News – Europe
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.
6 Jun 2017 by CST
CST hosted the 14th annual workshop for specialists on the far right last week at a central London location. The workshop brings together global expert groups and researchers who focus on the far right to analyse current threats and the state of the far right today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Nov 2015 by CST
Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security guard who was brutally murdered, has been awarded a medal of courage at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. Uzan was slain whilst on duty at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen during a Bar Mitzvah party on early Sunday 15th February 2015 by gunman Omar El-Hussein.
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 Jul 2015 by CST
Mike Whine was a trainer at the first week long seminar on hate crime organised by the European Police College in July.
16 Jun 2015 by CST
Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said that a man arrested last month with a large quantity of bomb-making material was probably a Hizbollah operative planning terrorist attacks against Israelis or Jews.
9 Jun 2015 by CST
The trail has begun in France of 14 jihadists accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish shops.
5 May 2015 by CST
BBC's From Our Own Correspondent series has a feature on Csanad Szegedi, the former no.2 in Hungary's far right Jobbik movement who discovered three years ago that he is, in fact, Jewish.
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.
8 Apr 2015 by CST
Dutch authorities are investigating reports of fans reportedly chanting antisemitic slogans at a top flight football match in Holland.
25 Mar 2015 by CST
A Jewish cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary, was desecrated over the weekend, leaving 15-20 gravestones damaged.
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.
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.