Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted a complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after receiving reports that Jeremy Corbyn’s trip to Tunisia in 2014 was not declared in Parliament’s Register of Interests.

According to Parliamentary rules, any payment of more than £300 for a foreign trip must be declared if not paid for by an MP or British public funds.

Mr Corbyn said that the trip, during which he laid a wreath at the grave of antisemitic Black September terrorists and attended a conference at which a senior Hamas member outlined plans for “magnificent” violence, was at the invitation of a Tunisian politician.

Presumably in response to similar reports, political blog The Red Roar meticulously searched other MPs’ records, finding that Lord Sheikh had declared a donation towards a trip to Tunisia at the same time. The blog did not suggest that Lord Sheikh attended the same conference as Mr Corbyn or used the occasion to honour terrorists.

Mr Corbyn has a long history of receiving donations from people with links to extremism, including some who appear to be aligned with Hamas.

In addition to our new complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, we have also referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The public needs to know who paid for Jeremy Corbyn’s trip to honour the antisemitic Black September terrorists. He has a track record of receiving donations from people with close links to terrorist organisations and extremists, and if he received funds which he has not declared for this trip then that needs to be investigated. If he paid for such a trip himself, then that would be extremely disturbing, but if some other entity paid for the trip, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards must tell the public who is pulling his strings.”

Claudia Webbe, the Chair of the Labour Party’s Disciplinary Panel has 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 know that this kind of language is common in antisemitic conspiracy theories. Instead of addressing the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has been caught in multiple lies over his honouring of antisemitic Black September terrorists, she has now accused those who are appalled by Mr Corbyn’s action, presumably including the Jewish community, of being part of a sinister plot.

Ms Webbe’s intervention just shows how pervasive the rot has become within the Labour Party. This is the kind of supposedly neutral arbiter that we are asked to trust to deal with allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted in an interview that he was not involved in laying a wreath honouring the Black September terrorists who brutalised and massacred Jewish Olympians at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

When asked if he was involved in laying the wreath, his eye shifting rapidly, he said: “I was present at the wreath laying but I don’t think I was actually involved in it.”

However his lie was quickly undone when Sky News’ Political Correspondent, Tamara Cohen, tweeted a video of an interview in which Mr Corbyn said last year that he did lay a wreath. Additionally, at the time, he wrote an article for The Morning Star, in which he reported: “After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags.” Those killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991 were Black September terrorists.

Mr Corbyn’s lie was compounded by a further lie. Having previously claimed that he was in Tunisia “to find peace”, The Daily Mail revealed that he was in fact at a conference where a senior official from Hamas, the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, outlined the group’s strategy for violent attacks, which it called “magnificent”.

The conference also heard from Othman Jerandi, a former Tunisian foreign minister, who appeared to support the conspiracy theory that ISIS is in fact an Israeli conspiracy, saying: “ISIS and Israel are the same thing”.

Over the past few weeks, Campaign Against Antisemitism has commented on countless revelations about Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. The country has read and heard about antisemitism in private and public Labour Party meetings, blogs, tweets and Facebook comments. We have seen evidence of Mr Corbyn honouring terrorists and abusing Holocaust Memorial Day. Over the same period he has released a hypocritical and insincere apology, and several statements deflecting the blame onto others.

At this point the weight of the facts should speak loudly enough for themselves. His brazen lies about honouring the brutal antisemitic terrorists behind the Munich massacre show that he is not a decent man. Jeremy Corbyn is a liar, a defender of terrorists, and an antisemite. Under his leadership the Labour party presents an existential threat to the British Jewish community, not least because he so clearly supports those who brutalise and murder Jews. The fact that he remains the Leader of the Opposition shows how rotten the Labour Party itself has become.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has reviewed Electoral Commission documents, according to which Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 campaign to become leader of the Labour Party was partly funded by London GP Dr Ibrahim Hamami, who is alleged to be aligned with Hamas, the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, and retired Professor Ted Honderich, who stated in 2011 that Palestinians had a “moral right” to engage in terrorism.

Dr Hamami gave £2,000, whilst Prof. Honderich gave £5,000. Mr Corbyn had three main individual donors to his leadership campaign, of which Dr Hamami and Prof. Honderich were two.

According to an investigation by The Telegraph in 2015, Dr Hamami is founder and director of the pro-Hamas Palestinian Affairs Centre and has been a columnist for the official Hamas newspaper, The Filastin. According to the Daily Mail, he praised violence against Jews in the West Bank on his Facebook page, describing the attacks as acts of “dignity, freedom and honour”.

Professor Honderich wrote in The Guardian in 2011 that “Palestinians have a moral right to their terrorism within historic Palestine against neo-Zionism”.

Mr Corbyn reported the donation from Dr Hamami as being from a “Dr Ibrahim Hamam”, but Dr Hamami confirmed to The Telegraph that he was the donor. The donation was given in strange circumstances. Dr Hamami’s donation was reportedly part of a £10,000 donation raised at a fundraising dinner by Friends of Al Aqsa, whose founder told a cheering crowd in 2009 during a war between Israel and Hamas: “Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. The reason that they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated to be occupied by the Israeli state and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel.” £8,000 of the £10,000 raised at the dinner was not declared because Mr Corbyn claimed that the donations had been made out to the wrong person.

According to Electoral Commission returns, previous donations to Mr Corbyn included a donation of £2,821 from Interpal, a British charity which was listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States due to its alleged ties to Hamas, and a donation of £1,300 from the Palestinian Return Centre, which has in past faced accusations of being “Hamas’s organisational branch in Europe”.

In the light of Mr Corbyn’s decision in 2014 to lay a wreath at the graves of the Black September terrorists who brutalised and slaughtered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, his donation history is all the more concerning.

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has led calls this weekend for Jeremy Corbyn to resign over his laying of a wreath on the graves of the Black September terrorists who brutalised and slaughtered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Mr Javid said that “If this was the leader of any other major political party, he or she would be gone by now.”

Mr Javid’s statement was one of many, including from widows of the murdered athletes, who told the UK’s biggest Jewish newspaper, the Jewish News: “We do not recall a visit of Mr Corbyn to the graves of our murdered fathers, sons and husbands. They only went to the Olympic Games in order to participate in this festival of love, peace and brotherhood; but they all returned home in coffins. For Mr Corbyn to honour these terrorists, is the ultimate act of maliciousness, cruelty and stupidity. If you want a genuine transformation of politics, Mr Corbyn, we would suggest that you first study history and understand how terrorism undermines and vilifies society and mankind. You have no place in politics, or in decent, humane society when you are driven by one-sided hate and vengefulness. Do not forget, Mr Corbyn, that you will be judged by the company you keep.”

Mr Corbyn has insisted that he laid the wreath at other graves, but a Daily Mail investigation showed that in photographs he was standing next to the graves of the Black September terrorists.

The calls for Mr Corbyn to go came as major allies of Mr Corbyn, including Momentum and three trade unions sharply criticised him and demanded that he adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. However, under the international definition, there is no doubt that Mr Corbyn is an antisemite.

Three major trade unions and Momentum have aligned to demand that Jeremy Corbyn adopts the full International Definition of Antisemitism. So far, he has refused to do so, in defiance even of his own MPs.

In separate, strident opinion articles, the heads of Unison, GMB and USDAW have all demanded that Mr Corbyn immediately adopt the definition, including its examples.

Simultaneously, reports have emerged that the powerful Momentum faction, which controls the levers of power in the Labour Party and swept Mr Corbyn to victory in two Party leadership elections, has now also demanded that he adopt the definition, including its examples. This is a major turnaround for Momentum, which had previously argued that Mr Corbyn’s rewritten definition was the gold standard and that the international definition was unfit for purpose.

Indeed, the definition itself has come under repeated attack and experts from the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance this week had to reconfirm that the examples form part of the definition after Labour figures repeatedly made out that they were not.

The attacks on the definition are made all the more outrageous by the fact that no other minority has to battle over the definition of the racism it is subjected to. Since 1997, the definition of racism has been governed by the so-called Macpherson Principle, that: “A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.” In the face of total unity from the Jewish community, Mr Corbyn has repeatedly rubbished the International Definition of Antisemitism in favour of a rewritten definition drawn up by his allies. We believe that the reason for this might be that Mr Corbyn has himself engaged in activity which breaches the definition. Under the international definition, there is no doubt that Mr Corbyn is an antisemite.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over its handling of antisemitism amongst its members, and its refusal to adopt the international definition.

It is highly significant that many of Mr Corbyn’s most vocal backers are now reversing their positions and siding with Labour MPs and the Jewish community against Mr Corbyn. It is possible however that their intervention is not ideological and is merely a reaction to the fact that according to a recent poll the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour Party is harming the Party’s standing with the electorate.

It has been revealed that Jeremy Corbyn expressed his desire for the British education system to promote a narrative that would allow for Israel to be compared to the Nazi regime.

Mr Corbyn was captured on video at an event in 2013 calling for the British education system to “start teaching a lot of people the history of the Middle East in a more accurate and more balanced way…”. Moments later, he described the West Bank as being “under occupation of the very sort that would be recognised by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War…”, a clear reference to the aggression of Nazi Germany.

The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

With each new revelation about Jeremy Corbyn’s associations and views, the reason for his refusal to accept the Definition in full becomes increasingly clear.

An investigation by the Daily Mail has found evidence suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath and participated in a prayer at the graves of the Black September terrorists responsible for brutalising and massacring Israeli olympians, who included Holocaust survivors, at the 1972 Munich Olympics, even castrating one of their corpses. The events in Munich were utterly horrific and in the wake of the attack, Israel embarked on a programme of assassinations of the perpetrators, intended to deter future attacks on Jews by Palestinian terrorists.

Having previously written about his attendance at the 2014 wreath-laying event, Mr Corbyn claimed to have been at the graves of different Palestinian terrorists, but the Daily Mail uncovered photographs of Mr Corbyn and sent a journalist to the cemetery, who discovered that he had been standing by a plaque at the graves of the Black September members.

In the past two weeks, we have continued to learn of Mr Corbyn’s track record of distorting Holocaust Memorial Day, spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and even calling a bloodthirsty terrorist his brother. Now this has emerged.

Mr Corbyn previously gave assurance that he was not honouring terrorists who sought out Jews for murder, but it now appears that he was laying a wreath at their graves. A responsible politician would not have gone anywhere near that ceremony, but Mr Corbyn is not a responsible politician.

Given Mr Corbyn’s history of defending, honouring and befriending antisemites, including genocidal antisemitic terrorists, this latest revelation adds to the deeply disturbing evidence that the Leader of the Opposition is a longstanding ally of those who wish Jews great harm.

A scheduled meeting of the Labour Party’s antisemitism working group has been cancelled by the Party’s General Secretary, Jennie Formby. Despite having been instructed by Jeremy Corbyn to make tackling antisemitism her “first priority”, Ms Formby contacted the Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to cancel the scheduled meeting of the Momentum-dominated working group, which was supposed to take place last Thursday.

The reason for the cancellation was that despite the meeting having been scheduled, a number of those due to attend had instead booked holidays.

Following yet another week of revelations of antisemitism in the Party, and with a backlog of associated cases before the disciplinary committee and no end in sight to the crisis, the move was met with anger.

Richard Angell, director of Progress, told The JC: “This is supposed to Jennie Formby’s top priority and part of Jeremy Corbyn’s response as a militant ally on antisemitism. Like expediting the antisemitism disciplinary cases, rather than action, it is just more delays from Labour’s new establishment.”

However a Labour Party spokesperson insisted the meeting had not been cancelled, but rather postponed, claiming: “The NEC recently agreed reforms to speed up and strengthen the Party’s processes for tackling antisemitism.
These concrete actions are already being implemented and are not affected by the date the working party meets.”

The last meeting of the antisemitism working group voted unanimously in favour of Labour’s new code of conduct, which was a rewriting of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

George McManus, who sits on the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum as its first chair, has been suspended from his Party role after posting a Facebook comment about Tom Watson likening him to “Judas” for accepting donations from Jewish businessman Sir Trevor Chinn.

McManus wrote: “Apparently [the] Electoral Commission states that Watson received £50,000+ from Jewish donors. At least Judas only got 30 pieces of silver.” Judas was supposedly a disciple of Jesus who betrayed him for money, and is often used as a means of portraying Jews as money-obsessed and disloyal.

Labour MP Wes Streeting condemned Mr McManus’ post as an “antisemitic trope”, and veteran Labour activist Luke Akehurst decried it as “naked antisemitism, jumping straight to the medieval Christian version”.

Mr McManus’ suspension came after Luciana Berger, leader of the Jewish Labour Movement, submitted a formal complaint to the Party. In response to his suspension Momentum, which Mr McManus represents on the National Policy Forum, tweeted thanks to those who “drew attention to the appalling, antisemitic comment”, and assured their followers that Momentum will not tolerate “any antisemitism, racism or online abuse from candidates we support”.

Mr McManus has since deleted the post and apologised, calling his comments “crass”, “wrong”, “inappropriate and hurtful” . However, his actions, and the reaction from Labour MPs both supporting and denouncing him, is just one more example of how entrenched antisemitism has become in a divided Labour Party, and how woefully overdue current attempts are to eliminate it.

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over discrimination and victimisation in the Party.

Jeremy Corbyn applauded the reading of an antisemitic poem during a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in 2012  at which he was a guest speaker, according to a report from 2012 that has now come to light.

Anti-racism activist Richard Millett wrote in 2012 that Mr Corbyn sat on stage and listened while an anti-Israel activist, Claire Quinn, recited a poem entitled Israel is dying, applauding afterwards. Mr MIllett says that the poem included the lines: “It is now not the Nazi state but Israel that blocks the seas. ¬ It is not Auschwitz that stops the ship that carries hope and messages, ¬ But those that might have died there. ¬ So let this poem drive the Hope that heads for Gaza. ¬ The victims are now the torturers. ¬ Freedom must be for all not just the victors ¬ Whose victory brings forgetfulness of what they suffered once now brought to others.”

In other allusions to the atrocities of the Nazi regime, speakers compared Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto, where tens of thousands of Jews were forcibly imprisoned prior to being despatched to extermination camps, and asserted in reference to Israel that “no oppression or injustice has ever gone without falling. The apartheid regime ended, the collapse of Nazism…”

The International Definition of Antisemitism states that, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

With each new revelation about Mr Corbyn’s past activities, his motivation for seeking to dilute the definition becomes increasingly clear. Were he to allow the Labour Party to adopt it in full, he himself would be clearly identified as an antisemite by the very definition he is so determined to rewrite.

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism made a third disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over discrimination and victimisation in the Party.

Footage has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn appearing to suggest that the BBC is biased to say that Israel has a right to exist.

Speaking on Press TV, the Iranian-run channel he was formerly paid tens of thousands of pounds to appear on even after it was banned in the UK, Mr Corbyn said that the BBC was under pressure from Israel and that the supposed proof is that “there is a bias towards saying…Israel has a right to exist”.

Through the clip is incomplete, it appears to show that Mr Corbyn thinks that it is debatable whether Israel has a right to exist. We do not believe that Mr Corbyn has said the same about other countries.

Article 1 of the UN Charter demands “respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”, and the International Definition of Antisemitism states that “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is antisemitic, so if he means that Jews uniquely do not have the right to a national home, then that would be bigoted.

A spokesperson for the Labour Party told Politics Home: “Jeremy was arguing that despite the occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of a Palestinian state, Israeli concerns and perspectives are more likely to appear prominently in news reporting than Palestinian ones. Jeremy is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine. The Israeli government is well known to run an effective and highly professional media operation.”

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over discrimination and victimisation in the Party.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has exposed a Labour councillor, Ifran Mohammed, who shared a Facebook post claiming that Jews were warned to stay home on 9/11.

Mr Mohammed is a councillor for the Ferndale Ward in Lambeth. According to Lambeth Council’s website, Mr Mohammed sits on the Equality Impact Assessment Panel and is a member of Faiths Together in Lambeth.

In stark contrast with his supposed commitment to equality and interfaith togetherness, on 5th December 2015 he posted a video on Facebook claiming that Jews “received a text message before the incident ‘Do not come to work in [sic] September 11’” and that there are “Israeli ties to the September 11 attacks”.

After Mr Mohammed failed to respond to our attempt to contact him, we provided details about the matter to the media. He did not respond to their requests for comment either, however he has been active on social media and has deleted the original Facebook post.

The claim that Jews were behind the 9/11 atrocities is one of the most vile antisemitic conspiracy theories of recent times, not least because so many Jews lost their lives that day.

That a Labour councillor’s Facebook page has been used to disseminate this lie is utterly appalling. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, antisemitic discourse in the Labour Party has thrived, even amongst its own elected representatives.

The once anti-racist Labour Party has been seized by antisemites. We have little faith that Mr Mohammed will receive anything more than a slap on the wrist.

We would like to thank the anonymous source which alerted us to Mr Mohammed’s post.

The UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has issued a statement condemning efforts to tamper with the International Definition of Antisemitism by removing or amending the examples of antisemitism which form part of the definition.

The statement does not mention the Labour Party, but the timing and content of the statement appears to be a response to the Labour Party’s refusal to adopt a number of the examples in the definition.

In a pointed remark, the statement says: “Any ‘modified’ version of the IHRA definition that does not include all of its 11 examples is no longer the IHRA definition. Adding or removing language undermines the months of international diplomacy and academic rigour that enabled this definition to exist. If one organisation or institution can amend the wording to suit its own needs, then logically anyone else could do the same. We would once again revert to a world where antisemitism goes unaddressed simply because different entities cannot agree on what it is.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes IHRA’s intervention to defend the integrity of the definition. It should shame the Labour Party that its efforts to tamper with and undermine the definition precipitated such a move.

The Labour Party has been forced into a humiliating capitulation by Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge, who the Party had attempted to discipline for calling Jeremy Corbyn “an antisemitic racist”.

The Party shocked many when it launched disciplinary action against Dame Margaret for remonstrating with Mr Corbyn after his National Executive Committee refused to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In response to the disciplinary action against Dame Margaret and a similar action against her colleague Ian Austin, Campaign Against Antisemitism asked both to become honorary patrons of the charity in a gesture of solidarity and appreciation for the manner in which they had bravely confronted antisemitism in their Party. They both accepted.

Campaign Against Antisemitism also included the handling of the matter in its letter referring the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Labour Party initially offered to drop the action against Dame Margaret in return for an apology, but she has confirmed to Campaign Against Antisemitism that she did not apologise in any way and that the Labour Party capitulated nonetheless.

The Labour Party’s decision to unconditionally drop the complaint reinforces Campaign Against Antisemitism’s complaint to the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the disciplinary process against her constituted illegal victimisation of Dame Margaret for confronting antisemitism in the Party. The handling of the disciplinary  action against Dame Margaret was in stark contrast to the failure to discipline National Executive Committee member Peter Willsman who ranted that Jewish “Trump fanatics” should not be listened to and that allegations of antisemitism were being “falsified”.

We are waiting to find out whether the action against Ian Austin has similarly been dropped.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The entire Jewish community was disgusted by the way that Dame Margaret was victimised simply for confronting antisemitism in the Labour Party, which is one of the reasons why we referred the Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We applaud her for standing up against antisemitism in the Party and for refusing to bow to the considerable pressure put on her to apologise. The Labour Party’s humiliating capitulation just shows how disgraceful their action was, especially considering that Peter Willsman has faced no action over his appalling tirade in front of Labour’s entire National Executive Committee. The Party must now apologise to Dame Margaret and immediately drop its action against Ian Austin as well. We remain convinced that Dame Margaret was right to call Jeremy Corbyn an ‘antisemite’ and that under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.”

The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP, has warned that his Party will “disappear into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment” and render itself unfit for government unless it addresses antisemitism.

Echoing the stance of the Jewish community, Mr Watson demanded that the Labour Party must immediately drop the persecution of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patrons, Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Ian Austin MP, who face disciplinary action simply for standing up to Mr Corbyn’s transparent attempt to preserve safe space for himself and fellow antisemites.

Speaking to The Observer, Mr Watson said: “I think it is very important that we all work to de-escalate this disagreement, and I think it starts with dropping the investigations into Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin. I think people are very, very concerned that these investigations should be dropped quickly.”

Dame Margaret and Mr Austin, who both lost family in the Holocaust, and now Tom Watson, are outraged that Mr Corbyn and Labour’s National Executive Council have cut key examples from the International Definition of Antisemitism, including the age-old antisemitic trope of Jews having divided loyalties.

Mr Watson went further, insisting that Labour must adopt the definition in full, saying: “We should deal with this swiftly and move on. We can’t have this dragging on throughout the summer. I have made no secret of the fact that…we should adopt the full [international] definition and should do it without delay.”

Instead of addressing Mr Watson’s comments, supporters of Mr Corbyn called on him to resign, with #WatsonResign trending on Twitter.

On two occasions, this past Friday and again on Sunday, Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to deflect criticism in writing and in a short video, while sidestepping any question of his own obvious culpability in normalising and contributing to the antisemitic venom that has taken hold of the Labour Party as his and Momentum’s control of the Party has increased.

The video is yet another bland statement devoid of any apology for his own antisemitism or promises of specific actions. It is just another contradictory, hypocritical, insincere stunt. Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.

After posting his article about how he will “root antisemites out of Labour” on Facebook, Jeremy Corbyn has shown that he will not even root antisemites out of his Facebook page.

After Mr Corbyn posted the article on Facebook, his supporters began leaving antisemitic comments. “Kul Mang” warned that “these Jewish people are very violent pron [sic] people. They are the 21st century terrorists.” Another supporter, “Andy Doughty”, seemed to agree, writing: “Perhaps the issue should be the murderous brutality and active apartheid of Israeli Zionists. Worse than the Nazis.”

“Ian Davies” warned that everyone needed to watch out for the nefarious power of Jews: “Why is it that jews [sic] are so established in this country of owers [sic] they control or media and have a powerful influence on the political stage now that should be looked into asap. Would we tolerate Muslims haveing [sic] so much say commanding the media into wich [sic] hunting or political people think not so why o [sic] why do people think this is alright. Time to wake up.”

“Carly Stevens” picked up dozens of ‘likes’ for her observation that the whole issue was really just smoke and mirrors: “This is such a distraction issue. Where exactly is the antisemitism in the UK? This is all about the Friends of Israel being the biggest lobby group in parliament, heavily funding the Tory party”. “John Tate” agreed too, remarking: “Giving way to a cabal of Zionists, Tories and right-wing Labour MP and letting them set the political agenda is a serious mistake.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has made a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn – our third – and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His insincere apologies under duress do not change the fact that he is an antisemite, and that under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.

Jeremy Corbyn has released a video in response to the Jewish community’s concerns.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has released yet another bland statement devoid of any apology for his own antisemitism or promises of specific actions. In his Guardian article on Friday he called our concerns ‘overheated rhetoric’ and in this video he says that our concerns must not be dismissed. It is just another contradictory, hypocritical, insincere attempt to whitewash his own role as the author of this nightmare. Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.”

Jeremy Corbyn has said that it is a “fabrication” that he privately called Jewish Labour MP Dame Louise Ellman the “MP for Tel Aviv” at an anti-Israel event, as reported in the Mail on Sunday.

In response, Dame Louise told the Mail on Sunday: “If this is correct, I am appalled that a potential Prime Minister would use language of this sort against one of his own MPs. To refer to me as the ‘MP for Tel Aviv’ is to challenge my loyalty to this country. A key part the internationally accepted code on antisemitism which the Labour Party wants to dilute specifically states it is antisemitic to accuse Jews of being more loyal to Israel than to their own country.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” is antisemitic.

