News – antisemitism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
25 Jan 2018 by CST
A plumber was sentenced under the Malicious Communications Act at Oxford Magistrates Court on the 11 January 2017 for launching a tirade of antisemitic abuse towards a Jewish man, who he mistakenly believed had not paid him for his plumbing services. CST supported the victim, who was harassed with threatening calls and emails by the plumber.
22 Nov 2017 by CST
Yesterday CST was delighted to attend the First Victims’ Summit in Westminster, hosted by Claire Waxman, Victims’ Commissioner for London. As well as Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, other speakers included Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan (MPS), Natasha Plummer (MOPAC), Rosie Sharp (London Community Foundation), Bernadette Keane (Victim Support), Claire Lindley (Chief Prosecutor from the CPS), Judith Baker (Citizens Advice Witness Service) and Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime).
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.
Pensioner who daubed anti-Zionist and antisemitic graffiti in Dunham Massey sentenced following cooperation between CST and Police
6 Nov 2017 by CST
Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old pensioner from Altrincham, has been sentenced following a campaign of graffiti, including antisemitism. CST’s Northern Regional office worked closely with Police following the several incidents at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey, that took place between August 2016 and June 2017.
17 Oct 2017 by CST
The Crown Prosecution Service, with who m CST works closely to tackle antisemitism, has revealed that record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences are being handed down to offenders . The overall number of prosecutions for hate crime, including antisemitism, has fallen however from 15,542 in 2015-2016 to 14,480 in 2016-2017. CST representatives sit on several CPS-led scrutiny panels to ensure that antisemitic hate crime is not overlooked.
16 Oct 2017 by CST
Every year, CST is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week, organised by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign alongside Stop Hate UK. The aim of the week is to support those who have been affected by hate crime and to educate and raise awareness of hate crime. The Week was founded in 2009 to commemorate the 10 th anniversary of the London Nail bomb attacks in Brixton.
29 Sep 2017 by CST
CST is delighted to announce it has joined the Witness Confident ‘Self Evident’ app, designed for reporting hate crime. The app has been developed by the charity with the support of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan and Sussex Police forces…
11 Sep 2017 by CST
Jose Manuel Silva has been convicted of racially, religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, distress and criminal damage and sentenced to 28 days in prison and handed a fine after shouting antisemitic abuse in Golders Green.
7 Sep 2017 by CST
At Ipswich Magistrate’s Court on 22 August, Richard Gary Reed pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment and received a £300 fine, and has been ordered to pay court costs, a victim surcharge and compensation to the victim. The case follows an incident in early August where the offender shouted antisemitic abuse at a visibly Jewish man.
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; a decrease of 2% from figures released in 2015. 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.
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.
27 Apr 2017 by CST
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week launched a new police unit to investigate and tackle online hate crime. CST deals with antisemitic abuse on a daily basis and this new unit aims to tackle such abuse on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms and aims to assist victims. CST was delighted to join representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police and other leading anti-hate crime charities at the launch this week in City Hall. CST is also a member of the Community Advisory Group for the hub, that advises on how online hate crime affects different communities.
22 Mar 2017 by CST
CST is pleased to welcome Mayor Sadiq Khan’s newly published Police and Crime plan for London. The Plan prioritises violence against women and girls, keeping children and young people safe, and importantly focuses on hate crime and violence. The plan sets out a list of commitments to tackle hate crime, including antisemitism, as well as to provide support for victims of such crimes. The Plan also includes a new Online Hate Crime Hub and new support for groups helping victims of such crimes.
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.
7 Feb 2017 by CST
CST has received several reports of leaflets that include antisemitism and Holocaust denial, being found at a handful of Universities across the United Kingdom. Reports have come from Glasgow, Cambridge, University College London and Edinburgh universities. There have also been unconfirmed reports about the leaflets being handed out at the London School of Economics.
1 Feb 2017 by CST
The below is a joint statement from the Community Security Trust, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students:
23 Jan 2017 by CST
CST received reports of six antisemitic incidents in the Edgware and Mill Hill areas of Barnet over the weekend of 20/21 January, five of which had occurred on the weekend itself and one of which took place the weekend before. These incidents included eggs being thrown at Jewish people and property; antisemitic graffiti; and a brick with swastikas drawn on it being thrown through the front window of a Jewish family’s home.
