Blog – Incidents
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.
31 Aug 2018 by CST
Last night, CST hosted the annual High Holy Day briefing in London for Police, CST security volunteers and others. The aim of the briefing is to present the risks facing the Jewish community during the High Holy Day period as well as the joint CST and Police security operation which will be running. The event was one of several CST will be holding and a briefing in Birmingham took place as well. CST will also be hosting several others across the country, including in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, to ensure all volunteers and Police are aware of the challenges facing the community.
23 Aug 2018 by CST
CST has long supported the use of Restorative Justice for victims of crime in order to explain to offenders the impact of their crime, and for offenders to apologise for their actions. This month, CST has been involved another Restorative Justice case, after an antisemitic incident took place in May in Prestwich.
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.
25 Jan 2018 by CST
A plumber was sentenced under the Malicious Communications Act at Oxford Magistrates Court on the 11 January 2017 for launching a tirade of antisemitic abuse towards a Jewish man, who he mistakenly believed had not paid him for his plumbing services. CST supported the victim, who was harassed with threatening calls and emails by the plumber.
Pensioner who daubed anti-Zionist and antisemitic graffiti in Dunham Massey sentenced following cooperation between CST and Police
6 Nov 2017 by CST
Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old pensioner from Altrincham, has been sentenced following a campaign of graffiti, including antisemitism. CST’s Northern Regional office worked closely with Police following the several incidents at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey, that took place between August 2016 and June 2017.
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…
CST Antisemitic Incidents Report reveals record number of antisemitic hate incidents in first six months of 2017
27 Jul 2017 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report January – June 2017, published today, shows that in the first six months of this year, CST recorded 767 antisemitic incidents, which was a 30% increase from the 589 incidents recorded during the same period in 2016. This total of 767 incidents is a record for the first six months of any year. A further 483 reports were received by CST in the first six months of 2017, but were not deemed to be antisemitic and are not included in this total.
17 Jul 2017 by CST
On the morning of Saturday 15 July, CST volunteers and commercial security guards helped protect the Jewish community from a potentially serious incident. Shortly after 11.15am, a man was seen running in Brent Street, Hendon, north west London. The man was barefoot and bare chested, carrying two knives (one a large kitchen style knife, the other smaller). He rushed down a narrow lane in which a synagogue is located, and which is a dead end. Ahead of him, synagogue congregants ran into the building, ushered by the synagogue’s own CST-trained security officer and a commercial security guard employed by the synagogue.
8 Feb 2017 by Mark Gardner
This opinion piece, by CST Director of Communications Mark Gardner appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish News, where it was entitled, “The year Jew hate didn’t even need false pretext”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016.
6 Feb 2017 by CST
This opinion piece, by CST Chief Executive David S Delew appeared in the 3 February 2017 edition of the Jewish Chronicle, where it was entitled, “The new normal? let’s hope it isn’t”. The article discusses CST’s latest annual Antisemitic Incidents Report, showing that CST recorded a record high number of incidents in 2016.
23 Jan 2017 by CST
CST received reports of six antisemitic incidents in the Edgware and Mill Hill areas of Barnet over the weekend of 20/21 January, five of which had occurred on the weekend itself and one of which took place the weekend before. These incidents included eggs being thrown at Jewish people and property; antisemitic graffiti; and a brick with swastikas drawn on it being thrown through the front window of a Jewish family’s home.
19 Oct 2016 by CST
On Sunday the Home Affairs Select Committee released a report into antisemitism in the UK, following months of investigations, including sessions with the Committee where representatives from CST, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies gave evidence.
17 Aug 2016 by CST
A Polish man, Kamil Malmon, has been found guilty and handed a 26 week suspended sentence for writing “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June of this year. Malmon was filmed by CCTV, installed at the synagogue with funding provided by CST’s Security Enhancement Project, approaching the wall where the graffiti was later found. Malmon appeared to take something out of his pocket and draw on the wall. He was later identified by the caretaker of the synagogue and a pencil was found on his person.
