OSCE launches international hate crime website

June 17th, 2014 by Dave Rich

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has launched a new Hate Crime Reports website, transforming its annual hate crime report into an interactive and user-friendly resource. The new website divides hate crime data collected from various sources across the OSCE region into digestible chunks of information that are country- and issue-specific, and will be constantly updated.

The OSCE’s annual hate crime report details official and NGO reports of hate crimes in its 57 participating states across Europe, Asia and North America. CST has worked with the OSCE and ODIHR for several years and our antisemitic incident figures are included in its report for the UK.

The new website includes data on hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, Christians, people of other religions; hate crimes against Roma and Sinti; hate crimes motivated by racism and xenophobia; and hate crimes against and other targeted groups. It also has contact details for relevant NGOs in each participating state (including CST).

The website also explains the obligations of governments to monitor and record hate crime, and the training that ODIHR is doing across the OSCE region to help participating states to live up to these obligations.

The full website is here; the section on the UK is here; and the section on antisemitism is here.

 

Brussels suspect – the lessons

June 2nd, 2014 by CST

On Friday 30 May, customs officials in Marseilles, southern France, arrested 29 year old French national Mehdi Nemmouche on suspicion of having perpetrated the previous Saturday’s terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. If this is the terrorist, then there are some blatant lessons to be learned about modern Jihadism and the security implications for Jews and non-Jews in Western Europe.

The truth is that by now, after over a decade of terror attacks and plots from Madrid to Manchester, these lessons ought merely to be confirmed: but many people are still reluctant to accept them.

The Brussels attack occurred on Saturday 24 May and was carried out by a gunman using a pistol and an AK 47 assault rifle. CCTV images showed an unidentified man walking into the unguarded building, before he opened the museum door and shot inside, leaving three dead and another on the brink of death. The gunman then walked away. News of Nemmouche’s arrest was supplemented by statements from Belgian prosecutors and French authorities. These were first responses and came before Nemmouche’s initial questioning had concluded, never mind any actual trial and confirmation of guilt. Nevertheless, a summary of the current information is extremely worthwhile:

  • Nemmouche was radicalised whilst in French prison. He was jailed for robbery and spent five stints in prison. Of Muslim origin, he went from having little or no interest in Islam, to becoming a would be Jihadist radical.
  • He joined Jihadists in Syria. He left for Syria on December 31, 2012, three weeks after being released from prison.
  • In Syria, he fought with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the most radical of the Syrian Jihadist groups: more so even than Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusrah, from which it split (and to which it is now hostile). ISIS is the most popular destination for western Jihadists traveling to Syria.
  • Nemmouche returned to Europe in March 2014. (Having spent over one year in Syria.)
  • He was known to the French authorities. How closely they were monitoring him before, during or after the Brussels attack remains to be seen. He was arrested in what is described as a customs search of the coach on which he was traveling from Brussels to Marseilles. (It had originated in Amsterdam.)
  • In his luggage was found the same weapons as apparently used in the Brussels attack; a baseball hat similar to that worn by the shooter; and news cuttings about the attack.
  • The weapons were found with a white cloth bearing in Arabic the name of ISIS and “G-d is great”.
  • Nemmouche also had a Go Pro camera similar to that used by Mohamed Merah when he filmed his murderous shooting attack at the Jewish Ozar Hatorah primary school in Toulouse, France in April 2012. Nemmouche has apparently admitted that the camera was strapped to his bag so it would film the attack, but it failed to do so. In his possession, Nemmouche had a 40 second film of the weaponry, which includes someone (seemingly him, but not definitely) saying they carried out the attack.

For now, the most important lessons appear to be very obvious:

  • Europeans (including hundreds of Britons) who travel overseas to fight Jihad pose a potentially deadly terrorist threat upon their return here.
  • The lack of internal European border controls makes it easy for radicals and weaponry to travel throughout the continent.
  • Comparisons of European Jihadists with International Brigade fighters of the Spanish Civil War are misguided, dangerous nonsense.
  • Those who rushed to claim that these killings were somehow not what they appeared (such as supposed brilliant intellectual Tariq Ramadan) should have kept their biases to themselves.
  • Even if some west European commentators and politicians want to keep hiding from the ramifications of each successive Jihadist terrorist attack and plot, their local Jewish communities can have no such luxury.

