• CST stands against anti-Jewish hate

    The rise in antisemitism in this country since last weekend, fuelled by antisemitic reactions to the conflict in Israel and Gaza, is utterly predictable and completely disgraceful.

  • Unsafe Search

    CST and Antisemitism Policy Trust (APT) have jointly produced a new report that finds Google’s current tools for filtering offensive images to be inadequate and not fit for purpose.

  • Antisemitism vs. Anti-Semitism: why we don't include a hyphen

    22 April 2021

    What does it mean to be ‘anti-‘ anything? Usually, it seems to signify opposition to something definable, be it physical, conceptual or both. Ordinarily, it is quite self-explanatory. Whether somebody is anti-racism, anti-vaccination or anti-wallpaper, we immediately grasp these ideas because we can conceive of what racism, vaccination and wallpaper are…

  • The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: a flawed definition that risks setting back efforts to tackle antisemitism

    Last week 200 academics published a document called The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism that they recommend should replace the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.


    11 February 2021

    CST’s Antisemitic Incidents Report 2020, published today, shows that last year CST recorded 1,668 antisemitic incidents across the UK. This is an 8% fall from the 1,813 incidents recorded in 2019 but is still the third-highest number of incidents CST has ever recorded in a calendar year. There were 1,690 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2018, 1,420 in June 2017 and 1,275 antisemitic incidents in 2016. 

  • BitChute - A Very British Problem

    Today’s edition of The Times contains a report about the huge amount of antisemitic content on the alternative video sharing site, BitChute, following original research by CST. 

  • Inoculating Hate

    It’s a standard, and unfortunate, rule of thumb – that where there is heated discussion around Israel, antisemitism rarely seems to be far behind. It seems almost impossible to come across a thread or a Facebook post that broaches the topic sensibly and that doesn’t descend into arguments that flirt with age-old antisemitic tropes or that draw on Jewish suffering by labelling Israelis or Israel itself as Nazi-inspired.

  • Campus Antisemitism in Britain 2018-2020

    A new investigation by CST, published today in a report titled Campus Antisemitism in Britain 2018-2020, has found 123 antisemitic incidents affecting Jewish students, academics and student bodies in 34 different towns and cities across the UK during the past two academic years.

  • Denial: Norman Finkelstein and the New Antisemitism

    3 August 2020

    The concept of a ‘new antisemitism’ directs our attention to some of the ways in which some people talk about Israel, Israelis and ‘Zionism’, suggesting that these ways have left the terrain of ‘criticism of Israeli policy’ and become something much darker.

  • Coronavirus and the plague of antisemitism

    Antisemitism has often been compared to a virus, but really it acts like a parasite: because whenever there is a major crisis in the world, antisemites use it to spread their hatred for Jews. No matter how much genuine suffering there is, antisemites will always react to it by blaming Jews, and then find a way to spread their particular venom to others.  Download and read CST's Coronavirus and the plague of antisemitism report.

  • Antisemitic incidents: a summary

    CST’s annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, shows that 2019 was the worst year on record, with a total of 1,805 incidents deemed antisemitic by CST. This is 7% higher than the 2018 total of 1,690 incidents and is the fourth successive year in which a new annual high has been recorded. For the second successive year, CST recorded over 100 incidents in every calendar month.   

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report 2019

    CST has today published our 2019 Antisemitic Incidents Report, which shows that CST received a record high total of 1,805 antisemitic incidents in the UK last year. 2019 was the fourth year in a row to see a record incident total and continues an ongoing trend of rising numbers of antisemitic hate incidents in this country. Download and read CST’s Antisemitic Incidents Report 2019.

  • CST supporting the traveller community against hatred

    Last week was National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Across the UK, events took place to educate about hate crime, encourage its reporting, and urge greater responsibility on the part of communities, partner organisations and local authorities to tackle it in a meaningful way.    

  • Government advisor on antisemitism John Mann MP addresses OSCE conference

    27 September 2019

    In his first speech as the newly appointed Advisor on Combating Antisemitism, John Mann MP stated yesterday at the OSCE Human Dimension conference in Warsaw, which CST’s International Director Mike Whine MBE attended, that it is important that the UK Government be seen to be taking the lead in combating antisemitism.    

  • CST hosts inaugural students antisemitism conference

    27 September 2019

    This month, CST hosted the first antisemitism student conference, a one-day seminar designed to educate students on the topic.   

  • Reactions to Engine of Hate report

    The angry reactions to CST’s recent report, Engine of Hate: The online networks behind the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis, show exactly why such research is necessary. The reactions denied what the report said, whilst demonstrating the behaviours that caused it to be written in the first place. Some might call that ironic. Attacks have misrepresented what the report actually says. Similarly, CST has also been attacked and misrepresented. CST expected these reactions. Nevertheless, the misrepresentations are worth noting and exposing. Unfortunately, doing so requires some length, so as the points can be explicitly demonstrated.   

  • Engine of Hate: the online networks behind the Labour Party's antisemitism crisis

    The problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party over the past three years has been fuelled by a flow of antisemitic tweets and posts on social media, done in the name of the Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Many of these tweets use hateful language to attack Jewish Labour MPs or other people who raise concerns about antisemitism; other tweets claim that any mention of antisemitism is part of a conspiracy to ‘smear’ Corbyn and Labour.

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report January-June 2019

    CST has today published our January-June 2019 Antisemitic Incidents Report, which shows that CST recorded a record high total of 892 antisemitic incidents in the UK in the first six months of 2019. This is the highest number of incidents CST has ever recorded in the January to June period of any year and is a ten per cent increase from the 810 incidents recorded during the same period in 2018; which was itself a record high for this six month period, and formed part of a record annual total of 1,688 antisemitic incidents for the whole of 2018. CST has recorded antisemitic incidents since 1984.   

  • Labour's new antisemitism website raises more questions than it answers

    23 July 2019

    You always know when criticism of the Labour Party’s handling of antisemitism has reached an intolerable level, because that is when the party announces a new raft of measures promising that this time they really will address the problem.   

  • New publication: Iran & Hizbollah’s global terrorism

    Today, CST has published a new report, 'Iran & Hizbollah’s global terrorism: patterns and methods'. Iran and Hizbollah's operations have been a security concern long before al-Qaeda, ISIS and other Salafi-Jihadis started attacking diaspora Jewish communities. Hizbollah and Iran possess international terrorist capabilities, and they continue to pose a viable threat to their primary targets: Iranian dissidents living abroad, diaspora Jewish communities and Israeli interests worldwide. Both Iran and Hizbollah operate globally and have a history of engaging in covert terrorist activities and criminal endeavours. In fact, the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division assessed that Hizbollah “possesses a vibrant global network with cells operating on five continents”, including networks and terrorist infrastructures in Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and elsewhere around the globe.   

  • Tristan Morgan: far right antisemitic terrorist

    On 21 July 2018, the historic building housing Exeter Synagogue was subjected to an arson attack.  A male used a pickaxe to smash a small hole in a toilet window, he poured fuel inside using a can, and then he used a lighter to set alight a piece of paper which he then placed inside the window. Seconds later, an explosion occurred blowing out the glass windows and the male walked away. Thankfully, no one was inside the building at the time and the fire was extinguished by neighbours before major damage was caused. Soon afterwards, a 51-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the attack. Tristan Morgan was subsequently charged with arson on the basis of recklessly endangered life.   

  • Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial and Distortion: How to identify it and challenge the narrative

    My organisation, the Community Security Trust, is a charity that provides security for the Jewish community and supports victims of antisemitism – or anti-Jewish racism. We research antisemitism so we can understand it better and we try to educate people to help them recognise it when it appears.I’m going to start by talking about Holocaust Denial – the bizarre and outrageous phenomenon whereby people deny that the Holocaust even happened.

