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Police looking for man who shouted “I want to rape the little Jewish girls” at dead of night in Golders Green

The Metropolitan Police Service is trying to trace a man who stepped out of a car in Golders Green at 23:51 on 16th May, urinated against a wall and shouted antisemitic abuse culminating in: “I want to rape the little Jewish girls”. The man and two other males then drove away. Part of the incident was captured by a resident on his smartphone, and the evidence was passed to Shomrim North West London, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol. Working with Shomrim, Campaign Against Antisemitism was able to enhance images of the vehicle licence plate.

If you can identify the man or if you witnessed this incident please contact the police on 101 or Shomrim North West London on 0300 999 1234.

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Labour candidate for Vauxhall, Kate Hoey, canvassing with Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers, who tweeted antisemitic conspiracy myths

Kate Hoey, the Labour candidate seeking re-election as the MP for Vauxhall in South London, has been canvassing with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers Corbyn, who retweeted that Jewish conspirators and the Royal Family will force Donald Trump into war, just like they supposedly did to Hitler.

Hoey, who has been the MP for Vauxhall since 1989 and served as Minister for Sport from 1999–2001, posted a photo on Twitter on 16th May with Piers and other supporters with the caption “Such a well organised group @VauxhallLab good fun too!” Another photo appeared on Twitter on 20th May, showing Piers and Hoey canvassing again.

On 21st January this year, we exposed that Piers, a fervent supporter of his brother, retweeted @whiteknight0011, a notorious neo-Nazi who declared that “They will force Trump in to war What do you think happened to Hitler? Bilderberg CIA IMF Banker Gangsters They are the problem” along with four images. The @whiteknight0011 account has since been suspended.

One image showed Lord Jacob Rothschild, the Jewish banker and philanthropist, against the background of a Nazi flag, claiming that he controls the world. A second showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppeteer controlling ISIS through Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, orchestrating the war in Syria and Paris attacks as Lord Rothschild and the Queen look on approvingly. A third image showed the faces of supposed Jewish conspirators who run the world to society’s detriment, proclaiming: “Know your enemy”. The last image showed a family photo of the Royal Family, claiming that they are in cahoots with these Jewish conspirators in committing “the worst genocides, invasions and theft in all history.”

Piers also claimed that there was a Jewish conspiracy against his brother: when Jewish MP Louise Ellman complained of antisemitic attacks against her, Piers accused her of using it as a cover for political attack, tweeting: “ABSURD! JC+ All #Corbyns are committed #AntiNazi. #Zionists cant cope with anyone supporting rights for #Palestine”. Brother Jeremy’s response: “He’s not wrong.”

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At times I ask myself were the Nazis right in herding the Jews into concentration camps” muses UKIP candidate Captain Paddy Singh

Captain Paddy Singh, UKIP’s candidate for the Wiltshire North constituency in the upcoming General Election, has tweeted a series of shocking antisemitic comments with repeated references to “Nazi Jews” and comparing Israeli policy to the Nazis. Captain Singh also stood for UKIP in the recent Wiltshire Council Election. In one, he mused: “At times I ask myself were the Nazis right in herding the Jews into concentration camps.”

The appalling antisemitic tweets were discovered on the Twitter account he operates for his travel agency, Hindoostan Tours, between 2014 and 2015. The tweets include:

On 20th July 2014: “The Israelis are basically Nazis in mentality. The survivors of the tragic Holacast [sic] learnt from their captors.”

On 30th July 2014: “No hope of a ceasefire with the Nazi Jews like wild dogs on the rampage.”

On 1st August 2014: “Israel pulled out in 2005 but the Gaza still in a vicelike grip. but Nazi Jews provoke Hamas to violence so as to ethnically cleanse them.”

On 2nd August 2014: “At times I ask myself were the Nazis right in herding the Jews into concentration camps.”

On 5th August 2014: “Sinister similarities to what Nazis did when they lost soldiers in occupied territory. Lessons learnt by Jews.”

On 2nd September 2014: “Rogue Nethanyu [sic] and Jews will never allow Palestine to exist. Their goal? Ethnic cleansing. aided by US.”

On 30th July 2015: “The Jews well learnt well from Nazis hence the easy ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. UN impotent as always.”

On 2nd September 2015: “Nazi Jews hammering the last nail in the coffin spelling Palestinian cleansing.”

On 24th December 2015: “Nazi Jews learnt their lessons well.”

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

When Campaign Against Antisemitism called Captain Singh, he admitted that he had sent the tweets and offered “total apologies” and said that he should not have commented “spontaneously” after reading articles, but had no explanation for why he had made the comments repeatedly over the years. When asked whether he supported the International Definition of Antisemitism, he said that he did but then seemed surprised that he had breached it.

Captain Singh has now been suspended by UKIP over the allegations. Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on UKIP to expel Captain Singh from the Party immediately.

If you would like to join our Political and Government Investigations Unit, our Online Monitoring Unit or one of our other teams, please volunteer.

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Jewish 14-year-old allegedly asked by gang of four whether he is Jewish, then robbed, four teenagers in custody

Just before 10:30 this morning, a 14-year-old Jewish boy walking along the towpath of the River Lea in Hackney was approached by a gang of four teenagers of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance who asked him: “Are you Jewish?” When he replied in the affirmative, the teenagers allegedly grabbed him, searched his pockets and stole his wallet. Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, deployed immediately and were able to gain sight of the suspects. The Shomrim volunteers radioed their control room which relayed information to the Metropolitan Police Service until officers arrived at the scene. A chase ensued during which one of the suspects allegedly sought to flee by jumping into the river, but together, Shomrim volunteers and police officers were able to apprehend all four suspects who have now been arrested.

Meir Taub from Stamford Hill Shomrim said “This victim was left extremely shaken and crying after this incident, Shomrim stayed with him until the police arrived and we are continuing to support him. I want to thank Hackney Police for their major response which enabled all the suspects to be apprehended.”

These disgusting attacks on Jewish schoolchildren by teenage criminals must be met with the full force of the law. We commend the volunteers of Stamford Hill Shomrim and police officers who responded so quickly. Questions must be asked as to why teenagers are targeting Jewish children in the first place. Children are the future of our society, and these horrifying acts must be brought to an end.

This incident comes on the heels of an incident yesterday in which an autistic Jewish schoolgirl was pelted with eggs by youths outside her specialist Jewish school. The youths were able to escape on bicycles.

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Police investigating as graffiti demanding death to Jews found near primary school in Suffolk

A star of David with the word “die” underneath it and a swastika were reportedly painted on a derelict building on Park Road near a primary school in the coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

Local resident, Annie Pilkington-Bernier, who saw the antisemitic graffiti, has reported it as a hate crime to Suffolk Constabulary, which is investigating. She told the East Anglian Daily Times: “As I was walking down the path I could see something and thought to myself, I’m sure that says ‘die’. As I got nearer, to my horror, I saw the whole thing.” Her neighbour, John Lucas, added: “What’s so very shocking about this, apart from the fact that it’s an awful piece of graffiti to have in our town, is that children from the primary school have to walk past it.”

Suffolk Coastal District Council has also been contacted to remove the graffiti. A council spokesman said that “Our initial enquiries indicate this has occurred on private property, so we are currently trying to establish who is the owner of the derelict building to arrange for it to be removed as quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information can call the police on 101, quoting CAD 109 of 16th May 2017. If any assistance is required, our Crime Unit can be contacted via investigations@antisemitism.uk.

We are following the case with interest.

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Autistic Jewish schoolgirl left traumatised after being pelted with eggs outside specialist Jewish school

Police are investigating after a 13-year-old Jewish schoolgirl was pelted with eggs outside a Jewish school in Bakers Hill, London, which provides education for children with special needs. The girl, who is autistic, was left completely traumatised.

CCTV showed youths on bicycles apparently loitering in wait, throwing the egg, and then cycling away before anybody could intervene. The girl immediately ran into the school.

Whilst the youths did not shout any antisemitic slurs, Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, has reported numerous incidents in which Jews were pelted with eggs, and the youths appeared to be targeting the Jewish school.

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101, or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123.

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Jeremy Corbyn teams up with rapper Jme who allegedly retweeted “#ImSweatingMoreThan a Jew at a cash machine”

Jme, the rapper and MC, who teamed up with Jeremy Corbyn in a plea to young people to register to vote, has been exposed by MailOnline for allegedly sending an antisemitic retweet about a stingy Jew. On his verified Twitter account, Jme reportedly retweeted an antisemitic message in 2011, saying: “#ImSweatingMoreThan a Jew at a cash machine.” The stereotype of the miserly and cheap Jew is extremely offensive.

Jme, whose real name is Jamie Adenuga, is the co-founder of the Boy Better Know grime collective and record label. He met with the Labour Party leader to discuss the reasons why young people do not register to vote. The pair recorded a message on Mr Corbyn’s Snapchat account to urge young people to submit their application before the deadline on 22nd May. The Labour leader also shared a photo on Twitter.

According to MailOnline, a “spokesman for Mr Corbyn today insisted the Labour leader condemned racism, antisemitism and misogyny.”

Jme was much less understanding though, tweeting: “The retweet, was a series of ‘sweating more than’ hashtags, which played on Jewish being rich. I still don’t get the anti semite part???”

Twitter users stepped forward to explain.

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Police called in after Conservative candidate who converted to Judaism says Corbyn supporter jabbed him, then said she will “need a wash now”

Andrew Percy, the Conservative parliamentary candidate seeking re-election as MP for Brigg and Goole, has said that he was accosted by a woman identifying herself as a “Corbyn supporter” whilst he was out campaigning. The woman allegedly shouted at Mr Percy: “You’re that Israeli scum, you’re Zionist scum, you’re disgusting!” and started jabbing at him. Mr Percy said that he retorted sarcastically that she “probably didn’t want to touch a Jewish person”, to which he says she replied: “Oh, I will need a wash now” and then started chanting “Corbyn, Corbyn, Corbyn!”

Mr Percy wrote a post condemning the incident on his Facebook page. He wrote: “Whether a Labour member or not it does show just what hate has been unleashed by the Corbynista set.” He added that Mr Corbyn had “unleashed something very nasty and sinister”. However he soon deleted the post as he was having to spend too much time deleting comments such as: “F*** Israel, f*** Zionists”. In a new Facebook post he wrote: “I have now reported the incident to the authorities and will leave it for the police to deal with. I had initially thought I’d get it off my chest on here and then move on, but given how some responded, I have decided it is better it is reported.”

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Jeremy Corbyn adviser Tim Lezard questions whether security for British Jews should continue due to “Israel bombing Gaza”, Labour calls it a “staffing matter”

Political website Guido Fawkes has revealed a series of antisemitic tweets by Tim Lezard, a new advisor to Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on relations with trade unions.

In one tweet, Lezard implies that Jews should be left to face rising antisemitism without security because he opposed an Israeli military operation in Gaza, asking: “When antisemitism rises as a result of Israel bombing Gaza, should UK tax-payers fund security for synagogues?” According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is antisemitic.

In another tweet, he asked his 3,000 followers: “I’m thinking of setting up another new campaign group. Either Conservative Friends of Nazis, or Nazi Friends of Israel. Whaddya reckon?” According to the definition, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. He also appears to suggest in yet another tweet that the Holocaust is being used as a means of “blackmail”.

According to Guido Fawkes, Lezard confirmed that he has been hired to work for Corbyn. The only comment from Corbyn’s spokesman is reportedly that: “We do not comment on staffing matters”.

Tim Lezard should not be allowed to remain in the Labour Party, let alone in its inner circle, advising its leader. His antisemitic tweets span a period of several years and at the time of writing they have not been deleted. That the Labour leader’s spokesman saw fit to describe these tweets as “staffing matters” is sickening.

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Christ’s College Cambridge apologises for “significant failings” in investigation of violent antisemitic assault of three students

Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge has admitted “significant failings” in its investigation into the violent antisemitic assault of three Jewish students returning from Shabbat dinner by members of sporting societies in November last year.

The three Jewish students said that they were attacked by seven men when they entered the graduate union building in Mill Lane. The bar area had been rented out for a party jointly held by the Marguerites and Hippolytans sporting societies of Christ’s College.

One of the victims, Shlomo Roiter-Jesner, 25, told The Telegraph at the time: “It was a closed party so we walked out but as we did so these individuals started getting more physical and more vocal and they noticed our kippot [Jewish skullcaps]. All of a sudden they were shouting: ‘Jew, get f*** out of here’. We tried to leave but they were yelling at us.”

