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  • CST attends First Victims’ Summit in Westminster organised by the Victims’ Commissioner for London

    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). 

  • CST supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week alongside major community groups, Police and Government

    20 Oct 2017 by CST

    CST is proud to support the annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It has been CST’s pleasure to join several events this week to promote education about hate crime and help those who have been affected. These events include the Surrey Police Hate Crime conference, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) stakeholders meeting at City Hall, hosted by Victim’s Commissioner Claire Waxman as well as an event with Brent Council and a visit to CST by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.                                          

  • Committee criticises social media companies for failure to tackle hate online

    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.  

  • CST welcomes new Scotland Yard online hate crime unit

    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.

  • CST: representing our British Jewish community

    1 Dec 2016 by CST

    CST thanks Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP for her strong support for communal security measures, as stated in her speech at a Jewish news / BICOM conference on 30 November.

  • CST supports calls for neo-Nazi National Action group to be proscribed

    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.  

  • CST assists Home Office in formulation of new Hate Crime Action Plan

    26 Jul 2016 by CST

    Today the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, launched the Hate Crime Action Plan at the offices of Galop, the lead organisation behind the CATCH: Community Alliance to Combat Hate project. Though long in the planning stages, it has been launched following a surge in hate crimes being reported since the vote to the leave the European Union. CST had the pleasure of being invited to the launch this morning to discuss the plan with the Home Secretary, alongside community partners including Tell Mama UK and Galop.   

  • CST represents the Jewish community in tackling abuse online

    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.

  • CST’s Mark Gardner gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee Antisemitism Inquiry

    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.  

  • CST working to protect our community

    27 May 2016 by CST

    It is a rare that all members of the CST Communications department are in the office at the same time, such are the volume and variety of meetings that we all engage in. The team juggle several meetings every week with a broad spectrum of partners, stakeholders and interested parties. In May, CST representatives continued to meet with several MPs and Peers from all main political parties and at all levels to discuss issues around Jewish communal security and antisemitism. 

  • CST is proud to support new #ReclaimtheInternet campaign

    26 May 2016 by CST

    Reclaim the Internet, the campaign to raise awareness and tackle abuse online, was launched this morning by Yvette Cooper MP and a panel of experts on abuse online. The campaign is focused on ending misogyny, sexual harassment and abuse online aimed at women, but the campaign is also a platform to bring together various groups dealing with abuse online, including CST.  

  • New Labour antisemitism inquiry and Times poll of party members

    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.       

  • CST quizzes London mayoral candidates

    6 Apr 2016 by CST

    Last night at JW3, the London Jewish Forum and Jewish News UK hosted the Jewish London Mayoral hustings, chaired by Doug Krickler. All the parties who have representation in Parliament were in attendance, including Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith; Labour’s Sadiq Khan; Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon; UKIP’s Peter Whittle and the Green’s work and pensions spokesman, Jonathan Bartley, who stepped in on behalf of Green candidate Sian Berry.  

  • Sir Eric Pickles writes on the need to define antisemitism

    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.  

  • CST statement on allegations of antisemitism at the Oxford Union Labour Club

    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.

  • CST’s written evidence for Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the fight against ISIL published

    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.  

  • Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime Launches Hate Crime Dashboard

    20 Oct 2015 by CST

    The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) launched a Hate Crime dashboard last week coinciding with National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It was launched as part of MOPAC's Hate Crime Reduction Strategy which CST was consulted on.  The figures cited are from the Metropolitan Police Service, who CST has a data sharing agreement with which mutually ensures greater accuracy in antisemitic incident figures.  

  • Awful antisemitic abuse reported at Conservative Party Conference

    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”.    

  • New report calls for Police unit to tackle online hate

    25 Jun 2015 by CST

    A new report written by Andrew Boff, a member of the Conservative Group on the London Assembly, has called for a specialist Police unit to be set up to tackle online hate crime.

  • Meeting with Policing Minister

    24 Jun 2015 by CST

    Mike Freer MP and representatives from CST, London Jewish Forum, Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council held a very constructive meeting yesterday with Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Policing to discuss communal concerns in advance of the far right rally due to take place in Golders Green on 4 July.

  • The antisemitic politician who discovered he is Jewish

    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.

  • How CST's incidents response team helps victims of 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.

  • UK Home Office Extremism Strategy

    24 Mar 2015 by Jonny Newton

    Home Secretary Theresa May outlined details of the new Home Office extremism strategy yesterday, where she stated that it would aim “to tackle the whole spectrum of extremism, violent and non-violent, ideological and non-ideological, Islamist and neo-Nazi – hate and fear in all their forms.

  • Prime Minister David Cameron states he will not 'turn a blind eye' to antisemitism

    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.

  • European official backs calls for Europe-wide antisemitism taskforce

    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.

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