Blog – Europe

  • Key UK findings of EU antisemitism survey

    14 Dec 2018 by Mark Gardner

    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

    10 Dec 2018 by Mark Gardner

    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.  

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

    26 Jan 2018 by CST

    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.  

  • CST facilitates 14th International Workshop on the far right

    6 Jun 2017 by CST

    CST hosted the 14th annual workshop for specialists on the far right last week at a central London location. The workshop brings together global expert groups and researchers who focus on the far right to analyse current threats and the state of the far right today.  

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

    30 May 2017 by CST

    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

    19 May 2017 by CST

    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 security recommendations cornerstone of new publication on Jewish security in Europe

    18 May 2017 by CST

    The Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights this week launched a new publication to help governments address security needs of Jewish communities across Europe. CST’s Mike Whine MBE attended the launch at the German Parliamentary Society this week. CST is proud to have helped with the compilation of the report, which aims to help governments understand the challenges faced by Jewish communities and to help develop effective responses.

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

    13 Dec 2016 by CST

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

    15 Jul 2016 by CST

    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.  

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

    15 Jun 2016 by CST

    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.

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

    23 Mar 2016 by CST

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

  • In memory of Dan Uzan Z”L

    15 Feb 2016 by CST

    One year ago today, in the early hours of the 15 February 2015, Dan Uzan Z”L was brutally gunned down by Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein whilst protecting 80 people at a Bat Mitzvah at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen commemorated the tragic attacks and laid flowers in memory of both Uzan and filmmaker Finn Noergaard, who was also killed by El-Hussein hours before Uzan at a free speech event.  

  • Remembering Paris: Je Suis Juif & Je Suis Charlie

    8 Jan 2016 by CST

    We remember those killed in the January 2015 antisemitic terrorist attack by Amedy Coulibaly at the kosher Hyper Cacher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, Paris.

  • Jewish teacher stabbed in Marseilles attack by alleged ISIS supporters

    19 Nov 2015 by CST

    Last night a Jewish school teacher was stabbed in Marseilles by three people proclaiming support for Islamic State. The teacher, 57 year old Tzion Saadon, was identifiably Jewish and was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skull cap). It has been reported that the assailants shouted antisemitic abuse and showed a photograph on a mobile phone of Mohammed Merah, the terrorist who killed 4 people at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France in 2012, and who also killed three soldiers in other attacks.  The stabbing last night took place near a school and synagogue complex. The victim is said to not be in a life-threatening condition.  

  • Paris terror attacks

    14 Nov 2015 by CST

    CST extends its deepest condolences to all who have lost loved ones in the appalling Jihadist terror attacks across Paris on the night of 13-14 November. CST is in close contact with UK Police and Government to discuss the implications of the attack for UK Jewish security.

  • CST Northern Dinner

    10 Nov 2015 by CST

    250 supporters of CST attended its annual Northern Dinner, in a leading Manchester city centre hotel on the evening of 9 November 2015.  

  • Jewish Security guard Dan Uzan Z”L awarded medal of courage

    3 Nov 2015 by CST

    Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security guard who was brutally murdered, has been awarded a medal of courage at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. Uzan was slain whilst on duty at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen during a Bar Mitzvah party on early Sunday 15th February 2015 by gunman Omar El-Hussein.

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

    2 Oct 2015 by CST

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

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

    3 Aug 2015 by CST

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

  • Raid on French Group Reveals Jewish Supermarket Target

    13 Jul 2015 by CST

    A court in Paris has handed down a sentence of nine years to leader of ‘Horseman of Pride’, Mohammed Achamlane, after he was convicted for “criminal conspiracy related to a terrorist enterprise”.  

  • CST Government and International Affairs Director trains European police experts

    9 Jul 2015 by CST

    Mike Whine was a trainer at the first week long seminar on hate crime organised by the European Police College in July.