13 Dec 2016 by CST
Last week CST attended the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance meeting in Brussels. CST has been working with the group for several months to tackle hate speech online, by engaging with numerous social media and internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.
CST welcomes British Government’s decision to adopt International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism
12 Dec 2016 by CST
CST welcomes and applauds the decision by the British Government, led by Theresa May, to adopt a definition of antisemitism. Britain is the first European country to adopt a definition of antisemitism in order to combat antisemitic hate crimes.
12 Dec 2016 by CST
The British Government has officially announced that far right National Action is to be banned under terror laws. Home Secretary Amber Rudd labelled the group a “racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation”. The proscription of the group means that it will bea criminal offence to belong to the group, invite support for the group, arrange meetings to support the group and to wear clothing or carry or display articles publically which support the group. Penalties for offences which contravene the proscription carry a maximum prison term of 10 years and an unlimited fine.
30 Nov 2016 by CST
CST welcomes the report in The Times that the neo-Nazi organisation National Action may be proscribed by the government. National Action is a viciously antisemitic and racist neo-Nazi group whose violent and hateful rhetoric has already inspired its follows to commit appalling hate crimes. We would support its proscription as a measure to curb its hateful activities.
28 Nov 2016 by CST
This month Twitter announced several changes to their safety policies, following constructive dialogue with CST and several other groups. CST is pleased that following extensive reporting by CST and others, several antisemitic accounts who harassed Jewish users and spread Holocaust denial and antisemitism have been suspended from the platform.
Herminio Martinez convicted following racially aggravated altercation with Jewish property developers
17 Nov 2016 by CST
Last week Herminio Martinez was convicted for racially aggravated threatening behaviour following an altercation with Jewish property developers, Joe and Michael Gerrard. The developers were subjected to antisemitic abuse following a planning permission meeting in February 2016 after they were granted permission for a mixed development of a Co-op supermarket, office space and 25 luxury new build apartments.
15 Nov 2016 by CST
Twitter has today released a new update, in a bid to reduce hateful conduct, including antisemitism, from its platform. CST was briefed ahead of the launch, as we have been a trusted partner of Twitter since the beginning of 2015, assisting Twitter in dealing with instances of antisemitic abuse. The new update comes following criticism that the platform has allowed hate speech to flourish, but Twitter has stressed that it wants to enable users to feel safe, to have access to support and protection and for users to be able to control what they see.
19 Oct 2016 by CST
On Sunday the Home Affairs Select Committee released a report into antisemitism in the UK, following months of investigations, including sessions with the Committee where representatives from CST, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies gave evidence.
14 Sep 2016 by CST
Last night CST hosted approximately 300 volunteer personnel, security guards and Police at the pre-High Holy Day security briefing. CST’s Chief Executive David Delew welcomed the attendees, and thanked the Government and Police for their work in protecting the Jewish community; and for their partnership with CST. He also summarised many of the recent improvements in communal security, including the new 24/7 CST national security control room and the provision of important protection measures and new communication equipment.
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 CST
A Polish man, Kamil Malmon, has been found guilty and handed a 26 week suspended sentence for writing “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June of this year. Malmon was filmed by CCTV, installed at the synagogue with funding provided by CST’s Security Enhancement Project, approaching the wall where the graffiti was later found. Malmon appeared to take something out of his pocket and draw on the wall. He was later identified by the caretaker of the synagogue and a pencil was found on his person.
19 Jul 2016 by CST
Following the launch of the initiative Reclaim The Internet in May 2016, the campaign hosted its first conference yesterday at the Trade Union Congress Building in London. CST is proud to support this, and is happy to lend our expertise to the campaign. The initiative, spearheaded by former shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, aims to raise awareness and tackle online abuse. The project was initially established to tackle misogyny online, and has since widened its scope to include the battle to end antisemitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+ and bullying rhetoric across the internet.
15 Jul 2016 by CST
Yesterday, the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the rise of antisemitism held its third evidence session on antisemitism. Mark Gardner, CST Director of Communications gave evidence, alongside Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council. Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and John Mann MP, Chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism were also called upon to give evidence to the Committee. In previous weeks, the other witnesses were Ken Livingstone, leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP, Board of Deputies President Johnathan Arkush and Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson MP.