In an e-mail to Professor Jane Stapleton, Master of Christ’s College, sent a day after the attacks, another of the Jewish students, wrote: “We heard shouting and were literally grabbed and pulled out of the building by about seven large, intimidating males. We, and other bystanders, heard a number of vicious antisemitic slurs including ‘F***ing Jew, you don’t belong here’, ‘dirty Jew’ and to myself, ‘f*** off, darkie’. They then proceeded to try and choke my friend with his scarf, leaving him gasping for oxygen, and to push me and the third friend around, despite our attempts to de-escalate the situation. They eventually went back in after threatening to ‘smash our faces in’.”

According to The Telegraph, Professor Stapleton wrote in response that the trio had every right to take the matter to police but if they chose not to do so the College would order an immediate inquiry. The victims did not go to the police and instead left the College to investigate. The College obtained CCTV footage of the attack but it contained no audio recording.

The College told one of the victims that it disciplined two students but cleared them of antisemitism and refused to identify the perpetrators or even confirm whether they had been punished in any way.

The victims publicly accused the College of covering the matter up, sparking an outcry. The College commissioned three external legal experts, Dame Janet Smith, Sir Martin Moore-Bick and Professor Graham Zellick, to review its handling of the matter.

In a statement issued today, Professor Stapleton has accepted that “though there was no bad faith or intention to cover up, there were significant failings in how the College responded to the complaint.” The legal experts criticised the fact that the victims were made to believe that their complaints had been rejected and were not interviewed by the College, and that even though there was insufficient evidence to discipline individual students for antisemitism, the College failed to consider what general measures could be taken.

The College has now agreed to implement the recommendations of the report, including:

  • Appointing an adjudication panel for serious disciplinary offences and a dean for discipline;
  • Ensuring that future complainants are kept fully informed during the disciplinary process;
  • Adopting a procedure for continuing to investigate incidents even where the perpetrator cannot be identified, so that general measures can be adopted and the incident can be recorded and condemned; and
  • Allowing the College to impose restrictions, conditions and penalties on groups such as student societies which are complicit in wrongdoing.

In response to the incident, the College expressed disappointment that witnesses had not stepped forward and that the perpetrators had not admitted their acts, and consequently the Marguerites and Hippolytans sporting societies will been banned from holding events outside the College until October 2019 “unless those responsible admit the abuse”.

In a statement, Professor Stapleton said: “The College accepts that racist and antisemitic conduct occurred and has apologised to the students who reported it. The incident also revealed significant deficiencies in college procedures and in response the college is overhauling its entire complaints, training, investigation, record-keeping and disciplinary machinery with the assistance of external legal experts. We greatly regret the deficiencies in the way the complaints were originally handled and have taken further measures against the two student societies involved. The Jewish community can be reassured that if there were to be a similar incident in the future the college would address it robustly.”

On behalf of the victims, Shlomo Roiter-Jesner said: “We are satisfied that Christ’s is now comfortable giving credence to our story, admitting that antisemitic conduct occurred and taking decisive steps to improve their disciplinary system.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends the victims for standing up not only to the antisemitic thugs who attacked them, but also to their College which failed to investigate the matter appropriately.

We are pleased that the College has admitted that its handling of the incident was utterly contemptible and that it has chosen to redress this with extensive reforms.

One final question remains, however. We believe that the College should disclose how it decided to punish the two students disciplined for participating in the assault (even though they were not proven to have been the ones who engaged in antisemitic abuse) and whether Cambridgeshire Constabulary was invited by the College to investigate.

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Tayyib Nawaz steps down as Co-Chair of Manchester Labour Students after claiming Hitler was Jewish and 150,000 Jews were in SS

Tayyib Nawaz, the newly-elected Manchester Metropolitan Co-Chair of Manchester Labour Students (MLS), has reportedly resigned from his post after the uncovering of shocking antisemitic and homophobic tweets by the The Mancunian, the student newspaper of the University of Manchester. It appears that since the exposé, Nawaz has removed his Twitter account.

The Mancunian reported that the tweets surfaced late last week. According to the paper: “At an official MLS meeting on Monday night, a motion calling for his resignation, brought by outgoing [MLS] Co-Chair Zak Deakin, was unanimously backed by the committee. On Tuesday afternoon, Nawaz chose to resign from the post.”

Deakin told The Mancunian before Nawaz’s resignation that “I stood on a platform of tackling antisemitism and so I’m incredibly dismayed and frustrated that I once again find myself having to make a statement in regards to this blatant racism: I can only apologise to Jewish students who have again had to be put through this.”

The Mancunian has revealed a number of appalling antisemitic tweets in screenshots captured two days ago. Nawaz allegedly tweeted on 1st April 2016 that “the same victims of the Holocaust are now murdering and ethnically cleansing Palestinians…The irony”. He reportedly tweeted on 13th September 2013 that “there were approximately 150,000 Jewish SS who personally were involved in the Holocaust” and on 15th April 2014 he allegedly tweeted: “Truth hurts, Hitler was Jewish himself.”

In a statement to The Mancunian, Leoni Benabú Morales, President of the Manchester Jewish Society (JSoc), said that “Claiming that Hitler himself is Jewish and comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is an insult and should not be tolerated from anyone, much less someone who is meant to represent our students. For us, it is of uttermost importance that Jewish students in Manchester feel safe, and we believe that this is a step backwards in achieving that. The JSoc will not stand for this kind of racist behaviour”.

On 26th April, we applauded the National Union of Students (NUS) under its newly-elected President, Shakira Martin, for reaffirming its commitment to the International Definition of Antisemitism at its recent National Conference. The very definition that Nawaz has so blatantly and repeatedly breached with his alleged tweets.

If you would like to help us to address antisemitism on campus, please contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

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Melanie Melvin leaves Labour after claiming “Sarin gassing was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood on the orders of Mrs May and the Israeli lobby”

Labour activist, Melanie Melvin, who was elected Women’s Officer of the Brighton Kemptown Constituency Labour Party earlier this year, has reportedly left the Labour Party after antisemitic tweets allegedly appeared on her Twitter account.

According to a report in the JC, “Labour has confirmed that an activist who sent anti-Israel and anti-Jewish tweets is no longer a member of the Party.” It added: “However, a spokesperson for South East Labour Party declined to comment on whether she had been expelled or suspended.”

On 2nd February, responding to a post calling for action against the “bullying” of Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Melvin allegedly tweeted that “maybe she could claim Jewish ancestry. Then there’d be action.” She also claimed that allegations of antisemitism in the Party “weaken us all” and were “unfounded smears”.

Then on 7th April, a message on Melvin’s account suggested that the Israelis were part of a conspiracy to fake the Assad régime’s chemical attack. She allegedly tweeted: “Breaking: Sarin gassing was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood on the orders of Mrs May and the Israeli lobby.”

Unfortunately it is very unlikely that we will get clarity on what disciplinary action has been taken, or whether Melvin simply resigned, because following Baroness Chaktrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism in the Party, Labour has kept its disciplinary decisions secret.

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London synagogue’s window smashed, youths seen fleeing scene

A synagogue’s window has been smashed in an attack in North London. A group of youths was seen fleeing the scene.

Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, has deployed to secure the building.

Earlier, a man armed with a meat cleaver and a large knife was arrested after allegedly threatening Jews on Upper Clapton Road in North London. The man is said to have tried to enter a kosher food shop but staff locked the door. He then allegedly entered another kosher shop brandishing his knives and shouting: “Where is the boss, I will kill him!” When told that the owner was not there, the man, who is described as white, allegedly ran out of the shop towards two Jewish girls aged 8 and 14, shouting “You Jews run away from here before I kill you.”

Violent antisemitic crime continues to rise at an alarming rate and will continue to do so until antisemitic incitement is taken seriously by the authorities before it translates into violence. It is inexcusable that in Britain in 2017, Campaign Against Antisemitism has had to take the Crown Prosecution Service to the High Court and undertake private prosecutions itself because the authorities have failed to act.

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Man with meat cleaver and large knife arrested in London after allegedly threatening Jewish girls, trying to force entry to kosher shops

A man armed with a meat cleaver and a large knife has been arrested after allegedly threatening Jews on Upper Clapton Road in North London.

The man is said to have tried to enter a kosher food shop but staff locked the door. He then allegedly entered another kosher shop brandishing his knives and shouting: “Where is the boss, I will kill him!” When told that the owner was not there, the man, who is described as white, allegedly ran out of the shop towards two Jewish girls aged 8 and 14, shouting “You Jews run away from here before I kill you.”

Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, received multiple calls to their emergency lines and deployed immediately. Witnesses allegedly saw the man enter a block of flats on Rossington Street to which Shomrim volunteers followed him and cordoned off the area, whilst another Shomrim team retrieved CCTV from the shop the man had allegedly entered. Shomrim passed their information to the Metropolitan Police Service. Armed police immediately entered the block of flats and arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. He was taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

This is an extremely frightening incident and it is very fortunate that there are no injuries reported. We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their bravery in rushing to the scene to protect the public. Violent antisemitic crime continues to rise at an alarming rate and will continue to do so until antisemitic incitement is taken seriously by the authorities before it translates into violence. It is inexcusable that in Britain in 2017, Campaign Against Antisemitism has had to take the Crown Prosecution Service to the High Court and undertake private prosecutions itself because the authorities have failed to act.

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Police seek witnesses after Jewish boys aged 12 and 14 assaulted by “group of teenagers” in local park

Police are looking for witnesses after two boys, aged 12 and 14, were reportedly assaulted in Aberford Park, Borehamwood on Sunday.

The boys’ father, Rabbi Alex Chapper, told the JC how his two sons “met a friend and went to the local park in Borehamwood, very near our house. Whilst in the park, they were surrounded by a group of teenagers around the same age who were calling out abusive antisemitic words to them, for example ‘f***ing Jews.’ They tried to extract themselves from the situation but were followed and surrounded. Fortunately there was a member of the community there [in the park] who called the police.”

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire police said that “Officers are investigating a racially aggravated incident that occurred in Aberford Park, Borehamwood, on Sunday, 7th May. A 14-year-old boy’s skullcap was knocked off his head and he was kicked in his leg. During the incident racially aggravated comments were also made to a 12-year-old boy.”

Rabbi Chapper, who only took up his position as the new Rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue after Pesach, said that his sons had been left “very shaken” by the incident. He added that his family was subject to antisemitic abuse before: “Actually the first week we were here we were walking home on a Friday evening, and there were teenagers shouting abuse at us as well. We ignored that, but this sort of the thing, with children in the park, it’s just not acceptable.”

Anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary by calling 101 and quoting crime reference J1/17/1946. If any assistance is required, our Crime Unit can be contacted via investigations@antisemitism.uk.

We are following the case with interest.

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Polish football fans daub antisemitic graffiti on buildings in Woking in football feud

An antisemitic graffiti battle between rival Polish football fans appears to have played out on buildings in Woking. An RTS Widzew Łódź appears to have declared the greatness of the team on a garage door, which a rival has attempted to call the other’s team Jewish, which is intended as an insult. RTS Widzew Łódź had Jewish players before the Holocaust, and even today rival fans burn effigies of Jews as a means of showing their dislike for the club’s Jewish history, even though any Jewish history in the club’s past was annihilated in the Holocaust.

The Woking News and Mail brought the story to light, publishing photographs of the graffiti on two buildings and a garage door. The red graffiti on the garage door states that RTS Widzew Łódź “will never die”. It then appears that someone has added the black graffiti of a star of David. It is very common for Polish football fans to use “Jew” as a term of abuse against RTS Widzew Łódź fans, and this is confirmed by the graffiti on the walls of the buildings: “Zydzew” is a combination of the name of RTS Widzew Łódź with the Polish word for Jew. The name of the club has been scribbled out on the garage door, and it then seems likely that the blue graffiti was added, repeating the letters “RTS” over the star of David.

It seems that for whoever painted this graffiti, the murder of ninety percent of Poland’s three million Jews during the Holocaust was not enough.

Nobody should have to live with the distress caused by threats and intimidation, whether they are expressed in-person or through acts of vandalism and destruction. Anybody with information should contact the police by calling 101.

Image credit: Woking News and Mail

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West Ham fans sought by British Transport Police over antisemitic tirade at Jewish Tube passenger and his companion

A Jewish man and his non-Jewish female companion were subjected to horrific antisemitic abuse by fans of West Ham United Football Club on the London Underground at approximately 22:30 on Friday, as other passengers watched inertly or sniggered.

Jonathan Adelman wrote a blog about his experience, which on Friday evening on a full Jubilee Line train between Stratford and West Ham. West Ham had just beaten rival team Tottenham Hotspur, but instead of singing celebratory songs, the West Ham fans singled out Adelman and his companion for abuse, allegedly shouting “F*** off Jew boy” and making hissing noises to mimic the sound of escaping gas, in a reference to the gas chambers used by the Nazis to slaughter millions of Jews.