  • Cyprus 'thwarts Hezbollah plot against Israelis or Jews'

    16 Jun 2015 by CST

    Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said that a man arrested last month with a large quantity of bomb-making material was probably a Hizbollah operative planning terrorist attacks against Israelis or Jews.

  • Terrorist trial begins of French jihadists with 'hit list' of Jewish shops

    9 Jun 2015 by CST

    The trail has begun in France of 14 jihadists accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish shops.

  • New poll on attitudes towards Jews and other minorities in Europe

    3 Jun 2015 by Dave Rich

    The Pew Research Center has published a new poll that, amongst other subjects, asked people in six European countries to say how favourably or unfavourably they view Jews, Muslims and Roma. The results repeat the findings of previous polls that show only a small number of people in the UK say they have an unfavourable opinion of Jews.

  • The antisemitic politician who discovered he is Jewish

    5 May 2015 by CST

    BBC's From Our Own Correspondent series has a feature on Csanad Szegedi, the former no.2 in Hungary's far right Jobbik movement who discovered three years ago that he is, in fact, Jewish.

  • CST joins international workshop to combat antisemitism

    24 Apr 2015 by CST

    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.  

  • Antisemitic chants marr Dutch football match

    8 Apr 2015 by CST

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

  • Jewish cemetery vandalised in Hungary

    25 Mar 2015 by CST

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

  • European official backs calls for Europe-wide antisemitism taskforce

    12 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich

    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.

  • Four arrested in France for links to Hyper Cacher terrorist attack

    10 Mar 2015 by CST

    The BBC has reported that French police have arrested four people for alleged connections to the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris in January.

  • (Posthumous) Islamist Comedy Award for Charlie Hebdo

    9 Mar 2015 by Mark Gardner

    Sometimes an organisation reveals its true nature by deliberately behaving in a way that others can only interpret as blatantly stupid, crass and offensive.

  • Being Jewish is not "an act of provocation"

    20 Feb 2015 by CST

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

  • Dan Uzan - a Walking Mezuzah

    19 Feb 2015 by CST

    Many moving tributes have been paid to the late Dan Uzan Z''L, the Danish Jewish community security volunteer who was murdered by an antisemitic terrorist at 0040hrs on 15 February 2015 / 26 Shvat 5775, whilst protecting 80 people at a Bat Mitzvah in Copenhagen's main synagogue.

  • CST statement on synagogue shooting in Copenhagen

    15 Feb 2015 by CST

    CST is deeply saddened by the news of a shooting at a synagogue in Copenhagen last night, following an attack on a free speech meeting in the same city earlier yesterday.

  • We must ensure that antisemitism gets no foothold in Britain

    14 Jan 2015 by CST

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

  • CST Security Response to Paris Murders

    11 Jan 2015 by CST

    CST, working with Police and Government, has increased its security cover at Jewish locations throughout the country. This is in response to the terrorist attack on Friday 9th January in Paris upon the Hyper Cacher Jewish store, in which four hostages were killed by a Jihadi terrorist. The previous day,…

  • Paris Kosher grocery terror attack - latest CST statement

    9 Jan 2015 by CST

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

  • Security notice regarding terrorist incident in Paris

    9 Jan 2015 by CST

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

  • Charlie Hebdo: Security, Liberty, Democracy

    8 Jan 2015 by CST

    CST utterly condemns yesterday's terrorist murder of 12 people at the office of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. We wish every success for the French authorities' efforts to locate and arrest those responsible. Jihadist terrorism in Europe is…

  • The antisemitic pressure cooker

    15 Aug 2014 by CST

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

  • OSCE launches international hate crime website

    17 Jun 2014 by CST

    The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has launched a new Hate Crime Reports website, transforming its annual hate crime report into an interactive and user-friendly resource. The new website divides hate crime data collected from various sources across…

  • Brussels suspect - the lessons

    2 Jun 2014 by CST

    On Friday 30 May, customs officials in Marseilles, southern France, arrested 29 year old French national Mehdi Nemmouche on suspicion of having perpetrated the previous Saturday's terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. If this is the terrorist, then there are some blatant lessons to…

  • Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

    24 May 2014 by CST

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

  • A "normative" life for European Jewry?

