Blog – Hate Crime
15 Apr 2019 by CST
A man has been convicted of racially aggravated public order offences following an altercation outside a synagogue in Hendon, north London, in March 2018. Al Kareem Bersi, 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.
5 Apr 2019 by CST
CST was delighted to host the CST Hate Crime Awareness Conference for Northern Police Officers this week in Manchester. CST enjoys a national information-sharing agreement with Police forces, meaning that Police can share reports of antisemitic incidents and vice versa, ensuring CST and Police have the most accurate information on antisemitic hate crime in the United Kingdom. CST regularly conducts joint patrols with Police across the country, educates them about the Jewish community, antisemitism and related threats. This conference served to strengthen these ties and ensure we can both continue to protect the Jewish community.
4 Apr 2019 by CST
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.
27 Mar 2019 by 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.
11 Mar 2019 by CST
Last week, CST was delighted to welcome four members of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division to our office in London to discuss their work. CST is proud of our long-standing relationship with the CPS, with CST's International Director, Mike Whine MBE previously acting as Lay Adviser to the Counter Terrorism Division and currently sitting on the Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel of the London CPS.
17 Jan 2019 by CST
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.
28 Nov 2018 by CST
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.
23 Oct 2018 by CST
This October, CST supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) organised by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign alongside Stop Hate UK. CST attended events and ran stalls around London and produced a successful social media campaign to raise awareness of NHCAW and the importance of reporting hate crime.
15 Oct 2018 by CST
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.
7 Sep 2018 by CST
Police officers and PCSOs have been working closely with Community Security Trust (CST) to prevent antisemitic hate crime and provide community reassurance in Hertsmere.
7 Sep 2018 by CST
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.
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.
8 May 2018 by CST
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.
14 Mar 2018 by CST
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.
8 Feb 2018 by CST
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.
7 Feb 2018 by CST
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%.
22 Nov 2017 by CST
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).
CST supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week alongside major community groups, Police and Government
20 Oct 2017 by CST
CST is proud to support the annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It has been CST’s pleasure to join several events this week to promote education about hate crime and help those who have been affected. These events include the Surrey Police Hate Crime conference, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) stakeholders meeting at City Hall, hosted by Victim’s Commissioner Claire Waxman as well as an event with Brent Council and a visit to CST by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.
17 Oct 2017 by CST
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.
16 Oct 2017 by CST
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.
29 Sep 2017 by CST
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…
11 Sep 2017 by CST
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.
7 Sep 2017 by CST
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.
23 Aug 2017 by CST
CST is publishing a comprehensive guide for those affected by Hate Crime, co-authored with the Crown Prosecution Service and Tell MAMA, and supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government. The guide provides guidance and advice for victims and witnesses of hate crime on how to navigate the criminal justice system, from how to react to and report a hate crime to understanding the law and processes of the UK court system.
3 May 2017 by CST
In a new report from the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Government has been called on to consider whether it is a crime for social media companies to allow “illegal and dangerous” content on their platforms. The Committee called for the inquiry following the murder of Jo Cox MP by far right extremist Thomas Mair. CST submitted substantial evidence to the Committee, focusing on antisemitism on social media. The Committee has recommended in their report for the Government to implement a stronger penalty for failure to act on hate online, for social media platforms to pay towards the cost of policing the platforms and for social media companies to issue reports on their safeguarding activity.
27 Apr 2017 by CST
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.
22 Mar 2017 by CST
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.
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.
15 Nov 2016 by 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.
9 Oct 2016 by CST
Founded in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks in Brixton, National Hate Crime Awareness Week is taking place this year between 8th-15th October. The week is coordinated by the 17-24-30 NO to Hate Crime campaign and Stop Hate UK. 17-24-30 was set up to commemorate the dates of the three London nail bombs planted by David Copeland, a racist homophobe who wanted to target the Black, Asian and Gay communities in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. The attacks left three people dead and injured over 130 people.
26 Jul 2016 by CST
Today the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, launched the Hate Crime Action Plan at the offices of Galop, the lead organisation behind the CATCH: Community Alliance to Combat Hate project. Though long in the planning stages, it has been launched following a surge in hate crimes being reported since the vote to the leave the European Union. CST had the pleasure of being invited to the launch this morning to discuss the plan with the Home Secretary, alongside community partners including Tell Mama UK and Galop.
20 May 2016 by CST
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.
12 Apr 2016 by CST
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.
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”.
20 Oct 2015 by CST
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) launched a Hate Crime dashboard last week coinciding with National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It was launched as part of MOPAC's Hate Crime Reduction Strategy which CST was consulted on. The figures cited are from the Metropolitan Police Service, who CST has a data sharing agreement with which mutually ensures greater accuracy in antisemitic incident figures.
12 Oct 2015 by CST
National Hate Crime Awareness week, which was founded in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks in Brixton, is taking place this year between 10th – 17th October. The week is coordinated by the 17-24-30 NO to Hate Crime organisation, which was founded to remember those murdered in the Nail Bombs, and Stop Hate UK.
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 .
25 Jun 2015 by CST
A new report written by Andrew Boff, a member of the Conservative Group on the London Assembly, has called for a specialist Police unit to be set up to tackle online hate crime.
17 Apr 2015 by Dave Rich
Football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have published research that shows the scale of online abuse of Premier League players and clubs this season. They found over 134,000 abusive tweets, posts and comments, of which 28% were racist and 9% were antisemitic.
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.
17 Mar 2015 by CST
Facebook has published a new set of rules explaining to users what kind of content is not allowed on the site. These include tougher restrictions on hate content and a ban on the use of Facebook by organisations that promote hate.
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…
7 Feb 2014 by CST
The Jewish Chronicle carries this opinion piece below by CST's Director of Communications, Mark Gardner, analysing CST's latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report (download report pdf here). For once, the antisemitism headlines are good news, CST reports incidents down by 18 per cent. At CST, we welcome the fall, but know t…
20 Jun 2013 by CST
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…
8 Feb 2012 by CST
CST and the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism used Safer Internet Day 2012 to promote the online reporting of hate crime via the True Vision reporting website to Members of Parliament yesterday. True Vision, which can be found at http://www.report-it.org.uk, is a website run by the…
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…
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…
10 Mar 2011 by CST
CST, supported by the Home Office, today publishes a new guide to help other minority communities establish their own hate crime monitoring systems. A Guide to Fighting Hate Crime was written by CST with the help of a grant from the Home Office Victims Fund. CST has recorded …
1 Feb 2011 by CST
The proper reporting and recording of hate crimes is a vital first step in the work done by CST, the police and others in reducing hate crime and supporting its victims. People who suffer hate crime often feel vulnerable and isolated, and it is important to provide as many different…
28 May 2010 by CST
Today's Jewish Chronicle has an interview with Chief Constable Peter Fahy of Greater Manchester Police. GMP have made great efforts to tackle antisemitic hate crime in recent years, and work closely with CST and the Jewish community. The JC quotes Chief Constable Fahy emphasising the need to report incidents to…