  • Challenging the Nazi Card

    On 27 June, CST was among the experts and communal representatives who had the privilege of briefing Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. This was one of many roundtable discussions being held around the world by the UN Rapporteur, as he researches and produces a report on antisemitism, to be given later this year to the UN General Assembly in New York.    

  • Man found guilty of racially abusing former boss

    In February 2019, an ex-employee from a steel company based in London, Mr Shane Pegg, made antisemitic comments towards the owner of the company as well as etching a swastika into a piece of metal belonging to the company.    

  • Clare Short, the IHRA definition and a case study in being wrong

    Clare Short’s appearance on Tuesday’s BBC Newsnight was a case study in being wrong, with her mistakes typifying the evasions and excuses for antisemitism that are repeated like a mantra by the anti-Israel left. 

  • CST and CATCH partners lead London-wide anti-hate campaign

    CST is a member of CATCH, the Community Alliance To Combat Hate, which is partnership of organisations from different communities to support victims of hate crimes and ensure they get the help they need. This month, all the CATCH members ran a campaign in response to growing race hatred and polarisation.     

  • CST working to protect our Jewish students on campus

    CST works to protect Jewish students on campus across the United Kingdom. CST’s dedicated Campus Team works with students across the country to ensure their safety from antisemitism, extremism and terrorism; whether they are students who give their time as CST Volunteer Security Officers, students who are involved in their Jewish society and any other Jewish student on campus who feels they need support to combat antisemitism or protect their community.   

  • CST welcomes news that neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw has been sentenced to life in prison

    Jack Renshaw has been sentenced a minimum of 20 years in prison for plotting the murder of his local MP Rosie Cooper as well as the Policewoman who was investigating him for child sex offences.   

  • CST welcomes Universities Minister’s call to stamp out antisemitism

    CST welcomes the call made today by Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore MP, on all institutions to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. Jewish student life continues to flourish in campuses throughout the UK; however antisemitism still exists. In 2018, CST recorded 25 antisemitic incidents related to campus, including damage and desecration, threats and abusive behaviour.   

  • CST welcomes the release of the Online Harms White Paper

    17 April 2019

    CST has long been concerned at the proliferation of antisemitism and other forms of hate online, and in particular how social media platforms can be used as a vehicle for antisemitic incidents and the distribution of antisemitic discourse and conspiracy theories. Last week, the Home Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched their highly anticipated White Paper on Online Harms. 

  • Man sentenced for antisemitically abusing CST security officers

    A man has been convicted of racially aggravated public order offences following an altercation outside a synagogue in Hendon, north London, in March 2018. The offender, a local resident,  approached the synagogue building and started behaving erratically, intimidating the CST security officers and making abusive gestures. CST volunteers worked with Police on the case and gave evidence.    

  • The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 20 years on. What have we learnt ? What still needs to be done?

    CST staff recently spoke on a panel at a conference titled The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 20 years on. What have we learnt? What still needs to be done? put on by the John Grieve Centre, London Metropolitan University. The conference’s keynote speaker was Dr Neville Lawrence, OBE, father of the late Stephen Lawrence, who spoke alongside John Azah OBE, the CEO of Kingston Race and Equalities Council. The opening remarks of the conference reflected on London life and the experience of policing for BAME families 25 years on from losing Stephen.

  • Hate is not welcome at CST

    CST fights for a more tolerant and inclusive society, free from antisemitism. As part of this mission, CST works with other groups representing different minority communities including, Tell Mama UK, Galop, Faith Associates and many others. CST will not sit idly by when others are subjected to hate based on their identity; whatever that may be.    

  • Former BNP leader Nick Griffin meets with representative of terror group Hizbollah

    The former leader of the Far Right British National Party has been in Lebanon and has met with at least one senior member of the terrorist organisation Hizbollah. Nick Griffin was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 for the North West of England and has a history of antisemitic discourse. In 1996 he referred to the Holocaust as “the Hoax of the Twentieth Century.”

  • The CST Keyring Project: raising awareness of the importance of reporting antisemitism

    CST has produced ‘CST Report’ keyrings with contact details to make it as easy as possible for people to report antisemitism or suspicious activity to CST. These keyrings have been distributed at a number of Jewish secondary schools from across the religious spectrum this year, with the intention that pupils have CST’s contact information when they need to report something. In several schools, we have also given short talks in school assemblies to explain the importance of reporting antisemitism and suspicious activity to CST and to Police.   

  • Mehdi Nemmouche convicted for jihadist attack at Brussels Jewish Museum

    Following a dramatic two month trial, the jury in the Brussels court last night convicted Mehdi Nemmouche of carrying out the Islamic State-linked firearms terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on 24 May 2014. The jury also convicted his accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, of supplying Nemmouche with the weapons used in the attack. Sentencing is expected on Monday, and Nemmouche faces a possible life term in jail.   

  • State of Hate 2019: Antisemitism

    The anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate have warned that “a significant number of people on the left have promoted or engaged with antisemitic content. Hope Not Hate published the results of a study that examined over 27,000 tweets from more than 5,000 twitter accounts in their State of Hate 2019 publication.   

  • Standing shoulder to shoulder against hatred in football

    On 28 February 2019, Kick It Out, the organisation that works within football to challenge discrimination, held its 25th Anniversary dinner. This dinner was hosted and held at Chelsea Football Club and was attended by CST’s National Training Manager. The National Training Manager reflects on discrimination in the game and antisemitism, and shares some thoughts.

  • John Mann MP at the CST Annual Dinner: We have to take the war to the antisemites

    On 27 February 2019, John Mann MP, spoke at the CST Annual Dinner 2019. Below the video and the is the full transcript of the speech.   

  • Increase in antisemitic incidents in CST report

    So, for the third year running, CST’s Annual Antisemitic Incidents Report shows a record high of antisemitism. What is going on? The answer might seem straightforward, that obviously there is more antisemitism, but this is a serious subject so it requires a bit more analysis than just that.   

  • How politics and social media is being polluted

    It is unlikely to surprise readers of Jewish News that 2018 was the third year in a row to see a record number of antisemitic incidents in this country. These past three years have felt at times like a relentless stream of incidents, headlines, stories and arguments about a prejudice that should have been consigned to history a long time ago, and that until recently existed on the fringes of British society but had little impact on Jewish life here.   

  • The surge in antisemitism against British Jews cannot be blamed on anti-Israel hatred

    Studies show that most incidents never get reported to CST or police; and the figures for Internet and social media antisemitism are a mere fraction of what is out there. Nevertheless, CST’s methodology is systematic and sober, meaning the overall fact of increased antisemitic abuse is wholly accurate and an indispensable guide for what is happening.     

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report 2018

    CST has today published our 2018 Antisemitic Incidents Report, which shows that CST recorded a record high total of 1,652 antisemitic incidents in the UK last year. 2018 was the third year in a row that CST has recorded a record high incident total and means the problem of rising antisemitism in our country continues to grow. You can download a copy of CST’s 2018 Antisemitic Incidents Report.

  • New publication reveals link between anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment

    A new publication, ‘The apartheid connection and calls for a boycott’, released last week by the Jewish Policy Research Institute (JPR) and CST, shows empirically that there is a strong connection between extreme hostility towards Israel and traditional forms of antisemitism. The report, written by David Graham and Jonathan Boyd, is based on the 2017 study, conducted by the JPR and CST, on attitudes in Britain towards Jews and Israel.   

  • Hatred of women and antisemitism in the UK: What Google searches tell us

    In association with the Antisemitism Policy Trust and CST, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has produced an eye-opening short study, Hidden Hate: What Google searches tell us about antisemitism today, which was released earlier this month. The report looked at what people search for when using Google, as well as examined the far right, often antisemitic, forum Stormfront, based in the USA.   

