Blog – terrorism

  • Terrorism conviction for “HITLER You Were Right!” demonstrator

    26 Sep 2017 by CST

    On 11 July 2014, Hussain Yusuf was photographed holding a sign saying “HITLER You were Right!”. On 22 September 2017, Hussain was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court on three terrorism charges: and was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment. It is a textbook case study in how antisemitic attitudes may denote further extremist and terrorist inclinations.         

  • Are we doing enough to tackle terror in the UK?

    7 Jun 2017 by CST

    The horrific terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in recent weeks have opened a debate about whether this country doing enough to tackle terrorism, and what else can be done to stop young men (and it is usually men) from going out to kill as many people as they can in the name of radical Islamist ideology.

  • Security bulletin following recent London and Manchester attacks

    4 Jun 2017 by CST

    Following the latest terrorist attack in London on 3 June 2017, CST asks our community to be calm and vigilant, to cooperate with security measures and to report suspicious activity. 

  • When terror strikes, we must be resolute and focused

    23 May 2017 by Mark Gardner

    As I write this article on the morning after the appalling terror attack at the Manchester Arena, my CST colleagues and I are keenly aware that we do not know what the coming hours, days and weeks will bring. What we already know is bad enough. 22 dead and this will inevitably include children. Over 50 injured, some no doubt on the brink of life or death. Will there be further attacks? The truth is that nobody can say for sure, but we cannot assume that this was the only bomb. Nor can we assume that the terrorist was the person who built it.    

  • Security bulletin following 22 May terror attack, Manchester

    23 May 2017 by CST

    Following the terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, CST requests that our community be calm, vigilant and cooperates with security measures at UK Jewish communal locations.

  • Tributes for a Jihadist Godfather: from Moazzam Begg to Al Qaeda Central

    28 Mar 2017 by CST

    Death and martyrdom are key parts of jihadist ideology. It is, therefore, vitally important to note the reactions to the deaths of leading jihadists: whether by actual terrorist groups, or by those British Islamists who push victimhood narratives.  

  • Cold comfort from Anjem Choudary conviction

    17 Aug 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Anjem Choudary, Britain’s most notorious Jihadist rabble rouser, has – at long last – been found guilty of “inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organisation”. On the surface, it looks like good news, but look deeper and it is hard to take much comfort. CST has been raising strong concerns about Choudary and his predecessors for over 25 years, warning the authorities that open incitement for Jihadist extremism and terrorism was causing not only antisemitism, but all manner of radicalism that could literally explode against the British public at any time in the future: as it is still doing, both here and across western Europe, fuelled by events in Syria, Iraq and beyond.

  • CST statement on alleged Islamic State terror threat against Jewish schools and kindergartens in Turkey

    29 Mar 2016 by CST

    Sky News is reporting about an alleged Islamic State terror threat against Jewish schools and kindergartens in Turkey. The story claims that this is an “active plot” that is “aimed specifically at Turkey’s Jewish community”.  

  • Brussels terrorism and UK security

    22 Mar 2016 by CST

    The Jihadist terror attacks in Brussels on the morning of 22 March 2016 are a tragic reminder of why security measures are in place at UK Jewish communal venues and events. We offer our condolences to all those affected by this latest outrage.  CST asks that all communal venues, organisations and events ensure existing security procedures are reviewed and rigorously enforced. We ask everybody attending communal buildings and events to follow the instructions of the security officers present.    

  • Babar Ahmad’s “ideal of jihad” is still a problem

    16 Mar 2016 by Dave Rich

    Babar Ahmad is a British jihadi who returned home to the UK last year after being sentenced to 12 and a half years prison in America for terrorism offences. These offences related to a jihadi website called Azzam Publications (named after Abdullah Azzam, the godfather of the first Afghan jihad) that Ahmad set up and ran.

  • In memory of Dan Uzan Z”L

    15 Feb 2016 by CST

    One year ago today, in the early hours of the 15 February 2015, Dan Uzan Z”L was brutally gunned down by Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein whilst protecting 80 people at a Bat Mitzvah at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen commemorated the tragic attacks and laid flowers in memory of both Uzan and filmmaker Finn Noergaard, who was also killed by El-Hussein hours before Uzan at a free speech event.  

  • Remembering Paris: Je Suis Juif & Je Suis Charlie

    8 Jan 2016 by CST

    We remember those killed in the January 2015 antisemitic terrorist attack by Amedy Coulibaly at the kosher Hyper Cacher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, Paris.

