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  • Jewish women, money and cunning

    2 Aug 2017 by Mark Gardner

    The deep outrage directed against Kevin Myers’ depiction of women, Jews and money in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times was inevitable and correct. The condemnation of Myers crude, ugly linkage came from all sides. He was sacked and this squalid example of hoary old antisemitic stereotypes was swiftly dealt with: but the themes of Jews, money and cunning superiority remain central elements of antisemitic opinion today, including much of the anti-Zionism that now passes for accepted wisdom in a disturbingly wide circle of British and international politics.  

  • What antisemites really think

    14 Apr 2016 by Dave Rich

    Last night Channel 4 broadcast a documentary called “What British Muslims Really Think”, based on an opinion poll asking a range of questions about integration, identity, religion social attitudes. The survey included a set of questions about attitudes towards, and beliefs about, Jews. It confirmed the findings of previous polls, showing that levels of antisemitism in Muslim communities are higher than in the general population. This pattern has been found by polls across Western Europe. This latest poll showed something else that is interesting, and is not specific to Muslims: that people who believe antisemitic things about Jews rarely think of themselves as antisemitic.

  • The anti-war left’s problem with antisemitism

    9 Mar 2016 by Mark Gardner

    The below article is the original version of an opinion piece published by the Jewish Chronicle on 3 March 2016. The JC entitled it as “Anti-war activists still don't 'get' antisemitism”.  

  • Abu Qatada: No Longer in Britain, but still preaching jihad and antisemitism

    29 Feb 2016 by CST

    Sheikh Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada al-Filistini, has not been in the UK for nearly three years, but his legacy still looms. He was deported to Jordan in 2013, acquitted on terrorism charges there, and since his release has been doing in Jordan what he did in Britain: encouraging people to support violent jihad and spouting antisemitism.  

  • The anti-war left’s contextual problem with antisemitism

    26 Feb 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Jon Lansman is a key Jeremy Corbyn aide, leader of the Momentum group. His article in the Jewish Chronicle, “My doubts about Oxford Labour antisemitism claim”, exemplify the fundamental distance between this part of the left and mainstream Jewish opinion on antisemitism.  

  • Labour: Mistaken about antisemitism?

    25 Feb 2016 by Mark Gardner

    On 17th February, Ken Livingstone evoked much derision when he stated, live on LBC Radio (link in this excellent Tom Harris article in Daily Telegraph, at 2min 55secs in the audio at foot of page).

  • Daily Telegraph removes “Shylock” references from article about Jewish hedge fund manager

    18 Feb 2016 by Dave Rich

    Last Tuesday (9 February) the Daily Telegraph published an article about the role played by Elliott Management hedge fund, and its founder and President Paul Singer, in ongoing negotiations over debt relief for Argentina. The article was changed following a complaint by CST about its use of antisemitic cultural references from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

  • BBC Radio London breaches guidelines during antisemitic call

    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.  

  • Guardian removes Raed Salah comment from website

    24 Apr 2012 by CST

    The Guardian has removed a comment posted in Raed Salah's name in a comment thread on their Comment Is Free website at CST's request, which included a false and damaging allegation against CST. Raed Salah wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian last Thursday, in which he did not mention…

  • Guardian removes "false accusations of antisemitism"

    23 Apr 2012 by CST

    In February, CST Blog discussed Guardian Comment is Free headlines that wrongly claimed an article by Rachel Shabi revealed how "Israel's rightwing defenders" make "false accusations of antisemitism".   We noted:  The Jewish community has probably had more run-ins with the Guardian than every…

  • Boycotts and freedom

    5 Apr 2012 by CST

    The front page of this week's Jewish Chronicle has two stories that go to the heart of the impact that anti-Israel campaigning can have on UK Jewish life, and on wider society. The lead story is about arguments over the inclusion of Israel's Habima theatre company in the 'Globe to…

  • The Economist’s Pathetic “Auschwitz Complex”

    9 Mar 2012 by CST

    According to an article by “M.S.” on the Economist blog, Israel and its Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fear Iran because they suffer from “Auschwitz complex”. Furthermore, this “Auschwitz complex” supposedly links with the Jewish festivals of Purim and Passover. At its end, we are told that Netanyahu’s fears over I…

  • The Guardian's false accusation of "false accusations of antisemitism"

    24 Feb 2012 by CST

    The Jewish community has probably had more run-ins with the Guardian than every other British newspaper combined. This matters on two levels: emotionally, because the Guardian exemplifies the kind of liberalism that many Jews instinctively feel; and, politically, because of the moral tone that the Guardian sets within British life. …

  • ‘Wink-wink’ at the Glasgow Herald?