  • CST submits evidence to Home Affairs Committee inquiry into hate crime

    CST has submitted written evidence specifically examining the far right in the UK, for the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences. You can read the full submission from CST on the Parliament website, and you can find out more about the inquiry into Hate Crime and its violent consequences on the inquiry's landing page.    

  • Restorative Justice: Giving a voice to those affected by antisemitism

    Part of CST’s work with those affected by antisemitism is to support them to help address the impact their experience has had. One way to do this is through Restorative Justice, which allows those affected by all forms of crime to explain to the offenders the impact their criminality has had on them and for offenders to apologise for their actions. CST has worked on several cases of antisemitism, nationwide, where Restorative Justice was used to educate the offender and bring closure to the victim.   

  • Ken Livingstone and “Hitler Zionism”

    Last week, CST and the Antisemitism Policy Trust released the report, Hidden Hate: What Google Search Tell us About Antisemitism in the UK, authored by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. This used Google search patterns in the UK since 2004 to reveal attitudes in this country towards Jews. Searches about Zionism in the UK, including those that searched for “Hitler Zionism”, were included in this work.    

  • Hidden Hate: what Google searches tell us about antisemitism today

    What can the internet tell us about antisemitism in the United Kingdom? Today , CST and the Antisemitism Policy Trust publish a new report, called Hidden Hate: What Google searches tell us about antisemitism today, that uses Google search data from 2004 to 2018 to show what people in the UK are searching for in relation to Jews, Zionism and the Holocaust, and what this tells us about antisemitic attitudes in Britain today. The report is authored by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who wrote the acclaimed 2017 book Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. The report also uses data from the complete archive of the far right website Stormfront, which has been used as a discussion board by neo-Nazis across the world for over 20 years.   

  • Turning a blind eye to antisemitism: Amnesty and co.

    Amnesty has, in just over a year, issued two reports on misogyny, racism and social media that make no mention of antisemitism. This, despite CST and our partners, such as the Antisemitism Policy Trust, having extensively evidenced the abuse that Jewish women suffer, especially MPs.   

  • EU Survey: What do British Jews Consider to be Antisemitic?

    20 December 2018

    Recent CST blogs have shown the UK and overall European findings from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, ’Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism - Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU’, which follows and updates the Agency’s landmark 2012 survey. Both surveys were conducted by London’s Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). CST is proud of its partnerships with both the Agency and JPR; and to have played its part in helping to plan, conduct and publicise both surveys. 

  • Supporting communities following Pittsburgh

    19 December 2018

    When tragedy strikes against Jewish communities beyond the UK, we also share in that pain and anguish. This reaction was seen, again, in our communal reactions to the appalling neo-Nazi gun attack against the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh USA.   

  • Key UK findings of EU antisemitism survey

    Previously, CST blog carried overall European findings from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, ’Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism - Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU’. This survey, conducted by London’s Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) and Ipsos MORI,  repeats and expands upon the Agency’s landmark 2012 survey on how Jews in eight European countries, including Britain, experience and perceive antisemitism. This new 2018 survey covers 12 European countries (97% of the EU’s Jewish population), including Britain. It is the largest ever study of its kind worldwide and should, like its predecessor, be a key tool in the understanding of modern antisemitism. JPR stress the report’s methodology to ensure that it did not “over-sample Jews with a particular interest in antisemitism” and methodological details are on pp. 73-78 of the report.

  • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights releases second landmark survey on antisemitism

    The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has today published ’Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism - Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU’. This repeats and expands upon the Fundamental Rights Agency’s landmark 2012 survey on how Europe’s Jews, including Britain, experience and perceive antisemitism. It is the largest ever study of its kind worldwide and should, like its predecessor, be a key tool in the understanding of modern antisemitism.   

  • Antisemitic Discourse Report 2017

    29 November 2018

    CST’s new report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain 2017, released today, looks at the presence of antisemitic ideas or language, and discussion of antisemitism in general, in mainstream media, politics and public debate last year. Explicit prejudice or hostility towards or about Jews, simply for being Jewish, is rarely voiced in British public life; but the expression and transmission of antisemitic attitudes about “Zionists” or Israel, including conspiracy theories and the abuse of Holocaust memory, are more common, and on occasion were even defended as a legitimate part of mainstream politics during 2017.   

  • Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Sara conference against misogyny and antisemitism

    CST was delighted to be a part of the inaugural Sara Conference, facilitated by the Antisemitism Policy Trust, at the prestigious Lancaster House, to inspire women to tackle gender-based racial hatred. CST’s Northern Regional Director, Amanda Bomsztyk, CST’s Head of Policy, Dave Rich and CST’s Digital Media Specialist were all in attendance and were joined later by several other staff members at a reception at Downing Street, addressed by Prime Minister Theresa May.    

  • 78 reasons why CST exists

    1 November 2018

    On Shabbat, the world recoiled in horror at the murder of 11 Jews during a brit milah ceremony at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. The suspect, Robert Bowers, attacked the synagogue with three handguns and an assault rifle and allegedly shouted: “all Jews must die.” Upon arrest, he told law enforcement officers that Jews “are committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.” Bowers’ social media was rife with neo-Nazi inspired Jew-hate.    

  • An obituary for Holocaust denial

    Convicted Holocaust denier, Robert Faurisson died this week in Vichy, France. Faurisson not only denied the deaths of 6 million Jews in Europe, but also unapologetically mocked the Holocaust. Renowned French historian Valerie Igounet, labelled him a “forger.” Faurisson died the day after addressing an event organised by assistant editor of the UK far-right publication, Heritage and Destiny. Before the end of the event, when the Shepperton hotel management who were unwittingly hosting the event, realised the true nature of what was going on in their hotel, the management “demanded” the conference ended, and when met with opposition from the Holocaust deniers, the meeting was forcibly finished.   

  • Regular joint Police and CST patrols in Hertsmere

    Police officers and PCSOs have been working closely with Community Security Trust (CST) to prevent antisemitic hate crime and provide community reassurance in Hertsmere.   

  • CST working across society to create a cohesive Britain

    CST aims to help those who are affected by antisemitic hatred, harassment or bias. CST also promotes research into racism, antisemitism and extremism, and we use that research for the benefit of the Jewish community and for the benefit of wider society. CST’s intercommunal projects are an integral part of our ethos. While we have honed our expertise on monitoring hate crime, working on anti-hate initiatives, as well as communal security, CST has always been keen to share that expertise and support other communities who face similar challenges to our own.   

  • CST prepares Police and volunteers for the High Holy Day period

    Last night, CST hosted the annual High Holy Day briefing in London for Police, CST security volunteers and others. The aim of the briefing is to present the risks facing the Jewish community during the High Holy Day period as well as the joint CST and Police security operation which will be running. The event was one of several CST will be holding and a briefing in Birmingham took place as well. CST will also be hosting several others across the country, including in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, to ensure all volunteers and Police are aware of the challenges facing the community.

  • Restorative Justice used to challenge antisemitism

    CST has long supported the use of Restorative Justice for victims of crime in order to explain to offenders the impact of their crime, and for offenders to apologise for their actions. This month, CST has been involved another Restorative Justice case, after an antisemitic incident took place in May in Prestwich.   

  • A Few Minutes with Dr. Dave Rich

    The scandal surrounding antisemitism within the British Labour Party continues to grow. The party’s recent decision to adopt a watered-down definition of antisemitism, rather than that of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, caused renewed outrage. Taken together with slurs against “Talmud Jews” from a local Labour councillor, it is clear that the rot goes to the heart of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.   

  • Corbyn’s ideological assault may start with Jews – but won’t end with them

    13 August 2018

    In an interview published in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, warned that anti-Semitism must be dealt with, or the Party would “disappear into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment”.   

