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 38-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.
Aweys Shikhey was found guilty today on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at the Old Bailey under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. He is due to be sentenced on 15 March. Shihkey’s laptop had been seized by Police and encrypted conversations with another man, Raaqiya Hussein, who is awaiting trial for another terror offence, were uncovered by officers. Shikhey was also in contact with a Somali, based in Kenya, Abdirahman Idrissa Hassan. Messages between the two men exposed both of the men’s plan to join and fight for the Islamic State and their plan to carry out a firearms attack on the UK Jewish community in and around Stamford Hill.
Both Shikhey and Raaqiya discussed how they would carry out their attack on the Jewish community, saying they wanted to “put himself forward against Saturday people” and “it is good to shoot them live.” Going into further detail, Shikhey added, “Three or five people are needed who are connected to each other…who can carry out a bloody attack,” as well as referencing what type of weapons and when exactly they would attack Jewish people, as they left a football match at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium.
The prosecutor, Barnaby Jameson, described Shikhey as a “terrorist hiding in plain sight” and that “there was an extremist agenda going on behind the scenes. The face he presented to the world was different to the one behind closed doors.”
Aweys Shikhey is due to be sentenced on 15 March.
21 Feb 2018 by CST
CST welcomed a cross-Party delegation of MPs and Politicians to the CST head office in London this month as the first stop of a wider Jewish community tour organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPGA). The UK Government’s Special Envoy for Post Holocaust Issues and former Conservative Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, was joined by Labour MPs Sarah Jones and Alex Sobel, and SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron. Later, during the tour, the attendees were accompanied by two further Labour MPs, Yvette Cooper and Tulip Siddiq. Read more…
12 Feb 2018 by CST
Chelsea FC has recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness and educate Chelsea staff and players about the dangers of antisemitism in football. The campaign was officially launched at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea stadium, with the club owner, Roman Abramovich, CST Chief Executive David S Delew and CST 's Dr Dave Rich in attendance. Read more…
8 Feb 2018 by CST
Last night, CST was privileged to hold an information evening with Bury Police, part of the Greater Manchester Police force. The evening was an opportunity to meet the local policing team and CST and to discuss hate crime and the importance of reporting it by a variety of methods. CST also introduced a new reporting campaign on the night to ensure antisemitic incidents are being relayed to CST. Read more…
7 Feb 2018 by CST
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has recorded a “significant rise” in reports of discrimination at the mid-way stage of the 2017/2018 football season. At the end of 2017, Kick It Out has recorded 282 discrimination incidents between August 2017 and December 2017, a rise of 59%. Read more…
6 Feb 2018 by CST
Today marks the 100 year anniversary of women over 30 being the giving the right to vote for the first time. The Representation of the People Act, which became law on 6 February 1918, was partial but furthered the ongoing fight for gender equality. In honour of this day, and in celebration of the work women have done to achieve equality, CST commemorates ten, out of many, Jewish women whose heroism, in fighting against antisemitism and prejudice from the biblical age until the World War II, should be celebrated. Read more…
CST works with the European Commission and social media companies to remove illegal hate speech online
26 Jan 2018 by CST
The European Commission has released the results of the third round of its social media illegal hate speech monitoring. CST has been involved in the project from its inception with the Code of Conduct in 2016. The results show that the average removal rate of illegal hate speech on Twitter, Facebook and Google, from across Europe, was 70%. The monitoring project shows a significant improvement for social media companies, with regards to removal rates and feedback to users. Read more…