4 Aug 2016 by CST
The first six months of 2016 saw an 11 per cent increase in antisemitic hate incidents recorded in the UK compared to the same period in 2015, according to CST's Antisemitic Incident Report January-June 2016, published today.
17 Jun 2016 by CST
CST welcomes the conviction and sentencing today of Geoffrey Ingram for racially aggravated abuse following an incident in June 2015 on Regent Street. The abuse occurred after a minor motoring incident, after which the offender intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skullcap). The offender, at close quarters, shouted at the victim a series of antisemitic insults and threats before the Police were called. The victim reported the incident to CST and commented that after the incident he was “really shaken up – I had to cancel meetings that day because I was a bag of nerves”. This clearly demonstrates the enormous impact that antisemitic abuse has on the victim, and that all incidents should be taken seriously and reported.
15 Jun 2016 by CST
The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative was launched last week in Strasbourg, France at a briefing at the Council of Europe. The Initiative aims to restore cemeteries across Eastern Europe, and has so far restored several in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova. Cemetery desecrations cause deep distress to both families of those who are buried at the cemetery, and to the wider Jewish community. It shows Jews that they are not safe from repellent antisemitism, even in death. Damage to Jewish cemeteries can also be simple criminal vandalism and is not always necessarily motivated by antisemitism.
19 May 2016 by CST
CST has been working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) following damage to 14 gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester today. CST, GMP and the Jewish Cemetery Trust inspected the gravestones this morning. There was no antisemitic graffiti found; at best this is a despicable act of criminal vandalism and at worst a targeted hate crime. It is likely to cause deep distress to those who have loved ones in the cemetery and to the wider Jewish community.
17 Feb 2016 by CST
These allegations are very serious and demand a full and urgent inquiry. There is a clear link between extreme hatred of Israel and the kind of antisemitic and pro-terrorist attitudes alleged by Oxford Jewish Society.
4 Feb 2016 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2015, published today, shows that last year saw the third-highest annual total of antisemitic hate incidents in the UK.
31 Dec 2015 by CST
On the Simon Lederman show on BBC Radio London early in the morning of 22 December 2015, a man named as “Andy from St Margaret’s” was allowed to make antisemitic accusations without significant condemnation or rebuttal. CST condemns the BBC for allowing the caller to continue without being properly opposed or cut off by the presenter. CST also believes the content of the call is in direct contravention to the BBC’s own guidelines for dealing with controversial subjects, impartiality, religious sensitivity, harm and offence.
12 Nov 2015 by Mark Gardner
Yesterday, CST Blog featured an article stating the need for politicians and their political parties to adequately apologise, in words and actions, for antisemitic behaviours on their watch.
9 Oct 2015 by CST
Instances of antisemitic abuse from protesters have been reported from outside the Conservative Party Conference, which took place in Manchester earlier this week. Witnesses have claimed that delegates were branded “Nazis” and one visibly Jewish delegate was told to “go back to Auschwitz”. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated that they have “not received any reports” of antisemitism in relation to the conference, however the officers “policing the conference have been given clear direction to take action against any individual who goes beyond peaceful protest”.
10 Sep 2015 by CST
CST thanks Greater Manchester Police for its prompt action concerning a particularly serious and worrying incident in heart of north Manchester's Jewish community. There is far too much antisemitic abuse and violence and we hope these arrests will send a strong message, providing some reassurance to the Jewish community.
8 Sep 2015 by CST
CST is sending the below security notice to synagogues and other Jewish organisations in Greater Manchester. This follows a serious antisemitic assault in the heart of the north Manchester Jewish community.
19 Aug 2015 by Mark Gardner
American-Jewish reggae star Matisyahu, was barred from a Spanish music festival before being invited back: the latest case of morality testing for Jews that now risks being an open and regular feature of anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) demands.
30 Jul 2015 by CST
CST’s Antisemitic Incident Report for January to June 2015, published today, shows a 53% increase in antisemitic incidents compared to the same period last year.