Slides used during Jeremy Corbyn’s Holocaust Memorial Day event proclaimed that “Judaism has been substituted by Holocaust religion” with “monopoly on suffering”. According to the slides, under Israel’s “Holocaust religion”, a new Holocaust was being inflicted by Israel, supposedly under the supervision of Nobel Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who the slides said was the “high priest” of the “Holocaust religion”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism became aware of the slides four days ago but only now have activists who were present in 2010 confirmed that they were the same slides used at the event chaired by Mr Corbyn.

Jewish anti-racism activists, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, who attended Mr Corbyn’s event were silenced by him. According to their accounts, when the anti-racism activists remonstrated with the speakers, Mr Corbyn pointed at them and police escorted them out.

One speaker told the event, which was timed to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, that “Nazism has won because it has finally managed to ‘Nazify’ the consciousness of its victims.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

However, it is clear that the slides do not refer only to Israeli Jews as one of them states that “Judaism has been substituted by Holocaust religion” not exclusively in Israel but “especially” in Israel.

Mr Corbyn did not apologise to the Jewish community at the time of the event, despite an outcry. Instead, the event went unaddressed until an academic studying old reports rediscovered it. Under considerable pressure, Mr Corbyn then issued a meaningless apology for any “anxiety caused”.

The year after the event, Mr Corbyn and John McDonnell launched an attempt on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2011 to remove the word “Holocaust” from “Holocaust Memorial Day”. In response to the revelation of the motion, Mr McDonnell and Mr Corbyn issued a statement saying that “It is not our policy to seek a name change for this important commemoration.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has made a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn – our third – and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

These slides are utterly depraved, inverting the Holocaust so that the Nazis’ victims are cast as their successors. Jews are accused of practising a form of religious Nazism in which revered humanitarian Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is a “high priest”. Mr Corbyn sat through that slideshow and the only time he intervened was to silence Jewish anti-racism activists and have them escorted from the room. His insincere apologies under duress do not change the fact that he is an antisemite, and that under his leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.

Jeremy Corbyn has released an article in The Guardian in response to the Jewish community’s concerns.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This statement from Jeremy Corbyn bears all of the hallmarks of his spin doctors’ usual techniques. He has released a vague and meaningless article, just as the Jewish community goes home to begin the sabbath. He has tried to divide and conquer by dismissing the Jewish community’s unprecedented unity as ‘overheated rhetoric’, when that is exactly what he is guilty of. He has tried to shift attention to the far-right. And crucially, he has tried to make this about Israel when this is about antisemitism in his British Labour Party.

“There is no acknowledgement of his own role in this crisis. There is no apology for his antisemitic activity in the past, but he has hypocritically condemned as antisemitic behaviour that he himself has been guilty of. He has again preached to Jews that he is right to have rewritten the International Definition of Antisemitism.

“By his action over the years as well as by failing even now to take on board the full concerns of the Jewish community, we remain convinced that Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and that under his leadership the once anti-racist Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jewry.”

Renowned libel and privacy lawyer Dr Mark Lewis has today become an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Dr Lewis began advising Campaign Against Antisemitism pro bono two weeks after it was established, contributing substantially to its successes from behind the scenes, without recognition.

Dr Lewis is one of the foremost libel and privacy lawyers in the country and has been responsible for landmark legal victories, including the voicemail hacking claims which led to the demise of News of the World and the Leveson Inquiry. He devised a strategy for bringing libel actions which he and Campaign Against Antisemitism have begun to use to force antisemites into either apologising in court, or paying substantial damages. The first win for Dr Lewis’ strategy was the recent High Court success against Gilad Atzmon, a notorious antisemite, who was forced to apologise and pay substantial damages.

Dr Lewis joins other public figures as honorary patrons of Campaign Against Antisemitism, including Sir Eric Pickles, Lord Mitchell, Lord Ahmed, Lord Carey, Baroness Deech, Col Richard Kemp, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Ian Austin MP, Mike Freer MP and Dr Matthew Offord MP.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Dr Mark Lewis is a hero of the Jewish community whose work has gone unsung for far too long. He has been instrumental in making Campaign Against Antisemitism the success that it is. Today we are delighted to recognise his enormous contribution to our work by appointing him an honorary patron of our charity.”

There has been speculation that Jeremy Corbyn wishes to address the Jewish community.

Some have suggested that he intends to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. Under that definition, he is an antisemite, as the revelations this week have shown us.

We have seen this act before, and we are insulted that he thinks we will be satisfied by hollow promises delivered under duress.

No matter what action Mr Corbyn promises, his track record demonstrates that he is an antisemite and an existential threat to British Jews.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has heard from anti-racism activists who attended Jeremy Corbyn’s 2010 Holocaust Memorial Day event in which speakers repeatedly diminished the memory of the Holocaust.

They have told us how Jeremy Corbyn told them to be quiet when they tried remonstrating with speakers, one of whom declared that “Nazism has won because it has finally managed to ‘Nazify’ the consciousness of its victims.”

This form of Holocaust inversion is antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, which the Labour Party refuses to adopt.

As anti-racism activists remonstrated with the speakers, as chair of the event it was Mr Corbyn who told the activists, including a Holocaust survivor, to be silent and listen to the antisemitic abuse, ordering police to remove those who refused to stand by.

Mr Corbyn’s event was the opposite of a commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day; it was a desecration, and it was deliberate.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has made a further disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

It has emerged that Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell campaigned to have the word “Holocaust” axed from the name of Holocaust Memorial Day.

In a motion tabled in Parliament in time for Holocaust Memorial Day 2011, the two Labour Party leaders called for Holocaust Memorial Day to be renamed “Genocide Memorial Day” instead. Holocaust Memorial Day already commemorates other genocides.

The motion appears to be part of the “Never Again For Anyone Initiative” which is a project of an organisation calling itself the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

The motion was proposed by Mr McDonnell and seconded by Mr Corbyn. It was endorsed by 23 MPs, of which nineteen were from Labour, two were from the Liberal Democrats, one was from the Conservative Party, and one was from Plaid Cymru.

In response to the revelation of the motion, Mr McDonnell and Mr Corbyn issued a statement saying that “It is not our policy to seek a name change for this important commemoration.”

The revelation comes as Mr Corbyn was revealed to have organised an event in Parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010 in which Israel was compared to Nazi Germany. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. When members of the Jewish community at the event tried to remonstrate with speakers at the event, Mr Corbyn allegedly ordered police to throw them out.

Mr Corbyn seems to have a real problem with Holocaust Memorial Day. Each year he seems to mark it by doing something new to undermine the commemoration.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has made a further disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has today written to the Labour Party issuing a disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn. We have also referred the Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over discrimination and victimisation in the Party.

Our complaint against Mr Corbyn relates to an event he chaired on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010 which deliberately compared Israelis to Nazis, and in which a speaker decried what he called the “Holocaust religion”. We have also complained about Mr Corbyn’s paid interview on Iranian-controlled Press TV (months after Ofcom had revoked its licence) in which he blamed “the hand of Israel” for an Islamist terrorist attack in Egypt, and called a Hamas terrorist a “brother” live on air.

We have also referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission over the Party’s refusal to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, failure to investigate previous complaints against Mr Corbyn, unreasonable delay and secrecy in disciplinary investigations, bias in disciplinary matters and victimisation of Labour MPs who stand up to antisemitism, including Dame Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin who have today become Honorary Patrons of Campaign Against Antisemitism in an act of solidarity.

The moves come after Labour ignored a fresh protest by British Jews in Parliament Square, with Mr Corbyn’s office sarcastically wishing Campaign Against Antisemitism “good luck” ahead of the demonstration, and revelations that NEC member Peter Willsman will not face disciplinary action despite a shouted tirade against “Trump fanatic” Jews and “falsified” antisemitism allegations.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The evidence shows beyond all doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic. The problem is not one man but an entire movement which has hijacked the anti-racist Labour Party of old and corrupted it with a racist rot. We cannot allow this existential threat to British Jews and British society to persist, but we have seen time and again that Mr Corbyn and the Party have no intention of taking action. That is why we have now taken the extraordinary step of calling in the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”

We have made our letter to the Labour Party and our letter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission available to download.

The Rt Hon. Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Ian Austin MP have today become honorary patrons of Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Their appointment is a demonstration of the very considerable gratitude felt by the Jewish community for their uncompromising and principled stance against antisemitism in society and in politics.

Throughout their parliamentary careers, as well as in recent days, both Dame Margaret and Mr Austin have confronted antisemitism without fear or favour.

Dame Margaret’s parents and Mr Austin’s father were refugees from the Nazi onslaught. Their families taught them how antisemitism had transformed seemingly-civilised European society into the society which committed some of mankind’s most appalling crimes, and instilled in them a firm sense of justice and the determination to fight bigotry wherever they saw it. As MPs both Dame Margaret and Mr Austin led successful campaigns to vanquish the far-right British National Party in their respective constituencies of Barking and Dudley North. Both are now facing disciplinary action by the Labour Party for remonstrating with the Party’s leadership about antisemitism that has now become rife in the Party.

Dame Margaret and Mr Austin join other public figures as honorary patrons of Campaign Against Antisemitism, including Sir Eric Pickles, Lord Mitchell, Lord Ahmed, Lord Carey, Baroness Deech and Col Richard Kemp.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has been at the forefront of the fight against the far-right, successfully lobbying for National Action to be the first far-right group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, privately prosecuting a neo-Nazi YouTuber, and successfully taking the Crown Prosecution Service to judicial review over a decision not to prosecute a neo-Nazi leader. The charity has also taken a leadership role within the Jewish community in standing up to antisemitism in the Labour Party, including organising major demonstrations outside Labour Party Headquarters and in Parliament Square, as well as filing three disciplinary complaints against Jeremy Corbyn.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Dame Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin are rightly seen as heroes by the Jewish community for bravely facing their own Party and calling out the antisemitism that is rife within it. They are being persecuted by the Labour leadership in an apparent purge, simply for standing up to antisemitism. Appointing them as honorary patrons of our charity is our way of thanking them for showing solidarity with the Jewish community, in the best traditions of the Labour Party of old.”

An historian reviewing old reports has unearthed a 2010 account of Jeremy Corbyn using Holocaust Memorial Day to host an event promoting the narrative that Israel is engaged in acts comparable to Nazi war crimes. The event featured a slideshow decrying what it called the “Holocaust religion”.

The reports found by Dr James Vaughan, record that on 27th January 2010, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Jeremy Corbyn chaired and hosted an event in Parliament comparing Israeli actions in Gaza to the slaughter of Jews during the Holocaust. The event’s title, “Never again – for anyone”, appropriates the slogan “Never again”, which became the rallying cry of post-Holocaust Jewry.

Dr Vaughan, the Director or Undergraduate Studies at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, rediscovered a reference to the event whilst reading through an old CST report on antisemitic discourse following the 2009 Gaza War.

Investigating further he found a contemporaneous article from The JC and an account of the same presentation being given a day earlier, in which it was reported that one of the speakers said: “Judaism in Israel has been substituted by the Holocaust Religion whose high priest is Elie Wiesel, Elie Wiesel having literally said that ‘Auschwitz is comparable only to the Sinai experience’ [when Moses received the ten commandments]. Its content [Holocaust Religion] is that we Jews have the monopoly on suffering, nobody has suffered or ever will suffer like the Jews have, therefore whatever we do to the Palestinians is less than what we suffered, and can be done without feeling guilty.” The speaker also claimed that Zionists were dehumanising Palestinians in the same way as the Nazis dehumanised Jews, for example through the infamous Nuremberg laws. The talk was given by Hajo Meyer, an Auschwitz survivor who, in his latter years, turned to abusing the memory of the Holocaust in the way most offensive to Jews, by claiming that “Zionists” were the successors of the Nazis.

The International Definition of Antisemitism, which the Labour Party has refused to adopt, states that “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. It is little wonder that under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has tried to adopt its own version of the definition which does not prohibit comparing Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

This incident is yet further evidence that Mr Corbyn has engaged in antisemitic activity. We would call on any other political leader to resign, but we know that Mr Corbyn is devoid of any such decency. Instead, we have added this incident to our third disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn.

A member of the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC), who was let off disciplinary proceedings, has been revealed in a secret recording published by The JC to have yelled wild accusations about claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party at an NEC meeting.

Mr Willsman, who is one of the NEC members responsible for the Labour Party’s repeated rejections of the International Definition of Antisemitism, shouted that he would not be “lectured” by Jewish “Trump fanatics”. He also demanded in what sounded like a barely-contained fit of rage that “we should ask these 70 rabbis, where is your evidence of severe and widespread antisemitism in this Party”, referring to the 68 rabbis who jointly signed an unprecedented cross-denominational letter demanding that the Labour Party adopt the definition.

The recording begins with Mr Willsman ending a sentence: “They can falsify social media very easily.” He then continued, his voice rising until he was shouting loudly: “And some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump. They are Trump fanatics, and all the rest of it, so I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up half the information without any evidence at all, so I think we should ask these 70 rabbis, where is your evidence of severe and widespread antisemitism in this Party?”

Continuing in an enraged shout, Mr Willsman continued: “And let me ask you, let me ask you a question. How many people in this room have seen antisemitism in the Labour Party? Put your hands up? One. Two. You’ve seen antisemitism in the Labour Party? Well I’m amazed. I’ve certainly never seen it.”

It is abundantly clear from the venom with which Mr Willsman spoke that he should have no input whatsoever into decisions about antisemitism in the Party.

Furthermore, he should be expelled from the Labour Party for his appalling tirade accusing the Jewish community and its rabbinic leadership of conspiring to falsify or exaggerate antisemitism allegations.

Instead of investigating Mr Willsman, he has been exonerated by the Labour Party’s General Secretary, Jennie Formby, who was reportedly satisfied with an apology. He is now standing for reelection to the NEC along with various other candidates, including some who have defended Ken Livingstone.

The exoneration of Mr Willsman lies in stark contrast to the treatment of Labour MPs Dame Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin, both of whom are being investigated in a purge-like disciplinary process for challenging antisemitism in the Party.

The Labour leadership’s decision to forgive and forget Mr Willsman’s disgraceful tirade against British Jews and its determination to press ahead with the purge of MPs who have challenged antisemitism in the Party is yet further evidence that a government led by the Labour Party in its current state would be an existential threat to British Jewry.

A serving Labour Councillor has claimed that Israeli intelligence service Mossad might be behind allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Councillor Mary Bain Lockhart made the appalling claim after seeing that three leading Jewish newspapers had all published the same front page story that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose an “existential threat” to British Jewry.

The Councillor for Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty in Scotland suggested that the newspapers might have colluded under instructions from Mossad, taking to Facebook to write “And if it is a Mossad assisted campaign to prevent the election of a Labour Government pledged to recognise Palestine as a State, it is unacceptable interference in the democracy of Britain.”

Former Dunfermline and West Fife Labour MP Thomas Docherty told The Courier he would be making a formal complaint, saying: “If you even suggest that British Jews are agents of the Israeli secret service that is an antisemitic trope and you have no place in the Labour Party.” However The Courier also reported that the Scottish Labour Party had not yet received any formal complaint, not that it should require a complaint in order to investigate the matter.

Due to conditions of secrecy introduced during the Chakrabarti whitewash report, even if the Labour Party does investigate, it is unlikely to publicly comment on its findings. Normally we only hear about the outcomes of the Labour Party’s disciplinary cases when those under investigation post about them on social media.

Convicted antisemite Shehroz Iqbal has avoided prison despite being convicted a second time of making antisemitic threats.

Mr Iqbal was first convicted in October 2016 after making antisemitic death threats in September 2015 when he shouted “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill all of you Jews — you killed my brothers” at a Jewish motorist. Volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, followed Iqbal’s car until officers from the Metropolitan Police Service arrived to arrest him.

Mr Iqbal then decided to contact Stamford Hill Shomrim on 6th November 2017, sending an e-mail with the subject “Please remove my picture from your website”. In the e-mail he made further death threats, writing: “Please remove my picture from my [sic] website or I will personally come and see you…please do it as soon as possible. I am a mad man.  I don’t like my picture coming up on a Google shirt [sic]. I am very angry.” A few hours later he followed up with a second e-mail, writing: “Hahaha ah so many people have taking [sic] the piss out of your Zionist murdering community. I have no remorse for what I done [sic] hahaha. I see many other people have committed offences like me. Allah O Akbar! Keep my picture up for I am smiling at the officer haha. My day will come where [sic] I will come and see you in your office regarding my picture. Your Zionist murdering community.”

Stamford Hill Shomrim made a complaint to the Metropolitan Police Service.

On 10th July, Mr Iqbal pleaded guilty to sending a false message over a public electronic communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety, under section 127(2)(a) of the Communications Act 2003.

Thames Magistrates’ Court allowed him to escape prison, instead sentencing him to 11 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to participate in an accredited thinking skills and rehabilitation programme for 19 days. He was also ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid community service, to pay compensation of £100, a surcharge to fund victim services of £115 and prosecution costs of £85.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Stamford Hill Shomrim for its zero tolerance approach to antisemitism, however we are dismayed that Mr Iqbal has received such a lenient sentence on his second conviction. He had clearly stated in his e-mail that he was remorseless. This is a sentence that will embolden antisemites, not deter them.

In an act of solidarity, the LGBT Labour National Committee today resolved to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism and called upon the Labour Party to do the same.

The Committee also voted for its members to be trained on how to spot antisemitism by Jewish Labour activists.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes this show of solidarity.

The Labour Party has suspended a serving Councillor for the Hatherleigh Ward in Bognor Regis, after posts calling for Jews to be executed and praising Adolf Hitler were found on his Facebook account.

Councillor Damien Enticott claimed that hackers had put the posts there.

In one, an image was posted claiming that as part of a “Jewish ritual they drink blood and suck baby’s [sic] dick” with the comment “This is done only by Talmud Jews. Talmud Jews are parasites! They also believe any child over 3 years old that isn’t a Jew should be treated like a parasite, they believe it is okay to even rape that child because it’s is [sic] worthless. To treat a non Jew decently means that you are as bad as them. All Talmuds need executing!”

The Talmud is the central law of the Jewish religion and culture.

Another post said that “Hitler would have a solution to the Israel problem”.

Due to conditions of secrecy introduced during the Chakrabarti whitewash report, the Labour Party is unlikely to publicly comment on its findings. Normally we only hear about the outcomes of the Labour Party’s disciplinary cases when those under investigation post about them on social media.

Far-left propaganda website Skwawkbox has been caught calling an appalling article about the “Jewish war against Corbyn” both “pertinent and frightening”.

The article, entitled “The Jewish ‘war against Corbyn’ risks bringing real antisemitism to Britain”, accused the Jewish community of exaggerating antisemitism in the Labour Party and thereby putting Jews at risk of reprisals.

Rather than decrying this attempt to smear the Jewish community, Skwawkbox retweeted the article, calling it “Pertinent and frightening”. Skwawkbox later deleted the retweet, offering no apology, instead merely commenting: “Retweeted a tweet earlier by a Jewish author, without endorsement and with the original title unchanged, commenting that it was frightening in the current circumstances. That tweet caused offence, which was not its intent and it has been deleted”.

Skwawkbox did not take long to return to accusing Jews of exaggerating antisemitism for political gain, retweeting a Twitter user who called for the BBC to be shut down for broadcasting an interview with a British Jewish family which is afraid for its future due to the ascent of Jeremy Corbyn.

A barrister who was dropped as the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings and Rye over social media posts has apparently been told by the Party that she has no case to answer.

Ms Harris, who is a barrister at London-based law firm One Pump Court, was said to have shared a number of offensive posts including an illustration showing a small barbed wire enclave entitled “Palestine” surrounded by Israel with a caricature of Benjamin Netanyahu saying: “It looks like a modern version of the Warsaw Ghetto”. Ms Harris allegedly commented alongside this: “I have often said the Holocaust victims who died with dignity must be turning in their graves at the horrors done in the name of Judaism. Gaza is a ghetto being shelled.”

Ms Harris is also alleged to have shared posts incorrectly claiming that the Israel Defence Force deliberately targets pregnant Palestinian women in order to kill their babies.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Harris commented: “The Labour Party has decided that there is no case to answer regarding the false allegations made about me and lifted my suspension.” She added that the allegations had been found both by the Bar Standards Board and the Labour Party to be “without merit” and even “fraudulent”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit is seeking confirmation from the Bar Standards Board.

A 51-year-old man has appeared in court charged with an arson attack on Exeter’s historic synagogue.

Tristan Morgan reportedly did not enter a plea when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of arson with intent to endanger life. Due to the serious nature of the charge, he has been ordered to appear before Exeter Crown Court on 23rd August.

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.

Mr Morgan is not believed to be charged with trying to set any other buildings alight, but his motive is said to be “unknown”.

The attack occurred at approximately 20:00 on 21st July. According to Devon Live, police attended immediately, reviewed CCTV images, and arrested Mr Morgan.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is taking a close interest in developments.

Image credit: Exeter Synagogue

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On May 25th, amateur musician Alison Chabloz was convicted of criminal offences in relation to three songs. Her conviction followed a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was taken over by the CPS.

Ms Chabloz’s lyrics not only suggested that the Holocaust was “a bunch of lies” but attempted to stir up age-old resentments with a gamut of antisemitic clichés, informing her listeners that Jews – or, to use her own phrase, “eternal wandering liars” – control the media and are “bleeding you dry”.

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Last Thursday, I had a glimpse into the future of British Jewry under a Labour Government. It wasn’t pleasant.

It relates to what was a relatively minor incident of anti-Semitic abuse I had witnessed, but of the kind the significance of which dawns hours afterwards.

The abuse occurred after a group of us – Jews and non-Jews – had attended a Campaign Against Antisemitism rally in Parliament Square protesting Labour’s failure to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

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Councillors in Barnet have debated stripping Jeremy Corbyn of his allotment. Allotments are small plots of land available to local residents to grow fruit and vegetables. Mr Corbyn has an allotment administered by Barnet Council, despite the fact that he lives four miles from the allotment.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the proposal to strip Mr Corbyn of his allotment is a direct response to the Labour Party’s treatment of Dame Margaret Hodge.

However the allotments are currently managed by the Barnet Allotment Federation and it is unclear whether the Council has the power to make decisions about the matter.

If you wish to make a submission to the members of the Barnet Allotment Federation committee, they can be contacted through their website.

A tree planted as a Holocaust memorial has been badly vandalised twice in a matter of weeks during a spate of antisemitic incidents in Salisbury.

Photographs show that the trees branches have almost all been torn off.

Local MP John Glen told the Salisbury Journal that the vandalism was related to “other acts of antisemitism”, including the destruction of flowers left at the tree. He said: “I know that many people in Salisbury will be saddened to find out that the Holocaust memorial tree in Churchill Gardens has twice been vandalised in recent weeks. Just last January, along with the Bishop of Salisbury, Mayor, and President of the Chamber of Commerce, we recommitted ourselves to oppose antisemitism in our community. The latest acts of vandalism disrespect the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. They are also a further sign of a worrying trend in our society where extremism is increasingly drifting into the mainstream. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that antisemitism plays no part in our society and politics.”

Anybody with information should contact the police by calling 101.

Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus has been forced to disable online comments over antisemitic and anti-Muslim “tirades” in the comments section of its website.

In a rare and commendable example of a newspaper caring about the abuse sent out through its comments section, the Telegraph & Argus announced that it had had enough.

After various attempts banning repeat offenders, the newspaper found that “Unfortunately, even when banned the offenders are soon back, spouting the same poison under a new pseudonym – often within minutes.”

