations of antisemitism by mainstream figures.

  • The new template for the fight against antisemitism

    20 Oct 2016 by Dave Rich

    The Home Affairs Select Committee report into anti-Semitism, published this week, is a serious body of work that should set the template for action against anti-Semitism in this country for the next few years. Ten years ago, a previous all-party Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism, set up by John Mann MP and chaired by Denis MacShane, concluded that anti-Semitism was on the rise and had taken on new forms. Islamist extremists and obsessive anti-Zionists had joined the old-style neo-Nazis in posing new threats to Britain’s Jews.  

  • Lessons Learned: Taking on ‘dinner party’ antisemitism

    20 Oct 2016 by CST

    Paki. It’s a hard, ugly word, and it’s one I heard too many times in the high streets and playgrounds of the 1970s and 80s. Today it’s considered completely unacceptable, sitting alongside the N-word in the dictionary of bigotry. I’m sure many of you will even have done a double-take simply when you saw it in print. After all, such racism, prejudice and hatred has no place in decent society.  

  • Lessons Learned: What Hitler said about the Jews before he came to power

    19 Oct 2016 by CST

    Just what did Hitler think about the Jews when he was a young, struggling politician in the aftermath of the First World War, long before he came to power? It’s an important question to ask, especially in the light of recent political controversy about the Nazis and the Jews.  

  • Lessons Learned: Why I told young people how I survived

    16 Oct 2016 by CST

    At the end of World War II, when I was liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the revelation of what had been happening in the occupied countries to Jews and others brought about such revulsion that I thought that antisemitism would be a thing of the past.  

  • Lessons Learned: By remembering, we can look forward with hope

    14 Oct 2016 by CST

    The Jewish community in Scotland is a small but vitally important part of our national life. We are proud of the contribution that Scottish Jews make to our communities, to our national life and as active members of the Scottish National Party. As parliamentarians and political leaders we must be unequivocally clear that there can be absolutely no room for complacency when it comes to tackling antisemitism.

  • Lessons Learned: We must fight this battle through education

    13 Oct 2016 by CST

    On his recent visit to London, the Chief Rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, shared with me what his father used to tell him when he was a child: “a country that tore itself apart about the fate of an obscure Jewish artillery captain is a country where there will always be hope and room for us”. These words resonated with me.  

  • Lessons Learned: Standing together in tolerance, acceptance and respect

    11 Oct 2016 by CST

    One of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had was my very first official engagement as Mayor of London. Along with the Chief Rabbi and many Londoners from the Jewish community, I joined over a hundred Holocaust survivors for Yom HaShoah. It was a privilege to meet Holocaust survivors and their families and to hear their remarkable stories - stories that will stay with me forever. That day, we stood together to reflect, honour and remember the six million Jewish lives that were lost during the Holocaust and the lives lost in subsequent genocides.

  • Lessons Learned: The boundaries of responsible discourse

    10 Oct 2016 by CST

    No-one enjoys being on the receiving end of an insult. Yet, it is a sad indictment of our times that insults of a certain mode can become the norm. In politics and the celebrity world they are widespread and likely to be considered the ‘price of doing business’. Prime Minister’s Questions offers a useful illustration of this phenomenon. Once a week, the men and women whom we have elected to represent us in Parliament trade jibes and insults. It is rarely out of genuine malice – in the modern world, that is just how the game is played.

  • Why we must protect the memory of Cable Street

    9 Oct 2016 by CST

    Today sees events marking the 80 th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when antisemitic fascists were prevented from marching through what was then the Jewish East End of London.  Former CST Chief Executive, Richard Benson, has the following article, summarising the memory of the event and what it means to CST.

  • Lessons Learned: Vigilance and resolution: Living antidotes to an ancient virus

    9 Oct 2016 by CST

    Antisemitism is an insidious evil. The habits of antisemitism have been burrowing into European and British culture for as long as we can remember. In England, during the late mediaeval period, the Jewish community faced constant persecution: Shylock, the great villain of the Merchant of Venice, was a cliché of his time. By the time Cromwell reopened England to Jewish settlement under the Commonwealth in the 1650s, antisemitism had mutated within common parlance and culture.  

  • Lessons Learned: From post-war British fascists to modern day antisemitism

    7 Oct 2016 by CST

    I have spent my entire adult life opposing antisemitism and fascism. In that time, much has changed, but the fundamentals of the problem and how to deal with it have not. In the 1950s and 60s, Jews in post-war Britain faced antisemitic abuse and attacks from fascists and open Nazis. Jews needed to be physically defended on the streets, which meant standing up and fighting back. That is what we did and I am proud to have played my part.

  • Antisemites in Labour feel emboldened by the leadership

    2 Oct 2016 by Dave Rich

    This first Labour Party conference of the Jeremy Corbyn era was a dispiriting place for those committed to the fight against anti-Semitism. The most telling moment came during the debate on anti-Semitism at the Momentum fringe festival. Anti-Zionist campaigner Jonathan Rosenhead recounted hearing the Chief Rabbi being interviewed on the radio about anti-Semitism. As Rosenhead told it, when the Chief Rabbi said that anti-Semitism is a serious concern, the presenter then asked if he personally had experienced any anti-Semitism, to which, Rosenhead said, the Chief Rabbi answered that he hadn’t – drawing a round of laughter from the Momentum supporters in the room.

  • Three tests for Labour

    30 Sep 2016 by Mark Gardner

    The position of the Labour Party and mainstream Jewish opinion seems slightly improved after a Party Conference in which Jeremy Corbyn spoke more forcibly against antisemitism than ever before: but three ongoing cases will test that.     The mood of Conference signalled that many Party members understand what the antisemitism row is doing to Labour, its Jewish members and prospective voters. Conference gave a standing ovation for the outstanding speech by Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM); and there was strong support for JLM’s rally against antisemitism, including from some within the Momentum bloc.

  • 'Keep calm and don't get shouty on hate'

    29 Sep 2016 by CST

    Britain's Jewish community and its institutions are well placed to overcome the current surge in anti-Zionist activity and Jew hatred on the political left, a leading expert on antisemitism believes. Dave Rich says Anglo-Jewry is robust enough to combat the hostility in politics and left-wing activism. But he does express fears about the increase in street-based activism.

  • Lessons learned? Reflections on antisemitism and the Holocaust

    24 Sep 2016 by CST

    Today, CST and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) are launching an important and timely collection of short essays authored by a distinguished group of faith, civic and political leaders.

  • The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism – review

    13 Sep 2016 by CST

    This book review by Nick Cohen of Dave Rich's 'The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism' originally appeared on the website of The Guardian, where it can be read here.

  • The Labour Party’s Cynical Sell-out of the Jewish Community on antisemitism

    5 Aug 2016 by Dave Rich

    Appearances are everything in politics, and the peerage given to Shami Chakrabarti, author of the Labour Party’s latest inquiry into its own antisemitism, appears to be an act of stunning hypocrisy and cold political cynicism. Chakrabarti’s inquiry was commissioned by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in April, after a succession of scandals about anti-Semitic remarks by party members had reached such a crescendo that one of his MPs, Naz Shah, and one of his oldest political allies, Ken Livingstone, were both suspended from the party for antisemitism.

  • CST Antisemitic Incidents Report January - June 2016 published today

    4 Aug 2016 by CST

    The first six months of 2016 saw an 11 per cent increase in antisemitic hate incidents recorded in the UK compared to the same period in 2015, according to CST's Antisemitic Incident Report January-June 2016, published today.

  • Corbyn and Rent-a-Mob: How to Wreck an Anti-Racism Event

    1 Jul 2016 by Mark Gardner

    The launch event for Shami Chakrabarti’s Inquiry report into antisemitism (and racism) in the Labour Party could, and should, have given a much needed morale boost for those wanting assurance that the Labour Party understands the fears and experiences of Jews in and around Labour. Instead, thanks to the Jeremy Corbyn circus, the exact opposite happened.

  • Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party: response to launch event and CST - JLC submission

    30 Jun 2016 by CST

    Today saw the launch of the much anticipated report of Shami Chakrabarti’s Inquiry into antisemitism and racism within the Labour Party. This report followed two previous inquiries into Labour Party antisemitism, by Labour Students and Baroness Jan Royall. Many of the complaints that led to each of the inquiries remain unresolved. CST and our colleagues at the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) made a detailed submission to this latest Inquiry. Many of our recommendations are echoed in the final report’s language concerning Zionism, the term 'Zio' and Holocaust analogies.

  • Should Jackie walk? What Labour can learn from football

    1 Jun 2016 by Dave Rich

    What have Jackie Walker, John Terry and Mario Balotelli got in common? Not much, you might think. Put them together, though, and you start to see why the Labour Party is in such a muddle over antisemitism.

  • Ken Livingstone's chopped liver

    20 May 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Ken Livingstone is a left-wing anti-Nazi anti-racist former Mayor of London. David Irving is not, but was briefly famous for having lost a Holocaust Denial trial. Livingstone and Irving could never be accused of being natural bedfellows. There are, however, similarities.

  • John Mann: If Labour cannot combat racism then we are nothing

    5 May 2016 by CST

    Labour’s John Mann MP has long shown that the fight against antisemitism is not something that should be determined by what political party you are a member of. Through his leadership of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, he has consistently challenged antisemitism, regardless of its ideological origin. Perhaps even more importantly, he has ensured that opposition to antisemitism is something that members of all political parties can, and do, play a leading part in.  

  • When “militant Zionist” just means “Jew”

    12 Apr 2016 by CST

    Antisemitism comes in lots of different guises. It can be blatant, subtle or hidden. It can invent new antisemitic charges, or rely on a reservoir of old antisemitic language and images. Or, sometimes, it just swaps the word “Zionist” for “Jew”, in the naïve hope that doing so will change an antisemitic statement into a political one.

  • Far right demonstrators at Golders Green war memorial

    2 Apr 2016 by CST

    Nine far right activists held a supposed “anti-Shomrim” demonstration at the war memorial opposite Golders Green Underground Station from 1345-1415hrs on the afternoon of Saturday 2 April.

