Blog – terrorism
28 Oct 2019 by CST
One year ago, a far right terrorist murdered 11 Jewish worshippers at Shabbat morning prayer in the Tree of Life Synagogue. CST’s thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the Pittsburgh attack. The assault, in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, came before subsequent far right outrages against Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand; Jews in San Diego, USA; and Hispanics in El-Paso, USA.
11 Apr 2019 by CST
CST is today publishing an in-depth report, 'Mehdi Nemmouche & the Brussels Jewish Museum Attack: A case study in jihadist antisemitic terrorism' analysing the jihadist attack on 24 May 2014. Last month, on 8 March, Nemmouche, a former ISIS fighter, was convicted in Belgium of carrying out the ISIS-linked firearms terrorist attack. This was the first case of a returning European jihadist fighter from Syria/Iraq to attack in Europe, and it marked the opening of a series of terrorist attacks and disrupted plots in Europe, the UK and the West that were directed, inspired or connected to ISIS. In the words of a report by West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center, “Nemmouche’s attack was not a random one-off event, but actually a leading indicator of a wave of ISIS-connected violence that would target European and other Western cities. Nemmouche was just a preliminary warning.”
11 Mar 2019 by CST
Last week, CST was delighted to welcome four members of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division to our office in London to discuss their work. CST is proud of our long-standing relationship with the CPS, with CST's International Director, Mike Whine MBE previously acting as Lay Adviser to the Counter Terrorism Division and currently sitting on the Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel of the London CPS.
8 Mar 2019 by CST
Following a dramatic two month trial, the jury in the Brussels court last night convicted Mehdi Nemmouche of carrying out the Islamic State-linked firearms terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on 24 May 2014. The jury also convicted his accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, of supplying Nemmouche with the weapons used in the attack. Sentencing is expected on Monday, and Nemmouche faces a possible life term in jail.
25 Feb 2019 by CST
This morning, the Government announced the ban of terror group, Hizbollah, in its entirety, something CST and other communal partners have long called for. CST previously welcomed the 2001 ban by the UK Government of the “External Security Organisation” and the 2013 ban of Hizbollah’s military wing by the European Union. CST has continued to press the Government to ban the group in its entirety; highlighting the fallacy of the distinction between the military and political wings.
19 Dec 2018 by CST
When tragedy strikes against Jewish communities beyond the UK, we also share in that pain and anguish. This reaction was seen, again, in our communal reactions to the appalling neo-Nazi gun attack against the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh USA.
1 Nov 2018 by CST
On Shabbat, the world recoiled in horror at the murder of 11 Jews during a brit milah ceremony at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. The suspect, Robert Bowers, attacked the synagogue with three handguns and an assault rifle and allegedly shouted: “all Jews must die.” Upon arrest, he told law enforcement officers that Jews “are committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.” Bowers’ social media was rife with neo-Nazi inspired Jew-hate.
29 Oct 2018 by CST
Following the tragic mass casualty shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA, this Shabbat, CST has sent this security bulletin to all UK Jewish communal venues, requesting that our community remains calm, vigilant and cooperative with security measures.
26 Oct 2018 by CST
In 2003, the Jewish community in Istanbul was devastated when two truck bombs targeted the Bet Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues, killing 25 people. Many of the injuries were caused by shattered glass. In order to learn from this terrible experience, CST set up the Protective Windows Project to ensure that communal buildings’ windows would be able to withstand any such attack.
24 Oct 2018 by CST
Earlier this month Hassan Butt, a former leading member of the Manchester branch of the notorious Islamist organisation al-Muhajiroun, was jailed for 13 years.
14 Jun 2018 by CST
At the terror trial for 6 alleged members of National Action, one of the defendants, Jack Renshaw, was alleged to have said, in relation to targeting a synagogue, that “all Jews are the same, they’re all vermin.” The neo-Nazi National Action was proscribed as a terror group in December 2016, which CST welcomed. Six men, Christopher Lythgoe, Matthew Hankinson, Michal Trubini, Jack Renshaw, Andrew Clarke and Garron Helm, are all on trial at the Old Bailey on charges of being a member of a proscribed terror group.
Man who planned to travel to Islamic State has been found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism against UK Jewish community
21 Feb 2018 by CST
A 32-year-old man from Somalia has been found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism, including on the UK Jewish community. Aweys Shikhey, living in North London, was arrested by Counter Terrorism officers on 23 May 2017 as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey, intending to then travel on to Syria where he envisioned fighting for the Islamic State.
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.
8 Nov 2017 by CST
A n Argentinian police investigation has revealed that the prosecutor who led the investigation into the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was murdered and did not commit suicide, as previously claimed. The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead, with a bullet hole in his head, on 18 January 2015. His death occurred four days after accusing former President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of masking Iran’s role in the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre, which left 85 people dead.
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.
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.
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.
24 May 2017 by CST
The raising of the national threat level to “Critical” means that Government, Police and security services believe “an attack is expected imminently”. This threat level is highly unusual and will result in both significantly increased policing and the deployment of military personnel. There does not, at present, seem to be precise intelligence about where or when a further attack (or attacks) may occur, but crowded places appear to be at highest risk.