As the two men, described as being in their early twenties, continued their abuse for the two-minute journey, Adelman wrote: “the remainder of the carriage remained silent, save for a number of cowards who sniggered and chuckled.”

Referring to the tendency of some to dismiss such abuse as ‘football banter’, including amongst Jews, Adelman wrote: “Until all in the community are prepared to stand up to antisemitism what hope do we have of getting the football and police authorities to take the issue seriously?”

British Transport Police is investigating. A spokeswoman told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “A man aged in his forties was travelling from Stratford to London Bridge when two football fans in the carriage started chanting antisemitic songs and verbally abusing him. They then left the train at West Ham. We are investigating and officers are making enquiries. We take any form of hate crime extremely seriously and we always encourage victims or witnesses to this type of crime to report it to us so that we can investigate. Hate crime has a significant impact on victims and causes damage to communities. We are committed to preventing hate crime where possible, encouraging victims to report it when it does happen and bringing offenders to justice.”

 

Anybody with any information should contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or sending an SMS to 61016. If any assistance is required, our Crime Unit can be contacted via investigations@antisemitism.uk.

We are following the case with interest.

Earlier this month, West Ham fan Mark Harding was convicted after telling a rival team’s supporter to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are”, and last year West Ham fans, Richard Prendiville and a man identified only as R. Peacock were both convicted after singing antisemitic songs on a train following a witness appeal which Campaign Against Antisemitism and others circulated widely.

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Latest far-right conference in London exposed, with addresses by David Irving, Jeremy Bedford-Turner and Alison Chabloz

An undercover investigation by The Independent has revealed disturbing details of a recent secret meeting of the antisemitic, far-right London Forum. David Irving, the notorious Holocaust denier, was a keynote speaker at the event attended by “a receptive crowd of around 100.” Irving, whose self-published books were on sale, gave a “rambling speech” met “with a standing ovation” in which he described Auschwitz as “small beer” and now “like Disneyland”, concluding: “I am still standing, the fight goes on, and I will continue writing true history as I find it to be true.”

The paper disclosed that the gathering was compèred by London Forum chief and a neo-Nazi leader, Jeremy Bedford-Turner. In March, a landmark High Court judicial review action brought by Campaign Against Antisemitism forced the Crown Prosecution Service to cancel its decision not to prosecute Bedford-Turner over an antisemitic speech to neo-Nazis in July 2015. It is now reconsidering its decision.

Alison Chabloz is also reported to have performed. Chabloz is awaiting trial for allegedly posting a video to YouTube in which she sang “(((Survivors)))”, a song which allegedly mocks Holocaust survivors and claims that they are liars. The prosecution of Chabloz began as Campaign Against Antisemitism’s first private prosecution, after the authorities failed to act. According to The Independent, “When she suggested the judge hearing her case had Jewish ties, using the euphemistic term ‘one of our friends’, one audience member called out: ‘Could you tell by the size of his nose?’ Another shouted ‘there’s no business like Shoah business’, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.” To end her appearance she reportedly performed a parody of Edith Piaf’s “Je né regrette rien”, and allegedly said she was ready to be sent to jail for her beliefs before performing an antisemitic quenelle salute to applause.

Other speakers at this alarming event at the Swedish Seamen’s Church in Rotherhithe included Vincent Reynouard, a Frenchman who has been imprisoned for Holocaust denial, and David Shayler, an MI5 agent turned 9/11 truther who has claimed he is the Messiah. Reynouard reportedly urged attendees “to block the construction of a planned Holocaust memorial in Westminster.”

In February, Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed the disgraceful neutrality of the InterContinental Hotels Group towards hosting similar neo-Nazi events.

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Dinah Mulholland, Labour parliamentary and council candidate in Wales, invokes antisemitic libel about Jews poisoning wells

Dinah Mulholland, the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion constituency in Wales in the general election on 8th June, and for the Llangybi ward on Ceredigion County Council in the Welsh local elections on 4th May, has invoked a classic antisemitic libel about Jews poisoning wells.

An article published on voicewales.com on 13th November 2016 recounts her recent visit to the West Bank as a delegate for Unite the Union. The article states: “According to Dinah, the Israeli military has ‘weaponised’ water, spraying chemicalised ‘skunk’ water into the water tanks of Palestinian protesters, making it unsafe to use.”

The false accusation of poisoning wells has been used to demonise Jews and inflame violence against Jews since as early as the Middle Ages and is regarded as one of the gravest age-old antisemitic canards. Mulholland’s unsubstantiated allegation breaches the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that “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.

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£150 and 60 hours’ community service for Mark Harding who told rival football fan to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are”

Football fan Mark Harding has reportedly been told to pay £150 compensation and perform 60 hours of unpaid community service for telling a supporter of a rival football team to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are” on Twitter.

The 48-year-old from Walsall claimed that his tweets constituted “football banter”. His lawyer, Tina Patel, told the court: “He was involved in banter that escalated out of control. He is totally ashamed by all of this.” Harding had apparently watched his beloved West Ham United Football Club being defeated by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and had taken to drinking, during which Tottenham supporters taunted him online.

Harding admitted sending offensive communications and was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence JP Harvey Simons at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. Sentencing Harding, Simmons said that his tweets were “hurtful and obnoxious”.

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Baroness Tonge shares and then deletes cartoon which claims that the situation in Gaza is the same as the Holocaust

On the day that we noted the absurd comparisons which belittle the Holocaust, Baroness Tonge has brazenly compared the situation in Gaza to the situation of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust.

Baroness Tonge took to Facebook to share a cartoon by the notorious antisemitic cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who won second prize in one of Iran’s repulsive Holocaust denial cartoon competitions.

The cartoon portrays an anguished Jew in concentration camp prisoners’ uniform hanging on barbed wire beneath the words “Never again”, alongside an Arab man in an identical pose with the word “Gaza” on his leg, above the word “Over again!” Both figures’ arms and legs are arranged in the shape of swastikas.

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

Baroness Tonge has now deleted the Facebook post, but it is merely the latest in a litany of incidents. The House of Lords Commissioner for Standards has previously refused to take action against Baroness Tonge, but we will complain again.

It is disgraceful that Baroness Tonge retains her title and position as a legislator.

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From fracking to tracking, campaigners are engaging in a form of Holocaust denial by making Holocaust comparisons

From fracking to tracking, campaigners are increasingly in the news for comparing their opponents to Nazis, or claiming that the people they purport to represent are being treated like Jews under the Nazis.

Just in the last week, a fracking activist was condemned by The Times and the Daily Mail for producing a video called “Tina’s List” which spliced clips of police officers guarding a fracking site with clips from Stephen Spielberg’s film about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List. Yesterday, Janet Street-Porter told ITV’s Loose Women that she found the idea of putting microchips in children so that their parents can track them “offensive”, claiming: “It’s treating children as badly as we treat prisoners. We tag prisoners and during the last world war, Jews had triangles and had tattoos put on them and it was just absolutely offensive and I find this idea of sticking a microchip inside an innocent child —” at which point she was interrupted and forced to apologise for the comparison.

As the remaining the Holocaust survivors pass the responsibility for remembering the atrocity to future generations, it is appalling to see the Holocaust increasingly used as a banal comparison. Whatever one’s views on fracking, police guarding a fracking site are not like Nazi guards busily engaged in genocide and torture. Whatever one’s views on parents tracking their children, they are in no way similar to Nazis marking Jews out for murder, humiliation and abuse.

Comparing the worst crime in history to the challenges and problems of the modern day is a form of Holocaust denial, diluting the memory of the Holocaust by making such absurd comparisons.

We are pleased that public figures who make such comparisons are rounded on by most commentators, but we believe that we are witnessing a rise in the phenomenon of ‘Holocaust denial by comparison’, and we must remain vigilant in calling it out.

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Home Affairs Committee proposes new hate crime laws to regulate “completely irresponsible” social media giants

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published the report of its inquiry into online hate crime. The Committee has severely criticised social media companies Google, Facebook and Twitter, recommending that following the general election, laws should be passed which would make it a criminal offence for social media companies to fail to remove criminal hate speech and incitement within a strict timeframe, citing a German proposal to fine companies up to £44 million. The mooted law would include significant escalating fines for the companies.

Google (which owns YouTube), Facebook and Twitter had all been hauled before the Committee where they were on the defensive from the outset.

The Committee was particularly shocked by a phenomenon that most social media users are now all too familiar with: social media companies outsource reporting hate speech to social media users. Campaign Against Antisemitism and many others have long demanded that social networks proactively search for and remove hate speech from their platforms, and the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has now joined the call. Indeed the Committee went as far as proposing that social media companies pay towards the cost of police units specialising in online hate crime if they fail to adequately keep illegal material off their networks.

In response to Google, Facebook and Twitter’s “unacceptable” attempts to avoid questions about what they actually do to clean up their platforms, the Committee proposed that the companies should be required by law to publish quarterly reports on their safeguarding activity including the number of staff, complaints and action taken.

Calling the social media companies “completely irresponsible”, the Committee attacked their failure to implement even their own community standards, and noted the contrast between their lax approach to hate crime and their tough and speedy response to copyright infringement. The Committee found numerous examples of hate speech not being removed by social media companies, for example Google communications chief Peter Barron brazenly told the Committee that Google’s lawyers did not consider a video by a renowned American racist, David Duke, to be antisemitic, despite Duke using the video to claim that “the Jews” were conspiring to subvert Western society to bring about a “white genocide”.

As the report was published, Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “Social media companies’ failure to deal with illegal and dangerous material online is a disgrace…This isn’t beyond them to solve, yet they are failing to do so. They continue to operate as platforms for hatred and extremism without even taking basic steps to make sure they can quickly stop illegal material, properly enforce their own community standards, or keep people safe…They have been far too slow in dealing with complaints from their users, and it is blindingly obvious that they have a responsibility to proactively search their platforms for illegal content, particularly when it comes to terrorist organisations. Given their continued failure to sort this, we need a new system including fines and penalties if they don’t swiftly remove illegal content.”

We welcome the findings of the Committee, which has robustly held the social media giants to account. Campaign Against Antisemitism believes that internet giants must do much more to tackle hate crime on their platforms, particularly by developing proactive algorithms to take down antisemitic material in the same way that they already remove copyright material, or child abuse. We also believe that it is important for the social networks to verify the true identities of their users, and to provide evidence to police when British laws are broken, not only American laws.

Campaign Against Antisemitism recognises the improvements made by social media companies, but ultimately we agree with the Committee that their approach to date has been abjectly irresponsible and slow. We therefore applaud the Committee’s recommendation that the law should be changed to compel companies to adopt effective strategies against hate crime or face criminal charges and extremely heavy fines.

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After more than two months, The Independent finally grants CAA right to reply to attack by academics

On 27th February, 244 academics attacked Campaign Against Antisemitism and the International Definition of Antisemitism in a letter published in The Guardian (and not for the first time either). The academics claimed that we were stifling criticism of Israel rather than acting against genuine Jew-hatred. It was not long before The Independent was repeating the claims.

After our Regulatory Enforcement Unit filed complaints with The Guardian and The Independent, both publications have finally granted Campaign Against Antisemitism the right to reply. The Guardian published our letter, though it was poorly publicised, three days after the academics’ letter was published.

Now, more than two months later, The Independent has finally ended its stubborn resistance and a heavily-edited letter from Campaign Against Antisemitism has at last been published, addressing some of the falsehoods contained in the article about the academics’ letter in February.

We hope that in the future, The Guardian and The Independent will seek a response before publishing attacks on Campaign Against Antisemitism.

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Man who said Holocaust happened because Jews are “cowards” reportedly escorted off Birkbeck campus

An antisemitic demonstrator at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, who was filmed claiming that the Holocaust happened because Jews are “cowards” has reportedly been sighted being escorted off campus by security staff at Birkbeck, University of London. If you think that you know who he is, please contact us confidentially at investigations@antisemitism.uk.

The man was filmed by students and a member of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit at a demonstration at SOAS on Thursday. The man, whom we are trying to identify, said that Jews “were led like lambs to the slaughter, naked…because you’re cowards” in the Nazis’ gas chambers.

The man evidently took delight in taunting Jewish people who were seeking to engage with anti-Israel demonstrators outside a lecture by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev. When asked whether he had heard of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, in which lightly-armed Jewish fighters managed to repel heavily-armed German infantry backed by tanks and artillery for almost a month, the man said that they were cowards too. 13,000 Jews died in the revolt, half from being burned alive or suffocated.

Thursday was not the first time that the man has been spotted at SOAS. In a video from 2011, the same man was filmed making similar comments, adding that “the Jews” were supposedly attacking Arabs because they had supposedly failed to fight back against the Nazis. As he argues with a Jewish man, a part-time lecturer at SOAS allegedly swiped the Jewish man’s camera from his hand and bit his ear (he was later acquitted of charges of common assault and criminal damage). Even after the incident, the same man seen at SOAS on Thursday continues to taunt the injured Jewish man.