  • Ex Bradford Mayor, “Greater Israel” and Stupid Antisemitism

    24 Mar 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Watch these three minutes of sheer lunacy below. It is unlikely that you will have seen a more obvious example of antisemitic craziness (and no, it appears not to be Larry David having a Borat type laugh at the expense of stupid antisemites). Stupid as it is, this brings us immediately to the heart of antisemitic conspiracy theory and how it lies at the heart of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist conspiracy theory. After 9/11, the widely held accusation was that 4,000 Jews (not Zionists) were warned not to go to work in the Twin Towers, because Mossad was controlling Al Qaeda. Today, that shifts seamlessly into Mossad running ISIS.  

  • What that interview revealed about the left

    24 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    This week, Lord Levy warned that, unless the Labour leadership gives "a clear and unequivocal message" that antisemitism "in any form" would not be tolerated, he might have to leave the Labour Party. You might have thought Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be shocked to hear this from a Jewish Labour peer. Instead he seemed angered by it.

  • The U.K. Labour Party Must Decide if It's a Political Home for anti-Semites or for British Jews

    23 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    Whole swathes of today's British Left either cannot or will not acknowledge the anti-Semitism that's staring them in the face. The basic idea behind most modern anti-Semitism is that Jews must be up to something. Whatever Jews say and do can’t be taken at face value: they must have some ulterior motive or hidden agenda that needs to be uncovered.  

  • Gerry Downing’s ‘Jewish Question’

    10 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    Gerry Downing is an aging Trotskyist from the Socialist Fight organisation who has been expelled, re-admitted to, and now re-expelled from, the Labour Party. Amongst his many statements and ideas that have caused outrage is his belief that there is a ‘Jewish Question’ that needs to be solved.

  • Abu Qatada: No Longer in Britain, but still preaching jihad and antisemitism

    29 Feb 2016 by CST

    Sheikh Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada al-Filistini, has not been in the UK for nearly three years, but his legacy still looms. He was deported to Jordan in 2013, acquitted on terrorism charges there, and since his release has been doing in Jordan what he did in Britain: encouraging people to support violent jihad and spouting antisemitism.  

  • The anti-war left’s contextual problem with antisemitism

    26 Feb 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Jon Lansman is a key Jeremy Corbyn aide, leader of the Momentum group. His article in the Jewish Chronicle, “My doubts about Oxford Labour antisemitism claim”, exemplify the fundamental distance between this part of the left and mainstream Jewish opinion on antisemitism.  

  • Labour: Mistaken about antisemitism?

    25 Feb 2016 by Mark Gardner

    On 17th February, Ken Livingstone evoked much derision when he stated, live on LBC Radio (link in this excellent Tom Harris article in Daily Telegraph, at 2min 55secs in the audio at foot of page).

  • Daily Telegraph removes “Shylock” references from article about Jewish hedge fund manager

    18 Feb 2016 by Dave Rich

    Last Tuesday (9 February) the Daily Telegraph published an article about the role played by Elliott Management hedge fund, and its founder and President Paul Singer, in ongoing negotiations over debt relief for Argentina. The article was changed following a complaint by CST about its use of antisemitic cultural references from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

  • The radical left & “some kind of problem with Jews”

    17 Feb 2016 by Mark Gardner

    CST calls for a full investigation of the serious allegations made against Oxford University’s Labour Club. This follows yesterday’s resignation of the Labour Club’s co-chair Alex Chalmers, who said his erstwhile colleagues “have some kind of problem with Jews”.    

  • BBC Radio London breaches guidelines during antisemitic call

    31 Dec 2015 by CST

    On the Simon Lederman show on BBC Radio London early in the morning of 22 December 2015, a man named as “Andy from St Margaret’s” was allowed to make antisemitic accusations without significant condemnation or rebuttal. CST condemns the BBC for allowing the caller to continue without being properly opposed or cut off by the presenter. CST also believes the content of the call is in direct contravention to the BBC’s own guidelines for dealing with controversial subjects, impartiality, religious sensitivity, harm and offence.  

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine receives custodial sentence for incitement to racial hatred

    17 Dec 2015 by CST

    This morning in Southwark Crown Court, Judge Anthony Leonard QC sentenced Joshua Bonehill Paine to a custodial sentence of 3 years and 4 months. Yesterday, on December 16 2015, Bonehill-Paine was found guilty of inciting racial hatred.   

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine found guilty of inciting racial hatred

    16 Dec 2015 by CST

    Joshua Bonehill-Paine was today found guilty of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material online. In court on Monday 14 December, he was described as an “extremist” who expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”.  

  • CST condemns post on LSE Human Rights Blog

    4 Dec 2015 by CST

    CST condemns a post on the LSE Human Rights Blog by Dr Sandra Nasr, titled "Delegitimising through Dehumanisation: Palestinian ‘human’ rights denied", for its false and offensive caricature of Jewish law and religious beliefs.

  • Antisemitism Today

    25 Nov 2015 by CST

    Our friends at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) requested that CST write an article for their website, explaining modern antisemitism. The article, by CST's Mark Gardner, is shown below and is on HMDT’s blog here.     

  • Politicians: antisemitism and “offence”

    11 Nov 2015 by Mark Gardner

    The controversy over Sir Gerald Kaufman MP’s (Labour) remarks about “Jewish money” and the Conservative Party has helped mask a simultaneous case with Sandra White (Scottish National Party), who is a Member of the Scottish Parliament, rather than the UK Parliament.  

  • Hatred at the heart of the campus wars

    3 Nov 2015 by CST

    CST's Dave Rich has an article about antisemitism and anti-Zionism on campus in the Jewish Chronicle.

  • Kaufman: back to antisemitic basics

    30 Oct 2015 by Mark Gardner

    The antisemitic charge that Jewish money controls British politicians is old and well known.

  • David Cesarani z"l

    26 Oct 2015 by CST

    CST is deeply saddened by the news that Professor David Cesarani OBE has passed away at the age of 58. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

  • CST's Mark Gardner to EU Colloquium: attitudes need to change to tackle antisemitism

    2 Oct 2015 by CST

    CST’s Director of Communications Mark Gardner spoke today about antisemitism and the threats facing European Jews at an EU Colloquium on combating antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe. The Colloquium was hosted by EU Vice President Frans Timmermans and EU Commissioner Věra Jourová. Mark’s speech is reproduced in full below.

  • Is It Good for the Jews?: Antisemitism and the New Europe

    3 Aug 2015 by CST

    CST's Dave Rich has an essay on antisemitism and European society in the latest issue of World Affairs Journal.

  • Antisemitic incidents rise in UK in first half of 2015

    30 Jul 2015 by CST

    CST’s Antisemitic Incident Report for January to June 2015, published today, shows a 53% increase in antisemitic incidents compared to the same period last year.

  • What happened on 4 July

    7 Jul 2015 by CST

    20-25 neo-Nazis (including five Poles) turned up in Whitehall and were loudly jeered by 150-200 anti-fascists of various political and religious affiliations, including Jews and Christians. 220 CST volunteers and staff helped secure our Golders Green Jewish community from the evening of Friday 3 July (ie erev Shabbat) through to Sunday 5 July. They were sincerely thanked by many members of our community, and CST has received many phone calls and emails of gratitude.

  • What limited data tells us about antisemitism

    29 May 2015 by Mark Gardner

    A new report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) usefully compares various surveys and data on antisemitism, also pointing to its limitations.  Overall, it seems English speaking nations, including Britain, have the lowest negative opinions of Jews, at under 10%. France and Germany are at 10%-25%. Spain, Poland and Russia sit between 25%-45%. Jordan and Egypt are almost 100%. Turkey was 50%, but now exceeds 70%, nearly level with Pakistan’s 70%-80%.  

  • When Antisemitism Is Inevitable

    1 May 2015 by Mark Gardner

    An analysis of a deeply flawed article entitled Antisemitism Is Not Inevitable, published on leading UK Islamist website, MEMO.   

  • Fighting hatred together or setting communities apart

    15 Apr 2015 by Dave Rich

    CST’s work combating antisemitism is widely recognised as a model for others to follow and we are proud to help other communities combat bigotry, prejudice and hatred. We do this because we believe our shared experiences can help to bring communities together. The opposite approach is typified by MEND, a Muslim advocacy group whose activities risk increasing hostility and suspicion between communities.

  • Antisemitic chanting by West Ham United supporters

    23 Feb 2015 by CST

    CST welcomes today's statement by Lord Ouseley, Chair of football's anti-discriminiation campaign Kick It Out, in which he condemns antisemitic chanting by some West Ham United supporters on their way to yesterday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.

  • Being Jewish is not "an act of provocation"

    20 Feb 2015 by CST

    On Monday I warned, in an article on Left Foot Forward, that the idea we should appease jihadist terrorists by desisting from doing the things that might 'provoke' them had troubling implications for Jews:

  • We must ensure that antisemitism gets no foothold in Britain

    14 Jan 2015 by CST

    This article is cross-posted from Left Foot Forward Polling shows that British Jews are better integrated than their European counterparts; we must not let extremists change this Last week’s horrific jihadist attacks in Paris, and in particular the murder of shoppers at a kosher supermarket, have added to already-existing …

  • Paris Kosher grocery terror attack - latest CST statement

    9 Jan 2015 by CST

    Media reports indicate that hostages have been taken at a kosher grocery store in Paris, and that there may well be casualties in the incident. This follows the murder of a Police officer in Paris yesterday and the deadly terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office on Wednesday. There…

  • When George schmoozed Gilad

    6 Jan 2015 by CST

    This Saturday saw George Galloway MP and his wife Gayatri interview Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon on their Russia Today TV show, 'Sputnik'. The significance of Galloway hosting Atzmon, a man whose views regarding Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity are so extreme that he is shunnedbymost of the anti-Israel movement in…

  • Robert Fisk and immoral equivalences

    18 Dec 2014 by CST

    Writing in the Independent, Robert Fisk gives a startling example of anti-Israel obsession, expressed in words that are about Jews, not Israelis. In doing so, he illustrates how far Israel's most trenchant critics will go in order to focus scrutiny and disgust upon it,&nbsp…

  • House of Commons debate on antisemitism

    10 Dec 2014 by CST

    The House of Commons held a Westminster Hall debate on antisemitism yesterday at the request of John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, who has worked tirelessly to lead political efforts to combat antisemitism in the United Kingdom. The debate can be watched in full…

  • CST Antisemitic Discourse Report 2013 - what statements and actions about Jews and Israel do Jews consider to be antisemitic?