  • Jeremy Corbyn needs to do much better to convince Jews he acts in good faith

    13 August 2018

    On Friday evening, Jeremy Corbyn tried to persuade Britain’s Jewish community, via the Guardian, that the Labour party is not a threat to their life in Britain. It is staggering that a Labour leader should feel compelled to make such a claim and a mark of how low Corbyn’s standing has fallen that he is the last person most British Jews would trust to give them that assurance.   

  • Antisemitism reveals the state of our society

    26 July 2018

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

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

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

  • Antisemitism now: the IHRA controversy

    24 July 2018

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

  • IHRA and the Labour Code of Conduct

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

  • CST statement on attempted arson attack at Exeter synagogue

    22 July 2018

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

  • The hatred Jeremy Corbyn refuses to take seriously

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

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

    18 July 2018

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

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

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

  • Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis praises the crucial work of CST

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

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

    11 July 2018

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

  • The arrogance of Labour’s antisemitism definition

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

  • Antisemitism in football being tackled

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

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

    25 June 2018

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

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

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

  • Antisemitism is well-defined already

    19 June 2018

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

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

    15 June 2018

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

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

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

  • Al Quds Day demonstration

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

  • Tommy Robinson sentenced to 13 months in prison

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

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

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

  • Antisemitic Holocaust denier and musician found guilty in landmark case after posting grossly offensive videos

    Alison Chabloz has been found guilty today by Judge John Zani at Westminster Magistrates Court, after broadcasting antisemitic songs on YouTube. Chabloz is a prolific social media user who was reported to CST on numerous occasions for antisemitism, particularly on Twitter and YouTube. Chabloz has a long history of engaging in antisemitism and working with neo-Nazi groups. Chabloz is due to be sentenced at a later date.

  • Council candidates suspended for antisemitism, racism, anti-Muslim hate and homophobia in run up to local elections

    Earlier this month, England went to the polls to vote in 150 council elections across the country. In the run up the election, news emerged of dozens of councillors being suspended, from all political parties, due to antisemitism, anti-Muslim hate, other forms of racism and homophobia. Unfortunately, many accused candidates still stood to be councillors and one was reinstated shortly after the poll.   

  • Far right antisemite convicted after calling for his “soldiers” to liberate the UK from Jews

    Jeremy Bedford-Turner, the leader of the far-right London Forum, was jailed yesterday for stirring up racial hatred for calling for violence against Jews at a speech in July 2015. As came to light during the court case, CST initially referred the speech, with a full transcript, to the Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government, although the Crown Prosecution Service did not wish to proceed with the case at the time. However, this decision was reversed and Bedford-Turner has been sentenced to a 12-month custodial sentence.    

  • CST works with Faith Associates to improve security for mosques ahead of Ramadan

    CST, which has decades of security experience working to protect the Jewish community, is pleased to support the work of Faith Associates to improve security for mosques and other places of worship. Faith Associates is a charity set up to provide research, training, advice and guidance to influence the challenges faced by minority communities. Their new initiative, Mosque Security, has launched to assist mosques with security in the month before Ramadan.   

  • Holocaust survivor, Susan Pollack MBE, delivers moving account to CST staff, volunteers and their families

    CST was delighted to host Susan Pollack MBE, a Holocaust survivor and educator, to speak about her experiences growing up during the Holocaust. CST works to tackle antisemitism in modern day Britain and to protect the Jewish community and over 200 CST staff, volunteers and their families attended last night. It is crucial to hear the testimony of those who experienced what the worst forms of antisemitism can lead to.   

  • Neo-Nazi who called for Jews to be eradicated given a three-year prison sentence

    A 22-year-old neo-Nazi, who labelled Jews “parasites” who should be “eradicated” was found guilty of incitement to racial hatred at Preston Crown Court, by a unanimous jury. The man has been found guilty of breaching the Public Order Act 1986 by using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”. CST initially reported two speeches by the individual, who CST had been aware of for several years, to the Police. The man has been given a total sentence of three years in jail.   

  • Football supporter found guilty of antisemitic tweet

    On 3 March 2018, a Twitter user, known as Lee Munns, was sentenced to community service and a fine after being found guilty of committing a Section 4a Public Order Offence after posting an antisemitic tweet in August 2017. Munns was previously implicated in a racism scandal involving Chelsea fans on the Paris metro. CST’s partner, Kick It Out, worked closely on the case to ensure it was dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service.    

  • Jewish community says #EnoughIsEnough – it’s time to tackle antisemitism in Labour

    On Monday evening, over 1,000 members of the Jewish community and its supporters protested in Parliament Square to tell the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, that Enough is Enough. Since Jeremy Corbyn was first named Labour party leader, in September 2015, there has been a growing focus on the problem of antisemitism in the party. Repeated cases of antisemitism from Labour Party members have not been dealt with quickly or effectively under Corbyn’s leadership and the Jewish community is now demanding action.    

  • Yad Vashem launches new online antisemitism course featuring CST expertise

    Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, based in Jerusalem, has launched an innovative online antisemitism course. CST Head of Policy, Dr Dave Rich and CST Government and International Affairs Director, Mike Whine MBE, were both interviewed for the project and CST assisted with gathering historical material to be used by the students.   

  • Statement from FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn

    Below is a statement by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn following a meeting this morning between Martin Glenn; Funke Awoderu, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Manager at the FA; Simon Johnson of the Jewish Leadership Council; and Dave Rich of CST.   

  • CST welcomes Facebook’s significant decision to ban far right Britain First page from their platform

    CST is pleased to welcome the decision made by Facebook to remove the Britain First Facebook page, which had attracted over two million followers. Britain First, led by Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, is a far right “street protest movement” whose leaders have been jailed for religiously aggravated harassment. CST works closely with Facebook to tackle antisemitism on the platform and hopes this is the first step in a wider takedown of groups that propagate hatred on the platform.    

  • Top Barnet Police Officer examines 17 years of faith hate crime in London

    Barnet’s top Police officer, Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) and Borough Commander Simon Rose, has recently completed a Masters thesis that investigates the solvability factors behind antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate crime. This thesis looks into 17 years’ worth of faith hate crime in London (a sample of 8,690 cases reported to the Metropolitan Police Service, of which 3,967 are antisemitic) and identifies which reporting factors can make a big difference to the outcome of a case by leading to a higher chance of detection (meaning the crime led to either a police caution or charge). It also showed that the specialist training received by CST security volunteers makes a substantial and significant difference to the Police’s ability to identify and charge suspects in antisemitic hate crimes.   

  • International Women's Day 2018

    8 March 2018

    Today, 8 March, marks International Women’s Day (IWD). Initiated by the Suffragettes, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. It has become a date to celebrate how far women have come in all spheres of life; societal, political and economic. The theme of this year’s IWD is #PressforProgress as women all over the world are inspired to feel empowered in all settings.   

  • CST reaches almost 4 million Facebook users whilst being subject to antisemitic abuse

    28 February 2018

    In January 2018, CST was delighted to launch the #AntisemitismHurtsMeToo campaign as part of the Create Against Hate project set up by Facebook. Facebook initiated the Create Against Hate project in order to inspire young creators to collaborate with charities and produce a campaign to combat hate speech and extremism online.    

  • Albion Beatnik: Holocaust Denial and antisemitism in your local indie bookshop

    27 February 2018

    In Oxford, there’s an independent bookshop called Albion Beatnik. Albion Beatnik is happy to play host to people who they know are peddlers of Holocaust Denial, Jew hatred and other conspiracy theories. They have hosted such notorious figures as Gilad Atzmon and Nick Kollerstrom and sell David Irving’s books in their history section. When informed on Twitter that Gilad Atzmon was a well-known antisemite they doubled down on their support for him. As a point of fact, Atzmon promoted his latest book Being in Time (described by CST as “a profoundly antisemitic work”) there last June and several other times in 2017. Albion Beatnik also blogged about Atzmon’s book The Wandering Who in 2015. This is the book that was labelled by CST as being “quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.”    

