The Scottish Conservative Party has reportedly suspended Ryan Houghton, their general election candidate for Aberdeen North, over social media posts questioning evidence of the Holocaust. Mr Houghton remains on the ballot because his nomination papers are already submitted but he no longer represents the Conservative Party, which has withdrawn support for him.

In a post on a martial arts forum seven years ago, Mr Houghton wrote under the username, Razgriz, that there was “no credible evidence to suggest the Holocaust did not happen” but revealed that “I do find some of the events fabricated, and exegarated [sic] in some cases.” He continued: “As history is written by the victors there is always going to be a bit of re-writing.” He also praised the “interesting” research of the antisemitic Holocaust-denier, David Irving. However, in a later post he said that he was “not defending David’s Irving’s views” and that he does not agree with “some of the stuff he says.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is an example of antisemitism.

Mr Houghton is also accused of having made homophobic and anti-Muslim statements online. In a statement, he said: “I apologise unreservedly for any hurt now caused by these comments and have been in contact with members of the Jewish community in Aberdeen.” Mr Houghton also said that he was a member of the Holocaust Education Trust (HET), had visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and has “never held antisemitic or intolerant views.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “The comments contained in these blogs are unacceptable and Mr Houghton has been suspended as a member of the Scottish Conservative party as a result. The party has also withdrawn its support for his candidacy in Aberdeen North. The Scottish Conservatives deplore all forms of Islamophobia, homophobia and antisemitism.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends the Scottish Conservatives for their firm and swift action in suspending Mr Houghton and sending a strong message that antisemitism in political parties will not be tolerated.

A number of actors and academics have endorsed a disgraceful letter describing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as “a life-long committed anti-racist” who “is being smeared as an antisemite by people who should know better.”

While conceding that antisemitism is present within society and all political parties, including Labour, the signatories insist that “no political party or political leader has done more to address this problem than Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party,” and outrageously claim that “Labour’s political opponents and much of the media have trivialised and weaponised this issue for ideological ends.”

The signatories include various familiar controversialists such as academics Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Yanis Varoufakis; actors Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance and Steve Coogan; playwright Caryl Churchill; designer Vivienne Westwood; and musicians Brian Eno and Roger Waters. Some of the signatories have made second careers out of baiting Jews.

The letter follows a previous letter by a group of prominent, respected figures calling out Labour antisemitism and showing solidarity with Britain’s Jewish community.

Meanwhile, former Labour member Eddie Marsan, said of Mr Corbyn that “you are either antisemitic or you are ignorant”, declaring that, after voting for Labour since 1987, he would no longer do so, and would be launching an initiative for the Liberal Democrats.

Campaign Against Antisemitism rejects the disgraceful assertion that Labour’s institutional antisemitism has been “trivialised” or “weaponised”, not least given that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a full statutory investigation into the Labour Party. We are further troubled by the sinister suggestion that Mr Corbyn’s antisemitism is a “smear” propagated by “people who should know better”, a pitiful attempt to hide behind innuendo.

The EHRC launched its full statutory investigation on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has published a video in which she signs and endorses the International Definition of Antisemitism and encourages her fellow Liberal Democrats to do the same.

Ms Swinson said of the International Definition that it is the “most widely recognised and accepted definition of anti-Jewish racism here in Britain,” and anticipated that “by using this Definition, it helps us to understand, identify and tackle antisemitism.”

She added: “I know that many Jews are worried about the outcome of this election, and by signing this Definition today and encouraging our candidates to do the same, I hope to reassure you that Liberal Democrats understand the threat and the fears that you are facing.”

In 2016, the British Government became the first in the world to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, and numerous other states and domestic and international bodies have followed, most recently Greece.

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

Dan Greef, the Labour Party candidate for South Cambridgeshire, reportedly posted on Facebook in 2010: “Had a great day out at a concentration camp,” and claimed that he had voted for the British National Party (BNP).

In 2013 Mr Greef also reportedly commended disgraced former Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, David Ward, for publishing a blog post ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day that attempted to draw equivalence between Israel and the Nazis. He wrote: “Good man David Ward. Remembering only part of History condemns us to repeat it, however Israeli policy is not the same as Judaism!”

Mr Greef also apparently wrote, “Is it right that many of our MPs are also members of different ‘Friends of Israel’ pressure groups? Discuss,” as well as, “Bloody Israel, I sometimes want to rip it all up!”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is an example of antisemitism, as is “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination”, which is the implication of wishing to “rip up Israel”.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police have won “highly commended” recognition at the World Class Policing Awards for their response to the arson attack on the historic Exeter Synagogue. This new event recognises outstanding police work from across the world.

The attack occurred on 21st July 2018. Devon Live reported that police attended immediately, reviewed CCTV images, and arrested Tristan Morgan.

As he was put in a police van, he reportedly said: “Please tell me that synagogue is burning to the ground, if not, it’s poor preparation.”

According to police, Mr Morgan is alleged to have poured “an accelerant” into the synagogue, which was built in 1763, making it one of Britain’s oldest synagogues, and then tried to light it.

He was later sentenced to an indefinite hospital order and a ten-year terrorism reporting order.

The citation stated: “In July 2018 Exeter Synagogue was the target of an arson attack that was captured on CCTV. Within minutes a local man was arrested. CID officers, working with counter-terrorism colleagues went ‘above and beyond’, neighbourhood and diversity staff provided exceptional victim care and, brought together by police, local faith and civic partners gave outstanding support to the Jewish community. The suspect, who held extreme white supremacist views was later sentenced to an indefinite hospital order and a ten-year terrorism reporting order.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds Devon and Cornwall Police for their swift and strong response and support given to the local Jewish community. This will serve as an example to police forces throughout the UK.

Image credit: Exeter Synagogue

A video has emerged of the Labour Party’s candidate for St Ives in Cornwall, Alana Bates, playing a song “From the river to the sea” with her band, The Tribunes.

One verse in the song goes: “From the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea, Palestine will be free,” which is a common and unsubtle call for the destruction of the Jewish State and is thus an attempt to deny the Jews, uniquely, the right to self-determination.

The song also includes the lyrics: “Israel is a racist state, Israel is an apartheid state.”

Ms Bates, a bass player and backing singer in the band, conceded that the song was written by the group but denied that it has any antisemitic meaning in a bizarre clarification in which she said: “I obviously support Israel’s right to exist. The song says that Israel is a racist state. I would personally say that the government policies of Israel are racist.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour)” is an example of antisemitism.

Ms Bates, who is also a councillor on Penzance Town Council, also confirmed that the Labour Party had ordered her to remove the song from her social media.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

Ed Murphy, the Labour Party general election candidate for North West Cambridgeshire, has reportedly been deselected by the Party after it emerged that he accused the Israel Defence Forces of being “international pirates” secretly backed by the Conservatives on Peterborough City Council.

Mr Murphy, who is a councillor on Peterborough City Council, reportedly deleted a tweet from July 2014 in which he alleged that the Israel Defence Forces were backed by the Conservatives on the council, apparently posting: “Israel a terrorist state? And Israeli military (secretly backed by the Cons on Pboro Council) are international pirates.”

The tweet is said to have been accompanied by the image of the Israeli flag turned into a symbol of piracy, and Mr Murphy is alleged to have shared the image on Twitter twice more in 2015 with the hashtag #MilitaryStatePirates.

It has also been claimed that Mr Murphy, who was then Labour’s leader on the council, proposed Alan Bull as a candidate in a Peterborough City Council election, despite knowing that Mr Bull had shared a post on social media suggesting that the Holocaust was a hoax and other controversial material.

However, it took the Labour compliance unit eight months to suspend Mr Bull in a saga that neatly illustrated Labour’s institutional antisemitism, as Mr Bull’s critics were hounded out of the Party.

Labour confirmed the “difficult” decision to withdraw Mr Murphy’s candidacy had been made on Wednesday night but did not provide a reason for the move.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

The Labour Party has vehemently rejected criticism from the 24 public figures who denounced Jeremy Corbyn and Labour over antisemitism and accused several of them of antisemitism, Islamophobia and misogyny.

Twenty-four non-Jewish authors, actors, television and radio presenters, human rights campaigners and technologists wrote to The Guardian denouncing Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party over antisemitism.

A Labour Party spokesperson responded to the letter saying: “It’s extraordinary that several of those who have signed this letter have themselves been accused of antisemitism, Islamophobia and misogyny. It’s less surprising that a number are Conservatives and Lib Dems.”

They added: “We take allegations of antisemitism extremely seriously, we are taking robust action and we are absolutely committed to rooting it out of our party and wider society.”

The signatories included Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales; actors and actresses Joanna Lumley OBE, Simon Callow CBE; authors David Cornwell (who writes as John le Carré), Fay Weldon CBE, Frederick Forsyth CBE, William Boyd CBE, Tony Parsons, Sathnam Sanghera, and Ed Husain; historians Tom Holland, Sir Antony Beevor and Peter Frankopan; television presenters Dan Snow MBE, Nick Hewer, Dan Jones, Janina Ramirez, and Suzannah Lipscomb; radio presenter Maajid Nawaz; producer Terry Jervis; journalist Oz Katerji and human rights campaigners Trevor Phillips OBE, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, and Ghanem Nuseibeh.

Noting that the Party is now under statutory investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant, the public figures said that Jews were in “anguish” and being ignored.

They wrote: “We listen to our Jewish friends and see how their pain has been relegated as an issue, pushed aside by arguments about Britain’s European future…now, it seems, is not the time for Jewish anxiety.”

However they warned: “But antisemitism is central to a wider debate about the kind of country we want to be. To ignore it because Brexit looms larger is to declare that anti-Jewish prejudice is a price worth paying for a Labour government. Which other community’s concerns are disposable in this way? Who would be next? Opposition to racism cannot include surrender in the fight against antisemitism…The path to a more tolerant society must encompass Britain’s Jews with unwavering solidarity. We endorse no party. However, we cannot in all conscience urge others to support a political party we ourselves will not.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is deeply grateful to each of them for their solidarity with the Jewish community.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

Twenty-four non-Jewish authors, actors, television and radio presenters, human rights campaigners and technologists have written to The Guardian denouncing Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Noting that the Party is now under statutory investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant, the public figures said that Jews were in “anguish” and being ignored.

They wrote: “We listen to our Jewish friends and see how their pain has been relegated as an issue, pushed aside by arguments about Britain’s European future…now, it seems, is not the time for Jewish anxiety.”

However they warned: “But antisemitism is central to a wider debate about the kind of country we want to be. To ignore it because Brexit looms larger is to declare that anti-Jewish prejudice is a price worth paying for a Labour government. Which other community’s concerns are disposable in this way? Who would be next? Opposition to racism cannot include surrender in the fight against antisemitism…The path to a more tolerant society must encompass Britain’s Jews with unwavering solidarity. We endorse no party. However, we cannot in all conscience urge others to support a political party we ourselves will not.”

The signatories include Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales; actors and actresses Joanna Lumley OBE and Simon Callow CBE; authors David Cornwell (who writes as John le Carré), Fay Weldon CBE, Frederick Forsyth CBE, William Boyd CBE, Tony Parsons, Sathnam Sanghera, and Ed Husain; historians Tom Holland, Sir Antony Beevor and Peter Frankopan; television presenters Dan Snow MBE, Nick Hewer, Dan Jones, Janina Ramirez, and Suzannah Lipscomb; radio presenter Maajid Nawaz; producer Terry Jervis; journalist Oz Katerji and human rights campaigners Trevor Phillips OBE, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, and Ghanem Nuseibeh.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is deeply grateful to each of them for their solidarity with the Jewish community.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

Sussex Police has announced that it will hold a disciplinary hearing for a Sergeant who taunted a Jewish officer with pepperoni pizza.

Sergeant Gary Jacobs, who is based in Crawley in West Sussex, will appear at a hearing at force headquarters in Lewes on Tuesday morning to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the force’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of equality and diversity.

The notice of the disciplinary hearing states that: “On 8th March 2019, knowing that another officer is Jewish, PS CJ062 Gary Jacobs deliberately dangled a pizza containing pepperoni over that officer’s food. A piece of pepperoni subsequently fell onto that officer’s food meaning they could not eat it [due to Jewish dietary practices prohibiting the consumption of meat from pigs].”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Sussex Police for taking this incident of childish bullying by a police officer seriously. We are following the case with interest.

The hearing begins at 10:00 on Tuesday and is expected to last for two days. Members of the public can register to attend until 14:00 on Monday.

The Brexit Party candidate in Brighton Kemptown, Dr Graham Cushway, is reportedly the bassist in a heavy-metal band, Stuka Squadron, whose members dress like Luftwaffe pilots and evoke other Nazi-era symbolism.

Dr Cushway, who holds a PhD in Maritime History, is a former UKIP candidate and ex-soldier. He reportedly goes by the alias “Graham Lord Pyre” in the band, which he co-founded, and has worn the SS Totenkopf insignia on his tie while performing.

The SS, the abbreviation of Schutzstaffel, was a major paramilitary organisation under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany, and later throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II. The Luftwaffe was the aerial warfare branch of the combined German Wehrmacht military forces during World War II.

In a lengthy statement posted on their Facebook page, the band wrote: “Stuka Squadron is — and always was — solely AN ACT. It is an art-house [sic] Heavy Metal band intended from the start to blend elements of musical theatre with traditional Heavy Metal performance. No more, no less. It was intended to be shocking and un-PC at the outset, although this desire waned as it increased in popularity.

“The band is not intended to convey any political message. There is no political agenda and the band members have always represented a cross-section of political opinion. No band member has ever been affiliated to any extreme right or left wing movement, has or had any interest in or sympathy for extreme politics.”

Regarding the use of Nazi-era symbolism, they added: “The band’s look is NOT intended to portray the SS or any other specific military unit from any era. It is the uniform of a fantasy unit existing in an imaginary universe in which vampires played a significant role in World War II.”

A Brexit Party spokesman defended Dr Cushway’s candidacy and told PA News Agency: “He’s fought in two wars and he’s quite a successful metal guitarist. To suggest that he is in any way associated with that which people are trying to associate him with is just silly.”

The spokesman said: “You have to draw a distinction between art and life. The Brexit Party is happy to stand behind Dr Cushway and his candidature — though maybe not his taste in music.”

The Labour Party’s Lloyd Russell-Moyle won the seat with a large majority in 2017.

Greece will officially adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Ekathimerini newspaper reported that Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, made the announcement during a meeting at his office with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, David Saltiel and the head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr Efstathios Lianos Liantis.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis assigned the country’s vice president, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, with oversight of the project as well as coordinating and supervising the integration of the definition into domestic legislation and education.

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the decision, which demonstrates the Greek government’s solidarity with the Jewish community at this worrying time for Jews in Europe. Several Jewish monuments in Greece have been vandalised recently, particularly in Thessaloniki where about 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the International Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Eric Pickles and others worked hard for over many meetings with officials at Downing Street. Greece will join a growing list of countries to use the International Definition.

In Liverpool Walton, Labour frontbencher Dan Carden has been accused of having sung The Beatles’ song “Hey Jude”, substituting the lyrics with “Hey Jews” during a private bus journey last year. Mr Carden has denied the claim, and Jeremy Corbyn has said that he is “looking into it”.

In Coventry South, Labour candidate Zarah Sultana, who has already courted controversy by adopting the language of antisemitic genocidal terrorist groups in advocating for “violent resistance” against Israelis and saying that she would celebrate the deaths of Tony Blair and other past and present world leaders (for which she was forced to apologise and was defended by Labour frontbencher John McDonnell), is now embroiled in another scandal.

It has emerged that in a Facebook comment posted during the 2016 Labour leadership election, Ms Sultana wrote: “the Labour Right are scum and genuinely make me sick. Is there any form of discrimination that they won’t weaponise to politically point score like they’ve done in the past with antisemitism and now with homophobia?”

Ms Sultana has again been forced to apologise, saying that anyone who calls Labour’s antisemitism crisis a “smear” is “wrong and is contributing to the problem. I would not use the word weaponise today and apologise for having done so.”

However, yet further social media posts have been exposed, showing that Ms Sultana accused Jewish students of being on the payroll of Israel’s Prime Minister.

In Harlow, a Labour target seat where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivered a major speech last week, candidate Laura McAlpine is revealed to have defended her chief campaigner, Brett Hawksbee, when he wrote to colleagues that “the fear of many on the left is that the ideological successors of the bombers of the King David Hotel, the mass murderers who decimated Deir Yassin, would be quite happy to see a pogrom in Gaza and the West Bank, a Jewish final solution to the Palestine problem.”

The comment, which clearly breached the International Definition of Antisemitism for drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis, was even criticised by a Labour Party official, but Ms McAlpine stood by Mr Hawksbee, because “she doesn’t want to be disloyal to someone who organises so much for her.” Mr Hawksbee has been a vocal defender of Chris Williamson, the disgraced MP who resigned from the Labour Party after being told he could not stand as a candidate for the Party.

Although Ms McAlpine has since condemned his comment, Mr Hawksbee was still seen in the front row of the Harlow event, along with Mr Corbyn and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer.

In North West Durham, Labour frontbencher Laura Pidcock, who is tipped to become Labour’s new Deputy Leader, said at her campaign launch event: “I know we are on the path towards justice. And I know because Jeremy Corbyn might become PM they will throw everything at us. They will say some really hurtful things. Forgive them. For they know not what they do.”

Ms Pidcock’s final sentence is a line spoken by Jesus before he was crucified, according to the New Testament, and some have observed that it has also been used to stir up religious hatred against Jews in bygone centuries. The suggestion that condemnations of Mr Corbyn for his character or views — including his antisemitism — might be neutralised in this fashion is concerning. Ms Pidcock’s spokesman rejected these criticisms.

