Blog – Iran

  • Al Quds Day demonstration

    8 Jun 2018 by Mark Gardner

    This Sunday, CST’s security teams will work with the Metropolitan Police on one of the trickiest events in our annual calendar, the Quds Day demonstration. It is not a Jewish event. In fact, it is just about the exact opposite of a Jewish event. CST’s role will be to help secure those attending the Zionist Federation’s counter-protest against the Quds Day demonstration. 

  • The case against Hizbollah: one party, one flag, one ideology

    19 Jan 2018 by CST

    CST has long pressed for such a ban to be enacted. We have joined our Jewish communal partner groups in raising the issue repeatedly at meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with successive Prime Ministers, as well as with politicians and civil servants. CST strongly believes that Hizbollah’s long documented record of global anti-Jewish and anti-Israel terrorism means that it must be totally outlawed. Specifically, this requires the removal of the current artificial legal distinction between the group’s so-called ‘military’ and ‘political’ wings.  

  • 18 times Iran has targeted Jews or Israelis: man on trial in Berlin this week

    9 Mar 2017 by CST

    Haider Syed Mustafa, a 31-year-old Pakistani man, went on trial in Berlin this week. Mustafa has been accused of collecting information on Jewish and Israeli targets in Germany and France. This is not the first time Iran, or Iranian operatives, have targeted Jews and Israelis in suspected terror plots or been found to have collected information and Jews and Israelis.  

  • CST calls on the Government to ban Hizbollah flags after flags banned in Berlin

    28 Jul 2016 by CST

    Al-Quds Day, an annual demonstration established in 1979 by Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini, that takes place in cities worldwide, has long been criticised for allowing the flying of Hizbollah flags. In the streets of London demonstrators have chanted “We are all Hizbollah” and each year flags of the organisation, whose military wing is proscribed as a terrorist entity in the United Kingdom, appear on the streets. The flag features an assault rifle, so its meaning could not be more clear.  

  • CST’s written evidence for Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the fight against ISIL published

    16 Dec 2015 by CST

    CST has submitted evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the fight against Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), otherwise known as ISIS. CST is at the forefront in the fight against antisemitism, and this includes working with the government to support the Jewish community in matters of antisemitism, extremism and terrorism.  

  • Rev. Stephen Sizer speaking at antisemitic conference in Iran

    2 Oct 2014 by CST

    The Rev Stephen Sizer is a Church of England vicar with a long record of anti-Israel activity. In 2012 the Board of Deputies made a formal complaint to the Church of England about allegations that Sizer had used his website to link to antisemitic material from other websites. This complaint was…

  • Ayatollah Khamenei's 'Zionist claws'

    6 Nov 2013 by CST

    The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, gave a speech a few days ago in which he explained how to interpret American policy towards his country: The claws of the Zionist financial powers and companies are so firmly sunk into the American government, its officials and the Congress…

  • Denying the denial in Iran

    1 Oct 2013 by CST

    It is understandable that many people breathed a sigh of relief when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's term of office as President of Iran came to an end this summer, in the hope that the foul antisemitism and Holocaust denial that marked his Presidency might be consigned to the past. This hope is…

  • London's Quds Day, with Stop the War and who else?

    2 Aug 2013 by CST

    Today, the last Friday of Ramadan, is "Quds Day", demanding the so-called "liberation" of Jerusalem (Al-Quds) and Israel. It was instituted by Ayatollah Khomeini after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The list of participants gives an annual update of who is (and is not) in the…

  • Saajid Badat's video and the IHRC

    21 May 2013 by CST

    The Islamic Human Rights Commission is an Islamist advocacy group that organises London's al-Quds Rally, an annual event inaugurated by the late Ayatollah Khomeini for his followers around the world to call for Israel to be destroyed. You can get a sense of what the IHRC wants people to think…

  • Iranian & American antisemites unite: British anti-Zionists on stand-by

    19 Dec 2012 by CST

    Iranian state broadcaster, Press TV, has excitedly blamed the dreadful Connecticut school shooting upon Israel, Zionists and Jews. It is quoting Mike Harris, financial editor of the American website, Veterans Today: And I want you to look at this in a greater context of things. We have had a Zionist-controlled…

  • Iran's UK fellow travellers.

    17 Aug 2012 by CST

    Today is Quds Day, an annual demonstration of Iranian antisemitism throughout the world. The London version is one of its more sanitised versions. It will probably include warm fuzzy sounding words about protecting human rights for all (this, despite its usual profusion of Hizbollah…

  • What is Al Quds Day?