Readers will now only be able to comment on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

We commend the Telegraph & Argus for taking a tough, principled stand, and wish that other newspapers would show such commitment to stamping out hateful comments.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refused to back down after claiming that Holocaust denial did not constitute hate speech under Facebook’s so-called “community standards”.

In an interview with Recode on Tuesday, Mr Zuckerberg said, unprompted, that Holocaust deniers should be permitted to post their views on Facebook, going on to say: “I don’t think they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”

Facebook’s community standards state: “We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics – race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity and serious disability or disease.” It would therefore appear that Mr Zuckerberg does not consider Holocaust denial to be hate speech.

The German Justice Minister, Katarina Barley, was scathing, saying: “There must be no place for antisemitism. This includes verbal and physical attacks on Jews as well as the denial of the Holocaust.”

In response, on Wednesday Mr Zuckerberg attempted to clarify his comments. In an e-mail to Recode, he wrote, “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.” It therefore appears that Mr Zuckerberg truly wishes to suggest that Holocaust denial is not hate speech. His remarks are deeply irresponsible. At a time when misinformation is spread seemingly unabated, and young people in Britain and the United States have a woeful lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, a prominent leader like Mr Zuckerberg has a responsibility to clearly state that Holocaust denial is a form of antisemitic hatred.

There is no such thing as benign Holocaust denial. It is solely a means of inciting hatred against Jews by claiming that we fabricated the genocide of our people to extort money in the form of reparations. It is utterly abusive and Mr Zuckerberg must take responsibility for excising it from Facebook.

Footage has emerged of an interview in which Jeremy Corbyn blamed a terrorist attack in Egypt on an Israeli conspiracy.

Asked on Press TV, an Iranian television channel which had been banned from broadcasting in Britain the year earlier, about an Islamist terrorist attack in which sixteen Egyptian police officers were murdered, Mr Corbyn blamed Israel.

Mr Corbyn made the comments in 2012 in an interview with Lauren Booth, who has previously said that Gaza is “the largest concentration camp in the world today”. Mr Corbyn said: “I’m very concerned about it [the attack] and you have to look at the big picture. In whose interests is it to destabilise the new government in Egypt? In whose interest is it to kill Egyptians, other than Israel, concerned at the growing closeness of relationship between Palestine and the new Egyptian government?” Ms Booth then asked: “Would a Muslim go against his Egyptian brother and open fire?” Mr Corbyn responded: “It seems a bit unlikely that would happen during Ramadan, to put it mildly, and I suspect the hand of Israel in this whole process of destabilisation.”

Mr Corbyn was a paid contributor to Press TV, accepting £20,000 for his appearances even after Ofcom had revoked Press TV’s broadcasting licence.

The International Definition of Antisemitism, which Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party refuses to adopt, states that “Manifestations [of antisemitism] might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for ‘why things go wrong’.”

Mr Corbyn appears not to consider such behaviour to be problematic, having previously written an impassioned letter to the Church of England, defending disgraced Reverend Stephen Sizer, who had claimed that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is now making a disciplinary complaint about the matter to the Labour Party, however in the past, the Party has failed to take action over our complaints, in stark contrast to its fierce investigation of its own MPs, Ian Austin and Dame Margaret Hodge, who face disciplinary proceedings over their angry criticism of the Party for refusing to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. The Party’s antisemitism czar has also lashed out at Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Labour MP Ian Austin, who has prominently fought against antisemitism in the Party, has been told that he faces disciplinary proceedings over his angry comments over the Party’s steadfast refusal to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, instead concocting its own version.

According to The Observer, Mr Austin was told that he faced disciplinary proceedings the day before an identical warning letter was sent by the Party to Dame Margaret Hodge, who is being investigated for calling Jeremy Corbyn an “antisemite and a racist”.

Mr Austin, whose adoptive parents were Jewish Holocaust refugees, is being investigated for “abusive conduct” after remonstrating with Labour Party Chairman Ian Lavery in Parliament. According to The Mail on Sunday, Mr Austin said that the Party’s refusal to adopt the definition was a “bloody disgrace” and that the Party had become “a sewer”. Like Dame Margaret, he has been warned that if he repeats the “behaviour” during the investigation, he may be suspended.

Campaign Against Antisemitism notes that after years of failing to deal with cases like that of Jackie Walker, the Labour Party seems to be moving fiercely to investigate critics from within its own ranks who have called it out over antisemitism.

The Jewish community has given the Labour Party every possible opportunity to veer from the path it is on, but in defiance of British Jews and even his own MPs, Jeremy Corbyn has doggedly dragged the once anti-racist Labour Party into the depths of racism. By trying to redefine antisemitism his way, Jeremy Corbyn has left no doubt that he is the leader of an antisemitic institution, and he is perfectly happy with that. The Labour Party should be abandoned by all decent people.

The UK’s three largest Jewish newspapers have put aside years of rivalry and taken the unprecedented step of running a joint front page containing a message decrying racist Labour, to show that the Jewish community is quite literally all on the same page.

The Jewish News, Jewish Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle have all published a joint front page recognising “the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.”

This is an unprecedented step. We hear from members of our community constantly that were Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister, they would take the drastic step of leaving the country. Some are making preparations already. Jeremy Corbyn has displayed utter contempt for the Jewish community that was so instrumental in building the Labour Party, as well as his own MPs who have begged him to take action against antisemitism. In Britain in 2018, the once anti-racist Labour Party is now so institutionally antisemitic under Jeremy Corbyn that the Jewish community considers it to be a threat to our very future in this country.

The move comes after 700 British Jews – and many non-Jews – gathered in Parliament Square on Thursday at CAA’s demonstration against the institutional racism of the Labour Party.

While many Labour MPs were unable to be present at the demonstration due to prior commitments, the crowd was astonished to find that not a single Labour MP had joined them, with numerous speakers remarking that harassment of Labour MPs who attended previous demonstrations and the Labour Party’s disciplinary action against Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge for calling Jeremy Corbyn an “antisemite”, is chilling dissent in the Party.

The demonstrators called for a new law against discrimination in political parties due to Labour’s attempt to rewrite and butcher the International Definition of Antisemitism, and heard from speakers of all faiths decrying antisemitism in the Labour Party. Their message was clear and consistent: the Labour Party has now stooped so low that it is a racist, institutionally antisemitic organisation.

Neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action has re-emerged under the new name of “System Resistance Network”, and is trying to recruit students in the North and the Midlands, according to The Sunday Times. 

Founded in 2013, National Action quickly gained national attention for its openly far-right rhetoric and preparations to commit terrorist acts. 

In June 2014, The Sunday Mirror revealed the group’s leader to be Benjamin Raymond, who reportedly wrote in an internet post: “There are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated. As a teenager, Mein Kampf changed my life. I am not ashamed to say I love Hitler.”

National Action was condemned at the time, with the former Labour Europe Minister​ and long-time campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane calling the paper’s investigation “a wake-up call to those who think antisemitism doesn’t exist on university campuses.”

Then, in November 2016, The Times obtained a video of a secret meeting of the Yorkshire Forum, in which the group’s spokesman, Jack Renshaw, reportedly said that they need to adopt a “killer instinct” and that “As nationalists we need to learn from the mistakes of the national socialists and we need to realise that, no, you do not show the Jew mercy.” 

National action was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in December 2016 following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. Under section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of a proscribed terrorist organisation is a criminal offence. Just last week, a man was jailed for eight years for being a member of the group.

But now the group has re-emerged under the new name of System Resistance Network (SRN), through which it continues to operate across parts of the country, particularly in the North and the Midlands, as well as online.

Not only did SRN once share an e-mail service with National Action, it also employs similar slogans, graphics and tactics. At a Pride event in Southampton last year, for example, members of the group papered the parade route with posters reading “Hitler was right”, and “Stop the faggots”.

According to The Ferret, which investigated the group in January 2018, SRN writes on its website that “the National Socialist never capitulates. He will never negotiate away his freedom. He will never compromise his ideals. We are revolutionary National Socialists united by struggle: the struggle against the System.”

And just this month, a 23-yearold man admitted to setting fire to a building in the University of South Wales campus, as well as covering a series of nearby landmarks in swastikas, the slogan “Marxist filth” and the initials “SRN”.

The re-emergence of neo-Nazi groups like SRN follows a series of warnings from the police that far-right activity is rising, with a recent study from controversial campaigning organisation Hope Not Hate, showing that threat from the British far-right is now coming from a younger generation.

Detective Superintendent Will Chatterton, of Counter-Terrorism Policing Northwest, said: “You can ban an organisation, but trying to turn people away from that violent ideology, in this case an extremist right-wing ideology, is a real challenge.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks the police for their vigilance, and call on the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to proscribe this appalling organisation.

Not a single Labour MP joined the 700 British Jews – and many non-Jews – who gathered this afternoon in Parliament Square to demonstrate against the institutional racism of the Labour Party.

While many Labour MPs were unable to be present due to prior commitments, the crowd was astonished to find that not a single Labour MP had joined them, with numerous speakers remarking that harassment of Labour MPs who attended previous demonstrations and the Labour Party’s disciplinary action against Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge for calling Jeremy Corbyn an “antisemite”, is chilling dissent in the Party.

The demonstrators called for a new law against discrimination in political parties due to Labour’s attempt to rewrite and butcher the International Definition of Antisemitism, and heard from speakers of all faiths decrying antisemitism in the Labour Party. Their message was clear and consistent: the Labour Party has now stooped so low that it is a racist, institutionally antisemitic organisation.

Addressing the crowd, LBC radio presenter Iain Dale revealed that he had never been to a protest, but felt compelled to stand in solidarity with British Jews, saying: “I have never ever been on a demonstration before. I have never spoken at a demonstration before. I am not a Jew. But you don’t have to be Jewish to recognise what is happening in the Labour Party.”

The demonstrators also heard from renowned libel lawyer Mark Lewis, who said: “I am a libel lawyer, but let me tell you that the words ‘Jeremy Corbyn is a racist’ are not defamatory, they’re true. If he wants to sue about that, he can do, but he is a racist, he leads a racist Party and anyone who supports that Party is supporting racism.”

Ghanem Nuseibeh, Chairman of Muslims Against Antisemitism, was cheered for telling antisemites in the Labour Party: “Do not hide behind pro-Arab, pro-Muslim or pro-Palestinian causes to justify your racism. We as Muslims do not need your support. We do not need the support of antisemites in the Labour Party.”

To applause, Labour Against Antisemitism spokesman Euan Phillips said of the Labour Party’s attempt to redefine antisemitism: “They’re trying to shift the goalposts again and make it easier for antisemites to stay in Labour…It’s the politics of the 1930s.”

Reflecting on Jewish history, Rabbi Andrew Shaw remarked: “It is shocking that I have to think about the modern day Labour Party in the same way as I think about those in our history who have tried to destroy us.”

MPs and peers from other parties were spotted in the crowd and some took the stage to offer words of solidarity, including Theresa Villiers MP and Lord Stuart Pollak. The speeches can be watched on our Facebook Live stream.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign  Against Antisemitism, said: “The last time that we gathered in Parliament Square, our message was ‘Enough is enough’. The Jewish community has given the Labour Party every possible opportunity to veer from the path it is on, but in defiance of British Jews and even his own MPs, Jeremy Corbyn has doggedly dragged the once anti-racist Labour Party into the depths of racism. By trying to redefine antisemitism his way, Jeremy Corbyn has left no doubt that he is the leader of an antisemitic institution, and he is perfectly happy with that. The Labour Party should be abandoned by all decent people.”

The demonstration, which was called with only 30 hours’ notice, attracted coverage on BBC, ITV and Sky News.

A Jewish Labour MP, Dame Margaret Hodge, is to face “action” by the Labour Party for calling her Party’s leader an “antisemite”.

Dame Margaret told Mr Corbyn that he was an “antisemite” in an exchange behind the speaker’s chair in the House of Commons. Dame Margaret said that her outburst was a response to the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee deciding to rewrite and emasculate the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted widely throughout the world and by political parties except for the Labour Party.

The Labour Party has now said it will take “action” and  that Dame Margaret had brought the Party into disrepute.

The Labour Party is still refusing to even investigate a disciplinary complaint by Campaign Against Antisemitism and over 1,000 of its supporters against Mr Corbyn for the same offence.

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband tweeted: “It is the Labour leadership which has brought the party into disrepute – not Margaret Hodge. How dare they preach about ‘respect between colleagues’ when this very code [on antisemitism] legitimises the most appalling disrespect.”

Various antisemites from the far-left and even neo-Nazis have lauded the decision to take action against Dame Margaret.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has called a demonstration on Thursday at 18:30 in Parliament Square after the Labour Party said it wanted to “consult” on its new definition of antisemitism. Rather than leaving them to conduct a disingenuous, drawn out consultation process, we will gather in Parliament Square and tell the Labour Party exactly how we feel.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Labour Party has responded to the Jewish community and MP’s demands that it accept International Definition of Antisemitism by adopting its own rewritten definition of antisemitism, according to initial reports.

It is for the Jewish community to define antisemitism. We have been consistent and clear in demanding that the Labour Party follow the Government, police, other political parties and even its own MPs in adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism. Today the NEC crossed the Rubicon and defiantly adopted its own deeply inadequate definition.

We have long stated that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is institutionally antisemitic and unsafe for Jews. We have watched as brave activists fought from within Labour to save their political home from the clutches of antisemitism. Yesterday, Labour MPs finally roused themselves to put up a fight, but after a valiant attempt, they have decisively lost today. The anti-racist Labour Party of old is now dead and gone. Its National Executive Committee, under Jeremy Corbyn, has now defied Labour MPs and redefined antisemitism to exonerate the racists in Party ranks. Now that the fight from within is lost, the time has come for decent people to abandon the Labour Party.

Labour Party backbenchers have led a successful rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn’s allies by adopting in full the International Definition of Antisemitism within the Parliamentary Labour Party, though the vote does not bind the Labour Party as a whole.

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had rewritten the definition in a long-planned attempt to avoid having to take action against certain forms of antisemitism disguised as discourse about Israel which are clearly identified as antisemitism in the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Following an exceptional open letter from 68 Rabbis across all Jewish denominations, backbench Labour MPs have now won a vote within the Parliamentary Labour Party to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples, which some Labour figures had attempted to argue were not actually part of the definition.

The NEC will meet tomorrow to decide whether to adopt its own rewritten definition, or the International Definition of Antisemitism backed around the world, and now even backed by Labour MPs.

The Jewish community is best placed to define antisemitism and it overwhelmingly backs the International Definition of Antisemitism, which is why the British Government and numerous official bodies such as the College of Policing have adopted the definition. We commend the brave Labour MPs who have stood up to their leaders today in defence of the Jewish community, and frankly in defence of decency. Tomorrow’s meeting of the NEC will be a watershed moment for the Labour Party. If it adopts its own rewritten definition in defiance of its own MPs, it will be hard to see how those MPs or any decent person can remain within the Labour Party.

Husnain Rashid, a 34-year-old ISIS supporter from Lancashire, has been sentenced to life in prison over his repeated calls to murder British citizens, sending instructions in 300,000 posts on the heavily-encrypted Telegram network in just 18 months.

Mr Rashid, who operated from his bedroom at his parents’ house on Leonard Street in Nelson, a small town of  29,000 people, urged Islamists to wage jihad by murdering Jews, injecting cyanide into supermarket goods, and kidnapping Prince George. He had even sent one contact instructions on how to shoot down aircraft.

As part of his work as a facilitator for terrorism, he published an online library of instructions on committing acts of terrorism, encouraging would-be Islamist terrorists to operate alone using poisons, vehicles, weapons, bombs, chemicals or knives to murder and maim. He was also working on a magazine called Lone Mujahid which police said was “a sort of e-toolkit for would-be lone-wolf attackers”.

Counter-terrorism police swooped in November last year, just before Mr  Rashid planned to go to Syria to join ISIS terrorists there. When he threw a  mobile telephone over a wall onto a police officer’s foot, and then appeared to faint.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. He must serve at least 25 years of his life sentence.

Chief Superintendent Will Chatterton from Counter Terrorism Policing North West said: “Rashid was a prolific poster on Telegram, a messaging and media platform which prides itself on never having provided law enforcement agencies with any user data…He is a prolific and dangerous individual. He has never been forthcoming with information about all of the attacks that he suggested, but we have worked closely with agencies across the world to share the intelligence that we have. We believe that Rashid was days away from travelling to Syria and are in no doubt that he would have continued to encourage others and promote his ideology. Today, Rashid has been sentenced to life in prison and will spend at least the next 25 years behind bars. He will no longer be able to spread hate and encourage senseless harm and killing. Today the world is just that little bit safer.”

Prosecutor Sue Hemming added: “Husnain Rashid is an extremist who not only sought to encourage others to commit attacks on targets in the West but was planning to travel aboard so he could fight himself. He tried to argue that he had not done anything illegal but with the overwhelming weight of evidence against him he changed his plea to guilty.”

We commend the police officers and prosecutors involved in this case for their vigilance in defending Britain from terrorism. This case is a stark reminder that Islamist terrorist consider the Jewish community to be a high-priority target.

Jeremy Corbyn has promoted Naz Shah MP to the Shadow Cabinet, appointing her Shadow Equalities Minister. The MP for Bradford West was suspended in April 2016 over social media posts comparing Israelis to Nazis, suggesting that Israel should be relocated to the USA, and warning that “The Jews are rallying”.

Ms Shah apologised to the House of Commons, and to the Jewish community, professing to having been “ignorant” about anti-Jewish discrimination, and saying that she would “do everything in [her] power to build relations between Muslims, Jews and people of different faiths and none”. Ms Shah was reinstated by Labour’s National Executive Committee in July 2016, with the warning that another such incident would result in her expulsion from the Party.

Ms Shah’s attempts to make amends even resulted in her being subjected to antisemitic abuse at a hustings meeting in Bradford when she defended Israel’s very right to exist, however she has also been caught attending events hosted by Labour activists accused of antisemitism.

However, in the week when the Labour Party published its own rewritten definition of antisemitism, she was one of a number of MPs who signed a letter which seemed to lend support for the creation of a definition other than the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In spite of Ms Shah’s efforts to mend relations with the Jewish community, lending her support to efforts to rewrite the International Definition of Antisemitism and attending events hosted by figures unapologetically embroiled in antisemitism allegations by will surely raise questions as to whether she has truly understood the full extent of concerns over the rise of antisemitism in the UK, and whether she is best placed to fulfil a role which will require acute sensitivity on this point.

In a video message which Campaign Against Antisemitism has aimed squarely at the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, Joseph Glasman, our Head of Political and Government Investigations, has appealed for their help in finding evidence of antisemitism in other political parties.

The video follows Campaign Against Antisemitism’s appeal to the chairs and presidents of all the UK’s political parties for any evidence of antisemitism they might have in their possession regarding antisemitic discourse in their political parties as well as rival parties.

Following various claims by senior Labour Party officials, such as Jon Lansman, the owner of the pro-Corbyn Momentum faction of the Labour Party, who have claimed that there is as much antisemitism in the Conservative Party as in the Labour Party, Mr Glasman said that Campaign Against Antisemitism’s investigators have been unable to verify such claims and asked for examples.

Mr Glasman says in the video: “Our research to September last year demonstrates that Labour officials involved in incidents [of antisemitic discourse] outnumber those in the second-placed party by a factor of roughly eight to one. So, either the Labour Party has a hugely disproportionate antisemitism problem, or our research is failing to find antisemitic discourse in other parties, which is why we need your help. We are a charity combating antisemitism without fear or favour. Just as we have recently achieved groundbreaking victories in bringing far-right neo-Nazis to justice in the courts, so we are equally concerned with Islamist – and here – political antisemitism. So if you have evidence of antisemitism in any political party, this is your opportunity to show us.”

Members of the public are invited to send any evidence of antisemitism in any political party to us at: political-investigations@antisemitism.uk. Examples must be no earlier than 2013, and must conform to our criteria for included individuals and included discourse.

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is due to face a rebellion from Labour MPs on Monday over its refusal to accept the International Definition of Antisemitism. Having previously indicated that the Party did accept the definition, the NEC changed its mind by adopting its own rewritten version of the definition with key provisions missing.

Now, according to The JC, Labour backbenchers led by Jewish Labour MPs Alex Sobel and Luciana Berger, will propose a motion demanding that the NEC adopts the International Definition of Antisemitism in full. It appears that they have the backing of a large number of backbench Labour MPs as well as key Labour figures, including Deputy Leader Tom Watson, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and former Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna.

The motion states that the Parliamentary Labour Party, consisting of all of Labour’s MPs adopts the International Definition in full “and believes this should be used to define, understand and act against antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

The NEC is understood to be meeting on Tuesday to discuss formally adopting its own definition of antisemitism instead of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Jewish community is best placed to define antisemitism and it overwhelmingly backs the International Definition of Antisemitism, which is why the British Government and numerous official bodies such as the College of Policing have adopted the definition. For the Labour Party to rewrite that definition in defiance of the Jewish community is yet further proof that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic, which is why we fully support the Labour MPs seeking to ensure that the International Definition of Antisemitism is adopted by the Labour Party.

Nearly two months ago, Campaign Against Antisemitism called out the Labour Party’s intention to reject the International Definition of Antisemitism. By analysing the seemingly positive letter and article published by Jeremy Corbyn in April, observing what was omitted, and noting Andrew Gwynne MP’s contemporaneous comments on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, we identified Labour’s disingenuous plans for all to see, calling it an “insult to the Jewish community”. Then, as now, the Labour Party had the gall to declare that they – not the world’s expert historians and academics nor the Jewish community – were best-placed to define antisemitism.

However, when this clearly telegraphed plan took a step further toward formal adoption, MPs lined up to decry it, with Labour frontbencher Sir Kier Starmer, on the same Andrew Marr Show, saying that Labour should implement the International Definition of Antisemitism “sharpish”. Other Labour MPs, including Chukka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Wes Streeting, Stella Creasey and Anna Turley all added their public declarations of outrage.

The junking of the definition was not done in secret: it was public. This begs the question: when the plan to carve convenient chunks out of the definition had been so clearly announced in advance, why are Labour politicians only now affecting surprise? One can applaud them registering opposition, but any politician with a significant commitment to opposing racism in their own party would surely have acted long ago: the facts, the individuals and teams working on it being easily accessible parliamentary and Party colleagues.

In only one respect was our expectation changed: in relation to so-called Holocaust inversion, the act of comparing the actions of Jews or the State of Israel to those of the Nazis, which is a part of the international definition which the Labour party has now seen fit to omit. Considering that Mr Corbyn himself publicly wrote on 26th March to a Jewish charity, saying: “Comparing Israel or the actions of Israeli governments to the Nazis…constitutes [an] aspect of contemporary antisemitism”, the brazenness of this latest move by the Labour Party is laid bare.

Labour’s National Executive Committee, which makes the Party’s rules, will apparently meet tomorrow to vote on full implementation of the changes. Whether the Party does decide to adopt the definition in full, or deny it, little will change, and hanging onto the notion that this issue is significant is illusory. Campaign Against Antisemitism correctly declared the Labour Party institutionally antisemitic a long time ago. Under its current leadership, it is set to remain so.

Labour Party MPs are demonstrably more interested in posturing than in action. In this, they make themselves fully complicit with the institutional racism of a Party that they are not just members of, but are elected to represent.

This morning it has been revealed that the Labour Party has adopted a code of conduct on antisemitism that appears to be designed to permit certain forms of antisemitic hate speech within the Party.

While claiming to have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism, Labour has in fact butchered it by removing four of the manifestations of antisemitism that it cites, namely:

  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • 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).
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

The significance of this cannot be overstated. The four examples that have been removed by the Labour Party are central to the understanding of post-Holocaust antisemitism and the antisemitism of  the far-left that now has the Labour Party in its grip. It is driven by the pro-Corbyn faction’s obsessive hatred of the Jewish state, and seems to be designed to give free rein to certain forms of antisemitic discourse that have no place in a liberal democratic society.

