Blog – Politics

  • Former CST Chief Executive Richard Benson awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

    21 Jun 2017 by CST

    CST is delighted that our former Chief Executive and current board member Richard Benson was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.  Richard joined CST as a volunteer security officer in 1993 and became a full-time member of staff in 1998 as Head of Security. He was CST’s Chief Executive from 2001 until 2013 when he joined CST’s board of trustees. Under his leadership, CST became one of Britain’s foremost Jewish charities and a global leader in community-based security work.

  • How antisemitism poisoned the British Left

    7 Apr 2017 by Dave Rich

    This week’s furore over Ken Livingstone’s ongoing membership of the Labour Party has once again put antisemitism at the top of the news agenda – and at the heart of the battle over the future of the party. A tribunal of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee found Livingstone guilty of bringing the party into disrepute with his claim that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” – a claim he has repeated and expanded in the year since he first made it – but decided that his offence was not worthy of expulsion.  

  • Labour’s Refusal to Shun Livingstone Normalizes antisemitism

    6 Apr 2017 by Dave Rich

    The former London mayor’s claims go well beyond lazy moral equations of Israel with Nazi Germany ubiquitous in anti-Israel circles. They have more in common with Holocaust denial.  

  • Ken Livingstone: Dragging us through the dirt

    5 Apr 2017 by CST

    Ken Livingstone has dragged our Jewish community, Zionism and the Labour Party through the dirt. Labour’s NCC disciplinary panel agreed, finding he had brought the Party into disrepute.  

  • CST Annual Dinner 2017

    2 Mar 2017 by CST

    The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, was the guest of honour at CST’s 2017 Annual Dinner in central London last night. The dinner is CST’s main fundraising event of the year. It was sponsored by Deloitte and attended by around 1,000 guests, including donors, politicians, Police officers, Jewish community partners and other supporters of CST’s work protecting our Jewish community.  

  • Antisemitism today: CST’s Dave Rich addresses Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    25 Jan 2017 by Dave Rich

    CST’s Dr Dave Rich spoke earlier this morning at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Woolff gave a moving testimony of her experiences during the Second World War and other speakers included HE Ambassador Mark Regev, Professor Yehuda Bauer, The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP and The RT Hon Baroness Anelay of St John’s DBE. The full text of Dave Rich’s speech is reproduced below.

  • The new template for the fight against antisemitism

    20 Oct 2016 by Dave Rich

    The Home Affairs Select Committee report into anti-Semitism, published this week, is a serious body of work that should set the template for action against anti-Semitism in this country for the next few years. Ten years ago, a previous all-party Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism, set up by John Mann MP and chaired by Denis MacShane, concluded that anti-Semitism was on the rise and had taken on new forms. Islamist extremists and obsessive anti-Zionists had joined the old-style neo-Nazis in posing new threats to Britain’s Jews.  

  • Antisemites in Labour feel emboldened by the leadership

    2 Oct 2016 by Dave Rich

    This first Labour Party conference of the Jeremy Corbyn era was a dispiriting place for those committed to the fight against anti-Semitism. The most telling moment came during the debate on anti-Semitism at the Momentum fringe festival. Anti-Zionist campaigner Jonathan Rosenhead recounted hearing the Chief Rabbi being interviewed on the radio about anti-Semitism. As Rosenhead told it, when the Chief Rabbi said that anti-Semitism is a serious concern, the presenter then asked if he personally had experienced any anti-Semitism, to which, Rosenhead said, the Chief Rabbi answered that he hadn’t – drawing a round of laughter from the Momentum supporters in the room.

  • Three tests for Labour

    30 Sep 2016 by Mark Gardner

    The position of the Labour Party and mainstream Jewish opinion seems slightly improved after a Party Conference in which Jeremy Corbyn spoke more forcibly against antisemitism than ever before: but three ongoing cases will test that.     The mood of Conference signalled that many Party members understand what the antisemitism row is doing to Labour, its Jewish members and prospective voters. Conference gave a standing ovation for the outstanding speech by Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM); and there was strong support for JLM’s rally against antisemitism, including from some within the Momentum bloc.