  • Man who planned to travel to Islamic State has been found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism against UK Jewish community

    A 32-year-old man from Somalia has been found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism, including on the UK Jewish community. Aweys Shikhey, living in North London, was arrested by Counter Terrorism officers on 23 May 2017 as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey, intending to then travel on to Syria where he envisioned fighting for the Islamic State.     

  • CST hosts MPs to discuss the importance of Jewish communal security and antisemitism

    CST welcomed a cross-Party delegation of MPs and Politicians to the CST head office in London this month as the first stop of a wider Jewish community tour organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPGA). The UK Government’s Special Envoy for Post Holocaust Issues and former Conservative Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, was joined by Labour MPs Sarah Jones and Alex Sobel, and SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron. Later, during the tour, the attendees were accompanied by two further Labour MPs, Yvette Cooper and Tulip Siddiq.

  • Chelsea FC, CST and partners launch campaign to tackle antisemitism

    12 February 2018

    Chelsea FC has recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness and educate Chelsea staff and players about the dangers of antisemitism in football. The campaign was officially launched at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea stadium, with the club owner, Roman Abramovich, CST Chief Executive David S Delew and CST 's Dr Dave Rich in attendance.   

  • CST hosts hate crime event with Bury Police and introduces new reporting scheme

    Last night, CST was privileged to hold an information evening with Bury Police, part of the Greater Manchester Police force. The evening was an opportunity to meet the local policing team and CST and to discuss hate crime and the importance of reporting it by a variety of methods. CST also introduced a new reporting campaign on the night to ensure antisemitic incidents are being relayed to CST.    

  • Kick It Out reports significant rise in discrimination and antisemitism

    Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has recorded a “significant rise” in reports of discrimination at the mid-way stage of the 2017/2018 football season. At the end of 2017, Kick It Out has recorded 282 discrimination incidents between August 2017 and December 2017, a rise of 59%.    

  • Ten Jewish women who fought antisemitism and saved Jewish lives

    6 February 2018

    Today marks the 100 year anniversary of women over 30 being the giving the right to vote for the first time. The Representation of the People Act, which became law on 6 February 1918, was partial but furthered the ongoing fight for gender equality. In honour of this day, and in celebration of the work women have done to achieve equality, CST commemorates ten, out of many, Jewish women whose heroism, in fighting against antisemitism and prejudice from the biblical age until the World War II, should be celebrated.   

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report 2017

    CST's 2017 Antisemitic Incidents Report, published today, shows that CST recorded 1,382 antisemitic incidents nationwide in 2017, the highest total CST has ever recorded for a calendar year.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: how the Holocaust swept away European Jewish soccer

    Imagine the world’s leading soccer league — the English Premier League, say, or Spain’s La Liga — being won by a Jewish club, with a Jewish name, Jewish owners, Jewish fans and Jewish players wearing a kit bearing a large Star of David. Imagine those players and fans regularly receiving anti-Semitic abuse and violence, but still playing and winning as proud Jews. Then imagine this club attracting worldwide acclaim before being closed down by an antisemitic government and the team’s founders and players fleeing to exile, going into hiding or, in many cases, being murdered.   

  • CST works with the European Commission and social media companies to remove illegal hate speech online

    The European Commission has released the results of the third round of its social media illegal hate speech monitoring. CST has been involved in the project from its inception with the Code of Conduct in 2016. The results show that the average removal rate of illegal hate speech on Twitter, Facebook and Google, from across Europe, was 70%. The monitoring project shows a significant improvement for social media companies, with regards to removal rates and feedback to users.   

  • Oxford plumber handed £500 fine for antisemitic abuse against elderly couple

    A plumber was sentenced under the Malicious Communications Act at Oxford Magistrates Court on the 11 January 2017 for launching a tirade of antisemitic abuse towards a Jewish man, who he mistakenly believed had not paid him for his plumbing services. CST supported the victim, who was harassed with threatening calls and emails by the plumber.   

  • The case against Hizbollah: one party, one flag, one ideology

    CST has long pressed for such a ban to be enacted. We have joined our Jewish communal partner groups in raising the issue repeatedly at meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with successive Prime Ministers, as well as with politicians and civil servants. CST strongly believes that Hizbollah’s long documented record of global anti-Jewish and anti-Israel terrorism means that it must be totally outlawed. Specifically, this requires the removal of the current artificial legal distinction between the group’s so-called ‘military’ and ‘political’ wings.   

  • CST attends First Victims’ Summit in Westminster organised by the Victims’ Commissioner for London

    Yesterday CST was delighted to attend the First Victims’ Summit in Westminster, hosted by Claire Waxman, Victims’ Commissioner for London. As well as Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, other speakers included Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan (MPS), Natasha Plummer (MOPAC), Rosie Sharp (London Community Foundation), Bernadette Keane (Victim Support), Claire Lindley (Chief Prosecutor from the CPS), Judith Baker (Citizens Advice Witness Service) and Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime). 

  • Urban Dictionary: where antisemitism is “too popular” to ban!

    22 November 2017

    CST is inundated daily with reports about antisemitism online – whether it be on social media sites, traditional websites or blogs. CST works hard to ensure that social media companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, are educated and trained in what constitutes antisemitism and works with global partners to combat antisemitic hate website wherever they may be. However, the popular site, Urban Dictionary, appears to have taken away the ability to remove, or even try to begin the process of removing, antisemitism from the internet, highlighting the lack of cooperation CST often faces when it comes to tackling hate against Jews online.        

  • Prosecutor who led Jewish centre bombing investigation was murdered

    A n Argentinian  police investigation has revealed that the prosecutor who led the investigation into the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was murdered and did not commit suicide, as previously claimed. The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead, with a bullet hole in his head, on 18 January 2015. His death occurred four days after accusing former President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of masking Iran’s role in the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre, which left 85 people dead.   

  • Pensioner who daubed anti-Zionist and antisemitic graffiti in Dunham Massey sentenced following cooperation between CST and Police

    Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old pensioner from Altrincham, has been sentenced following a campaign of graffiti, including antisemitism. CST’s Northern Regional office worked closely with Police following the several incidents at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey, that took place between August 2016 and June 2017.

  • Crown Prosecution Service reveals new data on tackling hate crime

    The Crown Prosecution Service,  with  who m  CST works closely to tackle antisemitism, has revealed that record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences are being handed down to offenders .  The overall number of prosecutions for hate crime, including antisemitism, has fallen however from 15,542 in 2015-2016 to 14,480 in 2016-2017. CST representatives sit on several CPS-led scrutiny panels to ensure that antisemitic hate crime is not overlooked.    

  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

    16 October 2017

    Every year, CST is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week, organised by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign alongside Stop Hate UK. The aim of the week is to support those who have been affected by hate crime and to educate and raise awareness of hate crime. The Week was founded in 2009 to commemorate the 10 th  anniversary of the London Nail bomb attacks in Brixton.   

  • CST joins phone app for reporting hate crime

    CST is delighted to announce it has joined the Witness Confident ‘Self Evident’ app, designed for reporting hate crime. The app has been developed by the charity with the support of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan and Sussex Police forces…

  • Terrorism conviction for “HITLER You Were Right!” demonstrator

    On 11 July 2014, Hussain Yusuf was photographed holding a sign saying “HITLER You were Right!”. On 22 September 2017, Hussain was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court on three terrorism charges: and was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment. It is a textbook case study in how antisemitic attitudes may denote further extremist and terrorist inclinations.            

