Community Security Trust

When vitriol turns to violence

By Mark Gardner, July 31, 2014

Today, my organisation CST releases its six-monthly report on antisemitic incidents, for January to June 2014. It shows a large increase of 36 per cent: 304 incidents across Britain in the first half of 2014, compared to 223 in the first half of 2013.

The reasons are unclear. It may be better reporting rates or more antisemitism. It is probably both.

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Roy Hodgson tells CST key to managing England

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

England football manager Roy Hodgson recalled a visit to Auschwitz with some of his players during a fundraising breakfast for the Community Security Trust on Friday.

According to a blog posted on the CST website after the event; Mr Hodgson, who visited the concentration camp in Poland in 2012, said members of the England squad had been keen to learn more about the Shoah prior to the visit.

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Shop owner defends selling 'neo-Nazi' brand

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A London shop owner under fire for selling clothes favoured by neo-Nazis insists his store has no connection with right-wing extremists.
Zsolt Mogyorodi opened the Viking Thor shop stocking Thor Steinar clothes, a German brand that has been described as the far-right's favourite outfitter.

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Former CST boss will help Muslim group battle Islamophobia

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

British Jewry’s leading communal security expert has explained why he felt obliged to help a Muslim group tackle Islamophobia.

Richard Benson, who retired as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last year after 12 years at the helm, was appointed co-chair of the Tell Mama group this week.

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British Jews need US-style anti-defamation league says ex-MP

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

A British version of the American Anti-Defamation League should be formed to increase efforts to tackle antisemitism, a senior communal figure has claimed.

Former MP Eric Moonman said “enemies of the Jews have got away with it for a long time” and urged the community to fight back.

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Survey reveals UK Jews' fears of antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, March 21, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s now notorious quenelle gesture and the debate over Tottenham Yid chants may have made the headlines in recent months.

But UK Jews come across antisemitic comments far more in academic or educational circles than they do at sporting events.

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Roger Waters denies he is antisemitic

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters had denied he is antisemitic, in the wake of comments from Jewish philanthropist Gerald Ronson.

The musician, who is known for his criticism of Israel, wrote an open letter to Mr Ronson in the Daily Telegraph.

In it he said: "I am not an antisemite or against the Israeli people. I am a critic of the policies of the government of Israel.

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Age not an issue for me, or my teenage comrades, says IDF’s oldest paratrooper

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A former Londoner has become the oldest recruit to join the Israel Defence Forces’ elite paratroopers unit, at the tender age of 29.

Isaac Allen, who received his red beret last month, has been trumpeted as the IDF’s latest poster-boy in a campaign to close the army generation gap.

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Miliband: I’ve never felt closer to the Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

Ed Miliband has revealed that his relationship with the Jewish community has grown and deepened in the years since he became leader of the Labour Party.

He told guests at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner on Wednesday: “I feel more part of the Jewish community than at any other time in my life”.

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CST hate crime report: good news, but the heat is still on

By Mark Gardner, February 6, 2014

For once, the antisemitism headlines are good news, “CST reports incidents down by 18 per cent”.

At CST, we welcome the fall, but know that many of the 529 incidents involve very upsetting cases. Furthermore, surveys show that only one in four incidents is actually reported, either to CST or to the police.

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