  • 'Keep calm and don't get shouty on hate'

    29 Sep 2016 by CST

    Britain's Jewish community and its institutions are well placed to overcome the current surge in anti-Zionist activity and Jew hatred on the political left, a leading expert on antisemitism believes. Dave Rich says Anglo-Jewry is robust enough to combat the hostility in politics and left-wing activism. But he does express fears about the increase in street-based activism.

  • The Labour Party’s Cynical Sell-out of the Jewish Community on antisemitism

    5 Aug 2016 by Dave Rich

    Appearances are everything in politics, and the peerage given to Shami Chakrabarti, author of the Labour Party’s latest inquiry into its own antisemitism, appears to be an act of stunning hypocrisy and cold political cynicism. Chakrabarti’s inquiry was commissioned by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in April, after a succession of scandals about anti-Semitic remarks by party members had reached such a crescendo that one of his MPs, Naz Shah, and one of his oldest political allies, Ken Livingstone, were both suspended from the party for antisemitism.

  • Corbyn and Rent-a-Mob: How to Wreck an Anti-Racism Event

    1 Jul 2016 by Mark Gardner

    The launch event for Shami Chakrabarti’s Inquiry report into antisemitism (and racism) in the Labour Party could, and should, have given a much needed morale boost for those wanting assurance that the Labour Party understands the fears and experiences of Jews in and around Labour. Instead, thanks to the Jeremy Corbyn circus, the exact opposite happened.

  • Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party: response to launch event and CST - JLC submission

    30 Jun 2016 by CST

    Today saw the launch of the much anticipated report of Shami Chakrabarti’s Inquiry into antisemitism and racism within the Labour Party. This report followed two previous inquiries into Labour Party antisemitism, by Labour Students and Baroness Jan Royall. Many of the complaints that led to each of the inquiries remain unresolved. CST and our colleagues at the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) made a detailed submission to this latest Inquiry. Many of our recommendations are echoed in the final report’s language concerning Zionism, the term 'Zio' and Holocaust analogies.

  • Should Jackie walk? What Labour can learn from football

    1 Jun 2016 by Dave Rich

    What have Jackie Walker, John Terry and Mario Balotelli got in common? Not much, you might think. Put them together, though, and you start to see why the Labour Party is in such a muddle over antisemitism.

  • Ken Livingstone's chopped liver

    20 May 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Ken Livingstone is a left-wing anti-Nazi anti-racist former Mayor of London. David Irving is not, but was briefly famous for having lost a Holocaust Denial trial. Livingstone and Irving could never be accused of being natural bedfellows. There are, however, similarities.

  • Jew-hate: a guide for the perplexed

    6 May 2016 by Dave Rich

    The below article is the original version of an opinion piece published by the Jewish Chronicle on 6 May 2016 written by CST's Dave Rich.

  • John Mann: If Labour cannot combat racism then we are nothing

    5 May 2016 by CST

    Labour’s John Mann MP has long shown that the fight against antisemitism is not something that should be determined by what political party you are a member of. Through his leadership of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, he has consistently challenged antisemitism, regardless of its ideological origin. Perhaps even more importantly, he has ensured that opposition to antisemitism is something that members of all political parties can, and do, play a leading part in.  

  • What that interview revealed about the left

    24 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    This week, Lord Levy warned that, unless the Labour leadership gives "a clear and unequivocal message" that antisemitism "in any form" would not be tolerated, he might have to leave the Labour Party. You might have thought Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be shocked to hear this from a Jewish Labour peer. Instead he seemed angered by it.

  • The U.K. Labour Party Must Decide if It's a Political Home for anti-Semites or for British Jews

    23 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    Whole swathes of today's British Left either cannot or will not acknowledge the anti-Semitism that's staring them in the face. The basic idea behind most modern anti-Semitism is that Jews must be up to something. Whatever Jews say and do can’t be taken at face value: they must have some ulterior motive or hidden agenda that needs to be uncovered.  

  • 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”.  

  • CST Annual Dinner 2016

    3 Mar 2016 by CST

    The Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, was the guest of honour at CST’s Annual Dinner in central London last night. The dinner is CST’s main fundraising event of the year. It was sponsored by Deloitte and attended by around 1,000 guests, including donors, politicians, Police officers, Jewish community partners and other supporters of CST’s work protecting our Jewish community.  

  • 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).

  • CST welcomes the publication of the Government Review into the Muslim Brotherhood

    17 Dec 2015 by Dave Rich

    CST welcomes the publication of the Government Review into the Muslim Brotherhood. The review explains how the Brotherhood’s opposition to terrorism is partial and tactical, whilst its overall ideology and activities are ultimately at odds with UK values.  

  • Lessons in community relations

    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.  

  • Politicians: antisemitism and “offence”

    11 Nov 2015 by Mark Gardner

    The controversy over Sir Gerald Kaufman MP’s (Labour) remarks about “Jewish money” and the Conservative Party has helped mask a simultaneous case with Sandra White (Scottish National Party), who is a Member of the Scottish Parliament, rather than the UK Parliament.  

  • The Prime Minister’s speech: counter-extremism in a liberal democracy

    21 Jul 2015 by Dave Rich

    The Prime Minister gave an important speech yesterday to set out the framework, and much of the detail, of the government’s counter-extremism strategy for the next five years. It was a landmark statement in Britain’s efforts to challenge and reduce the appeal of Islamist extremism.

  • Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism: questions to answer

    8 Jul 2015 by Dave Rich

    The appearance of Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn MP at a hustings for the Jewish community later this month is likely to focus more attention on his reported remarks praising Hamas and Hezbollah. Corbyn will be speaking alongside the other three leadership candidates and, with the hustings chaired by Jonathan Freedland, he can expect some difficult questions.

  • CST Annual Dinner 2015

    19 Mar 2015 by CST

    Over 1,300 guests attended the CST Annual Dinner last night in central London. It was CST’s largest ever fundraiser and one of the UK Jewish community’s largest ever charity events.

  • CST Security Response to Paris Murders

    11 Jan 2015 by CST

    CST, working with Police and Government, has increased its security cover at Jewish locations throughout the country. This is in response to the terrorist attack on Friday 9th January in Paris upon the Hyper Cacher Jewish store, in which four hostages were killed by a Jihadi terrorist. The previous day,…

  • Paris Kosher grocery terror attack - latest CST statement

    9 Jan 2015 by CST

    Media reports indicate that hostages have been taken at a kosher grocery store in Paris, and that there may well be casualties in the incident. This follows the murder of a Police officer in Paris yesterday and the deadly terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office on Wednesday. There…

  • When George schmoozed Gilad

    6 Jan 2015 by CST

    This Saturday saw George Galloway MP and his wife Gayatri interview Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon on their Russia Today TV show, 'Sputnik'. The significance of Galloway hosting Atzmon, a man whose views regarding Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity are so extreme that he is shunnedbymost of the anti-Israel movement in…

  • House of Commons debate on antisemitism

    10 Dec 2014 by CST

    The House of Commons held a Westminster Hall debate on antisemitism yesterday at the request of John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, who has worked tirelessly to lead political efforts to combat antisemitism in the United Kingdom. The debate can be watched in full…

  • Ed Miliband and antisemitism "in all its forms"

    11 Nov 2014 by CST

    Last week, Ed Miliband MP used his Facebook page to issue a personal warning against antisemitism. CST thanks the Leader of the Opposition for this, and especially for his continuing support of CST's work, but recent media coverage of Jewish communal relations with…

