Community Security Trust

Quiet New Year on the security front

By Barry Toberman, September 22, 2009

The Community Security Trust has reported an almost trouble-free Rosh Hashanah at British synagogues.

Only a small number of minor incidents were recorded, mostly abuse being shouted from cars at congregants walking to or from shuls in London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said that while the incidents were “disturbing for the victims, overall it was a peaceful weekend”.

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Cash boost for hate crime fight

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2009

The Community Security Trust has been awarded more than £50,000 by the Home Office to back the fight against antisemitism.

CST is one of 10 organisations working on behalf of hate crime victims to receive government support.

It will spend the £54,354 on specialist training for staff and volunteers who deal directly with hate crime victims — and to increase awareness of the importance of reporting hate crimes to the police and the CST.

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CST publishes booklet on campus race hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

Five thousand brochures giving practical and legal advice on tackling antisemitism on campus will be distributed to thousands of students and university officers when the new academic year begins later this month.

A 68-page guide, compiled by the Union of Jewish Students and Community Security Trust, will be sent to every student union equalities and diversity officer in the UK.

It explains how to identify antisemitism, who to turn to for help, and how to tackle it through education and fostering better relations.

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Bus stop requests for hate crime details

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

Posters are going up at Golders Green bus stops encouraging locals to report antisemitic incidents during the High Holy-Days.

An initiative of the Community Security Trust, in conjunction with the police, the posters provide emergency contact details for reporting by witnesses to, or indeed victims of, racist activity.

A CST spokesman said: “We are starting this initiative because

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BNP councillor's 'Nazi' number plate

By Jessica Elgot, August 10, 2009

A British National Party councillor has come under fire for driving a car with a number plate which seems to spell 'Nazi'.

Cllr. Julian Leppert, 41, who is councillor for Hainault and a close aide to BNP leader Nick Griffin, arrived at Redbridge council meetings in a black Ford Focus with the registartion number NA51 ZCY.

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Why war-driven hate is different this time

By Leon Symons, July 23, 2009

The Community Security Trust report for the first six months of 2009 will send a shiver through the Anglo-Jewish community.

The report confirmed — if confirmation were needed — what the CST has maintained for some time: that antisemitic incidents rise whenever there is major violence in the Middle East.

What distinguishes these figures from previous years is that they did not return to what the CST says is “normal” until April, three months after the fighting between Israel and Hamas ended.

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Gaza war sparks worst hate wave ever recorded

By Leon Symons, July 23, 2009

The Community Security Trust recorded more antisemitic incidents in the first six months of 2009 than it has done in any previous entire year.

Between January and June there were 609 incidents. In the whole of 2008 there were 544. The CST has never recorded more than 600 incidents in one year, let alone six months.

The main reason for the rise was the response to Israel’s incursion into Gaza.

The 609 incidents included 77 violent assaults, compared with 45 last year. Two of these, in May, were deemed to be extremely violent attacks, which might have involved a threat to life.

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CST criticises funding delay

By Keren David, July 16, 2009

The head of the Community Security Trust has voiced frustration at the delay in securing government funding for Jewish school security. Rules were changed in October 2007 to allow councils to allocate money from education budgets to help schools’ security costs, but none has been forthcoming.

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Worst wave of hate for quarter of a century

By Leon Symons Simon Rocker and Jonny Paul, January 15, 2009

Anglo-Jewry is in the middle of the worst outbreak of antisemitism in Britain since the Community Security Trust started keeping records a quarter of a century ago.

Since the start of the Israeli offensive into Gaza on December 27, more than 150 incidents across the country have been recorded.

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Report cards from CST

September 12, 2008

In a bid to assist the reporting of antisemitic incidents to the Community Security Trust, the CST is distributing 4,000 "Taking Responsibility" cards at Jewish shops, restaurants, synagogues and other communal locations across London.

The wallet-friendly cards contain contact details for the CST. The trust wants to make the cards available nationwide.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said: "We are trying to ensure that our community knows the CST is there for them and that together we can do our utmost to tackle antisemitism."

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