17 Jun 2016 by CST
CST welcomes the conviction and sentencing today of Geoffrey Ingram for racially aggravated abuse following an incident in June 2015 on Regent Street. The abuse occurred after a minor motoring incident, after which the offender intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skullcap). The offender, at close quarters, shouted at the victim a series of antisemitic insults and threats before the Police were called. The victim reported the incident to CST and commented that after the incident he was “really shaken up – I had to cancel meetings that day because I was a bag of nerves”. This clearly demonstrates the enormous impact that antisemitic abuse has on the victim, and that all incidents should be taken seriously and reported.
15 Jun 2016 by CST
The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative was launched last week in Strasbourg, France at a briefing at the Council of Europe. The Initiative aims to restore cemeteries across Eastern Europe, and has so far restored several in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova. Cemetery desecrations cause deep distress to both families of those who are buried at the cemetery, and to the wider Jewish community. It shows Jews that they are not safe from repellent antisemitism, even in death. Damage to Jewish cemeteries can also be simple criminal vandalism and is not always necessarily motivated by antisemitism.
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.
17 May 2016 by CST
The Labour Party’s latest inquiry into antisemitism was formally launched yesterday. Shami Chakrabarti, former director of campaign group Liberty, has been appointed head of the inquiry, with Professor David Feldman and Baroness Jan Royall as vice-chairs. Baroness Royall has been leading another inquiry into antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club following allegations that emerged in February. This is expected to be published on Tuesday 17 May.
1 Apr 2016 by CST
A Yorkshire school is being investigated by the Government after promoting the antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews are engaged in a global plot to take over the world and for distributing leaflets quoting the antisemitic forgery, the Elders of Zion.
31 Mar 2016 by CST
Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP, the UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, has recommended that people seeking a definition of antisemitism should use the definition that is included in the College of Policing’s 2014 Hate Crime Operational Guidance.
23 Mar 2016 by CST
CST is proud to have been represented at a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin where more than 100 parliamentarians were present.
Concerns expressed in CST’s submission to the Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on Countering Extremism reinforced after Peace TV Urdu channel warned over antisemitism
23 Feb 2016 by CST
The Islamic satellite television channel, Peace TV, has been warned that it faces sanctions by Ofcom, the broadcasting standards regulator, for allegedly screening antisemitic lectures by the late Dr. Israr Ahmad.
17 Feb 2016 by CST
These allegations are very serious and demand a full and urgent inquiry. There is a clear link between extreme hatred of Israel and the kind of antisemitic and pro-terrorist attitudes alleged by Oxford Jewish Society.
3 Feb 2016 by CST
Kick It Out, the football focused anti-discrimination organisation, has launched a brochure to help fans tackle antisemitism in football. The brochure, Playing the Game: Reporting Antisemitism in Football, has been created in partnership with the Community Security Trust and Maccabi GB. It includes statistics of antisemitism in football for the 2014/2015 season and encourages users to report antisemitic abuse to both CST and Kick It Out.
17 Dec 2015 by CST
CST security volunteers are vital in CST’s work to protect our Jewish community. This year we have witnessed terror attacks directed against Jewish communities in Europe: in Paris & Copenhagen. Following the murder of Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security volunteer killed whilst protecting a Bat Mitzvah in the Danish capital, CST saw a spike in the number of applicants to join our security training courses.
17 Dec 2015 by CST
Joshua Bonehill-Paine was found guilty of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material online. In court on Monday 14 December, he was described as an “extremist” who expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”. On the morning of Thursday 17 December in Southwark Crown Court, Judge Anthony Leonard QC sentenced Joshua Bonehill Paine to a custodial sentence of 3 years and 4 months. Yesterday, on December 16 2015, Bonehill-Paine was found guilty of inciting racial hatred.
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.
12 Oct 2015 by CST
British Transport Police want to speak to several men following antisemitic chanting on the 19:03 train from Watford Junction to Birmingham New Street on Saturday 15th August 2015. A group of West Ham supporters, who are believed to have left the train at Northampton, chanted antisemitic songs and were challenged by a man who boarded the train at Watford Junction.