  • CST and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joint letter on removing antisemitic graffiti

    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…

  • Jewish Community Meeting With Home Secretary

    5 Nov 2014 by CST

    Jewish community leaders met with Home Secretary Theresa May MP to express communal concerns about antisemitism and extremism. The continuing spread of terrorist threats against the Jewish Community was also a matter of particular focus. The group was led by Gerald Ronson CBE (Chairman of Community Security Trust) and included…

  • Alan Duncan MP opposes antisemitism and “a very powerful financial lobby”

    14 Oct 2014 by CST

    In the space of under 24hrs, Alan Duncan MP (Conservative, Rutland & Melton) said that antisemitism “should be crushed in all its forms”: and that American politics is “dominated” by a “very powerful financial lobby”. Duncan does not specify who is, or is not, actually in this lobby, but for many …

  • Politicians opposing antisemitism

    12 Sep 2014 by CST

    Many Members of Parliament from each of the parties have voiced their opposition to antisemitism in recent weeks, including leading Government figures. Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on 10 September to mark the annual pre-High Holy Day Conference of Rabbis. The…

  • Current situation: security note

    2 Jul 2014 by CST

    Due to current tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, CST has issued an advisory notice to all UK Jewish communal venues, stating that security procedures should be rigorously followed. CST is in close contact with Police and Government. They are aware of our concerns…

  • Jihadist Recruitment Videos Raise Important Questions About Counter-Extremist Policy

    25 Jun 2014 by CST

    This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post UK. The appearance of three British Muslims in the latest recruitment video for Syrian jihadists raises important questions about counter-extremist policy and the Prevent strategy. Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan from Cardiff, and Abdul Rakib Amin from Aberdeen, are just another example of…

  • BNP Youth: “Yesterday Belongs To Me?”

    22 May 2014 by CST

    The BNP seems set for a whitewashing in today's European and local elections, but as the ballot box recedes, so the party has now fully returned to its old Nazi-style antisemitic heritage: and the torch is passing to BNP Youth, a new generation of great…

  • The disappearing and reappearing antisemitism: the case of Nick Griffin

    13 May 2014 by CST

    The Guardian has obtained documents relating to BNP leader Nick Griffin's 1998 conviction for incitement to racial hatred, that contain examples of the antisemitic attitudes he held at that time: The papers, from the Crown Prosecution Service, illustrate how Griffin believed the Holocaust did not happen, was convinced that multiculturalism was…

  • Ugly Truths and Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine

    7 May 2014 by CST

    The below article by CST's Mark Gardner originally appeared on the Left Foot Forward website. Last week’s Jewish Chronicleexposed the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine group for having repeatedly linked via Facebook to articles on a notorious American antisemitic hate website, The Ugly Truth. Its strap-line “Zionism, J…

  • The BNP's slow return to antisemitism

    14 Mar 2014 by CST

    Two recent statements by the British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin, have added to a growing sense that the party is returning to its antisemitic roots. Like several far right parties in Western Europe, the BNP has spent the past few years insisting that any antisemitism or neo-Nazism…

  • CST Annual Dinner 2014

    6 Mar 2014 by CST

    Nearly 1,000 guests heard the guest of honour and Leader of the Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP, pledge last night at the CST annual dinner to continue government funding for security guards at Jewish schools if Labour win the 2015 General Election. In a sincere and heartfelt speech, Mr.…

  • BNP: genetics and Jewish vampire conspiracies

    28 Jan 2014 by CST

    The British National Party has long suffered from image problems. Now, they have another image problem. It is on their website (see here), subtitled "arrested on the orders of international Zionists" and looks like this: The shadowy background figure is taken from the well known…

  • A busy week

    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…

  • Antisemitism controversy and the London mayoral election

    18 Dec 2013 by CST

    This article is taken from pages 15-16 of CST's latest publication, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2012. (36 page pdf here, executive summary here.) ---- An antisemitism controversy between Labour mayoral candidate for London, Ken Livingstone, and a group of Jewish Labour supporters, was held by many commentators to…