This distorted code of conduct has dire ramifications for antisemitic discourse in British politics. In giving the green light to its members and supporters to express antisemitism disguised as discourse about Israel, Labour also gives them licence to compare Jews who refuse to give up their support for the Jewish state to Nazis, and to accuse them of operating as a treacherous fifth column within the United Kingdom.

A letter signed by Luciana Berger MP and Ivor Caplin, the Parliamentary and National Chairs of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), and addressed to Jennie Formby, the current General Secretary of the Labour Party, reveals the extent of Labour’s duplicity. The letter alleges that the meeting at which the code of conduct was adopted took place without the JLM having sight of any of the documents discussed, that the JLM’s offers to participate in order to ensure transparency were repeatedly rejected, and that JLM representatives were left waiting in Ms Formby’s office lobby, only being allowed in to give evidence.

The International Definition of Antisemitism has been adopted undoctored around the world. In the UK it has been adopted by the Government, the College of Policing, the London Assembly, the National Union of Students, multiple local councils (including some that are Labour-run) and universities. In its cynical neutering of the definition to suit its own agenda, the Labour leadership has once again demonstrated that, on antisemitism, the soothing words it utters publicly have no relationship to the malicious actions it takes behind the scenes.

The Labour Party continues to institutionalise the antisemitism that has spread from far-left grassroots activists to the very Party institutions designed to defend the Party from racism.

Ironically the very Labour Party that helped to establish the principle that minorities should have the right to define the hatred they are subjected to, is now the very Party trying to dictate to Jews what they may or may not call antisemitic.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has moved to block Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) from privately prosecuting Nazim Ali, the leader of the annual “Al Quds Day” pro-Hizballah parade through central London. The parade is notorious for the crowds of demonstrators who march through London in support of the terrorist organisation, which seeks the murder of all Jews worldwide, carrying out bombings worldwide, including two in London.

Our private prosecution centred on Mr Ali’s statements over a portable public address system at last year’s parade, including:

  • “Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. Free, Free, Palestine…It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high-rise blocks. Free, Free, Palestine. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
  • “Careful of those Rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers. Do not allow them in your centres.”

The CPS declined to prosecute Mr Ali last year and that is why CAA had to launch our private prosecution. Not only did the CPS refuse to do its job and uphold the law by prosecuting Mr Ali, now it is blocking CAA from doing so privately. The CPS has done this by using its statutory power to take over our private prosecution and then discontinue it just days before Mr Ali was due to face CAA’s lawyers at City of London Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Despite prosecuting many thousands of hate crimes each year, the CPS has not yet been known to conduct more than two dozen prosecutions of antisemitic hate crimes in any year.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This decision by the CPS is an appalling betrayal of British Jews, and we are now taking advice on using judicial review proceedings to force the CPS to either prosecute Mr Ali itself or let us get on with the job. We have called for zero tolerance enforcement of the law against antisemitism and that is what politicians have promised, but it seems that the CPS is not only abandoning British Jews, it is intent on actively intervening to block us when we stand up for ourselves. Whilst we prepare to take action in the courts, the Attorney General must urgently investigate the behaviour of the CPS and its horrifying resistance to prosecuting antisemites.”

We will be providing more information once we have consulted further with our lawyers.

Antisemitic author and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon has been forced into a humiliating capitulation after just two hours in court facing lawyers representing Campaign Against Antisemitism Chairman Gideon Falter.

Mr Atzmon, is an antisemite who 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 our efforts to have him banned from various musical venues, he penned an article in which he claimed that our Chairman, Gideon Falter, “fabricated” antisemitic incidents as part of a “business plan” to defraud the British taxpayer and earn money for himself.

After being sued by Mr Falter 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.”

However in court Mr Atzmon did not even show his face, instead sending his lawyer to make the implausible argument that he had not meant that Mr Falter was making up antisemitic incidents, defrauding taxpayers or profiting personally.

After just two hours of argument, High Court Justice Matthew Nicklin issued a preliminary ruling stating that Mr Atzmon had deliberately accused Mr Falter of: “dishonestly fabricating antisemitic incidents; deliberately exaggerating the prevalence of antisemitism and antisemitic activity (including being too ready to characterise as antisemitism legitimate criticism of Israel); by doing these things Mr Falter therefore risked increasing antisemitism; Mr Falter’s motive was to obtain funds (including funds from the British taxpayer) to support the activities of the CAA and to provide his own income; the funds obtained by this fabrication and misrepresentation were consequently obtained by Mr Falter’s fraud; and Mr Falter is guilty of hypocrisy – he campaigns against antisemitism but he is content with its continued prevalence (even resorting to the manufacture of incidents) because his income and that of the CAA depend upon it.”

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.

The defeat is a humiliation for Mr Atzmon.

Mr Falter was represented by the solicitor Mark Lewis who instructed William Bennett as barrister. The libel proceedings brought against Mr Aztmon are part of a strategy devised by Mr Lewis which he and Campaign Against Antisemitism intend to use to force other antisemites into either apologising in court, or paying substantial damages.

Mr Falter said: “For four years, I have led Campaign Against Antisemitism without earning a penny from it and at enormous personal and financial cost to myself. I am proud that we have built an organisation with great integrity to lead the fight against antisemitism in Britain. We are often accused by antisemites of seeking to stifle criticism of Israel or of making antisemitic incidents up, and I am delighted that through the work of libel lawyers Mark Lewis and William Bennett, I have been able to set the record straight and expose one such antisemitic liar for what he truly is.”

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Campaign Against Antisemitism is appalled by the utterly shameless response of the Home Office to our Parliamentary Petition calling for the full proscription of Hizballah.

The petition, which has been signed by well over 14,000 people, from all but one of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies, calls for the full proscription of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000. Currently, the British Government lists only the “military wing” of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation, despite even Hizballah openly mocking the distinction.

As our Parliamentary Petition passed the 10,000 signatures needed to force the Government to respond, we also made written representations to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Without wishing to go into detail, we came to the conclusion that Hizballah would be proscribed.

However the response to our petition gave the distinct impression that the Government’s position has not changed. It claimed that the annual pro-Hizballah parade through London was “peaceful protest” and “a vital part of a democratic society…however uncomfortable [the views on display] may be to the majority of us, provided that they do so lawfully.”

In a separate letter from the Home Office that we have seen, the Rt Hon. Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing, noted that Hizballah provides “social and political functions”, but that does not negate the fact that the entirety of Hizballah seeks the annihilation of Jews and actively promotes its own campaign of terrorism that, according to Hizballah’s own statements, are conducted by one united Hizballah which does not have distinguishable political and military wings.

This is not a matter of Lebanese politics but of the supporters of a foreign terrorist organisation which seeks to murder British Jews being allowed to parade through our capital. In order to placate the genocidal antisemitic terrorists of Hizballah, this Government is betraying British Jews. If that is not the case, and the Home Office is considering banning Hizballah in its entirety, then it should say so.

We deserve the dignity of a clear answer from the Home Office. If we do not receive one in the coming days, it is our intention to campaign to highlight the Home Office’s dangerous and hypocritical stance.

With the appointment of Gordon Nardell QC as his antisemitism czar, Jeremy Corbyn has once again demonstrated that he cannot be trusted to rid the Labour Party of the toxic antisemitic culture that has engulfed it under his leadership.

Mr Nardell was recently announced as the person in charge of overseeing Labour’s disciplinary process on antisemitism, and finally deal with the huge backlog of complaints. However, researcher David Collier has revealed that Mr Nardell counts Elleanne Green amongst his supporters. Ms Green, a prolific and obsessive poster of conspiracy theories, wrote in the virulently antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group she founded that Mr Nardell is: “A man I like and trust…also a non Zionist Jew and a very brilliant mind…this should prove interesting…He has already seen my letter to the Labour Party as I copied him in a week or two ago…so, we shall see…”

Mr Nardell has also been active on Facebook.

In one response to a Labour member’s defence of Ken Livingstone, Mr Nardell commented: “The problem with characterising Ken’s rather crass and ill-judged remarks as antisemitism is that it debased the coin – we no longer recognise real anti-Jewish racism when we see it, and we undermine the party’s ability to tackle it.”

He also liked a post praising the lifting of Jackie Walker’s original suspension for antisemitism, and another claiming that accusations of antisemitism were being made by a group of Jewish Labour members in an attempt to shut down criticism of Israel.

Mr Nardell has also turned his sights on Campaign Against Antisemitism, stating that our work to combat hatred directed at Jews by Labour members is “revolting” and results in antisemitism being “abused and belittled”.

Unsurprisingly, Mr Nardell appears to have locked down his Facebook account after his appointment was announced.

Once again, it is clear that, when it comes to the security of Britain’s Jews, Jeremy Corbyn says one thing for public consumption and does another behind the scenes. The integrity of Labour’s disciplinary process as it relates to antisemitism will remain fatally compromised if it is left in the hands of Mr Nardell.

An independent and transparent disciplinary process should now be instituted in the Labour Party.

District Judge John Zani has sentenced Alison Chabloz to a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid community service, an indefinite restraining order against contacting two leaders of Campaign Against Antisemitism, as well as issuing an order banning her from social media for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge, and costs of £600. District Judge Zani handed down the sentence this morning at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, after finding Ms Chabloz guilty on all counts of criminal offences under the Communications Act at a hearing last month.

The case effectively delivers 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.

In sentencing her, District Judge John Zani said: “It appears to this court that no proper remorse is forthcoming from you…I don’t know whether you want to be a martyr to your cause. Only time will tell. This sentence will test your resolve. If you fail to abide by the terms of the suspended sentence you should expect to go to prison.”

Ms Chabloz, from Glossop in Derbyshire, had pleaded “not guilty” to charges relating to three self-penned songs in which she decries the supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world and denies the Holocaust. However, in spite of her grossly antisemitic statements and social media posts, the court heard that Ms Chabloz had told probation officers that she had never intended to offend Jews.

The court was read an impact statement from Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, who concluded: “Today, British Jews feel more beleaguered and exposed to danger than at any time in the last seventy-plus years. Alison Chabloz has been at the forefront of those who are responsible for that state of affairs.”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This sentence sends a strong message that in Britain, Holocaust denial and antisemitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated. Alison Chabloz is a remorseless and repulsive antisemite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world. District Judge John Zani refused to make her a martyr, leaving her a pathetic and insignificant figure who now has to learn to muzzle her incitement or face immediate imprisonment. Time will tell whether she manages.”

At a hearing last month in which he found Ms Chabloz guilty, District Judge John Zani had said: “This court is entirely satisfied that the material in each of the songs complained of is grossly offensive, as judged by the standards of an open and multi-racial society – as opposed to any of them being, merely offensive. The defendant has failed, by some considerable margin, to persuade this court that her right to freedom of speech as provided by Article 10, under the guise of her work as an artist, can properly provide her with immunity from prosecution in relation to each of the songs complained of. Having had the opportunity to assess the defendant’s live evidence during the course of these proceedings, I am entirely satisfied that she will have intended to insult those to whom the material relates or, at least, that she must have recognised that there was a risk of so doing. Having carefully considered all evidence received and submissions made, I am entirely satisfied that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of charges 2, 4 and 5. I dismiss charges 1 and 3 as they are alternatives to charges 2 and 4.”

Charges 2 and 4 were charges of “causing to be sent by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material”, relating to two songs performed at a gathering of the far-right London Forum in London in September 2016 and uploaded to YouTube. Charge 5 was a charge of “sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material” in relation to a third song. All of the charges were brought under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

The case began as a private prosecution brought by Campaign Against Antisemitism after the authorities failed to act. Once we had begun the private prosecution and won a judicial review against a decision not to prosecute a separate case, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to take over our private prosecution of Ms Chabloz. Due to strict deadlines for bringing prosecutions, had Campaign Against Antisemitism not brought our private prosecution, the CPS would have missed its chance to take action against Ms Chabloz. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, and Director of Investigations and Enforcement, Stephen Silverman, testified against Ms Chabloz on 10th January and were the only prosecution witnesses.

The lyrics written and sung by Ms Chabloz include:

  • “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes. Eternal wandering liars haven’t got a clue, and when it comes to usury, victim’s always me and you.”
  • “Now Auschwitz, holy temple, is a theme park just for fools, the gassing zone a proven hoax, indoctrination rules.”
  • “Tell us another, come on, my brother, reap it, the cover, for tribal gain. Safe in our tower, now is the hour, money and power, we have no shame.”
  • “History repeats itself, no limit to our wealth, thanks to your debts we’re bleeding you dry. We control your media, control all your books and TV, with the daily lies we’re feeding, suffering victimisation. Sheeple have no realisation, you shall pay, all the way, until the break of day.”

The songs were partly set to traditional Jewish folk music such as Hevenu Shalom Aleichem and Hava Nagila. She mocked prominent Jewish figures persecuted by the Nazis, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and Anne and Otto Frank.

Under cross-examination on 7th March, Ms Chabloz said that: “There should be an official investigation, forensic, regarding Holocaust numbers.” She strongly contested the number of six million Jews being murdered by the Nazis, explaining that her position is “scientific” and that “it looks unlikely to be more than a million.” She continually referred to the “so-called Holocaust” and said that “it’s been used to sustain the criminal State of Israel.”

Regarding gas chambers, she said that: “It’s impossible, without an investigation, without evidence, it’s impossible to affirm” and there’s “no proof of these non facts”, there’s “no proof that any such murder weapon existed” and that they are being “used as a weapon to destroy European countries.”

Ms Chabloz also described as “indoctrination” the programme which sends schoolchildren to visit Auschwitz. She also claimed that Jews are disproportionately influential and asked “how Jews are eight times overrepresented in Parliament.” She then alleged that “plenty of Jews find my music funny.”

The verdict comes amidst a crisis of confidence in the Jewish community. Each year the CPS prosecutes in the region of 15,000 hate crimes, but there has yet to be a year in which there have been more than two dozen known prosecutions of antisemitic hate crimes. With antisemitic crime rates surging, the failure to prosecute has led to a crisis of confidence in Britain’s Jewish community, with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer research showing that just 39% of British Jews believing that an antisemitic crime against them would be acted on by the authorities, even if there was enough evidence, and more than half of British Jews saying that the CPS does not do enough against antisemitic crime.

Instead, Campaign Against Antisemitism is being left to take action against antisemitic crime.

In a clear example of the problem, last week on 14th May, neo-Nazi leader Jeremy Bedford-Turner was sentenced to 12 months in prison after being unanimously convicted by a jury of incitement to racial hatred over a speech he gave in 2015 at a demonstration called to protest against the “Jewification” of Golders Green. Campaign Against Antisemitism had to battle the CPS since 2015, eventually winning a landmark judicial review which forced them to prosecute this case. Mr Bedford-Turner was represented by barrister Adrian Davies, who also represented Ms Chabloz and antisemitic Holocaust denier David Irving, and himself held leadership positions in two right-wing fringe political parties.

Whilst Campaign Against Antisemitism brought its private prosecution of Ms Chabloz because the authorities had failed to act and due to a consistent failure by the CPS to adequately tackle antisemitic crime, we could not be more satisfied with the professional excellence of the expert prosecuting team from the CPS, led by barrister Karen Robinson with the expert support of Hazel Allen. Before it was taken over by the CPS, our private prosecution was led pro bono by Jonathan Goldberg QC, with junior barristers Senghin Kong and Jeffrey Israel, supported by solicitor Stephen Gilchrist.

The pro-Hizballah parade held today succeeded in being even more repulsive than in past years.

Under a heavy police presence, including a police helicopter, riot police and officers on horseback, supporters of Hizballah gathered in London for the annual “Al Quds Day” pro-Hizballah parade.

As in past years, the volunteers of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit went into the thick of it to gather evidence which we are already reviewing. Our efforts last year resulted in us bring a private prosecution against the leader of the parade, Nazim Ali, who was in charge again this year. Last year we allege that he blamed “Zionists” for the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

We had expressed grave concerns about violence at the parade, but to their credit, the Metropolitan Police Service managed to avoid bloodshed despite the presence in a small area of Hizballah supporters, the far-right and British Jewish groups opposed to antisemitism.

The organisers of the parade, a registered charity calling itself the Islamic Human Rights Commission, had issued guidance to attendees telling them that “you can bring a Hizballah flag to show support for the political wing of Hizballah.” Whilst the British Government has proscribed the “military wing” of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act 2000, the “political wing” is not proscribed.

The organisers began by distributing placards proclaiming “We are all Hizballah”, and the terrorist organisation’s flag soon began to fly over London. Some of those attending draped themselves in Hizballah flags and others wore Hizballah uniform. Some attached stickers to their flags stating that they were only showing support for the “political wing” of Hizballah, knowing that police have not been given the powers to take action.

One scene that set a new repulsive low for the parade was the sight of a man who had wrapped a baby in the flag of the genocidal terrorist organisation.

The parade soon began to resemble a march in Teheran or Beirut, with marchers carrying aloft portraits of Holocaust-denying theocrat Ali Khomeini and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whilst the leaders of the march attempted to set fire to the flag of the world’s only Jewish state.

Highly-inflammatory speakers addressed the crowd, including the disgraced Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer, who previously claimed that Israel was behind 9/11, and Mick Napier, who has led numerous disorderly demonstrations in his native Scotland and has a conviction for aggravated trespass at an anti-Israel demonstration. Dr Les Levidow, a Senior Research Fellow at the Open University, ended his speech to the pro-Hizballah parade: “Down with the anti-terror laws”.

However when the pro-Hizballah parade tried to move from its starting position, it was ambushed by a group of anti-terrorism protesters who blocked their way. Playing Jewish folk music and chanting “terrorist scum, off our streets”, they were eventually pushed on by police officers, but even then they stayed at the front of the pro-Hizballah parade all of the way to its conclusion at Downing Street, walking slowly and reducing its progress to a crawl.

A large peaceful counterdemonstration was also held by Jewish organisations, led by the Zionist Federation. Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, addressed the counter demonstration, saying: “We are here because the supporters of a terrorist organisation that openly seeks the genocide of the entire Jewish people, are marching through our capital” and demanding that Sajid Javid ban Hizballah in its entirety so that there could be no further pro-Hizballah parades.

Earlier this week, Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to set out the case for proscribing all of Hizballah. We also made representations to the Charity Commission regarding the Islamic Human Rights Commission, as well as holding a meeting with and making representations to the Metropolitan Police Service .

Signatures for our Parliamentary Petition calling for the proscription of the whole of Hizballah have soared past 14,000, with signatures coming in from all but one of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies. The Government must now formally respond under Parliamentary rules as we have received in excess of 10,000 signatures. The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219020.

We hope that following today’s appalling spectacle, Mr Javid will now proscribe all of Hizballah and once and for all prevent the brazen display of support for the Iranian-sponsored genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation on our streets. Today must be the last time that Hizballah supporters are allowed to mount a show of force through the heart of London.

Over the past weeks, we have submitted a Parliamentary Petition signed by thousands of people from every corner of the UK, and made written representations urging the Home Secretary to immediately proscribe Hizballah in its entirety under the Terrorism Act in order to give police the powers they need to stop the pro-Hizballah parade on Sunday.

Proscription is important because the pro-Hizballah parade is currently only permitted due to a legal loophole. Whilst the British government has proscribed the “military wing” of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act 2000, the “political wing” is not proscribed, something that even Hizballah finds ridiculous. Indeed, its Deputy Secretary-General, Naim Qassem, mocked the distinction, saying in 2012: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hizballah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hizballah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.”

We have also met with the Metropolitan Police Service to warn them about our serious security concerns, and we have made written representations to them as well.

We have also written once again to the Charity Commission about the activities of the charities which organise the parade.

We have written a joint open letter to the Home Secretary along with a prominent Muslim anti-extremism charity, drawing attention to the fact that this pro-Hizballah parade not only endangers Jews, but last year also drew a deadly far-right terrorist attack against Muslims.

We have made numerous interventions in the media and we have issued detailed briefings to journalists.

We have done all that we can, but Hizballah has not been proscribed in its entirety. Sajid Javid alone has that power, but as a new Home Secretary who has only been in office a short while, it was always ambitious to hope that he could proscribe Hizballah fully in time for Sunday’s pro-Hizballah parade.

The parade will be going ahead.

We would now like to tell you in detail what may happen on Sunday, and what you can do to help.

What is happening on Sunday

At 15:00 the parade will begin outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5JG.

That is also where counterdemonstrators are also expected to arrive. We anticipate that most counterdemonstrators will be peaceful, but some may attempt to enter the pro-Hizballah parade or disrupt the speeches. Once the parade begins to move, we also anticipate that counterdemonstrators will attempt to block its path at various points.

There is a serious risk of violent disorder and even acts of terrorism due to the combination of mostly Shia Hizballah supporters protesting outside the embassy of Sunni Saudi Arabia, confronted by a range of far-right groups, all opposed by a peaceful assortment of Jewish protesters, former soldiers and Muslim counter-extremism activists, all on a day that the Metropolitan Police Service is stretched securing a major women’s march celebrating women’s suffrage. The pro-Hizballah parade is a magnet for extremists and we are having to privately prosecute the parade’s leader over comments allegedly made during the event last year. The far-right also feeds off the parade by using it to portray all Muslims as terrorists, and last year it was targeted by the terrorist Darren Osborne before he changed his plan and attacked Finsbury Park Mosque instead.

Pro-Hizballah parade

On Sunday, the annual pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade will take place. It was started by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979 and in London it is organised by a registered charity calling itself the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

In past years, those marching on the parade, have carried the flag of Hizballah, the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organisation which has perpetrated attacks on Jews from Buenos Aires to Burgas, and which has even been blamed for two bombings on London. There are usually many children on the parade, draped in the flag of Hizballah which depicts a fist brandishing an assault rifle, over the image of a bloodied dagger.

In the past, the march has been associated with antisemitic invective, for example CAA is currently privately prosecuting the leader of the march last year, Nazim Ali, whom we have charged over alleged statements including: “Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party…It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high-rise blocks.”

This year, the parade itself is likely to be more inflammatory because it:

  • Is being held at a time of heightened tensions and direct military engagement between Iran, Hizballah and Israel;
  • Will be addressed by highly-inflammatory speakers, including the disgraced Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer, who claimed that Israel was behind 9/11, and Mick Napier, who has led numerous disorderly demonstrations in his native Scotland and has a conviction for aggravated trespass at an anti-Israel demonstration; and
  • Will start outside the Saudi Arabian embassy instead of the US embassy, which is where it was held in the past, giving rise to the possibility of a clash between the pro-Hizballah Shia marchers and pro-Saudi members of the Sunni community.

Far-right calls to action

The far-right uses the pro-Hizballah parade as a means by which to portray all Muslims as terrorist-sympathisers.

The far-right terrorist Darren Osborne attempted to ram the parade with his vehicle last year but instead opted to attack Finsbury Park Mosque when he ran into difficulties attacking the parade. One person was killed and twelve were injured.

This year, we have seen evidence of far-right groups and factions trying to incite their members to violently confront the pro-Hizballah marchers. It appears that there could be a significant far-right presence.

Members of the Jewish community must not be fooled into believing that our enemy’s enemy is our friend. The far-right is no friend of the Jewish people.

Jewish demonstrators caught in the middle

There will be a large peaceful counterdemonstration organised by the Zionist Federation, with the backing of various Jewish groups. Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, will speak at the counterdemonstration about the anti-Jewish terrorist campaign waged by Hizballah and why it has not yet been fully prosecribed. At present, it is possible that far-right demonstrators will be ‘kettled’ by the police in the same pen as the Jewish community, potentially causing considerable disturbance.

