July 22nd, 2015 by CST
CST’s security volunteers are crucial for CST’s work keeping the Jewish community in the United Kingdom safe in these challenging times. With an increase in antisemitic attacks across Europe, including the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen at the beginning of this year, CST has been inundated with applications to join our growing pool of security volunteers.
This week CST saw the completion of five security courses which have been running in the Southern regions, culminating in a graduation ceremony to present each newly qualified volunteer a certificate and their CST badge. CST’s Chief Executive, David Delew, addressed the new security officers in front of over 30 security team leaders, regional managers and security instructors who were also present. He touched on the difficult challenges the community faces in the United Kingdom today, and thanked the security volunteers for their ongoing commitment in protecting our Jewish community.
One new security officer responded that they felt “a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in completing the course. I am grateful to have received the skills to defend myself and the community.” Another new security volunteer who graduated this week said that she found the physical training element of the security course “great”. Whilst she had initially worried that “it would be too hard for girls – it turned out it wasn’t” and she would urge others who want to take part to “not be put off by the physical element”. Another new volunteer said that the instructors made “everything clear, professional and so much fun too” and added that they are “grateful to have been given the chance to take part in an organisation so meaningful and rewarding”.
One new officer summed up the course by stating that “I understand more about the threats we face, how to look at suspicious people and where to stand when protecting an event” in order to ensure our Jewish community is kept safe from the hostile challenges we face.
If you want to learn new skills, get fit, defend yourself and contribute to protecting our community, you too can become a CST security officer. Please contact us with an application form.
July 21st, 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. Read more…
July 8th, 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. Read more…
July 7th, 2015 by CST
20-25 neo-Nazis (including five Poles) turned up in Whitehall and were loudly jeered by 150-200 anti-fascists of various political and religious affiliations, including Jews and Christians. 220 CST volunteers and staff helped secure our Golders Green Jewish community from the evening of Friday 3 July (ie erev Shabbat) through to Sunday 5 July. They were sincerely thanked by many members of our community, and CST has received many phone calls and emails of gratitude. Read more…
June 30th, 2015 by CST
The Metropolitan Police Service have shared their statement with CST regarding conditions that they have imposed on the July 4th demonstration: Read more…
June 30th, 2015 by CST
CST welcomes the decision, announced today, to relocate the proposed neo-Nazi demonstration of 4 July from Golders Green to central London. Read more…
June 4th, 2015 by CST
Morris Beckman, who passed away last week at the age of 94, was one of the very last of that group of British Jewish servicemen who returned to Britain after the Second World War to find that sympathisers of the very evil they had spent six years fighting, had been released from prison and were active on Britain's streets. Read more…