Truth and lies on Sheikh Raed Salah

November 28th, 2011 by Dave Rich

Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has published a lengthy report (pdf) giving its version of events in the affair surrounding the arrest and attempted deportation of Sheikh Raed Salah. This has been covered extensively on the CST Blog, but there is one aspect which MEMO’s latest report highlights quite gloriously: the extent to which Salah’s supporters have changed their story repeatedly, in an attempt to deflect the very real concerns about Salah’s antisemitic statements and extremist behaviour.

One of the central allegations surrounds a speech made by Salah in Jerusalem in February 2007, in which he said the following:

We have never allowed ourselves, and listen well, we have never allowed ourselves to knead the bread for the breaking of the fast during the blessed month of Ramadan with the blood of the children. And if someone wants a wider explanation, you should ask what used to happen to some of the children of Europe, whose blood would be mixed in the dough of the holy bread. God Almighty, is this religion? Is this what God wants? God will confront you for what you are doing.

It was claimed that in making these comments, Salah invoked the antisemitic ‘blood libel’; that he was questioned about the speech by the Israeli police; and that he was subsequently charged with inciting antisemitism as a result. MEMO’s report reproduces this quote on page 18 (although curiously it omits the words “is this religion?”, even though they appear in the version used at Salah’s immigration tribunal). The report’s explanation of what happened is, to say the least, rather confused.

  • On whether Salah made the comments, Salah’s Islamic Movement said:

Salah’s Islamic Movement said:

It has been claimed that he repeated a “blood libel” by saying, “among those whose blood was mixed with the sacred (Jewish) bread”; this is an absolute lie and a malicious fabrication. (p.41).

But MEMO say:

Sheikh Raed contends that he made reference to “holy bread”, not Jewish bread, and given that there is no concept of “holy bread” in Judaism, it is impossible for his statement to have been an invocation of the “blood libel” against Jews. The phrase “holy bread” was used in the speech as a metaphor for people who have used religion as a justification for committing crimes; here it was used figuratively as a reference to Christians like the inquisitors who committed crimes against humanity in the name of religion. He intended to draw a parallel between such crimes committed in Europe and the Israelis who seek to oppress Palestinians using religion.

Moreover, anyone who reads the speech in full would realise that an invocation of the “blood libel” is completely out of context. (p.22)

  • On whether Israeli police questioned Salah about the ‘blood libel’ comment:

MEMO say:

When Sheikh Raed was questioned in Israel about this speech, he was not asked about the “blood libel” as it was quite clear that his references did not relate to Jews. (p.22)

But Salah’s Islamic Movement said:

Sh. Raed was questioned by the Israeli authorities over allegations that he made such a remark, which he refuted categorically challenging them to provide any shred of evidence and they could not. (p.41)

  • On whether, and when, Salah was charged with antisemitism as a result of this speech:

MEMO say:

In 2007, he was indicted for inciting violence and racism after it was said that a speech he gave led to public disorder. He was also accused in the media of having invoked an ancient blood libel against Jews. (p.8)

Or:

Prior to coming to Britain in June 2011, Sheikh Raed had never been charged with anti-Semitism inside Israel itself. However, since the UK exclusion against him, two indictments in Israel have been issued. (p.9)

Or:

Sheikh Raed was questioned by Israeli authorities about the anti-Semitism allegations at the time they were first circulated and no charges were ever brought against him. (p.11)

Salah’s initial response was to deny all these allegations, which was then repeated by his UK supporters. Salah’s story only changed when evidence contradicting him was uncovered by CST, which then left his supporters defending a position that he had vacated. The same goes for Salah’s links to Hamas, which he initially denied before the proof emerged of his 2005 criminal conviction for funding Hamas.

There is much else that is problematic in MEMO’s report, not least the repeated Zionist conspiracy-mongering that is becoming their stock-in-trade. But this example illustrates a lesson they ought to heed: if you make things up as you go along, sooner or later people will stop believing what you say.

 

Raise Your Banners & Karl Dallas: You’re All ‘Zionists’ Now

November 24th, 2011 by Mark Gardner

Anti-Zionists usually deflect accusations of antisemitism by saying that they only criticise Zionists, not Jews. The ‘proof’ is usually provided by far left Jewish anti-Zionists: eagerly using their ‘Jewishness’ to all the better abuse the rest of the Jewish (ie ‘Zionist’) community, and the Jewish (ie ‘Zionist’) establishment in particular.