  • Man imprisoned for antisemitic abuse in Golders Green

    Jose Manuel Silva has been convicted of racially, religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, distress and criminal damage and sentenced to 28 days in prison and handed a fine after shouting antisemitic abuse in Golders Green.   

  • Man handed fine after pleading guilty to antisemitic hate crime

    At Ipswich Magistrate’s Court on 22 August, Richard Gary Reed pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment and received a £300 fine, and has been ordered to pay court costs, a victim surcharge and compensation to the victim. The case follows an incident in early August where the offender shouted antisemitic abuse at a visibly Jewish man.    

  • Antisemitic Discourse Report 2016

    6 September 2017

    CST’s new report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain 2016, looks at the presence of antisemitic ideas or language, and discussion of antisemitism in general, in mainstream media, politics and public debate last year. Explicit prejudice or hostility towards or about Jews, simply for being Jewish, is rarely voiced in British public life; but antisemitism became a national political issue in 2016, while media discussion of the subject was more prominent than it had been for many years.   

  • Jewish women, money and cunning

    2 August 2017

    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

    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.    

  • Latest ADL poll on antisemitism in the UK, France and Germany

    The US-based Anti-Defamation League has released the fourth index of antisemitism, which polls attitudes towards Jews globally. In the UK, the major findings include that 10% of the population harbour antisemitic attitudes; a decrease of 2% from figures released in 2015. The methodology looked specifically at antisemitic stereotypes, such as beliefs in Jewish power in politics, media and financial market, and also analysed anti-Muslim sentiment. The polling results revealed specifically looked at beliefs in the UK, Germany and France.   

  • Something rotten in the state of Denmark: antisemitic extremism

    This week in Denmark, an imam was accused of calling for the murder of Jews whilst at the same time a 17-year-old was charged for allegedly plotting to bomb a Jewish school in the capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is not new to violent antisemitism – in 2015 Jewish security volunteer Dan Uzan Z”L was gunned down by Omar El-Hussein whilst protecting his Jewish community outside the Copenhagen Synagogue.   

  • CST welcomes new Scotland Yard online hate crime unit

    Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week launched a new police unit to investigate and tackle online hate crime. CST deals with antisemitic abuse on a daily basis and this new unit aims to tackle such abuse on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms and aims to assist victims. CST was delighted to join representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police and other leading anti-hate crime charities at the launch this week in City Hall. CST is also a member of the Community Advisory Group for the hub, that advises on how online hate crime affects different communities.

  • How antisemitism poisoned the British Left

    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

    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

    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

    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.   

  • CST welcomes new Mayoral Police and Crime Plan for London

    CST is pleased to welcome Mayor Sadiq Khan’s newly published Police and Crime plan for London. The Plan prioritises violence against women and girls, keeping children and young people safe, and importantly focuses on hate crime and violence. The plan sets out a list of commitments to tackle hate crime, including antisemitism, as well as to provide support for victims of such crimes. The Plan also includes a new Online Hate Crime Hub and new support for groups helping victims of such crimes.   

  • 18 times Iran has targeted Jews or Israelis: man on trial in Berlin this week

    Haider Syed Mustafa, a 31-year-old Pakistani man, went on trial in Berlin this week. Mustafa has been accused of collecting information on Jewish and Israeli targets in Germany and France. This is not the first time Iran, or Iranian operatives, have targeted Jews and Israelis in suspected terror plots or been found to have collected information and Jews and Israelis.   

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

    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 February 2017

    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 February 2017

    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 February 2017

    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.

  • Antisemitic leaflets found at UK Universities

    CST has received several reports of leaflets  that include antisemitism and Holocaust denial, being found at a handful of Universities across the United Kingdom. Reports have come from Glasgow, Cambridge, University College London and Edinburgh universities. There have also been unconfirmed reports about the leaflets being handed out at the London School of Economics.   

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

    6 February 2017

    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.

  • Jewish community responds to UCL report on October disturbances

    1 February 2017

    The below is a joint statement from the Community Security Trust, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students:

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

    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.

  • CST supporting victims of antisemitism in Barnet

    CST received reports of six antisemitic incidents in the Edgware and Mill Hill areas of Barnet over the weekend of 20/21 January, five of which had occurred on the weekend itself and one of which took place the weekend before. These incidents included eggs being thrown at Jewish people and property; antisemitic graffiti; and a brick with swastikas drawn on it being thrown through the front window of a Jewish family’s home.     

  • David Icke’s ages old New Age antisemitism

    5 January 2017

    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 December 2016

    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.

  • CST works with European Commission to tackle antisemitic hate speech online

    Last week CST attended the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance meeting in Brussels. CST has been working with the group for several months to tackle hate speech online, by engaging with numerous social media and internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.   

  • CST welcomes British Government’s decision to adopt International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism

    12 December 2016

    CST welcomes and applauds the decision by the British Government, led by Theresa May, to adopt a definition of antisemitism. Britain is the first European country to adopt a definition of antisemitism in order to combat antisemitic hate crimes.   

  • CST welcomes Government announcement to ban neo-Nazi National Action

    The British Government has officially announced that far right National Action is to be banned under terror laws. Home Secretary Amber Rudd labelled the group a “racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation”. The proscription of the group means that it will bea criminal offence to belong to the group, invite support for the group, arrange meetings to support the group and to wear clothing or carry or display articles publically which support the group. Penalties for offences which contravene the proscription carry a maximum prison term of 10 years and an unlimited fine.   

  • CST supports calls for neo-Nazi National Action group to be proscribed

    CST welcomes the report in The Times that the neo-Nazi organisation National Action may be proscribed by the government. National Action is a viciously antisemitic and racist neo-Nazi group whose violent and hateful rhetoric has already inspired its follows to commit appalling hate crimes. We would support its proscription as a measure to curb its hateful activities.   

  • Twitter shuts down antisemitic accounts following close work with CST

    28 November 2016

    This month Twitter announced several changes to their safety policies, following constructive dialogue with CST and several other groups. CST is pleased that following extensive reporting by CST and others, several antisemitic accounts who harassed Jewish users and spread Holocaust denial and antisemitism have been suspended from the platform.   

  • Mr H Martinez convicted following racially aggravated altercation with Jewish property developers

    17 November 2016

    Last week Mr H Martinez was convicted for racially aggravated threatening behaviour following an altercation with Jewish property developers, Joe and Michael Gerrard. The developers were subjected to antisemitic abuse following a planning permission meeting in February 2016 after they were granted permission for a mixed development of a Co-op supermarket, office space and 25 luxury new build apartments.   

  • Twitter unveils new policy on hateful conduct following dialogue with groups including CST

    Twitter has today released a new update, in a bid to  reduce  hateful conduct, including antisemitism, from  its  platform. CST was briefed ahead of the launch, as we have been a trusted partner of Twitter since the beginning of 2015, assisting Twitter in dealing with instances of antisemitic abuse. The new update comes  following  criticism that the platform has allowed hate speech to flourish, but Twitter has stressed that it wants to enable users to feel safe, to have access to support and protection and for users to be able to control what they see.    

  • The new template for the fight against antisemitism

    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 October 2016

    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.   

  • Home Affairs Select Committee antisemitism report praises work of CST

    On Sunday the Home Affairs Select Committee released a report into antisemitism in the UK, following months of investigations, including sessions with the Committee where representatives from CST, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies gave evidence.   

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

    19 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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

    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 October 2016

    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 October 2016

    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

    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

    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'

    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

    25 September 2016

    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.