  • Paris terror attacks

    14 Nov 2015 by CST

    CST extends its deepest condolences to all who have lost loved ones in the appalling Jihadist terror attacks across Paris on the night of 13-14 November. CST is in close contact with UK Police and Government to discuss the implications of the attack for UK Jewish security.

  • Dan Uzan - a Walking Mezuzah

    19 Feb 2015 by CST

    Many moving tributes have been paid to the late Dan Uzan Z''L, the Danish Jewish community security volunteer who was murdered by an antisemitic terrorist at 0040hrs on 15 February 2015 / 26 Shvat 5775, whilst protecting 80 people at a Bat Mitzvah in Copenhagen's main synagogue.

  • CST statement on synagogue shooting in Copenhagen

    15 Feb 2015 by CST

    CST is deeply saddened by the news of a shooting at a synagogue in Copenhagen last night, following an attack on a free speech meeting in the same city earlier yesterday.

  • We must ensure that antisemitism gets no foothold in Britain

    14 Jan 2015 by CST

    This article is cross-posted from Left Foot Forward Polling shows that British Jews are better integrated than their European counterparts; we must not let extremists change this Last week’s horrific jihadist attacks in Paris, and in particular the murder of shoppers at a kosher supermarket, have added to already-existing …

  • 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…

  • Security notice regarding terrorist incident in Paris

    9 Jan 2015 by CST

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

  • Charlie Hebdo: Security, Liberty, Democracy

    8 Jan 2015 by CST

    CST utterly condemns yesterday's terrorist murder of 12 people at the office of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. We wish every success for the French authorities' efforts to locate and arrest those responsible. Jihadist terrorism in Europe is…

  • 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…

  • Brussels suspect - the lessons

    2 Jun 2014 by CST

    On Friday 30 May, customs officials in Marseilles, southern France, arrested 29 year old French national Mehdi Nemmouche on suspicion of having perpetrated the previous Saturday's terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. If this is the terrorist, then there are some blatant lessons to…

  • Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

    24 May 2014 by CST

    At least three people are believed to have been killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. There are numerous media reports concerning the attack, but precise details remain unconfirmed. Due to the location of the shooting, CST has to work on the basis that this shooting may…

  • Neo-Nazi Terror Attack in Kansas

    14 Apr 2014 by CST

    On the afternoon of 13 April, a suspect identified as 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross Jr (a.k.a. Glenn Miller) reportedly opened fire with a shotgun in the car park of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. One victim died at the scene and a second…

  • 'My sleepless nights over terror threat' - Jewish Chronicle interview with former CST Chief Executive

    28 Oct 2013 by CST

    This week's Jewish Chronicle features a lengthy interview with former CST Chief Executive Richard Benson, which is reproduced in full below. My sleepless nights over terror threat By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013 The defection of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson is unconvincing and does not remove the threat posed by…

  • Man sought for Walsall bomb

    17 Jul 2013 by CST

    Further to yesterday's CST Blog post "Racist bombs in West Midlands?", West Midlands Police have released a description and two photographs of a man they "urgently want to speak to in connection with the attack on the Aisha mosque in Walsall". The description and photographs are here on the…

  • The Woolwich Murder

    23 May 2013 by CST

    CST expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of the British soldier who was murdered in Woolwich, South London on 22 May 2013. Our soldiers serve on behalf of Britain, its people and its values, making this an attack upon us all. That the victim was wearing a ‘Help for …

  • Milan synagogue and Jewish school plotter jailed

    20 May 2013 by CST

    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that a 22-year-old Moroccan man, Mohamed Jarmoune, has been sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment for planning terrorist attacks against Milan’s main synagogue and Jewish school. Italian media said the sentence was more than the four years asked by …

  • Remembering Toulouse

    19 Mar 2013 by CST

    Today we remember Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Aryeh and Gabriel Sandler, and Miriam Monsonego, victims of antisemitic terrorism at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, France, one year ago. We remember Bryan Bijaoui, who was seriously injured in the attack. We also remember Sergeant Imad Ibn-Ziaten, Corporal Abel…

  • More antisemitic terrorists convicted

    21 Feb 2013 by CST

    Three Birmingham men, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, have been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in a large scale terrorist plot.  