    1 May 2014 by CST

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

  • The Unwelcome Arrival of the Quenelle

    30 Jan 2014 by CST

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

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

    10 Jan 2014 by CST

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

  • BBC, quenelle & Berlin Holocaust Memorial

    8 Jan 2014 by CST

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

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

    29 Dec 2013 by CST

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

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

    14 Nov 2013 by CST

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

  • FRA survey - antisemitic harassment and violence in the EU

    11 Nov 2013 by CST

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

  • Preview of official survey on European antisemitism

    1 Nov 2013 by CST

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

  • CST's Mike Whine appointed new UK expert against racism and intolerance

    14 Oct 2013 by CST

    Mike Whine MBE, CST’s Government and International Affairs Director has been appointed as the UK Member of the Strasbourg-based European Commission against Racism and  Intolerance (ECRI). ECRI is the human rights agency of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors racism, xenophobia and antisemitism, and …

  • CST welcomes EU ban on Hizbollah military wing

    22 Jul 2013 by CST

    CST welcomes today's decision by EU foreign ministers to proscribe the military wing of Hizbollah throughout the EU. We have issued a full statement on today's decision jointly with the Jewish Leadership Council, which can be read here, along with a briefing paper outlining the case against Hizbollah. We have…

  • Milan synagogue and Jewish school plotter jailed

    20 May 2013 by CST

    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that a 22-year-old Moroccan man, Mohamed Jarmoune, has been sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment for planning terrorist attacks against Milan’s main synagogue and Jewish school. Italian media said the sentence was more than the four years asked by …

  • UK Govt will press EU to ban Hizbollah's "military wing"

    10 May 2013 by CST

    The UK Govt has stated its intention to "take the lead" in the "EU designation of the Hezbollah military wing". The announcement came in a House of Commons exchange on 9 May between Alistair Burt MP (Under-Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs) and Michael McCann MP (a…

  • Remembering Toulouse

    19 Mar 2013 by CST

    Today we remember Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Aryeh and Gabriel Sandler, and Miriam Monsonego, victims of antisemitic terrorism at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, France, one year ago. We remember Bryan Bijaoui, who was seriously injured in the attack. We also remember Sergeant Imad Ibn-Ziaten, Corporal Abel…

  • French antisemitism report: a warning

    20 Feb 2013 by CST

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

  • Combatting Europe's serious antisemitism problem

    7 Jan 2013 by CST

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

  • Antisemitism and football: time for action

    26 Nov 2012 by CST

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

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

    21 Sep 2012 by Mark Gardner

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

  • European Antisemitism Survey

    4 Sep 2012 by CST

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

  • Antisemitism after Toulouse

    6 Jun 2012 by CST

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

  • Important EU study of antisemitism across Europe

    23 May 2012 by CST

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

  • Greek neo-Nazis & Egyptian Islamists: Signs of the Times

    14 May 2012 by CST

    Two shocking videos reveal the essence of contemporary extremism and its drivers. The first video concerns the Greek far right party, Golden Dawn. This group received 6.97% of the vote at the Greek elections last week. Worse still, another far right group, LAOS received 2.9%, meaning that virtually 1 in 10 Greek voters supported…

  • French Islamists charged with targeting Jewish judge

    3 Apr 2012 by CST

    13 French Islamists connected to the banned Forsane Alizza group are to be charged with a series of terrorist offences, including a plot to kidnap a Jewish judge in Lyon. According to a report in the Guardian: Prosecutor François Molins told a news conference the Forsane Alizza group, or…