In an e-mail to all students at SOAS, Registrar Paula Sanderson wrote: “We condemn unreservedly the comments that were made by the person shown on the video — he on not a student or staff member at SOAS. There is no place for hate speech on the SOAS campus and freedom of speech does not permit the expression of racist or antisemitic views.”

We would like to identify the man in the videos. If you think that you know who he is, please contact us confidentially at investigations@antisemitism.uk.

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Austria becomes the latest country to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism

The Austrian government has decided to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. The definition is clear and detailed, leaving no doubt as to what antisemitism is. In particular, it definition tackles the full spectrum of antisemitism, from ancient slurs to conspiracy myths to antisemitism in discourse about Israel.

 

The decision was taken by Austria’s Council of Ministers. The definition will now be used by Austria’s government and judiciary, as well as in educational establishments such as universities.

A spokesman for the Austrian People’s Party said that the decision sent a “national and international signal”.

Britain was the first country to adopt the definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings.

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Scottish Jewish community leaders allegedly branded “ideological terrorists” during antisemitism meeting at Scottish Parliament

Micheline Brannan, the Chair of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC), has lodged a complaint with the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer following a debate about the definition of antisemitism in which she and two colleagues were allegedly branded “ideological terrorists” at the Cross Party Group on Palestine meeting in the Scottish Parliament on 25th April. There was also an attempt to have them excluded from the meeting.

According to a SCoJeC statement, “Philip Chetwynd, Treasurer of the Cross Party Group, referred to the three observers as ‘representatives of Zionist organisations’, called them ‘ideological terrorists’ and he said he felt intimidated by their presence. He had been intending to lead a discussion in the Group about the definition of antisemitism in Scotland — although this was not on the published agenda — but said he would not give his presentation because of the presence of the three observers.”

The Herald Scotland reports that “Mr Chetwynd admits using the term ‘ideological terrorists’ but denies being antisemitic.” Mr Chetwyn told the paper: “I said I regard Zionists as ideological terrorists because I think that is what they are. They actually infiltrate and try and destroy pro-Palestinian activities wherever they come across it.”

In her letter to the Presiding Officer, Ms Brannan wrote that “The effect of the antisemitic attack which I experienced was distressing and concerning and indeed I have never in my adult life or my role as Chair of SCoJeC been targeted so overtly.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism takes a close interest in fighting antisemitism in Scotland and we commend Ms Brannan for standing up to these allegedly appalling comments and intimidation. We trust that the Presiding Officer will take an appropriately tough stand.

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Dorset Eye” community website used as cover to spread antisemitic hate

Articles defending Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker’s antisemitic comments and accusing Israel of becoming a “Nazi state” have been posted on the Dorset Eye, a supposed community-friendly website and online magazine which includes sections on “Parenting and Children”, “Older People”, “Wildlife” and “Anti-racism”. The website, founded by Jason and Debbie Cridland, poses as a community resource — “Dorset’s only news outlet for the people of Dorset, by the people of Dorset.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has uncovered disturbing content on the Dorset Eye. An article apparently written by Jamie Stern-Weiner, in the “Anti-racism” section, defended the disgraced and suspended Labour and Momentum activist Jackie Walker. Stern-Weiner wrote that “The antisemitism allegations against Walker are devoid of factual basis.” Another article defended Ken Livingstone’s claim that Hitler supported Zionism. The author, named as Tim Nicholls, wrote that “I have checked, and he is right…To state this is simply a matter of fact and not a demonstration of antisemitism.”

Dorset Eye also ran an article under the name Harry Paterson headlined: “Rockets Into Israel Are The Legitimate Resistance Of A Desperate People”, justifying the firing of rockets into Israel by the genocidal antisemitic terrorist group Hamas. Another, referring to Israel’s invasion of Gaza, posts a piece titled “Dedicated to Israeli foreign policy in Gaza: Dead Kennedys – I Kill Children” dedicates the piece to “the people in Israel…” features a music video and quotes the lyrics “I kill children, I love to see them die”, appearing to invoke the blood libel. While on their “Links” page, there is a link to Press TV which has a history of spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and is affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

In another piece titled “Gaza, The Merchant Of Venice and the Nazification of Israel” the author, Chris Stone, says: “…yes, I will say it. Israel is becoming like a Nazi state”, and in turn links to articles claiming “The Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents.”

It is unacceptable for a community website and resource which purports to have a warm and fuzzy image to publish antisemitic articles that clearly breach the International Definition of Antisemitism, as adopted by our government and the Labour Party. Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns the use of the Dorset Eye as a cover for the dissemination of hateful material.

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Charity Commission investigating BDS in students’ unions after BBC exposé which was extensively assisted by CAA

The Charity Commission for England and Wales is investigating the lawfulness of efforts by students’ unions to force a boycott of Israel. The Charity Commission investigation was opened following an exposé by the BBC, which was extensively assisted by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The BBC spent months interviewing students about the effects of the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Through introductions to students, we were able to demonstrate that whilst BDS has no appreciable effect on trade between Britain and Israel, which continues to grow, it has an immense effect on the British Jewish community, and particularly Jewish students. Campaign Against Antisemitism is regularly approached by Jewish students whose experience has been ruined by bullying, intimidation and abuse directed at them in the context of BDS activities such as the invitation of extremist speakers to campuses, violent or intimidatory demonstrations and the isolation of ‘Zionist’ students from the rest of the student body.

Israel is the place from which Judaism originates and where half of the world’s Jewish population lives. Since its establishment it has been the one country that offers persecuted Jews from around the world unconditional safe haven. It is the religious and cultural heart of Judaism. To tell Jews that they will be treated as pariahs unless they renounce all religious and cultural connection to Israel and Israelis is antisemitic.

As we wrote to the Charity Commission, boycotting a country is neither illegal nor racist per se, the problem with BDS is that it is no mere boycott. Supporters of BDS routinely engage the International Definition of Antisemitism by:

  • Setting political tests which Jews must pass, or face being treated as a pariah, especially by demanding that Jews renounce their cultural and religious ties to Israel, the physical centre of the Jewish religion, the world’s only Jewish state, and the country in which almost half of the world’s Jewish population lives;
  • Attempting to isolate and shame Israeli Jews, but not non-Jews, who do not support BDS when they visit Britain or come to study or teach at British universities;
  • Treating the entirety of the State of Israel as occupied land, and thereby asserting that the existence of the state of Israel is a racist endeavour;
  • Working with genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations;
  • Claiming that Israeli policy is to deliberately kill babies, or harvest the vital organs of non-Jews, which revives ancient blood libels;
  • Attempting to portray Israeli Jews as having created a Nazi state in the model of Nazi Germany, and of ‘using’ the Holocaust as political cover for purported Jewish crimes;
  • Defending against claims of antisemitism by proposing that the allegations are a ruse used by Jewish victims, not to call out racism but to silence criticism of Israel;
  • Projecting antisemitic conspiracy myths about nefarious Jewish power onto the Jewish state.

We are grateful to the BBC for drawing attention to this problem and for bravely highlighting the pervasive antisemitism within the BDS campaign.

We await the results of the Charity Commission’s investigation with interest.

If you have experienced antisemitism at university or would like to help us fight antisemitism on campus, contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

 

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UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, pledges to be on the front line in the fight against antisemitism

António Guterres, the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, has pledged to be on the front line in the fight against antisemitism. In a powerful speech to delegates at the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York, Guterres proclaimed that: “You can be absolutely sure, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will be in the front line of the struggle against antisemitism and to make sure the United Nations is able to to take all possible actions for antisemitism to be condemned, and if possible, eradicated from the face of the earth.”

A modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the existence of the State of Israel,” Guterres said. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I can say that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state, with exactly the same rules.” Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes and endorses this direct statement from the head of the United Nations regarding what is defined as antisemitism. It aligns with the International Definition of Antisemitism that was adopted by the British Government following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. The definition states that “Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation” is antisemitic.

Guterres, who only assumed office in January, also called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime in the history of mankind” and denounced rising antisemitism. “We see today antisemitism alive and well,” he said. “We see it in acts of physical aggression, murders of Jewish people in different parts of the world, destruction of property, destruction of monuments, destruction of centres.”

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Michael Demetriou, convicted of shouting “Heil Hitler” and “F***ing Jews”, ordered to pay £640, but then discharged

Michael Demetriou has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress for shouting “Heil Hitler” and “F***ing Jews” at Jewish victims in London in an incident in August last year.

He was ordered to pay £640 in costs, and discharged on condition that he commits no further offences for six months.

Antisemitic crime will continue to increase unless offenders are appropriately sanctioned by the courts, and we regret this lenient decision.

We commend the victim for persevering with the Metropolitan Police Service and insisting that they level charges against the suspect, and we salute Shomrim Stamford Hill, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, which has assisted the victim throughout.

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National Union of Students votes to reaffirm commitment to International Definition of Antisemitism

Amongst the first decisions taken by the National Union of Students (NUS) electing Shakira Martin to replace Malia Bouattia as President, has been to reaffirm is commitment to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Motion 426, entitled “It’s Time To Combat Antisemitism” quoted Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer research which found that 77% of British Jews have witnessed antisemitism disguised as a political comment about Israel, and roundly condemned outgoing President Malia Bouattia’s record on antisemitism.

Noting that “Jewish students have the right to define what they constitute [sic] as antisemitism” and the adoption by the British government of the International Definition of Antisemitism following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others, NUS resolved to adopt the definition and “To recommend that Students’ Unions use the…definition in guiding their responses to incidences of antisemitism”.

An attempt by a fringe group to have the union adopt a different, unusably loose, definition was defeated.

NUS has used a previous version of the International Definition of Antisemitism since 2007, but following the growth of antisemitism in NUS under former President Malia Bouattia, a survey of 485 Jewish students by the NUS showed that more than a quarter are living in fear of an antisemitic attack and less than half would be comfortable attending an NUS event.

We applaud NUS for taking this measure to reaffirm its support for Jewish students against antisemitism.

If you would like to help us to address antisemitism on campus, please contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

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Tim Farron sacks disgraced parliamentary candidate David Ward over antisemitism, after first claiming that he was powerless to intervene

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has bowed to pressure to sack his disgraced former MP, David Ward, after Ward was selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bradford East. Mr Farron first claimed that he was powerless to intervene in local parties’ selection processes.

Campaign Against Antisemitism had worked with outraged Liberal Democrats to raise the issue with Mr Farron when news of Mr Ward’s selection broke yesterday, but to no avail: Mr Farron said that his hands were tied.

The knockout blow was delivered by Sir Eric Pickles and the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions. Sir Eric praised the Prime Minister for adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism on behalf of the government, and asked whether she felt that all parties should “not just pay lip service to it, but to actually do something about it”, before attacking Mr Ward’s views. The Prime Minister demanded that “all parties maintain the strongest possible censure on all forms of intolerance”. When Mr Farron was then called upon to speak, he avoided the issue, but tweeted later: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”

Mr Ward has previously been suspended by the Party over his comments about Jews, the Holocaust and Israel. Mr Farron personally welcomed him back into the Party last year, saying he had “served his time”.

In 2013, he marked Holocaust Memorial Day by writing and entry on his website and in a Holocaust memorial book saying: “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.” In a later statement he added: “It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.” The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

In July same year he was suspended by the Party for three months over a tweeted statement appearing to call for the destruction of the State of Israel. The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour)” is antisemitic.

In July 2014 he appeared to side with terrorist group Hamas, which seeks the annihilation of all Jews globally and is banned in the UK, tweeting: “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”. He apologised under severe pressure.

Last year, we complained to the Party after Mr Ward tweeted in response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into antisemitism: “Antisemitism row becoming daft — for a voice of sanity see the PSC evidence to the Chakrabati Inquiry (and HASC)” but no action was taken against him.

We will remain in contact with senior Liberal Democrats whose work against antisemitism we applaud, however Mr Farron deserves no credit for allowing the selection of such an unsuitable candidate, then claiming to be powerless to intervene, then sacking him.

Just as in the case of Ashuk Ahmed MBE, who was suspended from the Party after we exposed him in the media yesterday, the Party was well aware of Mr Ward’s past but only acted under intense pressure.

It is a great shame that Tim Farron only seems to act on antisemitism when enough people are watching.

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Malia Bouattia has been defeated by Shakira Martin, the new President of the National Union of Students

Malia Bouattia has been defeated in her bid for re-election as President of the National Union of Students (NUS). Shakira Martin has been elected to succeed Bouattia and we look forward to getting to know her better and working with her to root out antisemitism in the organisation.