12 Oct 2015 by CST
Dom Anderson, a social justice campaigner from Derby, has told the Jewish News that after promoting a Holocaust Education Trust event on social media, he was subjected to antisemitic abuse including Holocaust denial.
9 Oct 2015 by CST
Instances of antisemitic abuse from protesters have been reported from outside the Conservative Party Conference, which took place in Manchester earlier this week. Witnesses have claimed that delegates were branded “Nazis” and one visibly Jewish delegate was told to “go back to Auschwitz”. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated that they have “not received any reports” of antisemitism in relation to the conference, however the officers “policing the conference have been given clear direction to take action against any individual who goes beyond peaceful protest”.
8 Sep 2015 by CST
CST is sending the below security notice to synagogues and other Jewish organisations in Greater Manchester. This follows a serious antisemitic assault in the heart of the north Manchester Jewish community.
4 Sep 2015 by CST
New figures released by the anti-discrimination in football campaign, Kick It Out, shows a rise of 21% in the number of incidents in football of discriminatory language and an increase in the number of complaints received. The figures show that 57% of incidents reported relate to racial abuse, whilst the other incidents relate to abuse based on sexual orientation, faith, sexism and abuse targeting disabled people. Of the faith based discrimination, the majority of incidents reported were antisemitic in nature, with three reports of Islamophobia. The Chairman of the Kick It Out campaign, Lord Ouseley, blamed the rise on the increasingly negative rhetoric surrounding immigration and minorities.
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.
17 Aug 2015 by CST
On Saturday 15 August, neo-Nazi group National Alliance failed to hold their planned demonstration in Liverpool, due to strong counter-protests by anti-fascists. The neo-Nazis, who had made numerous threats concerning their demonstration, found themselves heavily outnumbered and were forced to shelter in the left luggage room of Liverpool’s Lime St railway station, before cancelling the event.
14 Jul 2015 by CST
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, who was charged with publishing or distributing material in order to incite racial hatred, was denied bail at Southwark Crown Court yesterday. The material in question is allegedly antisemitic and was reported to the Police by CST. Bonehill-Paine claimed to be one of the organisers of the far right demonstration originally intended to be held in Golders Green on July 4 th .
1 Jun 2015 by Dave Rich
Fathom has published an important article by Sarah Brown, analysing the thought of Southampton University Professor Oren Ben-Dor about Jews, Zionism and antisemitism.
28 Apr 2015 by CST
According to reports in the Manchester Evening News and Daily Express, the BBC has amended is online election profile of the Blackley and Broughton constituency in North Manchester after receiving several complaints that it was antisemitic in nature.
24 Apr 2015 by CST
CST's Director of Government and International Affairs, Michael Whine, joined representatives of over 30 organisations at an international workshop in Vienna this week to discuss measures to combat antisemitism.
21 Apr 2015 by CST
The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the human rights groups Amnesty International has rejected a call by one of its members to campaign against antisemitism.
13 Apr 2015 by CST
Working in the CST Incident Department is challenging but highly rewarding. We are often the first point of contact for victims of antisemitism. When we answer the phone we do not know what we are going to be dealing with.
8 Apr 2015 by CST
Dutch authorities are investigating reports of fans reportedly chanting antisemitic slogans at a top flight football match in Holland.
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.
26 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich
The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the fight at a synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, on Saturday night was sparked by an argument at a nearby party.
25 Mar 2015 by CST
A Jewish cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary, was desecrated over the weekend, leaving 15-20 gravestones damaged.
23 Mar 2015 by CST
Social media and British and international news outlets have reacted strongly to an incident at a synagogue in Stamford Hill early on Sunday 22 March.
20 Mar 2015 by CST
Various news outlets have covered the Prime Minister David Cameron's well received speech at CST's 2015 Annual Dinner.
12 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich
Federica Mogherini, European Commission President and High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has endorsed the idea of creating a pan-European taskforce to address antisemitism.
9 Mar 2015 by CST
A journalist used undercover filming to record antisemitic abuse on the streets of Manchester and Bradford.
8 Mar 2015 by CST
A personal experience of antisemitism, by writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb.