Antisemitic images have been posted and shared on Facebook by Jahangir Akhtar, the former Labour Deputy Council Leader in Rotherham, according to a report by The Times.

Mr Akhtar has shared images, uncovered by The Times, that suggested that complaints of antisemitism made against politicians and political parties were guided by those seeking to silence criticism of Israel. One image implied that MPs who left Labour to form the Independent Group criticised their former Party’s handling of antisemitism issues as a response to Jeremy Corbyn’s support for Palestinian rights.

Another image showed an Israeli steamroller, labelled “antisemitism allegations”, poised to crush a woman to prevent her from revealing that secret Israeli money funded US congressmen. The cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, had won second prize in one of Iran’s repulsive Holocaust denial cartoon competitions.

Under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, it is antisemitic to make “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.” According to The Times, “Mr Akhtar did not respond to a request for comment.”

Some of Mr Akhtar’s posts are so racist against Jews that they may even constitute hate crimes which Campaign Against Antisemitism will be reporting to the police. Mr Akhtar’s persistent posting about supposed Jewish conspiracies and power are not moments of madness: they are evidence of an obsession with Jews by a former elected official who carefully measured what he was saying to his supporters.

Jo Bird, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for the Bromborough Ward on Wirral Council, has had her suspension lifted by the Labour Party according to a report in the Liverpool Echo. The JC has also reported that she has been given a formal warning.

She was reportedly suspended, pending an investigation after the JC revealed that she joked about renaming due process in the Labour Party as “Jew process”. The Liverpool Echo “now understands Cllr Bird’s suspension from the Labour Party has been lifted, although the reasons and exact details remain unclear.” The JC added that: “Her case went to a disciplinary which gave her the formal warning, which would be considered were she investigated for any repeat behaviour. The JC also understands she apologised for her remarks.”

Cllr Bird is a member of the sham Jewish Voice for Labour group and was was elected to Wirral Council in August 2018.

The comments were reportedly made last year at a “Justice4Marc” meeting in support of expelled Labour activist and friend of Jeremy Corbyn, Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled from the Party after a confrontation with a Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth.

According to the recording, Cllr Bird joked that the term “due process” should be dubbed “Jew process”, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd of Labour activists.

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

Cllr Bird also came under fire for another part of the recording, in which she adapted the famous “First they came…” poem about the failure of European society to stand up for Jews during the Holocaust by German theologian and Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller. Her distorted version said: “They came for the anti-zionists, and I stood up because I was not a target, I stood up in solidarity. And then they came for the socialists but they couldn’t get us because we were having a party, the Labour Party.”

Rachel Riley, the television star and antisemitism campaigner, tweeted: “Absolutely aghast listening to JVL’s Jo Bird, take a poem about the Holocaust, remove the Jews, to replace them with persecution of anti-racists and anti-Zionists.”

Cllr Bird also said that “privileging” antisemitism was “Bad for the many, as well as bad for the Jews,” a play on the Party’s “For the many, not the few” slogan.

Chris Williamson, who was suspended from Labour two weeks ago, is also heard in the recording.

Cllr Bird struck a similar tone on the issue in a Jewish Voice for Labour blog. She wrote that Mr Wadsworth’s expulsion was “unfair” and said “due process” should be known as “Jew process.” The title of the blog was even called “Jew Process.”

Last week, a Labour source reportedly confirmed that, having been made aware of Cllr Bird’s comments, the Party had suspended her.

Cllr Bird posted an attempt to explain on Facebook, writing: “I am sorry for any offence caused by my play on words — that was not my intention. Here is my full speech, in context. #IStandWithJoBird”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns the Labour Party for this latest decision to ensure that someone repeatedly making outrageous comments about Labour’s antisemitism crisis is rapidly restored to full membership of the Party as though nothing had happened. It shows that the Labour Party cannot be trusted to address the antisemitism within its ranks and outside intervention is required.

That is why we are so pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Mike Amesbury, the Labour MP for Weaver Vale in north west England and the Shadow Minister for Employment, has apologised after sharing what he described as an “antisemitic caricature” on Facebook.

The caricature shared by Mr Amesbury was first highlighted by blogger David Collier and has now been deleted. It was of a sneering man with a hooked nose in a Santa Claus hat saying: “Remember to support the banks and corporations this Christmas in their continued efforts to enslave mankind, by spending money you haven’t got on things you don’t need.” It was reportedly taken from the conspiracy website IlluminatiAgenda.com.

The caricature of a hooked-nose Jew is commonly used in antisemitic social media memes and was a key feature in antisemitic Nazi propaganda, while the reference to Jews controlling banking is a well-known antisemitic conspiracy theory.

Last night, Mr Amesbury denied that he had shared the post at all, tweeting: “I did not send this vile nonsense and never would.” He then reportedly deleted his tweet after it was pointed out to him that the post he had shared could still be seen on his Facebook page. The original post was also removed.

He then released a statement and apology on Facebook, writing: “This evening a post share from 2013 was brought to my attention. I apologise unreservedly for this terrible error. I genuinely don’t recall sharing this image and I’m mortified that I did so. This appalling image contains an antisemitic caricature and a reference to the ‘illuminati’ conspiracy theory. I would never have intentionally shared such antisemitic tropes and I am sincerely sorry that I did. I have always been committed to opposing antisemitism and I always will be. In November last year I went to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Education Trust and local schools from my constituency. This moving experience reaffirmed my commitment to working with the Jewish community to increase education and awareness about antisemitism and to fight this evil wherever it is found.”

It is clear that Mr Amesbury did share the post and, despite apologising, has given no adequate explanation of how he came to post it. In doing so, he echoed the behaviour of others who have disseminated antisemitic material who later claimed not to have done so, such as Mr Amesbury’s colleague on the shadow front bench, the Labour MP Afzhal Khan. Mr Khan had compared Israel to Nazi Germany, later claiming that his post was a mistake, due to him being “new to Twitter”.

Mr Amesbury’s apology is welcome, but it will leave many wondering whether it is really possible that he posted an image that was no less obviously antisemitic than the notorious mural for which Jeremy Corbyn expressed support.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

An auction of swastika-emblazoned tableware scheduled to open tonight has been cancelled by the Belfast auction house, Bloomfield Auctions. The cancellation followed interventions and condemnation from from Campaign Against Antisemitism and the local Jewish community after BBC Northern Ireland exposed the planned auction.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is relieved that it has been cancelled. It should sicken anybody to eat from the same dishes likely used by Nazi war criminals which bear their swastika emblem. This is a case where instead of seeking to earn a commission, the auction house should have had regard for the survivors of the Holocaust and the families of its victims, who would have been distressed and repulsed by this sale.

Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups fetishise relics of Nazi Germany like these. It is incumbent on auction houses to ensure that the trade in Nazi mementos is stamped out.

Bloomfield Auctions posted a statement on their Facebook page saying that: “In light of the sensitivities around the Adolf Hitler items, we have taken the decision to withdraw them from sale for now and will not be sold at Bloomfield Auctions in the future.”

Photos of the items which they described as “historically rare” are still, disturbingly, on their Facebook page. There is also a link on their website to these photos.

The silver cutlery set, tablecloth and napkins are said to have been produced for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. The tablecloth is embroidered with the letters “DR” for Deutsche Reichsbahn — German National Railway — and a swastika. Four small napkins with similar embroidery form part of the collection. The silver forks, knives and spoons all feature the Deutsche Reichsbahn crest.

BBC Northern Ireland reported that Bloomfield Auctions stated in its Facebook post that the tableware was intended for use in a carriage that was to form part of Hitler’s personal train just before the outbreak of World War Two. In the post, the auction house said the tablecloth was “probably the only one known to exist today”.

Leeds University Union last night voted in a panel decision against a proposal to combat antisemitism. Jewish students have described the atmosphere at the meeting as “intimidating”.

The panel vote required 12 votes to pass the motion but only 10 voted for and 5 against. This means that the motion for the Union to combat antisemitism will now be decided by a student referendum, which will involve all students on campus.

The motion called for the adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism, ensuring that sabbatical officers receive training on how to tackle antisemitism and calling for the University of Leeds to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day annually.

Leeds Jewish Society said that it was “incredibly disappointed” in a statement on Twitter, adding that “the forum involved sniggering and some students asking us to withdraw the motion in full or amend it”, explaining that “in theory, [Leeds University Union] could be giving money to students to run [a referendum campaign] against combating antisemitism. We will not cower. Jewish students have a right to feel safe on campus.”

The proposer of the motion Emma Jacobs tweeted that she “barely slept last night. I cannot stop thinking of the injustice…why’s the Jewish community the only one who aren’t [sic] allowed to define our own oppression?”

In the name of democratic accountability, Campaign Against Antisemitism calls for the names of those students who voted against the motion to be released by Leeds University Union so that they can be publicly judged for their actions. Anybody with information about their identities should contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

Two of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest aides reportedly directly intervened to lift the suspension of activist, Glyn Secker, who was accused of antisemitism, according to leaked e-mails seen by The Sunday Times, while a separate revelation in The Telegraph revealed that a Labour official defended Jackie Walker, the disgraced Labour activist who famously claimed that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade” and who has twice been suspended from the Party over allegations of antisemitism.

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Secker was being investigated for joining the antisemitism-infested Palestine Live Facebook group, whose members had posted conspiracy theories about supposed Israeli involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks, but Mr Corbyn’s Director of Strategy and Communications, Seamus Milne, told Party officials to reinstate Mr Secker. Another top aide, Andrew Murray, who is also the Unite union’s Chief of Staff, said that Mr Corbyn himself was “interested in this one”.

Mr Corbyn has repeatedly insisted that he has not interfered in disciplinary cases.

The newspaper claims that Mr Milne defended Mr Secker and demanded that the suspension be lifted, stating: “None of the posts can be identified as antisemitic in the terms of the definition we have adopted as a Party…Several quite clearly relate to political arguments within the Jewish community.”

Mr Milne infamously once told a rally that the genocidal terrorist organisation, Hamas, “is not broken, and will not be broken because of the spirit of resistance of the Palestinian people.”

The Sunday Times was also passed a tape of John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, admitting that he is supporting Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitta who was suspended as a Labour candidate over comments about “Zionist sympathies” of a Jewish MP. Ms Gordon-Nesbitt was dropped as a candidate for South Thanet last year and now plans to sue the Party. McDonnell, however, said that: “I’ve expressed my support for Rebecca.”

Furthermore, The Telegraph revealed that a Labour official defended Jackie Walker, the disgraced Labour activist, who famously claimed that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade” and who has twice been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.

The official reportedly insisted that comments that she made which had been condemned for playing down the importance of the Holocaust could simply be “legitimately held beliefs”. A series of e-mails between Labour Party officials suggests that they did not regard complaints of antisemitism levelled against Ms Walker to be serious.

Ms Walker has been under investigation for nearly three years without a disciplinary hearing. A hearing is rumoured to be taking place soon however.

The revelations would appear to expose as false the strenuous claims by Jeremy Corbyn and his lieutenants that they have not interfered in the Party’s disciplinary processes.

The Party’s handling of antisemitism is now the subject of an intervention by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, which has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Lord Toby Harris, Chair of Labour Peers, has sent an extraordinary and fierce letter to Jeremy Corbyn about the “ongoing failure to remove antisemites from the Party” after the Equalities and Human rights Commission (EHRC) announced that it was initiating pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party.

The EHRC’s move was triggered by a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

In his letter, Lord Harris stated that: “I understand that the last time the EHRC took action against a political party was when they investigated the [far-right] BNP over its ‘whites-only’ membership policy for the Labour Party to be in this position is nothing short of humiliating and a matter of great shame.” 

He added that: “Until the people making the decisions about discipline and expulsions accept as antisemitic words and actions viewed by the Jewish community as antisemitic nothing will change and the crisis will continue.”

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Lord Falconer has reportedly said that he won’t conduct a review of Labour’s handling of disciplinary cases of antisemitism while the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) intervenes.

The EHRC has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

Speaking exclusively to the Jewish News, Lord Falconer said that: “In light of the Commission coming in, I think we’ve got to put it on hold, see what the Commission is going to do. If they are minded to do an investigation, they will have a range of statutory powers to get documents, e-mails, WhatsApp messages and witnesses, and they will do an investigation that will be completely independent from the Labour Party. So there is no point in me, with my firm of solicitors, coming in and doing exactly the same thing because it won’t carry the same degree of statutory support as the commission has.”

Lord Falconer is right to let the EHRC get on with its work. He had already made up his mind on crucial issues, declaring that he would not be criticising Labour’s leadership and even defending Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition to the removal of the notorious antisemitic mural in Tower Hamlets. The last thing that we need is another inadequate review by a Labour peer, which is why we are pleased that the Commission has decided to act on our referral and investigate the Labour Party.

The Commission has the power to compel the Party to produce any evidence it requires, and the authority to force the Party to act. Lord Falconer could never have had those powers, nor could we have had confidence in him to investigate the Party’s antisemitism problem impartially and comprehensively, as we are confident that the Commission will.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.

During the pre-enforcement proceedings, the Commission can be expected to meet the Labour Party and ask its leadership to account for the many acts of antisemitic discrimination and victimisation detailed in the dossiers that Campaign Against Antisemitism has provided. It can also be expected to invite representations from the Labour Party as to why the Commission should refrain from expanding its engagement to a full statutory investigation under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006.