    20 Sep 2011 by Mark Gardner

    The Glasgow Herald is Scotland’s oldest and best selling quality daily newspaper. Tom Shields is one of its leading columnists, well known for his wit and observations. In today’s Herald, Shields invites his readers to imagine what it would be like being a Palestinian “under enemy occupation, divided by…

  • Johann Hari and "Loathsome smearing"

    15 Sep 2011 by Mark Gardner

    Independent columnist, Johann Hari, today admits to having plagiarised the work of others. He also admits to having branded someone as an antisemite, in order to wrong them. His admission and apology: The other thing I did wrong was that several years ago I started to notice some…

  • Latuff and the Guardian

    23 Aug 2011 by CST

    Today's Guardian carries a profile of Carlos Latuff, the Brazilian cartoonist whose work is used by many anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-globalisation activists in their political campaigning. The Guardian describes Latuff as "The voice of Tripoli", because of his cartoons relating to the Libyan uprising; but their article typifies the superficial…

  • The Blame Game

    29 Jul 2011 by CST

    After 9/11, the idea spread amongst many different people, in different parts of the world, that Israel and/or the Jews were ultimately responsible for the terrorist attack. In one way of thinking, more common in Arab or Muslim majority countries, this was because (so the argument went) Israel actually carried…

  • The Guardian: Fuelling Denials of Antisemitism.

    1 Jul 2011 by CST

    Today's Guardian editorial, concerning the detention by UK Border Agency of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, typifies the bias with which most Israel-related antisemitism is treated by large swathes of the liberal-left and far-left. It is no surprise: after all, the…

  • 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…

  • Conspiracy theories at the New Statesman

    25 May 2011 by CST

    Last week Mehdi Hasan, political editor at the New Statesman, wrote a column about the activities of pro-Israeli lobbyists in Washington D.C., which he sees as the cause of the current impasse in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. This paragraph, in particular, caught the eye (emphasis added): The…

  • Antisemitic cat escapes from anti-Zionist bag

    9 May 2011 by CST

    The website of leading American political journal Dissent carries an article by CST's Mark Gardner, examining the increasingly anti-Semitic anti-Zionism of parts of the left intelligentsia It compares this, in part, with  the increasingly anti-Zionist anti-Semitism of American neo-Nazi ideologues. The Dissent article is entitled Routledge's Journal of…

  • Spectator Alert: Ill-Mannered Jews Spotted in Savoy Grill

    5 Apr 2011 by CST

    As an explanation of what distinguishes the English characteristics of antisemitism from its uglier and more lethal continental equivalents, Anthony Julius’s book, Trials of the Diaspora simply cannot be bettered. Nevertheless, at 811 pages (including references), you might want something shorter and easier to read in the bath. Thankfully, The …

  • The Guardian, Jonathan Freedland, Antisemitism

    3 Mar 2011 by CST

    Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian (main feature of G2 section), has written an excellent comment piece on the state of antisemitism today. It should be read in full and can be found here. Freedland's crisp analysis covers many aspects of contemporary antisemitism, premised upon&nbsp…

  • Guardian letter and an unbecoming headline

    24 Feb 2011 by CST

    The Guardian (24 February 2011) carries a lengthy letter jointly signed by CST, Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students. The paper was under no obligation to carry the letter, especially given its length, but regrettably it has been framed on the letters page in a disconcerting…

  • Rupert Murdoch, the "Zionist movement" and BBC Radio 5 Live

    25 Jan 2011 by CST

    Rupert Murdoch has long been a person of fascination to those who believe that Jews, or Zionists, run the media. You only have to put "Rupert Murdoch Jewish" into Google and scroll through the 209,000 results, many of them from neo-Nazi web forums, to marvel at the geneological detective work that…

  • Lincoln's blood libel and Seven Jewish Children

    20 Jan 2011 by CST

    In February 2009, the playwright Caryl Churchill wrote a short play, called Seven Jewish Children, as her "response to the situation in Gaza" the previous month. The play is explicitly about Jewish parents and children (Jews are mentioned in the title and the text, whereas the word "Israeli" does not appear…

  • Update. Article amended at Comment is Free

    18 Jan 2011 by CST

    On 12 January 2011, CST Blog expressed its concerns with an article by John Whitbeck, posted by the Guardian on its Comment is Free website on 29 December 2010. This followed my emailing initial concerns about the article to the Guardian Readers' Editor on 30 December.    The CST blog article…

  • The Guardian and America's "slavish subservience to Israel"

    12 Jan 2011 by CST

    The myth of Jewish power dominates antisemitism. The myth finds its strongest mainstream resonance in grotesquely overblown claims about Zionists, or Israel, controlling America. For example, the Guardian Comment is Free website saw fit to run an article on 29 December 2010 that stated America has slavish subservience to Israel Indeed,…

  • Let's recognise our friends

    22 Dec 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle website carries the following op-ed by Richard Benson , Chief Executive of CST. -----   On 8 December, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, wrote to me, announcing government funding for the security guards at 39 voluntary aided Jewish schools. He said the funding, should fully meet…

  • The pernicious, tired world of conspiracies

    17 Dec 2010 by CST

    There is an excellent article on the Morning Star website, called The pernicious, tired world of conspiracies, which explains the problems and weaknesses of attempts to explain the world through conspiracy theories. The author, Colin Todhunter, writes: Why bother having an informed understanding of the dynamics of the modern world…

  • OpenDemocracy and Zionist conspiracies

    7 Dec 2010 by CST

    OpenDemocracy is a news, commentary and analysis website that claims in its mission statement: openDemocracy publishes high quality news analysis, debates and blogs about the world and the way we govern ourselves. We are not about any one set of issues, but about principles and the arguments and debates about…

  • BBC World Service documentary on antisemitism

    6 Dec 2010 by CST

    The BBC World Service has produced a two-part series about modern antisemitism in Europe. The first programme features CST's Mark Gardner, amongst many other interviewees. The series website explains: In this two-part series for Heart and Soul, Wendy Robbins takes a personal journey into the heart of Europe, where fears…

  • MEMO: "Creating New Perspectives"...or reycling old ones?