Candidates for other elected positions (who may yet win them) have been exposed as having previously made offensive comments about Jews, whilst a survey of 485 Jewish students by the NUS showed that more than a quarter are living in fear of an antisemitic attack and less than half would be comfortable attending an NUS event.

Bouattia has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia since refused to confirm that Israel has a right to even exist, and told an audience at the School of Oriental and African Studies that the government’s anti-terrorism strategy is led by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies”. Last July Bouattia drew further condemnation when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative.

Student leaders have gone so far as to write open letters expressing embarrassment and apologising to Jewish students for the actions of Bouattia and the NUS. The Union of Jewish Students has called for her resignation, as have other student groups including Oxford University Students’ Union. The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Rise of Antisemitism in Britain strongly criticised her.

A two-month inquiry launched by NUS to ascertain whether Bouattia is an antisemite found that Bouattia made comments that “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as antisemitic”, but recommended that no disciplinary action be taken. Instead, Professor Carol Baxter, the NHS’s former equality chief who authored the report, outrageously proposed that Bouattia should apologise instead and escape any further consequence.

We look forward to working with Shakira Martin. There is much to be done.

If you would like to help us to address antisemitism on campus, please contact campus@antisemitism.uk.

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More antisemitism revealed at the National Union of Students as they convene for their National Conference

The Independent has revealed that more officeholders and candidates running for positions on the National Union of Students (NUS) Executive Committee at the NUS National Conference in Brighton from 25th to 27th April have made antisemitic comments in the past.

Earlier this month, the NUS released its survey on The Experience of Jewish Students in 2016/17, showing that only 49% of the 485 Jewish students polled said that they would feel comfortable attending NUS events and just 40% would feel comfortable engaging in the NUS policy making process.

Ali Milani, a candidate for Vice President of Union Development, made a series of antisemitic tweets between 2012 and 2013. In one of the many antisemitic tweets, he called someone a “Jew” for being stingy, writing: “Nah u won’t mate. It’ll cost you a pound #jew.” In a tweet to Piers Morgan, Milani wrote: “u are a zionist and a corperate [sic] jackass.” In a string of tweets about Israeli-US relations and the Israel-Palestine conflict, he commented: “Israel has no right to exist.”

Sean O’Neill, another candidate running for a place on the NUS National Executive Council, posted on Twitter in 2012 using the hashtags “heilhitler” and “f**kslutskilljews” – apparently in an attempt at humour. O’Neill also previously claimed that accusations of antisemitism made against students were a smear designed to silence Palestinian activists. He asked for a statement to be read out an Oxford University Students’ Union Council meeting on 18th January 2017. The statement included: “authorities are looking into several instances of university students being falsely accused of antisemitism as a means of intimidating student campaigners for Palestinian rights at Oxford, and evidence of foreign interference in democratic processes on our campus.”

Meanwhile, another current NUS officer, LGBT+ Officer Noorulann Shahid, shared a Jewish-made, self deprecating video on Twitter in 2012 containing offensive Jewish stereotypes.

In statements to The Independent, Milani, O’Neill and Shahid have apologised. Milani said: “I have apologised unreservedly for these comments before and I do so again. They do not reflect how I see the world today. These tweets are from an incredibly long time ago – when I was 16 to 17 years old.”

O’Neill said: “I was absolutely horrified to see this tweet. It flies in the face of my commitment to anti-fascism and anti-sexism. It was five years ago, and I have no recollection of writing it. I can only assume it was an incredibly distasteful inside joke, or a reference to something someone else said the night before. I wholly, unreservedly apologise for having ever associated myself with these truly vile hashtags. I am ashamed, and reach out to all groups affected to say sorry.” O’Neill has subsequently written on Facebook that his tweet has been taken out of context.

Shahid said: “What I said was not acceptable. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to Jewish students for the video I shared and comments I made on Twitter. I wrote the tweet a long time ago when I had a limited amount of political education and understanding, and I’d never make such comments again as I am committed to unlearning all types of offensive and oppressive language.”

Milani, O’Neill and Shahid are all part of a far-left grouping that includes Malia Bouattia, the current NUS President who is seeking re-election. The Independent also revealed that during her time as a student at University of York, Bouattia was involved in hosting a play as part of Israel Apartheid Week events in 2010 called “Seven Jewish Children” that has been widely criticised as antisemitic. Bouattia was recently condemned by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee for “outright racism” after she referred to the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost.” An internal report for NUS found that she made antisemitic comments but outrageously she faced no action whatsoever as a consequence. Last July, Bouattia drew further condemnation when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the newly-elected NUS leadership, following the elections this week, to ensure that all Jewish students have a safe and positive experience at university and on Milani, O’Neill, Shahid and Bouattia to take steps to ensure they are well educated in the concerns of Jewish students and the insidious nature of antisemitism. Education is the key to ridding society of antisemitism and it is up to aspiring leaders to lead by example on this front.

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Antisemitic candidate suspended by the Liberal Democrats after being exposed by CAA, but reappointed to advise Bedfordshire Police

Antisemite Ashuk Ahmed MBE has been suspended as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Parliamentary constituency of Luton South after being exposed in the media by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

However Ahmed has been appointed Vice Chair of Bedfordshire Police South Independent Advisory Group (IAG). Ahmed was previously a member of the Luton IAG for Bedfordshire Police but quietly stood down following a complaint to police in November 2014 about his appalling antisemitic posts on Facebook.

Ahmed’s social media output has been riddled with the most virulent antisemitism, including the conspiratorial charge that ISIS is a Jewish invention whose horrors are propagated by the “Jewish media and their gentile pawns” in order to “justify more slaughter.” He described these conspiracy theories as the “truth about ISIS.” One of the conspiracy theory videos shared by Ahmed was by “Humanity United against AshkeNAZI”, an extreme antisemitic group which claims to “expose…the current take over of the united states by the jewish ashkenazi tribe.”

Ahmed further claimed that “Zionists control half the world”, told racist jokes in which Jews spitefully spit in Arabs’ clothes and urinate in their drinks, claimed “Jewish democracy” means bloodlust, wrote that the Labour and Conservative Parties are in the grip of their “Zionist paymasters” and painted the Israeli Prime Minister with blood dripping from his mouth while feasting on a child (an invocation of the blood libel, a medieval antisemitic trope).

Despite interviewing him under caution about the posts, Bedfordshire Police have allowed him to remain on the IAG and even permitted him to be promoted. The IAG advises on hate crime, and tells the Bedfordshire community, particularly its Jewish members that their police force is quite content to allow antisemites to hold positions of power.

In a statement to Campaign Against Antisemitism, Chief Superintendent David Boyle from Bedfordshire Police said: “The Bedfordshire Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) provide independent advice to the force, as well as observe and monitor aspects of policing. We are aware of the current Vice-Chair of the South IAG’s former position within the IAG prior to its reformation, and of his decision to stand down during 2014. A police investigation was launched into reports of the sharing of antisemitic posts on Mr Ahmed’s Facebook page, but no criminal offences were found to have been committed. The selection of IAG committee members takes place jointly with Bedfordshire Police, and during the current formation of the South IAG there have been no concerns raised among the force of impartiality from any current serving members.”

Ahmed removed the offensive material when he discovered that he had been reported to police, but Campaign Against Antisemitism has screenshots of the hate-filled pages. We have been told that Ahmed was not charged with a crime because Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers said that they could not charge him because he did not write the material himself but was just passing it on. This appears to be another example of CPS lawyers failing to comprehend the law on antisemitism; it is of course a criminal offence to distribute antisemitic material written by others.

Despite the fact that Ahmed had been exposed as an antisemite, the Liberal Democrats still decided to select him as their candidate for the Luton South Constituency in the forthecoming General Election, just as they did in 2015. The Party only moved to suspend Ahmed when Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed him in the Daily Mail. This is outrageous and we call on the Liberal Democrats to expel him from the Party and send a clear message that their party is not a safe place for antisemites. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has previously said that he “thinks antisemitism should be called out at every single opportunity it rears its ugly head” and that Jews will find “a warm home” in his Party.

Ahmed clearly has some standing in his local community and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for “services to young people.” He has worked as a community development officer for North Hertfordshire Council, and he has also worked at a radio station which received the Queen’s Award for Volunteering and which purportedly works to tackle extremism.

It is unconscionable that someone who has been expelled from a police advisory group for such vile antisemitism can be reappointed as Vice-Chair a little over two years later. Both Bedfordshire Police and the Liberal Democrats must terminate their association with him immediately, in the case of the Liberal Democrats by expelling Ahmed from the Party. It should also be said that, had the Crown Prosecution Service not failed again to do its job properly, it is highly unlikely that he would still be in possession of his MBE.

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After releasing a disappointing policing plan, Mayor of London makes a start on hate crime policing group called for by CAA

Having released a disappointing policing plan, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has launched the beginnings of a hate crime policing group recommended by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The Metropolitan Police Service does not currently have a dedicated force-wide hate crime team, but Sadiq Khan today announced an online hate crime unit staffed by five officers who will gather intelligence on online abusers on social media as well as improving support for victims. The unit is reported to cost £1.7m over two years, and will be partly funded by the Home Office.

We welcome this initiative which is consistent with the proposals we have made to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. We hope that the unit will receive additional staff so that it can cope with the constant flow of online crime, and the volunteers of our Crime Unit look forward to working with the new police team.

Antisemitic hatred has gone unchecked online for too long. Jews should not have to suffer in silence, and we hope to see an increase in prosecutions for online hate crime.

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Yet again, Chelsea fans prepared for Spurs match by singing “I’ve got a foreskin, haven’t you? F***ing Jew!”

According to footage provided to the Daily Mail, supporters of Chelsea Football Club prepared for their club’s match against Tottenham Hotspur by singing: “We’ll be running around Tottenham with our willies hanging out, singing, I’ve got a foreskin, haven’t you? F***ing Jew!”

Approximately twenty men can be seen singing the song at the Green Man pub near Wembley Stadium. Some stood on tables and others jumped up and down.

At a previous match between the two football clubs, Chelsea had to warn its supporters not to engage in antisemitic taunts, but they did so anyway. The club previously cooperated with police to identify and convict a fan who performed 13 Nazi salutes in 15 minutes at a match. Regrettably, that conviction was merely one of many that are needed.

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101. If you would like any help, please contact our Crime Unit via investigations@antisemitism.uk.

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Labour Council candidate Mike Sivier defends far-left antisemites and quotes far-right Holocaust denier

Mike Sivier is a freelance journalist based in Llanindrod Wells, Mid Wales. He writes a blog called Vox Political as well as having a Facebook and Twitter feed. He is standing as a Labour Party candidate for Radnorshire and Builth Wells in the upcoming elections to Powys County Council. He enthusiastically supports the hard ‘Corbynite’ left within Labour, referring to those who formerly led the Party as “neoliberals”.

He writes prolifically on issues relating to Zionism and Jews and is an ardent defender of members of the Labour Party who are suspended or expelled over allegations of antisemitism. He has defended Jackie Walker, particularly for her comments that Jews were the chief financiers of the the slave trade. He endorses the views and cross-posts the writing of Tony Greenstein.

Concerning the late Tam Dalyell’s comment that Tony Blair may have been “unduly influenced…by a cabal of Jewish advisers”, Mr Sivier suggests that this may have been “entirely justified”. He has defended some of the antisemitic tweets of Naz Shah, despite that MP accepting that what she had said was indeed antisemitic. He has asserted that the Socialist Workers’ Party’s omission of Jews from a list of victims of the Holocaust may have been “politically correct” and defended NUS President Malia Bouattia’s reference to the “Zionist-led media”. He regularly accuses Jews and others who point to antisemitism in his Party of acting in bad faith.

In fact, it seems there are virtually no allegedly antisemitic incidents or individuals on the Left that Mike Sivier has not either defended or supported.

Mr Sivier explicitly states that he believes that there is a “conspiracy” by Jews: “…it is a conspiracy, have no doubt about that” and those who would defend them in the UK. In the same breath as naming leading Jewish figures, Labour MPs and British journalists he says: “We are being told that agents of a foreign country have infiltrated our institutions”.

This would be enough for Campaign Against Antisemitism to question why the Labour Party is allowing him to remain a member, never mind stand for office in its name. However, Mr Sivier’s taste for antisemitic discourse runs to a deeper shade still: his support and enthusiastic defence of Ken Livingstone, and his assertion that Hitler supported Zionism, runs so deep that he has even written an e-book on the subject. Despite Mr Livingstone being found guilty of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for making his assertions, and the unanimous determination by the world’s leading Holocaust historians that his interpretation of history is twisted, Mike Sivier is persistent and undaunted. After the verdict, unintimidated by historians of infinitely greater learning than himself, he determined that the Jewish community of this country is incapable of understanding its own history.