  • Toulouse Tragedy: Learning the Lessons

    23 Mar 2012 by CST

    Today's Jewish Telegraph contains the following opinion piece from CST:   Toulouse Tragedy: Learning the Lessons As we try to come to terms with the dreadful shootings in Toulouse, we look to make some sense of what has happened and what lessons can be learned. In asking this,…

  • After Toulouse

    22 Mar 2012 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle carries a CST opinion piece regarding communal security in the aftermath of the terrorist attack upon the Jewish community in Toulouse, France. As is normal, the Chronicle version is slightly edited from CST's original submission, which appears here in full and with its…

  • Toulouse shooting: suspect identified

    21 Mar 2012 by CST

    French police have identified Mohammed Merah, a French national with alleged connections to al-Qaeda, as the prime suspect for the murder of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday. Merah is currently surrounded in his flat in Toulouse where he is armed and is refusing to surrender. …

  • Shooting at a Jewish School in France

    19 Mar 2012 by CST

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

  • Milan synagogue: terror arrests in UK and Italy

    15 Mar 2012 by CST

    News agencies are reporting that British and Italian anti-terrorism police have this morning arrested two people on suspicion of involvement in a potential terrorist attack on a Milan synagogue. CST has been informed by Scotland Yard that there is no indication that UK…

  • Terror plot targeting staff at Jewish school in Azerbaijan foiled

    23 Jan 2012 by CST

    Haaretz reports that the authorities in Azerbaijan have foiled an Iranian terror plot to kill staff at a Jewish school in Baku: Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile,…

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

    15 Dec 2011 by Dave Rich

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

  • Facing Facts! call for experts on hate crime

    15 Nov 2011 by CST

    Facing Facts! is an EU-funded project to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes and hate incidents across the European Union. CST is a partner organisation in the project alongside three other NGOs dealing with hate crime. Call for experts to create hate crime data monitoring guidelines The project, which…

  • Chanan Reitblat on fighting racism

    22 Sep 2011 by Dave Rich

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

  • The development of far right terrorism in Europe

    27 Jul 2011 by CST

    The report published by CST today, Terrorist Incidents Against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 1968–2010, includes several successful and foiled terrorist attacks against Jews by neo-Nazis and others on the far right. In the light of the horrific terrorist attack in Norway last week, and the ongoing debate about far …

  • Anders Behring Breivik's political platform

    26 Jul 2011 by CST

    When Anders Behring Breivik set out to commit mass murder last Friday, he left behind a huge amount of material explaining his motivations, intentions and preparations: mainly in the form of a 1,516-page written manifesto and a 12 minute video, both of which can be found here. There is something very…

  • OSCE: Confronting antisemitism in public discourse

    14 Jul 2011 by CST

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

  • UCU, EUMC, antisemitism and anti-Zionism

    20 May 2011 by CST

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

  • CST Joins EU Project to Tackle European Hate Crime

    24 Mar 2011 by CST

    The European Commission has given a substantial grant of over two hundred thousand Euros to CST and three other Non-Governmental Organisations from Belgium and the Netherlands, to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes and incidents throughout the European Union. The Facing Facts! project is made up of the Brussels-based…

  • Pig's head left at Lithuanian synagogue

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

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

  • Arab European League fined for Holocaust Denial cartoon

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

    A Dutch appeals court has found against the Arab European League for publishing a Holocaust Denial cartoon on its website in 2006, according to Reuters:  A Dutch Muslim group was fined 2,500 euros ($3,200) for publishing a cartoon which suggested the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated by Jews, a Dutch appeals…

  • Cemetery desecration in the 21st century

    29 Jun 2010 by CST

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

  • Antisemitic incidents in France

    9 Jun 2010 by CST

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

  • Desecrations in Greece, arson in Germany

    18 May 2010 by CST

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

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

    17 May 2010 by CST

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

  • Dieudonne on Press TV

    10 May 2010 by CST

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

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Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
Senior Rabbi, Reform Judaism