Christian O’Connell has issued an apology for his distasteful Holocaust joke about “The Diarrhoea of Anne Frank”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism received complaints from listeners who heard Mr O’Connell’s show on Absolute Radio on 8th February. During the show, Mr O’Connell introduced a segment called “Update a classic” in which Mr O’Connell and his guests changed a word in the title of a classic book to comedically bring it up to date. Mr O’Connell’s suggestion was to rename the Diary of Anne Frank: “The Diarrhoea of Anne Frank”, to tittering from his guests, Richie Firth, Emma Jones and Glenn Moore. Mr O’Connell explained: “Diarrhea! She daren’t let go in case the Germans heard her.”

Whilst in hiding, Anne Frank and her family did indeed have to avoid flushing the toilet to avoid the noise giving away their hiding place. They were eventually discovered and all but Anne Frank’s father died of disease in concentration camps or were murdered.

Anne Frank died during a typhus outbreak in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp not long before it was liberated by British soldiers. She had been described as bald and shivering, and caring for her sister Margot who was in an even worse condition. Her sister fell from a bunk and died. Anne Frank died days later.

It is unsurprising that many people were upset by Mr O’Connell’s distasteful Holocaust joke.

Campaign Against Antisemitism approached Mr O’Connell through his agent and Mr O’Connell issued the following apology to us: “I do a live show for four hours a day and sometimes, one says something and one instantly regrets it. This was that. As soon as I’d said it I knew it wasn’t acceptable. I genuinely apologise to everyone who was upset by my comments. I was wrong. My show is national across the UK and I go out of my way to make it an inclusive show for all, which is why this is so regrettable. I hope this apology can be taken in the manner it is truly meant.”

Whilst we are pleased that Mr O’Connell has apologised unreservedly, we are disappointed that when we asked when the apology would be broadcast, we received no reply.

Phil Brown, the football player turned manager has apologised for making a distasteful comment about the Holocaust on a radio show. Mr Brown, who managed Derby County, Hull City, Preston North End and Southend United, made the comment on Tuesday 6th February whilst a guest on Jim White’s show on Talksport Radio.

During the show, Mr Brown referred to Chelsea Football Club midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as having had a “Holocaust of a game” during Chelsea’s recent match against Watford.

The radio station had removed the comment when they uploaded the show to their website after broadcast but Twitter users had already begun lambasting Mr Brown, as well as the host, Mr White, for failing to call Mr Brown out on air.

The Holocaust was the planned, brutal genocide of Jews and others in Europe and many British Jews are the descendants of Holocaust survivors or those who escaped to Britain, so it is unsurprising that many people were upset by Mr Brown’s distasteful Holocaust reference, and the failure of Mr White to call it out.

Campaign Against Antisemitism received complaints about Mr Brown’s comment, so we approached Mr Brown directly to discuss the matter. He issued the following heartfelt apology: “I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress I caused by what I said on Talksport last week. It was wrong, offensive and completely unacceptable. I am especially sorry for the significant offense I caused to every member of the Jewish community. I fully understand the meaning of the word I used and the horror it represents. I can’t believe I used that word. I was wrong to do so and I am profoundly and wholeheartedly sorry.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism will take no further action in relation to Mr Brown but we are disappointed not to have heard from Mr White, who hosted the programme and let the comment pass without challenging it.

At a “Show Racism the Red Card” event last week, the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on Tottenham Hotspur fans to stop chanting their traditional “Yid Army” chant, saying that it racialises footballing divides and stokes antisemitism.

Tottenham Hotspur has a longstanding, historic association with its local Jewish community and has been labelled as a “Jewish team” with players and fans often facing antisemitic abuse from opposition fans. Spurs fans began to calls themselves “Yid” in response to abuse shouted by Moseley supporters at matches, as a means of reclaiming the word and showing solidarity with Jewish fans.

The “Yid Army” chant has been the source of much controversy over the years, with activists, celebrities and organisations dedicated to combating hate crime, calling for Tottenham fans to make a change and address its impact, saying that it racialises already tribal divisions and fuels antisemitism. Comedian David Baddiel and his brother Ivor have campaigned against the term for years, gaining widespread support. Mr Baddiel collaborated with Kick it Out, the charity dedicated to fighting racism in football, to campaign for the term “Yid” to be recognised as a racist slur similar to other offensive terms no longer widely used in football stands.

Meanwhile, Tottenham fans have argued that by taking ownership of the term they have successfully neutralised it as a racist term, reducing its impact and taking pride in what they consider to be the defence of their fellow fans who are Jewish. Over the years, Tottenham fans have vociferously defended their right to make use of the term, taking pride in the title despite being largely, a non-Jewish fanbase.

This is an argument, however, that in the words of Mr Corbyn, “doesn’t really work.” Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “The idea of adopting a term to neutralise it doesn’t really work because it is identifying a club by an ethnic group or faith, whereas you should be identifying club [sic] through supporters. Calling Arsenal fans ‘Gooners’ or ‘Gunners’ is fine because that is what it is because of the origins or heritage of the club.”

The chant, however, has never been purely about Tottenham. Whilst it has been a defensive call to arms, leading to Tottenham becoming a safe and welcoming place for Jewish fans it has brought out the worst in rival and opposing fans. As recently as last Sunday Liverpool fans hurled antisemitic epithets at Tottenham players and fans, making particular use of the term “Yid”. It remains the primary responsibility of those clubs with fans engaging in antisemitic rhetoric to tackle it, ensuring that antisemitism is not tolerated and zero tolerance is applied, as Chelsea committed to doing last month.

However the “Yid army” chant no longer plays the defensive, empowering role it arguably once did, and the time has now come for Tottenham fans to recognise that they could do more to combat antisemitism in football. This does not negate the responsibility of other clubs, whose racism is a major problem that we have regularly called out, but it is important that allies work constructively to oppose modern antisemitism.

There is a sense of irony in the position of Jeremy Corbyn on this point. Mr Corbyn has failed to root out and address antisemitism within the Labour Party since assuming its leadership in 2015. He himself has consorted for years with antisemites, and even rushed to the defense of figures such as the disgraced Reverend Stephen Sizer, whilst abjectly failing to stop abuse directed at Labour MP Ruth Smeeth at an event billed as drawing a line under antisemitism in the Labour Party. It is incumbent on us all to ensure that we address issues within our own sphere rather than focusing purely on the problems of others. Mr Corbyn has correctly called out a contentious and persistent cause of antisemitism in football, but in doing so he reminds us all of the continuing problems of antisemitism that he ignores.

Binyomin Gilbert is Programme Manager at Campaign Against Antisemitism

Chelsea Football Club has vowed to ban any fans found to have used antisemitic slurs or behaviour at Monday’s match against Watford Football Club.

According to the BBC, Jewish Chelsea fan and anti-racism activist Jonathan Metliss, was left “disgusted” by the antisemitic chanting he heard at the match.  In an online post, Mr Metliss said: “They were singing…to the tune of Smoke gets in your eyes, about Martin Chivers being a Jew and being circumcised, along with the usual ‘yiddo’ chants.”

Mr Metliss said that he took photographs of the alleged perpetrators before raising awareness of the incident with stewards who moved him to a family area “for his own safety”. Mr Metliss reported the incident to Hertfordshire Constabulary and Watford Football Club, who are leading a joint investigation into the incident.

Chelsea Football Club issued a statement saying: “Antisemitism has no place in our club, football or wider society. Anyone found guilty of antisemitic language or behaviour will face action from the club, including bans, and will be asked to attend equality education courses. We welcome the fact that fans have reported this behaviour, which shames our club.”

Sadly, this incident took place shortly after Chelsea launched its “Say No to Antisemitism” campaign.

We commend Mr Metliss for reporting this matter and gathering evidence, and Chelsea Football Club for its clear statement, but we regret that Watford Football Club’s stewards did not act, giving brazen antisemites the opportunity to escape justice. We will follow the police investigation with interest.

Nathan Hopstein, one of the original founders of Campaign Against Antisemitism is stepping down as Director of Organisation and Finance after three-and-a-half years ensuring that our charity has been soundly managed during a period of intense growth. At the end of last year, Nathan informed us of his decision to take a step back from the helm of the charity, and the search began for his successor.

Our new Director of Organisation and Finance will be our former Head of Online Monitoring and Investigations, who has extensive experience in organisational strategy, systems, compliance and building processes to support the growth of a volunteer-led organisation.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Nathan has been a guiding hand from the foundation of Campaign Against Antisemitism. His wise and steady counsel has seen us through many challenges and a period of extremely intense growth as demand for our work has rapidly increased. He is a mensch of the first order and we all wish him great success in the future. We are also delighted to welcome Nathan’s successor to the board, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise that will help us to continue to build our charity over the coming years.”

An innocuous article about George Soros’ supposed intervention in British politics has attracted claims of antisemitism because the headline chosen by the Daily Telegraph’s editors referred to him “backing a secret plot to thwart Brexit”.

It is indisputable that George Soros has, in recent years, been subjected to antisemitic campaigns around the world, painting him as a shadowy Jewish bogeyman. Mr Soros has been frequently targeted by, amongst others, the Hungarian government and several Eastern European advertising campaigns, which have been described as worryingly antisemitic, forming a narrative that the Daily Telegraph’s editors should have borne in mind when writing the headline for today’s article about his supposed intervention in British politics, however we do not consider the article to be antisemitic and it appears the headline, which was not written by the authors of the article, was only negligent.

The article, written by Nick Timothy, Kate McCann, Claire Newell and Luke Heighton, which reported on financial backing given by Mr Soros to the Best for Britain campaign, a campaign aiming to combat Brexit, has been noticed by several prominent activists and politicians on Twitter, who called the headline out for its close linguistic links to antisemitic conspiracy theories that have focused on Mr Soros for years.

Others, including Jonathan Portes, a senior lecturer at King’s College London, initially condemned Mr Timothy and the Daily Telegraph for analysis appearing alongside the article, before conceding that it was not Mr Timothy but the Daily Telegraph which was responsible for the analysis and it is they who should bear the burden of responsibility for this phrasing.

Mr Timothy himself staunchly denied the allegations against him personally.

Whist the Daily Telegraph is a newspaper that is correctly seen as philosemitic, we act without fear or favour when it falls foul of the standards that all newspapers should adhere to. For example, we are currently pursuing a complaint with the Independent Press Standards Organisation against the Daily Telegraph over an article published in September last year, in which the newspaper’s Digital Travel Editor, Oliver Smith, listed the last three countries in the world which he claimed “don’t have a central bank owned or controlled by the Rothschild family”. According to Mr Smith, and antisemites all over the world, the three countries are Cuba, North Korea and Iran. Mr Smith and the Daily Telegraph claimed that he did it by accident.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is apolitical and has no position on Brexit. We are rarely in the business of certifying that something is not antisemitic (the last time that we did so was in July 2015, when the Queen, as a young child, was suggested to have performed a Nazi salute), however from time to time we believe that it is important to speak out to avert an injustice.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “If Mr Soros intervenes in British politics it is legitimate for him to attract political scrutiny, which of course must not stray into antisemitism. We consider that today’s article was innocuous though its headline was poorly chosen by the Daily Telegraph’s editors. We do not believe that there are any grounds for accusing the authors of the article of antisemitism and we will not be submitting a complaint about the editors’ choice of headline. In particular, Nick Timothy is known to us as a firm friend of British Jewry, having strenuously supported our call for zero tolerance law enforcement against antisemitism during his time at the Home Office.”

The leader of the UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has claimed that the Labour Party’s ongoing antisemitism crisis is only a problem due to “right-wing media” supposedly exaggerating the issue.

Mr McCluskey made the comments last week during a speech for the Resolution Foundation, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A major ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mr McCluskey was reported to have said: “Let’s not kind of highlight too much division as though it’s a problem. It’s a problem because the right wing media try to make it a problem. That’s why we’ve had all the stuff flowing around about misogyny and antisemitism in the Labour Party to try and create an image that the Labour party is somehow a toxic party.”

Following the speech, Mr McCluskey tweeted: “The media try to create more of a division than there is in our movement. @UKLabour the biggest party in Europe. Of course, there will be a range of views. But we deal with each other in a respectful manner and accept the majority view #newpolitics @resfoundation”.

One of Mr McCluskey’s rivals within Unite was previously attacked as a traitor by Diane Abbott for stating that the Labour Party had a problem with antisemitism.

In September last year, soon after Campaign Against Antisemitism published  a database of antisemitism in political parties, which laid bare the disproportionate problem within the Labour Party, Mr McCluskey told the BBC that antisemitism in the Labour Party is merely “mood music” designed to “undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” and that people who allege it have been “playing games”.

At the time we called upon Mr McCluskey to apologise or resign, but such is the atmosphere in the Labour Party that Mr McCluskey felt no pressure to do either.

A Polish man has been remanded in custody after being arrested on suspicion of two counts of arson and the antisemitic vandalism of a house owned by a Jewish family in Stamford Hill.

It is alleged that the man moved into the property as a squatter, refused to move out and procured chemicals and weapons before saying that he would stab members of the Jewish family that owned the property and setting fire to bins outside two homes where he believed that they lived at approximately 23:30 on Friday night.

Volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, operate a 24-hour response service and went to the scene of the incident to assist police in understanding the significance of the graffiti found there. There they found what appeared to be illegal drugs and deranged graffiti, including hundreds of Stars of David and the number 666, which in Christian numerology is used to refer to Satan.

Stamford Hill Shomrim is monitoring the trial, including the remand status of the defendant.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their extremely swift response to this disturbing incident and we will follow the case with interest.

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism further exposed the Labour Party’s claims that it “takes all forms of antisemitism seriously” as a lie. We revealed that prominent Labour activist Jennifer James had been suspended by the Party thirteen days after finding herself on one particular side of an ongoing debate concerning the rights of self-defining trans women within the Labour Party, yet the Party had taken no action when the same individual had been reported months earlier for straightforward breaches of Labour’s new rules and adopted definition regarding antisemitism.

When we asked the Labour Party to comment on this discrepancy, their spokesperson’s response, in full, was: “The Labour Party takes all allegations of antisemitism extremely seriously and is committed to challenging it in all its forms. All complaints are investigated and acted upon as quickly as possible in line with Labour’s rules and procedures.”

When the response to clear evidence that the Labour Party does not investigate and act on antisemitism seriously and quickly is to issue a cut-and-paste statement that they do the very thing we have proved they do not, one’s initial reaction might be to laugh at the self-satirising hypocrisy of the response. However, the shabby and dismissive nature of that response is significant in an atmosphere in which prominent figures in the Labour Party have pursued a policy of dismissing claims of antisemitism as baseless, implying that Jews who make such claims are liars with hidden motives.

The case of Jennifer James will now stand as a benchmark. It proves that when the Labour Party has a mind to, those who they believe have views inconsistent with membership of the Party can be suspended within two weeks. In the case of Ms James and in all future cases, any failure to act within two weeks of an allegation of antisemitism can and should be used to shame the Party.

The Labour leader of Haringey Council has announced her decision to stand down over rampant antisemitism and sexism in the local party. After ten years as leader of the Council, Claire Kober told The Times that she could no longer remain in her post due to the extreme hatred that had been subjected to and witnessed. Councillor Kober will stand down when local elections are held in May.

Councillor Kober, who is the most senior Labour woman in local government, cited a number of factors including the involvement of Labour’s Momentum faction in bullying, sexism and the decision to block a flagship housing project, but she said: “The levels of antisemitism I’ve seen in the Labour Party are just astonishing. The only thing I see that’s worse than sexism in the Labour Party is antisemitism.”

Recalling an incident in which Councillors were threatened for proposing to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, Councillor Kober said: “I was met with this wall of sound. Many of them Labour Party members screaming, shouting, howling, trying to stop me speaking.” When the motion was passed, one voice was heard shouting: “We will see you at your Constituency Labour Party.” Labour Councillor Joe Goldberg tweeted that he was threatened by fellow Labour Party members.

Councillor Kober was particularly disgusted however when a Momentum-backed candidate told a Jewish Councillor that “you will have more time to count money” after the local elections in May. Councillor Kober’s attempts to have him disciplined or expelled were rejected by the hard-left faction.

Echoing the sentiments of other Labour Councillors who have resigned over antisemitism, Councillor Kober said: “Antisemitism is tolerated within the Labour Party. That Ken Livingstone is still in the Labour Party I find inexplicable.”

We commend Councillor Kober for her principled decision and for speaking out, however we find it utterly abhorrent that the Labour Party, Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, has become a place where even senior figures who wish to see antisemitism punished are intimidated and hounded out of the Party.

Islington Council has described a swastika graffitied outside Drayton Park Railway Station as “extremely offensive”. The graffiti was found sprayed onto a wall outside the station on Sunday last week and left there until Wednesday before being finally removed. In addition to the swastika, which was drawn the wrong way around, Nazi Germany’s iron cross was also found on another wall.

A Jewish man who reported the graffiti told the Islington Gazette: “I take no notice of it personally. There are so many bigger fish to fry in this world. But this is a hate crime and Nazi symbols shouldn’t be in the streets, across the road from a primary school, for three days.”

When asked why it took them so long to remove the graffiti, which is directly opposite a primary school, Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz told the Islington Gazette: “We condemn all forms of hate crime, and are appalled at this extremely offensive and hateful graffiti. A team was sent to remove this graffiti as soon as it was reported to them, and we thank the Twitter user who brought this to our attention. We urge residents who see graffiti of this kind to report it to police as a hate crime. If residents also report hateful graffiti to the council we will remove it as soon as possible.”

The Metropolitan Police Service is also investigating the hate crime.

The Labour MP for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel, has recieved a string of antisemitic abuse online following an impassioned speech last week in the House of Commons to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

In a candid and emotional speech to the House, Mr Sobel described how the events of the Holocaust had impacted his family and expressed concern that genocide and intolerance was still taking place around the world.

Shockingly, a Channel 4 Facebook video of Mr Sobel’s speech, which has been viewed over 130,000 times, attracted a stream of antisemitic abuse directed at the MP.

Mr Sobel’s heartfelt speech mentioned family members murdered and sterilised by the Nazi regime. He expressed his sorrow for family members that never even had a chance to live, and shared memories of his great aunt in Tel Aviv having numbers tattooed onto her arm and the confusion that caused him as a child.

However, Channel 4’s video of the speech was strewn with abuse such as: “Meanwhile, let’s forget the current Holocaust” and “…not one mention of the genocidal tyranny being inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the people ‘who suffered so much’. It must be due to his personally deep felt shame that he swept this ongoing tragic event under the carpet.” Another user posted “God in heaven. I’m bloody sick of hearing this. Politicians use the Holocaust like a royal flush in poker.”

In response to the shameful comments, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “Appalling that Alex Sobel has received a stream of antisemitic abuse online after Channel 4 posted a video of his speech to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We must root out this disgusting prejudice from our society.” Twitter users responded by asking Mr Corbyn whether he would start with antisemites in his own Party.

Sadly, since the Alex Sobel video, another post on Channel 4’s Facebook page has also attracted a number of unsavoury antisemitic comments.

In a post commemorating the 73rd liberation of Auschwitz, Channel 4 posted a video showing the horrors found inside the camp. Some of the comments found alongside this include “Yet they are still doing it to the Palestinen’s [sic]”, “The Russians lost more millions and they never ever mention about it”. Another user added “So sad to see how the oppressed have become the oppressors. Free Palestine.”

Many of the comments breach the International Definition of Antisemitism which explicitly states that “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic, but Channel 4 has failed to remove these hateful comments on their posts.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is making a complaint to Channel 4.

A father walking his young daughter to school was alarmed to find antisemitic and racist slogans alongside Nazi swastikas on playground equipment at Jackson’s playing field in Rochester, Kent, according to the JC.

Darren Kett, who discovered the graffiti, posted images of the graffiti on social media and called on Chatham Council to remove it, commenting: “You don’t expect to see this sort of thing anywhere let along a place where kids go to play.”

In addition to a swastika, the graffiti included the words “F*** Jews”, and another used a neo-Nazi code, “14/88 WPWW”, meaning “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children, Heil Hitler, white pride worldwide.” Other offensive graffiti targeted black people.

The graffiti was removed by a group of local residents.

We can reveal that author, locksmith, Labour Party member and Momentum activist Daniel Waterman has, for a number of years, been making extensive use of Facebook, posting under the pseudonym “Dolong B Blavats”.

As long ago as August 2014, Mr Waterman claimed that “compulsive” behaviour related to the Holocaust was “causing Israelis to behave like Nazis”. It is a theme to which he regularly returned, asserting only last month, while referring to mandatory military service for young Israelis, that “Our young people are still mindlessly following orders just like the Nazis!”

The International Definition of Antisemitism clearly identifies “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” as a manifestation of antisemitism.