  • David Ward MP – Jews, money and power

    18 Nov 2013 by CST

    Jews, money and power is a well-worn antisemitic trinity. So, what possessed David Ward MP to send this tweet on 15th November? That Roma are marginalised is not in question. If David Ward MP wishes they had a better reputation, or better representation, then let him say so:…

  • A meeting that disgraces Parliament

    6 Nov 2013 by CST

    Two days ago a meeting took place in the Houses of Parliament that highlights the worst elements of pro-Palestinian campaigning in this country, and brings shame on Parliament and on all who took part in the meeting. The meeting was organised by the Palestine Return Centre (PRC), to discuss their…

  • From Liberal Democrats to Star of David pigs

    26 Jul 2013 by CST

    On 18th July, the Liberal Democrats withdrew the whip from David Ward MP, saying his language in a tweet about Zionists and Israel was insufficiently “proportionate and precise”. Ward’s tweet: Am I wrong or are am I right? At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle - how lo…

  • On David Ward MP’s whip suspension

    19 Jul 2013 by CST

    CST shares the concerns of many that the Liberal Democrats two-month whip suspension of David Ward MP has taken too long to occur; and covers a period when Parliament is largely closed. Despite these reservations, CST welcomes the Party’s decision and thanks Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel for its …

  • On Jews, Zionists and Lord Ahmed

    22 Mar 2013 by CST

      The Jewish Chronicle features the below article by CST's Mark Gardner. Thanks to Lord Ahmed, over the past week we have seen antisemitism subjected to the ridicule that it so richly deserves. Within hours of reports of his alleged comments in Pakistan emerging, there was even a website where…

  • Lord Ahmed allegations

    14 Mar 2013 by CST

      CST unreservedly condemns Lord Ahmed’s reported antisemitic statements that appear in today’s Times newspaper. CST welcomes the Labour Party’s suspension of Lord Ahmed and expects a full investigation pending further disciplinary measures. If accurately reported by The Times, Lord Ahmed’s allegations about Jews controlling British pol…

  • David Ward's Bulldozer

    15 Feb 2013 by CST

      Old friends and (new) foes have advised David Ward MP that he is in a hole and really should stop digging. (For background, see here and here.) Unfortunately, whoever runs his website disagrees, and has posted an article that renders Ward unfit to serve as a Member of…

  • Holocaust Memorial Day abuse part 3: David Ward MP

    25 Jan 2013 by CST

      In recent days, CST Blog has covered two separate examples of the debasement of Holocaust Memorial Day, as we fast approach its annual commemoration on 27th January. (The first, by pro-Iranian group, Islamic Human Rights Commission is here. The second, by the Respect Party’s Lee Jasper is here.) …

  • Philip Hayes and Kristyan Benedict: deserving of amnesties?

    10 Jan 2013 by CST

    In a case that speaks volumes for the frightening ease with which antisemitism can surface in anti-Israel tirades and rhetoric, a Liverpool music promoter, Philip Hayes, has been fined £120 for making antisemitic remarks to the Jewish Labour MP for Liverpool Wavetree, Luciana Berger. Hayes admitted his offence…

  • Leila Khaled to the SWP: 'nothing can end the conflict but armed struggle'

    9 Jan 2013 by CST

    Leila Khaled is most famous for hijacking aircraft in the 1970s on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian faction  that was responsible (pdf) for over 30 actual or attempted terrorist attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets outside Israel from the late 1960s until…

  • Chanukah at the Department of Communities & Local Government

    13 Dec 2012 by CST

    The Chief Executives of CST, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews presented a menorah to The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Minister of State for Faith and Communities, at a meeting of the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism today. The menorah is partly to say…

  • CST Elections Report 2012

    6 Jun 2012 by CST

    CST has published its report into the performance of far right parties in last month's local elections, which can be downloaded in full here. A total of 287 far right candidates stood for council seats in the elections, including 137 for the British National Party, while others stood for mayor in London,…

  • Reflections on Ken Livingstone and London's Jews

    18 May 2012 by CST

    I have written an article for the Jewish Daily Forward looking at why so many Jews in London, including Labour-supporting ones, felt they could not back Ken Livingstone for mayor, when on the surface he did a great deal for London Jewish life: In April, a new phrase entered the…

  • Lessons From Nick Griffin and Jeremy Corbyn.