    2 Dec 2010 by CST

    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is a pro-Palestinian activist group that recently took a small delegation of MPs and journalists to “the West Bank and Israel”, including Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn and Andrew Slaughter; and Seumas Milne (columnist and Associate Editor of the Guardian). MEMO’s website describes itself as ...an in…

  • Morning Star readers: don't abuse the Holocaust

    26 Nov 2010 by CST

    On 22 November, CST Blog discussed a series of letters in the Morning Star newspaper that abused the Holocaust in order to attack Israel. CST's article discussed the content of the letters, the manner in which they had been further debased by the headlines given them by the…

  • Morning Star and Abuse of the Holocaust

    22 Nov 2010 by CST

    Recent posts on CST Blog have included sections and summaries from CST’s recently released report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2009. (The full pdf can be accessed here. 58 pages, including graphics.) The next section of the report that was due to be shown here, was …

  • Why can't the American media copy the Guardian?

    13 Aug 2010 by CST

    An article in the Guardian newspaper (“Obama alone can’t make the US see the Middle East anew” 11 August 2010) by columnist / roving Middle East reporter, Jonathan Steele, provides yet another example of the potential antisemitic pitfalls that are risked by heaping everything on Israel’s shoulders. In this spe…

  • My Jewish Optician Might Shoot Me

    5 Aug 2010 by CST

    It is neither CST’s desire nor role to act as a public relations outlet for Israel. However, when antisemitism arises, directly, because facts have been deliberately omitted from an anti-Israel article, we will say so. Today’s Independent provides one very small example of this. In this instance, the a…

  • Kvetch Update: Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain

    4 Aug 2010 by CST

    I hate to kvetch further about Christina Patterson and The Independent (see blog posting immediately below, "Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain"), but today's Indy carries a front page trailer for the latest round in Patterson's dissection of her orthodox Jewish neighbours in Stamford Hill. The trailer…

  • Volvos, pushchairs and the Jewish threat to multi-cultural Britain

    2 Aug 2010 by CST

    In the Monty Python sketch, “Hell’s Grannies”, an earnest TV documentary presenter investigates ruthless gangs of grannies, who rule the streets by spreading fear and terror amongst healthy young men and women, clobbering people with their handbags and walking sticks. I was reminded of the sketch when re…

  • Oliver Stone: “Conspiracy Theorist: Who, Me...???”

    28 Jul 2010 by CST

    Film director, Oliver Stone, famously knows a thing or three about conspiracies. Odd then, that when telling the Sunday Times about his next project, the "Secret History of America” he should have fallen foul of the hoary old one about Jews running the world. Stone’s comments appeared at t…

  • Universal Jurisdiction, the early years

    22 Jul 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle reports that the government has announced measures to amend the law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes. The proposed change will take the power to issue an arrest warrant out of the hands of local magistrates, so that it rests solely with the Director of Public Prosecutions.…

  • "Bloody Jews", a new academic term

    13 Jul 2010 by CST

    Eve Garrard, writing on Normblog, tells a distressing story of a recent encounter with antisemitism: 'Bloody Jews,' he said. 'Bloody Jews, bugger the Jews, I've no sympathy for them.' I gazed at him, aghast. Where had this suddenly come from? The encounter I'm here describing took place very…

  • Robert Fisk: words, power, genocide and Holocaust

    22 Jun 2010 by CST

    The Independent newspaper (21 June 2010) featured a double page spread entitled “Fighting talk” by Robert Fisk in which he railed about the use of semantics by journalists, but revealed some very curious semantics of his own.    “Fighting talk” is a lengthy article about the use and the abuse of …

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir: "purify the earth of Jewish filth"

    20 Jun 2010 by CST

    Hizb ut-Tahrir have often claimed that they do not support violence, and that they are not antisemitic. When challenged on this, they normally say that they are merely anti-Israel, not against Jews. An example is this article, from the Guardian's Comment Is Free. Two weeks ago, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh…

  • Palestine Telegraph and "Jewish power"

    17 Jun 2010 by CST

    Palestine Telegraph has published an article by Gilad Atzmon in which he defends Helen Thomas's call for Israeli Jews to "go home to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere." The website's editor, Sameh Habeeb, has previously denied allegations of antisemitism relating to comments he made to a Leeds student newspaper about…

  • Numerus Clausus

    25 May 2010 by CST

    Stuart Littlewood at the anti-Zionist website Redress has spotted a problem with the composition of the new Parliament: “Proportional Representation” is a big buzz-word in the UK these days. It implies fairer voting and fairer government. It is claimed to give minorities a better chance of being heard and therefore, t…

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