In Warrington North, Charlotte Nichols, a GMB national research and policy officer who worked on both of Mr Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaigns in 2015 and 2016 and is a past Young Labour women’s officer, is the Party’s candidate for the safe seat. Ms Nichols, a recent convert to Judaism, attended the controversial Jewdas Seder with Mr Corbyn and is accused of involvement in the “Kaddish for Gaza” event, in which young Jews said a memorial prayer for Hamas terrorists in Parliament Square.

Claudia Webbe, who defended Ken Livingstone after he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, has reportedly been selected as the Labour Party candidate for the safe Labour seat of Leicester East. In 2018, when Ms Webbe was the Chair of the Labour Party’s Disciplinary Panel, she tweeted a claim that the “combined machinery of state, political and mainstream elite” are conspiring to smear Jeremy Corbyn with “false allegations.” Ms Webbe, who previously defended Ken Livingstone after he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, took to Twitter to claim that Mr Corbyn is entirely innocent, and that a sinister and powerful conspiracy is working to attack him. As Chair of the Labour Party’s Disciplinary Panel, Ms Webbe must have known that this kind of language is common in antisemitic conspiracy theories.

Meanwhile, former Home Secretary and Labour peer, Lord Blunkett, has said that the “antisemitism” and “thuggery” in the Labour Party make him despair.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Labour Party MP, Dan Carden, the Shadow International Development Secretary, reportedly changed the lyrics of the iconic Beatles song “Hey Jude” to “Hey Jews” on a late-night bus journey last year.

BuzzFeed News revealed that Mr Carden, the MP for Liverpool Walton, who was a Junior Shadow Minister at the time, allegedly repeatedly sang the chorus of “Hey Jude”, replacing the word “Jude” with “Jews” while on a “raucous” private bus trip back to London from Cheltenham Festival on the evening of Thursday 15th March 2018. When the chorus reached the word “Jude”, Mr Carden reportedly chanted at the top of his voice: “Jews, Jews, Jews.”

Alex Wickham, the Senior Political Correspondent at BuzzFeed News, was seated behind Mr Carden on the bus trip. He said that other Labour MPs and MPs from other parties were also on the bus.

The Sunday Times has reportedly obtained WhatsApp messages that appear to corroborate claims he sang “Hey Jews.”

Mr Carden’s spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that he would never “intentionally” engage in racist or antisemitic behaviour.

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about the incident on a visit to Leeds. He said: “Dan Carden has emphatically denied that. It is an awful story and if it’s true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. I am looking into it.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Steve Hedley, the Senior Assistant General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), reportedly launched a tirade against a Jewish anti-racism activist, shouting: “What the Nazis did to you, you’re doing to the Palestinians”, adding: “you’re one of the Chosen People, so you might feel better than me, huh?”

According to the The Daily Mail, the comments were made at a talk in 2011 at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) entitled “Palestine’s Fight For Freedom.”

Mr Hedley, whom The Daily Mail described as a “militant Jeremy Corbyn supporter,” reportedly told Jewish anti-racism activist, Richard Millett: “You’re an absolute disgrace to the Jewish people. You are a modern-day fascist, you are a modern-day Nazi, by supporting those policies that oppress a…minority in your own state.” He continued: “What the Nazis did to you, you’re doing to the Palestinians.”

Mr Millett responded: “Feel better?”, to which Mr Hedley said: “Better than you, obviously. But then again, you’re one of the chosen people, so you might feel better than me, huh?” Mr Millett said: “So it’s about being Jewish?” and Mr Hedley replied: “It’s about being a Zionist.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” and “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” are antisemitic.

Mr Millett released the audio of the rant and footage from the talk was included in The Daily Mail story.

Shortly after the event in 2011, the RMT London website, RMT London Calling, published a statement from Mr Hedley. Regarding the phrase, “Chosen People,” he wrote: “I accept that my use of the phrase in the context of the highly inflammatory argument with aggressive and disruptive intruders trying to wreck a public meeting and provoke a reaction, was unwise and I regret using the phrase. I apologise to anyone who may have been offended.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls for Mr Hadley to be dismissed by the RMT. Nobody with his views should hold positions of authority.

Laura Pidcock, the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights, who is tipped to become Labour’s new Deputy Leader, reportedly used words from Jesus Christ’s crucifixion to describe critics of Jeremy Corbyn at her campaign launch.

Ms Pidcock, who was elected the MP for North West Durham in 2017, said: “I know we are on the path towards justice. And I know because Jeremy Corbyn might become PM they will throw everything at us. They will say some really hurtful things. Forgive them. For they know not what they do.”

Ms Pidcock’s final sentence is a line spoken by Jesus before he was crucified, according to the New Testament, and some have observed that it has also been used to stir up religious hatred against Jews in bygone centuries.

Ms Pidcock’s spokesperson rejected these criticisms and told the JC: “Laura said a well known and often quoted verse from the bible at her campaign launch. Any suggestion that her doing so was antisemitic is absurd and defamatory.”

The suggestion that condemnations of Mr Corbyn for his character or views — including his antisemitism — might be neutralised in this fashion is concerning.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The anonymous student Facebook page, “ExeHonestly”, a platform used by University of Exeter students, has closed in a furore over neo-Nazi posts and is now under investigation by the police.

ExeHonestly had featured several posts including one that read: “People’s favourite number? Mine’s 1488.” This is a coded reference to the neo-Nazi fourteen-word oath: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”, a slogan initially devised by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group “The Order” which was responsible for the murder of Jewish radio host Alan Berg. The number 88 refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, and is intended as a code for “Heil Hitler.” Other posts on the page included anti-black racism.

A University spokesperson told The Tab that the page was “operated by anonymous administrators,” explaining, “We have deep concerns about the content these administrators post that affect our community and we urge our students not to use it. We have reported our concerns about the site to Facebook, and now escalated matters to the police hate crime unit and will work with them to identify those responsible. If we obtain specific information about any of our students posting abusive or offensive content we will take immediate and appropriate action. Racism cannot be tolerated in any form in our community and students can contact us with information or concerns through our ‘Speak Out’ website.”

Speaking to The Tab, Exeter’s Jewish Society said: “We are appalled by the recent posts on ExeHonestly. Whilst we champion free speech and see a great value in it, there is no space for Jewish students, or indeed any students at any university to feel uncomfortable or scared due to their religious, racial or ethnic background. We praise the university for taking action, bringing a problem to the attention of students.”

The administrators of the group meanwhile have claimed ignorance arguing that while they “do not condone any hateful racist content” the “dog-whistle” posts were “not apparent to people unless they have specialised knowledge.” They further attempted to justify their failings claiming that: “It is standard practice on social media for posts to occasionally get through.” They later opted to close the page.

The University has called the response “either not credible or… evidence that they are not capable of hosting a community site” and the police have confirmed they are investigating this as a hate crime.

The University of Exeter has a history of antisemitic incidents. In 2017 the university tried to brush off an antisemitic incident in which a “Rights for Whites” sign was found in halls of residence and a swastika was found carved into a door in on-campus halls Birks Grange, with a spokesman downplaying this blatant antisemitic incident as possibly merely “an ill-judged, deeply offensive joke.”

This follows another alarming antisemitic incident at the university last term in which students were photographed at a sports club social event wearing t-shirts with handwritten antisemitic slogans. One t-shirt bore the slogan: “the Holocaust was a good time.” In response to this, students organised a protest march condemning antisemitism during which they asked Malaka Shwaikh, exposed by Campaign Against Antisemitism over her statements about terrorism and the Holocaust, to address the crowd and make Jewish students feel safe. Whilst professing an admirable desire for solidarity, Shwaikh took the opportunity not to renounce any of her views and to instead berate those “attacking” her as simply venting their “Islamophobic” prejudice.

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail campus@antisemitism.uk.

Claudia Webbe, who defended Ken Livingstone after he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, has reportedly been selected as the Labour Party candidate for the safe Labour seat of Leicester East.

Ms Webbe was appointed as the candidate by a selection panel that included two representatives of the party’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

According to Labour List, Ms Webbe is a local party representative on the NEC and the council cabinet member for the environment and transport in Islington. She is also on the executive of the left-wing group, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD).

In 2018, when Ms Webbe was the Chair of the Labour Party’s Disciplinary Panel, she tweeted a claim that the “combined machinery of state, political and mainstream elite” are conspiring to smear Jeremy Corbyn with “false allegations.”

Ms Webbe, who previously defended Ken Livingstone after he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, took to Twitter to claim that Mr Corbyn is entirely innocent, and that a sinister and powerful conspiracy is working to attack him.

As Chair of the Labour Party’s Disciplinary Panel, Ms Webbe must have known that this kind of language is common in antisemitic conspiracy theories.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Birkbeck, University of London is set to host the controversial Socialist Workers Party (SWP) this weekend for an event entitled “The Big Socialist Weekender”.

Ilan Pappé will address the event on the topic: “Anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.”

Zionism is the movement supporting the right of Jews to self-determination. Self-determination is guaranteed to all peoples under article 1 of the UN Charter.

Ilan Pappe has made several inflammatory comments, claiming accusations of antisemitism have been used “to stifle debate on Palestine” and to “depose” politicians supportive of Palestine as well as ridiculing concerns that the Labour Party has a problem with institutional antisemitism. He has also said that Jeremy Corbyn should not “be afraid” after laying a wreath at the grave of the Black September terrorists who tortured and murdered Israeli Olympians, saying: “as an Israeli Jew I was there [at the same graveyard]…and I paid respect for the freedom fighters of Palestine.”

He also defended Chris Williamson’s claim that the Labour Party is “too apologetic” about antisemitism, arguing that “you can’t satisfy these beasts.”

Mr Pappe has also defended Jeremy Corbyn’s connection to Holocaust denier Paul Eisen and other antisemites as well as his links to terror groups.

Many of these comments have come while delivering speeches of the same title at previous events, making it likely that they could be repeated this weekend.

To add insult to injury, the event attempting to whitewash antisemitism is set to take place on a Saturday, the Jewish sabbath. This severely limits the Jewish community’s ability to participate in an event designed to define their own oppression. The SWP has form on this front, having previously been involved in an event featuring the antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), hosted by their front organisation Stand Up to Racism on the holiest night of the Jewish calendar, Kol Nidrei, the night of Yom Kippur.

Birkbeck has previously come under scrutiny over an antisemitic demonstrator at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, who was filmed claiming that the Holocaust happened because Jews are “cowards”. He was later reportedly sighted being escorted off campus by security staff at Birkbeck, University of London. The man had been filmed by students and a member of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit at a demonstration at SOAS.

Campaign Against Antisemitism will be approaching Birkbeck to urge the university to reconsider this event and its overtly inflammatory speaker.

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail campus@antisemitism.uk. 

The former Labour cabinet minister Ivan Lewis has hit out at his former party, calling it an “institutionally racist, antisemitic party” in an interview for the Jewish Telegraph podcast.

In a blistering attack Mr Lewis warned that supporters of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn would be “facilitating an institutionally racist government if Corbyn got elected” and that “anybody that posts a leaflet, makes a telephone call, or stuffs an envelope on behalf of the Momentum or Corbynite candidates in this election is colluding with and endorsing racism.”

He continued: “If they do that, and don’t see it in that way what they are then acknowledging is that antisemitism is somehow a second class form of racism.” He urged people “even at this late stage to examine their conscience.”

In reference to the International Definition of Antisemitism, which includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” as an example of antisemitism, Mr Lewis asked: “Why are we the only minority that doesn’t have the right to self-determination in our own state? The answer to that is that’s antisemitism, as the definition says.”

He also accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of antisemitism, saying: “The man who wants to be Prime Minister believes that the existence of the state of Israel is a racist endeavour”, which is antisemitic according to the International Definition.

Mr Lewis resigned from the Labour Party in 2018, saying that he “could no longer reconcile my Jewish identity and current Labour politics”. Accusing Jeremy Corbyn and Seumas Milne, Mr Corbyn’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, of treating Jews differently, he also revealed that Mr Corbyn had sacked him from the front bench by text message after Mr Lewis requested a meeting to discuss antisemitism with him.

He is now running as an independent candidate in the general election.

On 28th May, the EHRC launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that her Party would support a minority Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn if certain policies are pursued. She said she “would drive a hard bargain”.

Recently, Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to all the Opposition parties in Parliament (other than Labour) asking whether they would rule out making Mr Corbyn, who is an antisemite, Prime Minister.

The Rt Hon. Ian Blackford MP provided the SNP’s detailed response, in which he wrote: “I want to make it clear that the SNP abhors antisemitism in the strongest possible way. We believe that the recent political events show that now more than ever politicians should be responsible with their actions and use language with care. The SNP is absolutely opposed to racism and antisemitism in all its forms.”

Nevertheless, the SNP then and again now has affirmed its readiness to back Mr Corbyn. It is difficult to square the Party’s self-proclaimed commitment to oppose racism and antisemitism in all its forms while also backing an antisemitic leader for Prime Minister.

Principled opposition to racism is incompatible with a willingness to be bought for the price of a few policies.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is disgusted at suggestions by Labour frontbencher John McDonnell that Ian Austin, who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism and recently gave a series of interviews criticising the Labour leader over antisemitism and extremism, did so because he is “employed by the Tories”.

Mr Austin, who is the adopted son of a Holocaust survivor and an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, is a Government trade envoy to Israel, a cross-party, unpaid, voluntary position unconnected to the Conservative Party. Last week he gave a series of interviews in which he claimed that Labour is “poisoned by anti-Jewish racism”.

Mr McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “What else do you expect him to do in an election campaign when employed by the Tories? You speak on behalf of the Tories. That’s what this was about this morning.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism deplores the suggestion that Mr Austin’s concerns about antisemitism in the Labour Party are motivated by greed or desire for money.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Rebecca Jenkins, Labour’s candidate in Redditch near Birmingham, reportedly shared a Facebook post supporting the large antisemitic public mural in Towers Hamlet.

According to the political website Guido Fawkes, Ms Jenkins shared and commented on a post showing the infamous mural, using a now-deleted Facebook account. She reportedly wrote “Hear hear!” to a post with a picture of the mural and the words: “All we gotta do is stand up and it’s game over!!” The post included a comment from another user: “Where in this picture is it antisemitism.”

Jeremy Corbyn defended the public display of the mural in 2012 which was painted on a wall in London’s East End and featured apparently-Jewish bankers beneath a pyramid often used by conspiracy theorists playing Monopoly on a board carried by straining, oppressed workers.

Guido Fawkes also revealed that Ms Jenkins shared a post on Facebook with a comment from Noam Chomsky, accusing the media of “manipulating the population” to convince them that Mr Corbyn is antisemitic. “One must admire the incredible skills the media have in manipulating the population. They’ve managed to convince many that the most passionate Anti-Racist Campaigner of the last 40 years, Jeremy Corbyn, is actually Pro-Racist and Anti-Semitic.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Labour’s election candidate in the Scottish constituency of Gordon has withdrawn from the race after it emerged that she had compared the Jewish State to a child abuser and the Nazis, as Party officials as accused of having tried to cover up the incident to protect her.

In an apparent reference to Jewish suffering in the Holocaust, Ms Ramsden reportedly wrote: “Like many abusers, unable to reflect on their own abuse, and ending up recreating it in the abuse of others, exerting their power in those weaker than themselves because once they were the powerless.”

She further wrote that “to me the Israeli state is like an abused child who becomes an abusive adult,” adding: “like child abuse it has to stop…as we intervene with child abusers the international community needs to intervene with Israel.” She also lamented: “I heard yesterday that almost 90 per cent of Jewish Israelis support their government.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis is antisemitic. Mr Ramsden reportedly opposed the adoption of the International Definition by the Labour Party.

Ms Ramsden, who is a senior official at Unison, the trade union, also contended that claims of antisemitism against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were “orchestrated by the wealthy establishment who do not want a socialist Labour government.”

Despite ludicrous assertions by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell that the Party is doing everything it can on antisemitism and has done everything the Jewish community has asked, there are claims that Labour’s compliance unit in fact told Ms Ramsden that if she deleted the blog post containing her comments about the Jewish State and child abuse, she could remain a candidate.

Following an outcry, Ms Ramsden has stepped down as a candidate, saying: “I can see that many Jewish people have been hurt by my words. That was never my intention and I apologise unreservedly.”

Ms Ramsden’s departure from the race comes after Gideon Bull withdrew as a parliamentary candidate in Clacton after Campaign Against Antisemitism publicised his use of the word “Shylock” to describe a Jewish fellow councillor. It has since emerged that he has also used other racist language.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Lord David Blunkett, the former Labour Party Home Secretary, said that antisemitism within Labour makes him “despair.”

Writing in a letter to The Telegraph, Lord Blunkett said: “The behaviour of the hard left within the Labour party — the antisemitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues, and the lack of realisation that you have to embrace a big tent of people in order to win — certainly makes me despair.”

Lord Blunkett, who was a Labour MP for 28 years before becoming a Labour peer, urged Labour moderates, however, to remain in the party: “Whatever Labour moderates might think of the leadership, therefore, quitting is not an option – because there is going to be a future for Labour, and the future is worth fighting for. “

He added: “These moderate voices may not yet have succeeded in defeating the top-down approach or the antisemitism, but in policy terms they have had an impact – along with the more sensible trade unions, who constantly get forgotten, but who do matter.”

In March this year, Campaign Against Antisemitism met with Lord Blunkett to update him on our work and efforts to counter antisemitism.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales has upheld a professional standards complaint from Campaign Against Antisemitism over the way that antisemitic e-mails were dismissed as just “stating an opinion” by one of the force’s officers.

Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed to Campaign Against Antisemitism that it is reopening the case and recording the incident as a hate crime under the Malicious Communications Act. They have formally apologised saying they “completely share the concerns you raised.”

The Divisional Detective Inspector in the Pembrokeshire Division has been asked to review the crime and appropriately allocate the necessary resources to investigate.

When discussing an allegation against Daniel Davies, the owner of Tribestan UK, for the antisemitic e-mails sent to an Israeli man who attempted to order items from the company, Campaign Against Antisemitism was told that the matter would merely be recorded as a hate incident rather than a hate crime. When pressed on this, the officer said that he had reviewed the complaint, and that it would be recorded as the less serious matter, as the e-mails were simply “stating an opinion”.

One of the e-mails sent by Tribestan UK stated: “Unfortunately Jews have negativity on our businesses. Do you know why? Because Jews rip us off! Jews f*** us up!”

A second e-mail sent a short while later stated: “We don’t ship to Israel because the Jews rob us! Sorry but that’s a fact. They scam the world.”

Mr Davies claimed that “our e-mail got hacked via wifi over a business phone”, which is a common excuse that we have heard from other companies that have sent antisemitic messages that they later claimed were the work of hackers.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is providing legal support to the recipient of the e-mails so that a civil claim can be brought against the company.

At a time when British Jews are threatened by levels of antisemitism unprecedented in the UK since the end of the Second World War, effective law enforcement is a vital deterrent. Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds Dyfed-Powys Police for recognising its initial failure in this matter and remedying it by reopening the investigation.

The famous Soviet “refusnik” and human rights campaigner, Natan Sharansky, has said that the antisemitism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is reminiscent of the USSR.

Mr Sharansky, who became famous for being refused the right to emigrate to Israel by Soviet authorities but eventually rose to become Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, expressed concern in an interview that Mr Corbyn and many of his supporters adopt positions on Israel and Zionists redolent of the antisemitic rhetoric in the Soviet Union under Stalin.

Mr Sharasnky declared that Mr Corbyn’s “extreme anti-Zionism” is “practically almost impossible to differ sometimes from antisemitism”, reminiscing how the support he received from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was enhanced by the backing of Labour activists and lamenting that now, looking at the Labour Party, “as we know from Russia, it starts from anti-Zionism and goes to classic antisemitism and then much further.”

He urged Mr Corbyn to “change your positions [on Hamas and related matters] or stop lying that you have no problem with Jews.”

Mr Sharasnky said that he finds antisemitism “easier to identify” because “I am from the Soviet Union, Stalin’s Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was speaking against Israel, everybody knew that it was about your Jewish neighbours…and when Soviet propaganda was speaking about ‘cosmopolites’, everybody knew that it was about Jews. These rather cold words which were used for a very open antisemitic campaign against Jews who are ‘not a loyal part of our population’ and Israel was simply used as proof that they’re not loyal.” He added that “for me it is so easy because it looks exactly like Soviet rhetoric…that was official Soviet propaganda, and the fact that it is now repeated by Iran and supported by Corbyn, that’s very sad.”

Fearing the growing acceptance of anti-Jewish prejudice, Mr Sharasnky said that “it’s surprising for me how Britain has become an example that antisemitism doesn’t stand on the extremes. It starts from the extremes and then goes to the mainstream.” He also noted that he hears “all the time from” British Jews, including “some serious representatives of the Jewish community of London” who are considering moving to Israel out of fear of a Corbyn-led government in the UK, with some families “buying apartments…not for them, for their children.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Cars and homes in Essex’s Canvey Island have been daubed with swastikas and slogans such as “Jews out!” The swastikas were drawn the wrong way around.

The graffiti was sprayed on the homes and vehicles between late last night and early this morning.

Today is Remembrance Sunday, when the nation remembers those who lost their lives fighting against the Nazis and other enemies.

Canvey Island has a growing Jewish population as Jews in north London bringing up young families move to areas where property prices are lower. Local residents have mostly been very welcoming towards their Jewish neighbours.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “We are investigating after several reports of criminal damage to cars in Ferrymead, Canvey Island overnight. We were called this morning, Sunday 10 November, to reports that vehicles had been sprayed with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti. If you have not yet spoken to us about damage to your vehicle please call [the police on] 101 and quote incident number 307 of today’s date.”

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The perpetrators of this act of vandalism and intimidation must feel the full force of the law. Anybody with information should immediately step forward to assist the police.”

A polling expert has reported that in a focus group in a London constituency that he carried out, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “slated for antisemitism.” James Johnson, who used to conduct polling for 10 Downing Street under Theresa May, said that the public “did not know what this word meant a year ago” but that when the focus group began, it “Came up straight away”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism considers this to be a reassuring vindication of our work to educate the public about antisemitism and raise awareness of the extent of anti-Jewish prejudice in British politics and society, and that of our allies within and without the Jewish community.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The historic Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton has reportedly been vandalised with red paint splashed on its famous front doors.

The incident was revealed by journalist and author, Lyn Julius, on Facebook. Ms Julius is scheduled to speak at the synagogue on Sunday.

The synagogue is a popular tourist attraction. The Grade II* listed building has what is regarded as Brighton’s second most important interior after the Royal Pavilion. Opened in 1875 and designed by local architect Thomas Lainson, it is one of the last remaining “cathedral synagogues” from the Golden Age of High Victorian synagogue architecture.

In May this year, Labour Party member and activist, Amanda Bishop, called for fellow activists to “march” on her local synagogue in Brighton.

Ms Bishop wrote in the Brighton and Hove Labour Party Facebook forum that: “We can’t allow this to go on. We need to march about this on the Synagogue in Hove, all of us members in Brighton.” Her call for direct action against the synagogue was in response to the suspension of Alexandrina Braithwaite, from the Brighton and Hove Labour branch, for sharing allegedly antisemitic posts on social media, which Ms Bishop felt was “bulls***”.

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This cowardly act of vandalism against a historic synagogue comes just months after a prominent Labour activist called for a march on a synagogue nearby. It is yet further evidence of the extent to which antisemites have come to feel empowered to demonstrate their hatred of Jews. It is vital that the perpetrator is apprehended and feels the full force of the law.” 

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police by calling 101.

Lord Mann, the former Labour MP who quit the Party over antisemitism, has been named ‘campaigner of the week’ by The House magazine for his work countering antisemitism.

As the Government’s new independent advisor on antisemitism, Lord Mann says “opposing antisemitism: to me the only odd thing is why everyone doesn’t do it.”

In a reference to polling of the Jewish community in recent years, he went on to say: “The notion that anyone feels unsafe in this country, feels that they don’t have a future in this country because of antisemitism, is abhorrent to everything that is British, everything about our country, everything about our values, everything about our Parliament.”

Lamenting the lack of leadership in Parliament on this issue, Lord Mann said: “The definition of leadership is to stand up against injustice and intolerance. And therefore every MP should be standing up against antisemitism… that’s why I get so angry when people choose not to…. You don’t pick and choose which bits of antisemitism you stand up against – you stand up against all of it.”

Lord Mann is concerned about “making sure there are consequences for the antisemites” and wishes to see the adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism worldwide, “not just by governments and political parties but by football clubs, by universities, by employers.”

His message to the Jewish community: “you will not be left to fight antisemitism on your own”. 

Asked about Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain’s letter urging tactical voting in the election to keep Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of Downing Street, Lord Mann said: “it is a sad state of affairs that a respected rabbi feels it’s appropriate to be writing such a letter… the leader of the Labour Party should reflect on why it’s got to this appalling situation and work with me to turn it around.””

Lord Mann has previously warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem,” and has called Ken Livingstone a “f***ing disgrace” and a “Nazi apologist”.

Previously the MP for Bassetlaw, Lord Mann left Labour saying that Mr Corbyn had “given the green light to the antisemites” and that the Party leader was not “appropriate to be Prime Minister”. Lord Mann is now a crossbench peer.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

BBC Panorama is a finalist in the British Journalism Awards in the category of ‘Investigation’ for its programme titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?”, which explored antisemitism in the Labour Party.

The episode’s creators, John Ware, Leo Telling, Neil Grant and Rachel Jupp, have also been shortlisted in the ‘Politics Journalism’ category.

The programme, which was televised in July, showed former Labour Party employees speaking out publicly to reveal Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism. The programme explained how senior Labour Party staffers, some of whom Campaign Against Antisemitism has known for years, used to run Labour’s disciplinary process independently, but soon after Mr Corbyn’s election as Party leader found themselves contending with his most senior aides, who were brazen in their efforts to subvert due process.

During the programme Labour’s press team made claims that the staffers featured had political axes to grind and lacked credibility, and it is understood that they and Mr Ware have now commenced libel proceedings against the Labour Party. The libel cases are being brought by Mark Lewis, a highly esteemed media lawyer who is also an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The Labour Party also submitted a 28-page complaint to the BBC, claiming the programme failed to meet the BBC’s standards but it is understood that the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit, which is the top level of the broadcaster’s internal complaints process, decided to back the makers of the episode. Labour may now take its complaint to Ofcom.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called on the Government to pressure universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Government responded that as universities are independent, the Government could not apply pressure but could issue guidance, and that the Government “strongly encourages” institutions of higher education to adopt the International Definition.

It is understood that so far only five such institutions have done so.

Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has also previously expressed concern regarding “the disgraceful experiences that Jewish students have lived through at certain universities,” and has called for local councils and universities to follow the UK Government in adopting the International Definition, indicating that he intended to take action in this direction.

He has since written to local councils urging them to adopt the International Definition.

Gideon Bull, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in Clacton, has withdrawn his candidacy after Campaign Against Antisemitism publicised a past comment he made referring to a Jewish fellow Labour councillor as “Shylock” earlier this year, in an apparent reference to the villainous Shakespearean Jewish moneylender.

Cllr Bull reportedly made the comment when he was a Labour councillor at Haringey Council in London, where he also served in the cabinet. The recipient of his abuse made a complaint.

In his withdrawal statement, Cllr Bull said that he used an “analogy when referring to a housing decision” and “was not referring to the councillor”, and after being informed that the comment was “offensive”, he said that he “immediately apologised and explained that I did not know that Shylock was Jewish and I would never have mentioned Shylock if I had known this. I grew up in a working class area in Ilford where this was a common saying, but I didn’t know it was offensive. This was a genuine accident and I reiterate my sincere apology for this mistake.”

The revelation came after an analysis by Campaign Against Antisemitism showed how supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are trying to place a cast of Jew-haters, antisemitism-deniers and Jew-baiters in dozens of constituencies ahead of general election.

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Gideon Bull’s comment, in which he called a Jewish fellow councillor ‘Shylock’, after the villainous Shakespearean Jewish character, was unacceptable, and of course he had to withdraw his candidacy. Not a day goes by without a revelation about a Labour candidate’s troubling record in relation to Jews, exemplifying the institutional antisemitism of the Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. It is a reflection of the present state of the Labour Party that other candidates who have said and done much worse remain as candidates.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The former Labour MP Ian Austin, who resigned from the Party over antisemitism, has given a series of powerful interviews this morning condemning antisemitism in the Labour Party and announcing that he will not be seeking re-election.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Austin, who is an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, was asked if his decision to leave the Labour Party and stand down as an MP was “personal”. In response, he explained: “I joined the Labour Party as a teenager in Dudley. I was a councillor there in my twenties, I worked for the Party and for the Labour Government in my thirties, and I became an MP and a Government minister in my forties, so this has been my life. This has been my life.

“I can’t really believe it’s come to this,” he said, “but I’ve got to be honest with people: I think that Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to lead the Labour Party. I think he’s certainly unfit to lead the country.”

Asserting that only two individuals can be Prime Minister the day after the election, Mr Austin remarkably declared: “I’ve sadly come to the conclusion that it can’t be Jeremy Corbyn,” and endorsed the Conservative Party Leader instead.

Visibly emotional, Mr Austin pointed out that he “could just disappear off back to Dudley, never say a word, keep quiet — but I think people in politics have got to stand up and tell the truth and you’ve got to do what you think is right, however difficult it is.”

In support of his decision, Mr Austin asserted that Mr Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, have spent their careers in politics “working with, defending, supporting all types of extremists, including antisemites,” and backing genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hizballah, whom Mr Corbyn has described as “friends”.

Mr Austin insisted that he has “thought about this long and hard,” and said: “But most shameful of all…you know under his [Mr Corbyn’s} leadership a political party with a proud record – a long history – fighting for equality, fighting racism, has become poisoned with anti-Jewish racism and it is a complete and utter disgrace, a complete disgrace.”

Earlier in the morning, Labour frontbencher Rebecca Long-Bailey was asked to respond to similar remarks by Mr Austin that he had made earlier still. She belittled his concerns as simply emerging from differences with Mr Corbyn on matters of policy, and insisted that although Labour had been slow to act on antisemitism, it had now instituted suitable processes and would in time win back the confidence of the Jewish community.

To this Mr Austin responded: “There’s no way they’ve dealt with this, and some of the people they’re selecting as candidates, even over the last few days, have said and done things which are unacceptable, and Jeremy himself by the way has said and done things which are antisemitic.”

Emphasising that “I’m not a Tory” and that “I’m not a Conservative. This isn’t where I wanted to be,” Mr Austin said that his decision today “has been the toughest thing.”

He proceeded to emphasise that antisemitism is an “institutional problem” in the Labour Party, observing that former Labour MPs Luciana Berger and Dame Louise Ellman were “chased out of the Party by racists” and they also “tried to target Margaret Hodge,” another female Jewish MP.

Mr Austin noted that Labour is the first party in history to be subjected to a full statutory investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. That inquiry was launched on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

He also reminded viewers that almost nine out of ten British Jews believe Mr Corbyn is antisemitic, and said: “You’ve got to ask yourself: if a political party has caused such offence and distress to one of Britain’s communities, whose side are you on? Whose side are you on? When it comes to racism, I know what my responsibility is. This is a basic question of what’s right and what’s wrong. I think this is a really fundamental issue, and if you’re not going to stand up and tell the truth and do what’s right on something like racism, what are you going to do it on? What are you going to do it on?”

Anticipating that good friends of his who are standing as Labour candidates will feel betrayed and upset, and that some lifelong friends may not speak to him again, he declared that “in politics you’ve got to face up to tough decisions and do what you think is right.”

Asked whether he was abandoning others who have chosen to stay in the Labour Party and fight, Mr Austin replied: “I didn’t leave the Labour Party to join another Party. I didn’t do that in February. I left to shine a spotlight on what’s happening in the Party. And to demand other people step up and do something about it. And I’ve been fighting about this and arguing about this…people have said to me: ‘Ian you’ve got to stay and fight’. I said: ‘where’s the fight? You want me to stay and fight you’d better start fighting.’ I didn’t walk away from this fight.”

Mr Austin recognised the culpability of his erstwhile Party and colleagues: “This has happened on our watch. We have a responsibility for this. I can say it’s nothing to do with me and walk away from it all, but in the end, we’ve allowed this to happen in the Labour Party and we’ve got to take responsibility for it. And I do not want him [Mr Corbyn] to do to the country what I think he’s done to the Labour Party.” He also pointed out that he has launched a new organisation to combat extremism in politics.

Speaking of Mr Corbyn, Mr Austin concluded: “I think the Labour Party has been poisoned with extremism, intolerance, and antisemitism under his leadership,” adding: “It’s heartbreaking. I think what’s happened to the Labour Party is heartbreaking.”

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Ian Austin is truly a hero of the Jewish community and upstanding people everywhere. He is an inspiration to Jews and others who also once called the Labour Party their political home but who cannot remain in the Party under its antisemitic leadership. When it comes to integrity, Ian has few rivals, and we join him in mourning the Labour Party that was.”

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Gavin Shuker, a former Labour MP who quit the Party over antisemitism, has accused his former colleagues who remained in Labour of “chucking the Jews under the bus.”

Reacting to the news that Labour’s Deputy Leader, Tom Watson, will not stand for re-election, Mr Shuker declared on BBC’s Newsnight that “the moderates in the Labour Party have lost”.

Mr Shuker said that those who remained in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party “have done a deal with the devil” in order to pursue certain policy objectives while ignoring the problems that, Mr Shuker said, Mr Corbyn’s leadership presents, including antisemitism. As to their choice to remain in the Party when he and others left, he said: “history will judge them.”

With Mr Watson gone, Mr Shuker said of the moderates that “the fig leaf of Tom Watson is no longer there and their shame is there for all to see.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The disgraced MP, Chris Williamson, has submitted an extraordinary letter of resignation from the Labour Party that reads like a manifesto against Jews, replete with references to a “witch hunt”, “smears”, outsized Israeli power and opposition to Labour’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism. He also suggests that the General Secretary of the Labour Party agrees with his views.

The letter follows a determination by the Party that he cannot be a Labour candidate in his constituency of Derby North. However, Mr Williamson, who has been on suspension from the Party, says that he shall stand as an independent candidate.

In his letter, Mr Williamson expressed to General-Secretary Jennie Formby his dismay that Labour officials have “enabled and executed what I believe to be a witch hunt against hundreds of socialists loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his transformative, socialist, anti-imperialist worldview.”

He elaborated that “many of the victims of this witch hunt have been Jewish socialists,” presumably a reference to his friend, the antisemitic founder of Labour Against the Witch Hunt, Jackie Walker, who claimed that she was Jewish in response to uproar over her antisemitic comments.

Not only does Mr Williamson describe the Labour antisemitism crisis as “smears”, but suggests that Ms Formby agrees: “you and others share my belief that the antisemitism smears against Labour Party activists, candidates and MPs are unfounded.”