    27 Nov 2014 by CST

    Below is the second extract from CST's Antisemitic Discourse Report 2013 (pdf) to be published on the CST Blog. It reports the results of an EU-funded survey of Jewish opinion, published in 2013, that included questions about statements and actions that Jewish people consider to be antisemitic. These are useful in helping…

  • Give Antisemitism the Boot

    21 Nov 2014 by CST

    Reported remarks about Jews and money by Wigan football club's respected owner, Dave Whelan, reflect the persistence of dinosaur attitudes in football on issues of racism and sexism. They show how far the people's game still has to go in order to catch up with its…

  • Raed Salah's incitement is not welcome here

    20 Nov 2014 by CST

    The horrific murder of four Rabbis and a policeman at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday was a shocking reminder that the rising tension in Jerusalem and the West Bank is taking on an increasingly religious dimension. This should be of concern to the many British Jews and British Muslims…

  • Ed Miliband and antisemitism "in all its forms"

    11 Nov 2014 by CST

    Last week, Ed Miliband MP used his Facebook page to issue a personal warning against antisemitism. CST thanks the Leader of the Opposition for this, and especially for his continuing support of CST's work, but recent media coverage of Jewish communal relations with…

  • CST and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joint letter on removing antisemitic graffiti

    10 Nov 2014 by CST

    CST Chief Executive David Delew and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, have sent a joint letter to council leaders reminding them of the importance of removing antisemitic and racist graffiti and reporting it to the Police. The letter, which can be downloaded in…

  • Book review: 'Some of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism'

    4 Nov 2014 by CST

    CST's Dave Rich has  reviewed Some of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism, by Ben Cohen, for the journal Fathom. The book is a collection of essays and articles by Cohen, written between 2004 and 2013, on an array of subjects related to contemporary antisemitism and anti-Zionism. As Rich e…

  • Alan Duncan MP opposes antisemitism and “a very powerful financial lobby”

    14 Oct 2014 by CST

    In the space of under 24hrs, Alan Duncan MP (Conservative, Rutland & Melton) said that antisemitism “should be crushed in all its forms”: and that American politics is “dominated” by a “very powerful financial lobby”. Duncan does not specify who is, or is not, actually in this lobby, but for many …

  • Rev. Stephen Sizer speaking at antisemitic conference in Iran

    2 Oct 2014 by CST

    The Rev Stephen Sizer is a Church of England vicar with a long record of anti-Israel activity. In 2012 the Board of Deputies made a formal complaint to the Church of England about allegations that Sizer had used his website to link to antisemitic material from other websites. This complaint was…

  • Politicians opposing antisemitism

    12 Sep 2014 by CST

    Many Members of Parliament from each of the parties have voiced their opposition to antisemitism in recent weeks, including leading Government figures. Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on 10 September to mark the annual pre-High Holy Day Conference of Rabbis. The…

  • Antisemitic incidents reach record level in July 2014

    4 Sep 2014 by CST

    Antisemitic reactions to this summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas resulted in record levels of antisemitic hate incidents in the UK, according to new figures released by CST today. CST recorded 302 antisemitic incidents in July 2014, a rise of over 400% from the 59 incidents recorded in July 2013 and only slightly fewer …

  • Opposing antisemitism: an appeal to put words into action

    27 Aug 2014 by CST

    The past two months have seen the number of antisemitic incidents in Britain approach record levels Much of this has been due to extreme reactions to the conflict between Israel and Gaza that reached its latest ceasefire yesterday. This problem, and its link to extreme manifestations of anti-Israel…

  • The antisemitic pressure cooker

    15 Aug 2014 by CST

    The last six weeks have seen an outpouring of antisemitism in Britain and across Europe. Previously, CST has stated that over 200 antisemitic incidents have been reported to us from across the country, the 2nd worst month on record. That figure now stands at 240 antisemitic incidents, with 1…

  • July 2014: UK antisemitism reflections

    6 Aug 2014 by CST

    July 2014 now joins January 2009 as a month when war between Israel and Hamas caused antisemitism to spew forth across Britain. If this latest round of Middle East violence has now ended, then we may expect the antisemitism to gradually diminish: but…

  • When vitriol turns to violence

    1 Aug 2014 by CST

    This article appears in today's edition of the Jewish Chronicle Today, my organisation CST releases its six-monthly report on antisemitic incidents, for January to June 2014. It shows a large increase of 36 per cent: 304 incidents across Britain in the first half of 2014, compared to 223 in the first half of 2013. The reasons…

  • Antisemitic incidents increase by more than a third in first six months of 2014

    31 Jul 2014 by CST

    Total does not include further increase in July triggered by reactions to conflict in Israel and Gaza The first six months of 2014 saw a 36% increase in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom, according to a new CST report. CST recorded 304 antisemitic hate crimes and hate…

  • Protesting Palestine, targeting Jews

    21 Jul 2014 by CST

    CST wrote last week about the danger of anti-Israel protests in the UK involving or encouraging antisemitism, either by targeting British Jews or by featuring antisemitic language and imagery. Since then, several more examples of antisemitic incidents and other activity in relation to anti-Israel protests have been reported to CST: …

  • UK antisemitism: current situation

    14 Jul 2014 by CST

    The correlation between Middle East conflict and antisemitism against Jewish Diaspora communities is well known. It is one of the primary reasons for the work of CST, and the partnerships that we have (out of necessity) with Jewish communities, Police, Government, politicians and good people of all faiths and none. …

  • A truth for a truth

    10 Jul 2014 by CST

    The current violence between Israel and Gaza has prompted two very different anti-Israel voices to utilise Judaism in their propagandist attacks upon the Jewish state. The Independent cartoonist Dave Brown has twisted the wording and meaning of the biblical “eye for an eye” quotation in a cartoon of Israeli jets a…

  • Current situation: security note

    2 Jul 2014 by CST

    Due to current tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, CST has issued an advisory notice to all UK Jewish communal venues, stating that security procedures should be rigorously followed. CST is in close contact with Police and Government. They are aware of our concerns…

  • Blackley Cemetery update: Greater Manchester Says No to Hate

    30 Jun 2014 by CST

    This weekend saw positive developments following last week's shocking desecration of Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester. Around 45 gravestones had been pushed over or damaged during the desecration, which took place on the weekend of 22/23 June. Greater Manchester Police have arrested two boys, both aged 13, on suspicion of committing a…

  • Desecration at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

    24 Jun 2014 by CST

    CST has received reports of the desecration of a large number of gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery on Rochdale Road, Greater Manchester. Approximately 40 gravestones were pushed over or smashed at some time between 4pm on Sunday 22nd June and 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This follows the discovery…

  • Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism

    29 May 2014 by CST

    A new report (pdf) looking at connections between integration and extremism has been published by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London; COMPAS, University of Oxford; and the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. The report includes a chapter by CST's Dave…

  • Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

    24 May 2014 by CST

    At least three people are believed to have been killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. There are numerous media reports concerning the attack, but precise details remain unconfirmed. Due to the location of the shooting, CST has to work on the basis that this shooting may…

  • The ADL poll shows Britain is not an antisemitic country, but we shouldn’t be complacent

    15 May 2014 by CST

    This article is a cross-post from Left Foot Forward. Two opinion polls with a difference have given anyone interested in antisemitism a lot to chew on this week. The US-based Jewish advocacy group, the Anti-Defamation League, polled over 53,000 people in over 100 countries to construct a global measure of antisemitic attitudes…

  • The disappearing and reappearing antisemitism: the case of Nick Griffin

    13 May 2014 by CST

    The Guardian has obtained documents relating to BNP leader Nick Griffin's 1998 conviction for incitement to racial hatred, that contain examples of the antisemitic attitudes he held at that time: The papers, from the Crown Prosecution Service, illustrate how Griffin believed the Holocaust did not happen, was convinced that multiculturalism was…

  • Ugly Truths and Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine

    7 May 2014 by CST

    The below article by CST's Mark Gardner originally appeared on the Left Foot Forward website. Last week’s Jewish Chronicleexposed the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine group for having repeatedly linked via Facebook to articles on a notorious American antisemitic hate website, The Ugly Truth. Its strap-line “Zionism, J…

  • A "normative" life for European Jewry?

    1 May 2014 by CST

    The below article was written for the International Business Times, following their request for an article on contemporary antisemitism. It appears on the IBT website under the heading, Antisemitism isn't just a Jewish problem it threatens all of us The article in full: This week’s Israeli news …

  • The pass over from antisemitism to anti-Zionism: and back again

    24 Apr 2014 by CST

    This year's Pesach coincided with antisemitic events in the USA, the Ukraine, Venezuela and the Palestinian Authority. Four examples, from four continents, all different: yet inhabiting the same antisemitic ballpark. Taken together, they show how antisemitism and anti-Zionism pass over, one into the other:…

  • Neo-Nazi Terror Attack in Kansas

    14 Apr 2014 by CST

    On the afternoon of 13 April, a suspect identified as 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross Jr (a.k.a. Glenn Miller) reportedly opened fire with a shotgun in the car park of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. One victim died at the scene and a second…

  • Beware the Ides of March: Malaysian Airlines, the Ukrainian Revolution, BBC, Washington

    1 Apr 2014 by CST

    The last week of March 2014 was a busy one for conspiracy theories about Jews and Zionists, with the Illuminati thrown in for good measure. It may be April Fools day and these people may be fools, but none of this is particularly amusing. Here is a quick round up: …

  • The BNP's slow return to antisemitism

    14 Mar 2014 by CST

    Two recent statements by the British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin, have added to a growing sense that the party is returning to its antisemitic roots. Like several far right parties in Western Europe, the BNP has spent the past few years insisting that any antisemitism or neo-Nazism…

  • Antisemitic cuckoo coming to Nottingham University?