Below photograph: Israeli holidaymakers Miriam and Emanuel Riva, two of the Brussels victims.      Les proches aux funérailles d'Emmanuel (g) et de Miriam Riva (d), un couple victime de la fusillade de Bruxelles, au cimetière de Kyriat Shaul, à Tel Aviv, le 27 mai 2014 ( Jack Guez (AFP) )

Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism

May 29th, 2014 by CST

A new report (pdf) looking at connections between integration and extremism has been published by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London; COMPAS, University of Oxford; and the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.

The report includes a chapter by CST’s Dave Rich on the relationship between antisemitism and far right or Islamist extremism. Other chapters look at integration, extremism and British Muslims; drivers of far right extremism; and the relationship between ethnicity, economic disadvantage and class.

The full report can be downloaded here (pdf). An extract from Dave’s chapter is below.

The first and most obvious point to make is that far right and Islamist extremists try to use antisemitism for political purposes. It can be argued that this political mobilisation of antisemitism is its defining characteristic, which differentiates it from other forms of bigotry. This is most commonly found in antisemitic conspiracy theories that blame a Jewish ‘hidden hand’ for the ills of a particular society, party or community; and that accuse Jews of ‘dual loyalty’ – the idea that Jews are loyal only to each other or, nowadays, only to Israel.

This political use of antisemitism by far right parties and movements form a familiar and tragic part of European history. In recent years explicit antisemitism has largely disappeared from the public propaganda of Britain’s main far right movements, but the underlying ideas remain in euphemistic references to ‘international finance’ or ‘Zionist businessmen’. In 2000, British Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairman Nick Griffin advised BNP writers to get around the law by using “Zionists” as a euphemism for “Jews” when writing articles. This is not to suggest that anybody who criticises Zionism is antisemitic; just to note that genuine antisemites developed an antisemitic usage of the word “Zionism” a long time ago. Three years later, Griffin blamed the Iraq war on what he called Tony Blair’s “pro-Israeli big business backers”. In 2006 he changed tack, publicly denouncing antisemitic conspiracy theorists as “Judeo-obsessives”; only to return to their ranks a few years later in describing the English Defence League (EDL) as a “Zionist” plot.

Less well known is the use of antisemitism by Islamist extremist movements, again for their own political purposes. The Egyptian Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb, in his 1950s essay Our Struggle with the Jews, claimed that Muslim societies were threatened by large numbers of Muslims acting as “Jewish agents”. He included academics, writers, scientists, journalists and even Muslim religious authorities – all serving, he claimed, a vast Jewish conspiracy to undermine Islam. In this example, Qutb was using antisemitism not against Jews, but against Muslims who disagreed with him. In its leaflets, Hizb ut-Tahrir falsely describe Uzbek President Islam Karimov as Jewish, while in Britain, Islamist organisations regularly claim that British politicians and media are under the sway of Jewish or Zionist financial influence.

Recently the question of antisemitism within British Muslim communities became a topic of mainstream debate, after the Labour peer Lord Ahmed was revealed to have blamed his 2009 imprisonment for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy. He was condemned by a range of Muslim commentators, one of whom, Mehdi Hasan of the Huffington Post, warned that antisemitism is “routine and commonplace” in “some sections of the British Muslim community.” “There are thousands of Lord Ahmeds out there”, he wrote: “mild-mannered and well-integrated British Muslims who nevertheless harbour deeply anti-Semitic views.”

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Shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

May 24th, 2014 by CST

At least three people are believed to have been killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

There are numerous media reports concerning the attack, but precise details remain unconfirmed.

Due to the location of the shooting, CST has to work on the basis that this shooting may be a case of antisemitic terrorism rather than a criminal incident.

CST is in close contact with Police and with the Belgian Jewish community and our thoughts are with those who were killed and injured in the shooting and with their families.

There is no evidence to suggest a specific threat to UK Jews arising from this incident. CST requests that all UK Jewish venues and events should continue to function as normal whilst ensuring that security measures are strictly implemented.