    1 May 2012 by CST

     In recent days, the British National Party leader Nick Griffin, and the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn MP, have unwittingly demonstrated how modern day antisemitism and anti-Zionism work; and how people respond to them.  On 19th April 2012, Griffin reacted on Twitter to five far right activists having been …

  • Jenny Tonge: contexts and responsibilities

    2 Mar 2012 by CST

    Jenny Tonge and the Liberal Democrats have parted company over her saying Israel is not going to be there forever in its present form. Let us be very clear, Jenny Tonge was not hauled over the coals by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for actually being an antisemite, nor for…

  • Home Affairs Committee quotes CST on far right extremism

    6 Feb 2012 by CST

    The Home Affairs Committee has today published its report on the roots of violent radicalisation, and has warned of the growing danger of extreme right terrorism: MPs have warned the government not to neglect the threat from extreme far-right terrorism. In a report on radicalisation, the Home Affairs Committee said…

  • 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…

  • Loyalty Tests for Jews?

    5 Dec 2011 by Mark Gardner

    (Note: this article was updated on 8 December, with the apology by Paul Flynn MP. See at end, below.) The suggestion by Paul Flynn MP (Labour, Newport West), that Britain ought not to have a Jew as Ambassador to Israel, fuels the growing sense that it is becoming increasingly acceptable to…

  • Political leaders supporting CST

    4 Nov 2011 by Dave Rich

    The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, both expressed their support for CST at fundraising events this week. Nick Clegg, speaking at the CST Northern Region dinner in Manchester last night attended by 400 supporters of CST, expressed his admiration for CST and the wider Jewish…

  • CST at the Home Affairs Committee

    2 Nov 2011 by CST

    Yesterday CST's Government and International Affairs Director, Mike Whine, gave evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee hearing on the roots of violent radicalisation. You can watch the video of his evidence here.

  • "Doctored quotes" and CST

    7 Oct 2011 by CST

    As has been widely reported, CST provided information to the government to assist their efforts to exclude, and now deport, the radical Arab-Israeli preacher Sheikh Raed Salah from the United Kingdom. We did this because we believe Salah to have made antisemitic and extremist statements in the past; and because…

  • CST at Conservative Party conference

    3 Oct 2011 by CST

    CST's final fringe event of the party conference season will be at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 12.30pm, in partnership with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR). The panel will be chaired by CST's Mark Gardner and includes: …

  • CST fringe at Labour Party conference: "Preventing extremism, from those who used to promote it"

    23 Sep 2011 by CST

    After a successful fringe meeting at Liberal Democrat conference, CST's next fringe event will be at Labour Party conference in Liverpool on Monday 26th September at 9am. Held in partnership with ISCR, the panel will be chaired by CST's Mike Whine and includes: Shiraz Maher, a former member of Hizb…

  • CST fringe events at party conferences

    12 Sep 2011 by CST

    CST's fringe events at this year's party conferences will feature former extremists, journalists and Members of Parliament discussing strategies for preventing extremism. The meetings will explore the reasons why people join extremist movements and how they can be encouraged to leave. We will also ask what Government can do to…

  • Liverpool PSC: There are too many Jews in Parliament

    8 Sep 2011 by Dave Rich

    Liverpool Friends of Palestine states on its website that it is "affiliated with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)", and the Branch List page of the national PSC website includes a link to Liverpool Friends of Palestine. It functions, therefore, as the Liverpool branch of PSC. The Liverpool PSC website includes…

  • Tower Hamlets, EDL, Jews and Israel.