If the Commission then proceeds with a statutory investigation, it will be able to use its statutory enforcement powers to compel the Labour Party to reveal details of its handling of antisemitism in recent years, including internal communications such as text messages and e-mails. It can also seek court injunctions against the Labour Party to prevent further antisemitic discrimination and victimisation, and it can also impose an action plan on the Party and enforce compliance with the plan.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The Labour Party has repeatedly failed to address its own antisemitism problem, resulting in MPs and members abandoning the Party. It is a sad indictment that the once great anti-racist Labour Party is now being investigated by the equality and human rights regulator it established just a decade ago. 

“The Jewish community has gone to every conceivable length to persuade Jeremy Corbyn, Jennie Formby and Labour’s National Executive Committee to act, but we have been persistently rebuffed. We had no option but to seek an external, impartial investigation, and that is why we asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate illegal antisemitic discrimination and victimisation in the institutionally racist Labour Party. We commend the Commission for acting on our referral and we have full confidence in the Commission to investigate thoroughly and deliver justice. Since the Holocaust, Britain has led the world in promoting human rights, and it could scarcely be more important to British society that the Jew-hatred festering in the Labour Party is firmly brought to an end.”

A spokesperson for the Commission said: “We believe Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Our concerns are sufficient for us to consider using our statutory enforcement powers. As set out in our enforcement policy, we are now engaging with the Labour Party to give them an opportunity to respond.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism first contacted the Commission during the Labour Party Conference in Brighton in 2017. The conference was so rife with antisemitism that Brighton and Hove City Council’s Labour leader, Warren Morgan, told his own Party that he would not permit use of Council premises for the conference again. Mr Morgan has since resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism. At the time, the Chief Executive of the Commission issued a statementdemanding that the Labour Party prove “that it is not a racist party”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism made a number of disciplinary complaintsto the Labour Party between 2016 and 2018 about Jeremy Corbyn, including about his defence of the antisemitic Tower Hamlets mural in 2012, his Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2010, and his Press TV interview in 2012.

The Labour Party refused to open an investigation into our complaints, and consequently on 31st July 2018, Campaign Against Antisemitism referredthe Labour Party to the Commission over its institutional antisemitism. Other organisations, including the Jewish Labour Movement, have since written to the Commission to support our referral.

At the Commission’s request, Campaign Against Antisemitism submitteddetailed legal arguments in November 2018. We provided additional legal arguments to the Commission on Monday, based on developments since November. Our evidence has now been thoroughly assessed, prompting today’s announcement.

We asked the Commission to open a statutory investigation under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006 into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation in the Labour Party.

If a statutory investigation is opened, the Commission can use its powers to compel the Labour Party to reveal details of its handling of antisemitism in recent years, including internal communications such as text messages and e-mails. It can also seek court injunctions against the Labour Party to prevent further antisemitic discrimination and victimisation, and it can also impose an action plan on the Party and enforce compliance with the plan. Previous statutory investigations include an investigationinto victimisation within the Metropolitan Police Service.

Normally, before the Commission opens a statutory investigation, which is considered a form of enforcement action, the Commission enters into a pre-enforcement period of engagement with the organisation concerned, allowing it to propose a plan of action and make representations to the Commission giving reasons why enforcement should not commence.

Due to the public and brazen nature of antisemitic discrimination and victimisation in the Labour Party, the Commission can be expected to keep its pre-enforcement engagement with the Party to a short period, before launching a full investigation under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted two detailed legal submissions to the Commission, assisted by specialist human rights counsel Adam Wagner of Doughty Street Chambers. The first was submitted on 9th November 2018 and the second was submitted on Monday.

We will not be releasing the submissions at this stage, however our submissions provided a substantial list of incidents for investigation, including incidents involving Mr Corbyn.

In summary, we made legal arguments that:

  • An unacceptable number of antisemitic incidents of unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation have occurred in Labour in recent years. These have occurred at all levels of the Party and continue to occur.
  • Under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, Labour’s disciplinary mechanisms for dealing with antisemitism have been significantly weakened, and the machinery of the Party has been used to victimise those who stand up against antisemitism. 
  • A culture of denial and victimisation has developed in some sections of Labour in relation to antisemitism. For example, antisemitism allegations are often described as “smears”.
  • The result of the toxic culture which surrounds the issue of antisemitism in Labour is that people who suffer discrimination are subjected to victimisation when they raise complaints or are reluctant to bring complaints in the first place.
  • Antisemitism in Labour should be judged according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, which has now been adopted by Labour as well as the other major political parties.
  • Labour has failed to put in place a fair and effective complaints and disciplinary process to deal with antisemitism.
  • There is substantial evidence that the problem of antisemitism in Labour has become institutional.
  • Labour appears incapable of resolving this issue of antisemitism itself.
  • There is sufficient evidence to warrant a section 20 statutory investigation by the Commission into whether systemic unlawful acts have occurred in the handling of complaints of antisemitism in relation to Labour officials, members and other representatives, and whether Labour is now institutionally racist.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has invested heavily in the legal work required to produce this result, and our volunteers have spent many hundreds of hours compiling evidence.

If you feel that antisemitism is a threat to Britain’s Jews and British society as a whole, please play your part by donating or volunteering to help us. Our success depends on your help.

Jo Bird, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for the Bromborough Ward on Wirral Council, has reportedly been suspended, pending an investigation after the JC revealed that she joked about renaming due process in the Labour Party as “Jew process”. Cllr Bird is a member of the sham Jewish Voice for Labour group and was was elected to Wirral Council in August 2018.

The comments were reportedly made last year at a “Justice4Marc” meeting in support of expelled Labour activist and friend of Jeremy Corbyn, Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled from the Party after a confrontation with a Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth.

According to the recording, Cllr Bird joked that the term “due process” should be dubbed “Jew process”, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd of Labour activists.

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

Cllr Bird also came under fire for another part of the recording, in which she adapted the famous “First they came…” poem about the failure of European society to stand up for Jews during the Holocaust by German theologian and Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller. Her distorted version said: “They came for the anti-zionists, and I stood up because I was not a target, I stood up in solidarity. And then they came for the socialists but they couldn’t get us because we were having a party, the Labour Party.”

Rachel Riley, the television star and antisemitism campaigner, tweeted: “Absolutely aghast listening to JVL’s Jo Bird, take a poem about the Holocaust, remove the Jews, to replace them with persecution of anti-racists and anti-Zionists.”

Cllr Bird also said that “privileging” antisemitism was “Bad for the many, as well as bad for the Jews,” a play on the Party’s “For the many, not the few” slogan.

Chris Williamson, who was suspended from Labour last week, is also heard in the recording.

Cllr Bird struck a similar tone on the issue in a Jewish Voice for Labour blog. She wrote that Mr Wadsworth’s expulsion was “unfair” and said “due process” should be known as “Jew process.” The title of the blog was even called “Jew Process.”

Yesterday, a Labour source reportedly confirmed that, having been made aware of Cllr Bird’s comments, the Party had suspended her.

Yesterday, Cllr Bird posted an attempt to explain on Facebook, writing: “I am sorry for any offence caused by my play on words — that was not my intention. Here is my full speech, in context. #IStandWithJoBird”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred Labour to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for investigation, because the Party’s leaders clearly have no intention of addressing the Party’s antisemitism themselves.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

The Times has just published evidence that Jeremy Corbyn’s Parliamentary aide, Laura Murray, interfered with Labour’s disciplinary processes. The news comes shortly after she was dispatched to join Labour’s complaints unit after its head suddenly resigned.

One of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patrons, Dame Margaret Hodge, was assured by Mr Corbyn that there was no interference by him or his staff in the disciplinary process, but following revelations by a whistleblower in The Observer, Dame Margaret wrote to Mr Corbyn demanding to know whether he had lied to her or his staff had lied to him.

Now, The Times has published e-mails in which a Labour member who praised the antisemitic mural, which Mr Corbyn also defended, narrowly avoided being suspended after Ms Murray stepped in to defend her.

As though Ms Murray’s inappropriate selection to deal with antisemitism complaints needed further proof, just yesterday she accused television star and antisemitism campaigner Rachel Riley of endorsing physical attacks on Mr Corbyn over his handling of antisemitism in the Party, leading to Ms Riley launching a libel claim.

The news came as the Labour Party’s disciplinary process went into meltdown. Deputy Leader Tom Watson called on members to inform him about their complaints over antisemitism in the Party so that he could check that they were appropriately handled by the General Secretary’s staff, prompting the General Secretary, Jennie Formby, to resort to claiming that he was upsetting her staff and might breach data protection legislation. Amidst all of this, Ms Formby announced that Labour peer Lord Falconer would launch an “independent” review of antisemitism before it emerged that he was even less independent that Baroness Chakrabarti.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “As the daughter of a close friend who was hired as his Parliamentary aide, Laura Murray could not be closer to Jeremy Corbyn. It beggars belief that she was interfering in Labour’s disciplinary process without his knowledge. This goes straight back to Jeremy Corbyn.

“Ms Murray has Mr Corbyn’s ear and is trusted to carry out his wishes, which is why it is no surprise that she has been parachuted into the Party’s disciplinary unit. She used to copy him in on e-mails to us about antisemitism and sarcastically write to wish us ‘good luck’ with our demonstrations against antisemitism in the Party. The stench surrounding Jeremy Corbyn just got even more putrid. It is hard to believe that Labour MPs really imagine that their Party can be saved.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred Labour to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for investigation, because the Party’s leaders clearly have no intention of addressing the Party’s antisemitism themselves.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

The pro-Corbyn campaign group, Momentum, has produced a short video posted on Twitter about antisemitic conspiracy theories titled “The conspiracy behind conspiracy theories” narrated by Michael Walker.

The video might seem to be an admirable attack on some of the lies that are spread about Jews, many of which were popularised by the Nazi propaganda effort, but its narrator, Mr Walker, has expressed some very problematic views in the past about Jewish conspiracies.

Mr Walker, who is a regular contributor to Novara Media, a pro-Corbyn social media outlet, sent out a series of tweets last year alleging that Jewish community organisations were conspiring to cause Labour’s antisemitism crisis as some way of suppressing critics of Israel.

On 1st August 2018, Mr Walker tweeted that: “Many members are genuinely scared of talking about what’s going on. They can see many of the attacks on Corbyn are politically motivated, that many mainstream Jewish orgs have strong ties with Israel, and that part of this row is to suppress Palestinians and their advocates.”

On 5th August, he tweeted again, this time to say: “Corbyn denies calling [Jewish Labour MP] Ellsman [sic] the Rt Hon Member for Tel Aviv, but even if he did, that’s unlikely to be antisemitic. It’s fair to point out ties to Israel if someone repeats Israeli govt talking points, it needn’t have anything to with whether or not they’re Jewish.” Under the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government: “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. The Labour Party adopted the Definition with a caveat in September last year.

The next month, on 4th September, Mr Walker tweeted in response to Labour’s adoption of the definition, that: “If true, this is a complete abdication of responsibility by Labour and represents us selling out the Palestinian cause. Multiple Palestinian civil society organisations and QCs have warned IHRA will have a chilling effect. Saying ‘it won’t be chilling’ doesn’t make it so.”

After being challenged on Twitter, Mr Walker decided that rather than apologising for his tweets, he would instead suggest that they were simply poorly worded, tweeting: “Tbh [to be honest] — some of my tweets last summer I might have worded differently if it were today. I’ve come to take the problem of AS [antisemitism] in Lab[our] more seriously after initially seeing it primarily as a smear. But happy to discuss any of the substantive issues.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred Labour to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for investigation, because the Party’s leaders clearly have no intention of addressing antisemitism themselves.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have quit the Labour Party over its institutional antisemitism.

Labour peer Lord Falconer has been proposed by the Labour leadership to conduct an “independent” review of Labour’s handling of disciplinary cases of antisemitism. Campaign Against Antisemitism believes that he will be even less independent than Baroness Chakrabarti, who received a peerage shortly after whitewashing antisemitism in the Labour Party by brazenly declaring that the Party had no major problem.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton, served as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary from 2003 to 2007 and was a flatmate of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is also a senior barrister, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. Labour General Secretary, Jennie Formby, announced that he had been appointed as the Party’s reviewer of antisemitism with full oversight of how Labour handles complaints. However, Lord Falconer said that he will only take on the role “subject to agreement being reached”.

Nevertheless, his independence is already compromised.

For any truly independent investigation into Labour’s institutional antisemitism to even start, clear criteria must first be satisfied: the process of choosing an investigator must be seen to be itself impartial; the investigator and their team must be viewed as objectively impartial; the investigator and their team must have broad terms of reference and the power to access any evidence that they wish to examine within the Party; and the selection of the investigator must be endorsed, and seen to be endorsed, by the Jewish community itself.

The selection of Lord Falconer fails to meet any of these criteria.

Lord Falconer has already said that he does not intend to criticise Labour’s leadership. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics, Lord Falconer said that: “I believe Jeremy Corbyn is most certainly not an antisemite but for the Jewish community this is existential — for the main opposition party not to be reliable on that issue, which goes to the heart of the very community, is absolutely appalling.” He further stated that he was interested in making “processes” work, rather than address the issues of any individual’s antisemitic statements or actions and therefore would not be criticising the Party’s leadership.

