Blog – far right
5 Jul 2019 by CST
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.
17 May 2019 by CST
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.
25 Mar 2019 by CST
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.”
22 Jan 2019 by CST
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.
29 Oct 2018 by CST
Following the tragic mass casualty shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA, this Shabbat, CST has sent this security bulletin to all UK Jewish communal venues, requesting that our community remains calm, vigilant and cooperative with security measures.
23 Oct 2018 by CST
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.
19 Jun 2018 by CST
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.
14 Jun 2018 by CST
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.
4 Jun 2018 by CST
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.
Antisemitic Holocaust denier and musician found guilty in landmark case after posting grossly offensive videos
25 May 2018 by CST
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.
15 May 2018 by CST
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.
19 Apr 2018 by CST
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.
CST welcomes Facebook’s significant decision to ban far right Britain First page from their platform
14 Mar 2018 by CST
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 Dec 2016 by CST
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.
30 Nov 2016 by CST
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
17 Dec 2015 by CST
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.
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.
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”.
17 Aug 2015 by CST
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.
14 Jul 2015 by CST
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 .
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.
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:
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.
19 Jun 2015 by CST
Golders Green Together, the community wide response to the neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green on July 4th, is coordinating a social media 'Thunderclap' as an expression of unity and diversity in the face of division.
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.
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.
24 Mar 2015 by Jonny Newton
Home Secretary Theresa May outlined details of the new Home Office extremism strategy yesterday, where she stated that it would aim “to tackle the whole spectrum of extremism, violent and non-violent, ideological and non-ideological, Islamist and neo-Nazi – hate and fear in all their forms.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
12 Apr 2013 by CST
The Wiener Librarys 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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
1 May 2012 by CST
In recent days, the British National Party leader Nick Griffin, and the Labour Partys 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 …
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…
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 Unions ski …
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…
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…
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…
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…
27 Jul 2011 by CST
The report published by CST today, Terrorist Incidents Against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 19682010, 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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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. …
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…
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…
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…