The Jewish community is also due to be joined by Muslim leaders opposing extremism, and retired soldiers who have fought hard to defend our country from terrorists.

Women’s suffrage “Processions” march

The route of the pro-Hizballah parade is said to pass adjacent to the massive Processions march at which tens of thousands of women will march in celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, which is already putting considerable strain on the Metropolitan Police Service as the march must be protected against terrorism.

What you can do on Sunday

Send us evidence

Campaign Against Antisemitism is sending a substantial team from its Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit to gather evidence at the pro-Hizballah parade. We intend to take legal action to bring any antisemitic criminals at the parade to justice. If you capture photographs or video that you think show a crime being committed, please send them to investigations@antisemitism.uk.

Go to the counterdemonstration

You can show your feelings about the pro-Hizballah parade by joining the Jewish community’s counterdemonstration, organised by the Zionist Federation. It is important to show that the supporters of Hizballah, a antisemitic genocidal terrorist organisation, are outnumbered by decent people who abhor antisemitism and terrorism.

However, please carefully read our analysis above. If you attend the counterdemonstration, we would advise against bringing children with you. Please be very careful and obey instructions from the police and security officials.

What you can do after Sunday

Stay tuned

We will not be dropping this. Please subscribe to receive our e-mail updates so that we can tell you about our next steps when we are ready.

Whilst you wait, there are two actions you can take.

Keep sharing the petition

Sign and share our Parliamentary Petition to show Sajid Javid that there is strong support for Hizballah being fully designated as a terrorist organisation in the UK. Over 13,000 people from all but one of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies, from Orkney to St Ives, have signed our Parliamentary Petition.

Write to your MP

Polls show that the public wants the whole of Hizballah to be proscribed. Write to your MP and ask them to write to Sajid Javid on your behalf, urging him to proscribe Hizballah fully. You can easily write to your MP using www.writetothem.com.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to set out the case for proscribing Hizballah and to warn about the very real possibility of violent disorder at Sunday’s pro-Hizballah parade.

Our letter, which we have made available for download, clearly presents the evidence supporting the proscription of the entirety of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation. Currently, the British Government distinguishes between Hizballah’s “military wing” and “political wing”, even though Hizballah mocks the Government and says that no such distinction exists. The loophole enables brazen shows of support for Hizballah and fundraising and even recruitment for any supposedly non-military activities conducted by Hizballah are permitted in Britain. It is extremely likely that such funds are used to finance terrorist activity, and could be used to target British subjects.

The proscription of the entirety of Hizballah is made all the more urgent as the annual pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade looms this Sunday. Listing evidence of Hizballah’s terrorist activity and its efforts to target Jews worldwide, the letter also makes clear Campaign Against Antisemitism’s concerns that this year’s parade will become violent.

We have also made representations to the Charity Commission regarding the charity which organises the pro-Hizballah parade, as well as holding a meeting with and making representations to the Metropolitan Police Service regarding the possibility of violent disorder and even terrorism, after last year’s march was targeted by a terrorist who has now been sentenced to life in prison.

Last year’s pro-Hizballah parade also resulted in Campaign Against Antisemitism having privately prosecute the parade’s leader.

Once again this year, the parade will be closely monitored by a substantial evidence gathering team from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit and then analysed by our Crime Unit and Regulatory Enforcement Unit. It is our intention to take legal action if possible.

Finally, our letter asks the Home Secretary to urgently respond to the Parliamentary Petition calling for the proscription of the whole of Hizballah, as signatures soared past the 13,000 needed to require the Government to formally respond under Parliamentary rules. The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219020. So far, the petition has been signed by people from people from 647 of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies, from Orkney to St Ives.

As hundreds of supporters of Hizballah, the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, prepare to parade through central London with Hizballah flags, over 10,000 people from 646 of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies have signed a Parliamentary Petition calling for Hizballah to be fully proscribed. The Parliamentary Petition, started by Campaign Against Antisemitism, rapidly gained 10,000 signatures after a number of days as the most popular petition on Parliament’s website.

The petition was snubbed by some Jewish community organisations, but fiercely backed by figures such as Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Honorary Patron, Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, who tweeted that every British citizen should sign the petition in support of British soldiers, describing Hizballah terrorists as “animals” who “murdered and maimed British soldiers”.

Now, as one of his first acts as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, will be required to formally and publicly respond to the Parliamentary Petition, as the Government is required to respond to any Parliamentary Petition gaining more than 10,000 signatures. If the number of signatures on the Parliamentary Petition now climbs to 100,000, a debate in the House of Commons will be triggered. The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219020.

The dangerous pro-Hizballah parade is currently permitted due to a legal loophole. Whilst the British government has proscribed the “military wing” of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act 2000, the “political wing” is not proscribed, something that even Hizballah finds ridiculous. Indeed, its Deputy Secretary-General, Naim Qassem, mocked the distinction, saying in 2012: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hizballah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hizballah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.”

The Home Secretary is the only person whose signature can instantly proscribe the whole of Hizballah. We have already written an open letter to him along with a prominent Muslim anti-extremism organisation. In our letter we noted: “Hizballah seeks the extermination of Jews. Its Secretary-General could not have been plainer when he said: ‘If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.’ Hizballah has acted on its murderous mantra, bombing Jewish civilians from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and it has even been blamed for two bombings targeting Jews in London in 1994. That this brazen annual parade can take place makes a mockery of counter-extremism initiatives, emboldens those who seek to incite hatred and shames our nation.

We have also met with the Metropolitan Police Service along with other Jewish organisations to voice our grave security concerns. The danger posed by this parade to British Muslims and Jews is clear and present. It is a rallying point for anti-Muslim bigots who wish to portray all British Muslims as terrorist sympathisers, and for antisemites, who admire Hizballah’s stated mission to seek out and murder Jews around the world. Last year, the terrorist Darren Osborne decided to ram the march with his car but he was unsuccessful and instead rammed his car into a mosque, killing one and injuring twelve. Simultaneously, the march itself is a font of antisemitic invective, last year even featuring claims bellowed by its leader that ‘Zionists’ paid the Government to burn down Grenfell Tower.

Last year’s pro-Hizballah parade resulted in Campaign Against Antisemitism having to make complaints to the Charity Commission about the charity which organises the pro-Hizballah parade, and privately prosecuting the parade’s leader.

The parade will be closely monitored by a substantial evidence gathering team from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit and then analysed by our Crime Unit and Regulatory Enforcement Unit. It is our intention to take legal action if possible.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “10,000 decent people from every part of the UK, from Orkney to St Ives, have stood together to say that enough is enough. We want these pro-terrorist parades off our streets. They make a mockery of counter-extremism efforts, are a rallying point for supporters of Islamist terrorism and fuel the far-right, already resulting in a terrorist attack which has killed one British Muslim and injured twelve others. Under Parliamentary rules, the Home Secretary is now required to respond to the petition, and as a decent man who has long stood firm against Islamist extremism, we ask him to respond by fully proscribing Hizballah under the Terrorism Act and thereby closing the legal loophole which allows these revolting and dangerous pro-Hizballah parades to take place.”

We would like to thank all those who have put in so much effort to help achieve this.

Disgraced conspiracy theorist Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer, who claimed that an Israeli conspiracy was behind 9/11, has been announced as a speaker at the annual pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade through central London on 10th June.

In February 2015, the notorious Rev. Dr Sizer was ordered by the Church of England to stop using social media after posting the conspiracy myth that Israel planned 9/11. While the Church said the material Rev. Dr Sizer posted was “clearly antisemitic”, the Daily Mail revealed that Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the Church defending Revd Dr Sizer, saying that he was being victimised because he “dared to speak out against Zionism.”

Mick Napier, the Secretary of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPCC), is another controversial figure announced as a speaker at the parade. Last year, Mr Napier was found guilty of aggressive behavior at a protest outside an Israeli-owned cosmetics store in Glasgow during the 2014 Gaza war. The SPCC has previously been exposed over many of its supporters’ extremely antisemitic views.

The “Al Quds Day” march is nothing more than a celebration of genocidal antisemitic terrorist group Hizballah. It is organised by registered charities, principally the self-annointed Islamic Human Rights Commission, which the Charity Commission has yet to open a statutory inquiry into despite repeated complaints by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has also launched a private prosecution against the leader of the march last year, Nazim Hussain Ali, after the Crown Prosecution Service declined to prosecute him.

In a joint open letter earlier this month to the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Gideon Falter, and the founder of anti-Muslim hatred watchdog Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, called on Mr Javid to stop the march and proscribe Hizballah in its entirety.

The joint letter says that the march “makes a mockery of counter-extremism initiatives” and has already provided motivation for a terrorist attack in Britain. The letter concludes: “Please help us to thwart those who seek to portray all Muslims as terrorist sympathisers and those who would walk our streets carrying the flag of an organisation whose sworn mission is the genocide of Jews. Through your Great Office of State, your signature, and yours alone, can stop this.”

Over 10,000 people from 646 of the UK’s 650 Parliamentary constituencies have now signed a Parliamentart Petition calling for Hizballah to be fully proscribed. The Parliamentary Petition, started by Campaign Against Antisemitism, rapidly gained 10,000 signatures after a number of days as the most popular petition on Parliament’s website.

Now, as one of his first acts as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, will be required to formally and publicly respond to the Parliamentary Petition, as the Government is required to respond to any Parliamentary Petition gaining more than 10,000 signatures. If the number of signatures on the Parliamentary Petition now climbs to 100,000, a debate in the House of Commons will be triggered. The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219020.

The parade will be closely monitored by a substantial evidence gathering team from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit and then analysed by our Crime Unit and Regulatory Enforcement Unit. It is our intention to take legal action if possible.

The announcement of such speakers at Rev. Dr Sizer show precisely what the “Al Quds Day” parade is all about. Hizballah should be fully proscribed so that it cannot take place as a brazen show of support for Hizballah.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “10,000 decent people from every part of the UK, from Orkey to St Ives, have stood together to say that enough is enough. We want these pro-terrorist parades off our streets. They make a mockery of counter-extremism efforts, are a rallying point for supporters of Islamist terrorism and fuel the far-right, already resulting in a terrorist attack which has killed one British Muslim and injured twelve others. Under Parliamentary rules, the Home Secretary is now required to respond to the petition, and as a decent man who has long stood firm against Islamist extremism, we ask him to respond by fully proscribing Hizballah under the Terrorism Act and thereby closing the legal loophole which allows these revolting and dangerous pro-Hizballah parades to take place.”

Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s former Chief of Staff, has joined growing calls for Hizballah to be entirely proscribed throughout the UK under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Timothy condemned as “farcical” the failure to fully proscribe the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation, instead banning its “military wing” but not its “political wing”. Noting that “Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s general secretary, even laughs at the distinction”, Mr Timothy is full throated in his demand for action.

Hizballah seeks the extermination of Jews. For example in 2004 its Secretary-General said: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide. It has been responsible for terrorist attacks murdering Jews from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and has even been blamed for two bombings targeting Jews in London in 1994.

The next pro-Hizballah parade is planned for 10th June.

Citing Campaign Against Antisemitism’s complaints to the Charity Commission about the charity which organises the pro-Hizballah parade, and our private prosecution of the parade’s leader, Mr Timothy berated the authorities for not acting, and also called on Government ministers to take action to proscribe Hizballah in its entirety and stop the parade from taking place as a show of support for Hizballah.

He concluded: “The police need to arrest people who glorify terrorism and incite violence. The CPS needs to prosecute people guilty of hate crimes. The Charity Commission needs to go after groups that spread hate. And ministers need to proscribe Hizbollah in its entirety. Its political leaders glorify terrorism. They encourage their supporters to 
commit acts of terrorism. They are indiscriminate in their attacks, in Israel and around the world. And 
they are spreading hate, here in Britain. The time has come to act. There is no reason not to do so.”

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is the only person whose signature can instantly proscribe the whole of Hizballah. We have already written an open letter to him along with a prominent Muslim anti-extremism organisation.

We have also launched a Parliamentary Petition which has 4,000 signatures, but the Government is only forced to respond it we gain at least 10,000 signatures. Please sign the petition and share the link with your friends and family: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219020.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has launched a Parliamentary Petition calling for the full proscription of Hizballah. We urgently need at least 10,000 signatures to force the Government to respond.

Supporters of Hizballah annually parade through London and are permitted to do so on the grounds that only Hizballah’s “military wing” is proscribed. Even Hizballah admits there is no “military wing”. We must stop these parades on our streets.

The next pro-Hizballah parade is planned for 10th June.

Britain proscribes Hizballah’s “military wing” but, at the behest of the Foreign Office, not its “political wing”. Hizballah mocks the distinction. For example in 2012 its Deputy Secretary-General said: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one”.

Hizballah seeks the extermination of Jews. For example in 2004 its Secretary-General said: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide. It has been responsible for terrorist attacks murdering Jews from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and has even been blamed for two bombings targeting Jews in London in 1994.

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is the only person whose signature can instantly proscribe the whole of Hizballah. We have already written an open letter to him along with a prominent Muslim anti-extremism organisation.

We need at least 10,000 signatures as fast as possible in order to ensure that the Government responds formally. Please sign the petition and share the link with your friends and family: https://antisemitism.uk/petition/.

Speaking to the BBC, Sir Eric Pickles has called for a new law against Holocaust denial to ensure that perpetrators receive longer sentences.

Sir Eric, who is an Honorary Patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, made the comments in the wake of the landmark conviction of Alison Chabloz today following a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism which was eventually taken over by the Crown Prosecution Service, which should have taken action in the first place.

Speaking to Martin Bashir, the BBC’s Religion Editor, Sir Eric said that he had been “root and branch” opposed to a law against Holocaust denial, but he wanted longer sentences.

Ms Chabloz is the first person to be convicted of a crime for denying the Holocaust, but the offence she was charged with by Campaign Against Antisemitism carries a maximum six-month sentence.

The UK is one of the few countries in Europe which does not have a specific law against Holocaust denial, and the UK is even a signatory to an EU framework which requires countries to pass such a law, but no government has ever done so.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes Sir Eric’s call for the law to be strengthened so that Holocaust denial carries a much tougher sentence.

District Judge John Zani has convicted Alison Chabloz at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, finding her guilty on all counts of criminal offences under the Communications Act.

Ms Chabloz, from Glossop in Derbyshire, had pleaded “not guilty” to charges relating to three self-penned songs in which she decries the supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world and denies the Holocaust.

The case effectively delivers a landmark precedent verdict on incitement on social media and on whether the law considers Holocaust denial to be “grossly offensive” and therefore illegal.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Alison Chabloz has dedicated herself over the course of years to inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world. She is now a convicted criminal. This verdict sends a strong message that in Britain Holocaust denial and antisemitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated.”

District Judge John Zani said: “This court is entirely satisfied that the material in each of the songs complained of is grossly offensive, as judged by the standards of an open and multi-racial society – as opposed to any of them being, merely offensive. The defendant has failed, by some considerable margin, to persuade this court that her right to freedom of speech as provided by Article 10, under the guise of her work as an artist, can properly provide her with immunity from prosecution in relation to each of the songs complained of. Having had the opportunity to assess the defendant’s live evidence during the course of these proceedings, I am entirely satisfied that she will have intended to insult those to whom the material relates or, at least, that she must have recognised that there was a risk of so doing. Having carefully considered all evidence received and submissions made, I am entirely satisfied that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of charges 2, 4 and 5. I dismiss charges 1 and 3 as they are alternatives to charges 2 and 4.”

Charges 2 and 4 were charges of “causing to be sent by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material”, relating to two songs performed at a gathering of the far-right London Forum in London in September 2016 and uploaded to YouTube. Charge 5 was a charge of “sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material” in relation to a third song. All of the charges were brought under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

The case began as a private prosecution brought by Campaign Against Antisemitism after the authorities failed to act. Once we had begun the private prosecution and won a judicial review against a decision not to prosecute a separate case, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to take over our private prosecution of Ms Chabloz. Due to strict deadlines for bringing prosecutions, had Campaign Against Antisemitism not brought our private prosecution, the CPS would have missed its chance to take action against Ms Chabloz. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, and Director of Investigations and Enforcement, Stephen Silverman, testified against Ms Chabloz on 10th January and were the only prosecution witnesses.

The lyrics written and sung by Ms Chabloz include:

  • “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes. Eternal wandering liars haven’t got a clue, and when it comes to usury, victim’s always me and you.”
  • “Now Auschwitz, holy temple, is a theme park just for fools, the gassing zone a proven hoax, indoctrination rules.”
  • “Tell us another, come on, my brother, reap it, the cover, for tribal gain. Safe in our tower, now is the hour, money and power, we have no shame.”
  • “History repeats itself, no limit to our wealth, thanks to your debts we’re bleeding you dry. We control your media, control all your books and TV, with the daily lies we’re feeding, suffering victimisation. Sheeple have no realisation, you shall pay, all the way, until the break of day.”

The songs were partly set to traditional Jewish folk music such as Hevenu Shalom Aleichem and Hava Nagila. She mocked prominent Jewish figures persecuted by the Nazis, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and Anne and Otto Frank.

Under cross-examination on 7th March, Ms Chabloz said that: “There should be an official investigation, forensic, regarding Holocaust numbers.” She strongly contested the number of six million Jews being murdered by the Nazis, explaining that her position is “scientific” and that “it looks unlikely to be more than a million.” She continually referred to the “so-called Holocaust” and said that “it’s been used to sustain the criminal State of Israel.”

Regarding gas chambers, she said that: “It’s impossible, without an investigation, without evidence, it’s impossible to affirm” and there’s “no proof of these non facts”, there’s “no proof that any such murder weapon existed” and that they are being “used as a weapon to destroy European countries.”

Ms Chabloz also described as “indoctrination” the programme which sends schoolchildren to visit Auschwitz. She also claimed that Jews are disproportionately influential and asked “how Jews are eight times overrepresented in Parliament.” She then alleged that “plenty of Jews find my music funny.”

The verdict comes amidst a crisis of confidence in the Jewish community. Each year the CPS prosecutes in the region of 15,000 hate crimes, but there has yet to be a year in which there have been more than two dozen known prosecutions. With antisemitic crime rates surging, the failure to prosecute has led to a crisis of confidence in Britain’s Jewish community, with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer research showing that just 39% of British Jews believing that an antisemitic crime against them would be acted on by the authorities, even if there was enough evidence, and more than half of British Jews saying that the CPS does not do enough against antisemitic crime.

Instead, Campaign Against Antisemitism is being left to take action against antisemitic crime.

In a clear example of the problem, last week on 14th May, neo-Nazi leader Jeremy Bedford-Turner was sentenced to 12 months in prison after being unanimously convicted by a jury of incitement to racial hatred over a speech he gave in 2015 at a demonstration called to protest against the “Jewification” of Golders Green. Campaign Against Antisemitism had to battle the CPS since 2015, eventually winning a landmark judicial review which forced them to prosecute this case. Mr Bedford-Turner was represented by barrister Adrian Davies, who also represented Ms Chabloz and antisemitic Holocaust denier David Irving, and himself held leadership positions in two right-wing fringe political parties.

Whilst Campaign Against Antisemitism brought its private prosecution of Ms Chabloz because the authorities had failed to act and due to a consistent failure by the CPS to adequately tackle antisemitic crime, we could not be more satisfied with the professional excellence of the expert prosecuting team from the CPS, led by barrister Karen Robinson with the expert support of Hazel Allen. Before it was taken over by the CPS, our private prosecution was led pro bono by Jonathan Goldberg QC, with junior barristers Senghin Kong and Jeffrey Israel, supported by solicitor Stephen Gilchrist.

Ms Chabloz will be sentenced soon after 14:00 today.

Ken Livingstone has declared his intention to resign his membership of the Labour Party, saying that the ongoing processes of disciplining him after he stated that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” was a “distraction”.

In response, Jeremy Corbyn expressed sympathy, stating that he was “sad”.

For two long years, Mr Corbyn has hidden behind the fig-leaf of ‘due process’ after Mr Livingstone continued to peddle a particular perversion of history that attempts to make Jews complicit in their own genocide, and demonises “Zionists” as an alien group which collaborates with Nazi, and whose policies persecute Jews. That this fiction, debunked by the world’s historians, could be broadcast by a senior Labour figure without it being sanctioned by his immediate explusion will shame the Labour Party forever.

Mr Corbyn did not act decisively in those years, and by expressing sadness now, he has rubbed salt in an already deep wound. Mr Corbyn also continued to attempt to elevate Ken Livingstone’s defender, Martha Osamor, to the House of Lords.

The Labour Party has now missed its opportunity to show that it is serious about racism by expelling Mr Livingstone, and this episode now frees it from the burden of having to even try. In addition, by removing himself from the fray, the legions of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn supporters who openly back Mr Livingstone’s distortion of history will now be emboldened to continue to do so, knowing that the Party itself has failed to land a blow.

Mr Corbyn throughout has maintained that he must respect ‘due process’ with regard to Mr Livingstone’s discipline. However, that burden is now lifted from him, and from those involved in Labour’s disciplinary processes and they are now free from the constraints of such process. The door has now opened for them to damn Mr Livingstone in any terms they see fit, as 107 MPs did last year in signing a statement describing his words as “insidious racism”, but knowing that there will no longer be any expectation of action on their part.

The only option open to the Party now that could possibly allow it a shred of dignity or redemption in the eyes of the Jewish community and the wider electorate in this matter, would be for Mr Corbyn and Jennie Formby, the Party’s General Secretary, to issue a statement condemning Mr Livingstone.

Furthermore, the Party should make clear that Mr Livingstone will never be allowed to become a member again under any circumstances and that there will be no back-door finagling of Labour’s rules to allow him to be readmitted in the future.

Any failure to issue such a statement will further damn the Party, although at this point the Jewish community is far past the point of thinking Labour’s racist ailment can now be cured.

We now see, however, that already Mr Corbyn has chosen the route of sympathy, rather than condemnation of Mr Livingstone.

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Even with the resignation of Ken Livingstone, the Labour Party is growing worse. Jeremy Corbyn has already rubbed salt into the wound by saying that Mr Livingstone’s departure makes him ‘sad’ and is still trying to promote Mr Livingstone’s defender, Martha Osamor, to the House of Lords. Just today, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, run by senior Labour figures including the incoming Chair of Labour’s Disputes Panel passed a resolution backing Mr Livingstone and calling for the reinstatement of Marc Wadsworth who was expelled for accusing a Jewish Labour MP of orchestrating a media conspiracy. The Labour Party’s antisemitism problem seems to be growing, not receding. Perhaps had the Labour Party expelled Mr Livingstone when it had the chance, that might have started to change. Mr Corbyn must apologise for his statement, and confirm immediately that Mr LIvingstone will never be readmitted to the Party.”

In a shocking event hosted at Student Central in London, Alex Kenny of the National Union of Teachers joined a panel including Professor Jonathan Rosenhead of the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), author Ghadaq Karmi, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition. Activist Rob Ferguson also spoke. Members of our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit were on hand to capture all that was said.

The event included a wide array of outrageous claims. It started with Ghada Karmi’s accusations that the Jewish community have created an “artificially whipped-up witch hunt” claiming that “there is only one way to deal with it: no appeasement.” She accused Jeremy Corbyn of “appeasement” in commissioning the whitewash Chakrabarti report, and merely for meeting Jewish community organisations at all, saying “he should never have met them, having met them, he should have thrown them out straightaway.” Dr Karmi finished by turning on those MPs who attended a rally condemning antisemitism in the Labour Party, demanding that Labour “get rid of those MPs.”