In November 2015, Mr Waterman condemned the wearing of a kippah or a star of David in public, comparing it to the waving of the Nazi flag during the Nazi ascent in Germany, and demanded that Jews eschew the practice in order to distance themselves from what he described as “Israel’s terrorism against Palestinians”. He went on to insist that failure to follow his advice would mark Jews as  “provocateurs” and “belligerent fools”, and render them responsible for any hostility they encountered.

In January 2017, he accused a Jewish journalist and “the entire rest of the pro-Israel pro-Zionist community” of being “the real self-hating Jews”, and made the assertion that their protests against the antisemitism that is now prevalent within Labour are a conspiracy to fear-monger and silence criticism of Israel.

In September 2017, he accused “other Jews” of “s***ting all over the Holocaust”, adding that he was “ready to give it up and ‘just’ be a human being”.

In the same month, he posted what was presumably intended to be a joke: “Hey I have a good idea! Why don’t we have another World War? I missed all the good bits at the end of the last one!” On being told this was not funny, he replied “Really, I thought WWII was a gas!”, in an apparent reference to gas chambers used by the Nazis to industrialise the genocide of European Jewry.

Mr Waterman has also given fulsome praise to Gilad Atzmon, who was disavowed by Palestinian activists because of the virulence of his antisemitism, and whose book, The Wandering Who, was described as “…quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.” Despite this, Mr Waterman appeared to be overjoyed that Mr Atzmon had agreed to review the drafts of his new book and at the possibility of his contributing a chapter.

These examples are just a small selection of comments representing views that have no place in our public life.

Matters took a turn for the worse when we contacted Mr Waterman for his comments on this article. Mr Waterman had previously written to Campaign Against Antisemitism to let us know that he considers our website to be a “s***rag” and that “I fart in your general direction”, however we approached him for his comments nonetheless.

In e-mails that ran to four pages, Mr Waterman claimed that “Jews are not above criticism merely for having ancestors who were persecuted”. In a first, he also said that: “In the course of rubbing shoulders with a great many strangers on Facebook one comes into contact with people making all kinds of statements and assertions and one sometimes quotes them or amplifies on what they are saying by repeating it.” However he did not offer any reason why his comments appeared to be his own work and not something he was quoting. He also claimed that “not one” of the comments we had quoted was in context, but when we asked what context was missing he retorted: “Since you are deliberately seeking to incriminate me, I have no intention of aiding you. Have a nice day you f***ing Hasbara bastards!” He then followed up: “By the way, not really interested in [Campaign Against Antisemitism], the only point of my replies was to post them on [Facebook] to expose you. Please do not contact me or troll me in any way anymore or I will file a complaint to the [Labour Party’s National Executive Committee] and the Charities commission [sic]”, and then published a series of odd posts on Facebook, appearing to seek to attract the attention of figures such as Jackie Walker and Gilad Atzmon.

The Labour Party and Momentum should now expel Mr Waterman.

Following a complaint from Campaign Against Antisemitism to University College London (UCL), UCL has instructed its security team to remove the extremely disturbing posters found around campus depicting the United States trying to restrain a bloodthirsty giant dog emblazoned with a Star of David, eating a smaller animal with the Palestinian flag painted on it.

UCL members of staff and students contacted Campaign Against Antisemitism about the posters and we wrote to the UCL administration within hours, calling for a disciplinary investigation. This highly-offensive and inappropriate poster was being used to promote a talk last night that was originally to be hosted by UCL Friends of Palestine Society and UCL Marxist Society on “Trump and Jerusalem: How to stop Imperialism.” UCL Friends of Palestine Society, however, pulled out as a host following publicity around the controversial posters, leaving UCL Marxist Society alone to run the event. Approximately fifteen people were in attendance.

In a response to a letter from Campaign Against Antisemitism, UCL said: “We immediately asked Security to remove copies of [the poster] and asked the Union to investigate who was responsible.”

UCL also made efforts to publicly condemn the incident on Twitter and Facebook, responding underneath our article link on both platforms. Their statement said that: “UCL condemns antisemitism in any form and without reservation. The poster is deeply offensive and inflammatory. The person responsible for it has withdrawn it and accepts that it was inappropriate and not a reflection of what is being discussed at the meetings it was advertising.”

Communication is ongoing and we have asked for UCL to confirm its timeframe for deciding whether to take disciplinary action.

The event was part of the so-called “Al-Aqsa Week”, an initiative at UCL which involves events from UCL Friends of Palestine, UCL Islamic Society and UCL Marxist Society. Other talks in the series include one tonight called “US Embassy in Jerusalem: What’s the big deal?” and another tomorrow called “Winning and losing Jerusalem.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends UCL for its transparency in dealing with the incident and the steps they are taking to prevent this happening again. We thank them for their strong and public condemnation of the inflammatory poster and the support they have shown to Jewish students on campus. We expect to see appropriate disciplinary action taken against the individual responsible for the posters.

In a fiery exchange on Twitter, George Galloway, the former Labour and Respect MP has threatened to sue Momentum Chair and Labour National Executive Committee member Jon Lansman for calling him out over a now-deleted tweet aimed at Jewish comedian David Baddiel. Mr Galloway had initially tweeted at Mr Baddiel that “There will be no supporter of the Palestinian people marching behind vile Israel-fanatic ‘comedian’ David Baddiel. There will be no opponent of Imperialist wars marching behind Stella Creasy [Labour MP for Walthamstow]. #JustSaying.” This appears to be in reference to a planned protest of Donald Trump’s visit to the UK later this year, which Mr Baddiel and Ms Creasy have both shown support for.

Mr Baddiel took issue with this, pointing out that he has not shown much sympathy for Israel, and that the targeting of him as a Zionist could be based on his Jewish identity, firing back: “Since I’ve always made it entirely clear that my attitude to that country [Israel] is entirely meh, I think we can only conclude that by ‘Israel-fanatic’ George just means Jew. Vile Jew. And that therefore he is an antisemite. Now let him come at me with his stupid f***ing lawyers.”

“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 under the International Definition.

Mr Baddiel received a plethora of support, including from The Sun when it reported on the row, at which point Mr Galloway accused Mr Baddiel of defaming him: “Badiel has repeatedly defamed me as an antisemite on Twitter and Facebook long before The Sun reported his vile falsehood today. Such slander or the violence it can encourage (I could show you my scars) will not silence me. The last word on my lips – G-d willing – will be Palestine”.

It was then that Jon Lansman waded into the fray, tweeting: “Solidarity with Baddiel – since he’s a Jew who’s talked about being non-Zionist, there’s no possible reason to call him a ‘vile Israel-fanatic’ other than antisemitism”, adding that there should be no place for Mr Galloway within the Labour Party or on Talk Radio, where Mr Galloway hosts a weekly show.

This morning, Mr Galloway reached for his lawyers, tweeting: “I have never said an antisemitic word in my life. I have to the contrary fought fascism and antisemitism as adjudged by Justice Eady in the High Court. I will prove this again in my legal action against Jon Lansman, owner of Momentum, and will call Jeremy Corbyn as my witness.” Mr Galloway and Mr Corbyn used to sit together as Labour backbenchers. Minutes later he returned to tweet: “The use of the defamatory smear of antisemitism against supporters of the Palestinian people has at least for me gone far enough. I have instructed solicitors to bring a case for defamation against Jon Lansman owner of Momentum. I will be calling Jeremy Corbyn as a witness.”

Mr Galloway was back an hour later to recognise his own error in targeting David Baddiel, although he did not apologise for the tweet.

Mr Galloway blocks Campaign Against Antisemitism on Twitter, but fortunately there are still ways for us to see his tweets so that we can keep up as this story develops.

 

Last Thursday, Jennifer James, a Labour Party member, Jeremy Corbyn enthusiast and Labour Party Conference delegate, who was once nominated for selection as a councillor for Allerton Hunts Cross ward in Garston and Halewood, was sent a letter informing her of her suspension from the Labour Party. Her suspension was for allegedly opposing self-defining transgender women from taking up positions on the Party’s women-only shortlists, using crowdfunding to pursue her case. She claims that her suspension from the Labour Party followed her tweeting: “I’m not afraid to say women don’t have dicks”.

Whilst the Labour Party was quick to round on Ms James for her stance on transgender rights, the Party appears to have taken absolutely no action against Ms James over a string of tweets from 2014 which were reported to the Party on 9th December, 2017, long before her stance on gender issues came to light.

In one tweet on 18th July 2014, Ms James claimed: “The holocaust is happening in Gaza now…”. A month later, on 29th August 2014, Ms James tweeted that “…the Zionists use the Holocaust to play victim over and over” before adding two days later: “I’m telling ya, Zionists have hijacked Judaism, the Jewish race and the Holocaust to shield their greed and racism”.

Her comments continued in 2015 and 2016. On 3rd September 2015, she wrote that the Palestinians “will build from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea”, an apparent reference to a future ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel.

Apparently anticipating that she might be called an antisemite, she revealed that she is cynically using her Jewish ancestry as a shield, when on 27th May 2015 she tweeted to notorious antisemite Gilad Atzmon: “I’m technically Jewish but it’s way down the list of what defines me. It’s just useful when arguing with zionists [to be honest]”.

When Campaign Against Antisemitism asked Ms James to comment, she simply sent us a two-word message, one of which was an expletive. Jeremy Corbyn’s office has been asked comment.

Every one of the above statements inverting the Holocaust is in breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism, which the Labour Party adopted.

Ms James’ crowdfunding page was set up on 12th January 2018. According to a report in The Times, it took two days before she was placed on a watchlist held by a closed Facebook group of activists and MPs. It took only eleven more days before she was suspended, demonstrating clearly that when the Labour Party cares about an issue, it is capable of swift action. Ms James’ tweets above were on public show for three-and-a-half years, and she was a prominent activist. A detailed file on Ms James’ views had been in the Labour Party’s possession since 9th December last year, over a month before her views on transgender issues came to the Party’s attention.

At the Labour Party Conference last autumn, much was made of a rule change that would ensure that antisemites would be ejected from the party in the same way as those found guilty of supporting a different political party have been.

It has since been reported that Jeremy Corbyn believes that the transgender issue is one for debate, saying: “People are free to campaign within the party and publicly…and raise these issues and have that discussion”. It is therefore now clear that a debate that is considered legitimate within Labour can prove sufficient to get an individual swiftly suspended, whereas describing “Zionists” as capable of using the deaths of six million of their murdered family members at the hands of the Nazis to further their “greed” and “racism” – which directly breaches Labour’s established rules and definitions – is not.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party takes all allegations of antisemitism extremely seriously and is committed to challenging it in all its forms. All complaints are investigated and acted upon as quickly as possible in line with Labour’s rules and procedures.”

We call on the Labour Party to expel Ms James without delay.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is grateful to the Labour Party activists who provided evidence used in this article.

A man aged approximately 30 was arrested in Tottenham yesterday after volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol intervened. The man was reportedly seen driving erratically before turning down a cul-de-sac where he crashed his car and allegedly shouted “You f***ing Jew” at another motorist.

He was prevented from leaving by Shomrim volunteers until police officers arrived to arrest him on suspicion of drunk driving and antisemitic abuse.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their fast response.

Two door-to-door salesmen, one of whom was alleged by three households to have shouted antisemitic abuse at residents, were detained by Shomrim North West London on Tuesday evening but escaped justice as all police officers in the area were already dealing with other incidents.

The two white males with large rucksacks were surrounded by volunteers from Shomrim North West London, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, but eventually Shomrim North West London had to let them leave when police officers were unable to attend.

Shomrim North West London took photographs of the men and will remain vigilant should they return.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is extremely disappointed that police resources were so overburdened that volunteers protecting their community did not receive support from the police on this occasion, and that an alleged antisemite is now unlikely to face justice.

It was deeply inappropriate for Jonathan Dimbleby to have used his keynote address at the main commemoration on Holocaust Memorial Day to claim that allegations of antisemitism are being used to silence Israel’s critics.

As the son of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, Jonathan was honoured with the keynote address at the ceremony. His father had given the British public their first clear account of the concentration camps after insisting on broadcasting on the BBC what he saw after British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen.

Whilst Mr Dimbleby gave a very moving address, he also decided to use the moment to repeat the smear that allegations of antisemitism are in fact used to silence Israel’s critics, warning against confusing “antisemitism with the right to criticise – even strongly – the policies of the Jewish state to the same degree as one might any other democracy”.

That is not a practice that we have seen any notable evidence of, and the International Definition of Antisemitism, which was adopted by the British Government after a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others, explicitly states that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”

It was deeply inappropriate for Mr Dimbleby to abuse the keynote speech bestowed on him in honour of his father to make a political point on a day that should be dedicated to remembrance and devoid of politics. A key message of Holocaust Memorial Day should have been that allegations of antisemitism must be taken seriously and at face value, rather than being viewed with suspicion as possibly being part of a nefarious political manipulation.

Ken Livingstone, who was investigated but only lightly punished by the Labour Party for his repeated claims that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, has participated in a special programme on Iranian propaganda station Press TV. Press TV was stripped of its broadcasting licence by Ofcom but Mr Livingstone was invited onto a show disseminated via social media, apparently to coincide with Holocaust commemoration ceremonies.

The programme began with a sickening propaganda introduction by presenter Roshan Muhammed Salih, who asked callers to call in and debate whether the Holocaust has become a weapon used by Israel, “with the accusation of antisemitism regularly thrown at its enemies”, or whether “the memory of the Holocaust has been exploited for political or financial gain” and “corrupted Jewish culture”.

Callers repeatedly claimed that Holocaust commemoration is used as a clever political device to distract from the supposed oppression of the Palestinians and to benefit “Zionists” without being challenged.

One caller from the UK, Maisoon, said that the word “Holocaust” had been “manipulated by the Jews”. She berated Mr Livingstone for talking about antisemitism because she accused him of failing to “mention the fact that Palestinians and Arabs are Semites”. Mr Livingstone only challenged her when she said that she did not distinguish between Jews and Zionists, at which point Mr Livingstone told her about the large number of anti-Zionist Jews that he said he knows.

Asked by Mr Salih why there are so many films about the Holocaust and not about the Palestinians, Mr Livingstone claimed that “anyone doing a film about that is going to be announced [sic] antisemitic”.

In a repetition of his previous claims, Mr Livingstone also said that when he was suspended by the Labour Party for claiming that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, he “couldn’t walk down the street without Jewish people coming up to [him] and saying ‘We know all this is true, what is all this about? Don’t these MPs read their history?’ It’s not about antisemitism, it’s about political struggle inside the Labour Party.”

The presenter, Mr Salih, continually repeated the message that the Palestinians are being made to pay for the Holocaust and that modern “Zionists” are benefitting from the fact that the Holocaust happened. He also attempted to compare the Vietnam War with the Holocaust but Mr Livingstone took issue with that on the basis that the Vietnam War “was not a genocide”. Mr Livingstone also felt the need to contest Mr Salih’s wondering aloud whether two million, four million or six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, stating that the only “credible” number he had heard was six million.

Mr Salih also appeared to take up a position as an apologist for Hamas when blogger Richard Millett called the show to point out that the Hamas Charter proclaims that “The hour of judgement shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them”. Mr Salih cut Mr Millett off, chuckling incredulously: “Hamas do not call for the death of every single Jew in their charter, that is complete nonsense. They have a problem with Israel and the Jews who have come to that part of the world to take their land.” Mr Livingstone did not interject.

Mr Livingstone was investigated by the Labour Party in April last year over his claims that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, but his punishment was so extraordinarily light that we branded it the Labour Party’s “final act of brazen, painful betrayal”. 107 Labour MPs subsequently wrote that they “will not allow it to go unchecked” but then they mostly fell silent.

It is despicable that Mr Livingstone participated in such a programme during Holocaust commemorations for the state-run propaganda outlet of a regime that even holds a Holocaust denial cartoon competition and has repeatedly threatened to bring about a new Holocaust. He should not have sat passively whilst the host and callers repeatedly accused Holocaust commemorations of being a means of justifying the supposed oppression of Palestinians. Every day that Mr Livingstone remains a member of the Labour Party is a further disgrace.

When Jeremy Corbyn wrote a statement in the Holocaust Educational Trust memorial book which omitted any mention of Jews and antisemitism, Campaign Against Antisemitism and a number of other Jewish organisations around the world, such as the Anti-Defamation League, condemned him.

We were astounded that Mr Corbyn had followed in the footsteps of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 and US President Donald Trump in 2017, especially in the light of the chronic antisemitism scandal engulfing the Labour Party.

After we released a statement calling on Mr Corbyn to apologise and issue a new statement, we began to receive other statements written in the Holocaust Educational Trust memorial book which did not mention Jews or antisemitism, including statements by the Chief Rabbi and the Prime Minister. We were asked whether they too should apologise and issue new statements.

Then yesterday, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Mr Corbyn issued a new statement which explicitly spoke of the powerful words of hope by Jewish victims, writing: “As we remember the victims of evil, we salute the power of humanity and solidarity embodied in these words by our Jewish brothers and sisters, which still resonate once the hate-filled banalities of their tormentors are long forgotten.”

Jeremy Corbyn has now made a clear and thoughtful reference to Jews, so the question is now whether we and Jewish organisations around the world overreacted.

Objectively, it is clear that the collective reaction of Jewish organisations to Mr Corbyn’s failure to mention Jews in his message in the memorial book was different to the Chief Rabbi’s or the Prime Minister’s. Diagnosing the reason for that difference is important.

Mr Corbyn has presided over an unprecedented tolerance by a modern British political party for anti-Jewish racism. After action was not taken against numerous antisemites in the Labour Party, he commissioned the Chakrabarti report. The report was a whitewash and its author was reportedly told in advance that she would earn a peerage from it. Now, under conditions of secrecy recommended by the report, we do not know what is being done about the many cases of antisemitism waiting to be heard. However, we do know that Ken Livingstone, who claimed that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, was not expelled from the Party despite the objections of 107 Labour MPs who said “we will not allow it to go unchecked” before mostly falling silent. Nor has the Party yet dealt with figures such as Jackie Walker. We also know that Mr Corbyn and his allies have been dismissive of allegations of antisemitism for a long time, and have had trouble speaking about the Party’s antisemitism problem without alluding to far less evident issues with Islamophobia and “racism in all its forms”. This is compounded by the fact that Mr Corbyn already sought out and defended antisemites from Raed Salah to Reverend Stephen Sizer, long before he was in the political spotlight.

For these reasons, Campaign Against Antisemitism and other Jewish organisations around the world are particularly concerned about Mr Corbyn. In this instance, Mr Corbyn has a defence that he did just the same thing as others whom we have not criticised, but context is everything and the heightened concern of Jewish organisations worldwide has not sprung from nowhere. However, upon reflection, on this occasion we expressed our concerns in a manner that was open to allegations of double standards, and that was a mistake.

Across Britain, at respectful ceremonies, we stand silently to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Some are fortunate enough to hear the testimony of the courageous Holocaust survivors who brave their pain to recount their experiences during the Holocaust, day after day at schools around the country so that our children may grow up understanding the barbaric terrors that bigotry can unleash.

The message from Holocaust survivors has always been simple. Evil always lurks just below the surface. It thrives on indifference. We must never forget. We must never again permit evil to come to power. It is a message that drove the decades-long anti-racist campaigns that established the tolerance and equality that underpins Western society.

Yet at Holocaust remembrance ceremonies, we will permit some to go through the motions of commemorating the Holocaust, whilst openly and fiercely supporting those whose goal is to perpetrate a new one.

Take for example Jeremy Corbyn, who, as an avowed “anti-racist” and Leader of the Opposition, has a prominent place at Holocaust remembrance ceremonies. Last year, as in every year, he says the words, this year managing to do so without mentioning Jews or antisemitism: “We should never forget the Holocaust: The millions who died, the millions displaced and cruel hurt their descendants have suffered.”

But whilst Mr Corbyn goes through the motions, I cannot believe that he has learned the lessons that Holocaust survivors have so desperately and resolutely tried to instil. For this same Mr Corbyn spent decades in political obscurity hosting and consorting with antisemites and terrorists. He was not merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, he sought them out, hosting blood-libeller Raed Salah for tea in Parliament after he slipped into the country despite an exclusion order, and writing to the Church of England to defend the notorious Reverend Stephen Sizer, who had claimed that an Israeli conspiracy was behind 9/11.

Now that he has emerged into the political spotlight, Mr Corbyn has not changed his spots. I recall watching David Cameron asking him to condemn Hamas and Hizballah four times at Prime Minister’s Questions, and Mr Corbyn defiantly refusing to do so, having previously called  them “friends” whom he had sought to host in Parliament. We all know that Hamas and Hizballah are terrorist organisations, but in addition to their terrorist activities in the Middle East, both groups aspire to complete the Nazis’ goal by eradicating Jews worldwide. Hamas’ charter is clear that “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them” and Hizballah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has been quoted by the New York Times saying: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” These are no idle words; Hizballah has used bombs to murder Jews around the world, even setting off bombs in London.