In an interview with The Times, Lord Falconer went even further. He claimed again that Jeremy Corbyn is not an antisemite, and remarkably excused his support for the notorious Brick Lane mural on the grounds he “hadn’t looked closely enough” at it. This was not even a defence that Mr Corbyn maintained when finally interviewed on the subject by the BBC’s Andrew Marr, claiming instead that he had been “worried about the idea of murals being taken down” and was confused about whether it was truly antisemitic as “it also has other symbols in it from the Freemasons” and then subsequently refused when questioned to say the mural was clearly antisemitic, only that “he was pleased it was taken down”. How then can the Jewish community start to trust Lord Falconer, when he uses shabby excuses to defend an antisemite, excuses which that antisemite has himself abandoned?

Not only has Lord Falconer already made up his mind on crucial issues, he has also been involved in creating the mess that the Labour Party now claims it is trying to solve. Jewish Labour MP Margaret Hodge, has revealed that: “When I confronted Jeremy about antisemitism in the corridors of the Houses of Parliament and told him to his face what I and many others were feeling — that he is making it very difficult for Jewish people to stay in the Labour Party — it was me who faced disciplinary action. Fortunately, that was quickly dismissed, even though Labour’s lawyers — including Lord Charlie Falconer, former Lord Chancellor under Tony Blair — did their utmost to intimidate me and force me to apologise.”

Lord Falconer has failed to satisfy the most basic starting requirements of any investigation into the Labour Party’s antisemitism: he has stated that Jeremy Corbyn is not an antisemite, when he clearly is; he has cited the unacceptable excuse Mr Corbyn proffered for defending the Nazi-esque Brick Lane mural which he later abandoned; he was involved in an attempt to silence Margaret Hodge when she spoke out against Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism, and has made it clear that one of his primary concerns is to make the Party electable, rather than rid it of an institutional antisemitism that its own MPs accuse it of, and which the Jewish community correctly perceive as drawing its strength from Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. At the very least Baroness Chakrabarti did not announce her views before commencing her supposedly-independent investigation.

Lord Falconer has now expressed concerns that he might be viewed as “a useful idiot” for the Labour Party’s leadership. Campaign Against Antisemitism can at least agree with him on that.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred Labour to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for investigation, because the Party’s leaders clearly have no intention of addressing the Party’s antisemitism themselves. If the Labour Party truly seeks an independent review of its antisemitism problem, it should write to the Commission and encourage it to open a section 20 statutory investigation into the matter.

Chris Williamson has been suspended from the Labour Party and his parliamentary film screening about suspended Labour activist Jackie Walker has been cancelled, following an outcry after a video emerged of him claiming that the Labour Party has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism.

He has told Sky News that he will work to clear his name.

Chris Williamson was just this morning let off with a slap on the wrist and even reportedly received a warm hug from the Chairman of the Labour Party. This is a man who has baited Jews and befriended Labour activists suspended or expelled over antisemitism for years.

It is outrageous that he is only being investigated now, and that it is only happening in response to a public outcry, including by other Labour MPs.

The suspension of Chris Williamson, only now, under duress shows once again that the Labour Party no longer possesses moral initiative.

Why would any member of the Jewish community have faith in Labour to investigate Mr Williamson fairly, efficiently and transparently when his friend Jackie Walker has been under inconclusive investigation for almost three years?

Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite under whose leadership the once fiercely anti-racist Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic. That is why we have referred Labour to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for investigation, because the Party’s leaders clearly have no intention of addressing antisemitism themselves.

In the past six months, eleven MPs have quit the Labour Party over its institutional antisemitism.

Labour MPs are clamouring for their colleague, antisemite-befriender and Labour MP for Derby North, Chris Williamson, to be suspended or expelled from the Party, after he was caught on video saying that the Labour Party has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism. He has issued a meandering apology but still appears to be intent on screening a film about Jackie Walker in Parliament. Jackie Walker, a friend of Mr Williamson, has been suspended for years by the Labour Party which still appears to be mustering the will to discipline her over her claims about Jews.

The video, which was released by the Yorkshire Post, shows Mr Williamson telling activists at an event in Sheffield last week organised by the campaign group Momentum, that Labour was being “demonised as a racist, bigoted party.” Momentum supports Mr Corbyn’s leadership of the Party.

To raucous applause, Mr Williamson told the gathering that: “The Party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party. I have got to say I think our Party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion…we have backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.” He then claimed that: “We’ve done more to address the scourge of antisemitism than any political party.”

Following uproar from Labour MPs – including, Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, who said that Mr Williamson had been “deliberately inflammatory” – Mr Williamson apologised. In a lengthy statement on Twitter, he wrote: “I deeply regret, and apologise for, my recent choice of words when speaking about how the Labour Party has responded to the ongoing fight against antisemitism inside of our Party. I was trying to stress how much the party has done to tackle antisemitism.” He added that: “I am therefore sorry for how I chose to express myself on this issue within our Party. This is a fight that I want to be an ally in. In future, I will take it upon myself to be more considered in my remarks, and ensure they reflect the Labour Party’s unswerving and unfaltering commitment to anti-racism and the fight against antisemitism.”

In the past six months, eleven MPs have quit the Labour Party over its institutional antisemitism.

One of them, Luciana Berger, tweeted in response to Mr Williamson’s video: “This is what I have left behind. It’s toxic. Our country deserves so much better.”

Labour figures have also spoken out. Labour MP Wes Streeting tweeted: “I do not believe this is sincere. I believe you have deliberately baited Jewish people in our Party and across the country. I think you were caught in a moment of honesty saying what you really think. It was repulsive, revealing and you should be expelled from the Labour Party. ” Former Labour Leader Ed Miliband, who is Jewish, tweeted: “Chris Williamson is bringing the Labour party into disrepute over anti-semitism. This is a test of seriousness on our part about the whole issue. Disciplinary action, not simply an apology, is required.” Mr Watson added: “It is not good enough. If it was in my gift I would have removed the whip from him already. Yvette Cooper joined, tweeting: “Agree with Tom Watson & Ed Miliband on immediate suspension needed”.

It has also emerged that Mr Williamson has reportedly booked a committee room in the House of Commons next Monday for a screening of the film, Witchunt, about antisemitism and the disgraced Labour activist Jackie Walker, who famously claimed that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade”. Mr Williamson has previously said that Ms Walker’s suspension was “disgraceful.” He booked the room on behalf of the sham Jewish Voice for Labour, which has continually downplayed Labour’s problem with antisemitism.

A Labour spokesperson said that: “It’s completely inappropriate to book a room for an event about an individual who is suspended from the Party and subject to ongoing disciplinary procedures. This falls below the standards we expect of MPs.”

The event is still going ahead.

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said that Mr Williamson has been issued with a “notice of investigation for a pattern of behaviour” by Labour. He will not be suspended during the investigation.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

An elderly Jewish man with a walking stick was allegedly attacked in Highbury Corner in Islington, London at around 14:15 yesterday. The defenceless man, said to be in his 70s, was reportedly left with “blood pouring from his mouth” in a completely unprovoked attack.

An eyewitness, Brittany Russell, told the Islington Gazette that it was “definitely a hate crime.” She said that: “The old man told us that he was standing there to catch his breath when the man came up to him and was asking if he was Jewish. Following that the man started to hit him and that’s when I was walking past with my mum.”

Speaking to the paper, another witness, Marian Kennedy, said that: “He was punching him violently and right in the face with a closed fist. The older gentleman was utterly defenceless. He was being hit really hard and my instinct was jump between them but there was so much rage and violence. There was nothing I could do. The older man was not retaliating at all. He was just standing there as the guy repeatedly swung.” She added that: “Blood was pouring from the old man’s mouth and his body must have taken a lot of blows. The attacker ran off very fast. He was manic.”

The witness said that the alleged attacker claimed that the elderly Jewish man had hit him with the stick but she doubted his claim, saying: “The old man wasn’t aggressive. He was just taking the blows. He kept going: ‘Please stop’.”

An appeal has been launched to find the alleged perpetrator who is described as being in his 30s, with a strong build and shaved head. He was seen wearing a checked shirt and overcoat running away from the scene shortly after the attack.

Anybody with information should immediately contact the Metropolitan Police Service by calling 101.

A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman confirmed that the incident is being treated as “a racially aggravated public order offence”

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli tweeted: “So very sorry for the victim, his family and the wider Jewish community for this awful and targeted attack. Hate crime is vile, unacceptable and makes minority communities feel vulnerable. The Metropolitan Police Service in Camden and Islington will do our utmost to find out who did this.”

The local MP, Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted his concern that the incident had shaken the Jewish community: “Today in Islington an elderly man was violently assaulted because he was Jewish. This racist attack has shaken our community. I’ve spoken with local councillors and we will be supporting the police. I urge anyone who saw anything to contact the police.”

A spokesman for Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, said that: “An elderly Jew suffered a wholly unprovoked physical attack by a far right thug on Tuesday at Highbury Corner in London. This is happening much too often all over London. We are deeply concerned by the lack of police active response to such incidents. We are also deeply disappointed at the lack of appropriate sentencing on the rare occasions when such incidents actually reach court. The government has a duty to protect its Jewish citizens and all minorities from such hateful behaviour.”

Following a gruelling effort over several years by Campaign Against Antisemitism and our allies, Hizballah will now finally be completely proscribed by the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, with the support of the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “My priority as Home Secretary is to protect the British people. As part of this, we identify and ban any terrorist organisation which threatens our safety and security, whatever their motivations or ideology which is why I am taking action against several organisations today. Hizballah is continuing in its attempts to destabilise the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We are staunch supporters of a stable and prosperous Lebanon. We cannot however be complacent when it comes to terrorism – it is clear the distinction between Hizballah’s military and political wings does not exist, and by proscribing Hizballah in all its forms, the government is sending a clear signal that its destabilising activities in the region are totally unacceptable and detrimental to the UK’s national security.”

Ensuring that the Government completely proscribes Hizballah has been an important objective for Campaign Against Antisemitism since our charity was established.

Until now, the British Government has distinguished between Hizballah’s “military wing” and “political wing”, even though Hizballah mocked the Government and said that no such distinction exists. The loophole enabled brazen shows of support for Hizballah, including pro-Hizballah parades through central London which are organised by a registered charity, 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 were used to finance terrorist activity, and could even have been used to target British subjects.

Every year, Campaign Against Antisemitism has worked closely with the Metropolitan Police Service, the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office to try to prevent annual pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parades through London’s most iconic streets, including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent’s Street.

We have also sent a large team from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit to gather evidence at the parades, at which Hizballah supporters have marched with placards stating “We are all Hizballah”, heard from antisemitic speakers, and even draped babies in Hizballah flags. In one year, our volunteers were forced to withdraw from the parade.

We even launched a private prosecution against the leader of the parades who in 2017 claimed that “Zionists” had paid the Government to burn down tower blocks, days after the horrifying Grenfell Tower inferno, but our private prosecution was successfully taken over and shut down by the Crown Prosecution Service, despite the best efforts of our lawyers. Indeed, there has been an appalling failure to tackle incitement at the parades, with police even using “national security” grounds to avoid answering Campaign Against Antisemitism’s requests for information on whether anybody has ever been arrested for membership of Hizballah at the pro-Hizballah parades.

Progress in proscribing Hizballah has long been prevented by disagreement between the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, even though the decision can be made by the Home Secretary alone, so long as a majority of MPs agree with them, which has not been in doubt. The disagreement is rooted in diplomats’ preference for being able to openly engage with Hizballah, which has a major role in Lebanese politics. That has led to a perverse and dangerous loophole: when Hizballah was proscribed by a Labour Government in 2008, only Hizballah’s “military wing” was added to the list of proscribed terrorist organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000.

That meant that any person giving a police officer “reasonable suspicion” that they are supporting the terrorist organisation committed an offence under the act, but only if the officer could be sure that they are supporting Hizballah militarily and not politically. That is because Hizballah’s imaginary “political wing” was not proscribed, enabling those on the annual Hizballah parades to claim to be supporting Hizballah’s political wing, not its military wing.

Even Hizballah found 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 was 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.

Over the course of years, we have argued for the total proscription of Hizballah with Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, and each of her successors since, including making representations to Sajid Javid. Recognising that much of the opposition to fully proscribing Hizballah came from within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we have supplemented our representations to the Home Office with formal submissions to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and others.

In an attempt to force a decision from the Home Office, Campaign Against Antisemitism also launched a parliamentary petition which gained over 15,000 signatures from all but one of the UK’s 650 parliamentary constituencies, from Orkney to St Ives. The 15,000 signatures considerably exceeded the 10,000 required to compel the Government to consider the matter and formally respond, but when the Home Office did issue a statement, it shamefully failed to rule on the issue.

During our campaigning work against Hizballah, we gained the support of figures from the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, a former Downing Street Chief of Staff to a prominent Muslim leader. Their brave voices were strengthened by calls from the Mayor of London and others, but the Government repeatedly proved unyielding.

Whilst the position of the British Government has been a long and shameful betrayal of British Jews, some have called for even greater leniency. Jeremy Corbyn, who famously called Hizballah his friends, even argued for the lifting of any restrictions on the group in the UK and spoke at numerous pro-Hizballah parades. One branch of the Labour Party even debated whether members of Hizballah should be allowed to join the Party.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We are delighted that our efforts, and those of our friends and allies, have finally borne fruit. Hizballah supporters will no longer be able to intimidate British Jews with relative impunity as they have done for years, knowing that they enjoy the friendship of figures like Jeremy Corbyn who even called for the total lifting of restrictions on Hizballah in this country. Successive Governments of all political affiliations have shamed themselves by resisting calls for them to act, with progress only coming now due to the growing national recognition that antisemitism has flourished in Britain to the extent that our country’s Jewish minority is now fearful for its very future. We salute the Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary for being the first holders of their offices to finally right this wrong and close this loophole. Today it became harder for the supporters of genocidal antisemitic terrorism to operate in the United Kingdom.”