  • Terrorist trial: defendants 'discussed attacking synagogue'

    25 Oct 2012 by CST

    Three men from Birmingham on trial at Woolwich Crown Court for terrorist offences allegedly discussed attacking a synagogue, amongst other possible targets: The al-Qaeda inspired gang, from Birmingham, is accused of plotting to use eight suicide bombers to detonate rucksacks packed with explosives in crowded places to cause “mass …

  • Manchester terror plot couple sentenced

    20 Jul 2012 by CST

    Mohammed Sajid Khan and Shasta Khan, the Oldham couple convicted of planning a terrorist attack against Manchester's Jewish community, have today been sentenced to prison terms for their plot: Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, who pleaded guilty before the trial at Manchester Crown Court of his wife, Shasta, was given an indeterminate…

  • Manchester couple found guilty of anti-Jewish terror plot

    19 Jul 2012 by CST

    Today, a husband and wife from Oldham, Mohammed Sajid Khan and Shasta Khan, have been convicted of plotting terrorism against Manchester's Jewish community. Their plan was uncovered after police were called to a domestic incident. The Khans are believed to have been intended to target Jewish communities in Greater Manchester…

  • Possible al-Qaeda targeting of London's Jews

    11 Jul 2012 by CST

    The Toronto Star has revealed previously confidential information relating to possible terrorist targeting of the well known North London Jewish neighbourhoods, Golders Green and Stamford Hill, perhaps during the festival of  Chanukah. The two articles relate to documentation found on the body (and in the car) of a…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - court hears evidence of Jewish community 'targets'

    22 Jun 2012 by CST

    On day two of the trial of Shasta Khan for terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot to carry out a bombing campaign against the Manchester Jewish community - charges to which her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has already pleaded guilty - the court heard evidence that the couple had…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - pair accused of planning bombing attacks on Jews, court hears

    21 Jun 2012 by CST

    The trial in Manchester of Shasta Khan for various terrorism offences began yesterday with the first part of the prosecution case against her. This included the revelation that her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has pleaded guilty to related terrorism offences for their alleged plot to carry out bombing attacks on…

  • Manchester Terrorism Trial

    20 Jun 2012 by CST

    A terrorism trial has begun today at Manchester Crown Court which CST expects to be of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community. The trial is expected to last for approximately three weeks. CST cannot be certain as to what information will be made public in the trial, nor…

  • Antisemitism after Toulouse

    6 Jun 2012 by CST

    This weekend saw a shocking antisemitic assault in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, when three young Jewish men wearing kippot (skullcaps) were attacked by a group of ten attackers, who beat them with hammers and iron bars while shouting "Dirty Jews". All three victims requried hospital treatment, but thankfully none sustained serious…

  • French Islamists charged with targeting Jewish judge

    3 Apr 2012 by CST

    13 French Islamists connected to the banned Forsane Alizza group are to be charged with a series of terrorist offences, including a plot to kidnap a Jewish judge in Lyon. According to a report in the Guardian: Prosecutor François Molins told a news conference the Forsane Alizza group, or…

  • Toulouse Tragedy: Learning the Lessons

    23 Mar 2012 by CST

    Today's Jewish Telegraph contains the following opinion piece from CST:   Toulouse Tragedy: Learning the Lessons As we try to come to terms with the dreadful shootings in Toulouse, we look to make some sense of what has happened and what lessons can be learned. In asking this,…

  • After Toulouse

    22 Mar 2012 by CST

    Today's Jewish Chronicle carries a CST opinion piece regarding communal security in the aftermath of the terrorist attack upon the Jewish community in Toulouse, France. As is normal, the Chronicle version is slightly edited from CST's original submission, which appears here in full and with its…

  • Toulouse shooting: suspect identified

    21 Mar 2012 by CST

    French police have identified Mohammed Merah, a French national with alleged connections to al-Qaeda, as the prime suspect for the murder of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday. Merah is currently surrounded in his flat in Toulouse where he is armed and is refusing to surrender. …

  • Shooting at a Jewish School in France

    19 Mar 2012 by CST

    At least four people, including three children, have been killed in a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, south west France. CST is appalled by this senseless attack on innocent Jewish schoolchildren and teachers. We extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the French Jewish community at this tragic…

  • Milan synagogue: terror arrests in UK and Italy

    15 Mar 2012 by CST

    News agencies are reporting that British and Italian anti-terrorism police have this morning arrested two people on suspicion of involvement in a potential terrorist attack on a Milan synagogue. CST has been informed by Scotland Yard that there is no indication that UK…

  • CST Security Advice: possible terrorist incidents in India and Georgia

    13 Feb 2012 by CST

    According to media reports, an Israeli diplomat’s car has exploded in New Delhi, India, today, injuring one person, and explosives have also been found near the Israeli Embassy in Tblisi, Georgia. While the exact circumstances of these two incidents are not yet clear, CST advises all Jewish communal organisations …

  • Four plead guilty to terror plot targeting UK rabbis

    1 Feb 2012 by CST

    Four men have pleaded guilty to a 2010 terrorist plot that included the potential targeting of two rabbis, amongst other targets: Four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange. Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah pleaded guilty to engaging…

