CST's Mark Gardner discusses their latest report on Antisemitic Discourse:
CST has issued its final report of the year, examining antisemitic discourse in Britain in 2010. This covers public discussion of antisemitism, Jews and Jewish issues in mainstream media and politics and may be read at CST's website.
Contemporary antisemitism is complex, and it is hoped that the report will be of use to the many partner organisations of both CST and the JLC that come across this problem in so many ways. Indeed, the concept of an annual report on discourse (as distinct from hate crimes) arose from CST's discussions with communal partners in the wake of the Parliamentary Inquiry into antisemitism; and there is hardly a single week when communal organisations and professionals do not have to grapple with these challenging issues.
The report's cover shows "kill a jew day" on Facebook: a stark illustration of how modern media risks facilitating and normalising antisemitism.
The report's executive summary outlines the paradox by which explicit antisemitism is rare, but antisemitic themes persist in anti-Zionism. This is followed by introductory context about UK Jewish life, definitions of antisemitism; and the relationship between British Jews, Zionism and Israel.
The two largest sections in the report concern the old antisemitic charge of secret Jewish power; and the newer antisemitic trend of abusing the Holocaust.
Regarding the Jewish power accusation, there are two cases from within the Palace of Westminster, two articles in the Independent; one in the Sunday Times; articles on the website of Middle East Monitor; an article on Guardian Comment is Free, and a BBC Radio 4 broadcast in which a guest stated that between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Jews (over 5% of diaspora Jews) "will help the Mossad".
Abuse of the Holocaust shows examples of British National Party denials and minimisations. Then, there are Holocaust related insults from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Morning Star amongst others.
Other subjects in the report include accusations of Jewish involvement in British racist groups; an Independent article attacking Stamford Hill's orthodox Jewish community; antisemitism in UK-Saudi school texts and the prosecution of antisemitic comments on the Scotsman newspaper's blog.