Community Security Trust

Police investigate tweets after Arsenal and Tottenham clash

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets – most referring to the Holocaust – from fans of both clubs were highlighted following a bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday.


Alarming early figures from Euro antisemitism poll

By Mark Gardner, October 31, 2013

Next week, on the eve of Kristallnacht, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the EU will publish the results of its keenly-awaited survey, “Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism”.

It covers countries in which 90 per cent of European Jews live, namely Britain, France, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Latvia.


My sleepless nights over terror threat

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

The defection of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson is unconvincing and does not remove the threat posed by the group’s supporters, Anglo-Jewry’s most senior security expert has warned.

Richard Benson, who left his role as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last month, said Mr Robinson was “a street thug” who was yet to prove himself a reformed character.


CST: Do not prosecute Spurs fans for using Y-word

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

The Community Security Trust has said it does not back criminal prosecutions for Spurs fans who use the word "Yid" in terrace football chants.

The charity moved to clarify its position following a week of debate on the issue, capped by Prime Minister David Cameron telling the JC that fans should not be prosecuted for using the term unless motivated by hate.


CST security operation leads to peaceful new year

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

A small number of antisemitic incidents were reported over Rosh Hashanah, according to community security officials.

Large-scale operations were in place to protect Jewish communities around the country, with the Community Security Trust working closely with police.


CST volunteers line up to combat Rosh Hashanah threats

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

A large security operation will be in place to protect British Jews observing Rosh Hashanah and next month’s other Yom Tov holidays.

The Community Security Trust said hundreds of volunteers would give “several thousand man-hours” of service across the High Holy Days.


Israel backers hit by web ‘witch hunt’

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2013

Antisemitic abuse aimed at Israel advocates should receive the same level of public scrutiny as high-profile Twitter incidents, experts and victims have said.

The use of email and social media sites to propagate abuse has become so severe that pro-Israel campaigners have feared for their safety and been forced to call police.


New figures reveal antisemitic attacks drop by a third

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

The number of antisemitic incidents recorded in Britain fell by a third in the first six months of the year.

Figures released today by the Community Security Trust reveal 219 incidents were reported between January and the end of June.

That number represents a 30 per cent decrease on the same period in 2012. It is also the lowest half-yearly figure since 2003.


CST chief executive Richard Benson steps down

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Community Security Trust chief executive Richard Benson has announced that he is to leave the charity after 12 years at the helm.

Under his leadership, CST, which provides security at Jewish events and communal buildings, and monitors antisemitic activity, has received praise and recognition for its work both in Britain and abroad.


CST ready to help Prime Minister David Cameron beat terror

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

Government plans to tackle extremism and radicalisation have been welcomed by the Community Security Trust.

Prime Minister David Cameron chaired the first meeting of a new anti-terror taskforce, called Terfor, on Monday, and told ministers more must be done to counter extreme views in schools, charities and communities.