The letter proceeds to suggest that the century-old Jewish Labour Movement was revived “in 2015 at the same time as the State of Israel launched a diplomatic strategy to…normalise Zionism in our movement,” an unsubtle suggestion that the Jewish State is playing an insidious role in internal Labour politics.

He also absurdly asserts that the “witch hunt” serves the objectives of “Britain First and the Jewish Defence League”, whom he accuses of having “led the campaign for the Labour Party to adopt” the International Definition, which he evidently opposes.

Back in February, when Mr Williamson was first suspended, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leapt to his defence, saying: “Chris Williamson is a very good, very effective Labour MP. He’s a very strong anti-racist campaigner. He is not antisemitic in any way.”

Mr Williamson is well-known for having baited Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Ms Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments. He has been suspended by Labour three times (although the second suspension was overturned by the High Court).

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in Clacton is understood to have referred to a Jewish Labour councillor as “Shylock” earlier this year, in an apparent reference to the villainous Shakespearean Jewish character.

Gideon Bull reportedly made the comment when he was a Labour councillor at Haringey Council in London, where he also served in the cabinet. The recipient of his abuse made a complaint.

Cllr. Bull also had the Labour whip withdrawn over his opposition to certain local development plans.

The revelation comes after an analysis by Campaign Against Antisemitism showed how supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are trying to place a cast of Jew-haters, antisemitism-deniers and Jew-baiters in dozens of constituencies ahead of general election.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

It is being reported that a second rabbi has written to his congregants urging them to vote for the party most likely to defeat Labour in their constituency.

Rabbi Yuval Keren of Southgate Progressive Synagogue wrote that “the problem lies with Jeremy Corbyn and the present Labour leadership who tolerate and allow antisemitism to rise from within its ranks”.

He went on to suggest that “if you too believe that a Corbyn-led government would be detrimental to Jewish life as we know it, you should put aside all other considerations and vote for the party that is most likely to defeat Labour in your local constituency.”

Rabbi Keren’s letter makes reference to that of Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, who wrote in similar terms to his congregants a few days ago.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Community leaders in Stamford Hill have challenged their local MP, Diane Abbott, over her claim that “not every element of the Jewish community says Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite” and that, in contrast to other communal bodies and newspapers, the “Jewish community in Stamford Hill doesn’t say that.”

When pressed on Labour’s response to its antisemitism crisis, Ms Abbott insisted that “we are still doing everything we can,” echoing comments over the weekend by the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell.

Community leaders rejected Ms Abbott’s characterisation that “one of the biggest voting blocks in Hackney is in Stamford Hill which historically is a large and vibrant Jewish community and I’ve spoken to them about this” and that “I talk to them all the time. I listen to the people and I listen to my constituents.”

Rabbi Abraham Pinter, a former Labour councillor in the area and a prominent figure in the community, described Ms Abbott as “being totally out of touch with the reality” of how Jews in her constituency feel about antisemitism.

Rabbi Pinter went on to say: “I don’t know who she is talking about. Because there is no question that the majority of the people I talk to in the community are talking about antisemitism in the party, it is a concern in the community. We have others, but to suggest that we are not concerned about what has happened in the Labour Party or think they have done enough is false.”

He accused the Shadow Home Secretary of deploying “imperialistic tactics of divide and rule” and using the ultra-orthodox Charedi community “for political gain”. He added that “my personal experiences of antisemitism in the Labour party are well documented. She knows about them and yet she has the arrogance to ignore the issue.” He also resented her suggestion that the community votes as a “block”, which he described as “arrogance”.

Rabbi Pinter and others even contested Ms Abbott’s assertion that she speaks to the community, with one leader maintaining that “the idea that she engages with us or reaches out to talk is utter lies. We have never heard from her. She doesn’t engage with us and she doesn’t understand our concerns.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, has audaciously claimed that on antisemitism the Labour Party will “come out of this I think as an example of how you do address these issues within a political party and I think other political parties need to learn from that.”

Mr McDonnell made the extraordinary remark in an LBC interview. Host Iain Dale also asked Mr McDonnell why Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn does not sue those who call him an antisemite, since “I can’t think of many worse insults” and “if you know you’re not antisemitic why wouldn’t you take action?” Mr McDonnell responded that Mr Corbyn is “not the sort of person who resorts to courts” and that “courts are not the sort of place for that sort of action.”

The interview also explored numerous other areas of Labour’s antisemitic terrain, including the case of disgraced MP Chris Williamson, who is best known for baiting Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments. He has been suspended by Labour three times (although the second suspension was overturned by the High Court). He is currently on suspension while his case is reviewed yet again by the Party.

Asked by Mr Dale whether he wants Mr Williamson to be a candidate in the coming general election, Mr McDonnelll said that Mr Williamson’s case is currently under consideration and therefore he would not wish to say anything that might prejudice the case. To this Mr Dale responded: “the right answer to that question was ‘no’,” noting that this is another example of the Labour Party equivocating on a case related to the matter of antisemitism.

Indeed much of Mr McDonnell’s focus in this interview, as in other interviews, has been on process, saying of Dame Louise Ellman’s resignation from the Labour Party that “she’s wrong” to have quit because “everything she’s asked us to do we’re doing”.

Indeed Mr McDonnell also deployed the transparent rhetorical device of ‘whataboutettery’ when he tried to steer attention away from Mr Corbyn’s leadership by observing that there is antisemitism in all political parties and that it featured too in the Labour Party under Tony Blair. Mr Dale retorted that, regardless, Jews are only leaving the Labour Party, and he also pointed out that many Jews are even thinking of leaving the country if Labour comes to power, suggesting that this was “embarrassing”. Mr McDonnell described it instead as “saddening” and insisted that Jews have “no grounds” to take such action.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

It is understood that the disgraced MP, Chris Williamson, will not be permitted to stand as a candidate for the Labour Party in the coming general election in Derby North.

Mr Williamson is best known for baiting Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments. He has been suspended by Labour three times (although the second suspension was overturned by the High Court).

He has been on suspension while his case is reviewed yet again by the Party, and it has now emerged that the Labour Party has barred him from standing in the general election as a candidate for the Party. Suspended members are usually unable to stand as candidates.

In an interview yesterday on LBC, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, refused to distance himself from Mr Williamson. When asked by host Iain Dale whether he wants Mr Williamson to be a candidate in the general election, Mr McDonnelll said that Mr Williamson’s case is currently under consideration and therefore he would not wish to say anything that might prejudice the case. To this Mr Dale responded: “the right answer to that question was ‘no’.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Tony Blair has said that Labour’s antisemitism scandal is “absolutely killing the Party”, but stopped short of declaring that he would not vote for the Party in the coming election.

The former Prime Minister made the remarks at a dinner at the Board of Deputies, and said that he anticipates a “complete battle” in Labour between its moderate and radical wings.

Although Mr Blair expressed confidence that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would not win the election, when asked if he himself would vote tactically he replied: “I can’t”.

Mr Blair insisted that “there are really good Labour MPs that are standing in this election. People I know, people I’ve worked with. People who have stood up very strongly on antisemitism in the Labour Party and I want to see them supported.”

Left-wing antisemitism, Mr Blair explained, is “not limited to a few bad apples” but rather is a “phenomenon”, and complained about those who are “obsessed with a hatred of Israel”, noting that he is “having more reasonable conversations about Israel with some of the Arab states than I am back home with parts of the Left.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel also addressed the event, emphasising that the Government is on the Jewish community’s side.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Jo Swinson has condemned Jeremy Corbyn for his handling of Labour’s antisemitism crisis in a strong rebuke as she launched the Liberal Democrats’ general election campaign this morning.

Asked in the press conference whether she might potentially back Mr Corbyn as Prime Minister in return for concessions on Brexit policy, Ms Swinson said that she “categorically” rules out the prospect of Liberal Democrats’ votes putting Mr Corbyn into Downing Street, insisting that the Labour leader is not fit to be Prime Minister.

Ms Swinson, who leads the Liberal Democrats, noted her opposition to his positions on Brexit, the economy and national security, but then she turned to antisemitism, and stated:: “Most importantly, the reason why people are Remain [on the Brexit question] is about values, and one of those values is so important – is the value of equality – for recognising that people can be themselves, as individuals, whatever the colour of their skin, whatever G-d they pray to, whoever they are. And Jeremy Corbyn’s complete and utter failure to root out antisemitism in his own Party, is a – just – total dereliction of duty when it comes to protecting that value of equality.”

She noted that Luciana Berger, a former Labour MP who resigned from the Party over antisemitism and is now a Liberal Democrat candidate, “was driven out of the Labour Party”, and that Dame Louise Ellman MP also recently resigned over Labour antisemitism as well. Reacting to those resignations, Ms Swinson said: “Anybody as a Party leader in that situation should be very clearly examining their conscience about what is happening in that Party – and even now he [Mr Corbyn] is not doing it. He dismisses that the problem is even there [sic]. He’s not fit to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.”

Ms Swinson has previously declared that the Liberal Democrats would not back Mr Corbyn as Prime Minister. However, a few weeks ago, Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to all the Opposition parties in Parliament (other than Labour) asking whether they would rule out making Mr Corbyn Prime Minister, and we were disappointed that although some Party leaders did respond, Ms Swinson did not.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

It has emerged that two Brexit Party MEPs and a prospective parliamentary candidate have appeared on The Richie Allen Show, a radio programme with links to conspiracy theorist David Icke that has served as a platform for Holocaust denial.

It is understood that Ann Widdecombe MEP appeared on the programme three times between August 2017 and April 2019, David Bull MEP appeared on the show on 30th April 2019, and Stuart Waiton, a prospective parliamentary candidate in Scotland and formerly an unsuccessful candidate for the European Parliament, appeared five times in 2018 and 2019.

Ms Widdecombe’s first appearance on the show was on 15th August 2017, when the programme was still being broadcasted on Mr Icke’s website. She recently courted controversy when she defended a former Nazi camp guard who is currently on trial in Germany. 

The Richie Allen Show has featured antisemites such as Alison Chabloz and Gilad Atzmon, conspiracy theorist Kevin Barrett, who believes Israel was behind 9/11, and Holocaust deniers including Nicholas Kollerstrom. The host has himself apparently questioned the number of Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust, telling Mr Kollerstrom that “there’s a big lie there somewhere, I don’t believe the numbers are anywhere near as great as they’re saying, you know…I’m with you with respect to the numbers and the way that it’s been exploited ever since.”

Mr Allen is considered to be a protege of Mr Icke. Mr Icke preaches to large audiences that the world is run by an evil group mostly consisting of prominent Jews whom he calls “Rothschild Zionists”. He tells his disciples that these “Rothschild Zionists” are in fact inhuman “reptilians” conspiring to cheat all of humanity, with governments, media and banks in their grasp.

Mr Icke uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred. His preaching is so absurd that since the 1990s he has been dismissed as a crank, but because he is dismissed, there has been no major opposition to him and he has built up a following of thousands upon thousands of disciples whom he has persuaded to adamantly believe that the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists”. His repertoire includes conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government. Campaign Against Antisemitism has successfully persuaded some venues to pull out of hosting his events.

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, has reportedly endorsed “violent resistance” against Israelis, in language typically used by antisemitic genocidal terrorist groups as such Hamas and Hizballah.

In a Facebook post, Ms Sultana corrected a previous post saying “I wrote ‘right to non violent resistance’. Best believe that was an error and I meant to write ‘violent resistance’.” She has since delivered a weak apology, clarifying that she does not support violence.

However, Ms Sultana, who is a paid Labour staffer and a regional campaigner for the Party in West Midlands, has a history of controversial remarks. As a student at the University of Birmingham she reportedly equated Zionism with racism and branded a Jewish candidate standing for the role of Black and Minority Ethnic officer as “white” and therefore implied they were inappropriate.

She also declared that she would “celebrate” the deaths of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanayu and former U.S. President George W. Bush. Reacting to a message on social media that said it was wrong to celebrate anyone’s death, regardless of their actions, Ms Sultana apparently replied: “Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.” She added: “The sooner they meet their creator the better.”

The candidate for the safe Labour seat has sat on the national executive of Young Labour and on the National Executive of the National Union of Students and has served as parliamentary officer for MEND, the controversial advocacy organisation.

An analysis by Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are trying to place a cast of Jew-haters, antisemitism-deniers and Jew-baiters in dozens of constituencies ahead of the general election.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Laura Parker, Momentum’s National Coordinator, was challenged on LBC on Labour’s antisemitism crisis and the role of Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Parker recognised that the antisemitism crisis “has troubled people” but insisted that Momentum “has been clear there is no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party or in wider society,” claiming that “Labour is a Party of anti-racist activity – we’ve got people up and down the country who are working with community groups.”

Although Ms Parker conceded that there are “some people with views which are you know somewhere between unpalatable and absolutely unacceptable,” she stressed that this was a minuscule proportion of the Party’s membership. She also submitted that “the Labour Party has taken measures to address this. It’s – you know – got a new general secretary, it’s looked through all of its compliance procedures, I mean we at Momentum we’ve down a huge amount of work – we’ve put some films out which have been seen by millions of people, explaining to people about antisemitism, where it comes from and its historic roots…really trying to educate people, and well beyond our own membership, and I mean we’ve got lots of members but we’ve got films that have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, and not in an aggressive way and not in a lecturing way, but there are obviously some people, online maybe, who’ve been caught up in things, there’s obviously some – out there in Britain – there are some people with some very very objectionable views.”

She added that “I’m completely opposed to antisemitism as all forms of racism.”

Turning to Mr Corbyn, she urged that listeners “look at his track record …look at people from synagogues and temples who for years and years and years have engaged with Jeremy Corbyn.”

As to Labour MPs, she observed that while some had resigned from the Party, “obviously the overwhelming majority haven’t and they don’t believe these things” about Labour’s antisemitism.

Ms Parker has previously claimed that she could count the genuine instances of antisemitism among Momentum members “on the fingers of one hand,” has said that “we do the victims of sexism, of antisemitism, of racism, of transphobia, a great disservice if we weaponise and politicise these things,” and has vied to become Labour’s candidate in Enfield North, which was held by Joan Ryan MP who resigned from Labour in protest at antisemitism.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has insisted that Labour is doing “everything we can” to eradicate antisemitism from the Labour Party.

Appearing on yesterday’s The Andrew Marr Show, Mr McDonnell was confronted with three Jewish headlines expressing horror at the prospect of Mr Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.

He responded by saying: “I’m so sad…I’m so saddened by this. I just want to reassure them we’re doing everything we can. Everything I said we would do we are doing in terms of the Labour Party, eradicating antisemitism from the Party. We’re also doing everything we can to educate our own members, we’re doing education courses. All the things that they’ve asked us to do, we’re doing. And that will enable us then to reassure the Jewish community that actually the Labour Party will ensure our society will create a safe and also a decent environment for them and for everybody else.”

Mr McDonnell was somewhat contradicted by the Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle on today’s Politics Live. Mr Russell-Moyle conceded that in fact “Labour has to do more”, although he went on to insist that more resources had been put into dealing with the matter and that there was a backlog of cases. He denied that the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was the problem, and claimed that there is as much antisemitism and racism in other parties as in Labour.

Mr McDonnell is the honorary president of the Labour Representation Committee, a pro-Corbyn pressure group which has a long history of belittling claims of antisemitism and publishing extremely disturbing articles and has hosted an event with disgraced MP Chris Williamson and Jackie Walker, an antisemite who was expelled from the Labour Party. Ms Walker reportedly sits on the board of the organisation.

Campaign Against Antisemitism rejects the breathtaking lie that the Labour Party is “doing everything we can” and that “all the things that they’ve asked us to do, we’re doing.” Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite who is unfit to hold any public office and under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic, rewarding Jew-baiters and hounding those who stand up to antisemitism. Mr McDonnell is taking the British public for fools, but after four years of determined refusal to address antisemitism properly we are not so easily deceived.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Sunday Telegraph has run a front page story quoting James Cleverly, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, saying: “A number of Jewish friends of mine…have just said that if he [Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn] got anywhere near the levers of power they would be out of here. I never thought in my lifetime that I would hear that said.”

Mr Cleverly stated that people he has known for “much of my life” have said that they would leave the UK if Mr Corbyn became Prime Minister, saying that Jews saw the prospect of a Labour government as a “danger”.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

St Columba’s Church in Chester has cancelled an event titled “Palestine: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”, which was set to feature disgraced conspiracy theorist Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer, the antisemite Gilad Atzmon, and the activists Miko Peled and Mick Napier.

The event, organised by the group Interfaith for Palestine, was due to be held at the church today and tomorrow, but following an intervention by North West Friends of Israel, the event was cancelled. A spokesman for the Diocese of Shrewsbury said: “The Diocese of Shrewsbury condemns and opposes antisemitism in all its forms and will not allow such activities on its premises. When serious concerns about the nature of this event were brought to our attention appropriate steps were immediately taken.”

Rev. Dr Sizer has claimed that an Israeli conspiracy was behind 9/11, and in February 2015 he was ordered by the Church of England to stop using social media. While the Church said the material that Rev. Dr Sizer posted was “clearly antisemitic”, the Daily Mail revealed that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the Church defending Rev. Dr Sizer, saying that he was being victimised because he “dared to speak out against Zionism.”

Mr Atzmon is reported to have blamed the Grenfell Tower tragedy on “Jerusalemites” as well as reportedly telling university students that “the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving.” He is not shy about his antisemitism, telling a Jewish Twitter user in 2014: “I am not a Jew any more. I indeed despise the Jew in me (whatever is left). I absolutely detest the Jew in you.”