Mr Sivier seems determined, however, to ‘complete the set’ of every variety of contemporary antisemitism by linking to the work of Gilad Atzmon, an individual so antisemitic that he has been disowned by those on the left that are no strangers to antisemitism themselves. Gilad Atzmon has taken antisemitism to a new level, asserting that ‘Jewishness’ is toxic. He has written that “With Fagin and Shylock in mind Israeli barbarism and organ trafficking seem to be just other events in an endless hellish continuum” and said at a British University event that “…the burning down of a synagogue…is a rational act”. The post itself featured on the website Redressonline, a website so antisemitic it features Mr Atzmon’s work on a regular basis. Mr Sivier quoted directly in his own piece from the editor’s supplementary comments to Atzmon’s post.

When it was pointed out to Mr Sivier on Twitter that he had linked to Mr Atzmon’s work, and that Atzmon had re-posted his writing, Mr Silvier shrugged his shoulders, saying he was “…not all that bothered”.

Mr Sivier’s extensive writing provides Campaign Against Antisemitism with an unwelcome resumé of the varieties of  antisemitism that have emerged in the contemporary Labour Party. He is not only antisemitic on several counts under the terms of the International Definition of Antisemitism, but, en route, defends many of the leading individuals responsible for it. Not content with that, he has shown himself to be unconcerned about both linking to and being reposted by a neo-Nazi.

In the light of this, and the very public nature of his extensive and offensive posts, it seems inconceivable that he has been allowed to stand as a Labour Councillor in next month’s elections. We call on the national and local Labour Party in Radnorshire and Builth Wells to deselect him as a candidate immediately.

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Holocaust denial comments and antisemitic libels left up on George Galloway’s Facebook page as supporters rail against Jews

Antisemitic comments have been posted by George Galloway’s supporters on his official Facebook page. Galloway, the controversial former Member of Parliament for the Labour and Respect Parties, is an independent candidiate in the by-election in Manchester Gorton that was scheduled for 4th May and is now being held as part of the General Election on 8th June following the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman MP.

The disgraceful Holocaust denial and revisionist comments should have been immediately removed by whoever is administering or moderating the page, or by Galloway himself, but instead they have been left for all to see.

In response to a video by Galloway on “What right did Britain have to grant you somebody else’s country”, which falsely claims that the Palestinians have been made to pay for the Holocaust, and that Muslim countries historically did not discriminate against Jews, Facebook user “David Spade” wrote that: “Red cross released figures showing only 271,000 people died in German camps, there has not been a single instance of a gas chamber proven, nor a document found showing hitler had any such idea. One need only dig deeper to see only 20,000 Jews died in those camps,a true end of the war, after the allies bombed Europe into dust. For more information check out the interviews for swindlers list you didn’t see”.

In one exchange, Facebook user “Elaine Kauai” wrote: “Please drop the 6 million number. Your video is very good and effective until you mention that number then the vid loses credibility.” She added that “the jew holocaust is a SHAM.” Spade responded: “20,000 Jews due to starvation when allies destroyed all supply lines. The camps were in fact pleasant places with swimming pools, theaters tuck shops and paid work”.

This is further evidence of the growing problem of online antisemitism. Just last week, we exposed antisemitic comments posted on Labour affiliated Facebook pages following the decision not to expel Ken Livingstone from Labour. In February, Campaign Against Antisemitism made a submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s “Policing for the future: changing demands and new challenges” inquiry. We set out in detail the challenge presented by online antisemitism and proposed a robust plan for dealing with it.

If you would like to join our Political and Government Investigations Unit, our Online Monitoring Unit, or one of our other teams, please volunteer.

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Graffiti near Brighton declares: “Put Jews in ovens”, “Auschwitz was a good thing!”

Horrifying antisemitic graffiti has been found on the beachfront at Rottingdean, near Brighton.

The graffiti consists of neo-Nazi slogans including: “Put Jews in ovens”, “Auschwitz was a good thing!”, “Burn the Jews”, “F*** Jews” and “Hail Hitler”.

Simon Cobbs, a leader of Sussex Friends of Israel, said: “Once again the spectre of antisemitism rears its ugly head on the south coast in a random location. One has to question the environment that allows and encourages such unalloyed hatred to be so openly expressed.”

The graffiti was found near a sports area named after Connor Saunders, who died in Rottingdean in April 2012 after being punched by a teenager in a pointless act of violence. The sports area is intended to offer young people a better alternative to loitering with nothing to do.

Anybody with information about the graffiti should contact the police on 101.

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Labour candidate Terry Couchman reportedly suspended for posts attacking “ZioNazi Final Solution” and “Jewish Organisations”

Terry Couchman, a Labour Party candidate for the Lyneham Ward in Wiltshire, appears to have been suspended by the Party over alleged antisemitic tweets and Facebook posts, including repeated references to “ZioNazis”. Before setting his Twitter account to keep his tweets private temporarily, an account using his name tweeted: “Suspended by the Labour Party for criticisms of ZioNazis. To minimise the ZioNazi biased Media towards Labour I will go private temporarily.”

In Facebook posts, an account using his name attacked “Jewish Organisations”, commenting: “Lets get things clear here – It is the ZioNazi Storm Troopers of IsraHell that are using ‘Chemical Weapons’. They are continuing their Ethnic Cleansing by way of other means of poisoning now. I hope all you Jewish Organisations that still support IsraHell are proud of yourselves.”

The account also declared the US strike on a Syrian airbase to be the “ZioNazi Final Solution”, whilst also suggesting that “The ZioNazis of IsraHell are at their dirty games of provoking wars again…they pay off US and UK Politicians to divide up the Middle East for them.”

These vile comments clearly breach the International Definition of Antisemitism which has been accepted by the Labour Party.

A Labour Party spokesperson told Jewish News: “The Labour Party is aware of complaints about Terry Couchman. The Party takes all complaints seriously and will take all appropriate disciplinary action in line with the Party’s rule book and procedures.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism awaits to find out more details about the apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, the Labour Party will take over these grossly antisemitic comments. In the past, the Labour Party has refused to reveal whether it has taken any disciplinary action, as recommended in a whitewash report on antisemitism in the Party by Baroness Chakrabarti.

Last week the Labour Party decided not to expel Ken Livingstone for saying that “supported Zionism, before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.

If you would like to join our Political and Government Investigations Unit, our Online Monitoring Unit, or one of our other teams, please volunteer.

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Ken Livingstone is not alone, as shown by thousands of supporters on social media blurring the lines between far-left and far-right

The decision not to expel Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party has unleashed a tirade of antisemitism on many Labour-affiliated Facebook pages from Livingstone’s apologists and supporters who have jumped to his defence.

Far from being alone, Ken Livingstone is just the tip of the iceberg. His beliefs are shared by thousands of supporters, whose views are even more offensive. Posted openly on public Facebook pages for Labour supporters, not only are the comments themselves virulently antisemitic, but they have also been liked by other users with no opposition, and the pages’ administrators have not deleted the vile antisemitic comments or ensured that the debate on their forums is civil.

We have seen countless examples of extremely troubling Facebook comments in support of Livingstone. Many of them blur the lines between far-left and far-right antisemitism. We have reproduced a selection of the comments below, with corrected spelling and grammar.

On the “Truthers against Zionist lobbies” Facebook page, whose banner proudly declares “We support Jeremy Corbyn”, without commenting, “Kristi Cochran” posted a video entitled “Can you handle the truth about Jews?” and captioned: “How blind are you? Do you just refuse to hear? Wake up, this is not that hard.” Despite being a video by a neo-Nazi, four users ‘liked’ the video, and one, “Richard Norwood” even replied with a similar video which opens with the proclamation that “There is absolutely no doubt that Donald Trump is supported, owned and operated by the Zionist Jew power structure.”

Over on the “Jeremy Corbyn for PM” Facebook page, “Pat McGinley” was very disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn had criticised the decision not to expel Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party, posting: “It’s a great shame Jeremy seems to have caved in to the Zionist paid-puppets, like Watson, etc. He’s obviously under tremendous pressure from these puppets who can always count on their powerful media friends in the BBC, etc to aid and abet. And almost certainly, much more devious pressure which we are not privy to? But, Jeremy’s refusal to point out the vital difference between legitimate anti-Zionism and Zionist-engineered ‘antisemitism’ is extremely disappointing and inexcusable.”

Similarly, on the “We support Jeremy Corbyn” Facebook page, “Lynn Evans” was also sure who was subverting democracy, commenting: “The Zionist lobby is running this country. When will people wake up to this fact? They infiltrate the right, the left — every group. They are so pervasive as to be everywhere. If we left the EU because we want our country back, you’d better look under your bed!”

Over on the verified Facebook page of “Socialist Labour”, the administrator wrote: “Zionism did commit these crimes against the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, it is a right-wing racist and repulsive ideology which does not and should not be accepted as the legitimate representative of either the Jews of Israel or international Jewry. It now falls to Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker and their supporters to win this struggle and strike this blow for the oppressed Palestinians and thereby for the whole of oppressed and exploited humanity.”

On the “Labour Party Forum” Facebook page, “Helen Butcher” wrote: “Could every Jewish person who knows Ken Livingstone is not antisemitic take to the airwaves to condemn this suspension? This is how antisemitism works, by finding scapegoats that are innocent.” In response, “John Joyce” commented: “A wise man once said to me — or hang on it could have been a wise woman — the advice is always the same: follow the money”. Elsewhere on the page, “Steve Gadget” warned: “That lobby is stronger and better organised than we can imagine. They’ve infiltrated each of the political parties and sponsor many MPs. Not only that, but they control most of the mainstream media, ensuring Palestine is silenced.”

The administrator of the “Momentum Gosport and Fareham” Facebook page shared an image of Tony Blair and Ken Livingstone captioned: “This is Zionist Tony Blair. Tony killed 2 million innocents in Iraq and is still on the Labour payroll. This is Ken Livingstone. Ken told everyone facts about history was suspended for 2 years”. They also shared an image captioned “Spot the difference: Nazi Concentration Camp tower and Israeli wall tower, 2014”.

Some of the worst examples of antisemitism were posted on a Facebook page in response to an article in The Guardian about Labour’s decision to suspend Ken Livingstone from the Party for a year for saying that Hitler supported Zionism. While the Jewish community, Labour MPs and the national media reacted with fury to the lenient decision, “Frances Leader” wrote that “…The Labour Party is an idiotic pile of weak-willed money grabbing Judases for permitting this to happen. Bless Ken, he spoke for us all.” Another Facebook user, “Terry Dawe” replied: “The Jews are using the same tactics against the Palestinians as Hitler used against them; they are truly evil.” Another user, “Pete Moyes” was keen to expose the conspiracy he believes to be behind the decision on Livingstone: “A great game of smoke and mirrors, it is slowly dawning on more and more [people] that the Zioscum are not Jewish, and are behind all the conflict on the planet in the pursuit of debt slavery of all the countries involved, with their minions inserted in positions of power in each of these countries and trying extremely hard to keep their activities hidden from view.” He added: “It has just been announced that the Zionist-backed NEC has decided to further investigate Ken Livingstone. I say it is about time that they were disposed of.” Receiving likes from eight others, “Christopher Crossley” wrote: “Everybody knows Hitler was funded by the Zionists”, prompting “Jo Colby” to reply “They bankroll both sides of any war”, which Christopher evidently agreed with.

This is glaring evidence of the growing problem of online antisemitism, and the fact that Ken Livingstone’s offensive beliefs are far from uncommon in the Labour Party. In February, we made a submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s “Policing for the future: changing demands and new challenges” inquiry. We set out in detail the challenge presented by online antisemitism and proposed a robust plan for dealing with it.

If you would like to join our Political and Government Investigations Unit, our Online Monitoring Unit, or one of our other teams, please volunteer.

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Labour Councillor Luke Cresswell defends tweets of blood-drenched Israeli flag captioned “Moses must be proud of you”, cartoon showing Israelis as Nazis

Labour Councillor Luke Cresswell has defended his decision to tweet antisemitic images, saying that “it is nothing to do with religion”, but his tweets contradict him. In one, he tweeted a blood-drenched Israeli flag accusing Israel of genocide, captioned “Moses must be proud of you”. In another tweet, he uses a cartoon to portray Israelis as the new Nazis. Cresswell is also clearly a strong supporter of Ken Livingstone, having used Facebook to declare his “solidarity” with Livingstone after Livingstone claimed that Hitler supported Zionism.

Under the International Definition of Antisemitism, “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, as it “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”.

