Today marks one year since the attack on the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego County, California. A far right terrorist entered the place of worship during Shabbat and Passover morning prayer services, murdering one person and injuring three.
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.
16 April 2019
CST staff have recently run stalls at a number of Jewish community events, including Jewish Book Week held at Kings Place in London, Limmud Midlands at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and The Jewish News’ Jewish Family Expo, held at Allianz Park in London.
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.
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.
Today we mark the beginning of the ongoing war in Darfur, which began in 2003. Thousands of villages have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. CST is marking today as the ongoing conflict has been labelled a “genocide” by the International Criminal Court, a crime which the Jewish community is all too familiar with.
CST senior staff were delighted to join Bushey United Synagogue recently for a very special Security Shabbat. CST was honoured to be welcomed by the community to talk about our work and the opportunities available for members to help us in our mission to tackle antisemitism across the UK. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, the Board and members of Bushey United Synagogue who are extremely engaged and supportive of our work and of our mission.
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.
This year, CST will be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, organised by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign alongside Stop Hate UK. The main aim of 17-24-30 is to actively remember the victims of hate crime and to support those whose lives have been permanently changed due to acts of hate. The prevailing message of the week is that hate crime is not acceptable in our communities and that we will work together to tackle hate crime wherever it is found. National Hate Crime Awareness Week was founded in 2009 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the London Nail bomb attacks in Brixton.
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.
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.
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.
CST wishes to express solidarity with those attacked by Omar Mateen at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The siege was the deadliest homophobic attack in the United States. At time of writing, 49 people have been confirmed dead following the mass shooting and three-hour siege.
CST visited the Sussex Jewish community in Brighton last night as part of our work to ensure that all Jewish communities are protected and aware of the work that the CST does. CST’s Chief Executive, David S Delew, addressed the audience and introduced the evening.
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.
CST's work in combating antisemitic hate crime is often referred to as a model for other community organisations to follow in efforts to combat other forms of hate crime. This fits CST's ethos, that organisations working to reduce hate crime should oppose all forms of hate crime as a principle;…
11 March 2013
The Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) group, led by Fiyaz Mughal of Faith Matters, has issued its first annual report on anti-Muslim hate crimes. Tell MAMA's findings include the following: 632 anti-Muslim hate incidents reported March 2012-March 2013 Muslim women are the victims in 58% of all incidents Victims ra…
21 February 2012
CST today attended the launch meeting of Tell MAMA - Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, a new project from Faith Matters which will record anti-Muslim hate crime. The keynote speaker was the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP, whose department is funding the project as part of…
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and CST (Community Security Trust) have received scores of enquiries and complaints regarding an Arabic language Facebook page calling for a Third Palestinian Intifada. The Board and CST are keenly aware that Middle East conflicts can often indirectly lead to s…
Anti-racism has to be consistent. It must apply consistent standards and attitudes, and defend all minorities. An opposition to racism which demonises one group in society in an effort to protect another, is no form of anti-racism at all. Islamophobic hate crimes and the frequency of mainstream media reporting…
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…