Mr Corbyn cannot have learned the lessons of the Holocaust if he seeks out the friendship of genocidal antisemitic terrorists. If Mr Corbyn is “friends” with, and will not condemn, organisations that explicitly seek the demise of the Jewish people, then he should have no leadership role on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Corbyn is not alone, or even the worst offender. Some of those who attend public ceremonies on Holocaust Memorial Day seem to think that having done so is a salve against accusations of antisemitism. Ken Livingstone, who has repeatedly and unashamedly claimed that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” used Holocaust Memorial Day as though it were an antidote when he was brought before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into antisemitism, responding to allegations by telling the committee that “As London Mayor, I hosted, took part in and promoted events to mark the annual Holocaust Memorial Day.” The problem is also not limited to the Labour Party. It pervades certain sections of our polity. For example, Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party has said that supporting Hamas is not “intrinsically wrong” whilst penning doubtlessly heartfelt articles articulating her anguish on Holocaust Memorial Day. I cannot imagine her claiming that support for the Nazis was not “intrinsically wrong” if motivated by a desire for German emancipation.

Holocaust Memorial Day must be about the lessons of the Holocaust, not merely an exercise in recounting facts and figures. Holocaust survivors are passing the baton to us now. We must not betray them by allowing supporters of those who seek a new Holocaust to lay wreaths on Holocaust Memorial Day, or even worse use it as a means by which to cynically shield themselves from allegations of antisemitism.

Gideon Falter is Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism

A backbench motion was debated in the House of Commons yesterday urging the British Government to proscribe the entirety of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation, and not just Hizballah’s fictitious “military wing”. The motion was organised and moved by Joan Ryan, the Labour MP for Enfield North and Chair of the Party’s Friends of Israel group. Several MPs questioned the government’s ongoing distinction between Hizballah’s military and political wings.

The full motion stated: “That this House believes that Hizballah is a terrorist organisation driven by an antisemitic ideology that seeks the destruction of Israel; notes that Hizballah declares itself to be one organisation without distinguishable political or military wings; is concerned that the military wing of that organisation is proscribed, but its political wing is not; and calls on the Government to include Hizballah in its entirety on the list of proscribed organisations.”

In March last year, Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a report to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in which we called on the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to drop its opposition to the total proscription of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act, which is enabling Hizballah supporters in the UK to freely fly the Hizballah flag at demonstrations such as the “Al Quds Day” march through central London, and even to fundraise for Hizballah. Whilst the authorities should prevent this, they use the fact that Hizballah is only partially proscribed as a loophole to avoid taking action.

In December last year, we initiated a private prosecution against Nazim Ali, the leader of the “Al Quds Day” march, after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) declined to prosecute him. We allege that Mr Ali bellowed through his megaphone that: “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high-rise blocks.”

Banning all of Hizballah should be non-partisan and it was pleasing to hear sympathetic and passionate speeches from MPs from across the political divide representing Labour, the Conservatives, Democratic Unionist Party and Scottish National Party.

Dr Matthew Offord, the Conservative MP for Hendon and an Honorary Patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism, referenced the ComRes poll for the Jewish News released on Wednesday that found that 81% of the British public wants Hizballah proscribed in its entirety. Sharon Hodgson, the Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health said: “the main concern that I wish to raise today concerns its [Hizballah’s] antisemitic language”, citing Hizballah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s comment: “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

While we commend Ms Ryan for moving the motion, it is worrying that in a briefing to Labour MPs earlier yesterday, Labour’s leadership reportedly wrote: “There is a balance between making absolutely clear our abhorrence of using violence to achieve political ends and at the same time encouraging organisations down an effective democratic path.” It added: “Full proscription could be a move against dialogue and meaningful peace negotiations in the Middle East.”

This is unsurprising, however, as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, infamously described Hizballah and another antisemitic genocidal terrorist group, Hamas, as “friends” during a parliamentary meeting in 2009, and refused four times to retract the comment in a 2016 debate with then Prime Minister David Cameron. Yesterday, Mr Corbyn failed to mention Jews or antisemitism in his Holocaust Memorial Day statement.

It is also disappointing that the partial banning of Hizballah was justified by the Rt Hon. Ben Wallace, the Minister of State for Security at the Home Office, who said: “Although the proscription of Hizballah in its entirety is kept under review, our current position maintains a balance.” He urged the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to do more, but they have repeatedly stated that their interpretation of the law is that they are powerless to act until Hizballah is fully proscribed.

The Government’s “balance” is a dangerous attempt to avoid the reality that Hizballah is a terrorist organisation which seeks the annihilation of the Jewish people and has carried out terrorist attacks against Jewish targets worldwide, including in Britain. Even Hizballah’s leader mocks the Government’s pathetic fudge, saying: “The story of military wing and political wing is the work of the British. They always nd such ways out.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks the MPs who spoke so powerfully and eloquently in support of this important motion during the two-hour parliamentary exchange and for putting such strong arguments on the public record. We thank the many backbench MPs from numerous political parties who held both the Government and the Opposition to account.

We hope that this debate will give new impetus to support the proscription of Hizballah in its entirety, but we are appalled by the Government’s persistent defence of the status quo, which makes a mockery of efforts to take action against Islamist extremism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has raised this matter directly with Downing Street, the Home Secretary, the Solicitor General, the Minister for Countering Extremism and other senior officials, apparently to no avail. We are now considering our next steps.

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism was in direct contact with Christine Shawcroft, Momentum’s newly-appointed chair of the Party’s National Executive Committee’s Disputes Panel, requesting that she clarify her position with regard to the case of Tony Greenstein, a notorious antisemite previously expelled from Labour for antisemitism, inexplicably re-admitted, and now re-suspended for antisemitism once more. As chair of the Disputes Panel, Ms Shawcroft has the casting vote in disciplinary matters, such as whether to refer a member of the Party to the National Constitution Committee (NCC) for expulsion from the Party.

In her initial reply to us, Ms Shawcroft confirmed to us that she had indeed elected to be Mr Greenstein’s “silent friend” at his recent disciplinary hearing, and that as such there was a “potential conflict” in her continuing to act in that role. However, she failed, after two requests, to confirm whether or not she would be recusing herself from any future case in which Mr Greenstein was involved, in which she would hold the casting vote.

The Disputes Panel’s behaviour last week in merely issuing a warning to former council candidates Mike Sivier and Billy J Wells, instead of referring their cases to the NCC for potential expulsion, has already brought condemnation. What is more, Mr Sivier’s refusal to countenance taking the antisemitism education the Disputes Panel sent him for has made a laughing stock of National Executive Committee (NEC) member Darren Williams, who interceded on his behalf.

Campaign Against Antisemitism believes that the NCC will be reviewing Mr Greenstein’s case this Friday. Whatever their verdict, it would heap more ridicule on the Labour Party were Ms Shawcroft to chair future NEC panels considering Mr Greenstein’s case, and Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the Labour Party to immediately confirm that she will not be permitted to chair any such meeting.

Meanwhile, sources within Labour have suggested that it is still possible that Christine Shawcroft could, ex officio, sit on the NCC tomorrow to hear Mr Greenstein’s case. As lists of those who sit on NCC cases are not published, it is impossible to say whether this will happen, but were it to happen it would be damning for the Labour Party.

A man has been arrested in Stamford Hill after allegedly shouting “Heil Hitler” and shoplifting from a kosher bakery.

The incident occurred on Monday evening at 22:30 when a man allegedly shouted “Heil Hitler” at a group of Jewish women, who called Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol. The man then allegedly shouted “Heil Hitler” at them too, before shoplifting from a kosher bakery.

Stamford Hill Shomrim volunteers then stepped in to detain him until the Metropolitan Police Service arrived to arrest him.

Once again, we applaud our brave colleagues at Stamford Hill Shomrim for stepping in to ensure that this man could be arrested.

A leading learning disability and mental health charity has opened an investigation after one of its employees reportedly posted on Facebook an account of how she told a Jewish man: “The 40s called…your shower’s ready”, according to controversial anti-racism group Hope Not Hate.

Julie Brownlee, from Lowestoft, allegedly made the comment, an apparent reference to Nazi gas chambers which were sometimes disguised as showers, to the man, whom she also referred to as a “Jwish [sic] prick” on social media, at a Christmas party in response to him criticising her shirt.

In reply to Ms Brownlee’s Facebook post, former National Front activist, Paul Warburton, replied: “Fire up the ovens”.

Ms Brownlee’s role involves helping people with disabilities and learning difficulties to find employment and independent living. Those she helps would have been murdered under Nazi Germany’s programme to kill those with certain disabilities.

As well as posting her outrageous, antisemitic comments, Ms Brownlee also posted asking for party game ideas for the adults with learning disabilities whom she was assisting. The post attracted some appalling replies which Ms Brownlee commented would not “go down well with the powers that be”.

Ms Brownlee has apparently been associated with far-right groups for some time, including the South East Alliance, North East Infidels, Bishop Auckland against Islam, North West Infidels and the Scottish Defence League. She has reportedly not just attended events organised by these groups but spoken at them. According to Hope Not Hate, she was also expelled from the UK Independence Party for “associating with the English Defence League”.

A spokesperson for Shaw Trust told us: “We are treating these allegations extremely seriously, and our HR team are investigating the allegations fully.”

The Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings and Rye, Michelle Harris, has been dropped from the local Labour Party’s shortlist of candidates following a furore on Twitter about her social media posts.

Ms Harris, who is a barrister at London-based law firm One Pump Court, is 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”. Disturbingly, Ms Harris 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.

Under the International Definition of Antisemitism, “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” and “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic.

Mr Harris has also reportedly posted that she would be protesting against what she called “the antisemitic Witch hunt run by the media, Israel Lobby and Traitorous Blairites against Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone and the Labour left”.

Ms Harris has now deleted a number of tweets and Facebook posts, announcing on a Labour Party supporters’ Facebook page that she was no longer shortlisted to become Labour’s parliamentary candidate following what she described as a “smear campaign” and claiming that the allegations made against her are false and are an attempt to “silence Corbyn supporters”.

As a practising Barrister, Ms Harris is bound by her profession’s Code of Conduct and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit is now filing a complaint.

At present, there is no record of any disciplinary action being taken against Ms Harris by the Labour Party, however, the circumstances and outcomes of any such action would remain unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is grateful for information provided by anonymous sources and by Labour Against Antisemitism.

The Football Association is expected to open an investigation after Hemel Hempstead player Scott Shulton said that a former teammate called him a “F***ing Jew” during a match this weekend.

Mr Shulton told the Jewish News: “As soon as he said it, I grabbed him by the throat and then other players got involved before the referee came over. He didn’t hear what was said, neither did the assistant referee so it was my word against his. The referee said he would either give us both a card or just speak to us, he did the latter. I then spoke to him afterwards in the changing room, he said he’d put it in his report, which means it will be passed onto the [Football Association].”

We are in contact with the Football Association and will be following its investigation with interest.

Notorious Holocaust denier Mark Weber has reportedly been stranded in Madrid after being refused permission to board a flight to London where he had hoped to take a further flight to Los Angeles, where he runs the so-called Institute for Historical Review.

It emerged that Theresa May had personally made Mr Weber “the subject of an exclusion decision…on Unacceptable Behaviour grounds” when she was Home Secretary, according to a letter drafted—but not sent—in 2015 by the Home Office, which added that Ms May “personally directed that you should be excluded from the United Kingdom on the grounds that your presence here is not conductive to the public good.” The Home Office said that it did not send the letter to Mr Weber at the time because it did not know his address.

Ms May’s decision was taken on 28th April 2015, just over a week after Mail on Sunday investigation exposed a secret meeting of the far-right London Forum at which Mr Weber spoke, telling delegates: “As long as the power of the Jewish lobby remains entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic Jewish distortion of history…no task is more important or pressing than to identify, counter and break this power.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds Ms May for her decision to exclude Mr Weber from our country.

A Sunday Times exposé has revealed that a meeting of the Seven Sisters branch of the Labour Party in London failed to react in any way when one of its activists claimed that “The only reason there are prostitutes in this ward is because of the Jews.”

According to the Labour Party member who made the allegation: “No one said a word. No action was taken. Everyone, including him, just carried on with the discussion, and it was one of countless examples, including things like open hate material being shared on the Tottenham Labour Facebook forum. A new set of norms has been created in the Haringey Labour Party.”

Haringey Council, which includes a large Jewish population, is currently expected to fall under the control of Momentum in elections due to be held in May. Momentum is the sub-group within the Labour Party which brought Jeremy Corbyn to power and has long been beset by antisemitism scandals, including when its Vice Chair, Jackie Walker, claimed that Jews were “the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”, and whose activists threatened and heckled Haringey Councillors when they voted to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Momentum now also has control over the Labour Party’s Discipline Panel, which rules on allegations of antisemitism within the Party.

This incident ought to have been instantly investigated and swiftly and transparently acted upon, however that appears not to have happened. There is no way for us to find out what has happened due Baroness Chakrabarti’s recommendation that the results of Labour Party disciplinary proceedings be kept secret.

Responding to a complaint made by Campaign Against Antisemitism, SoundCloud, the popular music streaming service, has stated that it can see no problem with the antisemitic comments made by actress and fitness studio owner Kelechi Okafor during an episode of her podcast series, “Say Your Mind”.

Ms Okafor caused outrage when she defended recent comments about Jews made by BBC presenter Reggie Yates in which he claimed it was “great” that the young generation of grime music artists is not “managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren”. In her defence of Mr Yates, Ms Okafor insisted that his comments were truthful, and asserted that that the whole affair demonstrated “the power of a specific community”.  She went on to make a series of remarks that relied on classic antisemitic conspiracy theories  about Jews and money, as well as Jewish power wielded for the exploitation of others.

Ms Okafor said that black entertainers had been “so short changed by the kind of people Reggie Yates describes”, adding that “all sorts of ethnicities” can be capable of this but “the fact is, these men has dominated the industry for decades” and are “taking most of the profits”. She claimed that black artists “are having to work [their] entire arse off while they’re keeping everything”. According to Ms Okafor, grime, RnB, and hip-hop music have been “diluted” by these supposed Jewish music managers who “like blackness as long as it’s making them money”. She claimed that annual commemorations of the Holocaust are more prominent than any memory of the slave trade, saying that these historical events were part of the “power dynamic” she was discussing.

Ms Okafor then turned her attention to Harvey Weinstein, a Jewish figure in the entertainment industry recently accused of sexual assault. She remarked: “if you offend one of the more powerful sectors of the community, then off be with your head” and that “people are demanding their pound of flesh, and I am very specific about the reference I just made”. Ms Okafor mentions how the phrase is linked to Shakespeare. The “pound of flesh” is a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in which the antagonist Shylock is portrayed as a stereotypical money-grabbing Jew. Shylock has become synonymous with the antisemitic trope that Jews control money and the banks.

Replying to CAA’s complaint, SoundCloud said it would be taking no action against Ms Okafor, stating that it saw “no clear intention to criticise, or demean any individual or group of individuals on the basis of their belonging to a protected group.”

The decision is outrageous and will only encourage antisemites to use the SoundCloud platform to spread their hatred.

Two senior sabbatical officers from every students’ union at every university and college in Britain will be sent to visit Auschwitz and receive antisemitism training, the Government has announced.

Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, told a Holocaust Educational Trust reception: “We all have a duty to speak out in the memory of those who were murdered during the Holocaust and all those, today, who are the subject of hatred and antisemitism. Holocaust education remains one of the most powerful tools we have to fight bigotry.”

Frequently when speaking to students’ unions we find a lack of understanding of modern antisemitism. With antisemitism at universities at such worrying levels, we commend the Government and the Holocaust Educational Trust for this initiative.

Chelsea Football Club, has announced a new project aimed at tackling antisemitism, involving senior first team players including Eden Hazard, Charly Musonda and Ross Barkley (pictured above). The project, under the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign is supported by Roman Abramovich, the club’s owner.

In its statement the club said: “Everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club. Our players, staff, fans and visitors to the club come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included.”

The club has undertaken to work alongside a number of individuals and organisations from across the world including the Holocaust Educational Trust, Kick it Out, and the World Jewish Congress. Chelsea’s chairman will additionally be leading a steering committee including several world experts on antisemitism and other prominent figures.

The project will include primary school education on Jewish faith and culture and an incentivised education programme for fans previously banned for their antisemitic behaviour. Educational activities expected to take place over the course of the year include meeting with Holocaust survivors and educational trips for staff, fans and stewards and exhibitions.

This move comes following a string of high profile incidents of antisemitism among Chelsea FC fans in recent years which specifically targeted Tottenham fans and players. In one incident a Chelsea fan was banned from football grounds for three years by a court. In September, the Football Association threatened action should Chelsea fail to act over a chant aimed at their own player, Alvaro Morata, a chant which the player and the club both swiftly and vociferously condemned.

Campaign Against Antisemitism demanded strong action from Chelsea following this incident and the decision to take an educative approach to tackling antisemitism is one that we applaud. This must not, however, come at the expense of zero tolerance action against antisemitism, and whilst these are excellent preventative and rehabilitative efforts they must be coupled with strong enforcement of law, and physical prevention of antisemitism, something that should see signs of significant improvements, with the training that Chelsea’s stewards are set to go through.

This announcement is timely, with Holocaust Memorial Day taking place on 27th January.

Contrary to the imagination of the antisemites who have come to fear us, Campaign Against Antisemitism is not funded by the vast resources of international financiers. Our annual budget is funded by donations by members of the public who support our work, like you. We do not receive any annual grants.

Due to unprecedented demand for our services, for which we do not charge, our costs in 2017 increased by nearly seven times against 2016. Fortunately, more people than ever have stepped forward and signed up to make monthly donations, but despite their generosity, our management accounts show that we ended 2017 with a £31,000 deficit. Part of our funding was lost after a foundation was lobbied by another Jewish community organisation to stop funding us due to our robust challenging of the authorities.

In the past year, our numbers have swelled to 700 volunteers, supported by two outstanding full-time members of staff working from a tiny rented office. The two salaries we pay, our rent, the systems that we use to coordinate our work, and the costs of running our various projects, will come to almost £100,000 this year.

Fortunately we have emergency reserves which we use to fund urgent, unexpected work, and last year we burned through £31,000 of our reserves to cover the shortfall last year. This year, we will continue to work to secure enough funding, but we need your help.

If all of our supporters gave just £5 per month, we would not have to fundraise. From the outset, Campaign Against Antisemitism has been community-led campaign, and we want to remain independent.

We are determined not to let our community down. We will continue to speak truth to power. We will continue to privately prosecute antisemites when the authorities fail to act. We will continue to take the authorities to court and win when they shirk their responsibility to protect British Jews. We will continue to work with social media giants to clean up their act. We will keep raising antisemitism as a national priority in the mainstream media. We will not stop producing research that spotlights antisemitism, its dangers and its effects. We will expand our programme to train volunteers to educate those at risk of being radicalised by antisemites.

But we will only do so with your help. If you want Campaign Against Antisemitism to exist and continue to ensure that antisemites face the consequences of their actions, now is the time to go to antisemitism.uk/donate and sign up to support us with a regular monthly donation.

We are determined to do whatever it takes to defend British Jews, but we can only do it together.

University College London (UCL) has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it is investigating a after London Student revealed that four secret eugenics conferences attended by neo-Nazis and white supremacists have allegedly been held on campus since 2014.

The London Conference on Intelligence (LCI) has been hosted by Professor John Thompson, a senior honourary professor at the university, and according to London Student it has included talks and contributions from a number of high-profile white supremacists and eugenicists including Richard Lynn, president of the Ulster Institute for Social Research (UISR) who has previously advocated the “phasing out” of the “populations of incompetent cultures”.

UISR is funded by the Pioneer Fund, which has been described as a racist organisation founded by Nazi sympathisers.

Other beneficiaries of the fund included Roger Pearson, founder of Institute for the Study of Man, whose work has included editing magazines dedicated to promoting extremism, including one promising to conduct “a responsible but penetrating inquiry into every aspect of the Jewish Question.”

The conference, with its attendance list of 24 invite-only guests last year included Toby Young, who has now resigned from the board of the new universities regulator, the Office for Students, as well as stepping down from his role within the Fulbright Commission, an organisation which oversees scholarships between US and UK students.

Mr Young published an article in The Spectator on Thursday this week claiming he only attended the conference as a journalist and only “popped in for a few hours on a Saturday and sat at the back.” What is curious about Mr Young’s journalistic attendance is that given the explosive newsworthy nature of the event, he failed to publish an exposé on it.

Mr Young remains head of the government-backed New Schools Network.