  • CST hosts successful pre-High Holy Day Briefing

    Last night CST hosted approximately 300 volunteer personnel, security guards and Police at the pre-High Holy Day security briefing. CST’s Chief Executive David Delew welcomed the attendees, and thanked the Government and Police for their work in protecting the Jewish community; and for their partnership with CST. He also summarised many of the recent improvements in communal security, including the new 24/7 CST national security control room and the provision of important protection measures and new communication equipment.

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

    13 September 2016

    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.

  • Anjem Choudary found guilty of inviting support for Islamic State in Syria

    Hate-preacher Anjem Choudary has been found guilty of inviting support and swearing allegiance to Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) alongside Mohammed Mizanur Rahman. Due to the possibility of prejudice in another case, reporting restrictions meant that the verdict has remained confidential for a number of weeks. Choudary faces the possibility of 10 years in prison and the jury took under three days to come to their unanimous decision.    

  • Man handed 26 week suspended sentence for antisemitic graffiti

    A Polish man, Kamil Malmon, has been found guilty and handed a 26 week suspended sentence for writing “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June of this year. Malmon was filmed by CCTV, installed at the synagogue with funding provided by CST’s Security Enhancement Project, approaching the wall where the graffiti was later found. Malmon appeared to take something out of his pocket and draw on the wall. He was later identified by the caretaker of the synagogue and a pencil was found on his person.   

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

    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

    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.

  • CST represents the Jewish community in tackling abuse online

    Following the launch of the initiative Reclaim The Internet in May 2016, the campaign hosted its first conference yesterday at the Trade Union Congress Building in London. CST is proud to support this, and is happy to lend our expertise to the campaign. The initiative, spearheaded by former shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, aims to raise awareness and tackle online abuse. The project was initially established to tackle misogyny online, and has since widened its scope to include the battle to end antisemitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+ and bullying rhetoric across the internet.

  • CST’s Mark Gardner gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee Antisemitism Inquiry

    Yesterday, the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the rise of antisemitism held its third evidence session on antisemitism. Mark Gardner, CST Director of Communications gave evidence, alongside Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council. Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and John Mann MP, Chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism were also called upon to give evidence to the Committee. In previous weeks, the other witnesses were Ken Livingstone, leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP, Board of Deputies President Johnathan Arkush and Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson MP.   

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

    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

    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.

  • Man sentenced to 16 weeks for antisemitic abuse

    CST welcomes the conviction and sentencing today of Geoffrey Ingram for racially aggravated abuse following an incident in June 2015 on Regent Street. The abuse occurred after a minor motoring incident, after which the offender intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skullcap). The offender, at close quarters, shouted at the victim a series of antisemitic insults and threats before the Police were called. The victim reported the incident to CST and commented that after the incident he was “really shaken up – I had to cancel meetings that day because I was a bag of nerves”. This clearly demonstrates the enormous impact that antisemitic abuse has on the victim, and that all incidents should be taken seriously and reported.

  • Following year of desecrations new programme piloted to preserve Jewish cemeteries

    The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative was launched last week in Strasbourg, France at a briefing at the Council of Europe. The Initiative aims to restore cemeteries across Eastern Europe, and has so far restored several in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova. Cemetery desecrations cause deep distress to both families of those who are buried at the cemetery, and to the wider Jewish community. It shows Jews that they are not safe from repellent antisemitism, even in death. Damage to Jewish cemeteries can also be simple criminal vandalism and is not always necessarily motivated by antisemitism.

  • Should Jackie walk? What Labour can learn from football

    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.

  • CST hosts successful Police Seminar at the Jewish Museum

    As part of CST’s national relationship with the Police, CST facilitates a variety of training and education seminars focused on Judaism, antisemitism and threats to the Jewish community. Last week at the Jewish Museum in Camden, CST hosted over 100 members of the Police, from all ranks, including Hate Crime Officers, officers from a variety of Counter Terrorism teams and neighbourhood policing teams, hailing from several Police services from the across London and the South.   

  • Ken Livingstone's chopped liver

    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.

  • New Labour antisemitism inquiry and Times poll of party members

    The Labour Party’s latest inquiry into antisemitism was formally launched yesterday. Shami Chakrabarti, former director of campaign group Liberty, has been appointed head of the inquiry, with Professor David Feldman and Baroness Jan Royall as vice-chairs. Baroness Royall has been leading another inquiry into antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club following allegations that emerged in February. This is expected to be published on Tuesday 17 May.         

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

    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”

    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

    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.

  • Islamic school investigated after promoting antisemitic leaflet

    A Yorkshire school is being investigated by the Government after promoting the antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews are engaged in a global plot to take over the world and for distributing leaflets quoting the antisemitic forgery, the Elders of Zion.   

  • Sir Eric Pickles writes on the need to define antisemitism

    Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP, the UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, has recommended that people seeking a definition of antisemitism should use the definition that is included in the College of Policing’s 2014 Hate Crime Operational Guidance.   

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

    24 March 2016

    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

    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

    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.   

  • CST attends Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism conference in Berlin

    CST is proud to have been represented at a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin where more than 100 parliamentarians were present. 

  • Gerry Downing’s ‘Jewish Question’

    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

    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

    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?

    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).

  • Concerns expressed in CST’s submission to the Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on Countering Extremism reinforced after Peace TV Urdu channel warned over antisemitism

    The Islamic satellite television channel, Peace TV, has been warned that it faces sanctions by Ofcom, the broadcasting standards regulator, for allegedly screening antisemitic lectures by the late Dr. Israr Ahmad.

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

    18 February 2016

    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 February 2016

    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”.     

  • CST statement on allegations of antisemitism at the Oxford Union Labour Club

    These allegations are very serious and demand a full and urgent inquiry. There is a clear link between extreme hatred of Israel and the kind of antisemitic and pro-terrorist attitudes alleged by Oxford Jewish Society.

  • Kick It Out launches brochure to combat antisemitism

    Kick It Out, the football focused anti-discrimination organisation, has launched a brochure to help fans tackle antisemitism in football. The brochure, Playing the Game: Reporting Antisemitism in Football, has been created in partnership with the Community Security Trust and Maccabi GB. It includes statistics of antisemitism in football for the 2014/2015 season and encourages users to report antisemitic abuse to both CST and Kick It Out.   

  • BBC Radio London breaches guidelines during antisemitic call

    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.   

  • Record numbers of CST security volunteers graduate

    CST security volunteers are vital in CST’s work to protect our Jewish community. This year we have witnessed terror attacks directed against Jewish communities in Europe: in Paris & Copenhagen. Following the murder of Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security volunteer killed whilst protecting a Bat Mitzvah in the Danish capital, CST saw a spike in the number of applicants to join our security training courses.   

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine found guilty of incitement to racial hatred and receives custodial sentence

    Joshua Bonehill-Paine was 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”. On the morning of Thursday 17 December 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 receives custodial sentence for incitement to racial hatred

    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

    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’s written evidence for Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the fight against ISIL published

    CST has submitted evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the fight against Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), otherwise known as ISIS. CST is at the forefront in the fight against antisemitism, and this includes working with the government to support the Jewish community in matters of antisemitism, extremism and terrorism.   

  • CST condemns post on LSE Human Rights Blog

    4 December 2015

    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 November 2015

    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”

    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 November 2015

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

  • Kaufman: back to antisemitic basics

    30 October 2015

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

  • David Cesarani z"l

    26 October 2015

    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.

  • Police appeal for information following antisemitic incident on train

    12 October 2015

    British Transport Police want to speak to several men following antisemitic chanting on the 19:03 train from Watford Junction to Birmingham New Street on Saturday 15th August 2015. A group of West Ham supporters, who are believed to have left the train at Northampton, chanted antisemitic songs and were challenged by a man who boarded the train at Watford Junction.   

  • Social Justice Campaigner: Why doesn’t antisemitism shock anymore?