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.
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.
19 May 2017 by CST
This week in Denmark, an imam was accused of calling for the murder of Jews whilst at the same time a 17-year-old was charged for allegedly plotting to bomb a Jewish school in the capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is not new to violent antisemitism – in 2015 Jewish security volunteer Dan Uzan Z”L was gunned down by Omar El-Hussein whilst protecting his Jewish community outside the Copenhagen Synagogue.
5 May 2017 by CST
CST hosted its first training session this week for Project Griffin with Nightingale Hammerson in South London, one of the Jewish community’s leading providers of care for older people. Project Griffin is a scheme run by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, which aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that Police work with communities across the country. CST was accredited to deliver Project Griffin in December 2016.
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.
23 Mar 2017 by CST
Everybody at CST extends our deepest condolences to all those affected by yesterday’s terrorist incident at Parliament.
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.
24 Aug 2016 by CST
CST and the Police have worked very closely together to plan and enact armed foot patrols in various areas of London with large Jewish communities. Operation Hercules was announced in early August by Met police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Operation includes 600 additional firearms officers to protect London against attack, and this includes protection for the Jewish community.
17 Aug 2016 by CST
Hate-preacher Anjem Choudary has been found guilty of inviting support and swearing allegiance to Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) alongside Mohammed Mizanur Rahman. Due to the possibility of prejudice in another case, reporting restrictions meant that the verdict has remained confidential for a number of weeks. Choudary faces the possibility of 10 years in prison and the jury took under three days to come to their unanimous decision.
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.
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.
14 Jun 2016 by CST
CST wishes to express solidarity with those attacked by Omar Mateen at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The siege was the deadliest homophobic attack in the United States. At time of writing, 49 people have been confirmed dead following the mass shooting and three-hour siege.
27 May 2016 by CST
As part of CST’s national relationship with the Police, CST facilitates a variety of training and education seminars focused on Judaism, antisemitism and threats to the Jewish community. Last week at the Jewish Museum in Camden, CST hosted over 100 members of the Police, from all ranks, including Hate Crime Officers, officers from a variety of Counter Terrorism teams and neighbourhood policing teams, hailing from several Police services from the across London and the South.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Dec 2015 by CST
Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security guard who was slain whilst on duty at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, has been voted ‘Dane of the Year’ by Danish Newspaper, Berlingske. Dan was brutally murdered protecting 80 people during a Bat Mitzvah party on early Sunday 15 February 2015 by Danish-Palestinian gunman Omar El-Hussein. Dan was just 37 years old.
23 Nov 2015 by CST
Today, Monday 23rd November, marks the beginning of the second national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. The campaign aims to inform the public about any possible terror threat, gives practical advice about staying safe and how communities can assist the Police and government in tackling extremism and radicalisation.
19 Nov 2015 by CST
Last night a Jewish school teacher was stabbed in Marseilles by three people proclaiming support for Islamic State. The teacher, 57 year old Tzion Saadon, was identifiably Jewish and was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skull cap). It has been reported that the assailants shouted antisemitic abuse and showed a photograph on a mobile phone of Mohammed Merah, the terrorist who killed 4 people at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France in 2012, and who also killed three soldiers in other attacks. The stabbing last night took place near a school and synagogue complex. The victim is said to not be in a life-threatening condition.
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.
US far right terrorist who murdered three people at Jewish centre in Kansas tells court he must be allowed to explain why he hates Jews.
25 Aug 2015 by CST
The trial of Frazer Glenn Cross, a former senior member of the KKK who murdered three people outside a Kansas Jewish centre, has begun. Cross tried to tell jurors that Jews are guilty of genocide against White people in an attempt to justify his actions.
13 Jul 2015 by CST
A court in Paris has handed down a sentence of nine years to leader of ‘Horseman of Pride’, Mohammed Achamlane, after he was convicted for “criminal conspiracy related to a terrorist enterprise”.
9 Jun 2015 by CST
The trail has begun in France of 14 jihadists accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish shops.
30 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich
American white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller has pleaded not guilty to the murder of three people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Center in April last year.
16 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich
The Jewish Telegraph Agency has written a profile of CST following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen at the beginning of 2015. The article reveals the increased level of volunteering for CST from across the Jewish community since those attacks.
10 Mar 2015 by CST
The BBC has reported that French police have arrested four people for alleged connections to the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris in January.
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.
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.
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 weeks horrific jihadist attacks in Paris, and in particular the murder of shoppers at a kosher supermarket, have added to already-existing …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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 Milans main synagogue and Jewish school. Italian media said the sentence was more than the four years asked by …
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…
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.
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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. …
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…
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…
13 Feb 2012 by CST
According to media reports, an Israeli diplomats 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 …
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…
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,…
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…
27 Jul 2011 by CST
The report published by CST today, Terrorist Incidents Against Jewish Communities and Israeli Citizens Abroad, 19682010, 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 …
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…