Community Security Trust

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No arrests at Closer to Israel as volunteers help keep the peace

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

It took weeks of planning and required hundreds of volunteers, but the huge operation mounted by the Community Security Trust ensured Closer to Israel passed off safely.

According to CST, more than 250 of its members were brought in from across the country to police Sunday’s event.

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Smart way to report football racism

By Marcus Dysch and Danny Caro, May 30, 2013

Football fans will be able to report antisemitic incidents and discrimination using a new smartphone app launched by anti-racism group Kick It Out.

Devised with the help of Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust, the app will allow fans to anonymously report attacks and offensive chants directly to Kick It Out, the Football Association, and to clubs.

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Smart way for football fans to report racism

By Marcus Dysch and Danny Caro, May 29, 2013

Football fans will be able to report antisemitic incidents and discrimination using a new smartphone app launched by anti-racism group Kick It Out.

Devised with the help of Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust, the app will allow fans to anonymously report attacks and offensive chants directly to Kick It Out, the Football Association, and to clubs.

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Silly comment’s consequences

By Mark Gardner, March 22, 2013

Thanks to Lord Ahmed, over the past week we have seen antisemitism subjected to the ridicule that it so richly deserves. Within hours of reports of his alleged comments in Pakistan emerging, there was even a website where you filled in the blank space next to a mocking graphic of Lord Ahmed's face and the punch-line: "blame the Jews!" My submission, "too many people coming for Seder night?

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Safety first for teens

March 11, 2013

The Streetwise partnership between Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust has launched a personal safety campaign for young Jews.

Featuring posters at primary and secondary schools, it offers advice on keeping valuables safe and avoiding attacks. The 2012 CST report included 55 antisemitic incidents affecting those of school age, 11 involving extreme violence, assault or theft.

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