The UK’s Judicial College, which provides the training for the judiciary in England and Wales, has added the International Definition of Antisemitism and a section on the use of the word ‘Zionist’ as a slur to the latest edition of its Equal Treatment Bench Book. The handbook provides guidance for members of the judiciary in relation to equality and discrimination.

In explaining the importance of understanding the definition and the discriminatory uses of ‘Zionist’, the Judicial College cites Campaign Against Antisemitism’s annual Antisemitism Barometer research showing the extent of antisemitism in British society, and our work to ensure that journalist Kevin Myers was removed from his post at the Sunday Times following the publication of his opinion article about why he felt Jewish BBC presenters earned more than their non-Jewish peers.

The handbook, which is provided to all members of the judiciary in England and Wales, contains the full International Definition of Antisemitism, explaining its adoption, as well as a section dedicated to discussion of the use of the words ‘Zionist’ and ‘Zionism’ as slurs, quoting from a report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report which states: “The word ‘Zionist’ (or worse, ‘Zio’) as a term of abuse…has no place in a civilised society.”

We strongly welcome the Judicial College’s intervention to update all members of the judiciary on the impact of the antisemitic crime crisis on the Jewish community, and to ensure that members of the bench are fully informed on the nature of antisemitism and attempts to disguise Jew-hatred by referring to Zionists instead of Jews.

French President Emmanuel Macron has told Jewish leaders that France will adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism as part of a strategy to counter antisemitism. He said that adopting the Definition will help guide police forces, magistrates and teachers in their work.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes this decision to adopt a clearer and firmer approach to fighting antisemitism at this worrying time for Jews in France. The President also announced that he would ask Parliament to vote on a new law to combat online abuse.

In a speech at the annual dinner of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewish institutions, Mr Macron said: “For the first time in many years, antisemitism is killing people again in France.” He lamented that it was a “failure” that French authorities “did not know how to react effectively.” He will also urge his Education Minister to address the fact that Jewish children are “too often” forced to leave public schools for private Jewish schools due to antisemitism.

The move was announced just a day after thousands of demonstrators gathered in cities across France to condemn antisemitism. An estimated 20,000 people rallied in Paris, led by Edouard Philippe, the Prime Minister and former French Presidents and politicians. This followed several antisemitic incidents, including the desecration of nearly 100 graves with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.

France has been shaken by terrorist attacks targeting Jews in recent years, including the shooting of Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris and of schoolchildren and their teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Eric Pickles and others worked hard for over many meetings with officials at Downing Street. France will join a growing list of countries to use the definition, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia which recently adopted it.

Former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes has weighed in on the antisemitism plaguing the Labour Party in recent years. Barnes has been politically outspoken in recent years but his appearance on BBC Question Time, his first on the show, left many amongst the Jewish community hurt and confused. Whilst commending the Labour MPs who left the Labour Party in the past week over “what they believe” recognising “it’s about antisemitism in the Labour Party” he also took it upon himself to decide on behalf of Jewish people what is and what is not antisemitism.

Mr Barnes on the issue of antisemitism recognised that “there is a difference between that and anti-Zionism…getting mixed up.” He correctly pointed out that “you can criticise the state of Israel without being antisemitic,“ but turned at that point against the view of the vast and overwhelming majority of the Jewish community in saying that he thought that “from the Labour Party’s point of view, as much as Zionists may want to say it’s one and the same I don’t think it is. It’s a bit like saying all racism is the same, because it isn’t, for example the Jews, in my opinion, whilst it is a religion they aren’t necessarily a separate race of people. I think they get mixed up in that respect.”

The history of antisemitism shows that antisemitism can target Jews over either perceived race or faith as well as conspiracy theories around perceived collective Jewish power. When speaking about antisemitism it is important to understand these fundamental points around what antisemitism targets and looks like. Whether or not Jews are defined as a race or a religion is not relevant to whether or not antisemitism attacks Jews on the basis of perceived race or religion. Nazi and fascist attacks on Jews have cited opposition to Jews as a racial group and not to their religious beliefs, whilst modern left-wing antisemitism tends to target Jews in a manner which does not focus on either race or religion, instead targeting them for perceived power, disloyalty, or for the actions and very existence of the State of Israel.

Furthermore, whilst it is true that criticism of Israel is not antisemitic in and of itself, all too often opposition to Israel is used as a vehicle for antisemitism. This has included claims that Jews are less loyal to the UK, holding Jews collectively responsible for Israeli political and military decisions, the use of antisemitic language in relation to Israel, or comparing Israelis to the Nazis.

To accuse the majority of the Jewish community (who are Zionists) of deliberately confusing the issue of antisemitism is to accuse them of weaponising antisemitism, a despicable and outrageous claim.

Mr Barnes would do well to learn more about antisemitism before choosing to speak out on this topic on national television.

Campaign Against Antisemitism provides speakers to communities and institutions which would like to know more about antisemitism. If you would like to book a speaker, please contact outreach@antisemitism.uk.

A new video has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn, this time explaining how to understand the motivations of genocidal antisemitic suicide bombers.

In a 38-second video unearthed by investigative journalist, Iggy Ostanin, Mr Corbyn is heard saying that he met with a group of young Palestinians in Nablus who all knew somebody that had been “involved” with suicide bombing. He said that: “None of them agreed with it. But every one of them – they knew why they did it. They said: ‘Put yourself in our place. A life of hopelessness, a life under occuptaion, a life of demoralisation and bitterness. That is where it leads to.’”

Mr Corbyn was referring to genocidal antisemitic suicide bombers from terrorist organisations like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which seek the massacre of all Jews and sent suicide bombers to slaughter any Jews they could find.

According to the Jerusalem Post, these comments were made during a debate held by the Cambridge Union Society on 29th October 2009 entitled: “This house believes that Israel demands too much and gives too little in the peace process”. Mr Corbyn, together with three others, spoke in favour of the proposition.

Over the course of years, Mr Corbyn has supported genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations, for example by laying a wreath at the grave of terrorists from Black September, calling Hamas terrorists his “friends” (and in one case a “brother”), and even blaming the “hand of Israel” when jihadi terrorists committed atrocities. Mr Corbyn is an antisemite under whose leadership the once fiercely anti-racist Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic.

The revelation comes on the same day that Campaign Against Antisemitism honorary patron Ian Austin became the eleventh MP in the past six months to quit the Labour Party over its institutional antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

An honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Ian Austin, has become the eleventh Labour MP to resign from the Labour Party in the past six months.

Mr Austin’s resignation follows the departure of seven Labour MPs on Monday over antisemitism: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey, followed by the resignation of former Labour MP Joan Ryan two days later. Together, they have formed The Independent Group of MPs. Previously, former Labour MPs Frank Field and Ivan Lewis also resigned over antisemitism in the Labour Party but they have not joined The Independent Group, and nor has Mr Austin.

As the son of a Holocaust refugee whose entire family was slaughtered by the Nazis in Treblinka extermination camp, Ian Austin’s upbringing instilled in him a firm sense of justice and the determination to fight bigotry wherever he saw it. As an MP, he led a successful campaign to drive the far-right British National Party out of his Dudley North constituency, and he has been a leading figure in the fight against antisemitism that has taken hold in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn.

In an interview with the local newspaper of his Dudley North constituency, the Express and Star, Mr Austin said: “I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have caused to Jewish people. It is terrible that a culture of extremism, antisemitism and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics. The hard truth is that the party is tougher on the people complaining about antisemitism than it is on the antisemites…I think Jeremy Corbyn has completely changed what was a mainstream party into a completely different party with very different values.”

Mr Austin has always campaigned against antisemitism as a matter of conviction and conscience. We are proud that he is one of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patrons and proud of the strong message that he has sent out today.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

Jewish students at the University of Essex were left shocked as students rallied in an attempt to block the establishment of a new Jewish Society on campus. Until now, the university’s Jewish students have not had an organised body.

When founding a new student society through the University of Essex Students’ Union, approval is needed by the student body, so as usual students were allowed the opportunity to vote whether or not to permit the establishment of the Jewish Society.

The proposal was met with heavy opposition. 200 students voted against the establishment of a Jewish Society, including members of societies such as the “K-Pop Society” and “Pokémon Go Society.” In total, over 500 students voted, with 64% voting for the establishment of a Jewish Society, but 36% of students voting against Jewish students being permitted to organise.

Students were not alone in voicing their opposition. A lecturer, Dr Maaruf Ali, openly and vociferously opposed the establishment of a Jewish Society, writing on Facebook that “the Zionists next want to create a society here at our university!”

Dr Ali has previously posted conspiracy theories alleging “Zionist” control of the media, and has shared far-right content alleging Mossad involvement in the 2015 terror attack in Paris. He has also shared a post claiming that the Jewish population of Europe actually rose during the Holocaust, and equated Israel with Nazi Germany. The Jewish News has reported that he is now under investigation by the university. A spokesperson told the Jewish News that they are “looking into the allegations as a matter of urgency in accordance with our zero tolerance policy.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is making representations to the University seeking disciplinary action not only against Dr Ali, but also some of the students who sought to prevent the establishment of a Jewish Society. The Union of Jewish Students has forcefully condemned both those who voted against the establishment of the Jewish Society and Dr Ali.

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

Coventry University Dodgeball Team is under fire for hosting a white t-shirt party in which students elected to emblazon their t-shirts with antisemitic emblems and the slogan “The Jews deserved it.” This follows prior incidents at Lancaster, Plymouth and Newcastle.

On 6th February, Coventry University Dodgeball Team was photographed at Empire nightclub at what appears to have been a white t-shirt party, a party in which participants don plain white t-shirts and write messages on each other’s shirts. In this case, some members of the team decided to scrawl antisemitic remarks and a swastika.

The team has been suspended by Coventry University Students’ Union, after being reported to the university by the President of Coventry University Jewish Society.

In a joint statement, the Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students said: “We expect appropriate action to be taken to demonstrate that such behaviour is unacceptable.” Tochukwu Ajare, President of Coventry University Students’ Union issued a response promising: “We do not tolerate antisemitism or any form of hate crime. We will fully support the university in any disciplinary action it may take.”

Coventry University has also promised action, telling The Independent: “We are deeply concerned about this matter. We are investigating and we will take disciplinary action against any student of the University who is involved.”

We commend the Students’ Union and University for their handling of this incident. Campaign Against Antisemitism is taking close interest in the outcomes of the investigation and hope to see the University live up to its commitment to show zero tolerance to antisemitism.

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

Campaign Against Antisemitism has not obscured the faces of those in the photograph above; the photograph was already pixellated.

Conservative MP Andrew Percy has spoken out in a House of Commons debate to brand former MP George Galloway a racist and a Jew-baiter over comments he made on Sky News.

In an interview with Sky News earlier today, Mr Galloway said that the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis was part of a “Black Op” and that the media were telling a “Goebbellian lie” by reporting on it, referring to Josef Goebbels, the infamous Nazi propagandist. Presenter Niall Patterson swiftly responded: “We just mentioned Luciana Berger. Do you think it’s entirely appropriate to talk about Goebellian propaganda where we’ve got a Jewish Labour MP leaving because of antisemitism?” However Mr Galloway stood by his comment, retorting: “I don’t believe she’s leaving because of antisemitism. I believe you want people to believe that, and the Goebbels is you, and The Times and the other organs that are pumping out this foul slander against the Labour Party and knowing that it’s untrue.”

Following Mr Percy’s comments in the House of Commons, Labour MP Jess Phillips sought his permission to interrupt, saying that Mr Galloway was an antisemite and that she would “never be in the same party as him”.

Mr Galloway, who blocked Campaign Against Antisemitism on Twitter after we highlighted an antisemitic tweet he had shared, has said that he is applying to rejoin the Labour Party after being expelled in 2003, but the Party told the Jewish News that it had received no such application.

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The Labour Party is set to lose control over Brighton and Hove City Council as one of its councillors, Anne Meadows, has told the BBC that she is leaving the Labour Party and joining the Conservative Party after what she described as “18 months of antisemitism and abuse”. Her defection means that the Conservative grouping on the Council is now larger than the Labour one. The Council has been led by the Labour Party since 2015.

This week the Labour Party has been rocked by a major split as eight MPs left the Labour Party over antisemitism to join The Independent Group, bringing the total number of MPs quitting the Labour Party over Jew-hatred to ten.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

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Joan Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, has become the eighth Labour MP to resign from the Labour Party and join the Independent Group, saying that the Party had become “institutionally antisemitic” and gripped by a “culture of anti-Jewish racism.”

Ms Ryan’s resignation follows the departure of seven Labour MPs on Monday over antisemitism: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey. Previously, former Labour MPs Frank Field and Ivan Lewis also resigned over antisemitism in the Labour Party.

This makes Ms Ryan the tenth MP to resign from the Party over antisemitism.

She has been a fierce and fearless critic of Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party’s failure to deal with its antisemitism crisis for years. She has even faced attempts to deselect her as a Labour MP as a result.