Dr Karmi’s speech was followed by Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, a leading figure in the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour. Previously Professor Rosenhead has been heard promoting the debunked theory that modern-day Jews are imposters from ‘Khazaria’ and defending Ken Livingstone. This time, Professor Rosenhead questioned the legitimacy of claims of Labour antisemitism, going as far as to blame Israel for the issues of antisemitism plaguing the Labour leadership and activists. He said: “If I was the Israeli government, I’d be running all sorts of false flag operations, getting people to post, and they have hordes of them in Israel doing this sort of stuff on the internet, saying things which will then discredit Jeremy Corbyn.” Attacking the MPs who have defended Ruth Smeeth in the disciplinary case of Mark Wadsworth “accused of antisemitism at the antisemitism launch of the Chakrabarti Committee because they wished to undermine the report by staging this.”

Professor Rosenhead returned to prior form later on, emulating Ken Livingstone, saying: “Just before the outbreak of war, the United States had organised for hundreds of thousands of Jews to escape from Germany and go – not to the United States, certainly, but to a number of Latin American countries that had agreed to have them. And in those last few weeks before the war, the Zionists stopped that from happening. Because a Jew who got out of Germany and didn’t go to Palestine was a Jew lost. And the result was, hundreds of thousands of Jews who would have escaped did not.”

Later on in the event Ben Jamal of the PSC called the antisemitism crisis in the Labour Party an attempt to “destabilise” Jeremy Corbyn, although he later admitted that there is an issue of antisemitism within the anti-Israel movement. Last year, Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed in a report the PSC’s failure to regulate antisemitism on its Facebook page, whilst managing to remove racist comments against other minorities, even made-up ones.

This event served as an underlining of the JVL’s continued role as harbourers of Holocaust revisionism, and shields for antisemites.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has long said that JVL is a sham. This event is yet further proof of it and Student Central should be ashamed of having hosted it.

Jeremy Corbyn has decided to nominate Martha Osamor to become a life peer, despite her vociferous defence of Labour figures suspended or expelled over antisemitism allegations, including Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein.

In one letter unearthed by political blog Guido Fawkes, Ms Osamor, 75, said that Naz Shah’s demand that Israelis be transported to the United States was “not so outrageous within the historical context and involvement of Zionists with Nazis”, despite Ms Shah herself admitting that the statement was antisemitic. Ms Osamor has also said that Ken Livingstone was “largely accurate” to say that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, and she slammed the suspension of Jackie Walker, who claimed that Jews were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”, as having been “applied and publicised in haste, without due consideration”.

She added that  suspensions over alleged antisemitism “undermine serious discussion and thinking” and “are also being made to silence criticisms of Israel, hamper the work of Momentum activists, and undermine Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn”. She also shared a letter in which it was claimed that allegations of antisemitism were being “weaponised”, which Mr Corbyn has been forced to denounce, though through his ennoblement of Ms Osamor it is hard to imagine that he meant it.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has shown a particular taste in nominations to the House of Lords. First came Shami Chakrabarti who whitewashed Labour’s antisemitism crisis with her dismal report, and now he is sending Martha Osamor to join her. Ms Osamor is one of the foremost defenders of disgraced Labour figures suspended or expelled over antisemitism allegations, including Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein. She has compared the suspension of Labour members over alleged antisemitism to the McCarthy era and the Salem witch trials.

“Mr Corbyn has promised action, not just words, against antisemitism in the Labour Party. Today his actions speak louder than ever. By elevating Ms Osamor to the peerage, Mr Corbyn has sent an unmistakable signal to those in the Jewish community who still harboured some hope that he might change. Mr Corbyn is telling us not only that he sees her behaviour as unproblematic, but that he sees it as being worthy of the highest honour and a lifelong seat in the House of Lords. Yet again, Mr Corbyn has sent the Jewish community a two-fingered salute, and the Labour Party has looked on inertly.”

Ms Osamor has responded by predictably claiming to be a lifelong anti-racist: “I am and always have been implacably opposed to antisemitism and have spent my life as an anti-racist campaigner. As Jeremy has said clearly, raising concerns about antisemitism is not a smear. I welcome Jennie Formby’s recent actions as Labour’s new General Secretary to ensure there is no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

Those who are careful readers of the Labour Party’s attitudes to the Jewish community will be aware that far from positioning themselves to resolve their self-made antisemitism crisis, the Party’s leadership has avoided punishing the loyal antisemites in their midst, and betrayed at every turn a deep reluctance to challenge the far-left worldview that is the well-spring of that antisemitism.

There is no better example of this than in the Labour Party’s rejection of the International Definition of Antisemitism. After several weeks of daily exposure and embarrassment over antisemitism, Mr Corbyn and his senior team finally met two Jewish charities, supposedly to resolve their differences, but they not only refused to accept any of the proposals put forward by the Jewish charities, but Mr Corbyn and his colleagues used the meeting as an opportunity to announce that they were reneging on the Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism as has been well-documented both in the writing of senior Labour figures and also leaked documents.

Campaign Against Antisemitism therefore feels compelled to lay bare the extraordinary duplicity of the Labour Party’s ploy and the ramifications for the Jewish community.

Andrew Gwynne MP has attempted to claim publicly on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that the Labour Party had accepted the definition and yet simultaneously wanted to rewrite it, stating: “We have written into the rules the international definition – but in terms of the examples we don’t think these examples go far enough…We want…to write into Labour Party rules a much broader definition of antisemitism that goes beyond that, including terms like ‘Zio’ which quite frankly are abhorrent and insulting.” Both Mr Gwynne and Diane Abbott MP also implied that in some way the definition does not allow criticism of Israel, despite the definition explicitly stating that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”

Mr Gwynne seemed to be implying – as some individual Labour councils have previously – that they can adopt the very generalist and vague opening paragraph of the definition and reject the examples that form part of it. However, the definition, including its examples, is a single document, as confirmed by its authors, who state that the examples are not merely optional guidance but are an inseparable part of the definition itself.

To ensure that there could be no doubt, Mihnea Constantinescu, who was the Romanian Chair of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) during the Bucharest Plenary which adopted the definition, and Mark Weitzman, the former Chair of the IHRA’s committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust denial issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that the definition itself (as stated in the text of the adopted definition) is part of the entire document, including examples, that was officially adopted (as one piece) by the IHRA Plenary on 26th May 2016. There is no question about that and any assertion otherwise is absolutely false or misleading.”

Therefore, the Labour Party cannot claim to have adopted the definition whilst also seeking to discard part of it. It is not negotiable as an entity. It does not represent an à la carte menu of choices.

However, to obtain some insight into what the Labour Party is attempting to do, Campaign Against Antisemitism has analysed the letter written by Mr Corbyn on 26th March 2018 to Jewish charities and his article on 24th April 2018 in the Evening Standard, in which he makes specific statements about what, in his eyes, constitutes antisemitism. They reinforce a number of points similar to those contained in the examples within the definition, but they avoid the following examples entirely, all of which the definition states are antisemitic:

  • “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
  • “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).”
  • “Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

In short, it would appear that Mr Corbyn does not wish to prevent members of the Labour Party from questioning whether Israel should exist, to say that Israel is a uniquely malevolent state, to delegitimise it, to demonise it as the ‘Jew among nations’, to state that the Jewish people have no right to self-determination and that Jews who defend it are guilty of having ambiguous motives. That all of these statements are antisemitic, is beyond doubt, and each has a long history of being used to promote the hatred of Jews. Particularly, they are used as a means to victimise British Jews, and create a classic ‘good Jew-bad Jew’ dynamic against them, particularly on campuses, in which ‘bad’ Jews that identify with an ‘evil’ Israel are ostracised, as the academic David Hirsh puts it, from the ‘community of the good’.

Those who study antisemitism understand that it mutates, adjusting to historical context. Therefore the definition addresses the key latest incarnation of it – the demonisation of Israel – and provides specific guidance on that issue. However, it otherwise assumes an understanding of the many other manifestations of antisemitism, to incorporate all of which would take several volumes, not a single page. So the definition does not specifically mention, for example, use of the term ‘Yid’ as abuse, nor references to Jews being ‘mean’ or to them having ‘hooked noses’. All of these are well-documented and understood to be covered by the example within the definition which states that “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic.

Another example is Holocaust revisionism, or associated falsifications of Jewish history during the inter-war period, an example of the latter being the historical revisionism deployed by Ken Livingstone when he stated that “Hitler supported Zionism”.

Holocaust revisionism perverts the historical account of the Holocaust, in order, for example, to diminish the Holocaust’s impact, meaning, or the numbers of those murdered. It is often used on the far-left as a means of undermining Jews’ right to self-determination. In using it, those on the far left accuse subgroups of Jews – such as the Jewish “bourgeoisie” or the Zionist movement – of a degree of complicity in or culpability for the Holocaust. This conspiracy theory derives from Soviet antisemitic propaganda during the Cold War period.

Mr Livingstone’s assertion sits within a broader tradition that attempts to demonise Jews who were part of the early 20th Century Zionist movement as being sympathetic to Hitler, and paints them as being in some way ‘Nazi’ themselves, sometimes using that notion to infer that the modern State of Israel is itself influenced by Nazi ideology.

Mr Livingstone’s statements, apparently inspired by the discredited Marxist journalist Lenni Brenner, while distorting the work of actual historians, represents yet another attempt to demonise “Zionists” as a movement of ‘evil Jews’, and to stereotype them as collaborators with Nazi Germany.

Manifestations of these beliefs are now widespread among self-avowed supporters of Mr Corbyn and appear frequently in Facebook groups bearing his name, and some groups of which he was a member.

Asserting that Zionists were the allies of Hitler is a hoax in the tradition of antisemitic conspiracy myths about the Rothschild family, which also uses a few historical facts in order to fabricate a larger lie.

Another relevant example was given by Simon Wiesenthal in his book, Justice, Not Vengeance, in which he describes being handed a leaflet stating: “The rabbis of Dallas murdered Kennedy.” Mr Wiesenthal had no doubt that the leaflet was antisemitic, because it singled out an identifiably Jewish group for defamation. Exactly the same is true of Mr Livingstone when he accuses the Zionist movement of collaboration with Hitler.

Mr Wiesenthal commented on the failure to prosecute the leaflet’s author: “This is one of the greatest difficulties in the struggle against antisemitism: that it is so difficult to make people see that a particular Jew so easily becomes ‘the Jews’.”

Mr Livingston’s words falsify Jewish history in order to demonise an identifiably Jewish movement. Singling out an identifiably Jewish cultural and national movement for such a group libel has been said to constitute, in the words of the International Definition of Antisemitism “mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such…”.

Mr Gwynne and the Labour Party seem not to notice that Mr Livingstone’s disgraceful statements – referred to by 107 Labour MPs themselves as “insidious racism” – were covered by the definition. If they want to rewrite the definition, why not mention this example, the most egregious example of the Labour Party’s failure to deal with antisemitism? Why do they instead dwell on the term ‘Zio’ as a reason to “go further” and reject the definition?

The term ‘Zio’ was adopted as a term of antisemitic abuse around a decade ago by David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, although the use of the term in relation to antisemitism goes back to the 1980s. It has therefore constituted antisemitic discourse for some years, and the origins and the contexts in which it is used are clearly racist. It does not need to be added to the examples within the definition. The whitewash Chakrabarti report will not suddenly become worth the paper it was printed on, nor does it earn the Labour Party credit for simply marking ‘Zio’ out as antisemitic discourse. If it was so significant, then many others would need to be included also. The idea as expressed by Mr Gwynne that the definition needs to be rejected because it does not specifically name this single term of abuse is beyond ridicule.

Mr Gwynne’s pleading on behalf of the Labour Party that he knows better than the Jewish community about what constitutes antisemitism is appalling. If an international coalition of feminists had sent the Labour Party a definition of misogyny endorsed by 31 nations, and an all-male group within the Party’s leadership had rejected it, the Party would be rightly condemned, not just for ‘mansplaining’ but for bigotry.

Mr Gwynne and his Party are indulging in ‘Gentilesplaining’. The Labour Party’s leadership now seems to think that it knows what constitutes antisemitism better than British Jews and the IHRA’s 31 signatory nations. It is not only unacceptable for the Labour Party in its current state to concoct its own, more convenient definition of antisemitism, it is also not in the Labour Party’s gift.

In a joint open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Gideon Falter, and the Founder of anti-Muslim hatred watchdog Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, have called on Mr Javid to stop a pro-Hizballah march through central London on 10th June.

The march is organised by registered charities, principally the self-annointed Islamic Human Rights Commission, which the Charity Commission has yet to open a statutory inquiry into despite repeated complaints by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has also launched a private prosecution against the leader of the march, Nazim Hussain Ali, after the Crown Prosecution Service declined to prosecute him.

The joint letter says that the march “makes a mockery of counter-extremism initiatives” and has already provided motivation for a terrorist attack in Britain. The letter concludes: “Please help us to thwart those who seek to portray all Muslims as terrorist sympathisers and those who would walk our streets carrying the flag of an organisation whose sworn mission is the genocide of Jews. Through your Great Office of State, your signature, and yours alone, can stop this.”

The letter in full states:

Dear Home Secretary,

We are writing to you as campaigners against anti-Muslim hatred and antisemitism to invite you to urgently turn your attention to a matter that stokes both forms of hatred. Each year, London’s most iconic streets are closed for the “Al Quds Day” parade, in which hundreds march in support of Hizballah. Many of the marchers drape their children in the organisation’s bloodcurdling flag emblazoned with a dagger and AK47 assault rifle clenched in an upheld fist.

Hizballah seeks the extermination of Jews. Its Secretary-General could not have been plainer when he said: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” Hizballah has acted on its murderous mantra, bombing Jewish civilians from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and it has even been blamed for two bombings targeting Jews in London in 1994.

That this brazen annual parade can take place makes a mockery of counter-extremism initiatives, emboldens those who seek to incite hatred and shames our nation.

It must not be permitted to proceed this year. It is a rallying point for anti-Muslim bigots who wish to portray all British Muslims as terrorist sympathisers, and for antisemites, who admire Hizballah’s stated mission to seek out and murder Jews around the world.

The danger posed by this parade to British Muslims and Jews is clear and present. Last year, the terrorist Darren Osborne decided to ram the march with his car but he confused the date of the march and instead rammed his car into a mosque, killing one and injuring twelve. Simultaneously, the march itself is a font of antisemitic invective, last year even featuring claims bellowed by its leader that ‘Zionists’ paid your government to burn down Grenfell Tower.

This dangerous parade is permitted due to a legal loophole. Whilst the British government has proscribed the “military wing” of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act 2000, the “political wing” is not proscribed, something that even Hizballah finds ridiculous. Indeed, its Deputy Secretary-General, Naim Qassem, mocked the distinction, saying in 2012: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hizballah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hizballah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.”

Home Secretary, we write to you jointly as a British Muslim and a British Jew who are allies in the fight against racism and extremism, to appeal to you not to permit terrorist supporters who profess only to support Hizballah’s “political wing” to brazenly parade through our capital. We implore you to uphold British values by proscribing Hizballah in its entirety before the next parade on 10th June. Please help us to thwart those who seek to portray all Muslims as terrorist sympathisers and those who would walk our streets carrying the flag of an organisation whose sworn mission is the genocide of Jews. Through your Great Office of State, your signature, and yours alone, can stop this.

Yours sincerely,

Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder and Director, Faith Matters and the No2H8 Crime Awards

Gideon Falter, Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

Two incidents of antisemitic abuse directed at young children within the orthodox Jewish community on Canvey Island have been reported to the police by their father, Naftali Noe.

The first incident took place on Saturday 28th April in the Link Road area when a man in a car followed Mr Noe’s wife and young girls whilst they were walking back from a friend’s house. The man in his thirties shouted antisemitic abuse at the family before driving off.

This was followed by another incident on Friday 4th May in which a man in a pickup truck shouted antisemitic abuse over the fence at Mrs Noe and the children, who were in their back garden on Link Road, and threatened to jump over and attack them. Mr Noe, who quickly came to see what was happening, took the truck’s vehicle registration and reported it to the police.

Mr Noe told The Southend Standard: “It’s so hard when you have your own children coming to you and saying ‘Daddy you told us that Canvey was a peaceful place – why are we being shouted at?’ I try to remind them that it is, and the vast majority of residents have been so welcoming to us and our way of life, but these incidents have really shaken them up. We’ve had some incidents like this before, but never towards our kids.”

A spokesperson for Essex Police said that both incidents are being investigated as hate crimes.

These incidents follow a string of incidents directed towards Canvey Island’s orthodox Jewish community, many of whom relocated to the area from Stamford Hill in search of affordable housing.

In August last year a group of youths in Canvey that directed Nazi salutes at a Jewish family whilst in November, police were forced to issue a dispersal order after a crowd of up to fifty teenagers subjected Jewish children to abuse on the island.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has complained to the BBC over an article published yesterday regarding the decision to relocate the embassy of the United States to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

The article stated that Donald Trump’s “base also lobbied hard for the move. That included right-wing American Jews whose message was amplified by the conservative orthodox Jews dominating Mr Trump’s inner circle.”

It is factually inaccurate to assert that conservative orthodox Jews dominate President Trump’s inner circle. Most of his inner circle and key foreign policy advisers are non-Jews, including Mike Pence, John Kelly, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley and Rudy Giuliani. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and adviser Jason Greenblatt, are affiliated with modern orthodoxy, which is different to orthodoxy, while other Jewish senior advisers, namely Stephen Miller and Steven Mnuchin are connected to more liberal strands of Judaism.

Inaccurately reporting that conservative orthodox Jews dominate President Trump’s inner circle, which is a stereotype of Jewish control, could fuel antisemitism in the UK. This was evidenced in our Antisemitism Barometer research, which found that 81% of British Jews believe that media bias against Israel fuels persecution of Jews in Britain.

The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic.

If you wish to add your voice to our complaint to the BBC, you can do so using the form on the BBC website.

A father was shocked arrived at a playground in the Trumpington Meadows area of Cambridge with his children last Thursday only to find that the words “Kill all Jews” had been graffitied onto the slide.

Pepe Gonzalez discovered the antisemitic graffiti when he took his children to play at the playground. He told Cambridge News he was “disturbed and disgusted by the message of hatred”.

The incident at the park, which was also vandalised and sprayed with other graffiti, was reported immediately to Cambridge City Council which had removed the offensive material by the following morning.

Mr Gonzalez has praised the City Council for acting so quickly, but asked: “Assuming that all this vandalism came from kids, what worries me is how does a kid pick that message of hatred? It is a shame and it is dangerous. I can understand, although disagreeing, that kids may break a swing or draw graffiti but hatred messages are unacceptable.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Mr Gonzalez for reporting the graffiti, andCambridge City Council for removing it so swiftly.

Neo-Nazi leader Jeremy Bedford-Turner has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after being unanimously convicted by a jury of incitement to racial hatred over a speech he gave in 2015 at a demonstration called to protest against the “Jewification” of Golders Green.

Sentencing Mr Bedford-Turner, Judge David Tomlinson described his speech as “sinister” and “poisonous”, saying that he did intend to stir up racial hatred through his “comprehensive characterisation in a derogatory way of an entire race”. Mr Bedford-Turner had pleaded not guilty.

The verdict is a humiliation for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after they blocked Mr Bedford-Turner’s prosecution for two years, forcing Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) into a long legal battle which culminated in the CPS having to reverse its decision not to prosecute.

CAA welcomes the sentence and the clear and strong message that it sends that stirring up racial hatred against Jews will not be tolerated, but the key question now is why the CPS got this case so dismally wrong.

In July 2015, neo-Nazis sought to march through Golders Green. Campaign Against Antisemitism stopped their march, and instead they gathered in Whitehall, Westminster in central London, on 4th July. In his speech to neo-Nazis surrounded by police, Mr Bedford-Turner said that: “…all politicians are nothing but a bunch of puppets dancing to a Jewish tune, and the ruling regimes in the West for the last one hundred years have danced to the same tune.” Evoking medieval libels which claimed that Jews drank the blood of non-Jewish children, Mr Bedford-Turner told his followers, of whom one third were from the violent extreme-right National Rebirth of Poland group, that the French Revolution and both World Wars were massacres perpetrated by Jews. He concluded that England was “merry” during the period of the expulsion of Jews from England and demanded: “Let’s free England from Jewish control.” The speech was filmed and posted on YouTube, where it remains.

Mr Bedford-Turner is a leading figure in neo-Nazi circles and even runs global conferences in London at which Jew-hatred is disseminated.

Under cross-examination on Friday, Mr Bedford-Turner defended his speech. Asked about his views on Jews, Mr Bedford-Turner said: “I would very much like them to leave England.” When asked if this applied to Jewish children, he answered: “Ideally, yes”, reasoning that “Jewish power would have no power if there were no Jews.” He also claimed that Jack the Ripper was a Jew but Jewish power covered this up to the consternation of Judge David Tomlinson. Mr Bedford-Turner’s supporters initially enthusiastically filled the public gallery, but their numbers dwindled over the course of three days in court.

Mr Bedford-Turner was only prosecuted because we forced the CPS to defend British Jews, against its will.

The CPS was expertly represented by Louis Mably QC during the trial, but though the prosecution cannot be faulted, the CPS itself has behaved appallingly to try to stop this prosecution from taking place. Mr Bedford-Turner was only prosecuted because we forced the CPS to defend British Jews, against its will.

After CAA reported the speech to the Metropolitan Police Service, Mr Bedford-Turner was interviewed by police officers and a file was passed to the CPS, but after more than five months, senior lawyers from the CPS’s Counter Terrorism Division finally confirmed that they would not to prosecute the case. The CPS told us that there was no realistic prospect of a jury finding that Mr Bedford-Turner’s speech amounted to incitement to racial or religious hatred, defined by law as using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with the intention (or likely consequence) of stirring up racial or religious hatred. CAA’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, who had witnessed the speech, applied for Victims’ Right to Review, but was told by the CPS that he was not a victim and had no victim’s rights.

Faced with no alternative, CAA took the unusual step of issuing judicial review proceedings to submit the CPS decision to the scrutiny of the High Court. CAA was partly motivated by a growing concern that the CPS is failing to take antisemitic crime seriously. 2015, the year in which the crime was committed, was amongst the worst years on record for antisemitic hate crime. Yet of 15,442 prosecutions of hate crimes by the CPS that year, only 12 were prosecutions of antisemitic hate crime. In the years since, as antisemitic crime has surged, the CPS has continued to prosecute only a paltry number of antisemitic crimes.

We have since been told by a source at the CPS that it was the Director of Public Prosecutions who personally interceded to overrule a senior prosecutor who had advised going ahead with the prosecution.

Whilst waiting for the High Court to decide whether to allow CAA to proceed, the case was brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chief Executive of the CPS, but we have since been told by a source at the CPS that it was the Director of Public Prosecutions who personally interceded to overrule a senior prosecutor who had advised going ahead with the prosecution. In the end, on 6th January 2017, the Hon. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave gave CAA’s judicial review permission to proceed on all grounds and limited CAA’s cost liability to zero. He held that this case “raises potentially important issues for society in this growing area of racist and religious hate crime.” The case was expedited to be held before a Divisional Court of the Administrative Division of the High Court on Wednesday 8th March 2017, but on the eve of the hearing, after more than a year of maintaining that her decision was correct, the Director of Public Prosecutions agreed that the decision should be quashed and taken again by a more senior lawyer.

CAA was represented pro bono by leading counsel Brian Kennelly QC, junior counsel Jamie Susskind, and solicitor David Sonn, to whom we are immensely grateful, and without whom Mr Bedford-Turner would have escaped justice.