    12 October 2015

    Dom Anderson, a social justice campaigner from Derby, has told the Jewish News that after promoting a Holocaust Education Trust event on social media, he was subjected to antisemitic abuse including Holocaust denial.   

  • Awful antisemitic abuse reported at Conservative Party Conference

    Instances of antisemitic abuse from protesters have been reported from outside the Conservative Party Conference, which took place in Manchester earlier this week. Witnesses have claimed that delegates were branded “Nazis” and one visibly Jewish delegate was told to “go back to Auschwitz”. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated that they have “not received any reports” of antisemitism in relation to the conference, however the officers “policing the conference have been given clear direction to take action against any individual who goes beyond peaceful protest”.     

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

    2 October 2015

    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.

  • CST Security Statement: Antisemitic Assault at Bowker Vale Metro Station

    CST is sending the below security notice to synagogues and other Jewish organisations in Greater Manchester. This follows a serious antisemitic assault in the heart of the north Manchester Jewish community.   

  • Majority of faith based discrimination in football is antisemitic

    4 September 2015

    New figures released by the anti-discrimination in football campaign, Kick It Out,  shows a rise of 21% in the number of incidents in football of discriminatory language and an increase in the number of complaints received. The figures show that 57% of incidents reported relate to racial abuse, whilst the other incidents relate to abuse based on sexual orientation, faith, sexism and abuse targeting disabled people. Of the faith based discrimination, the majority of incidents reported were antisemitic in nature, with three reports of Islamophobia. The Chairman of the Kick It Out campaign, Lord Ouseley, blamed the rise on the increasingly negative rhetoric surrounding immigration and minorities.

  • US far right terrorist who murdered three people at Jewish centre in Kansas tells court he must be allowed to explain why he hates Jews.

    The trial of Frazer Glenn Cross, a former senior member of the KKK who murdered three people outside a Kansas Jewish centre, has begun. Cross tried to tell jurors that Jews are guilty of genocide against White people in an attempt to justify his actions.

  • Neo-Nazis Fail to Demonstrate in Liverpool

    17 August 2015

    On Saturday 15 August, neo-Nazi group National Alliance failed to hold their planned demonstration in Liverpool, due to strong counter-protests by anti-fascists. The neo-Nazis, who had made numerous threats concerning their demonstration, found themselves heavily outnumbered and were forced to shelter in the left luggage room of Liverpool’s Lime St railway station, before cancelling the event.

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

    3 August 2015

    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

    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.

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine Refused Bail on Incitement to Racial Hatred Charges

    Joshua Bonehill-Paine, who was charged with publishing or distributing material in order to incite racial hatred, was denied bail at Southwark Crown Court yesterday. The material in question is allegedly antisemitic and was reported to the Police by CST. Bonehill-Paine claimed  to be one of the organisers of the far right demonstration originally intended to be held in Golders Green on July 4 th .   

  • What happened on 4 July

    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.

  • Antisemitism and Oren Ben-Dor

    Fathom has published an important article by Sarah Brown, analysing the thought of Southampton University Professor Oren Ben-Dor about Jews, Zionism and antisemitism.

  • What limited data tells us about antisemitism

    29 May 2015

    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

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

  • BBC amends online 'Constituency Profile' following complaints from Jewish community

    28 April 2015

    According to reports in the Manchester Evening News and Daily Express, the BBC has amended is online election profile of the Blackley and Broughton constituency in North Manchester after receiving several complaints that it was antisemitic in nature.

  • CST joins international workshop to combat antisemitism

    24 April 2015

    CST's Director of Government and International Affairs, Michael Whine, joined representatives of over 30 organisations at an international workshop in Vienna this week to discuss measures to combat antisemitism.   

  • Amnesty International rejects call to campaign against antisemitism

    21 April 2015

    The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the human rights groups Amnesty International has rejected a call by one of its members to campaign against antisemitism.

  • Fighting hatred together or setting communities apart

    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.

  • How CST's incidents response team helps victims of antisemitism

    Working in the CST Incident Department is challenging but highly rewarding. We are often the first point of contact for victims of antisemitism. When we answer the phone we do not know what we are going to be dealing with.

  • Antisemitic chants marr Dutch football match

    Dutch authorities are investigating reports of fans reportedly chanting antisemitic slogans at a top flight football match in Holland.

  • White supremacist pleads not guilty to murder of three at Kansas Jewish buildings

    American white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller has pleaded not guilty to the murder of three people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Center in April last year.

  • Rabbi reveals Stamford Hill synagogue brawl was sparked by party dispute

    The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the fight at a synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, on Saturday night was sparked by an argument at a nearby party.

  • Jewish cemetery vandalised in Hungary

    A Jewish cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary, was desecrated over the weekend, leaving 15-20 gravestones damaged.

  • Incident at synagogue in Stamford Hill

    Social media and British and international news outlets have reacted strongly to an incident at a synagogue in Stamford Hill early on Sunday 22 March.

  • Prime Minister David Cameron states he will not 'turn a blind eye' to antisemitism

    Various news outlets have covered the Prime Minister David Cameron's well received speech at CST's 2015 Annual Dinner.

  • European official backs calls for Europe-wide antisemitism taskforce

    Federica Mogherini, European Commission President and High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has endorsed the idea of creating a pan-European taskforce to address antisemitism.

  • Journalist films antisemitic abuse

    9 March 2015

    A journalist used undercover filming to record antisemitic abuse on the streets of Manchester and Bradford.

  • Living with the J-word

    8 March 2015

    A personal experience of antisemitism, by writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb.

  • Antisemitic chanting by West Ham United supporters

    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 February 2015

    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

    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

    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 January 2015

    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 December 2014

    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 December 2014

    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 November 2014

    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

    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 November 2014

    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 November 2014

    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

    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 November 2014

    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 October 2014

    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 October 2014

    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 September 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 July 2014

    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

    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 June 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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 April 2014

    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

    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?

    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

    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 February 2014

    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 February 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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 January 2014

    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 January 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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 December 2013

    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 December 2013

    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 December 2013

    “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 December 2013

    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 December 2013

    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

    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 November 2013

    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 November 2013

    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 November 2013

    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 November 2013

    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 November 2013

    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 October 2013

    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 October 2013

    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 September 2013

    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 September 2013

    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,…

  • Antisemitic Incidents Report January - June 2013

    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 July 2013

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

      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

    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

      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 February 2013

    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 February 2013

    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 January 2013

      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 January 2013

      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 January 2013

    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 January 2013

    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 January 2013

    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

    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 November 2012

    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 November 2012

    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 November 2012

    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 October 2012

    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 October 2012

    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 September 2012

    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 September 2012

    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 August 2012

    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 July 2012

    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…

  • CST Antisemitic Incident Report January - June 2012

    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

    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

    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 June 2012

    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'

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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”

    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

    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?

    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

    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 April 2012

    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 April 2012

    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 April 2012

    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

    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 March 2012

    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 February 2012

    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".

    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 February 2012

    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

    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 January 2012

    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 January 2012

    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 January 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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 December 2011

    (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

    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 November 2011

    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'

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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…


    28 September 2011

    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

    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 September 2011

    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 September 2011

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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 August 2011

     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

    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

    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!

    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 July 2011

    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 July 2011

    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?

    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

    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.

    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

    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"

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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 April 2011

    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

    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

    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 March 2011

    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 March 2011

    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 February 2011

    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

    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 January 2011

    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 January 2011

    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?

    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"

    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

    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 December 2010

    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 December 2010

    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

    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

    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 December 2010

    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 August 2010

    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

    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 August 2010

    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 August 2010

    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

    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 August 2010

    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

    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

    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 July 2010

    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 July 2010

    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

    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

    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 June 2010

    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"

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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"

    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

    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?

    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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