In a statement, Ms Ryan, who served as a minister under Tony Blair, said that she “cannot remain a member of the Labour Party while this requires me to suggest that I believe Jeremy Corbyn – a man who has presided over the culture of anti-Jewish racism and hatred for Israel which now afflicts my former party – is fit to be Prime Minister of this country. He is not.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

Following years of torment for the Jewish community, there has been a significant departure of seven Labour MPs, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey, from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The once fiercely anti-racist Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. He had every opportunity to tackle antisemitism within his Party, but his failure to do so and his appalling personal choices during his political career should leave nobody in any doubt that he himself is an antisemite.

“Many Labour MPs and members implored Mr Corbyn to act and gave him an unreasonably generous amount of time to act. He has not acted and he will not act. Moreover, those who have been swept into positions of power behind Mr Corbyn have shown that they have no intention of addressing antisemitism and instead will wield their power to obstruct the fight against antisemitism.

“The fight from within the Labour Party is dead. We applaud the seven Labour MPs who have today drawn a line in the sand.

“They have decided that if they must choose between the political Party that they have given their lives to build, and the cause of anti-racism, then they must side with the anti-racists against their Party. We are thankful for the solidarity and leadership that they have shown.”

Recently, former Labour MPs Frank Field and Ivan Lewis also resigned the whip over antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is now due to decide whether to open a full statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Party.

Moments ago, Judge Christopher Hehir, sitting with a lay magistrate, Ms M Rego, upheld the conviction of Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz over her Holocaust denial on social media.

The decision sets a new precedent in British law.

The case effectively delivered a landmark precedent verdict on incitement on social media and on whether the law considers Holocaust denial to be “grossly offensive” and therefore illegal when used as a means by which to hound Jews.

Ms Chabloz was appealing a decision last year by Westminster Magistrates’ Court convicting her on three charges of sending grossly offensive communications via a public communications network. The case began as a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was then taken over and continued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This is the first conviction in the UK over Holocaust denial on social media. The Crown Court is a court of record, meaning that its judgement upholding the previous Magistrates’ Court decision sets a new precedent in British law.

“Many brave British patriots died in the cause of defeating the Nazis. Alison Chabloz is no patriot and her actions defending the Nazis and claiming that the Holocaust was a fraud seek to defile their sacrifice. 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. Other antisemites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.”

Reading the court’s judgement, Judge Hehir said that the court did not have to entertain “absurdity or fiction” in cases of Holocaust denial and that “We take judicial notice of the fact that the Holocaust occurred.” Turning to Ms Chabloz, he said: “She is a Holocaust denier…she is manifestly antisemitic and obsessed with the wrongdoing of Jews,” adding that on the subject of the Holocaust “she has lost all sense of perspective.” Addressing the songs themselves, Justice Hehir said of the first song: “It is by no means an exaggeration to call this song disgusting”, before describing her other songs in similar terms. He added that “she positively intended to be grossly offensive to Jews” before confirmed that her original sentence was upheld. We will soon post a copy of the full judgement.

Last year at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge John Zani found Ms Chabloz guilty and sentenced her to a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid community service, an indefinite order against contacting two leaders of Campaign Against Antisemitism, as well an an order banning her from social media for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge, and costs of £600. The suspension of her sentence was on the basis that District Judge Zani said that he did not wish to satisfy her desire to become a “martyr”.

Ms Chabloz had published on YouTube a series of songs mocking Holocaust survivors and inciting hatred against Jews, including:

  • “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.

Appealing her conviction, Ms Chabloz showed no contrition. Under cross-examination, she said that there are liars in all ethnicities but: “Jews are more likely to tell lies. In the Talmud, it’s even encouraged. In the verses. Lying is following religious duty.”

When asked if she thinks Jews are responsible for their own persecution, she explained that a “certain amount of evidence occurred throughout history” to support that view. Judge Hehir noted that her claim was identical to that of notorious antisemite Gilad Atzmon, who caved in after just two hours in court in a defamation case brought over his claims that Campaign Against Antisemitism fabricates cases of antisemitism.

She also claimed that Jews have disproportionate power and influence, saying that “Jews are over-represented in banking, finance, the media. There’s information that’s out there. 8% in the Houses of Parliament.” She added that: “They control Twitter” too.

Asked about her views on the Holocaust, Ms Chabloz described herself as a “revisionist”, stating that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust was 600,000: “Revisionists think 10% of those [Jews] reported in the mainstream media” were murdered by the Nazis.

She disputed that there were death camps, saying that “Jews were deported, sent to camps but they were prisoner camps.” On the subject of gas chambers, she said that: “There’s no evidence of gas chambers. Gas chambers were used for disinfection purposes, as life-saving devices.” She also claimed that Holocaust survivors lie, telling the court: “There’s great incentive for survivors to elaborate their story.”

In a comment that drew gasps in court, Ms Chabloz said that Jewish concentration camp inmates forced to play in an orchestra at Auschwitz were luckier than her. She said: “Musicians in the orchestra were luckier than me” because she said it was “heartbreaking” that venues no longer booked her to perform on account of her views and songs. When challenged by Judge Hehir, she said that she might not have chosen her words as well as she could have.

She claimed that her songs were an act of love towards Jews, saying: “My songs are a product of love. To free Jews from the shackles of atrocity propaganda.” She added that: “I wish they will liberate us from this false narrative.”

At one point she even claimed that she had invented the melody of Hava Nagila on her own and had no idea that it was also a piece of Jewish folk music. Asked how she came up with the tune all on her own, she claimed: “The tune was a gift from G-d.” 

Ms Chabloz was represented by barrister Adrian Davies, who has a track record of unsuccessfully defending antisemites and Holocaust deniers including David Irving and Jeremy Bedford-Turner. At one point Mr Davies injected his own views into proceedings whilst cross-examining Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter. While debating Mr Falter, Mr Davies suggested that the Nazis did not deliberately murder Anne Frank, declaring “She died of typhus, there is no dispute. They didn’t deliberately murder her. They might be responsible for her death by mistreatment.” Judge Hehir stopped the debate, telling Mr Davies: “I’m not sure that’s your strongest point Mr Davies.”

The tens of supporters who even performed Nazi salutes when the judge was not looking at Westminster Magistrates’ Court were apparently dispirited and stayed away from Southwark Crown Court, numbering only around half a dozen.

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, were the only prosecution witnesses to be called.

This case 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 35% of British Jews believing that an antisemitic crime against them would be acted on by the authorities, even if there was enough evidence, and only 26% of British Jews saying that the CPS does enough against antisemitic crime.

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 James Mulholland QC at Crown Court and Karen Robinson at Magistrates’ Court, with the outstanding support of Hazel Allen and Tim Mackenzie throughout. 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.

Police and Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, are seeking a man alleged to have entered a Jewish-owned clothing shop for ladies in Stamford Hill, north London, last Wednesday, shouting: “It’s a shame, Hitler should have killed all the Jews” and other antisemitic remarks.

The young man allegedly came to the shop and asked for money to clean the exterior of the shop’s windows. He then asked to clean the inside surface of the windows too, but was asked not to do so. He responded with a series of antisemitic comments, including “F*** Jews”, “It’s a shame, Hitler should have killed all the Jews”, “Why are you still here? You shouldn’t still be here”, and the “Palestinians need to bomb you all”.

Shoppers and staff witnessed the incident in shock. A Jewish customer who was in the changing rooms at the time and heard the antisemitic barrage was too afraid to come out.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123, quoting reference number: CAD1594 07/02/19.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia have become the latest countries to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Czech Republic Parliament’s Lower House has adopted a resolution that recognises the Definition. The resolution was adopted during a session to remember the victims of the Holocaust ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Lower House speaker, Radek Vondracek, said it could help authorities deal with hate crimes.

The National Council of Slovakia has also formally adopted the Definition. The text of the resolution, which was initiated by the Speaker of the National Council, Andrej Danko, passed with 112 votes in favour out of 150. According to Mr Danko, the absence of a clear definition of antisemitism and Holocaust denial has hindered the ability of prosecutors and law enforcement authorities to deal with serious crime. He said that: “We live in a difficult time when fundamental human rights are being denied, we also have a policy of people who deny the Holocaust.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the decisions, which demonstrate the Czech and Slovakian governments’ solidarity with the Jewish community at this worrying time for Jews in Europe.

Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Eric Pickles and others worked hard for over many meetings with officials at Downing Street.

This evening, Labour MPs have unanimously adopted a motion demanding simple answers from their Party’s leadership as to what action is being taken again antisemitism.

Jennie Formby, the General Secretary of the Labour Party, has reportedly responded to Labour MPs by telling them that she does not answer to them and expects antisemitism to persist.

When Labour MPs unanimously vote to condemn their own Party’s handling of its antisemitism crisis, one would expect responsible, anti-racist leaders to take note, but Labour’s leadership is neither responsible nor anti-racist, seeing its own MPs who stand up to antisemitism as threats, not allies.

Ms Formby’s appalling rebuff to her own MPs shows once again that Labour’s leadership has no intention of tackling antisemitism. She is telling her MPs that antisemitism in the Party is there to stay, showing that those who do not wish to remain part of an antisemitic institution have but one option: to leave.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is deliberating as to whether to open a statutory investigation into antisemitic discrimination and victimisation in the Party.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has released a report titled “Narratives of Division: The Spectrum of Islamist Worldviews in the UK” which found that a number of UK Islamic activist groups promote views that align with proscribed extremist groups.

The report focuses on five Muslim activist groups that UK authorities have criticised for promoting problematic or extreme views, although they do not advocate violence: CAGE, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain (HT), the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), and Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND). This report assesses whether there is any substance to such accusations by analysing the public messages of these groups and comparing them against a baseline of extremist messaging.

The report found that: “Most of the groups analysed promote a divisive view of the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK through their public messaging. HT, MPACUK, IHRC and CAGE use their public content to advance a worldview in which Muslims in the UK and around the world are in an intractable state of tension and conflict with non-Muslims. MEND’s recent public messaging does not share this worldview.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has sought to highlight the problematic views of some of these organisations, including IHRC, the organisers of the annual pro-Hizballah parade through central London, and MPACUK, which in 2017 tweeted its congratulations to Ecuador after Horacio Sevilla Borja, an Ecuadorian diplomat, said that he did not think there was “anything more similar” to Nazi persecution than Israeli policy, which is antisemitic under the terms of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

In his foreword to the report, Mr Blair concluded that: “Unless deeply divisive narratives that undermine the relationship between Muslims and broader British society are rooted out, the threat of Islamist extremism will not be defeated. Often, when people think of this challenge, they focus entirely on violent jihadi groups. Yet as this report shows, many of the central ideas that British Muslims are hearing today from some activist groups are worryingly similar to the ideology of violent extremist groups. To succeed in our struggle against extremism, we must do more to counter the core ideas that fuel it.”

A disgraced British bishop, Richard Williamson, has failed in his attempt to persuade the European Court of Human Rights that Holocaust denial should be protected by the right to freedom of expression. He brought the case after being convicted in Germany over comments he made on Swedish television.

The court, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights and is not related to the European Union or affected by Brexit, ruled that Mr Williamson “had sought to use his right to freedom of expression with the aim of promoting ideas contrary to the text and the spirit of the [European Convention on Human Rights].”

Mr Williamson had been convicted over a Swedish television interview in which he said that there were no gas chambers under the Nazi regime. He was fined €6,500, which was reduced to €1,800 on appeal. Though Mr Williamson gave the interview on Swedish television and was not in Germany at the time, the court convicted him on the basis that he knew that viewers in Germany may watch the programme.

The court rejected Mr Williamson’s case as “manifestly ill-founded” and reaffirmed its previous decisions that limiting the right to freedom of expression was “necessary in a democratic society” in order to protect other freedoms.

Holocaust denial is not outlawed in the UK, but in a landmark decision last year following a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism that was then continued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it was ruled that Holocaust denial could be considered “grossly offensive” under section 127 of the Communications Act. The case related to Alison Chabloz, who was convicted over her music videos mocking Holocaust survivors and claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by a Jewish conspiracy to defraud non-Jews.

Generally, antisemitic Holocaust deniers attempt to hide behind their right to freedom of expression when pursued by Campaign Against Antisemitism, but this ruling reaffirms the fact that human rights law recognises the need to limit freedom of expression in order to protect other freedoms.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has won the first stage of its judicial review proceedings against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), after it moved to block us from privately prosecuting Nazim Ali, the leader of the annual “Al Quds Day” pro-Hizballah parade through central London in 2017.

In her decision granting Campaign Against Antisemitism permission to subject the CPS decision to judicial review, the Honourable Ms Justice Lang DBE stated that our application for judicial review raised “important issues”.

The “Al Quds Day” parade led by Mr Ali notoriously draws crowds of demonstrators who march through London in support of the terrorist organisation, which seeks the annihilation of all Jews, and carries out bombings worldwide, including two in London.

Our private prosecution centred on Mr Ali’s alleged 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.”

Our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit attended the parade and captured extensive video evidence, which was passed to the Metropolitan Police Service; however, the CPS declined to prosecute Mr Ali last year, leaving us with no option but to launch our private prosecution, led by Jonathan Goldberg QC.

Moreover, having refused to uphold the law by prosecuting Mr Ali, in June, the CPS blocked us from doing so privately. Just days before Mr Ali was due to stand trial, the CPS used its statutory power to take over our private prosecution and then discontinue it.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s judicial review challenges that decision on the basis that it was irrational and unreasonable. We are represented by Sam Grodzinski QC, with David Sonn acting as solicitor.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This is a case that the CPS should have prosecuted itself. Our emphatic legal advice is that their decision to prevent us from doing so was irrational, and we are encouraged that the court has agreed that our case should proceed to the second stage of this two-stage judicial review process. We hope to succeed and resume our private prosecution of Nazim Ali.”