    3 Aug 2012 by CST

    Al Quds Day is an annual day chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed. It is normally marked on the last Friday of Ramadan by marches and demonstrations around the world, including in London; this year it will take place on Friday 17th August.…

  • Another Iranian Terrorist Plot

    11 Jul 2012 by CST

    Another Iranian terrorist plot against Jews appears to have been uncovered. This time, the alleged target was the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation synagogue in Nairobi, Kenya (shown in the below photograph).    Associated Press and the Times of Israel report: Two Iranian agents arrested in Kenya with explosives planned…

  • Iran: Drugged up on Antisemitism

    2 Jul 2012 by CST

    Antisemitism is a powerful and enduring psychoactive drug. Dating back to pre-Roman times, it easily adapts to global and local conditions and climates, yet retains its core psychoactive properties, whereby Jews can be blamed for whatever the user wishes. Psychoactive drugs can be legal or illegal, natural or…

  • Iran: how Zionist Jewish money runs Western media

    25 May 2012 by CST

    The old antisemitic lie about Jews running the media is not one you hear too often these days. Nevertheless, nods, winks and hints about media (especially American media), somehow bowing before a pro-Israel agenda remains painfully common in certain left media and activist circles. We hear how brave a…

  • Ahmadinejad: Holocaust Denial, destroy Zionism, "Imam Ali, help us".

    23 Feb 2012 by CST

    As tensions increase concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities and its use of global terrorism, a BBC Monitoring transcript shows President Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust, "a legend by the name of Holocaust", whilst giving a somewhat apocalyptic address to a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square on 11 February,&nbsp…

  • Ayatollah Khamenei: "bloodsucker capitalists and Zionists" are behind attacks on Iran

    17 Feb 2012 by CST

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei gave a speech on Wednesday to encourage Iranians to participate in the Parliamentary elections that are due to take place next month. While this is quite normal for any politician, a transcript from BBC Monitoring reveals that Khamenei claimed there is a "hostile and vicious…

  • The Iranian President and the Holocaust Denier

    14 Feb 2012 by CST

    Two years ago, this blog reported on the growing relationship between French performer Dieudonné Mbala Mbala and Iran. Dieudonné repeatedly plays on antisemitic themes in his writings and performances, has previously worked with the French Holocaust Denier Robert Faurisson, and former Front National leader Jean Marie Le Pen…

  • George Galloway represents Press TV

    6 Dec 2011 by Dave Rich

    Last week the TV regulator Ofcom fined the Iranian TV station Press TV £100,000, for broadcasting an interview conducted with Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari while he was imprisoned in Iran, without obtaining Bahari's consent and without informing their viewers that the interview was conducted under duress. Despite previous suggestions to…

  • "Must watch" video at Norwich PSC website

    7 Sep 2011 by CST

    The website of the Norwich branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign carries a brief video by Iranian state propaganda outlet, Press TV, discussing Channel 4's 2009 documentary, "Inside Britain's Israel Lobby". (At the time, CST Blog insisted that this programme, despite its presenter's warnings against antisemitic conspiracy theory, risked…

  • Antisemitism: Norwich to Westminster & 800 years.

    23 Jun 2011 by CST

    Tonight, BBC 2 will show a documentary entitled, "History Cold Case: The Bodies in the Well". It concerns the remains of 17 skeletons found at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich. The skeletons date from the 12th or 13th centuries and were found in 2004 during construction works. 11 of…

  • Press TV and the Protocols

    27 May 2011 by CST

    Iran's English-language station Press TV was censured by Ofcom this week for airing an interview with a jailed Iranian journalist which was obtained by force during his imprisonment. This is not the firsttime that Ofcom have ruled against Press TV, and the Iranian channel seems to be getting a bit…

  • Demonstrating for terrorists

    6 May 2011 by CST

    This afternoon, Islamists will demonstrate outside the U.S. Embassy in London to show their support for the jihadi leader who inspired the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. Those readers of this blog who are familiar with the history of global jihadi terrorism will…

  • Iran: Marking Holocaust Memorial Day With Holocaust Denial.

    27 Jan 2011 by CST

    On 27 January 1945, the largest Nazi killing camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated. Today, 27 January 2011, is Holocaust Memorial Day. On 25 January 2011, an excellent website entitled "The Holocaust Explained" was launched at the Foreign Office by Sir Andrew Burns (UK envoy for post-Holocaust issues) and Michael Gove MP (Secretary…

  • Iranian Revolution: Lessons Learnt?

    15 Dec 2010 by CST

    A previously confidential Foreign and Commonwealth Office report (large pdf, here), officially released on 15 December by the FCO, suggests some foundational answers to the commonly asked questions regarding Britain's apparent tolerance and accommodation of Islamist groups of varying extremes throughout the 1990s.&nbsp…

  • Al Quds Day - is it for you?

    3 Sep 2010 by CST

    The Innovative Minds website has posted an article titled "Al Quds Day - Is It For You?", which aims to "cut through the hasbra (sic)" which it claims "Zionists" have been spreading to discourage people from attending. This includes an explanation of why, although Quds Day was created by Ayatollah…

  • Dieudonne on Press TV

    10 May 2010 by CST

    Last month, the French performer Dieudonné Mbala Mbala visited London where he had some trouble finding a venue to perform his latest show, due to his record of antisemitic statements in France. This was one of an increasing number of visits to the UK by Dieudonné; in January,…

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