    6 Sep 2011 by CST

    This weekend, Tower Hamlets in London's East End saw the latest attempt by the English Defence League to intimidate Britain's Muslim communities. Jews and Israel were dragged into the affair, by both the EDL and anti-Israel boycotters. Jewish representative groups had called for the…

  • If they're Jews send them back!

    22 Jul 2011 by CST

    Yesterday, CST Blog ran two separate items in the one posting: 1. part of an article about “American/neo-con ‘Long War’ to create a “New Middle East”…US/Zionist plans”: 2. an anti-Israel activist shouting "go back to bloody Russia" at a pro-Israel activist. We asked if you could …

  • BNP and Respect: spot the difference quiz

    21 Jul 2011 by CST

    The British National Party and the Respect Party lie at opposite ends of the political spectrum. So, this brief 'who said what?' quiz should be quite straightforward:    1. Which party's leading member has just posted this about "American/neo-con ‘Long War’ to c…

  • Communities Secretary Calls For Equalities Investigation Into UCU

    30 Jun 2011 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle carries a strong article by Communities and Local Govt Secretary, Eric Pickles, in which he denounces the current and past behaviour of the University and College Union (UCU). It ends with this declaration When seen in this context, the latest resolution [in which UCU rejected the…

  • Blogger, heal thyself

    21 Jun 2011 by CST

    Inayat Bunglawala has written a predictable blogpost attacking the government's new Prevent strategy; predictable in that he blames "Zionists" for influencing the government's new position. There is one line in his article which, although almost an aside, caused me to catch my breath. He writes: As I argued in my…

  • CST Elections Report 2011

    14 Jun 2011 by CST

    Last month, over 300 British National Party candidates stood for election in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Only two won, both in English local council elections: several existing BNP councillors lost their seats as the party's electoral decline and organisation collapse, which began last year, continued. Next month the party's…

  • Nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

    16 May 2011 by CST

    If you had to guess which of the competing parties at the recent May 5th elections was talking about the "Zionist-led Labour Party", what one would it be? Had Zionism been a salient feature of Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party then we could, perhaps, make…

  • Nick Griffin, hate crime expert

    10 May 2011 by CST

    While his party crumbles around him, a curious tweet (well, series of tweets) emerges from BNP leader and MEP Nick Griffin. Strung together, they read: Busy researching issue of racist attacks against English youngsters in Lancashire for short presentation to a Symposium on Hate Crime. Good to have been…

  • CST supporting Restorative Justice in Manchester

    8 Apr 2011 by CST

    This week saw the official launch of a Restorative Justice partnership between Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the local Jewish community, hosted at CST's northern region office in Manchester. Restorative Justice (RJ) offers a structure for victims of crime to explain to offenders the impact that their crime has…

  • Here We Are, Gerald Kaufman Again

    31 Mar 2011 by CST

    Imagine the outcry if Diane Abott MP got up to speak in the House of Commons, and behind her, on the backbenches, a fellow MP was overheard muttering Here we are, the blacks again   Imagine the bemused confusion that would follow when it emerged that the MP who…

  • George Galloway on shifting sands

    11 Mar 2011 by CST

    George Galloway spoke at a meeting at the London School of Economics on Monday, in which, according to this Jewish Chronicle report, he made several astonishing statements. I wrote last week about the celebration of stupidity at LSE, but Galloway's performance is something else entirely. Despite his reputation as…

  • Prime Minister David Cameron at the CST Dinner

    3 Mar 2011 by CST

        Prime Minister David Cameron was the guest of honour at last night's CST Dinner, where an audience of 1,100 people, including cabinet ministers, shadow cabinet ministers, MPs, Chief Constables and other senior police officers heard the Prime Minister voice his support for CST and the Jewish community in the…