Now, the ex-Israeli Jew, Gilad Atzmon, threatens to destroy this long standing modus operandi.

Where Jewish anti-Zionists are disgusted at being vilified as ‘self-haters’, Atzmon wears the insult with pride, saying he is ‘a proud self-hating Jew’.

Where most Jewish anti-Zionists generally try to avoid abusing or diminishing the Holocaust, Atzmon does the opposite, even promoting Holocaust revisionists and deniers.

Where Jewish anti-Zionists try to decouple notions of ‘Jewishness’ from Zionism, Atzmon’s unique selling point is precisely his attack on ‘Jewishness’: rather than Zionism and Israel. Indeed, anti-Zionists who promote their ‘Jewishness’ are Atzmon’s pet hate: because (he claims) they epitomise the secular and psychological depths of ‘Jewish identity politics’.

Unsurprisingly, Jewish anti-Zionists have reacted furiously to this cuckoo in their nest. They have condemned Atzmon every bit as loudly as the rest of their co-religionists whom they so commonly denigrate. For example, it now emerges that the Jewish Socialist Group first raised concerns about Atzmon playing in Bradford as long ago as last April.

Unfortunately, however, Gilad Atzmon is also a world class jazz musician and much of his audience, after decades of being told to hate those damned Zionists, is wide open to the harsh ‘truths’ that he claims to be revealing. Consequently, Atzmon’s anti-Jewish identity riff is drowning out the cacophonous discord from the Jewish anti-Zionists.

Take, for example, Tuesday’s Twitter message from one of the Raise Your Banners Bradford music festival performers, Karl Dallas, (also an activist within Bradford Palestine Solidarity Campaign), who tweeted:

Extraordinary Zionist virulence twds Raise Your Banners, Bradford, cos we’ve invited anti-Zionist Israeli jazzman Gilad Atzmon to play Fri.

The “extraordinary Zionist virulence” has been from many places: including local trade unionists, anti-racists, the mainstream Jewish community, and Jewish anti-Zionist groups. The concerns were not about anti-Zionism, nor premised upon the Zionist identity of the complainants.

This use of the word ‘Zionist’ is the kind of stupid, debased, self-serving language that you get after so many decades of fervid distrust and hatred against the mythical Zionist bogeyman. If veteran Jewish anti-Zionists – some of whom have likely campaigned against Israel even at the expense of their own familial relationships – are now to also be branded as Zionists, then we have reached (yet) another absurd new low.

 

Gilad Atzmon: what you see is what you get

November 15th, 2011 by CST

Gilad Atzmon is an ex-Israeli jazz musician whose new book, The Wandering Who? is quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.

As a result of this book, Atzmon spoke last week at Exeter University, at a meeting organised by the Friends of Palestine society (FOP). Next week, he is due to speak at the ‘Raise Your Banners‘ festival in Bradford.

The Exeter University meeting was – according to an advert on Atzmon’s website – co-organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; presumably the local branch, as the national PSC have condemned Atzmon, although at the end of his talk Atzmon thanked PSC as well as FOP. The Bradford festival is part-funded by the Arts Council and the Co-operative Membership, and will take place at the Kala Sangam Centre – itself supported by the Arts Council and Bradford District Council.

Those organisations who host Atzmon, and the bodies who support them financially, should be aware that their platforms and support will be used by Atzmon to make the kind of grossly offensive and anti-Jewish statements usually only heard at neo-Nazi meetings. They need to consider whether this is an appropriate use of their facilities and funding, and whether they want to be associated with his views. This post will give examples of what he is likely to say in any public talk that he gives.

  • Criticism of “Jewishness”, not just Zionism or Israel

It is a mistake to think that Atzmon’s work is a critique of Israel of Zionism. He makes it very clear that his critique is of what he calls “Jewishness”. For example, in this interview with Argusoog Radio, a fringe online radio show in Holland:

Jewishness means supremacy and chauvinism and chosenness, and when it comes to Jewishness I am not a Jew because I am not a follower of Judaism…I deal mainly with Jewishness. What is Jewishness? Jewishness is different forms of tribally or racially oriented supremacy.”