Now that Mr Bedford-Turner has been convicted, CAA has been entirely vindicated.

More than half of British Jews believe that the CPS is doing too little to fight antisemitism.

CAA’s latest Antisemitism Barometer research shows that following a 45% surge in antisemitic crime and a 36% drop in charging of antisemitic crime:

  • Almost one in three British Jews have considered leaving the UK due to antisemitism. Only 59% of British Jews feel welcome in the UK, and 17% feel unwelcome. 37% of British Jews have been concealing their Judaism in public.
  • Only 23% of British Jews think the CPS does enough to protect them. More than half of British Jews believe that the CPS is doing too little to fight antisemitism.
  • 64% of British Jews felt that the authorities were not doing enough to address and punish antisemitism.
  • Only 39% of British Jews have confidence that if they reported a hate crime, it would be prosecuted if there was enough evidence.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of CAA, said: “We are delighted by this result, Jeremy Bedford-Turner has been unanimously convicted by a jury of incitement to racial hatred. The real question is why the Director of Public Prosecutions and CPS got this so dismally wrong. CAA had to battle the CPS in court since 2015 to force them to prosecute this case, but a speech that took us and a jury moments to understand as a clear-cut case of incitement, was repeatedly and wrongly dismissed by the CPS as not only not an offence of incitement, but not even a lesser offence. We have been utterly vindicated by the serious 12-month sentence handed down today. This was always a matter of basic law and common sense. The question now is why the CPS seems to demonstrate such incompetence in dealing with cases of antisemitism. Despite record levels of antisemitic crime, there are dismally few prosecutions of antisemites in Britain every year. Antisemites are becoming bolder and British Jews are losing faith in the authorities. The CPS must stop making excuses and prosecute antisemites with zero tolerance. If they do not, we will continue to hold them to account in court.”

The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency has commissioned a survey to reveal what Jews across the bloc think about antisemitism. The survey also asks whether they think Islamophobia and racism in general are worse than antisemitism, or not as bad. The survey also seeks to find out whether Jews are just worried about antisemitism, or whether they have actually experienced it. Similarly it endeavours to reveal whether Jews saying that they have considered leaving the UK due to antisemitism are just thinking about it, or whether they are actually making preparations to emigrate in the coming years.

The survey will inform policy-making both in the European Union and Britain, so it is important that they hear from those who are concerned about antisemitism.

To complete the survey, please visit eurojews.eu.

As part of a review of all police forces instigated by the Home Office in 2016 following meetings with Campaign Against Antisemitism, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has asked for our help in contacting victims of antisemitism to discuss their experience and confidence in police forces to take action.

If you have experienced antisemitism and would be willing for researchers to visit you or call you to discuss your views, please contact Hannah Piggott by e-mailing interview@natcen.ac.uk or calling freephone 0808 169 1224. The research is being conducted by NatCen Social Research on behalf of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

It is important that the researchers hear from as many people who have experienced antisemitism as possible.

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has invited prominent Jewish members of the Party to a meeting of its working group on antisemitism, only to refuse to let them in.

The farcical scene saw the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) being told that its leaders were invited by the working group “to attend their next meeting and contribute to their discussion on this issue”, but upon arrival they were not permitted to enter the meeting room.

One of the JLM delegation, Adam Langleben, reported that he had been disinvited from the meeting and that his invitation had been a “misunderstanding”. After waiting outside the meeting room for over an hour, the delegation was still not allowed to enter.

The Labour Party said: “Jennie Formby has written to Adam Langleben to clarify that the invitation was only extended to people with a role in Labour’s disciplinary process. Peter Mason has first-hand experience of our processes and his invitation was in that capacity, not as National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement. An invitation had already been sent to the Jewish Labour Movement for a separate meeting with Jennie Formby to discuss combatting antisemitism.”

It is astonishing that the Labour Party’s working group on antisemitism decided to go to work without the Labour Party’s Jewish affiliate. That it excludes them speaks volumes about their intentions.

At our demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office on 8th April, we asked you whether we should return if there was no meaningful progress, and we tentatively set a date of 13th May, this Sunday.

Since then there has been continued bad news from the Party, and the meeting between Jeremy Corbyn, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council produced no change at all, as we predicted.

We believe that antisemites in the Labour Party and those who give them succour must face Party discipline, right up to the leader, and that is why we filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn. Over 2,000 of us also demonstrated outside Labour Party Head Office in support of the complaint and over a thousand of our supporters added their names. That was a chance for the Labour Party to hold its leader to account and prove that its institutions still had some life left in them, but the new General Secretary has now rejected our disciplinary complaint in a manner which left us in no doubt that there will be no internal justice.

We now intend to pursue a three-pronged campaigning strategy.

First, we will continue to expose and document antisemitism in all political parties, working with our contacts in the media to ensure that failing to address antisemitism continues to exact a heavy price. We will also be updating our online database of antisemitism in political parties so that there is clearly-documented evidence that the problem with antisemitism in the Labour Party goes far beyond that in other political parties.

Second, we are now investigating with a team of very senior lawyers whether legal action can be taken against the Labour Party to ensure that disciplinary complaints are properly processed, starting with the one against Mr Corbyn. As soon as we can, we will tell you more about it.

Third, we will be launching a cross-party, cross-community initiative, and for that we will need to rely on your vociferous support.. For that reason we have decided not to go ahead on 13th May and instead we will be asking you to stand with us on a future date as soon as we are ready (if you had booked train tickets to come to London on 13th May, please send receipts to mobilisation@antisemitism.uk and we will reimburse you).

We appreciate that parts of this update are very light on detail, but that is as much as we can say at the point and we did not want to wait any longer without talking to you about our strategy.

Campaign Against Antisemitism tries to keep track of what each political party defines as antisemitism. Whilst most mainstream parties now use the International Definition of Antisemitism, the Labour Party’s stance has become increasing convoluted.

Following the Government’s lead, in December 2016, the Labour Party stated that it had adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism. A number of reports suggest that it was accepted in full by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC). For example, NEC member Alice Perry wrote in a report for LabourList in December 2016 that the NEC adopted the definition, and a leaked letter signed by the Labour Party’s former General Secretary corroborates her report. However, at a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn, Jennie Formby and the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council on 24th April 2018, it was reported that Mr Corbyn and Ms Formby refused to state that the Labour Party continued to accept the whole of the definition, suggesting that they no longer consider themselves bound by the ‘examples’ which serve to illustrate the definition’s intended meaning. However, the Labour Party has not since clarified its position.

The situation was muddied further when Mr Corbyn wrote to the two Jewish charities on 26th March stating: “Comparing Israel or the actions of Israeli governments to the Nazis, attributing criticisms of Israel to Jewish characteristics or to Jewish people in general and using abusive phraseology about supporters of Israel such as ‘Zio’ all constitute aspects of contemporary antisemitism. And Jewish people must not be held responsible or accountable for the actions of the Israeli government.” Some of the language appears to be drawn straight from the examples within the definition that Mr Corbyn had refused to stand by.

Then, on 24th April, in an article published in the Evening Standard, Mr Corbyn wrote: “Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood…So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.” He also stated that “…when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses antisemitic ideas – attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis – then a line must be drawn.” He also recognised that “…there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about ‘Jewish bankers’ and ‘sinister global forces’.” Finally, he called out Labour Party members (including himself) who have dismissed Jewish concerns as smears, stating: “When members of Jewish communities express genuine anxieties we must recognise them as we would those of any other community. Their concerns are not ‘smears’.” Again, much of what he wrote is a regurgitation of the examples within the definition that he had refused to stand by.

Meanwhile, Momentum, headed by NEC member Jon Lansman, supports Mr Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and requires in its constitution that its members must also be Labour Party members. On 2nd April, it issued a statement that: “accusations of antisemitism should not and cannot be dismissed simply as right-wing smears nor as the result of conspiracies.” However Mr Lansman has done just that, accusing Campaign Against Antisemitism of orchestrating a conspiracy to overstate the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

It should not be so hard to know what the Labour Party and Momentum consider to be antisemitism. They should be clear on whether they adopt the whole of the International Definition of Antisemitism, and if they do not, they should explain that too.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is launching a new short course in bridge-building and public speaking in Manchester.

The course will include sessions on public speaking about antisemitism and how to build bridges with natural allies, as well as how to disrupt the spread of the extremist antisemitic ideologies of the far-left, far-right and Islamists.

The first training session will take place on 10th May at 18:30 in north Manchester.

Anybody who would like to help build bridges and disrupt the spread of antisemitism should sign up at antisemitism.uk/volunteer.

Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, sat quietly in the audience this week as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves through their “social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters.” He also cited a theory often used by antisemites that modern-day Jews are in fact imposters from “Khazaria”.

Instead of walking out or challenging him, Ms Thornberry posted on Facebook that it had been her “privilege” to represent the Labour Party at the conference of the Palestinian National Council.

Only when the media reported on the fact that she had contentedly sat through the three-hour speech did she issue a further statement, saying: “It is deeply regrettable that, during a lengthy speech whose main and successful purpose was to urge the Palestinian National Council to remain committed to the Middle East peace process and the objective of a two-state solution, President Abbas made these antisemitic remarks about the history of the Jewish community in Europe which were not just grossly offensive, but utterly ignorant. His comments were out of keeping with the tone of the Council as a whole, and of my discussions with other delegates, and I hope President Abbas will immediately apologise for them, so that the message to come out of this important Council meeting can remain positive and progressive, and focused on re-establishing peaceful and constructive dialogue.”

Some have suggested that Ms Thornberry may not have heard Mr Abbas’ remarks during his turgid three-hour speech, but were that the case, she should have said so, rather than suggesting that her conduct in sitting passively through the speech was acceptable.

Mr Thornberry has attracted criticism before for suggesting that in order to address Labour’s antisemitism crisis, British Jews needed to show “a bit of movement”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is extremely concerned that Ms Thornberry failed to react to the speech in any way until called out by the media.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by Campaign Against Antisemitism over the publication by The Telegraph of a claim that the Rothschild family controlled all of the central banks in all of the countries in the world except for Cuba, Iran and North Korea. The antisemitic myth is frequently used by antisemites to claim that any acts against those nations are in fact secret machinations by world Jewry to overthrow the last strongholds of resistance to Jewish dominance.

Whilst we welcome IPSO’s decision to uphold our complaint, we consider the remedy proposed to be toothless, leaving us concerned that ISPO is unfit for purpose.

We complained directly to The Telegraph after the newspaper’s Travel Editor, Oliver Smith, wrote and published a list of the only three countries in the world which “don’t have a central bank owned or controlled by the Rothschild family”, listing Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

We did not anticipate complaining to IPSO at all, merely seeking action by the newspaper itself to explain how Mr Smith had come to publish the claim, as it can only be found on extreme antisemitic website. Whilst Mr Smith apologised to us in a private e-mail, claiming that he is not antisemitic and picked up the antisemitic myth from a website which looked innocuous, he ignored requests to name the website when it was pointed out that no innocent-looking websites publish such antisemitic material, the only ones that do being specialist antisemitic forums and blogs.

When Campaign Against Antisemitism pushed the point, The Telegraph’s Head of Compliance, Jess McAree, stepped in and said that if we pursued our complaint they would not publish an article already cleared for publication by the newspaper’s compliance team, insisting that the apparent threat was merely the implementation of the newspaper’s policies. In the end we refused to back down and published the article on our own website.

Due to the handling of the matter by Mr Smith and Mr McAree, we complained to IPSO. Whilst IPSO has now ruled in Campaign Against Antisemitism’s favour, the outcome of its laborious complaints process however is that The Telegraph has published a well-buried apology on its website only, and that is all.

We are extremely disappointed in IPSO.

Firstly, IPSO ruled that the complaint should be investigated under the Editorial Code as a matter of “accuracy” only and not “discrimination”, which is beyond perverse. Of course it is not accurate to say that the Rothschild family owns almost all of the central banks of the world’s nations, but to ignore the fact that a variation of that very myth was popularised by none other than Nazi Germany is an abominable dereliction of duty for a regulator.

Secondly, and no less perversely, Campaign Against Antisemitism’s proposed remedies were rejected. We suggested that as a minimum The Telegraph should agree to publish an article by a suitable academic on the provenance of such antisemitic conspiracy myths, and that it should investigate how a claim found only on vehemently antisemitic websites came to be treated as reliable source material not by a rookie journalist but by an editor.

Mr Smith, Mr McAree and The Telegraph have been let off lightly by a toothless regulator that is unfit for purpose. It is hard to see how the Jewish community can have any faith in IPSO.

As Sajid Javid takes over from Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, the eyes of the Jewish community will be on one issue in particular: what will he do about supporters of Hizballah, the terrorist organisation which seeks a genocide of all Jews worldwide, whose supporters parade through London every year?

Mr Javid is a friend of the Jewish community. It was he who called the recent parliamentary debate on antisemitism, but there have also been times when he has failed to act, for example over the disgraceful Palestine Expo debacle.

Now, as he steps into the Home Office as Home Secretary, we look to him to make an urgent decision on a matter which the entire Jewish community has long felt threatened by: a parade in support of a terrorist organisation that wants us dead and has been blamed for two bombings in London targeting Jews and Israelis.

Every year, organisations disgracefully permitted to operate as charities, lead by the self-appointed Islamic Human Rights Commission, organise a parade in support of Hizballah, with adults and children draped in the terrorist group’s flag.

Each year, London’s most iconic roads are closed to permit the parade to pass, and nothing is done by the authorities in its aftermath. Indeed it has fallen to Campaign Against Antisemitism to privately prosecute the leader of the parade because the Crown Prosecution Service refused to act.

Hizballah is proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000, and any person giving a police officer “reasonable suspicion” that they are supporting the terrorist organisation commits an offence, but a perverse and dangerous loophole is being used to permit Hizballah supporters to operate: only Hizballah’s “military wing” is proscribed.

Hizballah’s imaginary “political wing” is not proscribed, enabling those on the annual Hizballah parade to claim to be supporting Hizballah’s political wing, not its military wing.

Even Hizballah finds this false distinction ridiculous. In October 2012, Hizballah Deputy Secretary-General, Naim Qassem, said: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hizballah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hizballah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.”

Hizballah is also clear what resistance means. Its Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, who is the leader of any fictitious “wing” of Hizballah that the government may wish to imagine, said: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

Hizballah has been true to its mission, bombing Jewish targets from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and it has even been blamed for setting off two bombs in London outside buildings used by Jews and Israelis.

The only person who can order that Hizballah be proscribed as a terrorist organisation in its entirety is the Home Secretary.

Campaign Against Antisemitism, and many others comprising the full spectrum of the Jewish community, have long called on the Government to proscribe Hizballah.

As the incoming Home Secretary, we call on Sajid Javid to part with the failed compromises of his predecessors and urgently proscribe Hizballah before the next pro-Hizballah parade on 10th June.

We will be undertaking campaigning activity on this matter in the weeks ahead.

On Wednesday, the General Secretary of Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, declared war on Labour MPs who have bravely stood up to antisemites in their own Party.

As one of the Labour Party’s largest donors, Unite carries significant sway in the Party. It has shamefully permitted its General Secretary to repeatedly belittle and dismiss allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, for example calling it “mood music” to “undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” and claiming that those making allegations of antisemitism have been “playing games”. He has even claimed that media coverage of the allegations is a “right-wing” plot and rallied his supporters to mass-report a Twitter account that exposes antisemites in the Labour Party.

Now, writing in The New Statesman, Mr McCluskey has launch an attack on those Labour MPs who fight antisemitism in the Party, claiming that they merely oppose Mr Corbyn on every point and merely use antisemitism as a tool.

For example, Mr McCluskey has not only claimed that the Leader of Israel’s Labour Party is “guilty of a cynical and outrageous smear” for severing ties with the British Labour Party over antisemitism, but attacked Labour MPs and the  Jewish Labour Movement for not saying that the Israeli Labour Party “had gone too far”.

Mr McCluskey then went further still, writing that those who spoke out against antisemitism at a recent parliamentary debate “made my stomach churn” and threatening them with the prospect of being “held to account”, having hinted at “mandatory reselection” earlier in the article, which would see Labour replace critical MPs with other parliamentary candidates.

Len McCluskey has been rightly attacked by senior Labour Party figures from Ian Austin MP to Sir Keir Starmer MP, despite Dianne Abbott MP refusing to say whether she agreed or disagreed with Mr McCluskey.

The most important response however is that of Mr Corbyn himself. He has rightly said that he disagrees with Mr McCluskey, but that is no longer enough. Mr McCluskey is a repeat offender. Campaign Against Antisemitism has previously called on Mr McCluskey to resign, and Mr Corbyn should be equally firm.

Chris Williamson, a Labour MP and a member of the Shadow Cabinet until January, has thrown his weight behind expelled Labour Party activist Marc Wadsworth in reaction to his expulsion.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Williamson declared: “I am astonished by the National Constitutional Committee’s (NCC) perverse determination of Marc Wadsworth’s case. It flies in the face of the evidence that was presented and offends against the principles of natural justice. The NCC’s decision has all the hallmarks of predetermination and tramples on the Labour Party’s record of standing up fairness. I will therefore continue to stand four-square behind Marc and assist him in his efforts to clear his name, and his reputation as a veteran anti-racist campaigner, which have been besmirched by this absurd NCC ruling.”

Last month, Mr Williamson yet again repeated his support for disgraced Labour activist Jackie Walker. Mr Williamson has previously said that Ms Walker’s suspension was “disgraceful”, and he recently attended another event with her and her fellow suspended Labour member Marc Wadsworth. Various social media posts suggest that they are close. In 2016 we called on the Labour Party to investigate his comments appearing to suggest that “brutal” Israelis were responsible for antisemitism in the UK, but instead he was selected to run for parliament and Jeremy Corbyn has appointed him to the Shadow Cabinet. He has since referredto allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party as “proxy wars and bulls***”, saying the allegations were just a smear campaign against Mr Corbyn. Campaign Against Antisemitism called on Mr Williamson to apologise for his comments however to date we have not received a response. He has also endorsed an attack on a Labour Councillor who took action against antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls for the Labour Party to withdraw the whip from Mr Williamson.

Almost two years after Marc Wadsworth accused Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth of orchestrating a media conspiracy, he has at long last been expelled from the Labour Party.

The incident happened at the launch of Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report clearing the Labour Party of antisemitism. At the launch event, Mr Corbyn compared Israel to ISIS, before Mr Wadsworth stood up to accuse Ms Smeeth of being behind a media conspiracy. As Ms Smeeth fled the room in tears, Mr Corbyn looked in inertly, and was later seen joking and laughing with Mr Wadsworth as they left the event together.

Mr Corbyn’s behaviour was condemned by Labour MP Chuka Umunna during a House of Commons investigation into antisemitism forms part of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn.

On her way to give evidence at the hearing, Ms Smeeth was escorted by approximately fifty Labour MPs and peers in a show of solidarity, as protesters as protesters outside the hearing said that the allegations were merely intended to unseat Jeremy Corbyn. One activist, Tony Greenstein, who was expelled from the Labour Party in February, reportedly told journalists that Israelis and the CIA were behind the allegations.

A Labour party spokesperson said: “The NCC [National Constitutional Committee] has found that two charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Marc Wadsworth have been proven. The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for this breach of Labour Party rules will be expulsion from membership.”

Mr Wadsworth had insisted to journalists outside the hearing: “I’m not an antisemite. I’m an anti-racist.”

Whilst this case languished in the Labour Party’s opaque and dysfunctional disciplinary system, various prominent Labour Party figures have defended or rubbed shoulders with Mr Wadsworth, including Labour MPs Naz Shah, Chris Williamson and Clive Lewis who were seen  standing side-by-side with Mr Wadsworth in February.

Kick It Out Chairman Lord Ouseley and veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell even wrote a letter to The Guardian demanding Mr Wadsworth’s readmission to the Party, whilst a founder of the sham Jewish Voice for Labour organisation, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, suggested that Mr Wadsworth was innocent because Ms Smeeth had deliberately left the room in tears to make Mr Corbyn look bad.

At the time, Ms Smeeth called on Mr Corbyn to resign, a call given added impetus by today’s decision.

In a landmark High Court victory, Senior Coroner Mary Hassell has been defeated in her campaign to continue delaying Jewish and Muslim burials.

Ms Hassell had argued that cases would be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis, in a break with convention which has long seen more compassionate coroners prioritise cases where a swift burial is required for religious reasons.

In what many saw as a cruel and disgusting policy which heightened the suffering of grieving families, Ms Hassell would make Jewish and Muslim families wait for weeks before releasing the corpses of their loved ones for burial, and she even prevented Jewish relatives and burial societies from observing the obligation to stand watch over a body until burial takes place.

However, Ms Hassell met her match in campaigner Marie van der Zyl, and lawyer Trevor Asserson, who worked on behalf of the Adath Yisroel Burial Society to put an end to her disgraceful practices.

Ms van der Zyl, who is a Vice President of the Board of Deputies and standing to become its President, orchestrated a fierce campaign which saw Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, the Chief Rabbi and even the Chief Coroner attack Ms Hassell’s “cab rank” policy of treating all cases in the same way regardless of families’ needs.

After Ms Hassell defended her policy and refused to listen to reason, continuing to cause immense distress to families under her jurisdiction, the case was taken to the High Court where seasoned litigator Trevor Asserson argued that a blanket policy may appear to assure equality, but in reality an equal policy may discriminate against those who it disproportionately disadvantages.

The campaign was successful and Ms Hassell was roundly defeated.

In a 56-page judgement which has just been issued, Lord Justice Singh, sitting with Mrs Justice Whipple, found against Ms Hassell on all but one count, ordering her to immediately scrap her policy, describing it as “incapable of rational justification”.

Lord Justice Singh wrote: “The fundamental flaw in the present policy adopted by the defendant is that it fails to strike any balance at all, let alone a fair balance…It is very clear from the various materials submitted by the defendant that she was acutely aware of the impact her policy might have on certain minority religious communities within her area…What on its face looks like a general policy which applies to everyone equally may in fact have an unequal impact on a minority. In other words, to treat everyone in the same way is not necessarily to treat them equally. Uniformity is not the same thing as equality.”

Echoing the sentiments of many, Ms van der Zyl demanded the resignation of Ms Hassell, saying that “If she cannot carry out this basic function of her role, she must vacate her position.” We commend Ms van der Zyl on her leadership during what has been an appalling ordeal for Ms Hassell’s many victims.

Responding with relief, Rabbi Asher Gratt, of Adath Yisroel Burial Society, said: “This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignity, preventing further unnecessary anguish at the darkest moment of their lives.” His comments were mirrored by figures in the Muslim community who had been watching the case closely.

Adding weight to Ms van der Zyl’s call for Ms Hassell to resign, Mr Asserson explained: “The court found against Hassell on every count, except for finding that she had considered the impact of her protocol on Jews and Muslims. This was to damn with faint praise, for the court found ‘she did not recognise that impact as discriminatory as a matter of law’. In other words, she knew she was causing anguish to people, but was too ignorant of the law to understand that her conduct was not only lacking in any compassion, but was also discriminatory and unlawful.”

Ms Hassell’s office said that she was “grateful for the High Court’s clarification of the law” but it has long been obvious that her policy was a disgusting abuse of power and Ms van der Zyl has Campaign Against Antisemitism’s full backing in calling for Ms Hassell to resign immediately.

On Wednesday last week, an organisation calling itself Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) held a meeting in Manchester, with a speech from co-founder Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi as the main attraction.