UCL has told Campaign Against Antisemitism it had no knowledge of the conference and is “investigating a potential breach of its room bookings process for events after being alerted to conferences on intelligence hosted by an honorary senior lecturer at UCL.” The statement noted: “Our records indicate the university was not informed in advance about the speakers and content of the conference series, as it should have been for the event to be allowed to go ahead. The conferences were booked and paid for as an external event and without our officials being told of the details. They were therefore not approved or endorsed by UCL. We are an institution that is committed to free speech but also to combatting racism and sexism in all forms. We have suspended approval for any further conferences of this nature by the honorary lecturer and speakers pending our investigation into the case. As part of that investigation, we will be speaking to the honorary lecturer and seeking an explanation.”

Edinburgh-based law graduate Sophie Stephenson will not face criminal charges over her support for proscribed terrorist organisation Hizballah, which seeks the annihilation of Jews worldwide.

On 1st July 2017, Ms Stephenson tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a Hizballah t-shirt, explaining: “Went out to dinner with my family tonight wearing a Hizballah t-shirt.” As her tweet began to go viral, a proud Ms Stephenson also added that when her sister had asked what the Hizballah emblem was, Ms Stephenson replied: “A terrorist group”.

As other Twitter users angrily responded, Ms Stephenson was pleased to confirm: “I have a flag too” as well as clarifying that this occurred in the UK.

Ms Stephenson has previously claimed that “Hamas are more the victims of an extremely well-funded propaganda campaign rather than terrorists”, and reportedly tweeted that “Everyone in Ukraine is either a Moscow agent, a homosexual, or a Jew.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism reported Ms Stephenson to the police, alleging that she had committed an offence under section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which applies in Scotland and states that: “A person in a public place commits an offence if he wears an item of clothing, or wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation. A constable in Scotland may arrest a person without a warrant if he has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is guilty of an offence under this section. A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.”

After Police Scotland declined to act, Campaign Against Antisemitism considered undertaking a private prosecution, however we were unable to secure enough funding to do so. Campaign Against Antisemitism currently does not receive any annual grants and is dependent upon the generosity of the public.

Ms Stephenson will now escape justice as the deadline for bringing a prosecution has expired.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, and Director of Investigations and Enforcement, Stephen Silverman, have today testified against Alison Chabloz.

Ms Chabloz faces three charges under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 following a private prosecution brought by Campaign Against Antisemitism after the authorities failed to act. Once we had started the private prosecution and won a judicial review against against a decision not to prosecute a separate case, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to take over our private prosecution of Ms Chabloz. Due to strict deadlines for bringing prosecutions, had Campaign Against Antisemitism not brought a private prosecution, the Crown Prosecution Service would have missed its chance to take action against Ms Chabloz.

In the morning, the court was played Ms Chabloz’s songs which include lyrics such as:

  • “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 are partly set to Jewish music such as Hevenu Shalom Aleichem and Hava Nagila. As the songs were played, Ms Chabloz mouthed or sang along to them and her boisterous crowd of supporters cheered and applauded until District Judge John Zani warned that they would be ejected from the public gallery if they continued.

In the afternoon, Mr Falter and Mr Silverman separately gave testimony unpicking Ms Chabloz’s lyrics, explaining their antisemitic references, as well as explaining the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Adrian Davies, Ms Chabloz’s barrister, who also represented the antisemitic Holocaust denier David Irving and himself held leadership positions in two far-right parties, argued that Ms Chabloz was merely expressing an offensive but legitimate opinion on the veracity of the accounts of Holocaust survivors. Both witnesses from Campaign Against Antisemitism, who are the only prosecution witnesses, rebutted any notion that Ms Chabloz was attempting to query or “satirise” history, pointing out that that the songs claimed that Jews have fabricated the Holocaust in order to perpetrate an horrific fraud against mankind, causing many of the world’s ills for their own gain.

Whilst Campaign Against Antisemitism brought its private prosecution because the authorities had failed to act and due to a consistent failure by the Crown Prosecution Service to adequately tackle antisemitic crime, we could not be more satisfied with the professional excellence of the expert prosecuting team from the Crown Prosecution Service.

The trial will continue on 7th March. Until the trial concludes, Campaign Against Antisemitism and the media are limited in what we can report about the case.

American banking giant, JP Morgan, has embarrassed Google by developing a system for stopping its ads appearing alongside hate video on Google’s YouTube platform that is better than Google’s own solution.

JP Morgan pulled its advertising from YouTube in March 2017 after it discovered that its ads were appearing alongside inappropriate content.

Google-owned video sharing website YouTube has come under criticism from politicians and advertisers after American banking giant JP Morgan develops its own software to remove advertising from questionable material on the platform.

JP Morgan’s Executive Director of Media and Channel Strategy, Jake Davidow, said: “When news broke about ads finding their way next to horrific pieces of content, we paused our efforts and pulled our ads from YouTube.”

The bank has since developed its own algorithms that use YouTube’s own application programming interface (API) to filter channels on the platform based on comments, subscribers, video count, topics, language and more, using seventeen different filters in total.

Since using the algorithms, JP Morgan has identified 3,000 “safe” channels out of a potential five million on YouTube.

Since developing the technology, JP Morgan has reinstated its advertising with YouTube but the matter has generated controversy with journalists questioning why the company had to take matters into its own hands, highlighting the shortcomings of Google’s own safeguarding systems.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is currently collaborating with Google in efforts to clean up antisemitic hatred on YouTube. We are currently looking for a team to help us flag antisemitic videos using special tools provided by Google. If you would like to join the team, please go to antisemitism.uk/volunteer.

Image credit: Gideon Benari

The President of the National Union of Students (NUS), Shakira Martin, has apologised to Jewish students for the release of an NUS survey which asked respondents to select their religion from a long list of religions that omitted Judaism. This is not the first time that NUS has missed out its Jewish members and that Ms Martin has apologies: in July 2017, in a different survey of students, Judaism was also notably absent.

However, Ms Martin acknowledged the omission immediately, directly communicating with aggrieved students on Twitter before tweeting a heartfelt apology video, accepting that she was “accountable” and recognising “Jewish students should be pissed”. She assured students that this “would not be happening again”, “actions speak louder than words, when I said I was gonna stamp out all forms of antisemitism I’m not giving no lip service.” She acknowledged that this was a repeated issue, stating that “The first time it happened, I could tweet and say sorry,But the second time, it’s unacceptable, and I just want to reassure the whole Jewish community that I will be dealing with this.”

Ms Martin went on to discuss the context of these incidents, which came following an extremely difficult time for Jewish students under Ms Martin’s predecessor, the widely-scorned Malia Bouattia. Ms Martin was direct, saying: “I totally understand after the years – but especially last year, before my presidency, that Jewish students had – that this type of thing is not acceptable.”You will not not see Judaism on an NUS form again. I will be making sure that we will be reviewing all our forms, and that this is on everyone’s form, and that this [situation] will not happen again.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks Ms Martin for her continued efforts to support Jewish students and rebuild relationships between NUS and the Jewish community. We recognise that Ms Martin has immediately responded to this latest incident with a strong and sincere apology, and we believe her when she says that this will be the last time that she has to apologise for this regrettable omission.

In a strange twist of events, a group set up to protest the expulsion of Labour members for alleged antisemitism has begun expelling members for, antisemitism.

Labour Against the Witch-Hunt (LAW) was launched in October 2017 as a group protesting expulsion of Labour party members following antisemitism claims. It swiftly won the support of the Labour Party Marxists group.

However, LAW has now reportedly expelled one of its founders, Gerry Downing, for antisemitism. Mr Downing is planning a protest meeting to coincide with a LAW meeting on Saturday this week in an effort to be readmitted. Both the protest meeting and the LAW meeting will take place in the same pub.

Mr Downing was suspended by Labour in 2016 after he tweeted a link to an article by the far-left group, Socialist Fight, a group he is involved with, which encouraged Marxist Labour members to “address the Jewish question” as well as claiming the “Jewish-Zionist bourgeoisie” had “played a vanguard role for the capitalist offensive against the workers”. Shortly following this, he was expelled from the Labour party after David Cameron quoted a blog by Mr Downing during Prime Minister’s Questions, in which he had written about 9/11, suggesting violence against the United States is “progressive, no matter how distorted its actions are, and must never be ‘condemned’”.

Mr Downing was dismissed from LAW shortly after it was established and told not to attend meetings.

Mr Downing has now set up his own group called Reject Bogus Left Antisemitism, and used its Facebook claim to accuse LAW of wanting a “witch hunt [against] genuine anti-Zionists and revolutionary socialists”.

Some of LAW’s key aims include ending the practice of automatically ending or suspending Labour membership following claims of antisemitism and demanding “the Labour Party rejects the International Definition of Antisemitism, claiming that it “conflates antisemitism with anti-Zionism and support for the rights of the Palestinian people”.

At its meeting this Saturday, LAW will debate a motion demanding that anyone suspended by the Labour Party over claims of antisemitism have their membership reinstated. They will also be motioning that Labour’s own Compliance Unit, which investigates disciplinary matters including antisemitism, be abolished. The meeting will be addressed by Ken Loach, who declared on the BBC during last year’s Labour Party Conference that allegations of antisemitism in the Party were a fallacy “without validation or any evidence” despite the fact that Campaign Against Antisemitism had just published detailed evidence.

Amongst the foremost members of LAW are notorious antisemites including Jackie Walker, and also Tony Greenstein who has organised a petition calling for the Charity Commission to shut down Campaign Against Antisemitism by deregistering it as a charity and is currently crowdfunding in an attempt to sue us for calling him a “notorious antisemite”.

Counter-terrorism police in the West Midlands arrested six people today on suspicion of being members of the neo-Nazi terrorist organisation, National Action, a group with deep rooted antisemitic ideologies.

National action was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in December 2016 following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. Under section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of a proscribed terrorist organisation is a criminal offence.

The suspects arrested were a 21-year-old man from Banbury, a 24-year-old man from Stockport, two 26-year-old men from Cambridge and Leicester, a 28-year-old man from Wolverhampton and a 37-year-old woman also from Banbury.

A number of properties are being searched in connection with the arrests and all suspects are currently in police custody.

Police have stated that all of the arrests were pre-planned and based on intelligence gathered by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in conjunction with other counter-terrorism units around the country, and there was no threat to public safety.

In September last year, police arrested serving soldiers on suspicion of membership of National Action as well as arresting a number of civilians in a nationwide swoop. In November last year a martial arts instructor was dismissed on suspicion of involvement with National Action.

Witnesses are being sought after a Jewish man from Golders Green was verbally abused by another man on Brent Street, Hendon.

On Tuesday, 26th December 2017, at approximately 22:20, a man described as an adult black male approached a Jewish charedi man who was walking with his toddler, and asked him whether he was Jewish. When the victim replied that he was, the suspect said that he himself was Muslim. The victim said: “OK”, at which point the suspect shouted: “F***ing Jew.”

Shomrim North West London, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, provided assistance to the victim and reported the incident to the police.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or has information which could aid the investigation should contact the Metropolitan Police Service by dialing 101, citing reference CAD6265/26/12/2017.

In an extraordinary speech at the Limmud festival on Tuesday, Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities and Science has urged universities to halt so-called no-platform policies which are used to deny extremists a platform at universities. Mr Johnson said: “However well-intentioned, the proliferation of such safe spaces, the rise of no-platforming, the removal of ‘offensive’ books from libraries and the drawing up of ever more extensive lists of banned ‘trigger’ words are undermining the principle of free speech in our universities.” Whilst we can sympathise, we are very concerned that Mr Johnson is taking action which will make it even harder to ban antisemitic extremists from our campuses.

Mr Johnson intends to enforce his view through the Office for Students (OfS), a new regulatory body for all universities being launched next week and already being touted by Mr Johnson as a body designed to take a strong approach to protecting free speech: “The Office for Students will in turn use its regulatory powers to hold them to account for ensuring that lawful freedom of speech is upheld by their staff and students.”

No-platforming is a policy adopted by the National Union of Students (NUS) to combat fascism and racism in the 1970s. At present only a small list of extreme groups are subject to no-platforming: Al-Muhajiroun, the British National Party, the English Defence League, Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK and National Action. Izzy Lenga, the NUS Vice President for Welfare told The Guardian that “These are the only organisations no-platformed by NUS. No individual person. These dangerous groups seek (and have done before) to threaten, demonise and attack the lives of students on campus. They have absolutely no place in our colleges and universities. We are not censoring free speech; we are protecting groups of students on campus who have as much of a right to be there as any other student from groups that wish to harm us physically and mentally because of our identity.” The Union of Jewish Students also expressed support for no-platforming policies.

At a time when antisemitic speakers are frequently finding a place on campus, Mr Johnson’s stated opposition to no-platforming risks encouraging universities to allow hate speakers to indoctrinate students. Campaign Against Antisemitism has been working with Jewish students across the UK to address that intolerance and hatred on campus.

Mr Johnson made note of the risks, acknowledging the rise in antisemitic hate on campus, saying: “A racist or antisemitic environment is by definition an illiberal one that is completely in opposition the liberal tradition of our universities.” He also cited an NUS study which found that less than half (49%) of the Jewish students surveyed were comfortable with attending NUS events. He warned that “Universities cannot afford to be complacent about complying either with their duties to protect freedom of speech, or anything less than vigilant against hate speech (or other unlawful activity) masquerading as the exercise of the right to freedom of speech.” However no new measures were unveiled to tackle hate speech, with Mr Johnson discussing the past action he has taken, writing to the Chief Executive of Universities UK, setting out the role the International Definition of Antisemitism has to play in countering campus antisemitism.

Whilst Mr Johnson has recognised the potential dangers involved in prioritising free speech without sensible limitations on hate speech, he has unfortunately not announced further measures, without which the message of this speech is likely to produce conditions which are ripe for the proliferation of antisemitic ideology by making it significantly harder for campaigners to ensure that antisemitic speakers are blocked from campuses.

The Office for Students will have a difficult and vital responsibility to clearly define the parameters of free speech and hate speech, and Jewish students and anti-racism campaigners will now look to the regulator to ensure that the issue of the incitement of hatred on campus is finally properly addressed. This cannot take place without a clear and objective guide to what constitutes antisemitic hate speech. Therefore, the regulator’s early endorsement and enforcement of the International Definition of Antisemitism, which we will actively seek, is critical to the success of Mr Johnson’s efforts to unblock free speech whilst more firmly suppressing hate speech.

Google and Campaign Against Antisemitism have agreed to collaborate on cleaning up antisemitic hatred on YouTube, with Google granting us access to special content flagging features.

Videos that we report to Google will go through a fast-track reviewing process, following which Google may take the video off YouTube or place a number of limitations on it, such as removing it from video suggestions and making it harder to find. Once a video has been identified as promoting antisemitism, Google will use its algorithms to recognise the video if it is uploaded to YouTube again using a different user account.

Whilst we have not always agreed with Google about what should be on YouTube, this is a very promising collaboration which we hope will enable us to work with Google to reduce the amount of antisemitic material appearing on YouTube.

We are now building a volunteer team to help us to flag videos which should be reported using the special reporting features provided to us by Google. If you would like to join the team, please go to antisemitism.uk/volunteer.

Beverly Krell, a Labour Party member based in Cheadle, and a prolific anti-Israel activist, has threatened Jews she has described as “Zio Nazis” with violence, called Israel a “leisure park based on killing Palestinians” and described Zionists as Nazis in recent social media comments, however she has told the Mail on Sunday that her social media accounts were “hacked”.

Ms Krell, who is Jewish herself but publicly shuns Judaism, lives in Manchester, a city with a large Jewish population that she described in one post as a “Zionist version of Hell’s Corner”. She is thought to be a member a group calling itself Jewish Voice for Labour which has been instrumental in disseminating antisemitic discourse and she has posted a series of antisemitic and threatening comments.

In Facebook posts circulated on Twitter by activists, screenshots show Ms Krell claiming that all Jews are bad as there was “zero difference” between Judaism and Zionism, adding, “Israel and America are the evil incarnate costing millions of lives for another coloniser project.” In a further post Ms Krell claimed that Jews see themselves as “chosen people” with a “superiority complex” and “elitism”, who treat Palestinians “appallingly” because of “white superiority”. She later claimed that both Judaism and Zionism are “white supremacist”.

Following Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry’s speech at the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch at the end of November in which she urged the Palestinian Authority to end “officially sanctioned antisemitic incitement”, Ms Krell commented that “this message holds true for Zionists who built a leisure park based on killing Palestinians”. Ms Krell went on to imply that Emily Thornberry was forced under duress to show pro-Israel sentiment by making comparisons with the fate of Robin Cook, the Labour MP who opposed the Iraq war, and who died of a heart attack two years after resigning. Ms Krell wrote: “Ask yourself why did Robin Cook have a heart attack condemning Blair and speaking out for an ethical foreign policy. It is very easy to kill someone and make it look like a heart attack.” Ms Krell’s logic suggests that Jews orchestrate conflicts in the Middle East, and are able to assassinate politicians such as Robin Cook for their anti-war stance.

In early 2017, Ms Krell compared the Holocaust with the “Naqba”, the Arabic name for the the Arab defeat and subsequent refugee crisis in the war to obliterate the nascent State of Israel in 1948. She wrote: “I’ve had enough of the regurgitated Holocaust. Is it a singular event for us Jews, or does the extermination of American natives count, or the black holocaust when millions were wrenched from their land and sold into slavery? I guess the Naqba doesn’t count.”

Ms Krell also alarmingly, threatens violence against Jews. When some her comments were shared publicly, she changed her profile name to Sophie Golding and posted: “How do you deal with Zio Nazis other than deactivate the main account and find my AK47?”

Further evidence of her propensity for making violent threats was evidenced by her comments regarding Joan Ryan MP, in which she suggested lynching her, writing: “If anyone has rope and a tree, I’m free”. Ms Ryan was once the Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, and although not Jewish, is a prominent supporter of the Jewish Labour Movement, and a common subject of attack by Ms Krell and those with whom she identifies.

Ms Krell appears to be a member of Jewish Voice for Labour, a group founded and affiliated to the Labour Party in September this year. In a number of open letters she has signed herself as a member of the Cheadle Labour constituency branch. The Jewish Voice for Labour group was formed to contest claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party, deriding the claims as a “myth”. It takes particular umbrage at Labour’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism, claiming that it restricts criticism of Israel, despite the definition specifically stating that criticism of Israel does not engage the definition. At its infamous inaugural meeting at the recent Labour Party Conference, speakers voiced the opinion that Holocaust denial should be tolerated and that the Jewish Labour Movement should be expelled from the Party, A leaflet quoting leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich was even circulated. Jewish Voice for Labour received support from Len McClusky, leader of the Unite union and ally of Ken Livingstone, who later described accusations of antisemitism in the Labour Party as “mood music” created to “undermine” Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour Party must act immediately to expel Ms Krell from the Party and make a statement clearly distancing itself from groups such as Jewish Voice for Labour that have been instrumental in disseminating antisemitic discourse.

Ms Krell has not yet responded to Campaign Against Antisemitism’s request for comment.

Stamford Hill Shomrim has reported a van driver to the police after they were passed a video of an antisemitic road rage incident.

In the video, a man with a Caribbean accent can be heard shouting at a Jewish motorist: “Hitler was a great man, he knew what he was doing” before adding “You think you own the world? You don’t own the world. This is Stamford Hill, it’s not Israel”.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon in Stamford Hill in London.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or believes they may know the man should call the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 citing reference CAD6289/23/12/17.

The CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council, Simon Johnson, has once again launched an attack on Campaign Against Antisemitism, this time berating us for privately prosecuting the leader of this summer’s pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” procession through London after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to act.

Mr Johnson, who claims to represent the British Jewish community, used Twitter to publicly decry our private prosecution, saying that it “risks making things worse” and we will “make yet more fear”, which he claimed is “par for the course” for Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Ironically, Mr Johnson, whose salary is double Campaign Against Antisemitism’s annual operating budget, claimed that our private prosecution, which is being conducted by expert lawyers who are donating their time pro bono, is a “waste of money”.

Mr Johnson was rounded on by Twitter users who fiercely defended Campaign Against Antisemitism and its volunteers, with one activist even setting up a petition demanding that Mr Johnson apologise or resign. We are very grateful to the many people who have spoken out in our support.

In August, Mr Johnson humiliated himself by making a video claiming that our volunteers engage in “hyperbolic scaremongering” as part of an “attempt to grab attention and appearances on television”. Sharing the video through the Jewish Leadership Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, he admonished us for highlighting antisemitism, which he said was an attempt to “create a situation of panic in this community”, and for daring to criticise the authorities for failing to take sufficient action.