This theme of “Jewish Supremacy” is a constant in Atzmon’s writing. In another article, he claims that “every single Jewish political discourse” is  “either already supremacist or on the verge of becoming supremacist.”

The idea of “Jewish supremacism” is most commonly associated with American neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke, who wrote a book of that name. Unsurprisingly, Duke has expressed his admiration for Atzmon’s writings.

Atzmon also insists that any critique of Zionism or Israel only deals with the symptoms of a deeper problem, which is “Jewishness”. For example, in the Q&A session after his talk at Exeter University, he said (audio here):

Israel must be, if you want to be politically correct, must be de-zionised, first, it must be de-zionised, but if you want to tell the truth it must be de-jewdified.

  • Praising “self-hatred” of Jews

The phrase ‘self-hating Jew’ is an insult usually used as a pejorative description of Jewish anti-Zionists. Atzmon actually embraces this description for himself. On p.73 of The Wandering Who? (and also here) Atzmon describes himself as “a proud self-hating Jew.” He has written elsewhere (in the comments here):

It is not a coincidence that the great Jews who contributed to humanity and humanism (Jesus, Spinoza, Marx, Simone Weill and others) were self-haters.

He repeated this idea in an interview with the Israeli news website Ynet (using Atzmon’s preferred translation):

Asked why he is a self-hater, Atzmon stresses that he is in good company. “The Jews who ultimately contributed to humanity are those who hated themselves,” he says in an interview. “Jesus was a self hater, and so were Spinoza and Marx.”

In other words, Jews who do not hate themselves – Jews who have a positive Jewish identity – do not contribute to humanity. Indeed, according to Atzmon positive Jewish identity is a form of racist supremacism that endangers the world.

  • In the future, people may think Hitler was right

Atzmon argues, in his book and in his talks, that events in the Middle East may follow a hypothetical future path that leads people to conclude that Hitler may have been right about the Jews. For example, on p.179 of The Wandering Who? Atzmon discusses the possibility of nuclear war between Israel and Iran, and then writes:

I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’

He repeated this idea in this talk to students at Exeter University. Free speech is an important commodity at a university, but, in the balance between that and safeguarding the well-being of its students, it should not extend to the idea that Hitler may have been right about Jews.

  • Support for Holocaust Deniers

Atzmon has previously distributed Holocaust Denial material written by others. In his interview with Argusoog Radio, Atzmon said:

If you look for instance at the Jewish academics looking into the notion of the Holocaust, the history of the Holocaust, the research is really lacking. I think that the Holocaust must be looked again and again and again and again and as it happens, actually the only people who are doing it are actually Revisionists.”

Atzmon also flirts with Holocaust Denial himself. For example, in his interview with Ynet, Atzmon said:

the [Nazi] death marches were actually humane.

  • Crude racist humour

Atzmon used the Holocaust-mocking title “Swindler’s List” for chapter 15 of The Wandering Who? He uses crude jokes about Jews in his public talks too. For example (via Harry’s Place), just last month at a talk in Norway, Atzmon told this joke:

“Nobody speaks about throwing the Jews to the sea.

["Nobody?"]

Nobody.

["Never?"]

“No no. No. And it’s not fair on the sea as well. I never thought of that one”

[laughter]

Atzmon claims that he is not antisemitic, because  he does not base his views on race or ethnicity and he exempts certain types of Jews from his criticisms. But as the above examples show, any talk he gives is likely to include many components of contemporary antisemitism: the idea that Jewish identity is racist; that collective Jewish behaviour is a negative force in society; that Holocaust Deniers are ethical people doing valuable work; that the future may show the Holocaust in a different light; and that Jewish sensitivities about antisemitism should be mocked. Because of this, he has been condemned as antisemitic by Jewish and non-Jewish anti-Zionists as well as mainstream Jewish organisations. This is not simply a case of harsh disagreements over Israeli policy.

If somebody else made similar comments about Muslim identity, or black British identity, they would be generally condemned as Islamophobic or racist. We see no reason why Gilad Atzmon should be treated any differently. It is entirely plausible that audience members, after hearing his ideas, will develop hostile attitudes towards the Jewish Society in their Student Union, or their local Jewish school, or active members of Jewish communities up and down the country. Anybody considering giving Gilad Atzmon a platform to spread these views, needs to ask themselves whether they want to help facilitate the spread of anti-Jewish hostility in this country.