    13 Mar 2014 by CST

    The participation of Tim Llewellyn in a forthcoming FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Student Societies) conference at Nottingham University on 15th March, raises deeply troubling questions about the attitude of FOSIS to its Jewish counterpart, the Union of Jewish Students. Llewellyn is a former BBC journalist, who now peddles ugly…

  • CST statement on the FA verdict regarding Nicolas Anelka

    27 Feb 2014 by CST

    Nicolas Anelka has rightly been found guilty of introducing an ugly antisemitic gesture into British football. We acknowledge Anelka’s denial of antisemitic intent, but his action was clear and the FA’s zero tolerance approach to racism meant there could be no other outcome. This verdict sends a strong m…

  • Rankin: developments

    14 Feb 2014 by CST

    Yesterday's CST blog (scroll below, or see here) covered allegations by the celebs' photographer Rankin about movie stars running scared of the power of American "Jewish zealots". Today's Telegraph carries an apology from Rankin: In an interview that was set up with The Independent about…

  • Independent: Rankin’s snapshot of antisemitism today

    13 Feb 2014 by CST

    Today's Independent carries an interview with celebrity photographer, Rankin. He inadvertently provides a brilliant snapshot of the paradox that underpins so much of today's antisemitism. Rankin speaks as “a humanitarian”, so presumably is no antisemite. Nevertheless, he repeats antisemitic conspiracy theory. That is the snapshot. It shows how modern (and o…

  • The Unwelcome Arrival of the Quenelle

    30 Jan 2014 by CST

    CST's Dave Rich has an article in the forthcoming edition of Fathom journal that discusses the new type of politics represented by Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala and the quenelle salute: Originally from the political left, [Dieudonné] has moved via anti-Israel rhetoric and the fascist Front National (FN) to the…

  • BNP: genetics and Jewish vampire conspiracies

    28 Jan 2014 by CST

    The British National Party has long suffered from image problems. Now, they have another image problem. It is on their website (see here), subtitled "arrested on the orders of international Zionists" and looks like this: The shadowy background figure is taken from the well known…

  • A busy week

    24 Jan 2014 by CST

    Nicolas Anelka's 'quenelle' and the Football Association's disciplinary process still hog the airwaves and remain hard to escape from. Nevertheless, elsewhere it has been a busy week for antisemitism and related matters. A summary: There is the imminent visit to London of Gabor Vona, leader…

  • FA charge Anelka: CST response

    21 Jan 2014 by CST

    CST welcomes the Football Association's decision to charge Nicolas Anelka with an aggravated breach of FA rules. We simply could not have accepted any other outcome. The FA has a zero tolerance approach to racism and that must, therefore, include antisemitism. Nobody disputes that Anelka made the 'quenelle'…

  • Horror show from Dieudonne. A must watch for FA, West Brom etc.

    10 Jan 2014 by CST

    As we wait for the Football Association to take action (or not) against Nicolas Anelka, let us get to the core of the antisemitic horror show that is Anelka's chum, Dieudonne. This is it, below. Two minutes of obscenity in which Dieudonne takes&nbsp…

  • BBC, quenelle & Berlin Holocaust Memorial

    8 Jan 2014 by CST

    This is Alain Soral, a former French Front National member, doing a "quenelle" at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Soral was interviewed on BBC's Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman as part of a feature on French antisemite, Dieudonne. (See it here. The Dieudonne feature is from 38min 00sec to 4…

  • Nicolas Anelka and Dieudonne: the quenelle is an antisemitic salute

    29 Dec 2013 by CST

    The quenelle salute given by West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka when he scored in their Premier League match on Saturday is an antisemitic gesture, and he should be punished accordingly by the FA. In the Luis Suarez and John Terry cases the FA established the 'zero tolerance' principle, that a…

  • Zionists, Jews, responsible for inciting the West against Islam

    19 Dec 2013 by CST

    This article is taken from pages 22-23 of CST’s latest publication, Antisemitic Discourse in Britainin 2012. (36 page pdf here, executive summary here.) ------ One fast-developing theme of modern antisemitic discourse is the allegation that Zionists and/or Jews conspire to incite hatred and violence by the West against Islam. This …

  • Antisemitism controversy and the London mayoral election

    18 Dec 2013 by CST

    This article is taken from pages 15-16 of CST's latest publication, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2012. (36 page pdf here, executive summary here.) ---- An antisemitism controversy between Labour mayoral candidate for London, Ken Livingstone, and a group of Jewish Labour supporters, was held by many commentators to…

  • Annual Antisemitic Discourse Report

    16 Dec 2013 by CST

    CST’s final annual report of the year, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2012 is now available in pdf format. Read it here on CST's website. The report contains introductory sections (pages 4-13) on Jewish life, antisemitism and anti-Zionism. It then (pages 14-36) features …

  • The Truth Will Set You Free - Jazz Redux

    12 Dec 2013 by CST

    “The Truth Will Set You Free” is an old, very well worn refrain. Originally from the Gospel of John, it was popular in the 1990s within neo-Nazi Holocaust denial circles. Now, Truth has its latest Orwellian meaning. Who really perpetrated 9/11? Who really runs the world? W…

  • Truth Movement - "Stupidest People on the Planet"??

    9 Dec 2013 by CST

    A new self-defined  "Truth Movement" is trying to emerge from a recent "Seek Speak Spread Truth Conference" in Central London. Youtube footage shows a bizarre gathering of New Agers, antisemites and anti-Zionsts. It is hard to tell if such conspiracy-obsessives merit pity or outrage. Whatever, they hope…

  • "Clowns" and masks of hatred

    6 Dec 2013 by CST

    A slightly shorter version of the below article is in this week's Jewish Chronicle. It concerns the release of an excellent new report, Gateway to Terror, (see here) by HOPE not Hate on the extremist Al-Muhajiroun group. ---- Sometimes, clowns can be deadly serious. For much of the 1990s,…

  • David Ward MP – Jews, money and power

    18 Nov 2013 by CST

    Jews, money and power is a well-worn antisemitic trinity. So, what possessed David Ward MP to send this tweet on 15th November? That Roma are marginalised is not in question. If David Ward MP wishes they had a better reputation, or better representation, then let him say so:…

  • Is criticism of Israel antisemitic?

    15 Nov 2013 by CST

    Jonathan Boyd, Executive Director of London's highly respected Institute for Jewish Policy Research, has a typically well written and thought-provoking article, concerning what is probably the most controversial question in the recent Fundamental Rights Agency survey of European Jews and antisemitism. (See previous CST blog…

  • FRA survey - what statements and actions do European Jews think are antisemitic?

    14 Nov 2013 by CST

    Last week's survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism in 8 EU countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the UK, covering 90% of the Jewish population of the EU) included an interesting section about the kind of statements and views that European …

  • FRA survey - antisemitic harassment and violence in the EU

    11 Nov 2013 by CST

    Last week the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published its ground breaking survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism in the EU. The survey covers the UK, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Italy Hungary, and Latvia: around 90% of the estimated Jewish …

  • Ayatollah Khamenei's 'Zionist claws'

    6 Nov 2013 by CST

    The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, gave a speech a few days ago in which he explained how to interpret American policy towards his country: The claws of the Zionist financial powers and companies are so firmly sunk into the American government, its officials and the Congress…

  • Preview of official survey on European antisemitism

    1 Nov 2013 by CST

    Next week, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Krystallnacht, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the European Union will publish the results of its keenly awaited survey, “Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism”. It is the largest survey of its ty…

  • 'My sleepless nights over terror threat' - Jewish Chronicle interview with former CST Chief Executive

    28 Oct 2013 by CST

    This week's Jewish Chronicle features a lengthy interview with former CST Chief Executive Richard Benson, which is reproduced in full below. My sleepless nights over terror threat By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013 The defection of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson is unconvincing and does not remove the threat posed by…

  • Anti-Zionism, back to basics with the NF (and BNP)

    10 Oct 2013 by CST

    In recent days both the National Front and Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, have shown, yet again, how their use of the word “Zionist” is basically the same as that found in Islamist and leftist anti-Israel circles. In doing so, they remind us of the need to g…

  • CST Statement on 'Y'-Word

    17 Sep 2013 by CST

    In response to a growing number of enquiries, from both the public and media, CST wishes to re-state and summarise its position concerning the use of the Y-word ("Yid") in football. (For previous CST comment on this issue, see here.) CST and our partners at Maccabi GB…

  • Roger Waters & the sickening wall of silence on antisemitism

    10 Sep 2013 by CST

    On 18th August, Roger Waters appealed for Israel to be boycotted, and blamed “Baroness Deech (Nee Fraenkel)” for blocking a BBC broadcast of anti-Israel remarks by his fellow musician, Nigel Kennedy. Roger Waters’ remark was antisemitic on two counts. Directly, he drew attention to Baroness Deech’s maiden name, “Frae…

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report January - June 2013

    25 Jul 2013 by CST

    The first six months of 2013 saw a thirty per cent fall in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom, according to CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report January - June 2013, which is published today. CST recorded 219 antisemitic incidents across the country in the first half of 2013, compared to 311 incidents…

  • Cageprisoners, Rowntree Trust and “Jews did 9/11”.

    23 Jul 2013 by CST

    The "Jews did 9/11" lie says everything about the enduring nature and appeal of antisemitism in our modern world. It is a Big Lie that draws on a long and dangerous tradition of blaming Jews. Usually, racism depicts its victims as primitive and inferior. This…

  • On David Ward MP’s whip suspension

    19 Jul 2013 by CST

    CST shares the concerns of many that the Liberal Democrats two-month whip suspension of David Ward MP has taken too long to occur; and covers a period when Parliament is largely closed. Despite these reservations, CST welcomes the Party’s decision and thanks Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel for its …

  • Prosecutions for antisemitic criminal acts

    20 Jun 2013 by CST

    CST's website now includes a new section, listing successful UK prosecutions for antisemitic acts from 2003 to 2012. It can be accessed here and will be updated as necessary. CST hopes that this list will encourage victims of antisemitism to report their experience and help press for action against…

  • Antisemitism: complacency and camouflage in the Frontline.