At the time, we did all that we could to resolve the matter behind the scenes to avoid embarrassing the Jewish Leadership Council and they deleted the video, which had provoked revulsion within the Jewish community and won the praise of antisemites. That should have been the end of the matter, but instead, despite an agreement that neither side would comment, a day later the Jewish Leadership Council said that it stood by the video that it had deleted.

Mr Johnson, who is a former solicitor, should have realised that his repeated efforts to impugn our motives will likely be seized upon by defendants whom we privately prosecute. Other than that, what does his sniping achieve?

Yet despite repeatedly humiliating himself with his ill-conceived attacks, Mr Johnson has a long track record of publicly attacking Campaign Against Antisemitism. In February 2015 he gave his word that he would offer any criticism privately rather than engaging in public sniping. When he broke his word months later, we asked whether his word was worthless. His reply: “Well, so it was. I admit.” That is not Jewish leadership.

Antisemitic crime and the inadequate response to it by the authorities is a very serious concern that should be seen as an urgent priority for British society and our law enforcement authorities. Mr Johnson’s highly-personal attacks on our volunteers suggest that far from trying to address the situation by raising awareness and taking legal action when the authorities fail to act, we are in fact trying to “make yet more fear” so that we can “grab attention and appearances on television”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has a longstanding policy of refusing to engage in Jewish community politics. Our focus is on countering antisemites. However, Mr Johnson’s shameful interventions have become too persistent to ignore. Enough is enough.

The Jewish community has many enemies to contend with, and this public sniping by Mr Johnson at those of us trying to tackle antisemitism must now end. Campaign Against Antisemitism has done all that it can behind the scenes to try to stop Mr Johnson’s damaging smears, but since he will not honour his word and does not heed the opinion of our community, it now falls to the trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council to insist that he apologises and then falls silent.

Actress and fitness studio owner, Kelechi Okafor, has defended recent comments about Jews made by BBC presenter Reggie Yates in which he claimed it was “great” that the young generation of grime music artists is not “managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren”. Ms Okafor argued that Mr Yates was wrong to apologise for the comments and to step down as a host of the BBC’s Top of the Pops programme.

In her new 24-minute podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud, Ms Okafor addressed Yates’ comments, remarking that she “had a huge problem with people apologising for things that they meant”, adding that Yates’ apology statement was “well-manicured”. She remarked that Yates’ comments were “not problematic”, that he was speaking “the truth”, and that the whole affair demonstrated “the power of a specific community”. Ms Okafor challenged whether these Jewish music managers really are from North West London, adding “I just want to know where the fallacy is”, and that “stereotypes are based on an element on truth”.

Ms Okafor began describing how black entertainers had been “so short changed by the kind of people Reggie Yates describes”. She comments that “all sorts of ethnicities” can be capable of this but adds “the fact is, these men has dominated the industry for decades” and are “taking most of the profits”. She claimed that black artists “are having to work [their] entire arse off while they’re keeping everything”.

Ms Okafor remarks near the end of the podcast that grime, RnB, and hip-hop music have been “diluted” by these supposed Jewish music managers who “like blackness as long as it’s making them money”.

Ms Okafor appears to take umbrage at how the Holocaust receives public attention each year, but that the legacy of slave trade is seemingly ignored. She described how these historical events are responsible for the “power dynamic” she is discussing.

Ms Okafor then turned her attention to Harvey Weinstein, a Jewish figure in the entertainment industry recently accused of sexual assault. She remarks how accusations of inappropriate behaviour from the black actress Lupita Nyong’o were not taken seriously, but that “if you offend one of the more powerful sectors of the community, then off be with your head”. Ms Okafor claimed that what’s happening now is that “people are demanding their pound of flesh, and I am very specific about the reference I just made”. Ms Okafor mentions how the phrase is linked to Shakespeare. The “pound of flesh” is a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in which the antagonist Shylock is portrayed as a stereotypical money-grabbing Jew. Shylock has become synonymous with the antisemitic trope that Jews control money and the banks.

It is not likely that Ms Okafor will be apologising for the remarks. Towards the end of the podcast she says that “if people don’t like what I said, they can drink some water and go to sleep”.

When approached privately by Rosa Doherty, a journalist for the JC, who first discovered the podcast, Ms Okafor responded via Twitter: “Hi @Rosa_Doherty thank you for your email regarding my podcast. I appreciate the time you took to reach out to me. What does the Jewish Chronicle do to tackle anti-blackness?”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has now filed a complaint with iTunes, which carries Ms Okafor’s podcast.

Mark Zahra has pleaded guilty to burgling a synagogue after being identified on CCTV by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

Last week he was convicted at Thames Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 14 days in prison. He was also ordered to pay £115 to fund services for victims.

Mr Zahra has a previous conviction for an antisemitic hate crime, however since this burglary cannot said to be motivated by antisemitism with any certainty, we will not add this conviction to our log of prosecutions for antisemitism.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their vigilance.

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, conspiracy theorists busied themselves pinning the inferno on Jews or Zionists.

Tahra Ahmed, a volunteer coordinator for those helping the survivors of the fire, told her Facebook followers that the inferno was a “Jewish ritual sacrifice” by a scheming Jewish property developer. In June, days after the fire, Nazim Ali, the leader of the Al Quds Day march through London, bellowed through his megaphone that “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high-rise blocks”.

The Britain that we know and love, where we can live proudly as Jews, is slipping slowly away as antisemitic crime surges. Future generations will not forgive us if we enjoyed the golden era for British Jews but watched complacently as it ended.

But how does one turn the tide?

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Fitness First has denied that messages including a photograph of gym mats arranged in a swastika were motivated by antisemitism. David Amroon, a Jewish member of the sports chain told Campaign Against Antisemitism of his shock upon being sent a picture of his local gym’s training mats arranged into a swastika, together with jokes about Nazis from members via their WhatsApp group.

Mr Amroon, a martial arts instructor who trained in Jiu-Jitsu twice weekly at Fitness First’s branch in Ilford, told Campaign Against Antisemitism that he will not use the gym again.

According to Mr Amroon, it was common knowledge amongst members that he is Jewish. He told us that he had previously had to challenge antisemitic comments from other members at the health club including alleged statements about Jews ruling the world, “Zionists” being responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, all Jews being wealthy, and even being told by an instructor that “Jews killed Jesus”. However, Mr Amroon told us that he did not report these incidents to the club’s management, preferring to deal with them himself, but he felt that he could not stay silent after the latest incident, which occurred after he missed a training session through illness.

Upon receiving the WhatsApp messages, Mr Amroon said that he immediately sent a message of complaint to the group’s instructor, who apologised and said he had spoken with the perpetrators and that they had just been joking, before allegedly advising Mr Amroon to “move on”. Mr Amroon says that he then wrote a letter to the instructor in which he requested a meeting with the individuals involved in the incident to explain that it was not a joke, and the impact it had on him, only to be told that he should have a quiet word with the perpetrators himself. When he did so, he says that he was again informed that he “needed to get over it”.

Mr Amroon waited a further nine days for a satisfactory resolution, after which he wrote to Fitness First. A meeting was organised with the club’s manager, the Fitness Manager and the Area Manager. Despite being told that they oppose racism, Mr Amroon said that there was a complete failure to engage with the issue and that his request for disciplinary action against those involved was dismissed. When Mr Amroon threatened to go to the police, he alleges that the gym chain’s staff again told him to move on and told him that speaking to the police was not the right thing to do.

Mr Amroon, whose grandfather served in the RAF and lost his life fighting Nazi Germany, says he was shocked by the incident and that he was made to feel as though he had no voice and that he was invisible to the staff he met. He has now cancelled his membership, having been a loyal customer for sixteen years.

When we asked Fitness First to comment on Mr Amroon’s allegations, a spokesman emphasised the organisation’s pride in being a multicultural company and stated that it does not tolerate any form of discrimination. He said that the swastika created with the mats was intended to be a “Buddhist peace symbol”, not a Nazi swastika: “Fitness First took these allegations extremely seriously as soon as they were relayed and launched an immediate inquiry. Fitness First met with Mr Amroon and spoke to him several times. The class regularly made different shapes and symbols with the mats at the beginning of each class. The room was regularly hired by a third party to conduct a Jiu-Jitsu class and it was not connected with Fitness First. The class is no longer held at Fitness First. As it was a private hire, we advised that if Mr Amroon wanted to take the matter to the authorities, we would assist them in any way we could, including providing the CCTV footage of the mats being laid out. The police did look into the matter after they were contacted by Fitness First but dismissed Mr Amroon’s claims. We have been assured that the remarks on the WhatsApp group, specifically ‘Nazi salutes are great opportunities for hip toss’ refer to grabbing a Nazi’s arm as they salute and throwing them to the ground. The people you have highlighted in the Whatsapp group conversation were never members of Fitness First.”

Fitness First is owned by Dave Whelan, the owner of Wigan Athletic Football Club who was fined £50,000 by the Football Association and banned from football for six weeks for declaring that “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else”.

This is a very regrettable incident in which a Jewish man has felt hounded out of his local gym community. Nobody can be sure of the motives of those involved apart from those who did this.

Anybody experiencing antisemitism is encouraged to contact us at investigations@antisemitism.uk or on 0330 822 0321 as soon as possible after the incident if they would like advice.

The former prominent UKIP MEP, Godfrey Bloom, has taken to Twitter to condemn Goldman Sachs as an “international Jewish bank” over its CEO’s opposition to Brexit.

Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, had suggested that the UK should hold a second referendum on Brexit, to which Mr Bloom responded: “International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain. mmmmmmmmmmmm.” As hundreds of Twitter users condemned him, Mr Bloom replied: “Pointing out Goldman Sachs is a Jewish bank as confirmed by Wikipedia makes me a NAZIS [sic] apparently. Funny old world.”

Goldman Sachs is a publicly-traded company and Mr Bloom’s suggestion that it is a “Jewish bank” engages what the International Definition of  Antisemitism refers to as “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”

Mr Bloom left UKIP in disgrace after a series of comments including referring to countries receiving aid from Britain as “Bongo Bongon Land” and calling a female audience “sluts”.

This incident reaffirms that Mr Bloom should be an utterly unpalatable associate for any politician or political party, or indeed any decent person.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has opened an investigation into an event hosted by Tommy Sheppard MP, from the Scottish National Party, at the House of Commons, in which it is alleged that Jewish people were deliberately excluded.

The event in question was hosted by EuroPal two weeks ago and was billed as a lecture about Palestinian political aspirations and opposition to Israel. When a number of Jewish pro-Israel activists sought to attend, according to an article in Christian Today, they were denied admission, except for one activist, named Ambrosine Shitrite, who had booked under a Muslim-sounding name instead of a Christian-sounding name and was admitted. Christian Today also claimed that Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority representative in the UK, said of the British approach towards Israel: “They are still doing trade relations and still sympathising with the Jews as being the victims of the Holocaust. Enough of this rhetoric. We have made and paid for this historic concession when we have agreed to give 78 per cent of this historic Palestine on a golden platter…” Professor Hassassian told Christian Today that he had not intended to suggest that sympathy for Jewish Holocaust victims should end, but that “it should not be used to continue the relentless victimisation of the Palestinian people.”

While EuroPal did not respond when we approached them, Mr Sheppard told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “Invitations to the event were issued by Europal and, as with most events of this kind, they would have encouraged their supporters and members to attend. I know they also offered a limited number of tickets to the public through Eventbrite. These were issued on a first come, first served basis. When it became necessary to move to a smaller room (due to the House authorities displacing the booking for a committee) some tickets were withdrawn. I understand that the organisation wrote to them apologising and saying that they hoped they would come to future events. An allegation has been made that the distribution of tickets involved discriminating against people on the basis of their faith. I have checked with Europal and they completely refute this allegation and are alarmed that anyone would suggest it. I have fought against antisemitism all my life and I used the opportunity of [the] meeting to state unequivocally the need to resist it as a virulent form of racism.”

However, the activists concerned have disagreed with Mr Sheppard’s account, claiming that it was only those with Jewish-sounding names who were told that they could no longer attend, and that the room was far from full.

The allegations made are extremely disturbing and we await the conclusion of the investigation with interest.

Brighton and Hove City Council has been forced to ban members of the public from its Chanukah celebration over security fears. The celebration at Hove Town Hall had been due to be a public event, but it had to be held behind closed doors, reportedly due to threats from “anti-Israel” protesters.

The event was held behind closed doors just before the start of a Council meeting and the public gallery was kept closed. According to The Argus there was a security presence from Sussex Police but the ceremony was not interrupted and there was no demonstration.

It is extremely sad that the celebration of Chanukah, a festival which commemorates victory over antisemitism and is especially supposed to be celebrated publicly, had to be held in private.

A gang of 25 far-left thugs reportedly stormed a birthday party at a nightclub last night in London’s Notting Hill, declaring that there were “Jews and wealthy people inside”. The hooded gang is said to have begun by hurling bottles and eggs at people talking outside before overwhelming security. They then reportedly “threw out” the DJ and demanded that those gathered, who they allegedly referred to as “Tory Rothschild scum”, observe a one-minute silence “for Grenfell”.

The incident reportedly took place at the Maxilla Social Club, which has repeatedly held benefit evenings for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and was a food distribution centre for survivors of the fire which killed 71 people.

This incident graphically shows the consequences of incitement and conspiracy theories targeting Jews being permitted to proliferate.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, it was repeatedly claimed that the fire was a Jewish or “Zionist” conspiracy, including by Grenfell Tower volunteer coordinator Tahra Ahmed and allegedly by the leader of the pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” march through London, Nazim Ali, who is now subject to a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The Metropolitan Police Service told the Daily Mail that its officers were called but made no arrests. Campaign Against Antisemitism is seeking clarification as to why no arrests were made. Those responsible must not escape the consequences of their actions. Britain must not tolerate this antisemitic thuggery.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism has today laid an information before magistrates to initiate a private prosecution against Nazim Ali, the leader of the “Al Quds Day” march through central London, after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) declined to prosecute him.

Our information alleges: “On the 18th day of June 2017, between Duchess Street and Grosvenor Square in London, Nazim Hussain Ali used threatening or abusive words or behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.”

We allege that during the march, Mr Ali used a portable public address system to make various statements, including:

  • “Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. 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.”

In addition to this private prosecution, we have made a complaint about Mr Ali, who is the managing partner of a pharmacy, to the General Pharmaceutical Council and we have submitted a complaint about the charity that organised the march, the self-proclaimed Islamic Human Rights Commission, to the Charity Commission.

Last year was the worst year for antisemitic crime on record. Crime targeting Jews has surged by rising by 45% since 2014, however of the 14,480 hate crimes prosecuted by the CPS last year, only 20 are known to be cases of antisemitic hate crime.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is represented by Jonathan Goldberg QC, Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong (leading and junior counsel) and solicitor David Sonn.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We have called for zero tolerance enforcement of the law against antisemitism and that is what politicians have promised. After reporting Mr Ali to the police, we waited to see whether the Crown Prosecution Service would prosecute him, but they declined to do so. Campaign Against Antisemitism has been left with no choice but to expend its resources bringing a private prosecution. We do not know of any other minority which is being repeatedly abandoned by the Crown Prosecution Service and left alone to defend itself.”

The Deputy Leader of the Wales Green Party, Pippa Bartolotti, has claimed in a Facebook post that Palestinians are “effectively trapped in an open air concentration camp” and that “the government of Israel is only interested in the final solution”. The comments followed a previous post in which she claimed that US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would “appease the wealthy Zionist backers who paid for Trump’s election campaign”.

Writing on 7th December, Ms Bartolotti posted an aerial view of Jerusalem’s Old City, commenting: “I think it’s important to explain that Jerusalem is not a Jewish city – any more than Israel is a Jewish country. Israel is in fact a western state, taken by force in 1948, in bloodshed and massacres of the unarmed and innocent indigenous population.” In the post to her almost 5,000 followers, Ms Bartolotti peddled the conspiracy that Israel is a “Western puppet state” and that wealthy Arab oil states are “in cahoots” with the British and western governments to to legitimise Israel’s claims to the land.

Ms Bartolotti went on to explicitly level two accusations at Israel of behaving like Nazis against towards the Palestinians. She wrote: “Palestinians in Gaza are effectively trapped in an open air concentration camp from which there is only slim means of escape”. She then invokes the Nazi language of the Holocaust in her claim that “The government of Israel is only interested in the final solution”. The Final Solution (Die Endloesung) is the name given by the Nazis to their programme to exterminate six million Jews during the Holocaust. Ms Barolotti’s statements qualify as antisemitic discourse under the terms of the International Definition of Antisemitism by “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”. When confronted on Facebook with the notion that “Comparing the Israeli government to the Nazis is grotesquely offensive and antisemitic”, she responded: “The Roma and disabled were similarly targeted by the Nazi regime, but they have not gone around demanding a state of their own”.

Ms Bartolotti, who stood as a Green Party parliamentary candidate in 2010 and then as an Assembly Member a year later, was once a leadership contender for the national Green Party. She seems to glory in her words, having said: “Some might call me antisemitic, but I don’t care”. Ms Bartolotti was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport and detained overnight at Givon Prison when participating in the ‘flytilla’ of activists attempting to enter Bethlehem in 2011. She objected to being represented by a UK diplomatic staff member who had a Jewish name, and questioned the loyalty of the UK ambassador to Israel (Britain’s first Jewish ambassador to the country). She said at the time: “The vice -consul was called Levi. From the university of life I have learned that Jews often have a conflict of interest in matters relating to Palestine.” In doing so, she was “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”. In claiming Israel is “in cahoots” as part of a suggested international plot, and that “wealthy Zionists” determined President Trump’s presidential campaign pledges, she is making “stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as…the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”

Ms Bartolotti has appeared on Channel 4’s culinary show Come Dine with Me, where she was described as a “peace activist”, but has appeared in photographs posing with the flag of the Syrian National Socialist Party, which bears an emblem resembling a Swastika and has been described as the the oldest terrorist organisation in existence today. The SNSP aspires to gain control of a Greater Syria including what is now Israel, and has been accused of having links to fascism.

Having clearly breached the International Definition of Antisemitism on multiple counts, Campaign Against Antisemitism now looks to the Green Party to expel Ms Bartolotti from the Party.

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Tahra Ahmed, who holds a prominent role as a Grenfell Tower volunteer coordinator, reportedly claimed the victims were “burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice.” The Times has today reported about Ms Ahmed’s many alleged antisemitic outbursts.

After the tragic fire that left 71 dead, Ms Ahmed said that she had been coordinating the work of volunteers, coaching them and running workshops with the aim of empowering them. She has reportedly discussed her beliefs with some of the people she has helped. When The Times confronted her about her views, she said that she did not care about other people’s opinions.

According to the paper, she reportedly said: “Watch the live footage of people trapped in the inferno with flames behind them. They were burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice. Grenfell is owned by a private Jewish property developer just like the twin towers. I wonder how much Goldman [Goldman Sachs, a bank often targeted by antisemites] is standing to make in the world’s most expensive real estate location [Kensington].”

Attending a town hall protest two days after the fire, she told reporters there that the fire was a “holocaust.” She has allegedly previously described the Holocaust as the “holohoax” and posted on Facebook: “Hitler and the Germans were the victims of the Jewish conspiracy to destroy Germany.” She is also a proponent of the antisemitic conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terror attacks were faked by Jews. In one Facebook comment found by Campaign Against Antisemitism after The Times published its article, she wrote: “All the leadership of ISIS is directly recruited by CIA and the leadership are all Arab Jews, trained by Mossad.”

Councillors in Kensington and Chelsea are reportedly so worried about unchecked volunteers’ involvement with Grenfell Tower survivors that they have written to the Secretary of State to complain.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls for Ms Ahmed to be immediately stood down in her role assisting volunteers. To blame the unspeakable tragedy of Grenfell on a historically persecuted people is to let down those victims she claims to represent and support and exacerbate social division in Britain.

We have also revealed that Councillor Beinazir Lasharie, who reportedly said that “I’ve seen compelling evidence that links Zionists to ISIS”, was appointed Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea “to help the Council rebuild trust with residents following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.”

“Victory to the intifada” was chanted by protesters at a “Do not move the US Embassy to Jerusalem Trump!” rally outside the US Embassy in central London this afternoon.

A small crowd of about 40 demonstrators gathered in the snow to oppose US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announce plans to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The event page on Facebook listed Bashar Zeedan as the host.

Volunteers from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit captured alarming footage of demonstrators chanting: “Victory to the intifada”, referring to violent Palestinian campaigns which included suicide bombings targeting Israeli Jewish civilians.

We also took video recordings of demonstrators chanting: “From the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea, Palestine will be free”, a chant that only makes sense as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state and its replacement with a Palestinian state. Under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the UK Government, “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is antisemitic.

Today’s rally follows on from the “Hands off Jerusalem” protest held at the same location on Friday evening where demonstrators chanted: “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud” translated in English as “Jews, remember the battle of Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.”

