A year ago this week, on 17 May 2019, Jack Renshaw was sentenced to life imprisonment for his attempt to murder a Member of Parliament and a senior police officer in what would have been a shocking act of neo-Nazi terrorism. Renshaw’s path from far right student activist to would-be neo-Nazi terrorist is an example of the danger of hateful extremism, and the power of the violent rhetoric that permeates Britain’s far right. It is also a chilling reminder that hatred of Jews lies at the core of neo-Nazi ideology: while discussing his terror plot with his closest colleagues, Renshaw considered attacking a synagogue.
CST supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week and launches guide to tackling antisemitism on Facebook
CST is proud to support the annual National Crime Awareness Week, a week of action to raise awareness and to encourage local authorities, communities and key partners to tackle hate crime. This week, the Home Office revealed that hate crimes against Jews had doubled in England and Wales, with 1,326 recorded in 2018/9, compared to 672 the previous year. In 18% of the recorded religious hate crimes, Jews were the target, while 47% targeted the Muslim community.
CST is a member of CATCH, the Community Alliance To Combat Hate, which is partnership of organisations from different communities to support victims of hate crimes and ensure they get the help they need. This month, all the CATCH members ran a campaign in response to growing race hatred and polarisation.
CST welcomes the call made today by Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore MP, on all institutions to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. Jewish student life continues to flourish in campuses throughout the UK; however antisemitism still exists. In 2018, CST recorded 25 antisemitic incidents related to campus, including damage and desecration, threats and abusive behaviour.
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.
In association with the Antisemitism Policy Trust and CST, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has produced an eye-opening short study, Hidden Hate: What Google searches tell us about antisemitism today, which was released earlier this month. The report looked at what people search for when using Google, as well as examined the far right, often antisemitic, forum Stormfront, based in the USA.
What can the internet tell us about antisemitism in the United Kingdom? Today , CST and the Antisemitism Policy Trust publish a new report, called Hidden Hate: What Google searches tell us about antisemitism today, that uses Google search data from 2004 to 2018 to show what people in the UK are searching for in relation to Jews, Zionism and the Holocaust, and what this tells us about antisemitic attitudes in Britain today. The report is authored by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who wrote the acclaimed 2017 book Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. The report also uses data from the complete archive of the far right website Stormfront, which has been used as a discussion board by neo-Nazis across the world for over 20 years.
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.
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.
Over the High Holy Day period in September and the beginning of October, CST was proud to run a joint digital campaign with partner, Tell Mama, who record and measure anti-Muslim incidents in the UK. The campaign, ‘#DontLabelMe I am Human Too’, was born out of a Europe-wide project, and reached over 2 million people.