  • Johann Hari: "servile" British governments

    8 Feb 2011 by CST

    Writing in The Independent on Friday 4th February, Johann Hari provided the latest example of grotesquely overblown claims in mainstream media about the strength of the pro-Israel lobby. ...we are so servile to the demands of the country’s [Israel’s] self-harming government, and to its loudest and angriest lobbyists h…

  • The Prime Minister's speech

    7 Feb 2011 by CST

    Prime Minister David Cameron gave a keynote policy speech on terrorism, extremism and multiculturalism on Saturday, which has already generated a huge amount of commentary, both agreeing and disagreeing with what he said. Some of the criticisms of the speech have accused him of saying or meaning things that he…

  • Westminster Hall debate on antisemitism

    21 Jan 2011 by CST

    Yesterday saw Parliament's Westminster Hall host a debate on the current state of antisemitism, and efforts to counter it, both in the UK and worldwide. The debate was moved by John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Government report on tackling antisemitism released

    15 Dec 2010 by CST

    The British government has today released a report (pdf) assessing the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 2006 All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism. The report charts the work done by the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism, which includes representatives from ten government departments, the Association of Chief Police…

  • Government announces funding for security at Jewish faith schools

    8 Dec 2010 by CST

    Earlier today the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, wrote to CST to announce that the Government has agreed to provide financial assistance for the payment of security guards at all 39 Jewish Voluntary Aided faith schools in England. CST has held discussions with the Department for Education about…

  • CST & PCAA Foundation fringe events at Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party conferences

    2 Sep 2010 by CST

          CST, together with the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism (PCAA) Foundation, will be hosting fringe events at all three party conferences, looking at the role that the mainstream parties can play in combating the British National Party. The BNP’s failures in the May 2010 general and local&…

  • The SWP's blind spots

    20 Aug 2010 by CST

    A Socialist Workers Party editorial reveals (again) the manner in which the party’s anti-Israel fervour prevents it from acknowledging antisemitism in any such setting. The SWP understands the significance of the Holocaust upon support for the mere continued existence of Israel. However, this does not change the fact that …

  • A window on the BNP leadership

    15 Jul 2010 by CST

    The BNP leadership contest, in which party leader Nick Griffin is being challenged by veteran far right activist Eddy Butler, is dragging the party down into a pit of bitter infighting and petty squabbles. Meanwhile the party's financial problems continue to escalate. The ongoing case…

  • CST Elections Report 2010

    26 May 2010 by CST

    CST's report into the performance of extremist and fringe parties in the recent elections is now available on the CST website. The report includes full result tables for the BNP, National Front, some smaller far right parties and Respect in the general and local elections. The BNP stood a…

  • 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…

  • 'The power of the Jewish lobbies'

    30 Apr 2010 by CST

    Two weeks ago, we wrote on this blog about some politicians using problematic language about Jewish lobbies and their supposed political or financial influence, and promised to highlight any further examples of this happening. We note, therefore, this article in today's Jewish Chronicle, about comments made by Madeleine…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part three

    28 Apr 2010 by CST

    Parts one and two of this series of blogs can be read here and here. By the end of the 1980s the increasingly strange direction of the NF's leadership was having a damaging impact on the party's membership, which had dwindled from a few thousand in the early 1980s to…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part two

    27 Apr 2010 by CST

    Read part one of this series of blogs here The National Front's public admiration for the Iranian Revolution and their financial connection with Libya were not universally popular amongst NF members. Even within the leadership group there were some who were unhappy about these Middle Eastern links, and about the…

  • Political Soldiers and the New Man - part one

    26 Apr 2010 by CST

    This is the first in a three-part series of blogs Edmund Standing wrote a while ago about a BNP member, Edith Crowther, who had posted a blog comment claiming that: I realised long ago that the BNP is the British equivalent of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whom I admire…

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