The Jewish Museum in London will be open as usual and full details regarding opening times can be found on their website.

CST has produced a Security Bulletin containing security advice that can be downloaded and displayed at communal locations.

Please follow the instructions of the Security Officers at any communal venues and events that you attend and we thank you for your support and cooperation at this time.

 

BNP Youth: “Yesterday Belongs To Me?”

May 22nd, 2014 by Mark Gardner

The BNP seems set for a whitewashing in today’s European and local elections, but as the ballot box recedes, so the party has now fully returned to its old Nazi-style antisemitic heritage: and the torch is passing to BNP Youth, a new generation of great white hopes, destined for the same old futile, stupid, antisemitic dead end.

At times the language and targets, “Zionists“, “neo-Cons“, “capitalists“, “globalisation“, resemble the modern extremes of far Left, Islamist and (especially) New Age ideology. There is, however, nothing modern about BNP antisemitism, not even when they swap the word “Zionist” for the word “Jew“. (As advised here by party leader, Nick Griffin.)

It is a very serious antisemitism that blames Jews for nothing less than the destruction of European nations. This is not neo-Nazism, it is old original Nazism, echoing Mein Kampf and Der Steurmer.

In public broadcasts the party still targets Muslims for ugly racism, but within its own circles the deeper antisemitic ideology is resurrected. Nick Griffin shows the way in this BNP TV video, entitled “Europe Rises Again” (note that wording, “rises again”). It was filmed in March at a far Right conference in Rome. From about 55seconds to 2min 08 seconds, Griffin warns against globalisation and (from 1.20) “another Zionist war” that wants the “blood” of Europe’s young men. Then (from 1.40), it is Europe’s nations being:

murdered…cold-blooded, calculated and deliberate by the Zionists, the neo-Cons and the capitalists

References follow to “vampire banks” and (7.44) how European “elites” are “not politicians, they are banksters’ puppets”. This is old Nazi territory and Griffin’s imagery of “banksters’ puppets” and “vampire banks” fits it snugly, like a Hugo Boss SS tunic.

Where Griffin leads, BNP Youth follows. Their recent video, “BNP Youth Fight Back” has been understandably ridiculed, but is no laughing matter. It is under 3 minutes long and begins with BNP Youth Organiser Jack Renshaw decrying the enforced “bastardisation” of the British people. Other young faces follow, demanding to know who is responsible for a range of crimes, from national debt to poor education.

The answers come next, beginning at 1.14 with “the banksters” (yes, “banksters” again). Then, at 1.20, an especially well-worn scapegoat:

The heartless Zionists, who’s interests are foreign interests, who send our soldiers to fight and die for private profit of greedy politicians.

In another BNP TV film “Spreading Truth To Youth”, Jack Renshaw is simply bizarre (see 10.10 to 11.15), moving from “anti-bankster” (that word again!), to attacking the Rothschilds, to denying antisemitism, and even claiming “Talmudic” Jews are regarded by other Jews as “Satanists” (Judaism has no such concept.)

Later, at 14.07, Renshaw denies the BNP is:

racist, fascist, or whatever…eh…Talmudic word you want to throw at us

It would, like the BNP Youth Fight Back film, be funny were it not so serious. As an absolute minimum, you have young men and women who care deeply about their country, but are being led into a futile life of stupidity, hate and anger, railing against invisible enemies and rendering themselves less employable every time they feature in one of these films.

For Jack Renshaw, the damage may already be done. It can be seen in yet another short BNP TV film, “Nationalism not Globalism”, in which he claims (1.15) that the European Union can only be explained as the first stage of a “global New World Order”, wrought by “cultural Marxists” and “capitalists”. Again, (2.20 to 2.47) it is about “the banksters” and specifically the Rothschilds who allegedly want to enslave the world with trillions of pounds of debt.