 

 

“Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud” translated in English as “Jews, remember the battle of Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning” was chanted at an “emergency” protest outside the US Embassy in central London on Friday evening where thousands rallied against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The “Hands off Jerusalem” protest was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition and Muslim Association of Britain and supported by Muslim Voices, Stand up to Trump, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, War on Want, Association of Palestinian Communities in the UK, Olive and Europal Forum, some of which have been found to have antisemites amongst their supporters.

The “Khaybar” chant is a classic Arabic battle cry and taunt and reference to the Muslim massacre and expulsion of the Jews of the town of Khaybar in northwestern Arabia, now Saudi Arabia, in the year 628 CE. The political blog, Harry’s Place, captured the disturbing footage of the chant, which was then followed by cries of “Death to America, death to Israel”.

Volunteers from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit went into the thick of the protesters to gather evidence.

Campaign Against Antisemitism took video recordings of demonstrators chanting: “From the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea, Palestine will be free”, a chant that only makes sense as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state and its replacement with a Palestinian state. This chant was heard repeatedly during the protest. Under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the UK Government, “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is antisemitic.

The widespread and blatant antisemitic chanting at the protest is a cause for considerable concern. Other “Hands off Jerusalem” demonstrations were held in Manchester, Nottingham and Cardiff.

Daniel Harris, a Labour Party housing campaigner in Brighton and Hove, has reportedly been suspended from the party pending an investigation after posting a Chanukah video on Facebook into which he allegedly added the faces of council leader Warren Morgan and his colleagues, Anne Meadows and Caroline Penn. They are seen wearing the tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl, and the black hats of charedi Jews, while animated Stars of David hang in the background and are visible on floor.

Former Hove MP Ivor Caplin told the Brighton and Hove News: “I was appalled that any member of the Labour Party could think that this is any way you could treat Labour councillors.” He said that two of the three councillors in question had significant Jewish connections, adding that this was a time for the Party to show zero tolerance “to this kind of antisemitism.”

After being accused of antisemitism, Mr Harris reportedly described the video as “a bit of fun”. He shared the news of his suspension in a Facebook post and reportedly said that he would fight his suspension.

A Labour Party spokeman reportedly told the JC: “The Party takes all complaints extremely seriously. A Labour Party member has been suspended from the Party pending an investigation.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism awaits to find out more details about Mr Harris’ apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, will be taken by Labour following the investigation. Following Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report on antisemitism in the Labour Party, most disciplinary proceedings have been conducted in secrecy.

WH Smith’s CEO has apologised to Campaign Against Antisemitism a second time after another of its international outlets was found selling Adolf Hitler’s antisemitic diatribe, Mein Kampf.

WH Smith CEO Steve Clarke has instructed all ten WH Smith outlets in Singapore to immediately remove Mein Kampf, after a traveller passing through Singapore’s Changi Airport was shocked to discover a stack of Chinese translations of Adolf Hitler’s text amongst self-help books and light holiday reading.

In December 2015, WH Smith promised us firm action after Mein Kampf was found to be selling in the “Bestseller” shelves at WH Smith at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. That Mein Kampf is a bestseller in many Arab countries is a sad reminder of the deep-rooted antisemitism across the Middle East, but we were nonetheless shocked to find WH Smith apparently catering to demand. In that case the branch was operated by a franchised affiliate. At the time, we were told that ranging policies, which already prohibited sale of such books, were being reviewed.

This time, it is one of WH Smith’s wholly-owned outlets which has been found stocking Mein Kampf.

We immediately contacted Mr Clarke who explained that the shop in the airport was the first WH Smith to open in Singapore two weeks ago, and that, being a new operation in the country, WH Smith had relied on the local distributor to provide the initial range to the company’s newly-employed book buyers. The books were immediately removed from sale and none had in fact been sold yet. Mr Clarke has committed to reiterate in writing to all owned and franchised international stores that Mein Kampf must not be stocked under any circumstances.

We are grateful to those who wrote to us alerting us to this matter.

A burglar who has allegedly targeted multiple synagogues allegedly struck again on Saturday, according to Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

The man, who Stamford Hill Shomrim says has committed burglary and theft at three synagogues in Stamford Hill, remains at liberty although he is known to the police and has a prior conviction for an antisemitic public order offence.

Saturday’s burglary, in which valuable items were stolen, is the third incident alleged to have been perpetrated by the same individual in the last two-and-a-half months. Stamford Hill Shomrim has notified the police. As yet no arrest has been made.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim for its vigilance and urge the Metropolitan Police Service to investigate this report urgently.

While participating in a parade welcoming the arrival of a new Torah scroll at a synagogue in Hackney, a gathering of Jews from the local charedi community was verbally abused by a passing motorist who wound down his window and shouted: “This parade should take place in Israel, not in London.”

The incident took place at approximately 19:30 on Saturday evening in Amhurst Park, Hackney. The perpetrator is described as an Asian man.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, attended and provided assistance.

The incident has been reported to the police. Anyone with information that might aid the investigation, should contact the Metropolitan Police by calling 101, citing reference CAD7119/02/12/2017

 

The BBC’s fallen star, Reggie Yates, has resigned from hosting special editions of the BBC’s flagship music programme, Top of the Pops, on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Mr Yates resigned following following pressure from Campaign Against Antisemitism and others after he remarked that it is “great” that the young generation is not “managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren”, adding that they were “idiots”, “dickheads” and not “your people”.

In a statement today, Mr Yates wrote: “On a recent podcast, during a discussion about grime artists, I made some ill-considered remarks which have hurt many people. I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes, and that there is no context which would justify such remarks. My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel, and I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended. This has been, and continues to be a huge learning experience for me, and on reflection I have taken the decision to step down from hosting Top of the Pops this year.”

A BBC spokesman added: “We take these issues very seriously and Reggie is in no doubt about the BBC’s view of his comments.”

This resignation is a major improvement on his previous apology for what he termed a “flippant comment” which “could have been interpreted” as being offensive. We had also criticised the BBC’s comment when Mr Yates’ remarks were exposed, after the BBC said that “we do not believe this is a matter for the BBC”.

The comments which caused such controversy came during a programme about grime music artists, which was recorded a month ago. He had said: “Like I said it’s about perspective. The thing that makes it great about this new generation of artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren. Wretch, Stormzy, Skepta, its all – you know what I mean – these are all people that we’ve all known, that we’ve all come up with, from time. So it’s amazing to see now the example isn’t get hot and then give all of your publishing to these idiots. Or go and give all of your rights to these dickheads over here. It’s now get hot, bring the family in, keep the family close, and win with your people. That’s the example now in music.” For many, Mr Yates’ comments will evoke the ugly stereotype of Jews as untrustworthy and money-grabbing. The comment was brought to light by Telegraph journalist Camilla Turner.

It is unclear whether Mr Yates will simply miss out on two holiday special editions of Top of the Pops, or whether the BBC will now act to remove him from programmes such as his forthcoming documentary on the Grenfell Fire tragedy. Clearly someone who sees fit to voice such views and only apologises when caught out should not be presented by the BBC as a role model for young people.

Labour Party activist, Laura Stuart, a member of the Hendon Labour Party in north west London, has reportedly been suspended from the party pending an investigation after a local councillor linked her to antisemitic posts on Twitter and Facebook, including “All Jews are above the law.”

Adam Langleben, a Labour councillor for West Hendon, tweeted that he had complained about Ms Stuart in July but no action had been taken.

Ms Stuart has been accused of running the “Gaza Boat Convoy” Twitter account. Some of the appalling antisemitic tweets from the Gaza Boat Convoy account include: “Hear it from a Jewish grandmother how Jews love money and are a bunch of crooks”, “Must still be plenty shekels to be wrung out of the memory of the Holocaust. #HolocaustIndustry” and “All Jews are above the law – as in, they cheat the laws of Moses etc. G-d gives edicts, they set their Rabbis to find ways around them.”

However, the Gaza Boat Convoy account, which attempts to block Campaign Against Antisemitism from seeing its tweets, posted a message claiming that it is a “group account.” Its description reads: “We are a group of driven individuals working within the UK. We work with many different charities all with the same aim and goal. To free Palestine!” According to a report in the Times, tweets from the account have sometimes been signed “Laura” and encouraged donations to Ms Stuart’s bank account, to be distributed in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the Labour Party reportedly told the JC: “Laura Stuart has been suspended from Labour Party pending an investigation.” The Party then attempted to retract the identification of Ms Stuart and amended the statement to refer only to “A Labour Party member”. The Hendon branch of the Labour Party tweeted: “Our party should and will have no truck with any member, and their apologists, who peddle this poisonous antisemitic bile”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Councillor Langleben for his principled stand in exposing these virulently antisemitic comments. We await to find out more details about Ms Stuart’s apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, will be taken following the investigation.

If true, it is utterly unacceptable that this matter was reported in July, but only acted upon now due to the pressure that Mr Langleben was able to create.

Yousef al-Kuwari, the Chairman of the registered charity, Qatar Charity UK, now renamed the Nectar Trust, reportedly founded a website, Islamweb, which allegedly called on readers to “hate [Jews and Christians] for the sake of Allah.”

According to The Telegraph, Islamweb issued edicts stating that it is “forbidden” to swear an oath to gain British citizenship. In June, it reportedly warned of Jews and Christians: “It is incumbent to hate them for the sake of Allah.”

Between 1998 and 2010, fatwas were reportedly posted on the website including calls on all citizens to “wage jihad by every means against the Zionist occupation and aggression” and stating that “living in non-Muslim countries is forbidden except for a dire need”.

The Mayfair-based Qatar Charity UK, which claims “To relieve poverty and provide assistance to the needy in all parts of the world affected by war, natural disasters or catastrophes,” is the British arm of Qatar Charity, a Doha charity which has reportedly been designated a proscribed organisation by neighbouring Gulf states. According to the Companies House database, the UK’s registrar of companies, on 23rd October, Qatar Charity UK changed its company name to become the Nectar Trust. Mr al-Kuwari is one of only four trustees. The charity’s website is no longer active.

Mr al-Kuwari was previously head of information technology at the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and reportedly set up Islamweb, which issues religious edicts or fatwas. The ministry is listed as registrant and administrator of the website. In a 2007 posting, Mr Al-Kuwari is referred to as chairman of its board of directors, a role he held until 2010.

Qatar Charity UK told The Telegraph that during Mr al-Kuwari’s time as Islamweb chairman “he was not involved in the development or moderation of the website’s content or in its daily management. The views and contents expressed in the website do not reflect the views of Mr al-Kawari and cannot be attributed to him. They certainly do not reflect the views of and cannot be attributed in any way to QCUK.”

In 2015, Qatar Charity UK reportedly provided a grant of £400,000 for a “multipurpose centre in the UK”, a project they worked on with the Emaan Trust in Sheffield in the north of England. The Telegraph reported in June that one of the trustees of the Emaan Trust, Dr Essam Al Fulajii, said Muslims and Christians should unite against the “monster” Jews. In October 2015, Dr Al Fulajii reportedly wrote in the Al-Watan newspaper: “I am still convinced that the international Zionists and Mossad were behind the September 11 attacks in the US. There were no Jews in the two buildings at the time of the incident.” He also reportedly wrote an article for the Al Anba newspaper this April, entitled “The spread of Jews in the world,” where he claimed that “the Jewish people are the ones controlling the world.” He said that “This was done with great subtlety, planning, deceit, conspiracy, extortion, women, money, “riba”[usury]  and organised crime and mafia.”

The Metropolitan Police Service is seeking help from members of the public to determine when a shocking trail of antisemitic graffiti was daubed along 400 metres of the canal towpath between Kensal Green and Wormwood Scrubs in London.

The graffiti included swastikas, calls for non-Jews to “wake up”, and claims that the Holocaust was a “hoax” and that six million Jews were not murdered.

A local resident, Ben Riddle, came across the graffiti whilst jogging and told Campaign Against Antisemitism that he was shocked at how “brazen” it was, and “how much graffiti had been written”.

Shortly after Mr Riddle found the graffiti, it was discovered by a police patrol which called the local council to remove it. A police investigation has now been opened and police officers would like to hear from anybody who saw the graffiti so that they can narrow down when the vandalism occurred.

The graffiti is along the west side of the Car Giant complex along the canal towpath between Old Oak Lane and Scrubs Lane.

PC Shawn Ross told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “This hideous graffiti was discovered by local police on foot patrol today and that has triggered an investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Police’s Community Safety Unit to track down those involved. I appeal to anyone who saw this incident taking place to come forward with more details of when it happened; by whom and from which direction they came/went. You can contact us via 101 (police non-emergency number) or tweet @MetCC who will gather more details via a direct (private) message. If you know who has done this and don’t wish to give your details then you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The Metropolitan Police take this kind of incident very seriously and appreciate your assistance in the matter. There is no place for hate, especially in one of the most diverse cities in the world.”

The graffiti is sickening and affects a very large area, so we particularly hope that members of the public will step forward to assist.

An influential group of young leaders, including the Chair of UKIP’s youth wing have been exposed as members of a Facebook group which spews antisemitic content.

Hope not Hate, a controversial anti-racism group, has revealed that a 200-member Facebook group entitled “Young Right Society” (YRS) has been found to be awash with antisemitic, Holocaust denying and racist material.

According to Hope not Hate, the group boasts a membership including known fascists, neo-Nazis and figures on the alt-right, such as Colin Robertson, alongside mainstream Conservative Party activists and the Chair of UKIP’s youth wing, Jamie Ross McKenzie. YRS positions itself as “a place for those who are on the Right (basically anything right of centre) to discuss politics, philosophy, and general Right-wing stuff with as little censorship or government intervention as possible” but this investigation suggests that the group is being used by some to propagate white supremacy, antisemitism, homophobia and other forms of hate.

One of the group’s moderators, Michael Brooks, wrote that he was “14 and 88” a shorthand code for “Heil Hitler” and the 14-word Nazi phrase: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Mr Brooks has been pictured posing with notable politicians, including the former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, who has himself come under fire in recent weeks over comments on his radio station alleging Jewish disproportionate power over US politics. Mr Brooks was also allegedly part of a YRS contingent at a conference run by the far-right Traditional Britain Group (TBG). Three weeks earlier he had managed to have his photograph taken alongside Theresa May at the Conservative Party conference.

Mr Brooks’ disturbing views were on further display within the group in a series of racist comments he allegedly posted on the group, including a racist caption to a graph showing supposed population growth in sub-Saharan Africa stating: “Planet of the Apes isn’t science fiction, it’s a warning”. In another comment attributed to Mr Brooks by Hope not Hate, he allegedly wrote: “There is a riot happening in Dalston in North East London. In this thread we discuss the ethnicities and theories as to why they are biologically destined to engage in this behaviour :^)”. He also allegedly wrote that a “white identitarian, paramilitary organisation known as the ‘white shirts’ sounds kinda cool, even if it is larpy”, and posted supportive messages regarding the now infamous antisemitic, racist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in May.

Mr Brooks is further alleged to have argued for the changing of the YRS group banner into Nazi iconography to “weed out the weak and keep normies away” to which Jack Hadfield, a well known Breitbart writer and one of the group’s administrators reportedly replied: “Swastikas are unbritish [mate]. You’ve got the right aesthetic but it’s too autistic”. This is further supported by comments elsewhere within the group where he wrote: “you f***ing right wing faggots need to knock off the nazi/ethnonat stuff. It drives off Civics who I keep adding and are open to nationalistm [sic]”, further claiming: “I am 14 and 88, but even I know optics and recruiting normies.” “Normies” is often used as a word for people who are not yet fascists but might be targets for persuasion.

Another group administrator, Philip Donaghy, is also under fire. He is said to have posted an article from the Daily Stormer, a virulently antisemitic, far-right website, as well as giving tips to members on how to engage in racism and homophobia without detection from Facebook.

Another group administrator, Jack Hadfield reportedly described YRS as “a Fascist-Juggalo group with traditionalism interest”, claiming: “we tolerate other ideologies but make no mistake if you don’t like it, you know where the door is.” Mr Hadfield is alleged to have posted a picture of a book by Julius Evola, a keen admirer of the SS, with the caption: “Got me some good new summer reading.”

Posts within the group are alleged to have included Holocaust jokes, antisemitic conspiracy theories and open admiration for the late British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, alongside other offensive material, including sickening references to the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.

Some members are even alleged to have written in support of the extremist far right group Scottish Dawn, a faction of the proscribed neo-Nazi terrorist organisation, National Action, with one member said to have shared an article from a National Action-linked website.

Meanwhile, Cian Jones, who provides security for the Holocaust denying, far right London Forum, allegedly posted the prison letter of Lawrence Burns, a National Action member currently behind bars for inciting racial hatred, which was described by Mr Jones as “inspiring.”

Other alleged members of YRS included Tom Cormack, leader of the hardline racist group, British Imperative (BI).

These views were not limited to a fringe collection of users within YRS. For example, polls within YRS revealed the widespread support of racist views with 72% of respondents agreed that the “disparity between the average IQs of different races” was caused primarily by genetic factors. An additional poll showed 72% agreeing that a “racially diverse society is undesirable”. Over half (53%) of YRS poll respondents claimed that giving women the right to vote was “a mistake” and 78% voted positively when Mr Brooks posed the question: “would you unironically support the immediate liquidation of all communists, communists organisations and enablers of communist subversives”.

The group has organised several meetings in London, Manchester and Belfast. Meetings have been attended by Mr Brooks, Chris Ram and Paul Griffin, a Canadian-born far-right activist instrumental in the organisation of Legion MAC, a far-right “survival camp” which taught street-fighting training. Sorcha Ní Bhuaigh, who has attended meetings of the London Forum with Mr Griffin, also attended the YRS social events.

Campaign Against Antisemitism expects that the Conservative Party, UKIP and Facebook will all now take urgent action.

Two bricks and a glass bottle have reportedly been hurled at Jewish men in three antisemitic incidents over the weekend. The attacks were unprovoked and targeted orthodox charedi Jews.

At 19:30 on Friday, a Jewish man said that a white 10-year-old boy threw a brick at him and shouted antisemitic abuse at him, including something about Adolf Hitler. On Sunday at approximately 15:00, the same victim reported that he was attacked by the same suspect again, and that his time he hurled a glass bottle at him. Later on Sunday at 18:20, another Jewish man reported that a brick was hurled at his car, but he did not see the perpetrator as he did not leave his car for fear of being seriously injured by any more bricks.

All three incidents occurred on Leaside Road in Hackney, near where a Jewish man was told to “Get lost” by a police officer for reporting young children abusing Jewish girls.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, provided assistance to the victims, and reported the incidents to the police.

Anybody who witnessed any of the incidents or has information which could assist the investigation should contact the Metropolitan Police Service by dialing 101, citing references CAD5337/26/11/2017 and CAD6940/26/11/2017.

Baroness Warsi has reportedly made divisive comments claiming that Jews, Sikhs and black people do not do enough to speak out against the far-right and anti-Muslim hatred.

According to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, Baroness Warsi told a meeting: “While they represent a minority within a minority, it is extremely distasteful to see that the [English Defence League] have Sikh, Jewish, and black chapters. More leaders of those communities need to stand up with Muslims to challenge Islamophobia.”

To the extent of our knowledge, there are fewer than a dozen members of the English Defence League’s so-called “Jewish Division” which has not surfaced in the news since 2012. The Jewish Division’s leader left in 2011, citing “Nazis within” and when a replacement was found in 2012, the Jewish Division was revealed by the JC as having “around a dozen members, only a few of whom are actually Jewish.” Of course, no British Jew should be associated with the English Defence League, but in any community there will be a small number who will defy their community and engage with extremists, and such a small and inactive contingent is hardly a sign of a significant problem.

On the contrary, the Jewish community has been at the forefront of fighting the far-right throughout living memory, and various Jewish leaders and organisations have taken a leading role in fighting anti-Muslim hatred, even going so far as donating their own time and money to help set up organisations which combat anti-Muslim hate.

Baroness Warsi baited the Jewish community only months ago when she claimed in March that British Jews who volunteer for the Israeli Defence Force should be prosecuted as though they had been fighting for genocidal terrorist groups such as ISIS.

If Baroness Warsi’s latest comments have been reported accurately, then they are divisive baiting of the Jewish community showing total ingratitude and ignorance, and she should apologise for them. Both Baroness Warsi and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims should recognise the Jewish community’s outstanding and disproportionate contribution to opposing the far-right, including the English Defence League, and to assisting the fight against racism including anti-Muslim hatred.

The matter was brought to our attention by our friends at the Network of Sikh Organisations, which also took issue with Baroness Warsi’s reported comments, saying: “We are saddened and disappointed by these comments. We take the view that this issue is being inflated in a way to denigrate the Sikh community.”