  • Terror plot targeting staff at Jewish school in Azerbaijan foiled

    23 Jan 2012 by CST

    Haaretz reports that the authorities in Azerbaijan have foiled an Iranian terror plot to kill staff at a Jewish school in Baku: Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile,…

  • 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 development of far right terrorism in Europe

    27 Jul 2011 by CST

    The report published by CST today, Terrorist Incidents Against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 1968–2010, includes several successful and foiled terrorist attacks against Jews by neo-Nazis and others on the far right. In the light of the horrific terrorist attack in Norway last week, and the ongoing debate about far …

  • Terrorist Incidents Against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 1968–2010

    27 Jul 2011 by CST

    17 years ago today, a car bomb exploded in the early hours of the morning outside Balfour House, in north London, which housed the offices of the Joint Israel Appeal and other Jewish and Israeli charities. A day earlier, another car bomb had detonated outside the Israeli Embassy in central London.…

  • Anders Behring Breivik's political platform

    26 Jul 2011 by CST

    When Anders Behring Breivik set out to commit mass murder last Friday, he left behind a huge amount of material explaining his motivations, intentions and preparations: mainly in the form of a 1,516-page written manifesto and a 12 minute video, both of which can be found here. There is something very…

  • Recognising the threat of far right terrorism

    24 Jul 2011 by CST

    The appalling and tragic events in Norway on Friday have served as an horrific reminder that Europe's far right is capable of producing terrorists, who are just as willing to kill in large numbers as any jihadi terrorist group. Previously, most attempts by neo-Nazis or other adherents of far right…

  • AMIA: anniversary of an outrage

    18 Jul 2011 by CST

    Today is the 17th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people. This was, and remains, the worst terrorist outrage against a Jewish target in the history of modern terrorism. To date, the alleged perpetrators of the AMIA bombing have…

  • 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…

  • Hamas media on the killing of Osama Bin Ladin

    5 May 2011 by CST

    After the Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyah, condemned the killing of Osama Bin Ladin, who he described as a "holy warrior", the Hamas-run newspaper Filastin has affirmed the party line with a series of articles condemning the killing and threatening the United States. Filastin carried three commentaries on the…

  • Hamas and Al-Qaeda: Mutual Condemnation or Shared Admiration?

    4 May 2011 by CST

    Hamas Tribute to Bin Laden The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has prompted considerable analysis and unleashed varied emotions. Words of condemnation, statements in tribute to him and calls for revenge were to be expected from al-Qaeda (AQ) supporters and sympathisers in the Global Jihad Movement. Rather revealing,…

  • Terrorist case - targeting of Synagogues and Rabbis

    28 Dec 2010 by CST

    Court hearings began yesterday, 27 December, of nine men arrested in counter-terror raids in Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent on 20 December. The court heard that two synagogues and their Rabbis were amongst a wider range of potential targets of the accused. CST had been previously briefed by Police and we have…

  • Al-Shabaab jihad video targets foreign recruits

    26 Nov 2010 by CST

    In the same week that the Guardian discovered Afghan Taliban fighters who spend most of the year in the United Kingdom, while returning to Afghanistan each summer to fight, the Somali al-Shabaab group has released a new recruitment video explicitly targeting foreigners, and specifically English speakers. Al-Shabaab was designated…

  • Status Check: Global Terrorism

    12 Aug 2010 by CST

    Matthew Levitt, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, provides a very interesting article concerning the U.S. State Dept's recently released Country Reports on Terrorism for 2009.    It begins as follows The State Department's recently released Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 (CRT 2009) reveals…

  • The Lod Airport massacre and revolutionary terrorism

    22 Jul 2010 by CST

    An American court has awarded punitive damages of $300 million against North Korea, for its role in the massacre of tourists at Israel's Lod Airport in 1972. The terrorist attack was carried out by three members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), working with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine …

  • The decency of antisemitism

    8 Jul 2010 by CST

    I wrote yesterday about the utter blind spot that most Western observers have shown to Sheikh Fadlallah's antisemitism, in their reactions to his death. That post was prompted by an obituary on the website of Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, which quoted with some pride the views of a…

  • Ayatollah Fadlallah: obituary of an antisemite

    7 Jul 2010 by CST

    Hezbollah's al-Manar TV has published an obituary of Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Hussein Fadlallah, who died in Lebanon on Sunday, and it makes for eye opening reading. According to al-Manar, Fadlallah encouraged suicide bombing, including against Israeli women and children; believed in a Zionist conspiracy to stretch Israel's borders from the…

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