Disturbingly, a Twitter user claims to have reported him to the Labour Party a year ago, and rather than being disciplined by the Party, it appears that he has instead been selected by the Party to run in the upcoming Council elections.

We would like to thank the various Labour Party members who brought Cresswell’s posts to our attention.

If you would like to join our Political and Government Investigations Unit, our Online Monitoring Unit, or one of our other teams, please volunteer.

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Online gaming community infested with Jew hatred, as Islamists and neo-Nazis chat online about killing Jews

Steam, the global online gaming platform with almost 100 million users, including large numbers of children, has 11,903 users going under the name of Adolf Hitler, 3,611 users naming themselves after Osama Bin Laden, and countless others adopting online sobriquets based on genocidal and terrorist antisemitic namesakes. Searching for user names containing “Juden”, “Nazi” and similar terms also returns thousands upon thousands of brazenly antisemitic profiles.

Despite Steam’s online code of conduct prohibiting users from doing anything to “abuse” or “harass” others, and demanding that users do nothing to “inhibit any other user from using and enjoying Steam services”, antisemitic hatred seems to be rife on the platform, with Islamists and neo-Nazis even discussing what it might be like to kill Jews in real life.

Steam is owned by Valve Corporation. It is literally providing the online playground in which children spend hours interacting with each other and hardcore antisemites. Finding evidence of antisemitism on Steam could not be easier, and if we can find so much of it so easily, so can Valve’s online moderators. These antisemitic users should be banned.

You may wish to contact Valve’s CEO, Gabe Newell at gaben@valvesoftware.com, to politely ask him why Steam is so infested with brazen antisemites.

If you would like to join our Online Monitoring Unit and help to challenge gaming companies and other online platforms to stop this, please volunteer.

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Candidate for Vice President of NUS apologises for ‘stingy Jew’ tweet

Ali Milani, a candidate for Vice President of Union Development of the National Union of Students (NUS), has apologised for a series of antisemitic tweets from 2012 and 2013. In one of the many antisemitic tweets, he calls someone a “Jew” for being stingy, writing: “Nah u won’t mate. It’ll cost you a pound #jew.” The stereotype of the miserly and cheap Jew is extremely offensive.

In a tweet to Piers Morgan, Milani wrote: “u are a zionist and a corperate [sic] jackass.” In a string of tweets about Israeli-US relations and the Israel-Palestine conflict, he commented: “Israel has no right to exist.”

Just last week, the NUS released its survey on The Experience of Jewish Students in 2016/17, showing that only 49% of the 485 Jewish students polled said that they would feel comfortable attending NUS events, and just 40% would feel comfortable engaging in the NUS policy making process.

Milani, who is the current President of the Union of Brunel Students, is contesting the Vice President position at the NUS National Conference in Brighton from 25th to 27th April. Speaking to The Tab, Milani said: “I have apologised unreservedly for these comments before and I do so again. They do not reflect how I see the world today. These tweets are from an incredibly long time ago – when I was 16 to 17 years old. It’s unacceptable, I know that now. Education taught me that.” The NUS was contacted by The Tab but declined to comment.

Milani is a supporter of Malia Bouattia, the current NUS President, who was found by an NUS inquiry to have made antisemitic comments. According to The Tab, Milani signed an open letter in defence of her when her antisemitic comments were under investigation. Following outrage from the Jewish student body, which last summer wrote an open letter condemning Bouattia for her comments, an internal report for NUS found that Bouattia made antisemitic comments but outrageously she has faced no action whatsoever as a consequence. Milani was also quoted in an article in The Guardian praising Bouattia’s activist credentials, saying: “She is the most hardworking, dedicated and principled person I have ever met in my time as a sabb [sabbatical officer].”

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Police investigating swastika painted on equipment at Burgess Hill Skatepark in West Sussex

Antisemitic, homophobic and sexually-explicit graffiti, including a swastika, has reportedly been painted on equipment at Burgess Hill Skatepark in St John’s Park, London Road in West Sussex. A spokesman for Sussex Police told The Mid Sussex Times: “House-to-house enquiries and foot patrols are being used to gain information about those responsible for what amounts to racially-aggravated criminal damage due to the content of the graffiti.”

The graffiti was discovered on 3rd April but the vandals were believed to have struck over the weekend. Burgess Hill Town Council said four people from its maintenance team removed the graffiti “as quickly as possible” at a cost of around £300. A spokesman for the Council said: “Graffiti comes and goes but this was particularly nasty with racial slurs and foul language making up the bulk of the painting.”

Anyone with any information is asked to e-mail 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting reference 993 of 03/04. Reports can also be made on Sussex Police’s website.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the speedy and thorough response from Sussex Police and Burgess Hill Town Council.

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This Pesach we need your help: please volunteer or donate to the fight against antisemitism

This evening, Jewish families around the world will read those words as we celebrate the festival of Pesach. We recall the passage of our ancestors from darkness to light as they escaped slavery under the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Tonight, we pause to celebrate our freedom, but also to remember that those who seek our annihilation will never rest.

Sadly, the message of Pesach has not lost its relevance for Jews over the millennia.

From the all-volunteer team at Campaign Against Antisemitism, we wish our Jewish supporters a happy and meaningful Pesach, and we invite our non-Jewish supporters to join us in reflecting upon our collective freedom, and upon those who strive to do us harm.

Those who seek our destruction hate not only Jews, but all of society. Ours is the fight for civilisation itself.

This Pesach, please take the opportunity to join the fight against those who threaten British Jews and all of society by volunteering or donating. If you donate, you can make your donation last beyond Pesach by signing up for monthly donations of whatever amount you can afford. Thank you for your support.

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NUS surveys almost 500 Jewish students, finds that less than half would feel comfortable at NUS events

The National Union of Students (NUS) has released its survey on The Experience of Jewish Students in 2016/17, showing that more than a quarter of Jewish students are living in fear of an antisemitic attack. Some 485 of the estimated 8,500 Jewish students in the UK responded to the survey carried out by an NUS internal research team in cooperation with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) between last November and February.

We welcome the efforts of Robbie Young, the NUS Vice President for Society and Citizenship, who initiated this survey and applaud this step in the right direction. There can be a positive impact on Jewish student life if the concerns of Jewish students are actually listened to.

As we have reported, however, NUS has a track record of and has failingfailed miserably to tackle antisemitism. Current NUS President, Malia Bouattia, was recently condemned by the Home Affairs Select Committee for “outright racism” after she referred to the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost.” An internal report for NUS found that she made antisemitic comments but outrageously she faced no action whatsoever as a consequence.

Bouattia called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia refused to confirm that Israel has a right to even exist and told an audience at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) that the government’s anti-terrorism strategy is led by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies.” Last July Bouattia drew further condemnation when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative on the national anti-racism committee. She has yet to publicly apologise to Jewish students for the offence she has caused.

Given the tolerance for antisemitism by NUS, is it surprising that so many Jewish students feel detached and alienated from their union? The results of this survey are disturbing but therefore not unexpected:

  • Only 49% of students said they would feel comfortable attending NUS events.
  • Just 40% would feel comfortable engaging in the NUS policy making process.
  • Alarmingly, a staggering 65% do not believe the NUS would “respond appropriately” to allegations of antisemitism. One student said that “There is a tendency for NUS representatives to make blanket statements about Jews, including presumptions about their motives. This is very belittling and indicates that issues of Jewish students are not seriously considered.”

Other worrying findings in the survey are:

  • 26% of students said that they were either “fairly worried” or “very worried” about suffering a physical attack, property damage, verbal abuse or theft because they are Jewish.
  • 28% have experienced personal abuse through social media or other communication.
  • 65% had not experienced any crime whilst they have been students at their current place of study but 66 percent of those who had experienced crime believed these incidents were motivated by the perpetrator’s prejudice towards them based on their Jewish belief.
  • 42% reported difficulties accessing kosher food on their campuses. One student mentioned the impact of BDS on kosher food. “BDS…It’s xenophobic and prevents kosher food being sold in SU outlets as most Kosher food is made in Israel.”
  • 59% disagreed or strongly disagreed that their university avoids scheduling classes and exams during Sabbath and Jewish religious festivals. One student gave the example of “being told I would be marked down in a module if I left early for Shabbat because the university is a secular institute.”
  • Allegations of Jewish students being the victim of antisemitic comments made by lecturers. For example, “The only reason he was thrown in jail is because he was taking money from Jews and they are resourceful” and a “A lecturer made a joke about a gas chamber during a lecture about atmospheric gases and climate change.”

The first recommendation in the report is “Reviewing the current definition of antisemitism it adopts to ensure it is fit for purpose.” While NUS has been using the International Definition of Antisemitism, we call on them to enforce it. If they feel that they are unable to work with this definition, it questions their practices rather than the definition. It is an established principle that you cannot address a problem until you have identified what it is and adopted criteria, in this case a definition of antisemitism. If NUS is serious about addressing its antisemitism problem, it must use the international definition.

Another recommendation is for “NUS Leadership, staff and volunteers, elected and appointed, to receive training and guidance on antisemitism, within training on equality/race equality.” It is vital that NUS receives the right training to recognise antisemitism. Antisemitism is often nuanced and camouflaged and expressed in coded language so it is important that NUS comprehends its complexities.

Some Jewish students, however, have questioned the survey following its release. A student at the SOAS in London told The Algemeiner, an American Jewish newspaper, that she did not participate in the study because “I don’t trust the NUS or its intentions to improve Jewish student experience on campuses.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the NUS leadership, particularly the new leadership following the elections later this month, to use this report and its findings as a catalyst for real change and to ensure that all Jewish students have a safe and positive experience at university.

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Labour and Conservative candidates deselected in Birmingham after separately opining about Jewish conspiracies

Both the Labour and Conservative candidates in Birmingham’s Hall Green ward have been deselected by their parties after they both separately opined on social media about Jewish conspiracies.

The Conservative Party’s candidate, Obaid Khan, hit out at “Jew agents” and accusing a “Jewish lobby” of paying Twitter users he disagreed with. A Conservative spokesman told the Birmingham Mail: “He is no longer a member of the party. Views like that have no place in the party or our society.”

The Labour Party’s candidate, Alison Gove-Humphries, shared articles putting forward the conspiracy myths that Israel is the “key link in exporting ISIS oil” and that the “Israel lobby manufactured [the] UK Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis.” When criticised by other Labour councillors, she claimed that the allegations against her constituted “intrusion and misrepresentation” and said that she did not want to be “distracted by these hurtful allegations.”

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

Whilst Gove-Humphries has been replaced by another candidate, the Conservatives discovered Khan’s antisemitism too late and have had to withdraw from the election as the deadline for proposing new candidates had passed before he was deselected. Khan is no longer a member of the Conservative Party, but it is less unclear what action, if any, the Labour Party has taken against Gove-Humphries as a member.

It is utterly sickening that local politics in Birmingham Hall Green has been infested with antisemitism, with the local Conservative candidate obsessing about ‘Jewish agents’ and his Labour counterpart believing that antisemitism is a fabrication by a shadowy ‘Israel lobby’. We are pleased that on this occasion, both of the local Conservative and Labour parties have done the right thing and deselected their antisemitic candidates.

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Diane Abbott suggests that Labour members accusing the Party of institutional antisemitism are traitors

As though to reinforce the sense of abject denial amongst Jeremy Corbyn’s allies over the Labour Party’s continuing descent into the grip of extreme-left antisemitic conspiracy theorists, Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, has claimed that saying that the Party has an antisemitism problem is tantamount to an attack on the Party.

Speaking towards the end of BBC Question Time, Abbott was asked whether Ken Livingstone should have been expelled from the Labour Party. Despite a growing backlash against the decision merely to stop Livingstone from standing for office for a year, Abbott refused to say that he should have been expelled.

When fellow panellist Gerard Coyne, a candidate to lead the Unite union said that Livingstone should have been expelled because “his comments are an affront to the six million Jews who lost their lives — and their families — in the Holocaust” and that Labour has an general problem with antisemitism, Abbott retorted: “When Gerard says that the Labour Party has an institutional problem with racism, or institutional antisemitism, because they’re one and the same, when you say that the Labour Party has a problem with institutional antisemitism and racism, I’m sorry you feel the need to attack your Party. I’m proud of the Labour Party’s record on fighting racism and antisemitism.”

Diane Abbott has previously told a television audience that allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party were a politically-motivated smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn. Were the Labour Party to win a general election, Abbott would assume responsibility for tackling hate crime as Home Secretary.

It appears that Diane Abbott does not believe that Livingstone should have been expelled from the Party, and that she will accuse Labour members who challenge the Party’s appalling record on antisemitism of treachery. Only in the modern Labour Party could she comfortably retain her position as Shadow Home Secretary.