    18 Jun 2013 by CST

    Swapping “Zionist” or “pro-Israeli” for “Jewish” is not opposing antisemitism. It is, at best, a lazy linguistic complacency that camouflages antisemitic ways of thinking: making antisemitism harder to expose and fight. An unusually explicit example of this can be clearly seen in the footage of a meeting at London journalist haunt…

  • Antisemitic football tweets

    9 May 2013 by CST

    Last night Tottenham Hotspur played Chelsea in a Premier League football match. As is sadly often the case, antisemitic abuse was directed at Spurs both online and at the match itself. James Masters, a sports writer, has done sterling work in collecting examples of antisemitic tweets relating to last night's…

  • On Studying Fascism and Antisemitism

    12 Apr 2013 by CST

      The Wiener Library’s conference of 7th March 2013 on the history of British Fascism, Anti-Fascism and Jewish Defence included lectures by Professor Nigel Copsey and Dr John Richardson on the evolution of fascism from its 1930s version to the present; and how its public face has also changed. Neither …

  • More antisemitic terrorists convicted

    21 Feb 2013 by CST

    Three Birmingham men, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, have been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in a large scale terrorist plot.  

  • CST condemns alleged neo-Nazi attack on Spurs fans in France

    21 Feb 2013 by CST

      CST is deeply concerned by reports that violent thugs made Nazi salutes when attacking fans of Tottenham Hotspur in France last night. This follows similar violence directed at Spurs fans in Rome in November. It is clearly unacceptable for football fans to be met with antisemitism and racism when…

  • French antisemitism report: a warning

    20 Feb 2013 by CST

    France is home to approximately 500,000 Jews. It is the largest Jewish community in Europe. When people discuss modern West European antisemitism and argue about its seriousness, its components and its impacts, it is developments in France that often drive the debate. So, the most recent annual …

  • Antisemitism: in the eye of the beholder

    18 Feb 2013 by CST

    The essay page in Friday's Jewish Chronicle features an article by CST's Mark Gardner on the importance of perception in discussions about antisemitism.   The full article may be read here on the JC website. It begins by noting: Most weeks, a quick read of the…

  • More than a cartoon: What Jews are talking about when they talk about antisemitism

    31 Jan 2013 by CST

      Adam Levick, at the CiF Watch website, has written an excellent article that uses the Sunday Times cartoon controversy to explain Jewish sensitivities concerning antisemitism in general. It reads as follows:   The Gerald Scarfe Sunday Times cartoon controversy has followed a familiar pattern, with some…

  • Sunday Times, Holocaust Memorial Day: blood and antisemitism.

    28 Jan 2013 by CST

      On Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, the Sunday Times has run a cartoon by its famously acerbic cartoonist, Gerald Scarfe, that depicts Benjamin Netanyahu using blood to cement a wall that he is building, that has parts of bodies trapped within it. (See it here, on the Commentator website.) The bodies…

  • Morsi's Antisemitism Reveals More About Us Than Him

    22 Jan 2013 by CST

    Ben Cohen has an excellent article on his website concerning recent American reactions to reminders that in 2010, Mohamed Morsi, employed the "sons of apes and pigs" slander that has been repeatedly directed at Jews, Zionists and Israelis by Islamists.  In 2010, Morsi…

  • Leila Khaled to the SWP: 'nothing can end the conflict but armed struggle'

    9 Jan 2013 by CST

    Leila Khaled is most famous for hijacking aircraft in the 1970s on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian faction  that was responsible (pdf) for over 30 actual or attempted terrorist attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets outside Israel from the late 1960s until…

  • Combatting Europe's serious antisemitism problem

    7 Jan 2013 by CST

    This article, by Joel Braunold, Strategic Partnerships Officer for the pro-peace One Voice Movement, is from his own blog and also appeared in Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper on 31 December 2012: ---------------- Growing up as an active Jew in London I always hated when Americans or Israelis would comment on anti-Semitism in…

  • Antisemitism and football: time for action

    26 Nov 2012 by CST

    Events in Rome and London this week have put the focus of football racism onto the question of Jews and antisemitism. Both cities saw antisemitic abuse directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, a club long associated, rightly or wrongly, with having a Jewish fan base, and whose fans self-identify as ‘…

  • Antisemitism at Spurs/Lazio football match

    23 Nov 2012 by CST

    The Community Security Trust and Maccabi GB are appalled at the violent antisemitism directed at Spurs fans in Rome this week. Reports from Italy strongly suggest that the assault on a group of Spurs fans on Thursday was a politically-motivated attack by far right football hooligans who shouted antisemitic abuse…

  • Zealots and Antisemitic Discourse

    19 Nov 2012 by CST

    The mainstream of the Jewish community and anti-racist anti-Israel circles are at odds over perceptions of antisemitism. There is a chasm between the two. This spells danger for Jews, anti-racist unity and universal values. It invites (uniquely negative) exceptions being made for antisemitism and Jewish concerns. The…

  • Jews, puppets and the Guardian

    16 Nov 2012 by CST

    In November last year Chris Elliott, the Guardian Readers' Editor, wrote an important article warning Guardian journalists of the need to avoid  publishing "material that either lapses into language resonant of antisemitism or is, by its nature, antisemitic." He explained that"antisemitism can be subtle as well as obvious"…

  • "Think Again!" Public meeting on antisemitism in football

    22 Oct 2012 by CST

    CST and Maccabi GB together with Kick It Out and the National Union of Teachers are holding a public meeting in Manchester to promote the "Think Again!" educational pack, tackling anti-semitism in football and in the classroom. The meeting is part of Kick It Out's One Game, One Community weeks…

  • Salah latest: Muslim demography will free USA and Europe from Zionist slavery

    22 Oct 2012 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah has triumphantly declared that Muslim birth rates will free Islam-hating Europeans and Americans from "mental subjugation", and enslavement to "global Zionism" , "Protestant Zionism" and "the Crusader hatred". The speech was recently broadcast on Al Jazeera and an excerpt has been translated by MEMRI. It lasts just…

  • "Off with their kippahs!" (And their veils too.)

    21 Sep 2012 by Mark Gardner

    Interviewed in Le Monde newspaper, Marine le Pen, leader of the French Front National, has stated that kippot (Jewish head coverings) should be abolished/eliminated/done away with in public. (The actual French word is supprime, various translations of which can be seen here.) Her comments derive from…

  • European Antisemitism Survey

    4 Sep 2012 by CST

    Your Chance to Have Your Say The European Union is currently conducting a survey about antisemitism in the UK and eight other European countries. They are eager to hear directly from Jews about their thoughts and experiences regarding antisemitism, and how big or small an impact antisemitism has on their…

  • Guardian partly alters Juan Cole article

    28 Aug 2012 by Mark Gardner

    The Guardian's Comment is Free (CiF) website has partly amended an article by Juan Cole, following CST's intervention. Cole's article had been recommended by senior Guardian figure, Brian Whitaker, as being among the “best blogs and analysis from the Middle East”. The Guardian had sub-titled the article a…

  • "Bad taste" & "Wrong on so many levels" - Guardian Comment is Free

    30 Jul 2012 by CST

    Few things are guaranteed to upset the Guardian like a US Republican presidential candidate's visit to Jerusalem: on a fund-rasier no less!  If bookies took bets on such things, you could put your house on the paper writing a poorly worded article that risks sounding like a modern version…

  • One Minute for Munich

    27 Jul 2012 by CST

  • CST Antisemitic Incident Report January - June 2012

    26 Jul 2012 by CST

    Today sees the publication of CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report covering the first six months of 2012, which can be downloaded here. The report shows that antisemitic incidents remained at a similar level in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. CST recorded 299 antisemitic incidents across the country…

  • Manchester terror plot couple sentenced

    20 Jul 2012 by CST

    Mohammed Sajid Khan and Shasta Khan, the Oldham couple convicted of planning a terrorist attack against Manchester's Jewish community, have today been sentenced to prison terms for their plot: Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, who pleaded guilty before the trial at Manchester Crown Court of his wife, Shasta, was given an indeterminate…

  • Possible al-Qaeda targeting of London's Jews

    11 Jul 2012 by CST

    The Toronto Star has revealed previously confidential information relating to possible terrorist targeting of the well known North London Jewish neighbourhoods, Golders Green and Stamford Hill, perhaps during the festival of  Chanukah. The two articles relate to documentation found on the body (and in the car) of a…

  • British antisemitism today: brief overview at ICCA Brussels Conference

    26 Jun 2012 by CST

    On 21 June 2012, CST's Mark Gardner and Mike Whine MBE addressed the ICCA Brussels Conference on Contemporary Antisemitism, held at the European Parliament. The conference was chaired by Claude Moraes MEP and John Mann MP; and included presentations by the Fundamental Rights Agency, and brief country specific…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - court hears evidence of Jewish community 'targets'

    22 Jun 2012 by CST

    On day two of the trial of Shasta Khan for terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot to carry out a bombing campaign against the Manchester Jewish community - charges to which her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has already pleaded guilty - the court heard evidence that the couple had…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - pair accused of planning bombing attacks on Jews, court hears

    21 Jun 2012 by CST

    The trial in Manchester of Shasta Khan for various terrorism offences began yesterday with the first part of the prosecution case against her. This included the revelation that her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has pleaded guilty to related terrorism offences for their alleged plot to carry out bombing attacks on…

  • Manchester Terrorism Trial

    20 Jun 2012 by CST

    A terrorism trial has begun today at Manchester Crown Court which CST expects to be of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community. The trial is expected to last for approximately three weeks. CST cannot be certain as to what information will be made public in the trial, nor…

  • Think Again! Kick It Out launch educational pack tackling antisemitism

    18 Jun 2012 by CST

    Kick It Out, the body which campaigns against discrimination in football, has launched a new educational resource pack for teachers to address the issues of antisemitism, racism and other forms of discrimination and prejudice in the classroom. Called Think Again! classroom activities for challenging prejudice and fostering community cohesion, the…

  • Antisemitism after Toulouse

    6 Jun 2012 by CST

    This weekend saw a shocking antisemitic assault in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, when three young Jewish men wearing kippot (skullcaps) were attacked by a group of ten attackers, who beat them with hammers and iron bars while shouting "Dirty Jews". All three victims requried hospital treatment, but thankfully none sustained serious…

  • Boycott Israel: Zionists are “the most hateful people imaginable”

    25 May 2012 by CST

    The website of the London branch of the boycott Israel movement (the people who intend to disrupt next week’s Israeli performances of The Merchant of Venice), carries an article stating that Zionists are the most hateful people imaginable The boycott Israel article also describes Zionism as:  a murderous, …

  • Important EU study of antisemitism across Europe

    23 May 2012 by CST

    Fieldwork for a major survey on Jewish perceptions and experiences of antisemitism in Europe begins this week.   The study will be conducted by the UK-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) in partnership with Ipsos MORI. Conducted on-line, this will be the first major survey…

  • BBC HARDtalk: any qualms that you could be feeding antisemitism?