We contacted Baroness Warsi five days ago to ask for clarification but have yet to receive a response.

Ken Livingstone is to star in an annual political comedy show at Leicester Square Theatre that has previously hosted Tony Blair, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ed Balls, Ruth Davidson, Alastair Campbell, Michael Portillo, Harriet Harman, Nigel Farage, Neil Kinnock, Alan Johnson, Lord Prescott, Jack Straw and Dame Tessa Jowell.

This year, on 6th December, host Matt Forde will welcome Anny Soubry and Nick Clegg, followed by Ken Livingstone with his own show on 7th December. According to publicity material: “Both evenings promise to be a raucous end to the wildest year in British politics…yet.”

There is nothing remotely funny about Ken Livingstone’s unapologetic claim that “Hitler was supporting Zionism”. It is outrageous that he is now due to be given a platform along with senior figures such as Nick Clegg and Anna Soubry, at such a prestigious venue. No doubt they will wish to reconsider their participation rather than appear as a warmup the day before Ken Livingstone.

You may wish to contact the theatre through enquiries@leicestersquaretheatre.com and Matt Forde’s agent via management@avalonuk.com.

Ethan Saunders, a teacher at the Jewish Free School (JFS), is reportedly facing an inquiry following comments he is alleged to have made during a guest speaker’s lecture to sixth form pupils on Monday.

The comments were reportedly made during the question-and-answer part of a lecture on left-wing antisemitism by renowned sociologist Dr David Hirsh, who had been invited to speak to fifty sixth formers about his new book, Contemporary Left Antisemitism.

After telling students about comments made by figures such as Ken Livingstone and Professor Moshe Machover in which they compared Zionists to Nazis, Dr Hirsh told the JC that “a teacher stood up at the back and, in a fairly kind of belligerent way, said: ‘I don’t agree with anything you said.’ He said that I hadn’t told the whole story to the students; it was a pretty clear allegation not only that I kind of got it wrong, but that I was speaking in bad faith. He said: ‘You haven’t explained to the students about the Ha’avara Agreement and the real collaboration between the Nazis and the Zionists. You haven’t explained that it was Israel that was responsible for nurturing Hamas at the beginning, and Hamas is a creature of Israel.’” Dr Hirsh said that Mr Saunders also said that Ken Livingstone was “correct” to say that “Hitler was supporting Zionism” by agreeing to the Ha’avara Agreement, which allowed Jews to emigrate from Nazi Germany to what would become Israel, on condition that they forfeited most of their assets to the Nazis.

The notion that Adolf Hitler was in some way supporting the right of Jewish self-determination in Israel, despite having railed against it, it extremely offensive. The Ha’avara Agreement was nothing more than the formal robbery of German Jews fleeing for their lives.

Dr Hirsh noted: “I’ve no idea what he teaches his students, but I have to tell you that [at this event] what he was clearly trying to teach his students was something which I would worry about. What he was trying to teach them was certainly a cause for concern.”

Today’s Jewish pupils are the leaders of the future, and if this account is true, then it is highly disconcerting that teachers holding such views are given a platform at JFS and we welcome the swift decision to open an investigation.

Campaign Against Antisemitism recently spoke to 200 students at JFS about antisemitism, focussing on the growth of online antisemitism. If you are interested in hosting a speaker please e-mail outreach@antisemitism.uk.

A martial arts instructor in Toothill in south west England has reportedly lost his job for being a member of National Action, a deeply antisemitic, violent organisation whose fascist ideology and terrorist operations threaten British society.

National action was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in December 2016 following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. Under section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of a proscribed terrorist organisation is a criminal offence.

According to the Swindon Advertiser, the man who taught children at Total Martial Arts Premier Academy in Toothill, has now been removed from his post at the academy. The paper understands that he was “closely involved with National Action”.

Wiltshire Police confirmed that the martial arts school recently sent a letter to parents addressing concerns over radicalisation. A spokesperson for the force said: “This letter was issued as part of a long term safeguarding strategy. The investigation is still ongoing and we are unable to comment further.”

A spokesman for Total Martial Arts Premier Academy (TMA) reportedly spoke of the school’s shock. In a statement, the academy said that the instructor was asked to leave TMA as soon as the issue was raised: “We have been co-operating with the police and the local authority in their investigation and in making the decision on how to inform our students. We were shocked and appalled to learn of the potential extremist views held by this individual and had absolutely no idea that they held these views or of their potential involvement in any organisation that share or promote them. We at TMA totally distance ourselves from such views and have no connection to them. We do not condone such ideologies and they couldn’t be further from our culture at TMA.” The spokesman added that they are committed to “the safety and security” of students and stressed their “zero tolerance policy on any behaviour that may promote the wrong image or bring our academy into disrepute.”

The Swindon Advertiser also reported that members of National Action have in the past held secret meetings in Swindon.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the decision by Total Martial Arts Premier Academy to remove the instructor. This sends a very strong message that antisemitism and hate will not be tolerated by principled employers.

Witnesses are being sought after a woman allegedly shouted abuse about at a Jewish shopper in an incident at Tottenham Hale Retail Park in Haringey at 13:55 this afternoon.

As an orthodox charedi Jewish man, who was accompanied by his wife, parked his car outside the Iceland store, the two women in a black Peugeot allegedly objected to him parking near their car, despite them being able to exit the vehicle with ease. They allegedly started shouting abuse at the Jewish man, with the female passenger shouting about “Hitler”. The female driver was described as white and approximately 20 years old, and her female passenger was described as white and approximately 60 years old.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, provided assistance to the victim, and reported the incident to the police.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or has information which could aid the investigation should contact the Metropolitan Police Service by dialing 101, citing reference CAD4687/22/11/17.

Witnesses are being sought after an orthodox charedi Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic verbal abuse whilst driving on Sunday evening. The victim was driving along Colney Hatch Lane in Haringey, when another car pulled out in front of him. When the driver of the other car saw the visibly Jewish man, he lowered his window and shouted: “Heil Hitler, heil Hitler”. He then drove away in the opposite direction.

The suspect is described as an Asian male aged between 35 and 40 years old. He had black hair and a short-trimmed beard.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, provided assistance to the victim, and reported the incident to the police.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or has information which could aid the investigation should contact the Metropolitan Police Service by dialing 101, citing reference CAD7826/19/11/2017.

Three orthodox charedi Jewish children, aged 11, 12 and 14, have been threatened and verbally abused whilst returning from school by the driver and two passengers of a white mini-delivery van. The incident occurred at approximately 12:55 on Friday 17th November at the junction of Spring Hill and Clapton Common in Stamford Hill.

The driver was described as an adult male, and also visible in the van were two passengers, an adult female and a boy aged approximately 10 years old. All three were described as white. The female passenger shouted: “If you cross the road, I’ll drive over you” and then added: “I’m going to kidnap you”. She then shouted: “You’re afraid”, then all three occupants of the vehicle laughed. The female passenger shouted: “Ugly Jew” before the vehicle drove further down the road.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, provided assistance to the victims, and reported the incident to the police.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or has information which could aid the investigation should contact the Metropolitan Police Service by dialing 101, citing reference CAD7145/19/11/2017.

In a sharp policy reversal, Twitter is set to begin doing something that it told Campaign Against Antisemitism it would never do: proactively removing extremists from the platform.

In December 2014, Sinéad McSweeney, Twitter’s Director of Public Policy for Europe told us in an e-mail: “Your emphasis on proactive monitoring and reporting is not compatible with our basic structure and policies as a platform. I therefore think it is not possible to take this any further.” We had been in discussions with senior personnel at Twitter, involving the then CEO, proposing that Twitter use algorithms to seek out and remove antisemitic users and content on their platform in the same way that they already remove child pornography and material that violates copyright. However, Ms McSweeney strongly resisted our request that Twitter begin proactively removing online hatred.

However, Twitter is now set to introduce changes to its rules that will permit it to trawl content, both on Twitter and on other websites, so that members of extremist organisations can be stopped from using Twitter. The new rule states: “You also may not affiliate with organizations [sic] that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.” Another new rule bans “hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header” or using a “username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.” The rules will take effect from 18th December, reportedly due to EU laws affecting changes to companies’ terms and conditions.

Whereas Twitter has previously required users to post something that breaks the rules, which other users then have to report to Twitter, under the new rules, Twitter may ban users simply for having an affiliation to extremist groups.

Twitter has an extremely poor record on removing antisemitism, and in the past has made new announcements on the fight against online hatred only to fail to deliver any meaningful change, but we do consider Twitter’s rule change to be significant. Twitter has finally acknowledged that it is time for them to proactively remove users who are inciting violence, such as terrorism. How effectively they do so remains to be seen, but we are pleased that Ms McSweeney finally appears to have lost the argument against proactive monitoring.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has contributed to a BBC documentary exposing the rise of the far-right in Britain. The documentary examines new data and interviews experts and witnesses on how the far-right has become re-energised, latching onto topical political issues, such as rising Islamism, and assisted by the perception that the far-right was a spent force.

The File on 4 documentary, entitled “What’s new about the new far-right?”, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 yesterday, and can be listened to on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC’s rising star, Reggie Yates, has apologised after remarking that it is “great” that the young generation is not “managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren”, adding that they were “idiots”, “dickheads” and not “your people”.

Mr Yates was talking about grime music artists when he made the comments. During the programme, which was recorded a month ago, he said: “Like I said it’s about perspective. The thing that makes it great about this new generation of artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren. Wretch, Stormzy, Skepta, its all – you know what I mean – these are all people that we’ve all known, that we’ve all come up with, from time. So it’s amazing to see now the example isn’t get hot and then give all of your publishing to these idiots. Or go and give all of your rights to these dickheads over here. It’s now get hot, bring the family in, keep the family close, and win with your people. That’s the example now in music.”

The comment was brought to light by Telegraph journalist Camilla Turner in an article yesterday. In response, Mr Yates said: “I am hugely apologetic for this flippant comment. It was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I’m aware that this could have been interpreted that way and for that I am also deeply sorry. What I was actually trying to say was how proud I am of the new generation of artists making their success independently on their own terms and without giving away control or their rights to major labels.”

Mr Yates, 34, made the comments while appearing as a guest on a show entitled “Take back the power”, hosted by DJ Chuckie Lothian. Mr Yates also spoke about his career, which has seen him rise from an impoverished council estate in Holloway to presenting children’s channel CBBC, Top of the Pops and The Voice UK, as well as hosting shows for BBC Radio 1 and presenting and directing documentaries. When approached by The Telegraph, the BBC declined to comment, but has since told us: “While we recognise the strength of people’s feelings, Reggie Yates is not a member of BBC staff and he was not speaking on behalf of the BBC. The interview itself was not broadcast by the BBC. For these reasons we do not believe this is a matter for the BBC and we will not be providing a comment.”

Mr Yates directed abuse at Jewish talent agents because he believes that they are unappetising, alien and corporate. He called them “idiots” and other insults simply because he considers them to not be “your people”. For many, Mr Yates’ comments will evoke the ugly stereotype of Jews as untrustworthy and money-grabbing. Apologies for any offence caused are easy to issue, but these bigoted remarks came from somewhere, and Mr Yates should reflect long and hard on his prejudice.

Clearly someone who sees fit to voice such views and only apologises when caught out should not be presented by the BBC as a role model for young people. It is not good enough for the BBC to try to shrug this off. If you believe that the BBC should investigate this matter properly, you may wish to make a complaint.

Police Scotland is investigating a series of swastikas that were painted on vehicles and a wall near McConechy’s garage and a butcher’s shop in Lockerbie between Remembrance Sunday and Monday morning.

PC David Noble appealed for witnesses and told the BBC that it was a “disgusting act” at a time of “remembrance and reflection”.

Councillor Adam Wilson added: “Yesterday I had the privilege to lay a wreath alongside veterans and townspeople to commemorate those who have fought in conflict since World War One, especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and our democracy. The fallen that we have stood in silence for over the weekend protected us from the horrible ideology that the swastika represents. The people of Lockerbie along with me will be horrified by this graffiti because we stand with the fallen as they gave the ultimate sacrifice to give us our freedom.”

Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old from Altrincham, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of criminal damage at Central Manchester Magistrates’ Court following a graffiti campaign between September 2016 and August this year that saw him scrawl slogans on the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey. Mr Rustige’s graffiti included anti-Israel slogans such as “BDS” and “Gaza bleeds”, but also antisemitic slogans such as “ZioNazis”, accompanied by a Star of David. The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

Mr Rustige was caught after Greater Manchester Police installed a hidden camera on the bridge, pleaded guilty to the offences and on 11th October he was ordered by magistrates to pay £500 in compensation and sentenced to a 12-month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work.

Regrettably, it appears that Mr Rustige was not charged with a racially aggravated offence for his graffiti that was antisemitic.

We commend Greater Manchester Police for taking this graffiti seriously and bringing Mr Rustige to justice.

Image credit: Facebook and CST

It is “game over” for modern-day antisemitic hate preacher David Icke, as Manchester United has confirmed to Campaign Against Antisemitism that it has decided to cancel his event at Old Trafford this evening.

The venue of “An evening with David Icke” had been a closely guarded secret until two tickets with a face value of £85 each were spotted on eBay and reported to Campaign Against Antisemitism by actor Marlon Solomon and Sussex Friends of Israel.

We immediately wrote to the club alerting them to Mr Icke’s views, following which they cancelled the booking.

A reporter for the Jewish Telegraph learned that the event had been booked through an agency without mentioning that Mr Icke would be speaking, but as soon as management received the information that Mr Icke was the speaker, they stopped the event. This was then confirmed to us directly by a source at the football club, followed by an official statement that “The booking was made by a junior member of staff who was unaware of Icke and his objectionable views. The event has been cancelled.”

Mr Icke is a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher who uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred towards Jewish people. His preaching is so absurd that since the 1990s he has been dismissed as a crank, but because he is dismissed there has been no major opposition to him and he has built up a following of thousands upon thousands of disciples whom he has persuaded to adamantly believe that the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists”.

His repertoire includes conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic in the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government, including: “making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” and “accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.”

Mr Icke’s antisemitic views have resulted in some venues cancelling bookings for his show in 2018. Central Hall in Southampton and St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich have both taken a highly principled stand. North West Friends of Israel have also been successful in causing the cancellation of Mr Icke’s events at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, Sheffield City Hall and the Gladstone Theatre in Wirral.

We commend Manchester United for immediately reacting to our letter by cancelling Mr Icke’s event.

You may wish to join Campaign Against Antisemitism by sending thanks to Manchester United by e-mailing feedback@manutd.co.uk.

Josh Rivers has been sacked shortly after being appointed editor of the Gay Times, Britain’s oldest magazine for gay men, for a series of offensive tweets, including comments about Jews having large noses. Buzzfeed uncovered the tweets during research for an interview with Mr Rivers. He was suspended within hours of publication and fired a day later following a swift investigation.

In 2011, he tweeted: “I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that f***ing ridiculously large honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. Must be.” In another tweet, he repeated a soundbite from the animated show, Family Guy: “Jews are gross. It’s the only religion with ‘ew’ in it.” He also asked for film recommendations in a tweet but excluded films about the Holocaust. Further tweets directed offensive remarks at various other minorities.

Mr Rivers tweeted an apology on Tuesday: “To every single person who is hurt, offended and disappointed: I’m sorry. The tweets are horrible. They are abhorrent. They are ugly. They are so hateful.”

The Gay Times released a statement confirming that Mr Rivers has been sacked: “After an investigation of the facts surrounding historical tweets by Josh Rivers, the newly appointed Editor of Gay Times magazine; we announce that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect. We sincerely apologise for the offence that has been caused, particularly to those members of our wider community to whom such inappropriate and unacceptable commentary was the focus. Gay Times does not tolerate such views and will continue to strive to honour and promote inclusivity.” It added: All articles written by Josh Rivers have been removed.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the swift and firm approach taken by the Gay Times which has sent a strong message that antisemitic hatred will not be tolerated.

Central Saint Martins, a college of the University of the Arts London, has apologised after a red banner featuring swastikas was hung from its central hall. A student reportedly proposed the banner as a piece of “art” about prohibition, and was told not to go ahead on ethical grounds, but proceeded nonetheless.

Professor Jeremy Till, principal of the college, said: “As soon as we became aware of this, the work was removed. The installation of the banner was proposed by a student yesterday, and immediately and emphatically rejected.” He added that the university was “deeply sorry for the offence caused to our Jewish community and will be pursuing the matter…Central Saint Martins is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for our diverse students, and we are aghast that the banner was installed against our specific instructions.”

According to one report, there was no explanation around the banner and students were simply laughing about it. However when the banner was removed, Alex Schady, Programme Director for the Arts, said that students cheered: “The student proposed the piece of work to me, which was to be part of an exhibition about prohibition. I immediately said no. But then the student arrived on the day with his work. He showed it to me and I said we are not comfortable with it. He then hung it without permission. As soon as I saw it I took it down and the students watching cheered as it came down. When putting any work in public spaces you have to consider the ethics. It is important that as a university we put on work that is ethically sound.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Central Saint Martins for its swift action in removing this imitation Nazi banner and calls for strong disciplinary action to be taken.

Students who encounter antisemitism can contact our dedicated team at campus@antisemitism.uk.

At the eleventh hour, it has emerged that tomorrow, Friday 17th November, Manchester United will welcome antisemitic conspiracy-theorist David Icke. The location for “An evening with David Icke” had been a closely guarded secret until two tickets with a face value of £85 each were spotted on eBay and reported to Campaign Against Antisemitism by actor Marlon Solomon and Sussex Friends of Israel.

David Icke is a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher who uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred towards Jewish people. His preaching is so absurd that since the 1990s he has been dismissed as a crank, but because he is dismissed there has been no major opposition to him and he has built up a following of thousands upon thousands of disciples whom he has persuaded to adamantly believe that the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists”.

His repertoire includes conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic in the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government, including: “making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” and “accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.”

David Icke’s antisemitic views have resulted in some venues cancelling bookings for his show in 2018. Central Hall in Southampton and St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich have both taken a highly principled stand. North West Friends of Israel have also been successful in causing the cancellation of Mr Icke’s events at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, Sheffield City Hall and the Gladstone Theatre in Wirral. It is disgraceful therefore that one of the country’s pre-eminent sporting institutions is willing to provide him with a platform. The Premier League is a funder of Kick It Out, professional football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

It is shocking that Manchester United, one of the country’s most iconic sporting institutions is willing to give Mr Icke a platform, whether he intends to use it to promote his repugnant views about Jews or not. The directors of Manchester United have claimed to back the Kick It Out campaign to kick racism out of football, and if their words are to be believed then they must now act to cancel this event.

Even at this late stage, it is not too late for Manchester United to make the right decision and cancel Mr Icke’s event. We call on the club’s directors to search their consciences and act accordingly.

You may wish to join Campaign Against Antisemitism in sending complaints to feedback@manutd.co.uk and info@kickitout.org.

The Labour Party has reportedly barred Nasreen Khan and Billy Wells from standing as councillors, following investigations into antisemitic comments.

Ms Khan has reportedly been barred from seeking office for the Labour Party following her comments that Hitler was not the “bad guy” and Jews are “playing victims”. She was shortlisted as one of two people to be selected as a Labour candidate for a safe council seat in Bradford. The Party is reported to have re-interviewed her after her remarks attracted a national furore and she was removed from the panel of two potential candidates because “Labour condemns all antisemitism in the strongest possible terms.” However the original interviewers were aware of Ms Khan’s antisemitic comments and simply chose to accept her previous apology for them. It seems that she has been interviewed again now about the same comments, but this time the apology was not deemed acceptable.

Ms Khan previously wrote on Facebook: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world??” When another user remonstrated with her, she retorted: “No, I’m not a Nazi, I’m an ordinary British Muslim that had an opinion and put it across. We have worse people than Hitler in this world now.” As her comments drew further opprobrium, she wrote: “Stop beating a dead horse. The Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough!!”

Meanwhile, the Labour Party has also reportedly withdrawn its backing f0r council candidate Billy Wells over a series of posts about “Zionists” controlling politics and the media.

Mr Wells had previously claimed: “…it’s the super rich families of the Zionist lobby that control the world. Our world leaders sell their souls for greed and do the bidding of Israel. They see the evil but their love for wealth makes them turn a blind eye.” He also asked on Twitter: “How much money and how much power is too much? The greed of the Rothschild family knows no bounds”. He made several claims that the media is controlled by the “Israeli lobby”, in one instance claiming: “The Zionist Lobby would not allow our puppet government and its media lapdogs to show the truth.”

Whilst we welcome the fact that neither Ms Khan nor Mr Wells are now being considered as candidates, the Labour Party should have vetted Mr Wells more carefully (this is hardly their first time), and in Ms Khan’s case they should have decided that antisemitism was a red line for them and not shortlisted her in the first place, rather than shortlisting her and only dropping her following severe criticism.

