Cameron’s plan to beat ex­trem­ists

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

NEO-NAZISM, IS­LAMIST ide­ol­ogy and other forms of an­tisemitism will be tar­geted by the gov­ern­ment’s new antiex­trem­ism strat­egy.

TheCom­mu­ni­tySe­cu­ri­tyTrust — which mon­i­tors Jew-ha­tred in Bri­tain — sub­mit­ted ev­i­dence to the gov­ern­ment ahead of the pol­icy’s pub­li­ca­tion on Mon­day.

David Cameron said the pro­pos­als tar­geted the threat of “ex­trem­ism

David Cameron fromthose­whowant­to­di­videus.We­see it in sick­en­ing dis­plays of neo-Nazism, Is­lam­o­pho­bia, an­tisemitism and, of course, Is­lamist ex­trem­ism. “The fight against Is­lamist ex­trem­ism is, I be­lieve, one of the great strug­gles of our gen­er­a­tion.”

The fight against on­line ha­tred and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion will be a key fo­cus. The gov­ern­ment cited an in­ter­net video, viewed more than 3,000 times, which fea­tured a right-wing ex­trem­ist ar­guing­in­pub­lic­that Jews were be­hind “a con­spir­acy to al­ter the eth­nic make-up of Bri­tain”.

CST pro­vided the gov­ern­ment with writ­ten ev­i­dence of its ex­pe­ri­ences of record­ing ha­tred and warned that “an­ti­semitic at­ti­tudes are wide­spread in Euro­pean Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties”.

The char­ity’s sub­mis­sion also high­lighted the abil­ity of ex­treme speak­ers to get round Home Of­fice bans aimed at stop­ping them speak­ing in Bri­tain.

The strat­egy ac­knowl­edged CST’s record­ing of the un­prece­dented rise in an­ti­semitic in­ci­dents in the year up to Fe­bru­ary — a pe­riod that in­cluded three at­tacks reg­is­tered as in­clud­ing “ex­treme vi­o­lence”.

The gov­ern­ment said uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges would be “one of the most im­por­tant are­nas for chal­leng­ing ex­trem­ist views and ide­olo­gies”. Cam­pus­esand­stu­den­tu­nion­shavereg­u­larly hosted ex­treme speak­ers and caused con­cern to Jewish stu­dents.

Char­i­ties and schools linked to rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion will also be tar­geted, and broad­cast­ers will be chal­lenged to stop giv­ing ex­trem­ists a plat­form.

Ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy will be coun­tered by­chal­leng­ing­pro­pa­ganda,anti-ex­trem­ist groups will in­creas­ingly co-op­er­ate in chal­leng­ing ha­tred, ex­trem­ists will be dis­rupted by anti-ter­ror laws, and dif- fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties will be en­cour­aged to work more closely to­gether.

Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May said: “The rise of neo-Nazi groups and the in­crease in an­ti­semitic and anti-Mus­lim ha­tred is deeply con­cern­ing.”

Mr Cameron also an­nounced an ex­tra £5 mil­lion to be given to anti-ex­trem­ism groups to help them pre­vent “seed of ha­tred be­ing planted in peo­ple’s minds”.

Mark Gard­ner, CST communications di­rec­tor, wel­comed the pro­pos­als. He said CST would work with gov­ern­ment to­com­bat“the­ex­trem­ismthatthreat­ens ev­ery­bodyi­nour­so­ci­ety,andthat­pos­esa spe­cific threat to Jewish com­mu­ni­ties”.

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