Blog – far right

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

    3 Mar 2017 by Dave Rich

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

  • Positioning Steve Bannon on the Fascism - Nationalism spectrum

    23 Feb 2017 by Dave Rich

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

  • Why we must protect the memory of Cable Street

    9 Oct 2016 by CST

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

  • Ken Livingstone's chopped liver

    20 May 2016 by Mark Gardner

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

  • Far right still flies the flag of hate

    12 May 2016 by Mark Gardner

    When I meet people who need antisemitism explained, I usually begin by showing them three items from the old Jewish defence archives. The first is a National Socialist Movement flyer from 1962. Entitled "Free Britain From Jewish Control", it shows a fat hook-nosed Jew in banker's clothing, wielding a whip, its end shaped like a pound sterling sign. In the grotesque Jew's other hand is a sack of coins. Across his stomach is a watch chain, bearing a Star of David. Licking his feet, begging like dogs, are politicians marked "Labour", "Conservative" and "Lib".  

  • Far right demonstrators at Golders Green war memorial

    2 Apr 2016 by CST

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

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

    17 Dec 2015 by CST

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

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine found guilty of inciting racial hatred

    16 Dec 2015 by CST

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

  • What happened on 4 July

    7 Jul 2015 by CST

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

  • MPS Statement on conditions imposed on July 4th Demonstration

    30 Jun 2015 by CST

    The Metropolitan Police Service have shared their statement with CST regarding conditions that they have imposed on the July 4th demonstration:

  • Neo-Nazi demonstration moved from Golders Green

    30 Jun 2015 by CST

    CST welcomes the decision, announced today, to relocate the proposed neo-Nazi demonstration of 4 July from Golders Green to central London.

  • Proposed neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green

    20 May 2015 by CST

    For several weeks, CST has known of a proposed neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green, North London, planned for Saturday 4 July. CST has been discussing the matter with Police and Government, and yesterday joined with other Jewish groups in asking that the demonstration be banned.  Should the demonstration proceed, CST will do its utmost to protect both those who choose to counter-demonstrate and those who choose to continue their normal Jewish lives.  

  • Neo-Nazis in London

    22 Apr 2015 by Mark Gardner

    Two antisemitic far Right gatherings have occurred in London in successive weeks, showing the Jew-hating essence of both the fake intellectual and the street thug wings of the UK far Right. CST will continue opposing such events, working closely with our communities, Police and Government. 

  • Neo-Nazi 'demonstration' announced for Stamford Hill, north London

    2 Feb 2015 by CST

    A neo-Nazi activist called Joshua Bonehill-Paine has announced his intention to hold an antisemitic demonstration in Stamford Hill, north London, on 22nd March. This has distressed many people due to the presence of a large Jewish community in that part of London. CST has received several calls, emails and other messages of concern as a result.

  • BNP Youth: “Yesterday Belongs To Me?”

    22 May 2014 by CST

    The BNP seems set for a whitewashing in today's European and local elections, but as the ballot box recedes, so the party has now fully returned to its old Nazi-style antisemitic heritage: and the torch is passing to BNP Youth, a new generation of great…

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

    13 May 2014 by CST

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

  • Neo-Nazi Terror Attack in Kansas

    14 Apr 2014 by CST

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

  • The BNP's slow return to antisemitism

    14 Mar 2014 by CST

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

  • The Unwelcome Arrival of the Quenelle

    30 Jan 2014 by CST

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

  • BNP: genetics and Jewish vampire conspiracies

    28 Jan 2014 by CST

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

  • Nailing the EDL-Zionist lie

    17 Oct 2013 by CST

    In the Huffington Post, Salma Yaqoob (ex leader of Respect) has written about Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League. Apparently, prior to quitting the EDL, Robinson complained to Yaqoob that “Zionists” had failed to support the anti-Muslim group: he bizarrely admitted the E…

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

    10 Oct 2013 by CST

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

  • On Studying Fascism and Antisemitism

    12 Apr 2013 by CST

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

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

    21 Feb 2013 by CST

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

  • Nazism in Public Places and "No, no, no"

    15 Aug 2012 by CST

    Two Nazi-themed controversies in recent days pose interesting questions about taste, art and freedom of speech.  The first controversy at least has the advantage of being original - an Adolf Hitler crazy golf hole in Blackpool that shouts "No, no, no" and raises its arm in…

  • The Islamic Centre of England's ex-fascist on Anders Breivik: 'blame Zionists'

    27 Jun 2012 by CST

    Why would the editor of a London pro-Iranian magazine write an article about the forces behind mass killer Anders Breivik, that failed to make any mention of the Islamophobic far Right? Living Islam, the magazine of an Iranian Shia mosque in London that calls itself the Islamic Centre of…

  • The ‘New Right’: a British Tradition

    11 Jun 2012 by CST

    Over 30 years ago, around the time of the death of Oswald Mosley, David Irving bemoaned the poor quality of the senior activists and thinkers of the British far Right. He hoped that groups such as the Clarendon Club and his own Focal Point Publications would help rectify this. Irving…

  • 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…

  • Lessons From Nick Griffin and Jeremy Corbyn.