    21 May 2012 by CST

    Jewish conspiracy theory is fundamental to antisemitism. It relies on the notion of Jewish wealth and power, working against the rest of society. It is commonly expressed as Jews controlling politicians and the media. This does not render discussion of Jewish political and media influence illegitimate. It does, however, require…

  • Facebook antisemitism arrests

    17 May 2012 by CST

    Strathclyde Police have charged five adults and a child with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations. This follows searches, computer seizures and arrests made on Friday 11th May, 2012 in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire. The arrests concern antisemitic remarks posted in September 2011,…

  • Guardian removes Raed Salah comment from website

    24 Apr 2012 by CST

    The Guardian has removed a comment posted in Raed Salah's name in a comment thread on their Comment Is Free website at CST's request, which included a false and damaging allegation against CST. Raed Salah wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian last Thursday, in which he did not mention…

  • Guardian removes "false accusations of antisemitism"

    23 Apr 2012 by CST

    In February, CST Blog discussed Guardian Comment is Free headlines that wrongly claimed an article by Rachel Shabi revealed how "Israel's rightwing defenders" make "false accusations of antisemitism".   We noted:  The Jewish community has probably had more run-ins with the Guardian than every…

  • Boycotts and freedom

    5 Apr 2012 by CST

    The front page of this week's Jewish Chronicle has two stories that go to the heart of the impact that anti-Israel campaigning can have on UK Jewish life, and on wider society. The lead story is about arguments over the inclusion of Israel's Habima theatre company in the 'Globe to…

  • Shooting at a Jewish School in France

    19 Mar 2012 by CST

    At least four people, including three children, have been killed in a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, south west France. CST is appalled by this senseless attack on innocent Jewish schoolchildren and teachers. We extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the French Jewish community at this tragic…

  • Boycott Kosher Goods

    6 Mar 2012 by CST

    Anti-Israel boycotts exemplify the highly charged debate over what is and isn't antisemitic in the context of anti-Israel campaigning. More accurately, they show the utter inadequacy of trying to pin "antisemitic" or "not antisemitic" labels upon anti-Israel actions. Targeting the kosher section of a supermarket is the sharp end of…

  • The Guardian's false accusation of "false accusations of antisemitism"

    24 Feb 2012 by CST

    The Jewish community has probably had more run-ins with the Guardian than every other British newspaper combined. This matters on two levels: emotionally, because the Guardian exemplifies the kind of liberalism that many Jews instinctively feel; and, politically, because of the moral tone that the Guardian sets within British life. …

  • Ahmadinejad: Holocaust Denial, destroy Zionism, "Imam Ali, help us".

    23 Feb 2012 by CST

    As tensions increase concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities and its use of global terrorism, a BBC Monitoring transcript shows President Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust, "a legend by the name of Holocaust", whilst giving a somewhat apocalyptic address to a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square on 11 February,&nbsp…

  • Ayatollah Khamenei: "bloodsucker capitalists and Zionists" are behind attacks on Iran

    17 Feb 2012 by CST

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei gave a speech on Wednesday to encourage Iranians to participate in the Parliamentary elections that are due to take place next month. While this is quite normal for any politician, a transcript from BBC Monitoring reveals that Khamenei claimed there is a "hostile and vicious…

  • CST Antisemitic Incidents Report 2011

    2 Feb 2012 by CST

    CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2011 (pdf) is published today. The report shows that the number of antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom fell in 2011 for the second year running. A total of 586 incidents were reported to CST in 2011, a 9% fall from the 645 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2010. Despite this second successive annual…

  • Guardian article regarding government funding for security guarding at Jewish schools

    27 Jan 2012 by CST

    CST is astonished that the Guardian has chosen to mark Holocaust Memorial Day by attacking the funding provided by the government to pay for security guarding at Jewish state schools in England and Wales. This funding is provided to protect Jewish schools against terrorism. This is a real threat: just…

  • Who defines antisemitism, and why does it matter?

    24 Jan 2012 by CST

    Ben Cohen has an excellent, thought-provoking article in this month's Commentary magazine, in which he asks whether it is Jews or antisemites who get to define the word "antisemitism", and why this matters: A blurb on a book jacket would seem an unlikely vehicle for the introduction of a new…

  • Criticising Israel, and attacking Jews

    18 Jan 2012 by CST

    Yesterday's Guardian included a very good article by Tanya Gold regarding antisemitic discourse and the recent incident of a Nazi-themed drinking game on a London School of Economics ski trip, which resulted in a Jewish participant in the trip having his nose broken after objecting to the game. Predictably, because…

  • LSE students, Nazi drinking games and antisemitic assault

    15 Jan 2012 by CST

    The London School of Economics student newspaper, The Beaver, today reports on an appalling antisemitic assault that took place on an LSE Athletics Union ski trip over the Christmas holidays: LSE students are facing disciplinary action after participating in a Nazi-themed drinking game during the Athletics Union’s ski …

  • Italian far right group charged with terror plot against Jewish community

    15 Dec 2011 by Dave Rich

    Five neo-fascists belonging to the 'Militia' group have been charged with plotting terrorism against Jewish and other targets in Rome. The ANSA website reports: Five members of a Rome-based far-right extremist group were arrested and 16 placed under investigation Wednesday on suspicion of planning attacks against Rome's Jewish community and other…

  • Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2010

    8 Dec 2011 by Mark Gardner

    CST's final report of the year is out today. This is CST’s fourth annual report on antisemitic discourse, examining public discussion of antisemitism, Jews and Jewish issues in mainstream media and politics. It may be read in pdf format (51 pages, including graphics) at the …

  • Loyalty Tests for Jews?

    5 Dec 2011 by Mark Gardner

    (Note: this article was updated on 8 December, with the apology by Paul Flynn MP. See at end, below.) The suggestion by Paul Flynn MP (Labour, Newport West), that Britain ought not to have a Jew as Ambassador to Israel, fuels the growing sense that it is becoming increasingly acceptable to…

  • Truth and lies on Sheikh Raed Salah

    28 Nov 2011 by Dave Rich

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has published a lengthy report (pdf) giving its version of events in the affair surrounding the arrest and attempted deportation of Sheikh Raed Salah. This has beencoveredextensively on the CST Blog, but there is one aspect which MEMO's latest report highlights quite gloriously: the extent to…

  • Gilad Atzmon: what you see is what you get

    15 Nov 2011 by CST

    Gilad Atzmon is an ex-Israeli jazz musician whose new book, The Wandering Who? is quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years. As a result of this book, Atzmon spoke last week at Exeter University, at a meeting organised by the Friends of Palestine society …

  • The 'Jew Goal'

    31 Oct 2011 by Dave Rich

    The question of how deeply embedded antisemitic stereotypes and slurs are in society is one of the less tangible areas of antisemitism research. Often, examples emerge in the most banal settings: less serious in many ways than actual antisemitic hate crimes or statements by high profile people, but somehow more…

  • Tunisia's Spring: what precedent for Jews?

    28 Oct 2011 by Mark Gardner

    Tunisia is where ‘the Arab Spring’ first bloomed. Now, it is the first such country to have held a democratic election. The election has been won by a political Islamist group, the Ennahda  Party, which took 90 of the 217 seats. Ennahda and its leader Sheikh Rached Al-Ghannouchi are widely r…

  • "Doctored quotes" and CST

    7 Oct 2011 by CST

    As has been widely reported, CST provided information to the government to assist their efforts to exclude, and now deport, the radical Arab-Israeli preacher Sheikh Raed Salah from the United Kingdom. We did this because we believe Salah to have made antisemitic and extremist statements in the past; and because…

  • Middle East Monitor: faking a Jewish conspiracy

    5 Oct 2011 by Dave Rich

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is a pro-Palestinian lobbying group which generally supports Islamist positions within Palestinian politics. We have had cause to write about MEMO on this blog before, because they commonly promote conspiracy theories about politicians in Western nations being beholden to Jewish or Zionist political manipulation and financial…

  • From The Wandering Jew to The (new) Jewish Question

    3 Oct 2011 by Mark Gardner

    Gilad Atzmon is an ex-Israeli Jew. His latest book, “The Wandering Who?”, is potentially a key moment in the battle against contemporary antisemitism: forcing parts of the anti-Zionist left to finally confront the antisemitic dead-end that their over-heated fervour can lead to. The book is both old and new. I…

  • CST launches CST REPORT: FOR MOBILE

    28 Sep 2011 by CST

    As mobile communications become more and more important to people’s daily lives, it is critical that we offer simple ways of getting in touch and reporting antisemitic incidents. Today, thanks to financial support from the Ministry of Justice Victims Fund, CST is launching ‘CST Report’, an innovative new method fo…

  • Chanan Reitblat on fighting racism

    22 Sep 2011 by Dave Rich

    Chanan Reitblat, the Jewish student at St. Andrews University who was racially abused by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Paul Donnachie, has written an account of what happened to him, and explained why he wanted Donnachie to be prosecuted. He writes: When I was a child, my family immigrated to…

  • Johann Hari and "Loathsome smearing"

    15 Sep 2011 by Mark Gardner

    Independent columnist, Johann Hari, today admits to having plagiarised the work of others. He also admits to having branded someone as an antisemite, in order to wrong them. His admission and apology: The other thing I did wrong was that several years ago I started to notice some…

  • "Must watch" video at Norwich PSC website

    7 Sep 2011 by CST

    The website of the Norwich branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign carries a brief video by Iranian state propaganda outlet, Press TV, discussing Channel 4's 2009 documentary, "Inside Britain's Israel Lobby". (At the time, CST Blog insisted that this programme, despite its presenter's warnings against antisemitic conspiracy theory, risked…

  • Tower Hamlets, EDL, Jews and Israel.