As the organisation’s chair, Jenny Manson, has admitted, JVL was founded in order “to tackle allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party”. It shares much of its core membership with an organisation called Free Speech on Israel, which was formed partly in order to defend Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone, and which organised the notorious Labour Party conference fringe meeting at which it was suggested that Labour members should be free to debate “the Holocaust, yes or no”. When the Labour Party voted on rule changes to make it easier to expel members for hate speech of all kinds, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi spoke against the changes. When British Jews demonstrated against antisemitism in Parliament Square, JVL organised a counter-demonstration. That is the sort of thing that JVL does.

Despite its name, the real purpose of JVL is not to provide Jews with a voice in the Labour Party: a voice that already exists via the Jewish Labour Movement. Its purpose is, rather, to provide an ostensibly ‘Jewish’ voice in support of the most extreme elements on the Labour left, which camouflage themselves as ‘anti-Zionists’.

While JVL claims to take no position on Zionism, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi devoted about a quarter of her speech in Manchester to attacking it. She also argued in favour of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which the Labour leadership has distanced itself from, and argued against the International Definition of Antisemitism, which the Labour Party has officially adopted. These positions put Ms Wimborne-Idrissi not only on the fringes of the Jewish community but also on the fringes of the Labour Party. As for Ms Manson, she has admitted that she only “began to identify as a Jew in order to argue against the State of Israel”.

But there are too many who take JVL seriously as an authority on antisemitism, despite its fringe status. At the meeting in Manchester last week, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi defended Unite leader Len McCluskey’s claim that antisemitism allegations are “mood music that was created by people who were trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn”, dismissed the disciplinary proceedings against Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker as “McCarthyism and witchhuntery that we can’t speak freely [about]”, and claimed (in the face of evidence suggesting the contrary) that the number of antisemites in the Labour Party is “infinitesimally small”.

Still more shockingly, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi attempted to blame mainstream Jewish organisations and Israel for antisemitism, claiming that it is their position that “causes people to confuse Jews, Israel, and Zionism, and leads to some expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment”; in essence blaming Jewish people for their own oppression. This violates the basic premise of all liberation movements: someone who blamed black people for causing anti-black racism, or gay people for causing homophobia, would never be accepted as a spokesperson for a left wing group. Why then does Ms Wimborne-Idrissi speak for JVL?

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s focus is on antisemitism, pure and simple. We don’t care whether Jew-hate comes from the right, the left, or the centre – we oppose it in every form. But JVL exists in order to persuade the world that the Labour Party doesn’t need to do anything about its antisemitism problem because Jews have said so.

It’s time for the mainstream media to stop giving JVL an audience.

Having come under intense criticism over antisemitism in the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn’s article in the Evening Standard on Tuesday attempted to defuse the criticism by admitting the problem and apologising for it.

In the article, Mr Corbyn set out his position on what constitutes antisemitism as well as some of his proposals for addressing it, but despite superficially appearing to be positive, closer examination reveals that what he wrote was guarded, grudging and disingenuous.

For example, the article, which was doubtless carefully crafted, claims that “Anti-Zionism is not in itself antiSemitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists”, a statement guaranteed to provoke the Jewish community. Within the Israeli polity, its free press and among its academics, the nature of their nation and its past and future constitution may be a legitimate matter for debate. However “Anti-Zionism” more widely – and most definitely within the context of the British Labour Party – simply amounts to the expression of the idea that Israel should not exist. This is not only antisemitic under the International Definition of Antisemitism, but as the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, has stated: “Antizionism is antisemitism”. By attempting to legitimise this ‘Anti-Zionism’, it is also likely that Mr Corbyn’s intention is to allow disingenuous voices such as the fabricated, so-called Jewish Voice for Labour group – stacked as it is with antisemitic conspiracy theorists – room to continue to sow division within the Jewish community by posing as an equivalent counterweight to the views of the overwhelming majority of British Jews.

Further, the letter admits that there are genuine cases of antisemitism in the Party, but then quickly describes them as extremely rare and that they only represent “0.1%” of Labour members. In doing so, Mr Corbyn is once again taking our community for fools by continuing to characterise a very extensive problem as merely being a case of ‘a few bad apples’.

Mr Corbyn’s disingenuousness does not stop there. He is seemingly apologetic that the Chakrabarti report has not been fully implemented. Campaign Against Antisemitism and many others cannot have made their feelings clearer in this matter: the report was a totally inadequate whitewash which exacerbated the problem. We do not wish anything more than that it is ripped up and replaced by an independently commissioned report with real teeth. By fully implementing the report, for example, the Labour Party will not have to observe any transparency at all in its disciplinary processes, nor will cases older than two years be investigated, both of which are, and continue to be unacceptable to the Jewish community. We once again call on the Labour Party, along with all other political parties in the UK, to adopt our manifesto for dealing with antisemitism in political parties.

Mr Corbyn is engaging in doublespeak, appearing to apologise whilst poisoning the debate further.

There was no better proof of this than in an interview given by Mr Corbyn as he walked through the streets on Monday, in which he dismissed the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis as though it were a mere extension of general problems in society at large. Even as he spoke, commuters were starting to read the carefully-crafted article in the Evening Standard in which he personally apologised for failing to deal with an exceptional problem.

Having published the letter, Mr Corbyn and the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, went to a meeting with two Jewish charities at which he and those representing the Labour Party refused to accept the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, even though evidence shows that the Labour Party had already done so. By comparing how Mr Corbyn defines antisemitism in the letter and the definition’s full terms, we can see clearly what he now intends to exclude from the defininition. Without listing those items at length, what becomes clear is that under Labour, it will still be possible to say that Jews have no right to self-determination and that Israel is a racist endeavour which has no right to exist. Labour members will be able to apply a double standard to Israel that does not apply to other democratic nations. Such treatment of Israel is regarded by the world as antisemitic and wholly separate from legitimate criticism of the Israeli government’s actions as they would be applied to other nations. Mr Corbyn should be in no doubt that this vilification of the Jewish state is constantly used by antisemites in order to intimidate Jews in the UK into declaring themselves ‘good Jews’ that reject Israel, and any failure to do so used to ostracise them from what the academic David Hirsh calls the “community of the good”. In another example of doublespeak however, Mr Corbyn condemns those who use anti-Israel discourse as camouflage for their antisemitism.

Where Mr Corbyn’s letter betrays him most however, is in creating a distance between his own actions and  those of the Party. After years of leading it, he finally admits that “When members of Jewish communities express genuine anxieties we must recognise them as we would those of any other community. Their concerns are not ‘smears’.” How then, when Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman complained of antisemitism in her constituency, did Mr Corbyn agree with his brother when he said that she had ulterior motives – to attack him and defend Israel? How is that when the renowned journalist Jonathan Freedland published a reasoned article on antisemitism on the Left, Mr Corbyn characterised his motivation as “utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness”? How is it that on his own Facebook page, he published a video that pictured Jewish complaints of antisemitism as rubbish to be thrown on the floor? Or how did he come to stand by when Ruth Smeeth was attacked at the launch of the Chakrabarti report, leaving smiling and smirking with the perpetrator, and subsequently failing to apologise? Then, within twenty-four hours, when Len McCluskey attacked Labour MPs defending their Jewish colleagues’ claims of antisemitism as being guilty of ‘smears’ in exactly the way he had described, Mr Corbyn was silent.

However, what Mr Corbyn now admits in his article reinforces our disciplinary complaint against him, which includes not just these cases, but the newer, unanswered charges regarding his participation in antisemitic facebook groups and his comments on the Brick Lane Mural.

If we extrapolate from what Mr Corbyn does include in his letter, then this is what we should still expect: regarding high profile cases, the immediate expulsion of Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth; that all sitting councillors, MPs and council candidates who have breached the International Definition of Antisemitism in exactly the way Mr Corbyn describes in his article are to be suspended and stood down from their positions; and that there should be discipline for Ken Loach, Len McCluskey, Diane Abbott, Chris Williamson and others who have all been egregiously guilty of characterising Jewish complaints as smears in exactly the way Mr Corbyn describes. We should then expect a rapid series of explusions of the many hundreds, if not thousands, of Labour members who have indulged in conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family, Holocaust denial, Holocaust revisionism and Holocaust inversion. We would also expect sanction for those in the Party who have supported Ken Livingstone’s retention as a member on the grounds that his claims that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” were tolerable.

Finally, we insist that the same standards should be applied to the party leader as would apply to rank and file members, as dictated by the Labour Party rulebook: if the Party intends to discipline all members of the Party who have infringed its rules, including those who have fallen foul of the terms specifically outlined in Mr Corbyn’s own letters, then Mr Corbyn himself should be first in line.

Those who appear shocked by Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to accept any of the demands made of him by two Jewish charities, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council, fail to remember that we have been here before. The charities have described the outcome as a “missed opportunity” but in reality, there was no opportunity to miss.

Campaign Against Antisemitism considered the relationship between the Jewish community and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party dead in April 2017, when the Party failed to expel Ken Livingstone. As we have pointed out with detailed evidence, Labour has since been planning how to get him back in to the Party, not how to expel him, with Mr Corbyn himself lying about instigating a mythical inquiry in order to do so. In these circumstances, it was hard to imagine any other outcome from yesterday’s meeting.

Mr Corbyn’s power, from Labour’s National Executive Committee down to the grassroots on social media, is owed to the very places where antisemitism has emerged so strongly. To move against them would be to stand up to his supporters at a time when he is vulnerable. He will not do it.

The way that the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council’s engagement with Mr Corbyn has played out has proved us sadly to have been right. Setting their sights on achieving a change from Mr Corbyn himself, they set out a series of preconditions for meeting him, including that he must cease to meet with “fringe organisations” instead of mainstream Britsih Jewry. A few days later, Mr Corbyn attended an event by a fringe organisation called Jewdas and then wrote to the Jewish charities telling them that he would be willing to meet them “unconditionally”, clearly meaning that he refused to accept any preconditions. The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said that they would attend the meeting, but as soon as they did so, Mr Corbyn tried to convene a second meeting with fringe organisations, which only fell apart because no mainstream Jewish organisations would agree to go along. Still, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said they would meet Mr Corbyn but even on the day of the meeting, he was sending mixed messages, with a carefully-crafted comment article in the Evening Standard simultaneously apologising for antisemitism whilst extolling the virtues of anti-Zionism, whilst in off-the-cuff comments he made clear to journalists that he sees no particular problem in the Labour Party. Now, unsurprisingly, the meeting has ended with nothing to show, and all that has happened is that Mr Corbyn has bought more time.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has supported and not interfered in the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council’s attempts to negotiate with Mr Corbyn. However, we knew how it would end, and we decided not to participate.

Campaign Against Antisemitism recognised long ago that Mr Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, and the group around him, are the source of the problem, not the solution. Far from thinking it profitable to negotiate with Mr Corbyn, we have submitted a disciplinary complaint against him to the Labour Party, which we intend to enforce through the courts if necessary. With the failure of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council’s efforts, we now ask the Jewish community and Labour MPs to unite around that complaint, and join our quest for transparent disciplinary processes to be adopted by all of our political parties, by law if necessary.

We also look to Labour MPs for support. They have witnessed the debate in Parliament last Tuesday and the horrifying testimony of their Jewish colleagues. 107 of them signed a statement swearing that they would not let the antisemitic “insidious racism” go unchecked and yet, here we are, a year later, and they have failed to act. They have sat on the fence so long over the leadership of the Party and shed so many tears for their Jewish colleagues, but if their much-vaunted claims to have joined Labour because of their anti-racist beliefs mean anything at all, it is now time for them to insist that their leader be held to account.

Finally, responsibility for the ultimate outcome also rests with the British people and our democratic institutions. Most of the nation’s political class, journalists and the public find Labour’s antisemitism repugnant, but Mr Corbyn and his allies have indicated that they simply do not care for anything but their ownership and command of the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn’s rejection of the requests made yesterday, is not just a two-fingered salute to British Jews, but to all decent British people. When Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition is an endemically racist party, it is time for the whole country to wake up to the threat that represents. As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks pointed out, what starts with the Jews, does not end with the Jews.

Mr Corbyn will not act. So we must all act by demanding that the Labour Party holds Mr Corbyn to account, and if it does not, we must hold the Labour Party to account. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint is the first step.

In the meantime, the Jewish community should afford the Labour Party no further meetings.

This week, despite opposition from Jewish groups, the Free University of Brussels is set to honour film director Ken Loach with a doctorate honoris causa in recognition of “his militant work on social conflicts and the fight for the right of workers or illegal immigrants”.  A member of the Labour Party for many years, Mr Loach’s voice has been among the loudest of those who attempt to dismiss the antisemitism crisis currently afflicting the Party as non-existent and a right-wing smear campaign, despite the Labour leader himself having recently acknowledged the existence of the problem. This is hard to see as anything other than accusing the victims of antisemitism in the Party of acting in bad faith by fabricating or exaggerating their claims.

Last September, Mr Loach caused outrage when, during an interview with the BBC, he refused to denounce Holocaust denial. The interview took place shortly after the last Labour Party conference, where an activist at a fringe meeting attached to the event publicly stated that it should be legitimate to discuss whether the Holocaust happened.  Mr Loach told the BBC interviewer: “History is for all of us to discuss. All history is our common heritage to discuss and analyze. The founding of the State of Israel, for example, based on ethnic cleansing, is there for us to discuss.”

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. Earlier this month, 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 this incident, the Labour Party announced that it would no longer use Mr Loach as a producer of their election broadcasts.

By defending the right to deny the Holocaust, by dismissing the antisemitism crisis in Labour as a conspiracy to attack Jeremy Corbyn, and by demanding the expulsion of Labour MPs who fight against antisemitism, Mr Loach has rendered himself worthy of sanction, not honour. Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to Yvon Englert, the Rector of the Free University of Brussels, pointing out that to proceed with this week’s ceremony would be a slap in the face to Jewish people, not just in Britain but around the globe, and urging him to reconsider making this inappropriate award.

You may wish to add your voice to ours by contacting Professor Englert at recteur@ulb.ac.be.

The findings of a section of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s 2017 Antisemitism Barometer research, carried out by YouGov, are currently being used to suggest that the Labour Party does not have an antisemitism problem.

This is an appalling misuse of our research, as has now also been confirmed by a Channel 4 fact check.

The Antisemitism Barometer shows that Labour voters agree with fewer antisemitic statements than voters for some other parties, but Campaign Against Antisemitism has never said that Labour voters are antisemitic.

The Labour Party’s antisemitism problem lies not with its voters but with its failure to deal adequately with allegations of antisemitism against its members and officials. 83% of British Jews agreed, saying that the Labour Party is harbouring antisemitism.

For the only reliable data on antisemitism amongst Labour officials, see Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism in Political Parties project. This brought together all available information on accusations of antisemitism against officials of and candidates for all major parties since 2013 and combined it with a trawl of 2017 general election candidates’ public social media accounts. The project was launched in September 2017, and an updated version will soon be released. It found that there are problems in all major British political parties, but that the problems in the Labour Party are particularly severe.

We are appalled by reports that the Labour Party has even used our research out of context to brief its own MPs.

Those problems have shown no signs of improvement since September, and they go all the way to the very top of the Party. That is why we issued a disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn on 25th March and held a demonstration outside the Labour Party Head Office on 8th April. Over a thousand of the 2,000 who took part in the demonstration completed complaint letters of their own on the day.

Yesterday, the House of Commons witnessed an extraordinary debate on antisemitism. It was extraordinary because it had to happen at all; for its emotion, but most of all for the testimony given by MPs, especially Labour MPs, and the blame they laid at the door of the Labour Party’s Leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Three of Labour’s female Jewish MPs, Luciana Berger, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman, each told a story of antisemitic persecution as well as of their own courage: of how they had variously received death and rape threats, as well as allegations of treasonous disloyalty and demands that they leave the country. Ms Berger stated that antisemitism in the Labour Party is “commonplace, conspicuous and corrosive”.

That Jews might experience genuine persecution in the UK in 2018 is now a familiar reality, and yet for Jews and non-Jews alike, to hear their collective testimony was shocking. Unusually, for the House of Commons, where applause is forbidden by convention, Ms Berger and Ms Smeeth received standing ovations.

John Mann, a non-Jewish MP, also revealed that aside from the threats against him as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, his wife had been sent a dead bird and received rape threats from activists on the political left. This is the price to be paid by those who stand in solidarity with Jews in the Labour Party.

These were not the only stories: one by one, Jewish MPs spoke out. Margaret Hodge said: “It feels like my Party has given permission for antisemitism to go unchallenged”. Ivan Lewis described how Mr Corbyn had failed to call out ideological allies of his who are also antisemitic. Another MP spoke of a young woman whom he knew who had left the UK for Israel out of fear. A Jewish Conservative MP, Robert Halfon, referred to “the air tightening”. Mr Mann summed up that change by telling the House that when he first took up his role in the fight against antisemitism thirteen years ago, Jews expressed disquiet to him. Now, he said, they express fear.

One particularly powerful contribution was by Lisa Nandy, the Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine. She praised Israeli women she had met who had reached out to advocate for Palestinian women in the spirit of peace, and rounded on members of her own Party who mistakenly prevented such possibilities of rapprochement by seeking to “divide and sow hatred when they have managed to reach across the divide and do the opposite”. She referred to “a particular sort of antisemitism that has found its home in the far left throughout history”; the “horrific mural” that Jeremy Corbyn had defended; demanded that Ken Livingstone be expelled and that the “thousands” of outstanding cases of antisemitism be dealt with immediately; and she  referred to the “acres” of antisemitism she had witnessed. In two short minutes, she more accurately analysed the realities of Labour antisemitism than the newly enobled Baroness Chakrabarti had managed in producing her entire report.

There were calls from some MPs, among them Ian Austen, for Mr Livingstone to be expelled immediately, and exasperation that the Labour Party persisted in talking about due process two full years after Mr Livingstone notoriously spoke to the BBC of his belief that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”. There were some who poured scorn on those in Labour who had called out Jewish complaints of antisemitism as smears, such as Diane Abbott. But there was more: more and more MPs referred to Mr Corbyn’s behaviour in relation to the Brick Lane mural: either for not being able to see the antisemitism in it, of for seeing but defending it, and his associations with genocidal antisemites. His behaviour was specifically blamed for enabling antisemitism. Finally, Andrew Percy MP echoed Campaign Against Antisemitism”s call for Mr Corbyn to be held to account for his behaviour.

Mr Corbyn walked out early on, although he returned some time later. He sat as if apart, mostly as though sucking a lemon. From time to time he would, as Mr Percy described it  “chunter”, as if mocking the proceedings, or else shook his head. Sometimes he was heard to say “Disgraceful” at the criticism levelled at him. Despite Sajid Javid calling early on for him to use the opportunity of the debate to “clarify his position on antisemitism”, Mr Corbyn sat in aloof, in apparent disdain.

Finally, Ms Abbott joined the debate at its close. At first she refused to give way to interruptions, insisting on talking about topics unrelated to the debate, at one point seemingly implying that as she had received even more abuse than Jewish women, as though racism against them was somehow invalidated. As disquiet at the deflections these statements constituted grew in the chamber, she finally moved to admit that antisemitism was a problem within the Labour Party, and made promises of the vaguest and most ineffectual sort: of an extra lawyer to be hired, and of education for Party members, before darkly accusing those on the Conservative benches of making political capital and of alleging Mr Corbyn is an antisemite.  Wes Streeting immediately rose to say his own front bench’s response would leave Jews “horrified”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the courage of those who spoke out, but the responses of Mr Corbyn and Ms Abbott were chilling. We already know by Labour’s backing and promotion of the decoy fringe group, the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour, that he is not minded  to do what is sought by the Jewish community, but instead to fight against it. Mr Corbyn has much to lose, as the evidence suggests that his power base in the Party, from his leadership office, through Labour’s National Executive Committee and to his ‘Corbynista’ following, shares his worldview and is riddled with antisemitism. To take action against them, would be to take action against his own power. It seems that he cannot or will not do that.

Mr Corbyn cannot afford to lose the antisemites amongst his supporters, and Jews cannot and will not give up in the fight against antisemitism. The fight ahead is no nearer a conclusion than it was before the debate. Though the Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on him to act, we do not believe he will.

Meanwhile, Campaign Against Antisemitism echoes the mood of many in the House today: Mr Corbyn’s leadership is to blame, and he must be held to account.

Following our demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office on 8th April, we said that we would return on 13th May if there had been no improvement. We regret that it is looking likely that we will need to return. Please sign up for updates at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

Yesterday, the Labour Party invited various organisations to a “round table” meeting with Jeremy Corbyn about antisemitism. Some of those invited, such as the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour appear to be dedicated entirely to thwarting efforts to address antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Some of our supporters have asked whether we would attend such a meeting. Unsurprisingly we do not seem to have been invited, but that is probably because our stance on this matter is no secret.

Campaign Against Antisemitism does not believe in asking Mr Corbyn to resolve problems with antisemitism in the Labour Party. He has wilfully squandered opportunities to address the Jew-hatred amongst his followers and it appears that he has no desire to take any meaningful action.

Our position is that Mr Corbyn must now be held to account by the Labour Party and treated as part of the problem, not part of the solution. If the Labour Party fails to hold him to account, then we must hold the Labour Party to account, in court if necessary.

That is why we have filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn and why we demonstrated outside Labour Party Head Office.

Mr Corbyn’s conduct makes his own position unmistakably clear and we will not stoop to dignifying his charade by meeting with him or asking him to resolve problems with antisemitism, for which he bears great responsibility.

Three billboards

A group of activists has arranged for three billboards to be repeatedly driven past Labour Party Head Office to draw attention to the Party’s failure to deal with the antisemitism crisis that has arisen under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Timed to coincide with a Parliamentary debate on antisemitism called by Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the billboards are being driven past Labour Party Head Office, along Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Palace Road, York Road, Belvedere Road, Millbank, Lambeth Bridge, Whitehall, Strand and Waterloo Bridge.

In a statement, the activists said: “Inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the billboards will remind Labour and the world how much remains to be done to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party. This grassroots initiative reflects frustration at how little has been done by Labour to tackle antisemitism. Every day seems to bring new revelations. For the Jewish Community to hold two well-attended rallies in the space of weeks to protest at antisemitism within Her Majesty’s Opposition, for the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to say that he will not meet the Opposition Leader – these are unprecedented times which call for unprecedented action. The idea came from a group of Labour Party members and ex-members, but the repercussions of antisemitism in Labour reach well beyond the Party. Some 130 donors ‘crowdfunded’ the initiative – donors of all religions and none, from all walks of life, some with political affiliations, some not.”

The activists have generously decided to donate excess funds from their crowdfunding campaign to Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the spirit of those who have staged and funded the billboard protest. The billboards point out, firstly, that Labour is now a safe haven for antisemites, including Holocaust deniers; secondly, that antisemitism within the Labour Party is now institutionalised; and thirdly – and the cause of both of these – that it has failed to act appropriately using clear and transparent disciplinary processes to deal with racism within the Party.

The activists’ protest echoes our recent demonstration demanding that all political parties adopt policies appropriate for dealing with antisemitism, and specifically that Jeremy Corbyn is held to account under Labour’s own rules, which led to us yesterday delivering one thousand disciplinary complaints to Labour Head Office.

The protest takes places the on morning after the news broke that Jeremy Corbyn has invited a variety of groups to a roundtable meeting next week, including Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL). JVL is a small, unrepresentative fringe group that was set up last year with the apparent purpose of protecting Mr Corbyn against accusations of antisemitism by dismissing them as a right-wing smear campaign. This is yet another two-fingered salute to the mainstream Jewish community.

Today’s action could not be more timely.

Following our demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office on 8th April, we said that we would return on 13th May if there had been no improvement. We regret that it is looking likely that we will need to return. Please sign up for updates at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

Justice, justice, you shall pursue - צדק צדק תרדף
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