    1 May 2012 by CST

     In recent days, the British National Party leader Nick Griffin, and the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn MP, have unwittingly demonstrated how modern day antisemitism and anti-Zionism work; and how people respond to them.  On 19th April 2012, Griffin reacted on Twitter to five far right activists having been …

  • Home Affairs Committee quotes CST on far right extremism

    6 Feb 2012 by CST

    The Home Affairs Committee has today published its report on the roots of violent radicalisation, and has warned of the growing danger of extreme right terrorism: MPs have warned the government not to neglect the threat from extreme far-right terrorism. In a report on radicalisation, the Home Affairs Committee said…

  • LSE students, Nazi drinking games and antisemitic assault

    15 Jan 2012 by CST

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

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

    15 Dec 2011 by Dave Rich

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

  • The Spirit of Cable Street

    4 Oct 2011 by Dave Rich

    Today is the 75th anniversary of the 'Battle of Cable Street', when an attempted march by Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists (BUF), through largely-Jewish areas of the East End of London in October 1936, was prevented by huge numbers of anti-fascist protestors, who engaged in violent clashes with…

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

    3 Oct 2011 by Mark Gardner

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

  • Tower Hamlets, EDL, Jews and Israel.

    6 Sep 2011 by CST

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

  • 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…

  • Recognising the threat of far right terrorism

    24 Jul 2011 by CST

    The appalling and tragic events in Norway on Friday have served as an horrific reminder that Europe's far right is capable of producing terrorists, who are just as willing to kill in large numbers as any jihadi terrorist group. Previously, most attempts by neo-Nazis or other adherents of far right…

  • BNP and Respect: spot the difference quiz

    21 Jul 2011 by CST

    The British National Party and the Respect Party lie at opposite ends of the political spectrum. So, this brief 'who said what?' quiz should be quite straightforward:    1. Which party's leading member has just posted this about "American/neo-con ‘Long War’ to c…

  • Demonstration at the Israeli Embassy: a clarification

    13 May 2011 by CST

    CST is aware that a demonstration in support of Israel has been organised to take place outside the Israeli Embassy in London this Sunday (this is totally separate from the 'We Believe in Israel' event on the same day). Some of the advertising for this demonstration claims that it has…

  • Nick Griffin, hate crime expert

    10 May 2011 by CST

    While his party crumbles around him, a curious tweet (well, series of tweets) emerges from BNP leader and MEP Nick Griffin. Strung together, they read: Busy researching issue of racist attacks against English youngsters in Lancashire for short presentation to a Symposium on Hate Crime. Good to have been…

  • Zionism and Islamophobia

    17 Feb 2011 by CST

    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…

  • Exclude Pastor Jones

    13 Dec 2010 by CST

    Update, within hours of posting the below article, CST has seen an EDL statement in which they say that contrary to media reports, they did not invite Pastor Jones to speak, but that he had approached them and they had agreed "in principle". However, EDL…

  • A window on the BNP leadership

    15 Jul 2010 by CST

    The BNP leadership contest, in which party leader Nick Griffin is being challenged by veteran far right activist Eddy Butler, is dragging the party down into a pit of bitter infighting and petty squabbles. Meanwhile the party's financial problems continue to escalate. The ongoing case…

  • Aryan Strike Force

    1 Jul 2010 by CST

    Following the convictions of two more members of the neo-Nazi Aryan Strike Force last week, the Jewish Chronicle has a fascinating background article detailing the antisemitism and violent fantasies of the group: They were two anonymous houses in anonymous suburban terraces. But when police arrived with search warrants they found…

  • Neo-Nazis convicted for antisemitic race hate

    25 Jun 2010 by CST

    Two neo-Nazis have been convicted of inciting hatred against Jews and other minorities: Food packer Michael Heaton, 42, idolised Nazi warlord Rudolf Hess and kept piles of memorabilia including swaztikas and a fearsome armory of weapons. After a 12 day trial at Liverpool Crown Court Heaton was convicted on four counts of …

  • BNP activist jailed for violent attack

    24 Jun 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle reports: A BNP party member has been convicted of attacking an anti-fascist demonstrator, in a protracted court saga. Peter Tierney, 53, from Liverpool, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict at Liverpool Crown Court last Thursday for smashing Nicholas Barnett over the head with a camera tripod. The…

  • Birobidjan - a campaign update

    17 Jun 2010 by CST

    Earlier this year, we blogged on the efforts of Michele Renouf, one of Britain's best-known Holocaust deniers, to promote her campaign to have Jews relocate en masse to Birobidjan, a Jewish autonomous region established in the eastern Soviet Union by Stalin in 1934. On that occasion, she was speaking to a…

  • The English Defence League: bigotry and hate

    4 Jun 2010 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle reports that the English Defence League, like the British National Party, is trying to recruit Jews to its Islamophobic campaign: The English Defence League, the extreme right-wing anti-Islamic-fundamentalism group, has launched a "Jewish division", encouraging members of the community to "lead the counter-Jihad fight in England". It…

  • BNP Councillor: "about 300,000 people died in the Jewish Holocaust"

    21 May 2010 by CST

    On 5 May, the Nothing British About the BNP group revealed this ugly photograph, showing Stoke on Trent's first BNP councillor, Steve Batkin, posing in front a war memorial.  Batkin is on the far right of the photograph. (Any pun here is entirely accidental.&nbsp…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part three

    28 Apr 2010 by CST

    Parts one and two of this series of blogs can be read here and here. By the end of the 1980s the increasingly strange direction of the NF's leadership was having a damaging impact on the party's membership, which had dwindled from a few thousand in the early 1980s to…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part two

    27 Apr 2010 by CST

    Read part one of this series of blogs here The National Front's public admiration for the Iranian Revolution and their financial connection with Libya were not universally popular amongst NF members. Even within the leadership group there were some who were unhappy about these Middle Eastern links, and about the…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part one

    26 Apr 2010 by CST

    This is the first in a three-part series of blogs Edmund Standing wrote a while ago about a BNP member, Edith Crowther, who had posted a blog comment claiming that: I realised long ago that the BNP is the British equivalent of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whom I admire…

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