Blog – Hate Crime

  • 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.

  • CST works with Faith Associates to improve security for mosques ahead of Ramadan

    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.  

  • Top Barnet Police Officer examines 17 years of faith hate crime in London

    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.  

  • CST hosts hate crime event with Bury Police and introduces new reporting scheme

    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.   

  • Kick It Out reports significant rise in discrimination and antisemitism

    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%.   

  • CST attends First Victims’ Summit in Westminster organised by the Victims’ Commissioner for London

    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.                                          

  • Crown Prosecution Service reveals new data on tackling hate crime

    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.   

  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

    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.  

  • CST joins phone app for reporting hate crime

    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…

  • Man imprisoned for antisemitic abuse in Golders Green

    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.  

  • Man handed fine after pleading guilty to antisemitic hate crime

    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.   

  • HATE CRIME: A guide to those affected

    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.

  • Committee criticises social media companies for failure to tackle hate online

    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.  

  • CST welcomes new Scotland Yard online hate crime unit

    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.

  • CST welcomes new Mayoral Police and Crime Plan for London

    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.  

  • 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.  

  • Twitter unveils new policy on hateful conduct following dialogue with groups including CST

    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.   

  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week 8 – 15 October 2016

    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.  

  • CST assists Home Office in formulation of new Hate Crime Action Plan

    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.   

  • CST visits Sussex Jewish community to discuss antisemitism and security concerns

    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.   

  • When “militant Zionist” just means “Jew”

    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.

  • 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”.  

  • Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime Launches Hate Crime Dashboard

    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.  

  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week, 10th – 17th October 2015

    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.

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine Refused Bail on Incitement to Racial Hatred Charges

    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 .  

  • New report calls for Police unit to tackle online hate

    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.

  • Scale of online abuse in football revealed

    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.

  • UK Home Office Extremism Strategy

    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.

  • New Facebook guidelines for removing hate content

    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.

  • 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…

  • CST hate crime report: good news, but the heat is still on

    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…

  • Prosecutions for antisemitic criminal acts

    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…

  • Countering online hate on Safer Internet Day

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • CST launches 'A Guide to Fighting Hate Crime'

    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 …

  • Police hate crime website launched

    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…

  • Fighting hate crime in Manchester

    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…

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