Facing Facts! call for experts on hate crime

November 15th, 2011 by CST

Facing Facts! is an EU-funded project to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes and hate incidents across the European Union. CST is a partner organisation in the project alongside three other NGOs dealing with hate crime.

Call for experts to create hate crime data monitoring guidelines

The project, which began in March 2011, is now mapping the extent to which data gathering is currently undertaken by state actors and NGOs through a questionnaire in which we are asking international, national and local organizations involved in combating and monitoring hate incidents and crimes, to submit information about their data gathering methods and standards.

Facing Facts is looking for experts in demographic research, statistical analysis, hate crimes and human rights, who would be interested in identifying the best hate crime monitoring systems in use and in creating hate crime data monitoring guidelines.

The experts will be subcontracted for eleven working days to be spread among the following activities:

  • The Hague, January 25th-27th 2012 – Facing Facts! experts meeting which will bring together experts and partners in the project to 1) review current issues and needs for hate monitoring; 2) identify the best practices currently in use based upon a draft mapping report to be sent in advance; and 3) discuss which NGOs will be invited to participate in the establishment of standards and guidelines.
  • February – March 2012 – Guideline Workshop preparation for which experts will be asked to dedicate 5 working days to preparing the guideline workshop (materials, methodology, etc.)
  • Brussels, April 17th-20th 2012 – Facing Facts! Guideline Workshop which will gather experts and selected national/local organizations to create guidelines for future use.

At the end of the Guidelines Workshop, experts will be asked to submit an evaluation form containing feedback and inputs for future actions.

Facing Facts! will pay experts’ fees not exceeding a total of € 362 per day (VAT included).

Transport to and accommodation in The Hague and in Brussels will be covered by Facing Facts!

Please submit your CV and a statement of interest to melissa.sonnino@ceji.org by November 25th 2011.

Facing Facts! Is a project coordinated by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.

JUST/2010/FRAC/AG1075

Financing provided by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights and  Citizenship Programme.

Raed Salah and Hamas

November 9th, 2011 by CST

In the recent ruling (pdf) issued by the Immigration Tribunal which turned down Sheikh Raed Salah’s appeal against deportation from the UK, the immigration judges noted that Salah:

has admitted in criminal proceedings being involved with organisations used to fund Hamas, a group part of which is proscribed as being a terrorist organisation.

At an earlier bail hearing, Salah had instructed his lawyer to deny that he had any connection to Hamas at all:

The government submissions also alleged Salah has links to Hamas. Husain, acting on instructions from Salah, absolutely denied this. The only evidence the government seemed to present on this point was a statement Hamas had issued on one of its website (sic) protesting his arrest.

In fact, Salah’s connections with Hamas went much further than one statement from Hamas protesting his arrest: in 2005, Salah was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by an Israeli court, for his involvement with illegal organisations which were banned in Israel for providing money to Hamas. At Salah’s full immigration tribunal, the UK government presented a copy of the Israeli plea bargain in which Salah admitted these offences, and the sentencing document from the trial. You can read the full indictment (titled ‘Amended Indictment’) which was accepted under the plea bargain here in English and in Hebrew; and the ‘Verdict and Sentence’ document here, in English and Hebrew.

Salah is listed as ‘Accused no.2′ in both Israeli court documents. The Israeli indictment describes the activities of Salah and the other defendants in establishing and managing a series of organisations which, it was alleged, provided funds that supported the activities of Hamas. By doing this, according to paragraph 14 of the indictment, they “promoted the objectives” of Hamas.

The Israeli verdict and sentence document explains that the defendants admitted to all the charges in the indictment. During the verdict and sentence hearing, one of the defence lawyers (it is not clear whether this statement is on behalf of all the defendants) is quoted as stating:

The punishments agreed upon are fair in light of the details of this affair; there was no intention to harm the security of the State in any way whatsoever; neither directly nor indirectly.