    6 Sep 2011 by CST

    This weekend, Tower Hamlets in London's East End saw the latest attempt by the English Defence League to intimidate Britain's Muslim communities. Jews and Israel were dragged into the affair, by both the EDL and anti-Israel boycotters. Jewish representative groups had called for the…

  • Antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti in north Manchester

    31 Aug 2011 by CST

    Greater Manchester Police are calling for witnesses following a spate of antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti in Prestwich, north Manchester,overnight on Friday/Saturday 26-27th August. The graffiti read "Free Gaza", "Free Palestine" "Jew Scumbags" and "F**k the Feds". Thirteen different examples of the graffiti, all daubed in the…

  • SPSC & the Jewish People

    31 Aug 2011 by CST

    Paul Donnachie, the St. Andrews University student convicted of the racially aggravated harassment of a Jewish student because that student had an Israeli flag on his wall, told the court that he is a member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC). SPSC, as noted before on this blog, has…

  • Latuff and the Guardian

    23 Aug 2011 by CST

    Today's Guardian carries a profile of Carlos Latuff, the Brazilian cartoonist whose work is used by many anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-globalisation activists in their political campaigning. The Guardian describes Latuff as "The voice of Tripoli", because of his cartoons relating to the Libyan uprising; but their article typifies the superficial…

  • Vile anti-Zionist "logic" at Guardian Comment is Free

    11 Aug 2011 by CST

     A 2010 survey by Jewish Policy Research examined the real interconnection between Jews and Zionists and Israel; and showed why the border between hatred of Jews, Zionism and Israel can be so porous. 72% of British Jews self-categorise as “Zionists” 82% of British Jews say Israel plays a “central” or “important but not …

  • The Blame Game

    29 Jul 2011 by CST

    After 9/11, the idea spread amongst many different people, in different parts of the world, that Israel and/or the Jews were ultimately responsible for the terrorist attack. In one way of thinking, more common in Arab or Muslim majority countries, this was because (so the argument went) Israel actually carried…

  • Antisemitic Incidents in the UK, January - June 2011

    28 Jul 2011 by CST

    CST today releases its half-yearly report of antisemitic incidents in the UK for the period from January to June 2011. The figures show a fall of 13 per cent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. CST recorded 283 antisemitic incidents across the country in the first half…

  • If they're Jews send them back!

    22 Jul 2011 by CST

    Yesterday, CST Blog ran two separate items in the one posting: 1. part of an article about “American/neo-con ‘Long War’ to create a “New Middle East”…US/Zionist plans”: 2. an anti-Israel activist shouting "go back to bloody Russia" at a pro-Israel activist. We asked if you could …

  • "All Jewish Children must die!": conviction for antisemitic abuse in Manchester

    19 Jul 2011 by CST

    The Manchester Evening News reports that a man who shouted antisemitic abuse at parents outside a Jewish school in Manchester has been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment: A taxi driver ranted racial abuse outside a Jewish school after getting stuck in a traffic jam. Taha Osman shrieked ‘All Jewish children …

  • OSCE: Confronting antisemitism in public discourse

    14 Jul 2011 by CST

    The summary report of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) meeting "Confronting Antisemitism in Public Discourse" can be read at the website of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism Foundation. The report, a 42 page pdf, can be seen here. The meeting, the report and its recommendations should&nbsp…

  • American Nazi "Prophecy" and Dr Daud Abdullah: Deja Vu?

    12 Jul 2011 by CST

    Allegations of antisemitism are mounting against Sheikh Raed Salah of the Islamic Movement, as legal squabbles continue over Britain’s attempts to deport him back to Israel. Salah’s public relations defence is being led by MEMO (Middle East Monitor), a UK Islamist lobby / media group under the directorship of D…

  • Antisemitic Dogs and Denying Antisemitism

    8 Jul 2011 by CST

    Richard Falk is the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.  His recent behaviour is a set-piece example of how the anti-racist anti-Israel left treats antisemitism. (Except, that is, for his eventual apology.) In summary, that is to: 1. Normalise antisemitic …

  • The Guardian: Fuelling Denials of Antisemitism.

    1 Jul 2011 by CST

    Today's Guardian editorial, concerning the detention by UK Border Agency of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, typifies the bias with which most Israel-related antisemitism is treated by large swathes of the liberal-left and far-left. It is no surprise: after all, the…

  • Antisemitism: Norwich to Westminster & 800 years.

    23 Jun 2011 by CST

    Tonight, BBC 2 will show a documentary entitled, "History Cold Case: The Bodies in the Well". It concerns the remains of 17 skeletons found at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich. The skeletons date from the 12th or 13th centuries and were found in 2004 during construction works. 11 of…

  • From UCU to MEMO and "Israel's British hirelings"

    16 Jun 2011 by CST

    Of the many depressing features around the University and College Union's (UCU) trashing of the European Union Monitoring Centre's Working Definition of Antisemitism, perhaps the worst one is the basic denial of the decency and humanity of those expressing concerns about antisemitism. In this, the UCU…

  • On hating Israel and hating Jews

    13 Jun 2011 by CST

    A lot of stupidity (and even more hypocrisy) has been spouted in over-eager defence of the University and College Union's banning of the European Union Monitoring Centre's working definition of antisemitism. I am not, however, aware of any UCU defenders having referrred to the…

  • UCU, EUMC and the need for context

    10 Jun 2011 by CST

    The Engage website has a typically excellent recap of the resignations and exchanges of letters that have brought about the current controversy between many Jewish communal groups, Engage and the University and College Union. The article should be read here on Engage. It is premised upon…

  • Throwing the bathroom out with the bathwater

    31 May 2011 by CST

    This is a cross-post by Dan Sheldon, Campaigns Director of the Union of Jewish Students, from the UJS Blog That the UCU has chosen to condemn and disassociate itself from the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism is no surprise. Infact, that’s probably one of the worst aspects of this …

  • Press TV and the Protocols

    27 May 2011 by CST

    Iran's English-language station Press TV was censured by Ofcom this week for airing an interview with a jailed Iranian journalist which was obtained by force during his imprisonment. This is not the firsttime that Ofcom have ruled against Press TV, and the Iranian channel seems to be getting a bit…

  • Conspiracy theories at the New Statesman

    25 May 2011 by CST

    Last week Mehdi Hasan, political editor at the New Statesman, wrote a column about the activities of pro-Israeli lobbyists in Washington D.C., which he sees as the cause of the current impasse in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. This paragraph, in particular, caught the eye (emphasis added): The…

  • UCU, EUMC, antisemitism and anti-Zionism

    20 May 2011 by CST

    People who carp and quibble over definitions of racism often have ulterior motives; and even more so, when they seek to outlaw the mere suggestion of a certain definition of racism. When the British National Party shouts “Rights for Whites” whilst urging racism against non-whites, you know what kind of s…

  • Progressive antisemitism, and the lessons of history

    17 May 2011 by CST

    I have written before on this blog about the failure of too many people in the West to recognise antisemitism when it occurs, or to accept it as a relevant factor when analysing the actions of people or organisations who are hostile to Jews or to Israel. This is why…

  • Nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

    16 May 2011 by CST

    If you had to guess which of the competing parties at the recent May 5th elections was talking about the "Zionist-led Labour Party", what one would it be? Had Zionism been a salient feature of Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party then we could, perhaps, make…

  • Antisemitic cat escapes from anti-Zionist bag

    9 May 2011 by CST

    The website of leading American political journal Dissent carries an article by CST's Mark Gardner, examining the increasingly anti-Semitic anti-Zionism of parts of the left intelligentsia It compares this, in part, with  the increasingly anti-Zionist anti-Semitism of American neo-Nazi ideologues. The Dissent article is entitled Routledge's Journal of…

  • The Y-Word

    14 Apr 2011 by CST

    CST and Maccabi GB have joined with Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, to make a new film aimed at tackling anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish abuse in football. The film, entitled The Y-Word, has been written and produced by David and Ivor Baddiel and made by …

  • Spectator Alert: Ill-Mannered Jews Spotted in Savoy Grill

    5 Apr 2011 by CST

    As an explanation of what distinguishes the English characteristics of antisemitism from its uglier and more lethal continental equivalents, Anthony Julius’s book, Trials of the Diaspora simply cannot be bettered. Nevertheless, at 811 pages (including references), you might want something shorter and easier to read in the bath. Thankfully, The …

  • Here We Are, Gerald Kaufman Again

    31 Mar 2011 by CST

    Imagine the outcry if Diane Abott MP got up to speak in the House of Commons, and behind her, on the backbenches, a fellow MP was overheard muttering Here we are, the blacks again   Imagine the bemused confusion that would follow when it emerged that the MP who…

  • In Vino Veritas: Antisemitism, Alcohol and Purim

    18 Mar 2011 by CST

    Jewish history is a somewhat lengthy subject, and the Jewish calendar (which is lunar with a solar correction and hence differs from the Gregorian calendar or strictly lunar calendars) is punctuated throughout the year with festivals, commemorations and various special events. Combine the two and quite often an aspect of…

  • From Kosher Conspiracy to Seven Jewish Children

    9 Mar 2011 by CST

    Contemplation of the high (or low) points of contemporary British antisemitic discourse in recent years brings four episodes to mind, all of which are emblematic of the collapse in left-liberal elite sensitivities to antisemitism: 1.   January 2002. The New Statesman cover reading "A Kosher…

  • The Guardian, Jonathan Freedland, Antisemitism

    3 Mar 2011 by CST

    Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian (main feature of G2 section), has written an excellent comment piece on the state of antisemitism today. It should be read in full and can be found here. Freedland's crisp analysis covers many aspects of contemporary antisemitism, premised upon&nbsp…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Rupert Murdoch, the "Zionist movement" and BBC Radio 5 Live

    25 Jan 2011 by CST

    Rupert Murdoch has long been a person of fascination to those who believe that Jews, or Zionists, run the media. You only have to put "Rupert Murdoch Jewish" into Google and scroll through the 209,000 results, many of them from neo-Nazi web forums, to marvel at the geneological detective work that…

  • Westminster Hall debate on antisemitism

    21 Jan 2011 by CST

    Yesterday saw Parliament's Westminster Hall host a debate on the current state of antisemitism, and efforts to counter it, both in the UK and worldwide. The debate was moved by John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green.…

  • One "blood libel"; but what about the others?

