CST (Community Security Trust) is proud of Britain’s diverse and vibrant Jewish community, and works to protect the community from the external threats of bigotry, antisemitism and terrorism. CST’s aim is to provide the community with the means to combat these threats, enabling Jewish community life to be open, proud and strong.
CST represents British Jewry to Police, Government and media on antisemitism and security. In its mission, CST draws upon many decades of proud British Jewish self-defence, ranging from the work of the Defence Committees of the Board of Deputies, the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and street activist traditions from the 1930s, 50s and 60s, such as the 43 Group and the 62 Group. CST’s expertise and analysis is frequently sought by the media, academic bodies, law enforcement and government on all matters relating to antisemitism, terrorism, communal security and policing.
A registered charity, CST has full time offices in London, Manchester and Leeds, over 50 staff and a volunteer base of approximately 3,000 trained personnel. CST staff and volunteers provide physical security, training and advice for the protection of British Jews, regardless of political or religious difference.
CST assists those who are victims of antisemitism, and monitors antisemitic activities and incidents. Victims are encouraged to contact CST directly, in person, by phone, email or mobile website; and CST will only pass details to Police with the prior approval of the victim. CST is the only organisation in Britain that collects, analyses and publishes statistics relating to levels of antisemitism. CST publishes these figures in its annual Antisemitic Incidents Report. This is one of many CST reports and publications that explain antisemitism, security and terrorism.
Every year CST helps secure over 300 synagogues; over 120 Jewish schools; more than 1000 Jewish communal organisations and buildings; and approximately 1000 communal events. CST also represents the Jewish community on a wide range of Police, governmental and policy-making bodies dealing with security and antisemitism.
CST believes that the fight against antisemitism and terrorism is an integral part of safeguarding our wider democratic British society against extremism and hatred. Indeed, the Police and government praise CST as a model of how a minority community should protect itself, and Home Office funding enables lessons learned by CST and the Jewish community to be passed on to other minority groups.
Those seeking security advice for communal organisations or events should contact CST direct on 020 8457 9999.
Persons wishing to report antisemitic incidents or related information should contact CST direct on 020 8457 9999. Reports may also be submitted via CST website, by downloading CST’s website for mobile telephones, or by texting CST to 80800 (cost covered by CST).
Updates about CST
On Sunday 2nd June 2013, the UK Jewish and pro-Israel community celebrated the 65th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, at the Closer to Israel parade and celebration in Central London, successfully initiated by the JLC. Chair of JLC Trustees Mick Davis noted that the event highlighted the special nature of the “bilateral relationship that exists […]
It was an inspiration to see the streets of Central London and Trafalgar Square turned blue and white by members of our own and the pro-Israel non Jewish communities at our Closer to Israel at 65 parade and celebration earlier this month. The resounding words of Michael Gove were a timely reminder that despite the many challenges the bilateral […]
Civil servants from five Government Departments toured the Jewish community on 09 April 2013.The purpose of the tour was to enable civil servants who deal with Jewish communal issues to see the community, to hear directly from the community and to be able to ask whatever questions they wished. The tour was highly successful and […]
We continue to coordinate communal efforts to press the Liberal Democrats on the antisemitic remarks of David Ward MP. Lord Ahmed’s comments blaming his own criminal activities on a Jewish conspiracy are of similar concern. We applaud the Labour Party for taking swift action but it is difficult to reconcile his continuing membership of the […]
Bulgarian investigators have confirmed that two individuals with links to Hizballah were involved in the bus suicide bomb which killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver at Burgas airport on 18th July, 2012. The European Union has consistently refused to proscribe Hizballah as a terrorist organisation, but the group’s involvement in this suicide bombing, […]