13 Apr 2015 by CST
Working in the CST Incident Department is challenging but highly rewarding. We are often the first point of contact for victims of antisemitism. When we answer the phone we do not know what we are going to be dealing with.
26 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich
The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the fight at a synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, on Saturday night was sparked by an argument at a nearby party.
25 Mar 2015 by CST
A Jewish cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary, was desecrated over the weekend, leaving 15-20 gravestones damaged.
23 Mar 2015 by CST
Social media and British and international news outlets have reacted strongly to an incident at a synagogue in Stamford Hill early on Sunday 22 March.
23 Feb 2015 by CST
CST welcomes today's statement by Lord Ouseley, Chair of football's anti-discriminiation campaign Kick It Out, in which he condemns antisemitic chanting by some West Ham United supporters on their way to yesterday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.
5 Feb 2015 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2014, published today, shows a record number of antisemitic hate incidents were recorded in the UK last year.
10 Nov 2014 by CST
CST Chief Executive David Delew and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, have sent a joint letter to council leaders reminding them of the importance of removing antisemitic and racist graffiti and reporting it to the Police. The letter, which can be downloaded in…
4 Sep 2014 by CST
Antisemitic reactions to this summers conflict between Israel and Hamas resulted in record levels of antisemitic hate incidents in the UK, according to new figures released by CST today. CST recorded 302 antisemitic incidents in July 2014, a rise of over 400% from the 59 incidents recorded in July 2013 and only slightly fewer …
15 Aug 2014 by CST
The last six weeks have seen an outpouring of antisemitism in Britain and across Europe. Previously, CST has stated that over 200 antisemitic incidents have been reported to us from across the country, the 2nd worst month on record. That figure now stands at 240 antisemitic incidents, with 1…
6 Aug 2014 by CST
July 2014 now joins January 2009 as a month when war between Israel and Hamas caused antisemitism to spew forth across Britain. If this latest round of Middle East violence has now ended, then we may expect the antisemitism to gradually diminish: but…
1 Aug 2014 by CST
This article appears in today's edition of the Jewish Chronicle Today, my organisation CST releases its six-monthly report on antisemitic incidents, for January to June 2014. It shows a large increase of 36 per cent: 304 incidents across Britain in the first half of 2014, compared to 223 in the first half of 2013. The reasons…
31 Jul 2014 by CST
Total does not include further increase in July triggered by reactions to conflict in Israel and Gaza The first six months of 2014 saw a 36% increase in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom, according to a new CST report. CST recorded 304 antisemitic hate crimes and hate…
21 Jul 2014 by CST
CST wrote last week about the danger of anti-Israel protests in the UK involving or encouraging antisemitism, either by targeting British Jews or by featuring antisemitic language and imagery. Since then, several more examples of antisemitic incidents and other activity in relation to anti-Israel protests have been reported to CST: …
24 Jun 2014 by CST
CST has received reports of the desecration of a large number of gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery on Rochdale Road, Greater Manchester. Approximately 40 gravestones were pushed over or smashed at some time between 4pm on Sunday 22nd June and 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This follows the discovery…
7 Mar 2014 by CST
The FA has published (pdf) the written report of the Independent Regulatory Commission that last week found Nicolas Anelka guilty of an aggravated breach of their rules for his 'Quenelle' salute goal celebration. CST welcomed the fact that the Commission found Anelka guilty but we did…
27 Feb 2014 by CST
Nicolas Anelka has rightly been found guilty of introducing an ugly antisemitic gesture into British football. We acknowledge Anelkas denial of antisemitic intent, but his action was clear and the FAs zero tolerance approach to racism meant there could be no other outcome. This verdict sends a strong m…
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…
6 Feb 2014 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2013 is published today and shows an 18% fall in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom in 2013 compared to 2012. CST recorded 529 antisemitic incidents across the country during 2013, compared to 649 incidents in 2012. A further 465 reports were received but were not deemed to be antisemitic and…
24 Jan 2014 by CST