Following efforts by Campaign Against Antisemitism to have him banned from various musical venues, he penned an article in which he claimed that the then-Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism “fabricated” antisemitic incidents as part of a “business plan” to defraud the British taxpayer and earn money for himself. After being sued for libel, Mr Atzmon attempted to crowdfund “tens of thousands of pounds”, telling his supporters: “I have made the decision to fight this crucial battle for freedom of expression even though this fight poses a real risk of bankrupting me and my family.”

Faced with the impossible task of substantiating these libels, Mr Atzmon instead capitulated and agreed to settle the case, admitting that all of the claims were false and agreeing to pay substantial damages and costs. Mr Atzmon did not show his face in court, instead sending his solicitor to read an apology on his behalf.

Mr Peled is an American-Israeli activist who has said that people should be free to ask “Holocaust, yes or no” because “there should be no limits on the discussion,” and has compared Israel to the Nazis, in breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Mick Napier is an activist who was convicted of aggravated trespass and of failing to follow police orders to leave a Jewish-owned cosmetics store in Glasgow following a prosecution supported by Jewish Human Rights Watch. At the Al Quds Day rally earlier this year, Mr Napier, who is the Secretary of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, told protesters that Peter Willsman, a member of the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee, should not have been suspended from the Party for saying that the Israeli embassy was behind allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. He declared that not only was the Israeli embassy behind “phoney” antisemitism “smears”, but that it also held workshops around the UK where “Zios” (an antisemitic slur word) plotted to orchestrate the “smears”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds St Columba’s Church and the Diocese of Shrewsbury for cancelling this event. However, it is understood that the Hoole Community Centre may now be hosting it, and we call on the Centre to follow the example set by St Columba’s Church and deprive these individuals of the platforms they desperately crave in order to promote their hate.

Joshua Garfield, a Jewish councillor who appeared on BBC’s Panorama investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, has been selected as a parliamentary candidate for the Party.

Cllr Garfield is an officer at the Jewish Labour Movement and was formerly a member of the pro-Corbyn group, Momentum, before he quit in April saying he felt “unsafe and untrusted” as a Jew. He stepped down as youth officer of the Newham branch of the group, saying “I cannot work alongside individuals who seek to silence the legitimate concerns of Jewish Labour members, or who remain silent in the face of blatant racism.” He went on to insist that “our Jewish comrades need solidarity, not faction based infighting.”

Nevertheless, he is contesting the Braintree constituency on behalf of the Labour Party. The seat is held by Conservative Party Chairman, James Cleverly, who currently holds a comfortable majority. In a tweet Cllr Garfield stated that “It’s an honour to announce I’ve been selected to fight for Braintree at the next election.”

In the Panorama episode, which was titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” and televised in July, former Labour Party employees spoke out publicly to reveal Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism. The programme explained how senior Labour Party staffers, some of whom Campaign Against Antisemitism has known for years, used to run Labour’s disciplinary process independently, but soon after Mr Corbyn’s election as Party leader found themselves contending with his most senior aides, who were brazen in their efforts to subvert due process. During the programme Labour’s press team made claims that the staffers featured had political axes to grind and lacked credibility, and some have reportedly commenced libel proceedings against the Party.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The BBC is expected to dismiss a complaint by the Labour Party claiming that the Panorama investigation into Labour antisemitism was a “one-sided authored polemic”.

In the episode, which was titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” and televised in July, former Labour Party employees spoke out publicly to reveal Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism. The programme explained how senior Labour Party staffers, some of whom Campaign Against Antisemitism has known for years, used to run Labour’s disciplinary process independently, but soon after Mr Corbyn’s election as Party leader found themselves contending with his most senior aides, who were brazen in their efforts to subvert due process.

The Party submitted a 28-page complaint to the BBC, claiming the programme failed to meet the BBC’s standards because of “the tendentious and politically slanted script; the bias in the selection of interviewees; and the failure to identify the political affiliations or records of interviewees in a highly controversial, sensitive and contested subject produced a programme that was a one-sided authored polemic”. Labour also resented the decision to allow documentary-maker John Ware to make the programme, as he allegedly has a “record of public political hostility to Jeremy Corbyn, his politics and leadership of the Labour party”.

However, according to The Guardian, the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit, which is the top level of the broadcaster’s internal complaints process, has concluded its review of Labour’s concerns and has decided to back the makers of the episode. Labour can now take its complaint to Ofcom, the media regulator, but a final decision from Ofcom is likely to take time.

During the programme Labour’s press team made claims that the staffers featured had political axes to grind and lacked credibility, and it is understood that they and Mr Ware have now commenced libel proceedings against the Labour Party. The libel cases are being brought by Mark Lewis, a highly esteemed media lawyer who is also an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A swastika was spray-painted on a sign near a Jewish school in Gateshead. The graffiti appeared on the corner of High West Street and Gladstone Terrace on 7th October.

A swastika and the words “Lewis is a Jew” were carved into the glass panel of a bus stop in East Leeds. Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 referencing log number 243.

On Shabbat, 19th October at the Clapton Common and Oldhill Street junction in Stamford Hill, three males accosted Orthodox Jews walking home from synagogue with antisemitic slurs including “Heil Hitler”.

The incident was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol. If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD7641 22/10/19.

John Mann, the former MP who quit the Labour Party earlier this year as he accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of “giving a green light to the antisemites”, has been inducted into the House of Lords as a crossbench peer.

Lord Mann, who was formerly the Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, was appointed as an independent advisor to the Government on antisemitism. He has warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem.”

In his induction, Lord Mann was introduced by the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, who tweeted in advance that it would be an “honour” to do so, and Lord Clarke of Hampstead.

Members of the Birkenhead Labour Party have overwhelmingly voted for disgraced MP Chris Williamson to be “immediately” reinstated. Of the fifty members in attendance, only a handful reportedly voiced opposition to the move.

Mr Williamson has devoted much of his time as an MP to baiting Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments. He has been suspended by Labour three times (although the second suspension was overturned by the High Court). He is currently on suspension.

Birkenhead’s Constituency Labour Party apparently rejected a training course on antisemitic conducted by the Jewish Labour Movement, according to minutes of a November 2017 meeting seen by the JC.

Birkenhead is represented by Frank Field, an MP who resigned from the Labour Party in 2018 saying that the Party’s leadership was becoming a “force for antisemitism in British politics”.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, a prominent rabbi and former chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism, has taken the unprecedented step of writing to all of his congregants urging them to vote tactically against Labour.

Rabbi Romain, who is usually considered to be on the left-wing of the liberal Reform denomination, reportedly sent the letter despite concern by colleagues over suggesting to congregants how to vote, arguing that taking such direct action was part of Jewish values.

In his letter, Rabbi Romain cited the consensus that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership presents an “existential threat” to the community; the full statutory investigation of the Labour Party launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant; and Dame Louise Ellman MP’s resignation from Labour over the Party’s antisemitism. “These are just a handful of examples from the last three years,” he wrote, “that make me feel that normal political allegiances are superseded by the unprecedented situation we face.”

He therefore urged that “we should each put aside all other considerations and vote for whichever party is most likely to defeat Labour in whatever constituency we are in – even if we would never normally vote for that party.”

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Moments ago, notorious antisemite and Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz has had her application for a judicial review denied by the High Court following her landmark conviction on three charges of sending grossly offensive communications via a public communications network.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the meaning of what constituted sending communications online, but the High Court denied her appeal and upheld the earlier judgment. There was confusion over the way that the case had proceeded to court as Ms Chabloz’s case was brought before judges by her barrister, Adrian Davies, who maintains his record of losing cases for neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the case began as a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was then continued by the Crown Prosecution Service. The charges related to three self-penned songs in which Ms Chabloz denounced a supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world and attacked the Holocaust as a fraud perpetrated by Jews for financial gain.

The conviction set a new precedent in British law, effectively delivering a landmark precedent verdict on incitement on social media and on whether the law considers Holocaust denial to be “grossly offensive” and therefore illegal when used as a means by which to hound Jews.

Ms Chabloz was sentenced to a twenty-week prison sentence suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid community service, an indefinite order against contacting two leaders of Campaign Against Antisemitism, as well as an order banning her from social media for twelve months. She was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge, and costs of £600.

Earlier this year, the conviction and sentence were upheld at Southwark Crown Court, where Judge Christopher Hehir, sitting with lay magistrate Ms M Rego, said of Ms Chabloz, “She is a Holocaust denier…she is manifestly antisemitic and obsessed with the wrongdoing of Jews,” adding that, on the subject of the Holocaust, “she has lost all sense of perspective.”

Meanwhile, following extensive contact between lawyers for Campaign Against Antisemitism, the National Probation Service and the Crown Prosecution Service, on 23rd September District Judge Jonathan Taaffe found Ms Chabloz guilty of breaching the conditions of her suspended sentence after blog posts that she published since June 2018 were found to constitute a breach of the social media ban. Ms Chabloz is appealing this decision.

Ms Chabloz has also been banned from entering France, where Holocaust denial is illegal, for forty years until 2059.

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We are delighted with today’s decision, which is the culmination of a private prosecution undertaken by Campaign Against Antisemitism and continued by the Crown Prosecution Service. Today’s decision confirms the court’s landmark judgment that the law considers Holocaust denial to be ‘grossly offensive’ and therefore illegal when used as a means by which to hound Jews. This is a major step forward in the fight against anti-Jewish racism and paves the way for Ms Chabloz to be returned to prison if she loses her appeal for breach of sentence next year.”

Dame Louise Ellman MP, who recently resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, has said that the Labour Party left her rather than vice versa, as she announced that she will not stand for re-election.

Dame Louise also revealed in an interview with the Jewish News that a few months ago Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn invited her to speak to him about antisemitism in the Party. Dame Louise recounted: “I didn’t hear from him when I resigned from Labour. But he did ask me to come and see him a few months ago. I went reluctantly: I didn’t particularly want to talk to him because I never thought there would be any point in it. But I went: I told him how I felt, that he wasn’t acting on antisemitism, that I was appalled at what was happening to the Labour Party, that the Jewish connection to the Labour Party had always been a very strong one, but that now very few mainstream Jewish people wanted to be connected with it.”

Mr Corbyn “listened, was very polite, but barely responded. Then he told me about a member of his party who was Jewish, who’d been there for many years, and felt very comfortable. To me, him telling me that in response only reinforced his lack of understanding – or lack of wanting to understand.”

Dame Louise said that she thought that Mr Corbyn had invited her and Dame Margaret Hodge, a fellow Jewish Labour MP who famously called Mr Corbyn “an antisemitic racist”, to see him as “an exercise, so that he could say he had spoken to MPs who expressed concerns about antisemitism. But I wasn’t interested in talking to him, I wanted something done. He kept repeating that he was against all forms of racism and antisemitism. So I said, well, what are you going to do differently? But I didn’t get any answers”.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

It is no secret that Labour’s Parliamentary Party has always been at odds with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and his inner circle. Their differences have been numerous and varied, but over time it was clear that his cultivation of antisemitism in the Labour Party was prominent among them.

At first, Labour MPs tolerated these differences — some, like Luciana Berger, even initially sat in Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet. But as antisemitic incidents in the Party mounted, and with them the evidence of a corrupt disciplinary process and meddling by the Leader’s office, it quickly became clear that Labour under Mr Corbyn had become institutionally antisemitic.

The situation was so dire that the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation into the Party following detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism. Among political parties, only the BNP had achieved this level of notoriety before.

Eventually, thirteen courageous MPs decided that enough was enough: Frank Field, Ivan Lewis, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey, Joan Ryan, Ian Austin, John Mann and Dame Louise Ellman. They recognised that remaining in Labour would signal their tacit endorsement of the institutional antisemitism prevailing in their Party and would mean campaigning for an antisemite to become Prime Minister — and they were not prepared to do that.

Three peers also resigned from the Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of principled MEPs, councillors and members.

The rest of the Parliamentary Party, however, has either expressly backed Mr Corbyn or tweeted empty words of sympathy for departing MPs or platitudinous solidarity with the Jewish community, but have not seen reason to resign.

These MPs found various rationales to continue to accept the leadership of an antisemite, ranging from protecting their careers to prioritising other policies over fighting racism. But prominent among these excuses was their increasingly unpersuasive claim that they were “staying to fight”. As one journalist has put it: “Those we once flattered as ‘moderates’ turned out to be so fanatically attached to Labour that no outrage or indignity could prise them away. Their rationale was that they were ‘staying to fight’, resisting antisemitism and extremism from within, and that the Labour Party’s soul could be saved. Behold their victories manifold.”

Those Labour MPs who have acquiesced to Mr Corbyn’s leadership will have to reckon with their choice to tolerate him. They are now being asked to campaign to put an antisemite in Downing Street, knowing full well that to do so would pose an “existential threat” to Jewish life in this country. 

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “After years of excuses, Labour MPs can no longer excuse the inexcusable. In the coming weeks, as they appear on doorsteps, before TV cameras and in radio studios, they will be campaigning for an institutionally antisemitic Party headed by an antisemitic leader, as the Jewish community sits in existential fear of the outcome. History will judge them.”

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Dame Margaret Hodge MP won re-selection as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Barking on Monday in a local constituency meeting that featured troubling tropes and discussion of antisemitism.

Among the grievances against Dame Margeret were that she was not sufficiently behind “our leader” Jeremy Corbyn, in whom she has previously moved a vote of no confidence.

Reportedly, of the six questions posed to Dame Margaret during the hustings, one asked for her personal definition of antisemitism. Her Wikipedia page had also apparently been edited to call her a “blatant fascist” and a defender of Nazism, despite her parents having in fact had their German citizenship withdrawn by the Nazi regime.

According to one witness who claimed prior to the meeting that she had “seen no evidence of antisemitism in the Labour Party”, by the meeting’s end she had changed her view: “I was sat at the back of the hall and I heard people saying that antisemitism had been made up by Margaret Hodge. They were saying things like ‘she’s filthy rich’. I felt disbelief and disappointment that this attitude is present in the Labour Party.”

Activists who came from elsewhere and remained outside the meeting reportedly wore Palestine flags, poppies and portraits of Mr Corbyn on their lapels.

Dame Margaret was triggered for re-selection following a rule change last year by Labour’s National Executive Committee, whereby a sitting Labour MP now needs the support of two-thirds of their constituency’s wards rather than half, in order to remain the candidate. A month ago, Dame Margaret was triggered on a turnout of some ten percent of Labour members in Barking.

Dame Margaret, who is an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, would have become the third Jewish woman MP to be hounded out of the Labour Party, after Luciana Berger and Dame Louise Ellman, who both represented constituencies in Liverpool, resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism. Dame Margaret has famously called Mr Corbyn “an antisemitic racist”.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A Jewish student at the University of Nottingham was accosted in the bathroom of the Ocean nightclub in Nottingham on Friday evening as an assailant yelled “no offence but f*** Israel and all of you Jew people”.

The female assailant entered the toilet and told Reese Golding, a third-year student, that she was often mistaken for looking Jewish because of her “short [stature], curly hair, and a big nose”. The girl then went into a stall, and on her exit made the comment about “Jew people”.

Ms Reese says: “I have repeatedly encountered antisemitic remarks at university and just in general around Nottingham,” and has made a complaint about the incident to the Students’ Union’s Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer.

The owner of the nightclub reacted to the media report: “Whether physical or verbal, any attack is something we would not put up with. Anything that gets reported to us be it antisemitic, homophobic, racial or anything else, would result in the person or people being removed from the club if they’re pointed out to security or a manager.”

An analysis by Campaign Against Antisemitism of new Home Office statistics shows that Jews are almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

Police forces across the country record hate crimes against Jews as religious hate crimes, and these records show that in the year 2018/19, a record 1,326 hate crimes were committed against Jews, compared with 672 in the year 2017/18, making Jews the target in eighteen percent of the total number of religious hate crimes.

These figures mean that there is an average of over three hate crimes directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales. Hate crimes against Jews are also still widely believed to be under-reported, and also do not reflect the extent of antisemitic material and abuse on social media.

However, when one accounts for the miniscule size of the Jewish population, it emerges that Jews are statistically almost four times more likely to be the targets of hate crimes than any other religious group, with some 255 hate crimes per 100,000 of the Jewish population in 2017/18 rising to 503 hate crimes in 2018/19.

A few weeks ago, Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to all the Opposition parties in Parliament (other than Labour) asking whether they would rule out making the antisemite, Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister.

The scenario could arise prior to an election or in the event of a hung Parliament after one if the Opposition parties agree to enter into a coalition led by Mr Corbyn.

The responses and lack of responses from Party leaders were disappointing. 

The Liberal Democrats, Change UK, the Democratic Unionist Party and Plaid Cymru did not respond to our letter at all.

Although the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, has repeatedly ruled out working with Mr Corbyn because of his views on Brexit and his handling of the antisemitism crisis, this position has been repeatedly weakened by the addendum that Mr Corbyn also could not command the requisite numbers in Parliament, which regrettably dilutes the principled anti-racism approach with political pragmatism, which is not reassuring.

The Rt Hon. Ian Blackford MP provided the SNP’s detailed response, in which he wrote: “I want to make it clear that the SNP abhors antisemitism in the strongest possible way. We believe that the recent political events show that now more than ever politicians should be responsible with their actions and use language with care. The SNP is absolutely opposed to racism and antisemitism in all its forms.”

However, the SNP did not rule out backing Mr Corbyn, albeit it noted our concerns: “Noting your concerns, I want to be clear that we do not have a preference for any particular individual and our support for any caretaker Prime Minister would only be for as long as is necessary to secure the extension, with an election held immediately afterwards. Our priority is to stop a No Deal Brexit…and remove the current government. The SNP would not offer support to any individual or party for any longer than is strictly necessary.”