Last week, we revealed that for over two years, the CPS has repeatedly refused to prosecute cases we reported to police involving neo-Nazis like the Pittsburgh terrorist. In one letter, the CPS told us that its decision to protect an extremist’s right to antisemitic hate speech was “a hallmark of a civilised society”.

It is important that the CPS finally begins prosecuting cases of its own accord, not simply because we force its hand through litigation.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted detailed evidence and legal arguments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, urging the Commission to open a statutory investigation into discrimination against Jews and victimisation of those who oppose antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006, the Commission may open an investigation “if it suspects that the [legal] person concerned may have committed an unlawful act” under equality legislation. The legislation grants the Commission sweeping investigatory and enforcement powers, including to compel the Labour Party to produce internal documents, policies and even e-mails or text messages.

If the Commission investigates, any disclosures could shed considerable light on the Labour leadership’s handling of the crisis. Few documents have reached the public, but one of the many reports prepared internally by the Labour Party’s Compliance Unit was leaked and is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service after alleged hate crimes detailed within it, which were concealed by the Party, were reported to the police by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “In July, we referred the Labour Party to the scrutiny of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Commission asked us for a detailed legal submission which we instructed counsel to prepare. We have now submitted an extensive legal dossier setting out the case for a statutory investigation by the Commission on the basis that under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and has persistently and repeatedly acted unlawfully by discriminating against Jewish members and victimising those within Labour who stand up to antisemitism.”

The Metropolitan Police Service has now publicly disclosed that it has begun a criminal investigation over a secret internal dossier of Labour Party antisemitism, which was reported by Campaign Against Antisemitism to Commissioner Cressida Dick live on LBC radio.

The dossier contains over eighty pages of antisemitic hatred by Labour Party members, including Holocaust denial and threats to harm Jewish Labour MPs. Some of the perpetrators admitted to the Party that they were behind some of the hatred chronicled in the dossier, which is just one of many dossiers compiled by the Party’s internal Compliance Unit for consideration by the Party’s Disputes Panel. The panel is currently chaired by Claudia Webb, who defended Ken Livingstone and claimed that the “combined machinery of state, political and mainstream elite” are conspiring to smear Jeremy Corbyn with “false allegations”.

The secret dossier is believed to be just one of several compiled by the Labour Party’s Compliance Unit, though all but one of the original researchers in the unit have now left, with at least one of them publicly voicing their disgust at attitudes towards antisemitism.

After joining LBC  to discuss the dossier, Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, waited until the Metropolitan Police Commissioner appeared live on LBC later that day, calling in to her call-in programme and reporting the dossier to her on air.

The secret internal dossier contains over eighty pages of antisemitic hatred by Labour Party members, including numerous admissions of guilt, but the Labour Party kept the dossier secret and did not even tell Jewish Labour MPs who were directly threatened within it, despite police considering threats to their safety to be so severe as to warrant special police protection. It is absolutely right that police officers have opened a criminal investigation, which we hope will encompass both the antisemitic hate crimes and the Labour Party’s complicity by concealing its evidence. Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite under whose leadership the once fiercely anti-racist Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jews.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has revealed today that the Crown Prosecution Service has refused to prosecute neo-Nazis like the Pittsburgh terrorist for two years, calling prosecutors’ inaction “a hallmark of a civilised society”.

The neo-Nazis use Gab, the same social network as the Pittsburgh terrorist Robert Bowers, to openly boast that they intend to implement Hitler’s final solution, even if it requires “small steps” at first, to exterminate Jews.

The neo-Nazis boasted: “We have work to do, finish the job. The job that Hitler started. This time we must show no mercy.” Another posted: “I tell everyone I meet I’m a Nazi and want to kills the Jews off completely…”. They repeatedly declared that they were intent on slaughtering Jews.

Some cases were even brought to the personal attention of Alison Saunders, the outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions, by trustees of Campaign Against Antisemitism more than two years ago, but she refused to prosecute.

The cases originate with reports by Campaign Against Antisemitism to multiple police forces which conducted detailed investigations and practically wrote the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, but the closest that any came to being prosecuted was when one individual was summoned to court only for a prosecutor to arrive and concede the case before the defendant had even entered a plea.

Senior detectives repeatedly pushed for prosecutions after reviewing our evidence, only to be rebuffed by prosecutors, even after Campaign Against Antisemitism humiliated the Crown Prosecution Service with a successful judicial review of its decision not to prosecute a neo-Nazi leader which resulted in the Crown Prosecution Service having to admit it had failed to understand the law prosecute him and being forced to conduct a prosecution, resulting in a unanimous jury conviction and an immediate one-year prison sentence for the neo-Nazi in question, Jeremy Bedford-Turner, who the Crown Prosecution Service had insisted for years was innocent of any crime.

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has, for years, failed to prosecute neo-Nazis in Britain whose chilling social media tirades are no different to those of the antisemitic terrorist behind the Pittsburgh massacre. Instead, our charity has had to repeatedly resort to using our own lawyers to secure justice. The Crown Prosecution Service is in dereliction of its duty to protect Jewish citizens. History shows that when people persistently incite hatred against Jews and say that they wish to slaughter us, we should believe them. Britain fought with all its might to keep the Nazis at bay. The Crown Prosecution Service must not allow them to thrive on our shores.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is currently taking the Crown Prosecution Service to judicial review over its refusal to prosecute the leader of the annual pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” over his remarks to marchers, and its subsequent decision to use statutory powers to block us from privately prosecuting him ourselves.

The disgraced peer, Baroness Tonge, has stepped down as a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, after claiming that the actions of the Israeli government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu could be contributing to the rise in antisemitism.

In a Facebook post soon after neo-Nazi Robert Bowers slaughtered eleven people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Baroness Tonge, who was twice suspended from the Liberal Democrats over allegations of antisemitism and eventually resigned as pressure mounted, responded to the attack with a post declaring: “Absolutely appalling and a criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi [as the Israeli Prime Minister is nicknamed] and the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians may be re-igniting antisemitism? I suppose someone will say that it is antisemitic to say so?”

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign reportedly told the Jewish News that it had “contacted Jenny Tonge to express our deep concerns at her post and is in the process of considering any further steps”, but she reiterated her view. In a further Facebook post entitled “Reaction to the Pittsburgh Tragedy”, she wrote: “The hounds have been unleashed and are baying for my blood and I suppose I have got used to it, but now a few days have passed and opinions are flying around and I have to reflect too…I am always puzzling about the causes of the apparent rise in antisemitism here and in the USA. I genuinely cannot understand it, but have long thought that the actions of the Israeli government led by Netanyahu could be contributing to the rise. Many of our fellow citizens do not know the difference between the Zionists who currently control the Israeli government and ordinary Jewish people in this country, many of whom do not support that government and are as horrified by its actions as we are. I accept, that to mention this in the same post that expressed horror and sadness for the tragedy was too premature…The other consequence of all of this is to divert us once again from discussing the horrors which occur daily in Palestine and get ignored by the media. We must make up for that and never forget the injustice being perpetrated on the Palestinian people.”

This appears to have been too much even for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which has had its own antisemitism problems. In a statement on its website, it wrote: “Baroness Tonge has offered to stand down as a patron of PSC…PSC regards the original post to be deeply troubling. Whilst the post acknowledged that the killings were appalling and a criminal act, it risked being read as implying that antisemitism can only be understood in the context of a response to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Such a view risks justifying or minimising antisemitism.”

Baroness Tonge must be removed from the legislature and stripped of her title following her latest outburst on Facebook.

Attempting to blame the Jewish state for the actions of a neo-Nazi terrorist, while the bodies of his innocent victims still laid on the floor of their synagogue, is utterly abhorrent.

We consider that Baroness Tonge’s ongoing membership of the House of Lords and the medical profession are stains on both institutions and we have formally complained to both the House of Lords and the General Medical Council in the past. The Liberal Democrats, which secured Baroness Tonge’s seat in the House of Lords must now campaign for her to be removed from the legislature and stripped of her title.

Baroness Tonge has a long history of using inflammatory, and sometimes antisemitic, language. Her posts on Facebook today and on Saturday must be the line in the sand.

Disgraced Baroness Tonge, who was twice suspended from the Liberal Democrats over allegations of antisemitism and eventually resigned as pressure mounted, has suggested that the Israeli government bears some responsibility for today’s horrific far-right terrorist attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Her immediate response to the attack was to post on Facebook: “Absolutely appalling and a criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi [as the Israeli Prime Minister is nicknamed] and the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians may be re-igniting antisemitism? I suppose someone will say that it is antisemitic to say so?”

Attempting to blame the Jewish state for the actions of a neo-Nazi terrorist while, the bodies of his innocent victims are not yet cold, is utterly abhorrent.

We consider that Baroness Tonge’s ongoing membership of the House of Lords and the medical profession are stains on both institutions and we have formally complained to both the House of Lords and the General Medical Council in the past. The Liberal Democrats, which secured Baroness Tonge’s seat in the House of Lords must now campaign for her to be removed from the legislature and stripped of her title.

Baroness Tonge has a long history of using inflammatory, and sometimes antisemitic, language. In 2003 she compared conditions in Gaza to those in the Warsaw Ghetto, for which she was criticised by the chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. The following year, during a spate of suicide bombings targeting Jews in Israel, she said that she “might just consider becoming [a suicide bomber] myself” if she was a Palestinian. After her comments were condemned as “completely unacceptable” by her own Party leader, Charles Kennedy, she told the BBC that suicide bombers’ actions are “appalling and loathsome”. Two years later in 2006, she told a fringe meeting at her Party conference: “The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a grip on our Party.” Once again, her Party leader, then Sir Menzies Campbell, said that her comments had “clear antisemitic connotations”, but she was unapologetic.

In 2010, in response to an antisemitic blood libel alleging that Israeli soldiers providing aid in Haiti were secretly harvesting victims’ organs, Baroness Tonge suggested that Israel should conduct an inquiry to “clear the names of the team in Haiti”. The Party leader, who by then was Nick Clegg, called the comments “wrong, distasteful and provocative”, and removed her as the Party’s health spokesperson. In 2012, the situation worsened when Baroness Tonge told a group at Middlesex University: “Beware Israel. Israel is not going to be there forever in its present performance.” Party leader Nick Clegg challenged her to apologise or resign for her remarks, following which she resigned the Party whip.

In 2015, Campaign Against Antisemitism condemned Baroness Tonge for asking a written question in the House of Lords which held Jews collectively responsible for perceived wrongdoing by Israel by calling for “Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom [to] publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support for universal human rights.” Last year, she used a speech in the House of Lords to again call on “Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel”, for which we condemned her, however her Party refused to act. When we called on our supporters to complain to the Liberal Democrat Party, the Party bizarrely respondedthat they would investigate if they received complaints. We then confirmed that our complaint was already a complaint and heard nothing more. Meanwhile Baroness Tonge wrote a misleading letter to The Independent claiming that Campaign Against Antisemitism was in fact an organisation which secretly opposed organ donation.

She then hosted a meeting in the House of Lords at which attendees compared Israel to ISIS and suggested that Holocaust victims provoked their own genocide. She was suspended from the Liberal Democrat party pending investigation, following which she resigned from the Party, but she remains in the House of Lords. Subsequently, the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, declined to take action against Baroness Tonge.

In October 2016, Baroness Tonge responded to a report on rising antisemitism by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee with a letter in which she wrote: “It is difficult to believe that a 75% increase in antisemitism [the Committee] reports, have been committed by people who simply hate Jewish people for no reason. It is surely the case that these incidents are reflecting the disgust amongst the general public of the way the government of Israel treats Palestinians and manipulates the USA and ourselves to take no action against that country’s blatant disregard of International Law and the Geneva Conventions.” The failure to act led a Liberal Democrat former candidate to quit the Party. One member of the public reported the letter to Sussex Police.

In February last year, after Baroness Tonge called for Campaign Against Antisemitism to be deregistered as a charity, Parliamentarians rallied to support us in the media.

In May last year, Baroness Tonge shared and then deleted an image belittling the Holocaust by equating it with the situation in Gaza. The cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, had won second prize in one of Iran’s repulsive Holocaust denial cartoon competitions.

Then in August last year, she shared an antisemitic caricature on Facebook. The caricature was part of an image which claimed to expose the “AIPAC Jewish lobby” through a quote supposedly from Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters. In the bottom-right corner of the image, an antisemitic caricature of a big-nosed Jew clasping his hands together can be seen. The caricature is commonly used by neo-Nazis and far-left extremists in antisemitic social media memes. The original post, which Baroness Tonge shared, was posted by Saeed Sarwar, who commented on the image: “I’ve checked with 4 specialist friends in case anyone tries to suggest this is antisemitism. It’s actually bang on.”

It is hight time that Baroness Tonge was removed from the legislature and stripped of her title.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Today the peace of the Jewish Sabbath was shattered when a terrorist targeted Jewish innocents at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. As the Sabbath ends, families have been broken and lives have been taken. All over the world, far-right, far-left and Islamist extremists are stoking the flames of Jew-hatred, with too little done to stop them. Antisemitism is an age-old disease which begins with hatred and violence towards Jews and ends with the unraveling of society. We mourn with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. May the memories of those who fell today be a blessing. Today we are reminded so brutally and heartbreakingly why we must stand together against antisemitism.”