When the defendants are given the opportunity to speak, Salah is the only one who says more than a sentence or two. He tells the court:

I would like to add one sentence. In the history of Islam, there is a saint known as Abu Abas. He has a parable that says exactly this: remember the name of Omar well because if you say the name Omar many times, then you will remember justice and if you remember justice, then you remember God that God is just. What I wanted to say is that God is also angry and when God is angry he is angry when justice is absent. What was, was, and I again, I retract. I join in what my advocate has said, but I hope that you will listen to the end of my speech. Only one sentence: do not take it to heart, my dear sirs, I fear that we will see this happen again with another group of people. I suspect that we will see this again more than once with groups from the Arab sector. I think that if we do see this again, then God will be extremely angry, in other words, if God will become extremely angry, I fear that the State of Israel, owing to this anger, will last for less than 20 years.

At his UK immigrational tribunal, Salah was asked about this trial, his conviction and the offences to which he pleaded guilty. He admitted (paragraph 9(v)) having provided funds to these organisations but said this was for “charitable and humanitarian purposes” only. He still denied having links to Hamas, despite the fact that in the Israeli plea bargain he had admitted to having “promoted the objectives” of Hamas through his activities. The immigration judges noted his defence, but concluded that:

notwithstanding the plea bargain, [Salah] has admitted in criminal proceedings being involved with organisations used to fund Hamas, a group part of which is proscribed as being a terrorist organisation.

Although only the military wing of Hamas (the Izz al-Din al-Qassem Brigades) is a proscribed terrorist organisation (pdf) in the UK under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000, since September 2003 it has been illegal under HM Treasury sanctions to provide money to any part of Hamas – military or political. In addition, one of the organisations at the centre of Salah’s 2005 trial, the al-Aqsa Foundation (which uses a variety of similar names, but is different from the UK group Friends of al-Aqsa), is itself also subject to HM Treasury sanctions for its involvement in funding Hamas terrorism.

While Salah still seems intent on persuading people, despite the clear evidence to the contrary, that he has no links to Hamas, Hamas seem keen to claim him as one of their own. The September 2011 issue of Al-Qassamiyyun magazine – the official magazine of the Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassem Brigades, a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK – includes (on page 33) a poem dedicated to “our guardian” Sheikh Salah. The full Arabic original can be read below, and translates as follows:

The star in the deep-black nights

Source: Al-Qassamiyyun Magazine (Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades), vol 22 (Sep 2011), p. 33

Poem by Ibrahim Abu al-Hawa, ‘a poet from Jerusalem’

A messenger arrived to lead the way to salvation, / and call the people aloud for battle.

We [warmly] welcome our great pioneer [‘Raed’] / and greet the sons of goodness [‘Salah’].*

May Allah preserve the heroes of steadfastness / whom the weapons of glory called out

To hell with all those who went astray from the right faith / And got lost in the narrow passageways (turmoil) of nonsense

Those who cannot distinguish between the manliness of a serious man / nor between wrong and right.

Will a land return by chatter / or rights by turmoil.

And the Sheikh came with firm determination / defending the mosques and their vicinities.

He appeared like a full moon, in the middle of skies / to shed light on the Universe in all directions,

He led the processions of the free people on sea / challenging the waves in spite of storms.

He is not afraid of sharp swords and lances / and not even from fighting with swords with pikes,

He is not scared of imprisonment or arrest / and is not weakened by the pain of wounds.

Allah has cultivated him for Islam to save it / to remedy all fractured wings,

[Allah] has stood by him with an almighty victory / so we defeat the deception of the sons of bitches.

May you remain our guardian Oh Salah / Hurray to the face of happy demeanor and kindness,

Hurray to the star in the deep-black nights / hurray to the dawn which heralds the morning.

 *The Arabic words for ‘pioneer’ and ‘goodness’ are puns on the names ‘Raed’ and ‘Salah’.

Cyril Paskin z”l

November 4th, 2011 by CST

Cyril Paskin, who died on the 1st November at the age of 89, was one of the founders of the Jewish anti- fascist 62 Group that fought, and crushed, Colin Jordan’s neo-Nazi thugs in the early 1960’s.

In January 1941, Cyril was conscripted into the RAF Regiment and went on to serve in the jungles of Burma, working on the landing strips for General Orde Wingate’s Chindit operation behind enemy lines. He emerged as a decorated and tough Sergeant, but with an abiding love for Burma, its people and its wildlife, which he retained all his life. After being demobbed he returned to civilian life with his mother in Balham, south east London, until his marriage.