Mr Blackford ended by saying: “I want to ensure you [sic] that the SNP will continue to support and engage with [the] Jewish community in Scotland and the UK.”

The Green Party’s response, from Caroline Lucas MP and the two leaders and deputy leader of the Green Party, was even more disappointing. The letter, which we appreciate receiving, began by reassuring us that “the Green Party deplores racism and antisemitism” and that “we very much agree with the importance of confronting antisemitism wherever it occurs, including in political parties, and reaffirm our commitment to standing up against racism. We would expect the leaders of all political parties to do the same and believe this is an issue above party politics.”

Nevertheless, the letter went on to clarify that although “there is the very real possibility that Jeremy Corbyn would not command a majority in Parliament to lead a caretaker government [h]owever, it is only right that he is given the opportunity to try to form a short term government…as he is official leader of the biggest opposition party. We would therefore support him in this, and would also support attempts to unite behind a different caretaker Prime Minister, with the express and only purpose of securing either a People’s Vote or, if Parliament does not back a confirmatory referendum, an early General Election.”

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is clear that for some Parties, it is a question of politics and not principle as to whether or not an antisemite resides in Downing Street. The Greens and the SNP were at least honest with us about their intentions, whereas the Liberal Democrats and others chose to ignore our inconvenient question altogether. The darkest chapters in the history of antisemitism took place under antisemitic leaders — leaders who were supported not always because of what they stood for but just as often because bystanders had different priorities and were unwilling to put up a fight. Zero tolerance for racism means taking a principled stand and recognising that no political objective legitimises supporting a racist leader.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A young female Labour activist has revealed the shameful personal impact of her courageous decision to speak out against antisemitism in the Party.

Isobel Housecroft wrote on Twitter that “speaking up about antisemitism in Labour was a total no brainer” and that “we’re supposed to call out injustice wherever we see it, and it baffles me that some don’t seem to apply the same logic when Jewish people are the target.”

Ms Housecroft proceeded to say that the first time she spoke out against antisemitism online (when she was seventeen), she received a “torrent of abuse from the so-called left” that was “horrendous”. Most upsetting, however, was “the lack of support from some of my Labour friends.”

In May 2019, she related, she was contacted by BBC Panorama in connection with its documentary on Labour antisemitism and shared her experiences of antisemitism online and at Labour events, but she said that her “usual self-confidence had disappeared – I shook and I broke down in the lobby of Broadcasting House,” referring to the BBC headquarters.

A couple of days before the programme aired, she says, “a friend and Labour supporter told me there’d be ‘long-term consequences’ to speaking out and said most of my Labour friends would never speak to me again because of it. I was ‘betraying Corbyn’ and that wasn’t ok.”

Becoming more anguished, Ms Housecroft recounts that “I couldn’t see a way to speak out and not lose/disappoint friends. I didn’t realise I was doing the right thing and that those people didn’t matter. I couldn’t see a way out, so I contemplated suicide. I wrote a note apologising to my family and friends for failing.”

Fortunately, she was talked down from such an extreme recourse, and says that “in the hours and days after the documentary, I was inundated with supportive messages that I still sometimes read.”

Accompanying these supportive messages, she relates, came “the meaningless platitudes from people who’d been complicit for four years. A shadow cabinet member who’s backed Corbyn to the hilt had the audacity to tell me to make sure I looked after myself. The silence and/or pointless rhetoric from MPs after the documentary proved its point perfectly.”

She went on to criticise the Labour Party for failing to live up to its words on mental health and whistleblowers.

“Senior figures sit in silence whilst grassroots activists suffer torrents of abuse and Jewish women MPs are driven out of the Party,” she writes. “The Jewish community’s calls for action are systematically ignored. If we ever want to be an anti-racist party again, Jeremy Corbyn must go.”

She ends by thanking the friends and allies she has had during this period.

It is deplorable that a young and courageous activist, who clearly stands for values that could make Labour proud, is reduced to shame and horrific contemplations as a result of the institutional antisemitism in the Party. Ms Housecroft is absolutely right that Labour’s antisemitism crisis cannot be resolved by those who created it. Labour cannot be a force for good while it is in the grip of Jeremy Corbyn.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Liberal Democrats’ candidate for the London Mayoralty says Mayor Sadiq Kahn is finding himself in an “increasingly difficult place” trying to balance solidarity with the Jewish community while remaining in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Siobhan Benita, who hopes to defeat Mr Khan in the mayoral election next year, added that: “Whether he likes it or not, Sadiq is helping prop up a Party that still has huge problems with antisemitism.”

She went on to say: “I would never ever seek to talk down what he has done in terms of standing with the community. But what I would not do is prop up a Party that has a huge problem when it comes down to antisemitism. During my campaign a lot of voters have told me that their problem with Labour is not just Brexit, it’s over the failure to deal with the antisemitism problem.”

Ms Benita also claimed that as the May 2020 poll draws closer Mr Khan will have to tone done his earlier criticisms of Mr Corbyn and calls for action on antisemitism in the Party because “increasingly the London Labour Party is being taken over by [the pro-Corbyn group] Momentum at a lower level,” and “he’s having to do that because he’s having to make sure that…he’s got enough support on the ground to campaign for him.”

She noted that “lately Sadiq has said some positive things about some of Corbyn’s decisions,” observing: “I think it’s becoming an increasingly difficult position for him to be in. You have got to look at actions as well as words.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

As political parties gear up for a general election that may imminently be called, selections of candidates are underway across the country. However, numerous figures with very troubling records are being lined up as candidates for the Labour Party.

In the election for Mayor of the West Midlands metropolitan area, former Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob, who recently joined Labour, is being fast-tracked to become the Party’s candidate. In the past, Ms Yaqoob shared Rothschild conspiracy theories on social media, has repeatedly tweeted about “Zionists”, described allegations of antisemitism against Ken Livingstone as “Zionist smears”, suggested that Jews in Israel were white colonisers and described the Jewish State as a “pig”, has praised Jewish Voice for Labour, an antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, and has described efforts to address Labour’s antisemitism crisis (which by inference includes the Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism) as “a vicious campaign for censorship.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has lionised Ms Yaqoob, describing her as a “hero” and a “fantastic activist”, and she has been endorsed by the pro-Corbyn group, Momentum, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon and numerous councillors, trade unionists and pro-Corbyn media commentators.

In Liverpool Riverside, the seat currently held by Dame Louise Ellman MP who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism, Jewish Voice for Labour member Jo Bird is being lined up as the new candidate in a move that has been described as the “ultimate insult” to the Jewish community. Cllr Bird was briefly suspended for dubbing the Party’s disciplinary procedures as “Jew process” and has previously discussed allegations of racism saying: “Seriously, one of the things that does worry me is the privileging of racism against Jews, over and above — as more worthy of resources than other forms of racism.”

In Poplar and Limehouse, a former personal assistant to disgraced former Mayor of Tower Hamlets Luftar Rahman has become Labour’s candidate for the safe seat. Aspana Begum was endorsed by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell and Corbyn-backing Momentum, where she holds a senior position, despite having been investigated for alleged antisemitism after accusing Tony Blair of spreading “Zionist propaganda”, claiming the leaders of Saudi Arabia were “inspired by Zionist masters” and sharing material by a political activist accused of antisemitism and 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Ms Begum’s candidacy has been described as a “stitch up” and is accused, among other controversial candidates, of benefitting from a centralised and streamlined selection process, allegedly strategic suspensions and uses of all-women shortlists to position hard-left figures in time for the election.

In South Thanet, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt has clinched the Labour candidacy despite Labour’s National Executive Committee declining to endorse her on the basis that she brought the Party into disrepute after her organisation (where she was reportedly the only listed staff member) tweeted “Has anyone looked into Hitler’s policy on Zionism? Might not be mutually exclusive with his later actions #Scapegoating #Corbyn.” Another tweet wondered about the “Zionist sympathies” of John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, who is Jewish. Her organisation also defended the antisemitic Jackie Walker, a former vice-chair of Momentum who was expelled from the Labour Party. Labour’s National Constitutional Committee dismissed charges against Ms Gordon-Nesbitt earlier this year.

In Uxbridge, Ali Milani will be Labour’s candidate to take on Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr Milani has a long history of problematic statements about Jews and Israel, including referencing a stereotype about Jews and money; pressuring a mosque into cancelling an exhibition on Albanian Muslims’ efforts to save Jews from the Nazis because of the exhibit’s links to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum; sharing a platform with Tapash Abu Shaim, who reportedly believes that Israel was behind the Charlie Hebdo killings, ISIS and 9/11; commenting on the power and funding of Israel lobbyists; criticising the television presenter Piers Morgan as a “Zionist” (in a social media exchange unrelated to Israel or Jews); suggesting he does not accept Israel’s right to exist (a view he says he has since reversed); believing Israel to be a colonialist state built on ethnic cleansing; implying that he would go to war with Israel; appearing to excuse armed conflict against Israel; and leading efforts to boycott Israel at his university campus. He has also appeared on the Iranian propaganda station Press TV.

Mr Milani says that he has “profusely and unreservedly apologised on every public platform and interview I have ever done for the comments made in my teens.” He also recently visited the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and reacted by saying: “Every kid in the country should go on that trip.”

In South West Norfolk, Matthew Collings was selected as Labour’s candidate to take on Conservative frontbencher Liz Truss, but was reportedly suspended by the Party the next day as a result of his “behaviour on social media”. It has been revealed that Mr Collings has shared messages on social media saying that “Zionism is the enemy of peace” (which echoes remarks by Shadow Justice Minister Richard Burgon), belittling Labour’s antisemitism crisis, suggesting that a demonstration outside Parliament by the Jewish community against antisemitism was populated by “racists and the far-right” and calling former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks “a notorious hate-filled racist”. The selection process will therefore have to be re-run to find a new candidate.

In Ealing North, a safe Labour seat, prospective candidates include Cllr Aysha Raza, who, along with Jeremy Corbyn, defended the infamous antisemitic mural. She reports that she has since undertaken antisemitism training with the Jewish Labour Movement. Meanwhile, Cllr Sitarah Anjum, who has called Israel a “war criminal” and defended forced marriage, has been removed from the shortlist, making Cllr Raza the only woman of the three candidates left in contention.

In Westminster, Gordon Nardell QC, who reportedly has said that he “absolutely” shares Mr Corbyn’s views on foreign policy, is shortlisted as a candidate. He was Labour’s first general counsel, brought in to oversee its disciplinary procedures on antisemitism, and was a member of the controversial Labour Representation Committee, a pro-Corbyn pressure group which has a long history of belittling claims of antisemitism and publishing extremely disturbing articles and whose president is the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell. Mr Nardell left his role after a year.

In Barking, Cllr Moniba Khan looked to unseat Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge, who had to fight for re-selection, which she won in a vote yesterday. Dame Margaret, who is an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, previously came under fire for calling Mr Corbyn “an antisemitic racist”. Ms Khan reportedly attended an event with Jackie Walker and disgraced MP Chris Williamson.

In Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Bill Curran had been selected as Labour’s candidate for Parliament but was removed after an internal Party probe revealed that he had defended disgraced MP Chris Williamson and Jackie Walker, belittled Labour’s antisemitism crisis, has a long history of Jew-baiting, and wrote: “Let our Jewish comrades know that we will stand by them. When the blackshirts come, we will stand to defend the schules, synagogues, cemeteries. This loyalty is unconditional. They won’t have to vote for us, they don’t even have to stop throwing vitriol at us.”

In Nottingham East, Shaista Aziz is on the shortlist. She has served as the Constituency Labour Party Women’s Officer in the Oxford East Labour Party and was elected to the Oxford City Council in 2018. Cllr Aziz has tried to contextualise the motivations two British Hamas suicide bombers and has shared conspiracy theories about Zionists on social media.

In Epping Forest, Colin Monehen has been removed from the shortlist as it emerged that he defended the notorious antisemitic image of a parasite emblazoned with the Star of David crawling over the face of the Statue of Liberty. He has also supported disgraced MP Chris Williamson.

In Bournemouth East, Corrie Drew, who has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the seat, said she was “devastated” that Mr Monehen was removed from the shortlist in Epping Forest, tweeting to him: “I have so much admiration for you & would have been proud to support your campaign. Your support for the rights of Palestinian people has never included discrimination towards Jewish people. Sending you love & solidarity”.

In South Suffolk, Luke Cresswell, a member of Momentum who has previously been suspended over allegations of antisemitism, vied to become Labour’s candidate but was removed from the shortlist reportedly after due diligence checks were carried out. The former councillor was suspended by the Party while being investigated for posting images comparing Israel to the Nazis, which is an example of antisemitism under the International Definition of Antisemitism, and shared an image of a Star of David soaked in blood, for which he apologised, before being suspended again over other allegations.

In Aberdeen North, Clare Millar, who has suggested that Israel is behind ISIS and has defended disgraced MP Chris Williamson, lost her bid to become the local candidate.

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The abundance of evidence of Labour’s institutional antisemitism is now overwhelming and horrifying. The Labour Party is hounding out female Jewish MPs Luciana Berger and Dame Louise Ellman and others who have stood up to racism, replacing them across the country with candidates whose attitudes towards Jews could scarcely be more alarming. As Labour figures continue to claim that Jeremy Corbyn is ‘anti-racist’, he is forging ahead with his purge of Jews and real anti-racists, replacing them with a cast of Jew-haters, antisemites and Jew-baiters. If he succeeds, Mr Corbyn’s legacy is likely to be a Labour Party seeded with racism that will poison Britain’s politics and threaten its Jewish community for decades to come.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 57,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Fans of the Italian football club, Società Sportiva Lazio, have been filmed in Glasgow making Nazi salutes prior to the club’s game against Celtic.

The groups of fans were chanting far-right slogans on Buchanan Street on their way to the Celtic Park stadium in Parkhead.

Police officers escorted the fans, including specialist anti-mafia police reportedly flown to Scotland to monitor the “ultras” among the fans, who have a reputation for Nazi gestures and racist chanting.

It is disappointing that the police tolerated these displays, despite the racist exhibition by Bulgaria’s fans in its recent match against England.

Ann Widdecombe has suggested that the case against a 97-year-old man who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard when he was seventeen “lacks proportionality”, and that any resistance he might have shown at the time would have done “absolutely nothing in terms of alleviating human suffering”.

The former Conservative MP turned Brexit Party MEP made the comments on the LBC radio channel, suggesting that the defendant “would have been shot” if he had put up any resistance, and insisted that “if he had been in any way, even at the age of seventeen, actively involved in the deaths at the death camps, then I think that’s a different issue. But he wasn’t.”

If he had declined an order, Ms Widdecombe maintained, “he would have been shot. And not a single Jew would have been saved,” although she did note that some “massively brave” guards had indeed resisted orders.

Host Nick Ferrari suggested that this would fall under the ‘I was only carrying out orders’ defence, which had failed at the post-War Nuremberg trials, but Ms Widdecombe did not relent.

In the past, Ms Widdecombe has come under fire for appearing on The Richie Allen Show and Bristol Community FM’s Politics Show hosted by Tony Gosling. The Richie Allen Show and Mr Gosling have both been accused of promoting Rothschild conspiracy theories. Ms Widdecombe says that she appeared on the programmes to discuss Brexit.

David Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary and Labour MP, has said that he will remain a member of the Labour Party while Dame Margaret Hodge MP, who is also Jewish, does.

Mr Miliband, a former Labour leadership contender, made the comments in a speech at Highgate Synagogue, saying Labour “has become a magnet for some people with absolutely repulsive views over the last three years,” and that the Party has not done enough to “root them out and make sure they never come back.” However, he said, “as long as Margaret Hodge is in the Labour Party fighting to uphold the best of the Labour tradition, I feel it’s incumbent on me to be there as well.”

Dame Margaret famously called Jeremy Corbyn “an antisemitic racist” and withstood an attempt to purge her from the Party. However, the MP for Barking recently lost a vote to avoid triggering her deselection, and faces a re-selection vote today.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Former Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob is now running to become Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of the West Midlands metropolitan area, despite her deeply troubling record and her having reportedly only become a Party member some four months ago.

In a 2013 tweet (that she has since deleted), Ms Yaqoob stated: “Iceland arrests 10 Rothschild bankers…wow”, and linked to an article making this false claim and featuring a prominent image of the banker and philanthropist Lord Jacob Rothschild. The article linked in turn to a longer piece on the “Political Vel Craft” website, which is known for disseminating extreme conspiracy theories.

She has repeatedly tweeted about “Zionists”, including accusing Zionists of “heartlessness”; describing allegations of antisemitism against Ken Livingstone as “Zionist smears”; claiming that Zionists are “aligned…with [the] right promoting Imperial wars”; abusing others as “Zionist trolls”, and stating that “Zionists have abused the memory of the Holocaust to bolster support for today’s Israeli state and its racist and murderous policies.” These tweets have also very recently been deleted.

On 16th May this year, Ms Yaqoob posted a video on Facebook (which has now been removed but remains available on Youtube) of a speech she made to a rally, in which she described Israelis as “European colonisers” who had somehow contrived to be involved in the Eurovision Song Contest, but were only “pretending to be European” in order to gain solidarity from “white” European nations against “brown ‘other’ Muslim Arab dehumanised species”. She ended her diatribe against the Jewish State by stating: “…no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, a pig is still a pig.”

Non-European nations have regularly been involved in the contest since its inception, and even Australia has recently joined, while Israel’s hosting of the competition, far from being part of a “plot”, as Ms Yaqoob implies, was a result of Israel’s contestant having received the most votes the previous year.