Returning to unspecified “cultural Marxists” and “financial institutions”, Renshaw (3.52) claims they are:

trying to mongrelise the races of the planet

This is plain old fashioned racism, it fits National Front templates from the 70s and sounds like older Nazism. Sure enough, Renshaw strikes upon a lesson from history. He says the BNP should stand for elections so as there is (5.05) “a lion among the lying treasonous traitorous bastards”. Then (5.14):

Eventually when nationalists get to power, because it will happen, its inevitable, we’ll be able to hang those treasonous

At this point he stops and the applause takes over. Never mind their election broadcasts, this is what the BNP is really about: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

 

The ADL poll shows Britain is not an antisemitic country, but we shouldn’t be complacent

May 15th, 2014 by Dave Rich

This article is a cross-post from Left Foot Forward.

Two opinion polls with a difference have given anyone interested in antisemitism a lot to chew on this week. The US-based Jewish advocacy group, the Anti-Defamation League, polled over 53,000 people in over 100 countries to construct a global measure of antisemitic attitudes and feelings.

On the same day, Pew Global Research released polling figures of attitudes towards Jews, Muslims and Roma in seven EU countries, including the UK.

Both found that antisemitism in the UK is less widespread than in most of our West European neighbours, and significantly lower than in other parts of the world. However, the ADL poll in particular showed that some antisemitic ideas are more widely held in this country than is comfortable.

According to the ADL, 5 per cent of British people admit to having an unfavourable opinion of Jews, a figure that rises to 8 per cent in the Pew poll. This is a low percentage compared to other countries in the ADL poll, or to attitudes towards Muslims and Roma in the Pew poll, but it still translates into between two and four million adults in the UK.

Of course, this is just the number of people who are willing to tell a pollster that they dislike Jews; there is no measure for the honesty of the answers.

The ADL also constructed an ‘Antisemitism Index’, based on how many people believed 11 different antisemitic stereotypes, such as “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the UK”; “Jews have too much power in international financial markets”; or “Jews have too much control over global affairs”. Here, Britain’s score of 8 per cent was the sixth-lowest out of 102 countries and territories polled.

Compare this to France, where the Index score is 37 per cent, or Greece, where 34 per cent of people say they dislike Jews, and it would be easy to become complacent. These are countries where far-right parties enjoy far greater electoral success than in Britain, and where antisemitism is far more prominent in public debate.

Yet in Britain, over a quarter of people think Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the UK and 1 in 5 agree that “Jews have too much control over the United States government”. Think for a second about the wording of that question – it says Jews, not Zionists or pro-Israel lobbyists.

Then there is the Middle East. The ADL polled 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: 16 Arab countries plus Turkey and Iran. In every country, over half the respondents said they have unfavourable opinions of Jews. In Algeria, Iraq and Jordan this figure was over 80 per cent.

Sure, we can rationalise this as a response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: but conflict-driven prejudice is still prejudice. Even if you believe that this antisemitism is a consequence of the conflict and not part of its cause, it nevertheless makes a solution harder to find and harder still to implement. It cannot simply be ignored, nor should it be assumed that, after decades of antisemitic propaganda and rhetoric in the media of many Arab countries, it will simply wither away if Israel and the Palestinians do make peace.

Nor should we forget that this kind of antisemitism fuels jihadist terrorism against Jews well beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories.

It would be complacent to think that the same dynamic can’t affect communal relations in the UK. About 20 per cent of British respondents said that Israel’s actions negatively affect their opinion of Jews. Meanwhile, the ADL also found that most people in Britain hardly ever interact with Jews, if at all.

CST’s antisemitic incident figures show that the number of hate crimes perpetrated against Jews in the UK rises sharply during periods of heightened conflict between Israel and its neighbours. Of course, not everybody who opposes Israel harbours antisemitic views. Nor does everybody who harbours antisemitic views act on them by attacking Jewish people or desecrating synagogues and cemeteries.

The ADL figures for the UK show that, generally speaking, Britain is a country at ease with Jews and where most people either do not dislike Jews or are not willing to admit to doing so. This is, of course, all very welcome; but as experience shows, at times of tension attitudes and behaviour can quickly change.

