30 May 2017 by CST
The US-based Anti-Defamation League has released the fourth index of antisemitism, which polls attitudes towards Jews globally. In the UK, the major findings include that 10% of the population harbour antisemitic attitudes; an increase of 2% from figures released in 2014. The methodology looked specifically at antisemitic stereotypes, such as beliefs in Jewish power in politics, media and financial market, and also analysed anti-Muslim sentiment. The polling results revealed specifically looked at beliefs in the UK, Germany and France.
Key findings by the Anti-Defamation League include:
- In the year of a general election, 26% of Brits believe that there has been an increase in antisemitic rhetoric in politics, with 36% concerned about Left-wing antisemitism and 40% concerned about right-wing antisemitism.
- 18% of the British population that harbour antisemitic beliefs in the UK have never met a Jewish person.
- 32% of Brits believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than the UK. This is a fall from 41% who believed that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the UK in 2015.
- 20% of Brits believe Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust, with 29% of people in France believing the same. This is a fall in the UK figures from 26% of the population in 2015.
- 14% of Brits believe people hate Jews because of the way they behave, with 26% believing the same in Germany.
- 4% of the population in the UK, Germany and France believe that Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars.
- The more religiously observant a person, the more likely they are to be antisemitic, with 15% of people who attend a religious service weekly believing antisemitic views, compared to 7% of people who never attend.
- 13% of people in the UK who hold a negative view of their personal financial situation hold antisemitic views, compared to 8% of those with a positive view of their personal finances.
- In the UK, France and Germany, those who claim that Israel’s actions have a key influence in their opinion about Jews are more likely to hold antisemitic views. In the UK, 24% of respondents said Israel’s action influenced their opinion, with 29% of that group holding antisemitic views. This is compared to 45% of the population who stated that Israel’s actions have no influence on their opinion, with 6% of this group holding antisemitic views.
- 3% of the UK population believe the number of Jews who died during the Holocaust has been exaggerated and the Holocaust is a myth, compared to 8% of the French population.
- 49% of the UK population is concerned about violence against Jews, Jewish symbols and Jewish institutions, compared to 82% of the population who are worried about violence against Muslims and Muslim groups.
- In the UK, France and Germany, people who harbour anti-Muslim views or anti-immigrant views are more likely to harbour antisemitic views.
From the polling results released, it is clear that antisemitic attitudes are less prevalent in the United Kingdom than in Germany or France. It is also clear that antisemitic attitudes are falling in the United Kingdom, based on data from both 2014 and 2015. However, 10% of the population in the UK still harbour some form of antisemitic view, which is unacceptable.
You can read the full report from the Anti-Defamation League here.
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
18 May 2017 by CST
The Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights this week launched a new publication to help governments address security needs of Jewish communities across Europe. CST’s Mike Whine MBE attended the launch at the German Parliamentary Society this week. CST is proud to have helped with the compilation of the report, which aims to help governments understand the challenges faced by Jewish communities and to help develop effective responses. Read more…
9 May 2017 by CST
Last week CST’s Deputy Head of Krav Maga visited Leeds and Manchester to train CST security volunteers from the region. Several sessions took place as part of the re-launch of the Leeds training calendar. The goal of the training was to explain the mindset behind Krav Maga at CST and inspire people to come to training regularly. Read more…
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. Read more…
3 May 2017 by CST
In a new report from the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Government has been called on to consider whether it is a crime for social media companies to allow “illegal and dangerous” content on their platforms. The Committee called for the inquiry following the murder of Jo Cox MP by far right extremist Thomas Mair. CST submitted substantial evidence to the Committee, focusing on antisemitism on social media. The Committee has recommended in their report for the Government to implement a stronger penalty for failure to act on hate online, for social media platforms to pay towards the cost of policing the platforms and for social media companies to issue reports on their safeguarding activity. Read more…