Ms Yaqoob has also praised Jewish Voice for Labour, an antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, and has described efforts to address Labour’s antisemitism crisis (which by inference includes the Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism) as “a vicious campaign for censorship,” while insisting that she does not “stand for even a drop of antisemitism”.

Ms Yaqoob’s record of controversial pronouncements and activity, including with regard to Middle Eastern politics, is longer still. She has also been accused of homophobia and has notably been described as “unfit for office” by Labour MP Naz Shah because of the conduct of her campaign to unseat the Bradford West MP in 2017. There are also questions surrounding how Ms Yaqoob has been able to run as a candidate despite only having recently joined the Labour Party — and having run a vicious campaign against a sitting Labour MP only two years ago which reportedly left Ms Shah feeling suicidal.

Jeremy Corbyn has lionised Ms Yaqoob, describing her as a “hero” and a “fantastic activist”.

The pro-Corbyn Momentum group, including its leader, Jon Lansman, has endorsed Ms Yaqoob, despite the group conceding that Rothschild conspiracy theories are antisemitic. Ms Yaqoob has also received support from the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon and numerous councillors and trade unionists, and the endorsements of high-profile pro-Corbyn “outriders”, including The Guardian columnists Ellie-Mae O’Hagan and Owen Jones, the The New Satesman’s Grace Blakeley, and Novara Media’s Aaron Bastani

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Salma Yaqoob’s tweet endorsing Rothschild conspiracy theories, which cites as its source a bizarre antisemitic website, make her unfit for membership of any political party, yet the Labour Party — whose leader has described her as a ‘hero’ — is attempting to fast-track her from the leadership of George Galloway’s Respect Party to a Labour mayoralty. Mr Galloway and Mr Corbyn have for decades been of the same political mind, and the coordinated support for Ms Yaqoob’s candidacy from Diane Abbott, Richard Burgon, Momentum and Mr Corbyn’s most prominent media cheerleaders can be no accident. It demonstrates that the Labour Party’s institutional antisemitism is so deep-rooted that it is no longer concerned by naked displays of racism.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Barristers have been warned to avoid “heated” social media spats in both “a professional and personal capacity” in new guidance issued by the Bar Standards Board, which regulates barristers in England and Wales.

The guidance warns barristers: “Comments designed to demean or insult are likely to diminish public trust and confidence in the profession. It is also advisable to avoid getting drawn into heated debates or arguments. Such behaviour could compromise the requirements for barristers to act with honesty and integrity and not to unlawfully discriminate against any person. You should always take care to consider the content and tone of what you are posting or sharing. Comments that you reasonably consider to be in good taste may be considered distasteful or offensive by others.”

The guidance is a welcome reminder that professionals risk not only their personal reputations but their livelihoods if they promote racist or similarly offensive material.

In 2016, neo-Nazi barrister ian Millard was disbarred for a series of antisemitic tweets.

The resignation of Dame Louise Ellman from the Labour Party has elicited a variety of unsatisfactory responses from fellow Labour MPs.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dismissed the resignation of yet another MP over the Party’s antisemitism with his usual platitude: “We do not tolerate antisemitism in any form whatsoever in our party or in any other part of society, just as resolutely as we are opposed to Islamophobia or any other form of racism. And I will hold that position until my dying day.”

This was despite, as another Labour MP, Wes Streeting, noted: “Labour’s leader knew what was happening to Louise…He was warned that another Jewish woman was being hounded out of the Parliamentary Party. He was asked to intervene. He chose not to. This is what institutional racism looks like.”

Harriet Harman, a former Deputy Labour Leader, said that Dame Louise’s resignation “should make every one of us in the Labour Party feel dismayed and ashamed”.

Former Shadow Home Secretary and leadership contender, Yvette Cooper, said: “Am just despairing at the way Louise Ellman has been treated and am sickened to the stomach at [the] response from some in our Party to her resignation. It shames us all that we’ve lost her.”

Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, appearing on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, also described the resignation as “a really low moment” but refused to cast blame on Mr Corbyn or suggest any concrete action.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the expressions of shame on the part of these MPs for remaining in an institutionally antisemitic Party, but we regret that none of them appears to have reconsidered their intentions to campaign in the next general election for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister and for the Labour Party to win power.

Luciana Berger, another Jewish MP who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism and is now a Liberal Democrat, rightly dismissed their empty statements: “Please don’t tweet about how upsetting/awful it is that Dame Louise Ellman and I have left Labour if you’re in a position of leadership and [are] still in there.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Nottingham Trent University has expelled a first-year student for photoshopping a Palestine sticker over the mouth of an Orthodox Jew sleeping on the London Underground.

The student had a photograph taken of himself in a mocking pose with the sleeping Jewish passenger on public transport and reportedly posted it on the dating site Tinder, before it was shared more widely on Twitter.

The University had suspended the student, who had not yet begun his studies, as a disciplinary panel decided on appropriate action.

Binyomin Gilbert, Programme Manager at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We applaud Nottingham Trent University for swiftly suspending and now expelling this student for this grossly offensive act. This is what zero tolerance of antisemitism looks like, and other universities should learn from Trent’s example.”

Lord Dyson, the former Master of the Rolls and Supreme Court judge, has disclosed that his bags are metaphorically packed as he says we are living in dangerous times in Britain today.

Insisting that he has a strong sense of his Jewishness and describing himself as “a fully committed Jew” and a Zionist, the former second most senior judge in England and Wales observes in an interview with the JC that he felt awkward early in his career about revealing his Jewishness to non-Jewish colleagues, which he ascribes to a Jewish “sense of insecurity”.

Lord Dyson elaborated: “I really wanted to say this publicly because when I mention it to non-Jewish friends they can’t believe it. They ask how can someone like [me], who is seen as an establishment figure, well embedded in English society, seen the Queen, all this sort of stuff, how can you have these feelings of insecurity…Yet I’ve found so many successful [Jewish] people in professions of all kinds say the same thing”, namely that they feel “fundamentally” insecure in the UK.

A Labour councillor who was briefly suspended for dubbing the Party’s disciplinary process as “Jew process” is being pushed to stand in Dame Louise Ellman’s Liverpool Riverside seat.

Dame Louise resigned from the Labour Party over its antisemitism scandal and local activists are now reportedly promoting Jo Bird, who was suspended from the Labour Party for derogatory comments about Jews, to replace her.

Cllr Bird is a member of Jewish Voice for Labour, an antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation. She has described herself as “Jew-ish”, relating of her upbringing: “We were raised with socialism not God, solidarity not superiority, trade union stickers not mezuzahs, Woodcraft Folk not Hebrew school, Christmas presents not Chanukah gilt, local not Jewish festivals, internationalism not Zionism, and no circumcision.”

Cllr Bird previously discussed allegations of racism saying: “Seriously, one of the things that does worry me is the privileging of racism against Jews, over and above — as more worthy of resources than other forms of racism.”

One member of the local party branded her candidacy as “the ultimate insult”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism agrees that this attempt to replace Dame Louise Ellman, a Jewish MP hounded out of the Labour Party, with a candidate perviously suspended for pejorative comment about Jews, adds insult to injury, and showcases yet again the institutional antisemitism of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has insisted that he is “100% behind Jeremy Corbyn…I am working with Jeremy Corbyn to win the next general election.”

Sir Keir made the comments on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on 20th October.

When questioned on Dame Louise Ellman’s resignation from the Labour Party over antisemitism, Sir Keir conceded: “I think it’s a really low moment. A really low moment. And what I want to do is to redouble our efforts to make sure that Louise and others feel that the Labour Party is a party that they can return to. We’ve already done a lot of work on this. We need to do more. But the end destination for me is a Labour Party where those that have left because of this issue feel that they can return. That will be the judgment for me that will be the test of whether we’ve succeeded.”

When Mr Marr pointed out that Dame Louise laid the blame with Mr Corbyn and accused him of being a danger not just to the Labour Party but to the entire British Jewish community, Sir Keir rejected Dame Louise’s conclusions: “I don’t accept that. I don’t accept that. I do accept that as a Labour Party we have to root out antisemitism and we have to demonstrate to people like Louise that this is a Party that she can return to.”

On Mr Corbyn’s role in Labour’s antisemitism crisis, Sir Keir stated that “I personally don’t find that this personalising takes us very far. We have got an issue with antisemitism in the Party. We’ve got a problem that there is antisemitism. We’ve got a bigger problem that some people don’t acknowledge it. We’re working on that. We’ve got to do that collectively. The test will be whether those that have concerns as Louise did feel that they can return to the Labour Party. When they do, I will consider that we’ve succeeded.”

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is shameful that Sir Keir Starmer remains loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and will be campaigning to make him Prime Minister, despite an overwhelming majority of British Jews believing that Mr Corbyn is an antisemite and has cultivated antisemitism in the Labour Party. Labour has become institutionally antisemitic and is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, but that is apparently not enough to make Sir Keir think again about his priorities. Louise Ellman rightly recognised that, come a general election, Labour MPs will have to decide whether they support installing an antisemite in Downing Street or not. Sir Keir has made his decision, and he should be ashamed.

“Sir Keir is not alone. Throughout the years of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, all senior members of the Labour Party, including John McDonnell and even such figures as Tom Watson and the highly critical Lord Falconer, have tried to make the argument that this is nothing to do with the Labour leadership, but rather its new members or its inadequate ‘processes’. Their collective comments are in themselves a contributing factor to the institutionalising of antisemitism in the Party, which they worsen rather than alleviate.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A new poll suggests that as little as seven percent of the Jewish community would consider supporting the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in the next general election.

This was an even lower figure than the thirteen percent support that the Party registered in a previous poll ahead of the 2017 general election.

The new poll, carried out by Survation for the JC, showed that 42 percent of Jews would consider voting for the Labour Party under new leadership.

Ian Austin MP, an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism, said: “This poll shows the shameful extent to which the Jewish community –  which traditionally showed strong support for Labour – has been alienated by the racism which has poisoned the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Six times as many Jewish people would vote Labour with a different leader – so even if moderate MPs won’t get rid of him because it is the right thing to do, you’d have thought they would at least do it for electoral reasons.”

Survation questioned 766 self-identified Jewish residents aged over eighteen between 19th September and 14th October.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report showing that two-thirds of students who said that they had experienced racial harassment during the first half of the 2018/19 academic year did not report it to their university.

The reasons for the underreporting included a lack of confidence that the university would address the matter and fears of the personal consequences on their education, career and wellbeing of making a report, as well as ignorance of how to make reports.

The EHRC’s report quoted an undergraduate at an English university being told by a fellow student that “they were baking Jews like cupcakes in Auschwitz” and that they would like to put the student in an oven, while antisemitic slurs toward students and staff were noted at Scottish and Welsh universities as well.

One of the most widely reported antisemitic issues, according to the report, was harassment experienced by students in and around protest events on campus, including physical intimidation.

According to the report, “racial harassment can cause humiliation, isolation, loss of confidence and serious harm to mental health and wellbeing. Students who experienced racial harassment said they were left feeling angry, upset, depressed, anxious and vulnerable; eight percent said they had felt suicidal.”

The research indicated that one in twenty students said that they had left their studies due to racial harassment and three in twenty staff said that racial harassment had caused them to leave their jobs.

The report further stated that many universities significantly underestimate the prevalence of racial harassment and overestimate victims’ willingness to come forward, the adequacy of their own processes and their record of handling reports. “Nearly all universities we surveyed who had received complaints felt that they had dealt with them fairly. However, our call for evidence found a much higher level of dissatisfaction with investigative processes than university responses would suggest.”

The report provides numerous recommendations, but Campaign Against Antisemitism also calls on universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, without which the handling of antisemitic abuse by campus authorities will inevitably be haphazard, inconsistent and inadequate. It will also indicate to Jewish students, staff and the wider community – as well as antisemites – that universities take antisemitism on campus seriously.

Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has reportedly written to all local authorities in the country urging adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In doing so, Mr Jenrick makes good on his pledge last month to do so, when he described antisemitism as a “ scourge” and “a stain on our society”, declaring that “there is no place for antisemitic abuse”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes Mr Jenrick’s ongoing efforts to combat antisemitism in local politics and elsewhere.

In 2016, the British Government became the first in the world to adopt the International Definition, following many meetings with Campaign Against Antisemitism.

An Orthodox Jewish man was threatened and harassed by four teenagers on the street in Canvey Island, a town in Essex.

The man was paying his cleaner outside her home before he was chased by the teenagers threatening to beat him up and steal his bicycle, and mocking him for being Jewish.

The cleaner called a friend from nearby who found that the teens had already chased the man some distance and forced them to clear off.

The heroic neighbour recounted that the teenagers “were getting up in his face, shouting at him…mocking him for being Jewish. He tried to get away by riding off but they followed him here…Anybody would have helped in my situation if they had seen it, it’s disgusting anyone would do such a thing. Nobody deserves to be picked on – no matter what religion they believe in. I made sure he was okay after, but he was definitely shaken up. Something needs to be done – these kids are getting away with too much.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism praises the neighbour for standing up to the thuggish antisemitism and echoes his demand for justice and deterrence.

In the wake of the resignation of Dame Louise Ellman MP from the Labour Party, the former leader of Scottish Labour has announced that he “won’t be voting Labour again until the antisemitism problem is sorted.”

Jamie Glackin tweeted the statement and insisted that “if that gets me purged then I can live with that,” a likely reference to the expulsion of some other Labour members who disclosed that they had voted for other parties in recent elections.

Meanwhile, Blair McDougall, a former candidate and director of strategy for Scottish Labour, has also described Dame Louise’s resignation as “an appalling indictment of what Labour has become. If several members of Parliament from any other ethnic minority had been forced out, most Party members would be up in arms. Because it’s Jews most will explain it away,” adding: “I look forward to every Labour member replying to her resignation statement with celebratory gifs f***ing off back to whatever racist Stalinist sect they crawled out of.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A twenty-year-old Jewish woman was viciously punched in the stomach in an unprovoked attack by another woman.

The incident took place at the junction of Amhurst Park and Bethune Road in Stamford Hill at 15:15 on 17th October, and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD4909 17/10/19

The disgraced Labour MP, Chris Williamson, has been denounced as an antisemite by a student at the University of Nottingham as he gave a lecture.

Mr Williamson was lecturing students at an event at the Centre for British Politics as part of a series on “British Politics in Crisis”.

Jewish students at the University had called for the invitation to be withdrawn, citing Mr Williamson’s “history of Jew baiting”, but the University defended the invitation in a decision condemned by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

During the lecture, one student accused Mr Williamson of being “a member of a sewer of racist groups on Facebook including Palestine Live” and “troll[ing] the Jewish community endlessly on Twitter” and, asked rhetorically whether the MP is “the most unlucky anti-racism campaigner or are you just an outright liar?”

The student was applauded as Mr Williamson described the question as “abusive” and declared: “I will take no lectures from people who attack my credentials as an anti-racism campaigner…so don’t come here and accuse me of being an antisemite or a racist. It’s an absolute slur.”

Mr Williamson also again defended Jackie Walker, who has been expelled from the Labour Party over her comments about Jews.

Mr Williamson was suspended from the Labour Party after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism and is currently on his third suspension from the Party (the second suspension was overturned by the High Court due to meddling in the disciplinary process).

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The University of Leicester Students’ Union is investigating a white t-shirt party in which students wrote pro-Nazi and antisemitic messages on their t-shirts, including “Hitler wanted my kind alive”. At another recent social, a student wore a high visibility vest with the phrase “I’m a Nazi” printed on it.

A white t-shirt party involves students donning plain shirts and emblazoning messages on them, and students too commonly take the opportunity to write offensive or racist comments. This latest incident follows prior incidents at Lancaster, Plymouth, Newcastle and Coventry.

Responding to the incident, an officer at the University’s Jewish Society has written: “The University has allowed a hostile environment for Jewish students to flourish, and so long as things like this continue to fly under the radar of the majority of students, nothing will improve.”

The Students’ Union, which claims that the social event was “unauthorised”, has apologised for the incident and has promised to “ensure we tackle any antisemitism and make it wholly clear that white t-shirt socials are not allowable by the Union.”

It is understood that the students involved have now identified themselves to University authorities and that the Students’ Union and the University will be undertaking investigations and disciplinary action. The University society that hosted the social has reportedly also pledged to run inclusivity training.

We commend the Students’ Union and University for their pledges in response to this incident. Campaign Against Antisemitism is taking a close interest in the outcomes of the investigations and hopes to see the University uphold zero tolerance to antisemitism.

If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail campus@antisemitism.uk.

Alan Mason, the Redditch Constituency Labour Party Secretary, resigned on 14th October after revelations that he had posted antisemitic material online.

Mr Mason had shared comments on Facebook suggesting that Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth was funded by an “Israel lobby”; the Rothschilds funded the Nazis; Hillary Clinton’s “Zio Mafia strillionaire [sic] friends in London and Tel Aviv are sucking America and 99% of Americans dry”; and Jewish real estate developer Larry Silverstein profited from 9/11.

Another post he shared referenced the “Nazification of Israel”. The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

A complaint had reportedly been made to the Labour Party about Mr Mason on 25th June, but nothing was done and he was appointed secretary of the local branch on 28th June.

A Labour councillor confirmed that Mr Mason has resigned as Constituency Labour Party secretary and as a member of the Labour Party with “immediate effect”.

Senior Labour figures have reportedly expressed concern that an adverse finding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in its investigation into antisemitism in Labour could result in the bankruptcy of the Party.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

There is talk in Labour that an unfavourable conclusion by the EHRC could lead to litigation and payouts to victims, which could cripple the Party’s already struggling finances.