In the early 1960s, like other Jewish ex servicemen who had fought to cleanse the world of Nazism and Fascism, he became enraged by the violent anti-Jewish activities of Colin Jordan’s National Socialist Movement. Their 1962 Trafalgar Square rally, called to ‘free Britain from Jewish control’, provided the spark for the Jewish community to organise once again as they had done in the pre and post War years. The Board of Deputies of British Jews, the community’s representative body, preferred a low key response but some younger Deputies and members of the Association of Jewish Ex Servicemen, at a hastily convened meeting in the Ephra Road Synagogue in south east London, determined that a direct and physical response was the only way to beat the neo-Nazis off the streets.

Thus was born the 62 Group, which over the next few years thoroughly penetrated the neo-Nazi groups and their leadership, and confronted them on the streets. Among some of the more memorable clashes were the invasion of the National Front’s inaugural meeting near Victoria which set back their formation by several years; the assault on Oswald Mosley’s headquarters in Notting Hill, where his bully boys had been terrorising Caribbean immigrants; and the removal of Jordan’s regular public platform in Dalston. But what really characterised the 62 Group were its tight discipline and an often unbelievable level of chutzpah.

Police intelligence on the far right in the 1960s was virtually non-existent, but 62 Group information gathering was so good that it led in turn to the apprehension and conviction of a Stamford Hill yeshiva arsonist, and the arrests of several others who had perpetrated hate crimes. It was particularly efficient at unmasking the violent plans of Jordan’s National Socialist Movement, who aspired to develop a neo-Nazi international, and its paramilitary Spearhead offshoot.

In later years, Cyril together with Philip Green and several other 62 Group leaders turned their attention to charity. Starting with the East End boxing club in Arbour Square, they went on to establish a children’s charity, which on Green’s death was renamed the Philip Green Memorial Trust. Over the years this raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help children suffering from terminal illnesses.

Always one to lead from the front, Cyril was an inspiration to all who worked with him. His rasping voice and his barked commands could easily scare, but he had a heart of gold and his memory will be cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife and two sons, who supported him in all his work.

Political leaders supporting CST

November 4th, 2011 by Dave Rich

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, both expressed their support for CST at fundraising events this week.

Nick Clegg, speaking at the CST Northern Region dinner in Manchester last night attended by 400 supporters of CST, expressed his admiration for CST and the wider Jewish community:

I never fail to be inspired by the Jewish Community. The depth of your religious traditions, spanning thousands of years. Your rich cultural heritage, your contribution to British life. Indeed the history of Jews in Britain is, itself, a history of some of the greatest figures in British arts, education, business and politics. And when you look at the Jewish community todayi t is difficult not to be impressed.Whether at your pride in being part of a community that generates so much warmth, kindness and generosity. Your charitable work. Your volunteer networks – people who work tirelessly towards the goal of Tikkun Olam. And your phenomenal capacity to work in coalition: Orthodox, Reform, Liberal, Masorti…I’d be grateful for any tips.

Tonight we are here to pay tribute to the CST. It is profoundly disturbing that some people still wish to harm the Jewish community. By vandalising Jewish buildings, graffiti-ing Jewish gravestones, even attacking Jewish people. The CST stands up to those people – you are the protective cloak over communal Jewish life. Whatever the weather, whatever the time, CST volunteers will be at every event, outside every building. Providing reassurance, deterrence. Providing that vital link with the local police – and Manchester is an excellent example of that partnership.

Not everyone outside the community understands that it is normal for small children to be perfectly comfortable with men on walkie talkies guarding their Hebrew classes, or synagogues having CCTV, or major events involving airport style security. And, if I’m honest, I would like to put the CST out of business. We all crave a time when none of this is needed. But, for now, you provide a hugely important service. Not just for the Jewish community – I know you do a lot of work to help other faith groups tackle hate crime too.  And, on behalf of the Coalition Government – Gerald let me thank you for your outstanding leadership – and let me thank the whole CST team very, very much.

Boris Johnson addressed an audience of 150 CST supporters from the property and financial sectors in London on Tuesday. The Mayor thanked CST “for the work it is doing to fight hatred, prejudice and discrimination in this city”, and added:

It’s absolutely vital that Jewish people in London are able to live, work and go about their daily lives without fear. The CST does a wonderful job and I am very proud to be a supporter. I urge those working in the financial and property sectors to continue to support the CST’s work, which is of critical importance.

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