Tickets are nearly sold out for the first event in Campaign Against Antisemitism’s new fundraising programme to support our ongoing efforts to counter and expose antisemitism in Britain.

The first event on the calendar is a comedy night that will be held later this month at the Arts Depot in Finchley, London. “Funny you should say that!” features an exciting line-up of the best of British Jewish comedy, headlined by comedian Bennett Arron, dubbed the “Welsh Seinfeld”. Also performing on the night are special guests: “Mock the Week” regular Gary Delany; celebrity prankster, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson); Jewish Comedian of the Year 2015, Philip Simon; Sol Bernstein, the comedy creation of veteran stand-up Steve Jameson; and writer, director, and educator Rachel Creeger who is currently on her debut tour.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s fundraising team are currently inviting any supporters who are interested in assisting at events or donating facilities for future events to e-mail us at fundraising@antisemitism.uk.

Tickets are selling fast. if you would like to support Campaign Against Antisemitism by attending “Funny you should say that!”, or would like to learn more about the event, please visit the Arts Depot online box office.

The Church of England has adopted the full International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Council of Bishops took the decision on the recommendation of the Archbishop of Canterbury after he met with the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis. Rabbi Mirvis had expressed his concern about the “deep sense of insecurity” among the Jewish community in the UK.

The Council also issued a statement calling on public figures to “reject all language and activity that leads to prejudice, stigma, or hatred towards people on the grounds of their religion, culture, origins, identity, or belief.”

The Church of England’s unquestioning and complete acceptance of the full International Definition of Antisemitism has come just a week after Labour’s National Executive Committee voted to accept the definition with a caveat and an option to revisit the issue at a later date.

Dr David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, said that the Jewish community should feel reassured that the Church of England will continue to reject “prejudice and bigotry”, and that “[we] will continue to speak out critically”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the decision, which demonstrates the Church of England’s solidarity with the Jewish community at this worrying time.

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Conservative MEPs have voted in support of Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, and against the activation of Article 7 by the European Parliament, which enables it to take action against Hungary.

According to The Independent the nineteen Conservative MEPs were the only representatives from a governing conservative party in Western Europe to vote in Mr Orban’s defence. Mr Orban has led a deeply antisemitic campaign targeting controversial philanthropist George Soros, whilst also inciting hatred against Muslims and other minorities.

The vote, which was carried with the support of 448 MEPs, triggers Article 7 for the first time against a member state. The decision comes as a result of increasing concern about some of Mr Orban’s policies.

Leaked messages suggest that the Conservative MEPs felt that taking disciplinary action against Hungary would be counter-productive and a breach of democracy. It has also been implied in the past that the MEPs have shown support for Mr Orban in exchange for his backing in future Brexit talks. The Conservative Party has denied that this is the case.

According to WhatsApp messages obtained by Buzzfeed News and reported in The Independent, Downing Street has tried to contain the fallout from news of the vote by demanding that MEPs share a tweet that distances them from Mr Orban and any suggestion of support for his government and policies.

We are alarmed and appalled by the decision of Conservative MEPs to vote in defence of the antisemitic government of Viktor Orban in Hungary. Its campaign to vilify controversial George Soros went beyond legitimate political debate and has repeatedly strayed into antisemitism. It was therefore entirely right for the European Parliament to vote to censure the Hungarian government, and entirely wrong for Conservative MEPs to endeavour to frustrate that effort. If it is true that the Conservative Party has now tried to cover up their MEPs’ actions, that is doubly wrong.

There is a pressing need to promote tolerance and not give political credence to blatantly racist and antisemitic views and behaviour. At this time more than any other, British politicians should be setting an example by standing firm against antisemitism and racism, not defending it.

Tonight, Jews around the world will begin to celebrate the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. At Campaign Against Antisemitism, we have adopted the Jewish tradition of taking this moment to reflect on the year that has passed, and to anticipate the year ahead.

We have achieved so much more than we had hoped to achieve at this time last year. We recruited over 1,000 people who have stepped forward to join our outstanding volunteer team, and we opened a new office in Manchester, our first base outside London.

Together, we have fought at the forefront of the Jewish community’s struggle against antisemitism in politics, working closely with journalists, especially this summer, to expose Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism and Labour’s growing institutional antisemitism. We have now triggered an investigation into Labour by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and reported Labour to the police for covering-up threats of violence by its activists towards its own Jewish MPs.

We have also had a spate of legal successes. We won our three-year legal battle with the Crown Prosecution Service to force them to finally prosecute neo-Nazi leader Jeremy Bedford-Turner. He has now been sentenced to a year in prison for incitement to racial hatred over his speech at a rally against the “Jewification” of Golders Green, which the Crown insisted was not a crime until we proved it was in court.

We have also taken legal action to ensure that Alison Chabloz was convicted of criminal offences in relation to songs mocking Holocaust survivors and claiming that the Holocaust was a Jewish fraud. She was convicted in the first case of its kind, following a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which the Crown eventually agreed to take over.

A defamation action forced antisemitic author and saxophonist, Gilad Atzmon, into a humiliating capitulation in libel proceedings. He had claimed that we “fabricated” antisemitic incidents as part of a “business plan” to fraudulently obtain donations and make personal profits. He was forced to admit that his claims were false and agreed to pay substantial damages and costs.

We have also just launched judicial review proceedings against the Crown Prosecution Service over its failure to prosecute the leader of the pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade, Nazim Ali, and the Crown Prosecution Service’s subsequent attempt to block us from privately prosecuting him.

We have launched a pioneering educational programme and provided guidance to students experiencing antisemitism on campus and sent teams to monitor events of concern all over Britain. Our interventions resulted in events being banned.

As in years past, we have continued to publish comprehensive research into antisemitic crime and prejudice, and antisemitism in political parties. Our research has become widely-used by journalists and policymakers.

We have also partnered with other organisations to launch the British Council for Countering Antisemitism, which has fostered ties and promoted cooperation between Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Jewish Police Association, three Shomrim organisations and KSPA.

And in just the past few weeks we have launched #TogetherAgainstAntisemitism, through which thousands of Jews and our non-Jewish friends have been able to show solidarity against the world’s oldest hatred.

Of course, there is so much more that we have done, but without listing every single accomplishment, it is safe to say that this past year has seen Campaign Against Antisemitism go from strength to strength, with many new successes to our credit.

However, this year has also been a year of unprecedented challenges and dangers. As the burden of countering antisemitism has increased, Campaign Against Antisemitism has had to spend large amounts of money. Providing state-of-the-art cloud computing systems to our volunteers has become increasingly costly, and due to the unrelenting media work that we have been engaged in, we have just hired our third member of staff. In anticipation of continued pressure in the coming year, we are preparing to hire a fourth member of staff. The result is that Campaign Against Antisemitism is beginning to cost a lot of money to run. Our expenditure is still well below that of pretty much any other organisation around the world tasked with this kind of work, thanks to the dedication of our volunteers who donate their time night and day, but costs are still mounting despite our culture of thrift. Generous donors have stepped forward in the past year to support our funding needs, but we still need your help.

If, like us, you feel that antisemitism poses an existential threat to British Jews, and you want to see antisemites held to account, be they high-ranking politicians or invisible thugs on social media, please ask yourself: “What will I do to help? How will I ensure that action is taken?” If you have already volunteered or donated, you know the satisfaction of making a difference. If not, please consider stepping forward to help us.

Let us hope for a relief from those threats in the year to come. We all have a great deal to be proud of, and so much more to do. It is truly a privilege to work with such an exceptional group of people on something so important.

For those who are celebrating tonight and over the coming days, Shana Tova. May your prayers for a better future be answered.

For our many non-Jewish volunteers and supporters, now is a perfect moment for us to thank you for being such a source of hope and strength for all of British Jewry in these trying times. May your sheer decency and sense of human solidarity inspire many to follow you in standing shoulder to shoulder with all of us against antisemitism in the year to come.

No matter what next year brings, our volunteer team will do whatever it takes to defend British Jewry’s future.

Please help us to keep achieving our goals.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism is concerned that proposals to create a ‘Jewish ethnicity’ on official forms could complicate efforts to track antisemitism.

Presently, all official forms which include a question about ethnicity offer a choice between a range of white, black, asian and mixed ‘ethnicities’ which are in fact largely based on race more than shared cultural or other characteristics. The Government accepts that “There is no single agreed international definition of ethnicity and race or of the distinction between the two”.

For decades, there has been a debate as to whether Jews can be considered a race as well as a religion. In the landmark case of Mandla v Dowell Lee in 1983, it was determined that for the purposes of hate crime legislation, Jews could be considered as either. This had the benefit of affording Jews protection under legislation that had created a criminal offence of incitement to racial hatred at a time when there was no equivalent offence of incitement to religious hatred.

Aside from pragmatic legal arguments for defining Jews as a race as well as a religion, the topic is controversial. Clearly, as the result of conversion and intermarriage, there are Jews from many races.

At present, when it comes to the matter of official statistics, Jews are counted as a religious group, and not as an ethnicity. However, recently there have been renewed suggestions that the Office for National Statistics should define Jews as an ethnic group as well as a religious group.

Many official classifications are based on categories used by the Office of National Statistics, and we are concerned that counting ethnic Jews and religious Jews separately creates the likelihood of diverging sets of data which might make the Jewish community and antisemitism difficult to quantify.

Were regulators and employers, for example, to start holding separate data for ethnic and religious Jews, antisemitic incidents might be counted in different ways. For example, might a regulator consider that discrimination occurred due to a victim’s Jewish ethnicity or religion? Would someone who does not consider  themselves to be religiously Jewish consider themselves to be ethnically Jewish because of some Jewish ancestry? The fact that the answers to these questions are unpredictable could lead to the gathering of separate data on discrimination against Jews on the basis of ethnicity and religion, with little clarity on the overlap between the two. The problem would be less likely to affect police forces, which use a special flag to identify crimes motivated by antisemitism, but not all antisemitism is recorded as a crime, which means that it is crucial that other sources of data on antisemitism remain reliable.

Ultimately, Judaism is not a skin colour, and for centuries Jews have made their homes all over the world. Jews are much more likely to identify as Jews because they practise the Jewish religion or cultural traditions originating in the Jewish religion. Since ethnicity forms require respondents to self-define their ethnicity, it must be possible for the forms to be interpreted consistently in order to ensure some consistency of data.

Campaign Against Antisemitism sees considerable risk and little merit in the suggested adoption of a category of ‘Jewish ethnicity’ by the Office for National Statistics.

Posters carrying the message “Israel is a racist endeavour” have been put up on bus stops around central London, including one opposite Parliament.

This poster explicitly mocks and breaches the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour)” is antisemitic.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “These adverts are absolutely not authorised by TfL or our advertising partner JCDecaux. It is fly posting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously. We have instructed our contractors to remove any of these posters found on our network immediately.”

The group London Palestine Action has been tweeting photos of the posters during the day with messages including: “Created by ethnic cleansing; maintained by ethnic exclusion. Israel is a #racistendeavour”.

This vandalism follows on the heels of the Labour Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism yesterday, with an added caveat that is based on the fallacy that the definition prevents free speech. Labour MPs, including Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Honorary Patron, Margaret Hodge, responded to news of the amendment with disappointment, stating that this “unnecessary qualification” is an attempt to undermine the definition’s validity.

The posters are a yet another glaring example of how antisemites have been emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to address antisemitism in the Labour Party, and by his ongoing and vocal support for extremists and terrorists who have called for the destruction of the Jewish state.

We commend TfL and JCDecaux for their swift action. We expect that action will now be taken against those responsible for this antisemitic vandalism.

The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating a secret hate dossier after Campaign Against Antisemitism Chairman Gideon Falter reported it to Commissioner Cressida Dick live on air.

LBC’s Political Editor, Theo Usherwood, revealed live on the Nick Ferrari show this morning that LBC had obtained and investigated a secret leaked dossier of cases that had been put before NEC Disputes Panel.

Mak Chishty, who was the Commander in charge of hate crime at the Metropolitan Police Service before retiring last year, reviewed the leaked dossier for LBC and found 45 cases of antisemitism in it. He classified 17  cases as ”race-hate incidents” which should have been reported to the police. According to Mr Chishty and Charlie Sherrard QC, a criminal barrister who works with Campaign Against Antisemitism, at least four further cases warranted criminal investigation. Mr Chishty said the incidents were “abhorrent” and described the language used as “absolutely horrible.”

According to Mr Usherwood, the four cases that Mr Chishty and Mr Sherrard agreed should potentially be prosecuted were as follows:

  1. An activist who attacked a Jewish Labour MP as a “Zionist Extremist” who “hates civilized people” and was “about to get a good kicking” for spreading “Zionists propaganda”;
  2. An activist who posted an article containing Holocaust denial and antisemitic cartoons of Jews from a blog claiming to provide “intelligent antisemitism for the thinking gentile”;
  3. A Party member posting that “we shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all” and that “these Jewish f***ers are the devils”; and
  4. A party member accused of physically and verbally abusing a seven-year-old boy using racist epitaphs including “Paki” and “Jew-boy”.

After listening to LBC Political Editor Theo Usherwood’s report, presenter Nick Ferrari asked whether he could legitimately report this dossier as evidence of hate crimes in light of what he had just heard.

Later in the programme, Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, joined Mr Ferrari for a phone-in. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter called in and officially reported the dossier live on air to the Commissioner. Officers at New Scotland Yard have opened an investigation.