Members of the Labour Party’s ruling body, the powerful National Executive Committee (NEC), have even made inquiries as to whether they might become financially liable if the Party’s finances went into the red. Party chiefs reportedly refused to provide sufficient clarity to allay the concerns.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Downham Market Methodist Church cancelled an event reportedly set to feature disgraced MP Chris Williamson discussing “the challenges facing Labour”.

The event at the Norfolk church, which was an external booking, had caused upset in the local Jewish community and was cancelled amid concerns it “could be detrimental” to the church and community.

Mr Williamson was suspended from the Labour Party after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism and is currently on his third suspension (the second suspension was overturned by the High Court).

The challenges facing Labour include, above all, its institutional antisemitism, which its personnel and disciplinary procedures are unwilling and unable to rectify.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Lara McNeill, a member of Labour’s powerful National Executive Committee (NEC), has criticised Dame Louise Ellman MP for quitting the Labour Party over antisemitism after 55 years of membership.

Ms McNeill criticised Dame Louise for “choos[ing] to sit on the fence” and claimed that it was “demonstratively false” that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had not “spent decades…confronting antisemitism and Holocaust deniers”.

She went on to suggest that concerns over the implications of a Corbyn government for Britain’s Jews “simply whip[s] up panic amongst many”. While conceding that one should not “ignore antisemitism”, Ms. McNeill insisted that one should also not “ignore this Conservative government actively inciting racism and don’t ignore Labour’s – and Corbyn’s – record showing what a Labour government would actually mean for equality and anti-discrimination.”

A Momentum activist, Ms McNeill represents Young Labour on the NEC, and her original candidacy was backed by Momentum, several unions and Labour frontbencher Angela Rayner, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Other factions, including the Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Students and LGBT Labour reportedly supported her opponent.

Ms Neill’s tweets were in response to Dame Louise’s resignation letter, which said that “Jeremy Corbyn is not fit to be Prime Minister” because he “spent three decades on the backbenches consorting with, and never confronting antisemites, Holocaust deniers and terrorists”, and that he has “attracted the support of too many antisemites”. She said that she made her “agonising” decision because “The Labour Party is no longer a safe place for Jews and Jeremy Corbyn must bear responsibility for this.” She warned: “We cannot allow him to do to the country what he has done to the Labour Party.”

Dame Louise has faced years of abuse from Mr Corbyn’s faction of the Labour Party, and from Mr Corbyn himself. Campaign Against Antisemitism noted in our initial correspondence with the Equality and Human Rights Commission that Mr Corbyn had publicly backed his brother’s assertion that Dame Louise was engaging in a politically motivated attack by complaining of antisemitism. Last week Dame Louise, who is Jewish, had been due to face a deselection debate by her local Labour Party during Yom Kippur, one of the most solemn days of the Jewish calendar.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Louise Ellman MP has quit the Labour Party after 55 years of membership because she says that “Jeremy Corbyn is not fit to be Prime Minister” because he “spent three decades on the backbenches consorting with, and never confronting antisemites, Holocaust deniers and terrorists”, saying he has “attracted the support of too many antisemites”.

She said that she made her “agonising” decision because “The Labour Party is no longer a safe place for Jews and Jeremy Corbyn must bear responsibility for this.” She warned: “We cannot allow him to do to the country what he has done to the Labour Party.”

Dame Louise has faced years of abuse from Mr Corbyn’s faction of the Labour Party, and from Mr Corbyn himself. Campaign Against Antisemitism noted in our initial correspondence with the Equality and Human Rights Commission that Mr Corbyn had publicly backed his brother’s assertion that Dame Louise was engaging in a politically motivated attack by complaining of antisemitism. Last week Dame Louise, who is Jewish, had been due to face a deselection debate by her local Labour Party during Yom Kippur, one of the most solemn days of the Jewish calendar.

Dame Louise now joins twelve MPs and three peers who have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism in recent months, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members. She has confirmed that she will not join another political party and hopes that one day under different leadership she will feel able to rejoin Labour.

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Many of us have marvelled that Dame Louise has remained in the Labour Party for so long, even as it came under investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission at our behest. However, an imminent general election that raises the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister has forced her to make the only moral choice possible, one which her colleagues still refuse to face.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A report on the Halle synagogue attack on the BBC Arabic website fails to mention antisemitism or Jews, stating simply that “some German news outlets say it happened near a synagogue but this cannot be confirmed.”

This was despite the fact that the motivations of the attacker and the target — a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar — were entirely clear and indeed could in fact easily be confirmed from the livestream video that the attacker himself posted online.

The article reports that two people were killed in a gunfire incident and that the assailant fired in the direction of a kebab shop, noting that he “also threw a bomb on a cemetery”, rather than explaining that the cemetery was in the synagogue compound, which was the gunman’s primary target.

The perpetrator has since confirmed that he was motivated by antisemitism and indeed had published an antisemitic manifesto prior to the attack. The incident comes at a time of growing antisemitism in Germany.

The original BBC English article on the attack contained similar misrepresentations, but it was subsequently updated, whereas the Arabic version has not been.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is disgusted that the BBC could run such a misleading story on a sensitive topic, but this is also not wholly surprising in view of the history of strained relations between the Corporation and the Jewish community.

It is also particularly alarming that the BBC has promoted this sort of coverage on its Arabic language outlet, because it fits a trend in BBC reportage. For example, a BBC news article a couple of years ago stated: “The Holocaust is a sensitive topic for many Muslims because Jewish survivors settled in British-mandate Palestine, on land which later became the State of Israel,” an outrageous and offensive assertion that seemed to capture the Corporation’s approach to its coverage of Jew-hatred and Middle East politics.

With this latest transgression, the BBC has further compounded suspicions that it views honest reporting on antisemitism as potentially offensive to Muslims and Arabic speakers.

Once again, we find ourselves calling on the institutionally antisemitic BBC to apologise for an offence committed against Jews.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is submitting a formal complaint to the BBC, which we will escalate to Ofcom if the BBC does not agree to apologise.

A member of the Scottish Parliament has related how quickly conversation with his ward mates in hospital turned to the Holocaust – and Holocaust denial.

Alex Cole-Hamilton, the MSP for Edinburgh Western, has written about his stay in a hospital in West Lothian for hand surgery over the summer, recounting that the man next to him in the ward “muttered something about Germany and gas chambers”. 

Mr Cole-Hamilton said that he did not hear the man properly and was about to take issue with the comment when the patient in the bed opposite chimed in: “No mate, there never were any gas ovens, it was all a hoax, I can give you a link to a YouTube video which explains it all.”

“Despite being pretty high on painkillers,” Mr Cole-Hamilton writes, “I challenged him, explaining his statement wasn’t just wrong but it was offensive. He responded by saying that he was as much entitled to his opinion as I was, to which I replied that my ‘opinion’ was empirically verifiable as historical fact.

“The whole exchange left me pretty shaken and the atmosphere on the ward was strained for the duration of my stay.”

Mr Cole-Hamilton writes that he had of course heard of Holocaust denial, “but I have never encountered it in the dismal flesh before. It prompted me to think more about it and last week’s horrific Yom Kippur shootings in a synagogue in Halle, Germany hammered home to me the brutal and murderous end that unchecked antisemitism can lead to.”

Newberries Primary School in Radlett has dismissed a teacher after she reportedly told her pupils: “You better finish off your work quick, or I’ll ship you all off to the gas chambers.”

The comment was made to a class of 28 ten-year-olds, eleven of whom are Jewish.

The teacher was then challenged by one of the pupils over her comment, following which she said she was joking and apologised, before asking the children not to tell anyone.

News of the remark spread quickly on school chat groups, however, and parents complained to the head teacher, with some apparently threatening to withdraw their children if the teacher was not sacked.

The board of governors held an emergency meeting and the teacher was dismissed the following day, as she was an agency worker and therefore had no permanent employment contract with the school.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Newberries Primary School for its swift and unequivocal response to this incident. We also encourage anyone to disclose the teacher’s name in order that a complaint can be made to relevant regulatory bodies.

A man was arrested for threatening Jewish adults and children outside a synagogue, yelling “dirty Jews, it’s all your fault, you are rubbish” and waving his fists at them in a violent manner.

The incident took place at a synagogue in Stamford Hill on 13th October, the eve of the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

The man was reportedly a repeat offender. The offender was arrested by police and the case has been designated a hate crime with CAD3589 13/10/19.

Also in Stamford Hill, a Jewish man was the subject of a hit-and-run on Tatton Crescent. The suspect was driving a grey Smart car with registration number LS10 PNL.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD8648 09/10/19.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of being a “sanctimonious hypocrite” after he called on UEFA to “do far more to tackle this kind of abuse”. Mr Corbyn made the comments following England’s match against Bulgaria on 14th October, which was interrupted twice as a far-right contingent of Bulgarian fans made Nazi salutes and chanted horrific racist abuse at minority English players.

Ian Austin MP, who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism and is an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, called out Mr Corbyn for daring to demand action by others on racism while presiding over antisemitism in his own Party. Mr Austin said that “someone who has seen the Labour Party poisoned by racism” under Mr Corbyn was in “no place to say this”, adding that Mr Corbyn should “sort your own house out first, you sanctimonious hypocrite.”

In a similar display of hypocrisy last week, Mr Corbyn was pictured with fellow Labour Party frontbencher, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Emily Thornberry, at a Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC) panel at Arsenal. SRRC describes itself as an anti-racism educational charity and appears to focus on discrimination and hate towards Black and Asian communities in the UK. It does not appear to offer resources on antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism supports all anti-racism efforts, but regrets that SRRC chose to fete an antisemitic leader of an institutionally antisemitic party that is under investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A Jewish girl on a route 253 bus was accosted by a man shouting “you Jews, you have it all good”. The man attempted to punch her but just missed her face due to the motion of the bus.

The man continued to insult Jewish people and reportedly nothing was done to stop him on the bus.

The incident occurred as the bus came to Lea Bridge roundabout near Stamford Hill at around 15:00 on 2nd October, and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

The man was described as a skinny and tall male in his twenties with short hair, wearing sunglasses and a hooded green sweatshirt.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD7063 12/1019

The controversial filmmaker Ken Loach has described the BBC Panorama programme on antisemitism in the Labour Party as “probably the most disgusting programme I’ve ever seen on the BBC.”

The episode of the BBC’s flagship investigative documentary series was titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” and was televised in July. Over the course of the programme, former Labour Party employees spoke out publicly to reveal Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism. The programme explained how senior Labour Party staffers, some of whom Campaign Against Antisemitism has known for years, used to run Labour’s disciplinary process independently, but soon after Mr Corbyn’s election as Party leader found themselves contending with his most senior aides, who were brazen in their efforts to subvert due process.

The programme was peppered with unconvincing denials from Labour’s press team, including claims that the staffers had political axes to grind and lacked credibility — assertions that apparently may now be challenged in court in a libel action brought by some of the staffers against the Party.

In his interview with The Guardian, Mr Loach said the programme was “disgusting because it raised the horror of racism against Jews in the most atrocious propagandistic way, with crude journalism…and it bought the propaganda from people who were intent on destroying Corbyn.”

Mr Loach was also reportedly behind a motion passed by Bath Labour Party branding the Panorama programme a “dishonest hatchet job with potentially undemocratic consequences” and asserting that it “disgraced the name of Panorama and exposed the bias endemic within the BBC.” John Ware, the programme’s reporter, is apparently considering legal action against Mr Loach for his comments.

Mr Loach’s voice has been among the loudest of those who attempt to dismiss Labour’s antisemitism crisis as non-existent and a right-wing smear campaign.

In 2017, Mr Loach caused outrage when, during an interview with the BBC, he refused to denounce Holocaust denial. The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is a manifestation of antisemitism.

Although Mr Loach later sought to clarify his remarks, he has continued to make inflammatory and provocative statements about Labour’s antisemitism scandal. While speaking at a meeting of the Kingswood Constituency Labour Party, Mr Loach advocated the removal from the Party of those Labour MPs, some of whom are Jewish, who have taken a principled stand against antisemitism. Shortly after that incident, the Labour Party announced that it would no longer use Mr Loach as a producer of their election broadcasts.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, has conceded that he is not happy with the way antisemitism in the Labour Party has been handled, but asserted that “I think we are on top of that now”.

Mr McDonnell made the comments in an interview with former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell in GQ magazine, admitting that the Party should have been “firmer, more ruthless and faster” in dealing with antisemitism, but that they are “learning lessons all the time”.

He agreed with Mr Campbell that the Labour antisemitism scandal has done a lot of damage to the Party, but quickly shifted the blame to the media, contrasting the way Labour antisemitism has been covered versus claims of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, a point with which Mr Campbell concurred. “I’m just saying look at the operation of the media with regards to that,” Mr McDonnell elaborated. “We are an anti-racist party and we have always been a leading party in that respect, but it does demonstrate the role of the media itself. We’ve got to cut through that all the time.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A jury at Manchester Crown Court has heard that a neo-Nazi teenager from Durham hoped to follow in Adolf Hitler’s footsteps and listed numerous targets “worth attacking” with Molotov cocktails, including synagogues.

The sixteen-year-old had reportedly also begun drafting a manifesto titled “A Manual for practical and sensible guerrilla warfare against the kike system in the Durham City area, Sieg Heil”. Other items seized from his home included a copy of Mein Kampf and material on explosives and firearms.

The prosecution claimed that the defendant had become “an adherent of neo-Nazism – the most extreme of right-wing ideology”, noting that he had written in his diary on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday that the Nazi leader was “a brave man to say the least. Although maybe having written proof that I admire their number one enemy isn’t such a wise idea. I will however say that I one day hope to follow in his footsteps.”

The trial is anticipated to last two weeks.

Gail Bradbrook, a former biophysicist and co-founder of the climate protest group, Extinction Rebellion, reportedly shared social media posts dismissing Labour antisemitism as a “smear” and defended offensive comments by Ken Livingstone.

According to The Sun Dr Bradbrook shared a post in 2016 that described claims that certain comments made by Mr Livingstone were antisemitic as “ridiculous” and “scurrilous” and that “you will hopefully then agree that what is happening is part of a massive project to manipulate public opinion against, and to destroy the popular progressive movement supporting, Jeremy Corbyn.” The post went on to say that “Corbyn represents a threat to the stranglehold the Netanyahu right-wing Israeli extremists have over any mainstream media coverage of the oppressive Israeli occupation of the little left-over scraps of Palestine.”

Another post reportedly said that Mr Corbyn’s critics “smear him with sexism, misogyny and antisemitism by finding sexist or antisemitic comments by a handful of his millions of supporters”.

The Sun, which broke the story, quotes Dr Bradbrook as saying: “I’m not interested in getting involved in a discussion that is clearly an attempt to create division. Antisemitism is a huge problem across the whole of society and I’m longing for a time when all of us are safe.”

Previously it was also reported that a Facebook page administered by Dr Bradbrook entertained numerous conspiracy theories, linked to a blog which quoted from the infamous antisemitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and contained a post expressing solidarity with disgraced Labour MP Chris Williamson a day after he was suspended for claiming Labour had been “too apologetic” over antisemitism. 

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The High Court has today ruled that the second suspension of disgraced MP Chris Williamson in June 2019 was a breach of the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedures, but that the disciplinary case in respect of his third suspension should be allowed to run its course.

The Labour Party originally suspended Mr Williamson in February 2019 for telling a meeting of Momentum activists in Sheffield that the Party was being “demonised as a racist, bigoted party” partly because it had “given too much ground [and] been too apologetic.” On the way to being told of his suspension he was seen receiving a warm hug from Party Chairman Ian Lavery.

In June, Mr Williamson was readmitted to the Party with a formal warning, but following a public outcry he was suspended again (the second suspension). In August, Mr Williamson took legal action against the Party in the High Court.

The court found that there was “no proper reason” for the second suspension and that “it is not…difficult to infer that the true reason for the decision…was that [NEC] members…were influenced by the ferocity of the outcry following the June decision.” The NEC is the National Executive Committee, the Labour Party’s governing body.

While the case was proceeding, the Labour Party readmitted and quickly re-suspended Mr Williamson again over separate allegations, a move that some critics attributed to the Party’s concern that it would lose this case, which it now has.

Regarding the third suspension, the judge decided that there was “nothing in the new allegations…or the decision to suspend [for the third time] that entitles me to take the view upon the papers that the Labour Party is acting either unfairly or other than in good faith”, adding: “I therefore refuse relief in respect of Mr Williamson’s recent re-suspension. The new disciplinary case must run its course.”

Consequently, although the second suspension has been quashed, the third suspension remains in effect.

Mr Williamson has devoted much of his time as an MP to baiting Jews by dismissing allegations of antisemitism as “proxy wars and bulls***” whilst supporting Labour activists like Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker who were expelled from the Party over their comments.

As it happens, this judgment accords with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s view in June that the Labour Party’s decision to readmit and then re-suspend Mr Williamson showed that its pretence of “due process” in its disciplinary decisions is a sham. Clearly the Party was eager to readmit him, only resuspended him due to the outcry and demonstrated in the process that its procedures are not independent but are easily influenced and determined by external factors.

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This ruling shows that Labour’s disciplinary process is a sham. Instead of expelling Mr Williamson over his consistent record of Jew-baiting, the Labour Party only suspended him – twice — to appease public opinion, and then a third time in anticipation of an adverse judgment. Labour’s procedures are open to influence and determination by external factors. Clearly the Labour Party has no real intention to tackle its antisemitism crisis and that is why we were right to make a complaint and formal representations to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, resulting in the ongoing full statutory investigation.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

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