Nicolas Anelka's 'quenelle' and the Football Association's disciplinary process still hog the airwaves and remain hard to escape from. Nevertheless, elsewhere it has been a busy week for antisemitism and related matters. A summary: There is the imminent visit to London of Gabor Vona, leader…
25 Jul 2013 by CST
The first six months of 2013 saw a thirty per cent fall in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom, according to CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report January - June 2013, which is published today. CST recorded 219 antisemitic incidents across the country in the first half of 2013, compared to 311 incidents…
7 Feb 2013 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2012, published today, shows a 5% rise in recorded antisemitic incidents due to enhanced CST/Police cooperation in sharing recorded antisemitic incidents in London. CST recorded 640 antisemitic incidents across the country in 2012, compared to 608 incidents in 2011. A further 547 reports were received by CST, but were not deemed…
26 Jul 2012 by CST
Today sees the publication of CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report covering the first six months of 2012, which can be downloaded here. The report shows that antisemitic incidents remained at a similar level in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. CST recorded 299 antisemitic incidents across the country…
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…
2 Feb 2012 by CST
CST's Antisemitic Incidents Report 2011 (pdf) is published today. The report shows that the number of antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom fell in 2011 for the second year running. A total of 586 incidents were reported to CST in 2011, a 9% fall from the 645 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2010. Despite this second successive annual…
28 Sep 2011 by CST
As mobile communications become more and more important to peoples daily lives, it is critical that we offer simple ways of getting in touch and reporting antisemitic incidents. Today, thanks to financial support from the Ministry of Justice Victims Fund, CST is launching CST Report, an innovative new method fo…
31 Aug 2011 by CST
Greater Manchester Police are calling for witnesses following a spate of antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti in Prestwich, north Manchester,overnight on Friday/Saturday 26-27th August. The graffiti read "Free Gaza", "Free Palestine" "Jew Scumbags" and "F**k the Feds". Thirteen different examples of the graffiti, all daubed in the…
30 Aug 2011 by CST
The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SC0JeC) has published a report on the St. Andrews University case, in which one student, Paul Donnachie, was convicted of racially aggravated harassment of a Jewish student, Chanan Reitblat. The SCoJeC report is worth reading in full. It succinctly summarises the evidence presented…
24 Aug 2011 by CST
Paul Donnachie, a student at St. Andrews University in Scotland, has been expelled from the university after being found guilty of racially abusing a Jewish student. Donnachie had defaced (in an obscene manner) an Israeli flag on the wall of Chanan Reitblat's bedroom, and called Reitblat a terrorist. The trial…
28 Jul 2011 by CST
CST today releases its half-yearly report of antisemitic incidents in the UK for the period from January to June 2011. The figures show a fall of 13 per cent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. CST recorded 283 antisemitic incidents across the country in the first half…
3 Feb 2011 by CST
Today, CST releases its Antisemitic Incidents Report 2010, which can be downloaded from the CST website (pdf). The report shows that CST recorded 639 antisemitic incidents across the UK last year, the seond-highest annual total since CST began recording antisemitic incidents in 1984. This is 31% down on 2009, which was to be expected as 2009…
24 Aug 2010 by CST
A pig's head adorned with a Chasidic hat and fake peyot (side-locks), and with a Star of David carved on its forehead, was left outside a synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Saturday. EJP reports: Lithuania's Jewish organisations on Monday condemned an apparent neo-Nazi attack in which a pig's head was…
30 Jul 2010 by CST
CST has issued its antisemitic incidents report for January-June 2010 . The report (in pdf form) may be read in full here and reveals a mixed picture, with incident levels having fallen from 2009 but still higher than in most other years. The report shows…
9 Jun 2010 by CST
The fallout from the Gaza flotilla affair has thankfully not, as yet, seen a large rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, as happened during last year's Gaza conflict. While there have been some incidents reported to CST that seem to have been triggered by reactions to the flotilla…
18 May 2010 by CST
In Greece, a Holocaust memorial on the island of Rhodes has been damaged by unknown assailants: The unidentified vandals used a heavy object in their attempt to smash the Magen David on one façade of the granite-made Rhodes monument, which was damaged and cracked. In letters to the…