It seems that the Labour Party had information about criminal antisemitic acts committed by its members, including admissions, that they decided to cover up. This is an appalling new low for the Labour Party, which now appears to be shielding race hate criminals. The police investigation needs to look into whether the Labour Party committed criminal acts of conspiracy, which will be raised with the investigating officers.

The Labour Party has reportedly adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism, with a caveat.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This sounds like a positive step, but the Labour Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism should never have been in question. It is appalling that it has taken them until now, two years after the Government adopted the definition, to finally accept something as basic as what constitutes antisemitism, albeit under duress.

“However, those who surround Jeremy Corbyn have succeeded in adding an addendum based on a fallacy that the definition prevents free speech. Any such addition is an attempt to undermine the definition’s validity, despite its adoption around the world and the fact that the definition is already heavily caveated. We have also seen an amendment that Jeremy Corbyn attempted to add to the definition, which adds to the clear evidence that he himself fears the undiluted definition because of his past actions.

“There is now a mountain of antisemitism cases that the Labour Party needs to address, beginning with our disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn himself over his personal breaches of the definition over the course of many years. There are also crucial questions to answer about the Party’s conduct, such as its apparent decision to conceal from police the disturbing secret dossier of antisemitic crimes leaked this morning.”

The Liberal Democrats are reportedly set to join the Scottish National Party and Conservative Party in adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, this Tuesday.

The move leaves the Labour Party and UKIP as the only two parties to have publicly refused to adopt the definition.

Last week, senior members of UKIP blocked acceptance of the definition by the Party, claiming that it would restrict “freedom of speech”.

Elizabeth Jones, a UKIP National Executive Committee (NEC) member, insisted that the definition would restrict party members’ freedoms in response to fellow NEC-member Pat Bryant’s suggestion that adopting the definition would “put Labour on the back foot”.

Other senior UKIP officials voiced their concern about signing up to the globally recognised definition of antisemitism during election campaigns and as antisemitism is already covered in the Party’s existing rules against discrimination.

The Party’s General Secretary, Paul Oakley, challenged this stance by saying that it would be right to adopt the definition as anyone spreading antisemitic abuse would be in breach of the Party’s constitution.

If the Liberal Democrats accept the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism without caveats or unnecessary additions, it will leave UKIP and the Labour Party as awkward bedfellows, out in the cold.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has launched judicial review proceedings against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), after it moved to block us from privately prosecuting Nazim Ali, the leader of the annual “Al Quds Day” pro-Hizballah parade through central London in 2017.

The parade notoriously draws crowds of demonstrators who march through London in support of the terrorist organisation, which seeks the annihilation of all Jews, and carries out bombings worldwide, including two in London.

Our private prosecution centred on Mr Ali’s alleged 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.”

Our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit attended the parade and captured extensive video evidence, which was passed to the Metropolitan Police Service; however, the CPS declined to prosecute Mr Ali last year, leaving us with no option but to launch our private prosecution, led by Jonathan Goldberg QC.

Moreover, having refused to uphold the law by prosecuting Mr Ali, in June, the CPS blocked us from doing so privately. Just days before Mr Ali was due to stand trial, the CPS used its statutory power to take over our private prosecution and then discontinue it.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is now challenging that decision on the basis that it was irrational and unreasonable. We are represented by Sam Grodzinski QC, with David Sonn acting as solicitor.

This is a case that the CPS should have prosecuted itself. Our emphatic legal advice is that their decision to prevent us from doing so was irrational. We hope to succeed and resume the prosecution.

Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has resigned the Party whip over antisemitism in the Party.

In a letter addressed to the Labour Party’s chief whip, he wrote that the Labour leadership is becoming a “force for antisemitism in British politics” and accused Jeremy Corbyn of trying to “deny that past statements and actions by him were antisemitic.”

He added: “Britain fought the Second World War to banish these views from our politics, but that superhuman effort and success is now under huge and sustained internal attack…It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party. This issue alone compels me to resign the whip.”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is very sad that after almost 40 years as a Labour MP, Frank Field felt morally compelled to resign the Labour whip because the Party that was fiercely anti-racist when he joined it has now become infested with antisemitism. It is inevitable that if a political party is led by an antisemite who lets Jew-hatred run rampant, people of conscience will reject it. The indications are that others may now follow where Frank Field has led.”

The move comes as 35,000 people signed our petition in just a few days calling on Labour MPs to leave the Party if Jeremy Corbyn does not resign.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have begun changing their profile photos on social media as part of our “Together Against Antisemitism” campaign to show solidarity with Jews against antisemitism in public life.

Following the constant stream of revelations about the Labour Party over the past several weeks, Campaign Against Antisemitism has called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign or be made to stand down.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “For weeks, events from Jeremy Corbyn’s disturbing past have trickled into the light. Among his many acts during his time as a backbench MP, when he could speak his mind without fear of scrutiny, he blamed Islamist terrorist attacks on Israel; defended an appalling antisemitic mural; honoured a sheikh banned from the UK for saying that Jews drink non-Jews’ blood; said that a Hamas terrorist whose life’s work was the murder of Jews was his ‘brother’; held a repulsive event on Holocaust Memorial Day in which Jews were accused of being the successors to the Nazis; tried to have the word ‘Holocaust’ removed from the title of Holocaust Memorial Day; laid a wreath at a memorial for the Black September terrorists behind the Munich Massacre; and now we have heard that he made euphemistic comments to suggest that Jews are somehow un-British and foreign to the ways of our country.

“Throughout the last three years and these past few weeks, Jeremy Corbyn has lied, distracted, tried to twist the definition of antisemitism to exclude his past conduct, and issued false apologies when pressure mounted. He has claimed to have been seeking peace and to have been judged out of context, but the facts show that over many years he sought to defend, honour, assist and promote antisemites and the context is that his actions have been consistent with those of an ideological antisemite. We had hoped that the Labour Party might at some point rise to the defence of British Jews by removing Jeremy Corbyn or by demanding his resignation, but the institutions of the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party are now corrupted and will not act. Instead they merely persecute those members who stand up to antisemitism.

“For as long as the Labour Party is in Jeremy Corbyn’s grip, it cannot be a force for good. His past demonstrates that he should never have been elected to the leadership of the Labour Party and he is unfit to hold any public office. The hour is now. Jeremy Corbyn must go.”

If Mr Corbyn does not resign – and since only leaders with a modicum of decency resign, we do not expect that he will – then in order for him to be removed, only 52 Labour MPs need to propose a challenger, or Labour MPs could propose a vote of no confidence, or set up their own political party. We have launched a petition calling on the Parliamentary Labour Party to take action.

Journalists at The Times have identified the man photographed standing side by side with Jeremy Corbyn at the infamous wreath-laying in Tunisia as Maher al-Taher, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organisation which had been banned across the European Union two years before the ceremony.

The PFLP has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks targeting Jews. For example, one month after the ceremony in which Mr Corbyn and Mr al-Taher stood side by side, it sent terrorists into a Jerusalem synagogue where they murdered four Rabbis and a Druze police officer. Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 50, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Kalman Levine, 50, and Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 40, were all hacked to death with axes by two PFLP terrorists whilst they prayed. The defenceless men’s corpses were found hacked and bloodied on the floor of their synagogue, some of them covering their faces with their prayer shawls to avoid watching the slaughter of their friends. All of the men lived on the same street in a tight-knit community and Rabbi Goldberg was a British citizen. The PFLP terrorists also murdered Druze police officer Zidan Saif, 30, who rushed to the scene and put himself in harm’s way to stop the PFLP terrorists’ attack.

Jeremy Corbyn has a long track record of honouring and associating with terrorists. No responsible politician would have been seen anywhere near the head of a bloodthirsty antisemitic terrorist organisation, but Mr Corbyn is not a responsible politician. He is an antisemite, under whose leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jews.

Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of Unite, the largest trade union in the UK, has launched an outrageous attack on the Jewish community, accusing Jewish organisations of seeking a split in the Labour Party and of plotting to ensure that the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis is “prolonged and intensified”.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Mr McCluskey, claimed that by continuing to resist antisemitism in the Labour Party, British Jews and non-Jews who stand with us, such as Labour MP Chuka Umunna, “risk polluting our politics to the detriment of all those involved and to our wider national life” and are “subordinating [antisemitism] to other agendas”.

Declaring that there is a “paucity of evidence” that Labour has become institutionally antisemitic, Mr McCluskey accused Jewish community organisations of presenting antisemitism in the Labour Party in a “wildly exaggerated” manner.

Listing a series of supposedly exemplary actions by Jeremy Corbyn to tackle antisemitism, Mr McCluskey then attacked the Jewish community by name, writing: “What is the response from the leading Jewish community organisations to [Mr Corbyn’s] record of reaching out, of understanding, and of action? Intransigent hostility and an utter refusal to engage in dialogue about building on what has been done and resolving outstanding difficulties.” He then accused Jewish newspapers of “a thoroughly irresponsible act of fear-mongering” for calling Labour under Mr Corbyn an “existential threat” to British Jewry, and then he even declared that Jewish figures were “trolling” Mr Corbyn.

Perhaps worst of all, he attacked the motives of the Jewish community, writing: “I am at a loss to understand the motives of the leadership of the Jewish community”.

He then called the Labour Party’s refusal to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism a “misunderstanding” and demanded that the Jewish community “put this row behind us”, before ending by branding Labour MPs who have stood up to antisemitism in the Party as secretly “embracing capitalism, the free market and the alliance with Trump’s America”.

Mr McCluskey has a track record of disgraceful interventions in the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis. He used a BBC interview to call antisemitism “mood music” to “undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” and claimed 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. Earlier this year, writing in The New Statesman, he launched an attack on those Labour MPs who fight antisemitism in the Party, claiming that they oppose Mr Corbyn on every point and merely use antisemitism as a tool, threatening them with the prospect of being “held to account”, having hinted at “mandatory reselection”.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Len McCluskey must immediately resign. It is outrageous to attack the Jewish community for expressing our fears that Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and that his Party is institutionally antisemitic. Which other minority would be set upon merely for voicing concern? Mr McCluskey’s utterly disgraceful interventions in Labour’s antisemitism crisis have each blamed hidden agendas for the problem and sought to minimise its scale. Mr Corbyn said that nobody should seek to doubt the motives of those who allege antisemitism in the Labour Party, and on that basis he should demand that Mr McCluskey be investigated by the Party immediately. Of course Mr Corbyn will not do that, and the Party will not investigate, which is one of the reasons why we have referred the Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”

A photograph has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn performing the Muslim Brotherhood salute. According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Corbyn performed the so-called Rabbi’ah sign during a visit to Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

A Government report on the Muslim Brotherhood published in 2015 found that it was linked to Hamas, that “Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood routinely use virulent, antisemitic language”, that it “conducted attacks…against Egyptian state targets and both British and Jewish interests”, that it “has inspired many terrorist organisations, including…Al Qaida and its offshoots” and that aspects of it “have been contrary to our national interests and our national security”.

Responding to the report at the time, then Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The main findings of the review support the conclusion that membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism.”

A Labour Party spokesman denied that Mr Corbyn was performing the Muslim Brotherhood’s salute in support of the Muslim Brotherhood however, stating that Mr Corbyn was “standing up for democracy, justice and the right to protest in Egypt”, adding that “The four fingered gesture is a well-known symbol of solidarity with the victims of the 2013 Rabaa massacre in Cairo.”

The concern that this latest development will cause within the British Jewish community should be obvious. Mr Corbyn has proven himself just in the past few days to be a liar who honours terrorists. He is an antisemite under whose leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jews.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is adding the matter to a fourth disciplinary complaint we will be submitting to the Labour Party. Additionally, we have already filed a complaint against Mr Corbyn with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This morning it was revealed that Lord Sheikh, a Conservative peer and founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, had apparently attended the same conference in Tunisia as that attended by Jeremy Corbyn, at which the latter allegedly laid a wreath honouring the neo-Nazi-linked Black September terrorists responsible for the Munich Olympics massacre.

The conference, apparently titled the “International Conference on Monitoring the Palestinian Political and Legal Situation in the Light of Israeli Aggression” does not appear to have been a “peace conference” as Mr Corbyn has referred to it, but instead seems to have served as a platform for senior members of the proscribed antisemitic terrorist group Hamas to boast that the violent acts they had committed were “magnificent”.

Lord Sheikh declared on the 2014 Parliamentary register that his trip was paid for by the Government of Tunisia. He has previously praised controversial organisations such as the Al Muntada Trust, the East London Mosque and Interpal. He also has a history of travelling with Mr Corbyn, for example the pair both visited Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad in 2009.

Lord Sheikh claims not to have attended the wreath-laying ceremony for the Black September terrorists in which Mr Corbyn participated, and has stated that “There was no mention at all about any wreath-laying ceremony at the conference I attended. I knew nothing about that.” He also admits, however, that he knew Hamas and Mr Corbyn attended the conference. It is also claimed that he spoke at the conference.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is very concerned that Lord Sheikh was in attendance at a conference which was anything but peaceful in its attitude to Jews, and at which we know Hamas and other terrorist-supporting actors were both present and given a platform. We will therefore be writing to the Conservative Party to ask them to investigate this matter.

It has also been reported that Conservative MP Rob Halfon has called on his Party to launch an investigation into Lord Sheikh.

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

The following article was published in the Jewish Chronicle.

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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The following article was published in the Jewish News.

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.

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