    14 Jan 2011 by CST

    The wave of revulsion expressed by media and others to Sarah Palin's abuse of the term "blood libel" is to be welcomed, but also highlights the complex nature of condemnations of this type. To briefly recap; six people, including a nine year old girl were murdered by a gunman who…

  • The Guardian and America's "slavish subservience to Israel"

    12 Jan 2011 by CST

    The myth of Jewish power dominates antisemitism. The myth finds its strongest mainstream resonance in grotesquely overblown claims about Zionists, or Israel, controlling America. For example, the Guardian Comment is Free website saw fit to run an article on 29 December 2010 that stated America has slavish subservience to Israel Indeed,…

  • Let's recognise our friends

    22 Dec 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle website carries the following op-ed by Richard Benson , Chief Executive of CST. -----   On 8 December, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, wrote to me, announcing government funding for the security guards at 39 voluntary aided Jewish schools. He said the funding, should fully meet…

  • The pernicious, tired world of conspiracies

    17 Dec 2010 by CST

    There is an excellent article on the Morning Star website, called The pernicious, tired world of conspiracies, which explains the problems and weaknesses of attempts to explain the world through conspiracy theories. The author, Colin Todhunter, writes: Why bother having an informed understanding of the dynamics of the modern world…

  • Government report on tackling antisemitism released

    15 Dec 2010 by CST

    The British government has today released a report (pdf) assessing the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 2006 All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism. The report charts the work done by the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism, which includes representatives from ten government departments, the Association of Chief Police…

  • Blood libel in paradise

    9 Dec 2010 by CST

    The contemporary blood libel about Israelis or Jews stealing the body parts of non-Jews, which was unleashed in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in August last year, shows no signs of abating. We have written before on this blog about its promotion in the UK by the Iranian state broadcaster Press…

  • OpenDemocracy and Zionist conspiracies

    7 Dec 2010 by CST

    OpenDemocracy is a news, commentary and analysis website that claims in its mission statement: openDemocracy publishes high quality news analysis, debates and blogs about the world and the way we govern ourselves. We are not about any one set of issues, but about principles and the arguments and debates about…

  • BBC World Service documentary on antisemitism

    6 Dec 2010 by CST

    The BBC World Service has produced a two-part series about modern antisemitism in Europe. The first programme features CST's Mark Gardner, amongst many other interviewees. The series website explains: In this two-part series for Heart and Soul, Wendy Robbins takes a personal journey into the heart of Europe, where fears…

  • Antisemitism and anti-Israel racism

    26 Aug 2010 by CST

    Disputes and arguments over alleged antisemitism have a habit of quickly heading down a dead end of accusations and counter-accusations, leaving no common understanding or resolution. A derogatory comment about Jews, or Israel, or Zionism is made; the person who made it is accused of antisemitism;…

  • Pig's head left at Lithuanian synagogue

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

    A pig's head adorned with a Chasidic hat and fake peyot (side-locks), and with a Star of David carved on its forehead, was left outside a synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Saturday. EJP reports: Lithuania's Jewish organisations on Monday condemned an apparent neo-Nazi attack in which a pig's head was…

  • What Antisemitism Is (And Isn't)

    17 Aug 2010 by CST

    Ben Cohen, Associate Director of Communications at American Jewish Committee, has written another excellent and thought provoking piece: this time on the nature of antisemitism. His penultimate paragraph echoes much of CST's current work on the vexing topic of antisemitic discourse ...many of the grand myths of our…

  • Comparing Antisemitism

    11 Aug 2010 by CST

    There are many varying opinions concerning the current state of antisemitism; and how we might compare it with previous times. Last week, CST blog reproduced an interview with Anthony Julius from the Israeli newspaper, Ha’Aretz, in which Julius answered some such questions regarding the UK situation, (in …

  • My Jewish Optician Might Shoot Me

    5 Aug 2010 by CST

    It is neither CST’s desire nor role to act as a public relations outlet for Israel. However, when antisemitism arises, directly, because facts have been deliberately omitted from an anti-Israel article, we will say so. Today’s Independent provides one very small example of this. In this instance, the a…

  • Anthony Julius on Antisemitism

    4 Aug 2010 by CST

    The website of Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz features the below interview with Anthony Julius, author of the indispensable "Trials of the Diaspora. A History of Anti-Semitism in England". In the interview, Julius makes a strikingly cogent and coherent analysis of modern and historical British antisemitism, as well as associated attitudes…

  • "By the Rivers of Babylon": Denying Jewish History

    23 Jul 2010 by CST

    Now, from the very deepest depths of ‘whatever will they think of next’ comes news that iconic 1970s pop group, Boney M, were requested by the organisers of the Palestine International Festival in Ramallah to not sing their hit number, “By the Rivers of Babylon”. Regrettably - for the many of …

  • The Lod Airport massacre and revolutionary terrorism

    22 Jul 2010 by CST

    An American court has awarded punitive damages of $300 million against North Korea, for its role in the massacre of tourists at Israel's Lod Airport in 1972. The terrorist attack was carried out by three members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), working with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine …

  • The subterranean world

    19 Jul 2010 by CST

    There are some standard tropes about Jews which recur in antisemitic discourse in different contexts and countries, and have done so for centuries. They normally include, for example, that Jews are atypically cruel and bloodthirsty, particularly towards children; that they view non-Jews as somehow sub-human; that they conspire together…

  • "Bloody Jews", a new academic term

    13 Jul 2010 by CST

    Eve Garrard, writing on Normblog, tells a distressing story of a recent encounter with antisemitism: 'Bloody Jews,' he said. 'Bloody Jews, bugger the Jews, I've no sympathy for them.' I gazed at him, aghast. Where had this suddenly come from? The encounter I'm here describing took place very…

  • The decency of antisemitism

    8 Jul 2010 by CST

    I wrote yesterday about the utter blind spot that most Western observers have shown to Sheikh Fadlallah's antisemitism, in their reactions to his death. That post was prompted by an obituary on the website of Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, which quoted with some pride the views of a…

  • The Drip, Drip, Drip of Criticism and Hatred

    6 Jul 2010 by CST

    In recent days, I have seen seven ostensibly different news stories and events that show the drip, drip, drip of criticism and hatred of Jews, Zionism and Israel. Depressingly, there is nothing special whatsoever about these last few days. There have been no flood alerts, just the usual&nbsp…

  • Cemetery desecration in the 21st century

    29 Jun 2010 by CST

    The neo-Nazi tactic of desecrating Jewish cemeteries is one that is sadly familiar across Europe. Normally, the results look something like this:     The purpose of these kind of attack is clear: to shock and offend Jews. There is something particularly despicable about desecrating a cemetery, as if Jews…

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir: "purify the earth of Jewish filth"

    20 Jun 2010 by CST

    Hizb ut-Tahrir have often claimed that they do not support violence, and that they are not antisemitic. When challenged on this, they normally say that they are merely anti-Israel, not against Jews. An example is this article, from the Guardian's Comment Is Free. Two weeks ago, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh…

  • More Thoughts on Helen Thomas

    14 Jun 2010 by CST

    This is a cross post from the Z-Word Blog and the Jewish Chronicle , by Winston Pickett: For media watchers familiar with the White House Press Corps, the saga of Helen Thomas is has served up a pungent lesson on how antisemitic ideas can pollute and ultimately force a 58-year career…

  • Antisemitic incidents in France

    9 Jun 2010 by CST

    The  fallout from the Gaza flotilla affair has thankfully not, as yet, seen a large rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, as happened during last year's Gaza conflict. While there have been some incidents reported to CST that seem to have been triggered by reactions to the flotilla…

  • Shut Up Jewish Israelis (And go back to Poland...or to Auschwitz)

    8 Jun 2010 by CST

    As so often, a controversy involving Israel has exposed the widespread conceit that anti-Israel hostility and antisemitism are two distinct phenomena. While they are certainly not the same thing, the border between them is frequently porous. In this instance, the controversy concerns Israel’s seizure of boats heading for …

  • Desecrations in Greece, arson in Germany

    18 May 2010 by CST

    In Greece, a Holocaust memorial on the island of Rhodes has been damaged by unknown assailants: The unidentified vandals used a heavy object in their attempt to smash the Magen David on one façade of the granite-made Rhodes monument, which was damaged and cracked. In letters to the…

  • Polish football fans: "Death to the Hooked Noses"

    17 May 2010 by CST

    Five Polish football fans have been arrested for displaying antisemitic banners at a match in Rzeszow, southern Poland, two weeks ago: The banners were unfurled by fans of Resovia Rzeszow during a match Saturday against local rival Stala Rzeszow. One depicted a caricatured man with a large hooked nose wearing…

  • Dieudonne on Press TV

    10 May 2010 by CST

    Last month, the French performer Dieudonné Mbala Mbala visited London where he had some trouble finding a venue to perform his latest show, due to his record of antisemitic statements in France. This was one of an increasing number of visits to the UK by Dieudonné; in January,…

  • How many antisemitic themes can you fit into one website?

    4 May 2010 by CST

    A row has brewed up at Leeds University, where an edition of Leeds Student newspaper has been pulled because of a comment in an interview with Sameh Habeeb, editor of the Palestine Telegraph website. Specifically, when asked whether mainstream news organisations have a hidden agenda, Habeeb replied: They are certainly…

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