Campaign Against Antisemitism can reveal that Katie Hopkins, who has now been banned from Twitter permanently, tweeted about “tight” Jews and then tried to lie about it to us.
Ms Hopkins, who built and then destroyed her career as a publicity-craving ‘provocateur’, losing a show on LBC and a column in the Daily Mail, has now also lost access to Twitter, permanently according to reports.
Ms Hopkins has long courted controversy with remarks about various minorities, including Jews.
In a particularly brazen episode, Campaign Against Antisemitism can reveal that it has confronted Ms Hopkins after being alerted to a tweet of hers from 2014 in which she wrote: “Homework ‘what’s the difference between Orthodox Jew & Reform Jew.’ One lot are tight. One lot are tight & bearded. Dismissed as unhelpful”.
When Campaign Against Antisemitism contacted her for comment, she responded: “Thank you. This is a fabricated tweet and does not exist on my account. It represents clear defamation with the intention of causing serious harm on publication.”
We are familiar with the law on libel, having won cases before, so we persisted, showing Ms Hopkins the tweet on her timeline. She then shamelessly deleted it and claimed it did not exist, telling us: “This is a fabricated tweet and does not exist on my timeline. My unequivocal support for Israel and my Jewish family is abundantly clear — both on Twitter and through my video documentary in Israel and Palestine.”
It was not the first time that Ms Hopkins’ Twitter activity had aroused attention. For example in 2017 she retweeted a neo-Nazi with the username “AntiJuden” followed by the SS symbol, and a swasitka on their profile image. When confronted that time, Ms Hopkins made a mealy-mouthed apology.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Katie Hopkins not only tweeted vile racist stereotypes about Jews being ‘tight’, she also told us barefaced lies about it and refused to apologise. Her ban from Twitter is just one more positive step in her ostracisation from civil society.”