The disappearing and reappearing antisemitism: the case of Nick Griffin

May 13th, 2014 by Dave Rich

The Guardian has obtained documents relating to BNP leader Nick Griffin’s 1998 conviction for incitement to racial hatred, that contain examples of the antisemitic attitudes he held at that time:

The papers, from the Crown Prosecution Service, illustrate how Griffin believed the Holocaust did not happen, was convinced that multiculturalism was the result of a plot by international capitalism and Zionism and held the wish to win political power so as to “peacefully and humanely as possible” recreate Britain as an overwhelmingly white nation.

Griffin, who in this month’s elections is fighting to retain the European parliament seat he won in 2009, also talks about how the British mass media was “greatly controlled” by what he calls “organised Jewry” and how many of the films made in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg’s, are “anti-white” propaganda.

This is remarkably similar to the view expressed by Griffin in a speech to the European Parliament in March of this year, in which he claimed that “An unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists has schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation with the deliberate aim of breeding us out of existence in our own homelands.”

It is no secret that Griffin held these views in the late 1990s: he wrote articles for the BNP magazine Spearhead that openly denied the Holocaust happened and set out conspiracy theories about Jewish control of the media. However, Griffin had tried to distance himself, and the BNP, from at least some of these attitudes. Whether this represented a genuine change in thinking or a cosmetic exercise was an important question: in 2000, for example, Griffin advised BNP writers to use “Zionists” as a euphemism for “Jews” when writing articles, to avoid “legal and political suicide.”

Dropping antisemitism coincided with a desire to make the BNP electorally respectable. The BNP’s electoral high water mark came in 2009, when Griffin and Andrew Brons were elected to the European Parliament, but since then the party has been in sharp decline. As council seats have been lost and members have drifted away, the BNP’s antisemitism has returned, as we described in a recent blog post.

Another example was posted on the BNP website just last week, written by “London correspondent” Richard Cley, who argues that the unrest in Ukraine is the result of conspiracy by Zionist bankers and the politicians they control:

Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage, all the BBC approved stooges, do not have one word to say against the illegal slaughter in Ukraine, not one word against the illegal Right Sector fascists in Kiev, and not a word against the Zionist controlled USA who has funded the whole war crime.

Why? Because the entire EU and UK governments do the bidding of Zionists too. They all want war with Russia and are using Ukraine to bait Russia in to doing something rash.

After the collapse of the British / US attack on Syria it is now clear that the Western political elites had a pow wow and decided unanimously to do what they are told, without question, by their Zionist masters, or else.

And all their political hangers on, the trade unions, the media, and most joyfully of all, the western arms manufacturers mostly under control the Zionist fractional reserve bankers, agreed.

Why? Well as you know the UK’s national debt is £1.3billion and the US is in even more trouble with even greater debt. Zionist tradition is to screw up every western economy whenever they can. Then force their political puppets to create another major conflict like the First and Second World Wars, and lesser ones like Vietnam, Iraq and of course the big daddy of them all, the war that never was, the Cold War.

From vast wars, killings by the million, as a result of untold suffering, the Zionists can make even more profits and keep their rotten banking system from collapsing. Should the banking system collapse then the world’s rich become poor. And along with them Nigel Farage and David Cameron, plus every other evil warmongering politician would become poor too.

While America and their media poodles accuse Russia of seeking to expand Russian control in to what was communist occupied Europe, Zionist USA has expanded her empire right to the Russian border without one word of objection from the EU.

Everything the US accuses Russia of, America is. It is clear that the 2014 Conspiracy of the Western World under orders of the Zionist controlled Muslim President Hussein Obama of the USA is working to a pre ordained plan.

Cley uses “Zionists” instead of Jews throughout this article, but in another article from January Cley writes that “Fascist thugs now rule Europe at the behest of the unrepresentative and unelected leaders of the World Council of Jews, fractional reserve bankers and all the obscene arms manufacturers of the fascist leaders of the western world.” It seems that for Cley, “Zionists” and “Jews” are interchangeable terms, just as Griffin suggested in 2000.

Whether Nick Griffin genuinely changed his views in between 1998 and 2014, only to change them back again, is something only he can answer. But whatever the truth of this question, recent evidence suggests that the BNP is returning to its former role as a purveyor of open antisemitism to the British public.

 

 

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