American-Israeli activist, Miko Peled, compared Zionists to Nazis in a controversial talk on Friday 10th November at University College London (UCL).

The talk was titled “Segregated and Unequal, Palestinian Life in Apartheid Israel”. Though it was organised by UCL Friends of Palestine Society, it had the backing of pro-Palestinian student societies at various London universities, namely City, Imperial, Kings College, Queen Mary and Westminster.

Following approaches from concerned Jewish students at UCL, Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to the UCL administration prior to the event to raise our concerns about Mr Peled and to call for the event to be cancelled. We demonstrated that Mr Peled’s views have, in the past, engaged the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, and also engage the Prevent counter-extremism strategy.

In response, a university official assured us that: “In discussion with officers in the Union it has been agreed that the event will go ahead. Mr Peled has agreed to abide by the Union’s Code for speakers, and the event will be chaired by an independent student officer. I understand the concerns you express but we believe that the arrangements we have put in place strike the right balance between compliance with our legal obligations to secure freedom of speech, other legal obligations and our responsibilities towards our students.”

Sadly our concerns and those of the students were proven to be correct.

Volunteers from our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit went to the talk to gather evidence.

During the question and answer session, Mr Peled compared Zionists to Nazis. He said: “Would we allow members of the KKK to come and explain to us why racist laws are the right thing to do? Would we allow Nazis to come here and tell us that Jews belong in concentration camps and just explain themselves? On that same token, Zionism which is a racist, brutal ideology, has been involved in genocide for seven decades and has been responsible for the murder and suffering of an entire nation for seven decades. I believe they can talk all they want, they do not deserve a platform.” This was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

He mocked and disputed antisemitism in the Labour Party, saying that in the last two years there has been a “witchhunt against antisemites and Holocaust deniers, many, most, if not all of whom happen to be Corbyn supporters and sympathisers with the Palestinian cause. Interesting coincidence.” He added: “You put away the nonsense about Holocaust denying and the nonsense about the antisemitism. In cases like this, when they’re not, where it’s not made obviously.”

Mr Peled said that his 2016 tweet that “Jews have a reputation for being sleazy thieves” had been taken out of context. He said that he was not accusing Jews of this behaviour but in regards to this antisemitic trope, “the State of Israel is enforcing it.” He explained that the aid provided to Israel by the US Congress “was exactly why Jews have a reputation for being sleazy thieves.” He stated that “my criticism was against the State of Israel, which do [sic] behave like sleazy thieves and worse and because they claim that they represent Jews, the conclusion must be there.” He concluded that “you can’t complain that there is antisemitism and that people make all these, you know, sic characteristics about Jews, racist slurs about Jews, and then behave in this particular way.”

During the question and answer session, a member of the audience said that “Washington is colonised by AIPAC”, a comment which went unchallenged by the moderator, the independent student officer. AIPAC is a pro-Israel lobbying organisation.

In September, Mr Peled made national headlines by demanding at the Labour Party Conference that delegates should have the freedom to engage in debate as to whether the Holocaust actually happened at all. He said that people should be free to ask “Holocaust, yes or no” because “there should be no limits on the discussion.” He additionally reportedly proposed that Israelis should be treated like Nazis. He was widely condemned.

This event should not have gone ahead. If you wish to raise concerns with University College London, please use the university’s complaints process.

If you are aware of a problematic speaker being invited to speak at a university, please contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, has said that “We need a bit of movement on both sides”, while attempting to reach out to the Jewish community to counter antisemitism in the Labour Party.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of Israel during her visit to Israel last week, she said that: “There is clearly a lot of work to be done between the Labour Party and the British Jewish community. And I am prepared to do whatever it takes in order to be able to open channels again and to see if we can sort this out.” She added, however, that: “We need a bit of movement on both sides.”

Ms Thornberry also said that: “I don’t think that the antisemitism in the Labour Party is any worse than it is in our society generally. I want my Labour Party to be held to higher standards than the rest of British society.”

While we welcome her initiative to engage with the Jewish community and to confront antisemitism in the Labour Party, her request for “a bit of movement on both sides” is simply outrageous. It places responsibility on the Jewish community for the failure of the Labour Party to address its antisemitism problem, and implies that the Jewish community needs to change its ways.

Ms Thornberry was on a four day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, her first official trip to the region in her current role. Her schedule reportedly included a series of meetings with senior Israeli Labour Party MKs, a visit to a kibbutz on the Gazan border and attending a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Her visit was organised by Labour Friends of Israel and Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.

Billy J Wells is an ex-Army musician from Swaffham, in Norfolk. On his Twitter profile he describes himself as a “Wedding and event clarinetist Democratic Socialist and writer Head of PR [at] Prolestar”. He has now expanded his repertoire further to add the role of Labour politician, having proudly announced on 2nd October that he had been selected to represent Bradwell South and Hopton in forthcoming borough elections. His Facebook profile announces that “Jeremy Corbyn got my vote”.

Mr Wells is convinced that there is no evidence for antisemitism in the Labour Party. He says: “This whole saga [antisemitism] has been staged in a bid to put people off voting labour” as well as telling the actress Frances Barber: “You are a bellend…there is no antisemitism it’s just right wing propaganda”. He even thinks that Labour MP John Mann should have been suspended from the Labour Party for remonstrating with Ken Livingstone, after he claimed that Hitler supported Zionism. To Mr Wells, the Labour Party is a pure and virtuous community, being attacked on all sides by enemies who disguise their true motives by accusing people of antisemitism.

Then, with no self-consciousness, he has claimed: “…it’s the super rich families of the Zionist lobby that control the world. Our world leaders sell their souls for greed and do the bidding of Israel. They see the evil but their love for wealth makes them turn a blind eye.” He also asked on Twitter: “How much money and how much power is too much? The greed of the Rothschild family knows no bounds”. He makes several claims that the media is controlled by the “Israeli lobby”, in one instance claiming: “The Zionist Lobby would not allow our puppet government and its media lapdogs to show the truth.”

He has, in addition, shared a post that said: “Don’t give your soul energy to the parasitical Rothschild-Zion-Jesuit-Vati-lunatic nonce controllers. If they want to invade, bomb, kill & Slaughter innocent men, women and children in far away lands for an insane maniacal agenda then let them and their puppet politicians do it, not you”. He believes, despite the disgust of the wider world and of 107 of his own party’s MPs that called out Ken Livingstone’s “insidious racism”, that Ken Livingstone was right to say that Hitler supported Zionism. He also believes that the social media posts that saw Labour MP Naz Shah suspended, and which she later admitted were indeed antisemitic, were not antisemitic; in doing so he quotes the blog of Labour Council Candidate Mike Sivier, who has been suspended for his antisemitic blog posts.

Mr Wells’ posts clearly qualify as antisemitic discourse under the terms of the International Definition of Antisemitism, which has been accepted by the Labour Party, on multiple counts.

As in the case of Nasreen Khan, exposed only a few days ago, it beggars belief that an individual so obvious and extreme in their use of antisemitic discourse should have been put forward by the Labour Party as a candidate for office, when his statements were broadcast for all to see. Further, as in the case of Moshe Machover, it is clear that the Labour Party itself is not only uninterested in suppressing antisemitism in its ranks, but openly welcomes those who indulge in antisemitic discourse as elected representatives.

What Mr Wells’ case also illustrates so well, however, is the sheer scale of denial that exists within the Labour Party: That an individual so clearly antisemitic under the terms laid down by that party is so passionate in the cause of claiming that there is – simultaneously – no antisemitism in his party, is an exercise of denial and doublespeak that takes the breath away.

Mr Wells’ profile underlines the dramatic way antisemitism has managed to reinvent itself, by posing in the minds of its own proponents, and in the wider community of the Left, as an expression of virtue in itself.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is grateful to sources within the Labour party for providing key information for this post.

In a letter exposed today in the Mail on Sunday, it was revealed that Prince Charles made deeply troubling comments about refugee Holocaust survivors and the power of the “Jewish lobby”. Following criticism by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others, Clarence House, Prince Charles’ residence and office, has now issued a statement dismissing the views he expressed in a letter over thirty years ago.

In a 1986 letter to explorer Laurens van der Post, the heir to the throne wrote: “Dear Laurens, Am on my way to Cyprus and Italy having passed through Suez Canal. Lovely having three days at sea. This tour has been fascinating and have learned a lot about Middle East and Arab outlook. Tried to read a bit of Koran on way out and it gave me some insight into the way they think and operate. Don’t think they could understand us by reading the Bible though. Much to admire some aspects of Islam – especially accent on hospitality and accessibility of rulers. Also begin to understand their point of view about Israel. Never realised they see it as a US colony. I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland they say) which has helped to cause great problems. I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US? I must be naïve, I suppose! Charles”

Following publication of the letter, Campaign Against Antisemitism issued a statement saying: “This letter is disturbing. It appears that our future king believed in 1986 that the ‘influx’ of Holocaust survivors to Israel were not ‘Semitic’, ‘cause great problems’ including terrorism, and should be ‘eliminated’, presumably through their removal. The letter also appears to endorse the view that Israel is not simply the result of Jewish self-determination in the historic Jewish homeland, but the result of bullying by an all-powerful ‘Jewish lobby’ which holds US presidents in its clutches. We view these comments as unmistakably antisemitic. However, since the letter was written, the Prince of Wales appears to have warmed to the Jewish community and we note his friendship with the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, as well as his attendance at the inauguration of the present Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis. In order to reassure the worldwide Jewish community, including Jews living in Israel, that the heir to the throne has changed his views, these historic remarks must urgently be repudiated by Prince Charles.”

When our criticism was put to Prince Charles’ staff at Clarence House by the Jewish News, a statement was issued saying: “The letter clearly states that these were not the Prince’s own views about Arab-Israeli issues but represented the opinions of some of those he met during his visit which he was keen to interrogate. He was sharing the arguments in private correspondence with a long standing friend in an attempt to improve his understanding of what he has always recognised is a deeply complex issue to which he was coming early on in his own analysis in 1986. Over the years, the Prince has continued his study of the complex and difficult themes he referenced here. He has built a proven track record of support for both Jewish and Arab communities around the world and has a long history of promoting interfaith dialogue and cultural understanding.”

Though we wish that the statement were clearer, it is obvious that the officials who issued it wish to show that Prince Charles now disavows the views expressed in his letter as a result of his continued “study” of the issues involved.

A protester has been sighted flying the flag of a Palestinian terrorist organisation outside the Royal Albert Hall during a concert celebrating the Balfour Declaration, which supported the establishment of the State of Israel.

While the concert took place on Tuesday evening, one protester brazenly flew the flag of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The group has committed numerous terrorist attacks, including the 2014 Jerusalem synagogue massacre in which four Jewish worshipers and a Druze Arab policeman were killed with axes, knives, and a gun, while seven were injured.

The protester was able to stand in full view of police, flying the flag and smiling, because the police officers did not have the powers to arrest him: a faction of the PFLP has been outlawed in Britain, but not the PFLP as a whole.

The fact that a protester can lawfully stand in central London in support of a terrorist organisation that seeks the slaughter of Jews makes an utter mockery of our counter-extremism and terrorism legislation. The PFLP as a whole should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

In a letter exposed today in the Mail on Sunday, it has been revealed that Prince Charles made deeply troubling comments about refugee Holocaust survivors and the power of the “Jewish lobby”.

In a 1986 letter to explorer Laurens van der Post, the heir to the throne wrote: “Dear Laurens, Am on my way to Cyprus and Italy having passed through Suez Canal. Lovely having three days at sea. This tour has been fascinating and have learned a lot about Middle East and Arab outlook. Tried to read a bit of Koran on way out and it gave me some insight into the way they think and operate. Don’t think they could understand us by reading the Bible though. Much to admire some aspects of Islam – especially accent on hospitality and accessibility of rulers. Also begin to understand their point of view about Israel. Never realised they see it as a US colony. I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland they say) which has helped to cause great problems. I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US? I must be naïve, I suppose! Charles”

This letter is disturbing. It appears that our future king believed in 1986 that the “influx” of Holocaust survivors to Israel were not “Semitic”, “cause great problems” including terrorism, and should be “eliminated”, presumably through their removal. The letter also appears to endorse the view that Israel is not simply the result of Jewish self-determination in the historic Jewish homeland, but the result of bullying by an all-powerful “Jewish lobby” which holds US presidents in its clutches. We view these comments as unmistakably antisemitic.

However, since the letter was written, the Prince of Wales appears to have warmed to the Jewish community and we note his friendship with the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, as well as his attendance at the inauguration of the present Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis.

In order to reassure the worldwide Jewish community, including Jews living in Israel, that the heir to the throne has changed his views, these historic remarks must urgently be repudiated by Prince Charles.

The Labour Party has refused to comment on the shortlisting of Nasreen Khan as one of two people to be selected as a candidate for a safe council seat in Bradford.

Ms Khan previously wrote on Facebook: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world??” When another user remonstrated with her, she retorted: “No, I’m not a Nazi, I’m an ordinary British Muslim that had an opinion and put it across. We have worse people than Hitler in this world now.” As her comments drew further opprobrium, she wrote: “Stop beating a dead horse. The Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough!!”

At the time, she was a member of George Galloway’s now-defunct Respect Party, which said that she “deeply regrets and repudiates” the comments. She has now told the Telegraph and Argus, which broke the news of her shortlisting as a Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming council elections in Bradford. Ms Khan told the paper: “I have been honest, frank and held my hand up regarding comments I made on Facebook over five years ago. I was challenged immediately about my language and apologised straight away. I accept fully that it was inappropriate and unacceptable. I have travelled a long way since then and learned so much. I profoundly regret the comments I made in 2012 and any offence they caused.”

Some journalists were so shocked by the story that they doubted it could be true. Andrew Neil tweeted: “Is it really true she was adopted as a Labour candidate, even in full knowledge of this quote? Surely fake news.”

Extraordinarily, the Jewish News has now revealed that the Labour Party knew about Ms Khan’s past comments, and refused to take them into account unless new information emerged. The Labour Party refused to comment.

The Jewish News also reveals that Ms Khan had edited her comments to replace the word “Zionist” with “Jews” because she believed that “Zionist” is a “term of abuse”. In her defence, the Jewish News says that Ms Khan added that others in the party had said “as bad or worse”.

Once again, the Labour Party has shown that it is incapable of resisting the urge to find a place for those whose views on Jews, whether past or present, constitute vile antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

The resignation of Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development has unleashed some disturbing comments, including from politicians and journalists who have carelessly or deliberately evoked sinister stereotypes of powerful Jews.

In one article in The Times, Policy Editor, Oliver Wright and Political Editor, Francis Elliott, cited an unnamed senior Conservative MP writing: “Another senior Conservative MP claimed that Ms Patel was planning to use her ministerial position in DfID to support Israel to curry favour with Jewish Tory donors. ‘The Israel lobby in the Party is hugely influential and this was about Priti cynically trying to win their support. She thought she could be the next leader.”

In another article in The Times, Oliver Wright wrote: “She didn’t relish the DfID job and saw it as a staging post rather than a mission. And in that regard the meetings she secretly held in Israel were less interesting than the person she held them with. Lord Polak, as the former longstanding head of Conservative Friends of Israel, has always been a key power-broker within the Tory party — with the numbers and contacts of dozens of key Tory financial backers.”

In an unfortunate choice of words, Andrew Pierce claimed in the Daily Mail that Conservative Friends of Israel: “has tentacles in every corner”.

Meanwhile, Labour peer, barrister and former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, told the BBC’s Today Programme: “This has nothing to do with paranoia about any particular country or any particular group. You do not want a Prime Minister who is in hock to the United States of America. You do not want a Prime Minister who is in hock to any particular group.”

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

It is therefore incumbent upon those commenting on the Priti Patel affair to do so in a way that is proportionate and rational. It is a dangerous stretch to accuse Ms Patel of doing Israel’s bidding in order to please wealthy Jews who have the power to influence the selection of the next Conservative leader, and it is entirely absurd to suggest that the Prime Minister might be “in hock” to a lobby. Additionally, when politicians do make such comments, it is irresponsible journalism to repeat those comments without challenging them.

Last week, Nigel Farage told LBC listeners that he believes that American Jews wield disproportionate political power.

In an article for The Guardian about stereotyping Jews, Michele Hanson has peddled the stereotype that people are accused of antisemitism merely for “expressing a smidgin of concern about the Palestinians”.

In an article titled “Nigel Farage isn’t just crass, I find him dangerous and cruel” she wrote: “I notice Theresa May mentioned illegal settlements to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, but he wasn’t keen to chat about them, and instead started droning on about his commitment to peace and ‘the battle against militant Islam’. That was a pretty daring move by May, because some people might easily have called her antisemitic, as she was expressing a smidgin of concern about the Palestinians and questioning the Israeli government’s actions.”

It is ironic that Ms Hanson made this unpleasant and derisive remark in an article about “insidious stereotypes” in which she criticised Nigel Farage over his remarks to LBC listeners that he believes that American Jews wield disproportionate political power. Ms Hanson wrote that “I would like to write Farage’s statement in bold, 10ft-high letters to shame him, but it wouldn’t work.”

 

Instead of welcoming Ms Hanson’s criticism of Nigel Farage, which echoes our own thoughts on his remarks, we find ourselves faced with an article about stereotyping Jews which claims that antisemitism is wielded as a political weapon to stifle Israel’s critics. In so doing she deploys the so-called Livingstone formulation, named for the notorious Ken Livingstone.

The International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, states that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.” Campaign Against Antisemitism suggests that Ms Hanson takes a close look at the definition and retracts her comments that conflate criticism of Israeli government policy with accusations of antisemitism.

Whilst attempting to point out and isolate Nigel Farage for his remarks, she has simultaneously echoed the poisonous claims of Len McCluskey, Ken Loach and Ken Livingstone. She should be ashamed to keep such company.

We are now making a complaint to The Guardian which we will withdraw if Ms Hanson apologises.

We are grateful to UK Media Watch for bringing this matter to our attention.

A gang of between 30 to 50 children have reportedly caused police to issue a dispersal order over antisemitic behaviour during Halloween directed at the Jewish community on Canvey Island in Essex. A community of Orthodox charedi Jews from Stamford Hill in London have pioneered a move to establish a new community on the island.

According to the Echo News, on Tuesday evening last week, police invoked powers under the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act to issue a dispersal order after reports of a large gang of up to 50 children gathering near the Jewish Centre in Meppell Avenue, and other reports of children gathering in the town centre.

The children, believed to be aged between 11 and 15, all reportedly wore black hoodies and masks. One resident, Rebecca Vos, witnessed one member of the Jewish community trying to disperse the children, only to be met with a torrent of abuse. She told the Echo News: “It is a nightmare. I did go and apologise to the man because it was horrible. In all honesty, these children don’t even know what they are saying, they don’t understand, but they are creating a gang mentality where they feel safe to act this way.”

Essex Police posted a statement on Facebook warning: “Do you know where your children are?…On Canvey we have had a report of a large group congregating and intimidating local residents. As a result a dispersal order has been put in place for Canvey, this gives an officer in uniform the power to remove a young person to a place of safety. This is under s35 of the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and lasts for 48 hours. Children under 16 but over the age of 10 will be taken home, if they return to the locality defined within the order and cause anti-social behaviour within 48 hours this will be considered a breach which is an arrestable offence.”

We commend Essex Police for their firm response to this incident.

Jewish newcomers to the island say that they have generally been welcomed, but there have been antisemitic incidents such as when in August a group of youths reportedly directed Nazi salutes at a charedi Jewish family.

Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee of the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, one of Britain’s most prominent mosques, is reportedly a member of the political bureau of Hamas, the terrorist organisation that seeks the genocide of Jews worldwide, including in Britain.

Hamas is was listed as a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK in March 2001. It is also banned by the United States and the EU.

According to The Times, Mr Sawalha’s role with Hamas was revealed when it was announced that he was part of a Hamas delegation to Moscow in September which held a meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, President Putin’s Middle East Envoy and a Deputy Foreign Minister. He was allegedly the former military commander of Hamas in the West Bank and was named in a 2004 indictment against another Hamas operative by the United States.

Last week, Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary, urged Hamas to cease its “violent antisemitic propaganda” and to “renounce terror”.

Mr Sawalha, aged 56, arrived in Britain from the West Bank as a refugee in the early 1990s. He was appointed a trustee of the Finsbury Park Mosque in 2010, making him legally responsible for overseeing its management.

The Sunday Times reported in 2008 that he had been named in US court documents as having previously been “in charge of Hamas terrorist operations in the West Bank.”

The mosque said in statement that it is a “British charity and has no relationship with Hamas”. Mr Sawalha could not be contacted by The Times for comment.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Charity Commission asking that it investigate the matter urgently.

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