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Labour shows no signs of disciplining Afzal Khan, who now fails to agree that Livingstone should be expelled

It is a sad fact that the British public have now been exposed to the toxic distortion spread by the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, utilising what is known as Holocaust inversion — the toxic hoax that the Jewish state is now a Nazi one, genocidal and brutal, begotten of those who collaborated with Hitler. Mr Livingstone never shrank from it, even publishing a cartoon of an Israeli prime minister dressed as a Nazi, performing a straight-armed salute, standing on the bodies of the slaughtered.

Afzhal Khan, the Labour candidate in the forthcoming by-election in Manchester Gorton, also has form in this regard. In 2014 he tweeted: “The Israeli Government are acting like Nazi’s [sic] in Gaza.” He had earlier stated that a former Israeli leader had “been committing genocide against the Palestinian people”. The International Definition of Antisemitism, as adopted by the government and accepted by the Labour Party, says that “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

At the time, Mr Khan’s excuse was that “he was new to Twitter”, as lame an excuse as it is possible to give, and yet the Labour Party failed to discipline him. Unsurprisingly, only yesterday, he failed to agree that Ken Livingstone should be expelled from the party.

The ink on newspaper reports of Ken Livingstone’s obscene comments is hardly dry, but there is no reason why Labour should lose time in facing up to its hypocritical failure to apply the principle of zero-tolerance policy towards antisemitism in the Party. We call on the Party to now formally discipline Afzhal Khan for what the entire British polity now understands is antisemitism: for if they did not understand that it was then, they certainly have no excuse for making that claim now.

After 33 years as the MP for Manchster Gorton, the late Sir Gerald Kaufman left Manchester Gorton as the ninth safest Labour seat in the country. In October 2015, Sir Gerald delivered an antisemitic speech to MPs on the Parliamentary Estate, and just like in the case of Khan, the Labour Party refused to investigate or discipline him.

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Jews pelted with eggs outside synagogue in Golders Green, Shomrim releases CCTV

Jewish worshippers performing the Kiddush Levanah ceremony outside a synagogue in Golders Green were pelted with eggs by the occupants of a passing Toyota Prius on Tuesday at approximately 23:40.

Shomrim North West London has released CCTV footage of the car and asked any witnesses to call the police on 101, or Shomrim on 0300 999 1234.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to review the decision not to expel Ken Livingstone comes too late — the horse has bolted

Having found Ken Livingstone guilty of all charges, the subsequent failure of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) panel to expel him last night constituted perhaps the darkest hour of Labour history as a self-described “anti-racist” institution. On the international stage, Labour now stands as an institutionally antisemitic party with no fig leaf to cover its shame.

In a desperate attempt to claw back an ounce of dignity for his party, the man who exercises what is laughably called leadership over this once-great Party has bowed to a growing clamour from 42 decent Labour MPs appalled by events by issuing a statement describing the persistent and obscene Jew-baiting of the Jewish community as merely “hurtful” and “insensitive”.

Against a backdrop of tolerance by Jeremy Corbyn of gross and obvious antisemitism in Labour, which has led to a growing spread of the most extreme neo-Nazi antisemitic belief in the grassroots of the Party, describing what has happened as “hurtful” is an understatement so great that in itself it constitutes further injury.

Ken Livingstone’s case was referred to the National Constitutional Committee by the National Executive Committee. Now that the foul stench of antisemitism permeates every layer of the Party, even Jeremy Corbyn is beginning to have difficulty hiding it. Perhaps that is why he now proposes to have the National Executive Committee re-examine the case on the feeble grounds that Mr Livingstone did not apologise. Mr Livingstone’s lack of apology pales against the severity of his principal offence, and if he cannot be expelled for the principal offence, we hold out no hope that he will be expelled for failing to apologise.

The horse has bolted. Labour’s chance was yesterday, and it blew it. The rot has now corroded the very institutions which are supposed to defend Labour. Ken Livingstone’s case is one of hundreds, we believe. Antisemites are being readmitted to the Party, unnoticed. Our own disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn has not even been acknowledged. Labour’s relationship with the Jewish community is in its death throes, and there is no miracle left to save it from its moral failure.

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Man who allegedly spat on Jews and performed Nazi salute arrested following pursuit by Shomrim

A man has been arrested and held in custody by police for allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse at Jewish pedestrians, spitting at them and performing a Nazi salute. The 26-year-old was followed by Shomrim North West London, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, which pursued him until police arrived to arrest him on suspicion of racially-aggravated assault.

The incident occurred at approximately 22:05 on Sunday outside 134 Golders Green Road. Any witnesses should contact the police on 101 or Shomrim North West London on 0300 999 1234.

The abuse of Jews with the language and symbols of Nazi Germany is intended to maximise the distress caused to the victims. It is a form of antisemitism expressly designed to arouse fear, and must be treated severely by the criminal justice system if others are to be deterred from employing it.

We commend Shomrim North West London and the Metropolitan Police Service for their swift response. We will follow this case with interest.

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Today’s decision not to expel Ken Livingstone is the Labour Party’s final act of brazen, painful betrayal

Today is a day of disgrace for the Labour Party. That Ken Livingstone has been guilty of expressing grossly offensive views is of itself obvious: that Labour has failed to execute a moral duty to expel him has been astonishing, the more so that the Party now admits that he is guilty as charged.

It is important to understand the context of Mr Livingstone’s allegations, because despite the seeming complexity of the history he espouses, the nature of his claims is of a classic and easily-recognised type.

From the allegation that ‘the Jews killed Jesus’; the Rothschild conspiracy myths; the slur that Jews controlled the slave trade; to Mr Livingstone’s tirades about Hitler and Zionism, there is a recognisable pattern. In all of these conspiracy myths, a tale of Jewish malice is woven using scraps of real historical events. Scholars of antisemitism will attest that having fabricated what is apparently a technically-supportable claim of Jewish malevolence, those who wish to attack Jews then try to draw their opponents into a debate that grants their false tale parity with the truth. Attempts to not engage by Jews are then represented as suppression of free speech, or an example of ‘Jewish power’.

To engage with such tales in such a way is to betray a misunderstanding of the very nature of antisemitic discourse. In this particular case, the key aim is to manipulate the history of Zionism in a dishonest way so as to degrade and poison the reality of Jewish self-determination as a whole; from there to project it onto both the post-Holocaust period and contemporary Israel to reinforce a wider dialogue on the Left that continues to demonise Jewish self-determination and Israel as the Jew amongst nations. From there it impacts directly on Jewish communities such as those in the UK, forcing them to choose between supporting ‘evil Jewish self-determination’ or being ‘good Jews who forfeit their own rights’.

Mr Livingstone is also being true to the eponymous ‘Livingstone formulation’, a method of deflecting accusations of antisemitism named after him by academics: by saying that accusations of antisemitism against him are being brought by those “motivated by a plot to undermine the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and his supporters in the party” he doubles down by attributing sinister motives to those bringing the accusations themselves.

That respected historians will continue to engage with the detail of Jewish history in the inter-war years, is a given. Mr Livingstone is a famous politician with a history of embracing an Islamist antisemite; of likening a Jewish journalist to a “concentration camp guard”; of publishing a cartoon depicting an Israeli leader as a Nazi; of claiming that Jews were too “rich” to vote for him; and of backing the comments of an MP who subsequently admitted those comments were antisemitic. When such a man supports his claims only by reference to a discredited book by an antisemitic journalist he himself acknowledges to be so , then alarm bells should have rung so loudly in Labour that their response should have been swift and summary. Instead they succumbed to a process by which, over a long period of time, Mr Livingstone was allowed to parade such lies for a wider audience, while portraying himself as a victim. He has succeeded in doing so.

Ken Livingstone has been portraying Jews as Nazis for decades. His claim that Hitler acted in support of Zionism, along with his constant repetition of that distortion, has been a repulsive spectacle. We felt sure that the Labour Party, blighted by antisemitism as it is, would reclaim some of its former self and expel him. Labour has long had a moral duty to expel Ken Livingstone, but instead it has allowed his vile views to gain support in the party. Today’s verdict confirms our worst fears: that it is possible to husband and broadcast such repellant beliefs and still remain a Labour Party member has shocked even us. This surely represents the last of the death throes of the Labour Party’s long relationship with the Jewish community. The Party had this one last chance to prove that it is not beyond salvation. Today’s decision is the Party’s final act of brazen, painful betrayal.

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Rising star of Scottish neo-Nazi movement unmasked

The Scottish newspaper, the Daily Record, has revealed in its Sunday edition, the Sunday Mail, the identity of a rising leader of the Scottish neo-Nazi movement.

The paper’s investigation discovered that Steven Wright, 45, is a sympathiser of the violent, antisemitic and neo-Nazi group National Action and openly backs other far right groups, including the British Freedom Fighters, the White Brotherhood, and Blood and Honour. Last month, it emerged that National Action is still meeting in secret despite being banned by the Home Secretary in December 2016 following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others.

Wright has been identified as a participant in the recent White Pride march in Edinburgh. Nazi salutes were performed at the march in which up to 40 far-right activists were challenged by approximately 400 counter-protesters. The investigation also names Gary Morrison, who admitted to being a follower of Hitler, as one of two men who allegedly performed Nazi salutes.

Wright was spotted wearing a British Freedom Fighters t-shirt at a Scottish Defence League (SDL) demonstration in Kilmarnock in 2010. In March this year, he appeared at an SDL rally in his home town of Alloa. He regularly wears a scarf emblazoned with Hitler’s notorious SS unit’s Death’s Head insignia. Wright’s fascist connections appear to spread as far as mainland Europe where he was pictured carrying a Scottish flag in Budapest during a far-right demonstration in 2015.

Campaign Against Antisemitism trusts that Scottish authorities will take swift action following this extensive and chilling exposé by the Daily Record. We continue to take a close interest in developments in Scotland.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority adopts International Definition of Antisemitism

The board of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has voted to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. The definition was adopted by the Prime Minister in December, making the British government the first in the world to formally adopt the definition, something Campaign Against Antisemitism worked hard to achieve over many meetings. At the time, we also recognised the significant contribution of Sir Eric Pickles to the result.

The International Definition of Antisemitism is clear and detailed, leaving no doubt as to what antisemitism is. In particular, this definition tackles the full spectrum of antisemitism, from ancient slurs to conspiracy myths to antisemitism in discourse about Israel.

The Authority’s board adopted the definition which was one of the recommendations of a report entitled “Challenging Hate and Building Cohesion”.

The definition’s adoption came following a campaign by local community leader Marc Levy, who said: “Greater Manchester Combined Authority is leading the way in terms of tackling hate crime and we are hugely encouraged by their move to adopt the [International Definition of Antisemitism]. The Greater Manchester Jewish community know that it is vital that there is a clear and practical definition that will allow us to fight antisemitism in all its forms. I look forward to continuing to work with the GMCA as we continue to make strides in this area.”

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, said: “Greater Manchester has a strong record in standing against antisemitism and all other forms of hate crime. We know that we’re at our strongest when all our communities celebrate our difference, but recognise that there is more that unites than divides us. In Greater Manchester we have the highest level of hate crime reporting in the country, which is as a result of years of work to build community cohesion and instilling confidence that hate crime will be taken seriously. By adopting International [Definition of Antisemitism] we will continue that work to build strong communities.”

 

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CAA asks Foreign Affairs Committee to penalise state sponsors of antisemitism, ban Hizballah and shun PSC

Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted a report to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in response to its enquiry into Britain’s role in making peace between Israel and its neighbours. Whilst Campaign Against Antisemitism only focusses on antisemitism in the UK, we wanted to draw the Committee’s attention to the domestic ramifications of British foreign policy.

In particular, we are asking the Committee to ensure that the government adjusts its diplomacy to protect British Jews. We have asked that:

  • Britain ends aid to governments and agencies which do not adopt and enforce legislation or policies outlawing antisemitic propaganda in state media and education materials, and blocks such countries from taking roles in international bodies, where possible. Antisemitic propaganda from the Middle East is responsible in great part for radicalising immigrant Middle Eastern communities in Britain (and elsewhere) to hate Jews.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office drops its opposition to the total proscription of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act, which is enabling Hizballah supporters in the UK to get away with flying the Hizballah flag at demonstrations 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. The FCO’s shameful resistance to fully proscribing Hizballah is permitting the intimidation of British Jews, and may even assist terrorism against them.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office ceases all engagement with Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK following a Campaign Against Antisemitism investigation into antisemitism amongst its supporters. The FCO’s policymakers, diplomats and civil servants often strengthen and legitimise PSC by engaging with it on foreign policy matters.

We await the Committee’s response with interest. Our full report can be downloaded from our website.

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Police make arrests as neo-Nazi “White Pride” marchers perform Nazi salutes on the streets of Edinburgh

Nazi salutes were performed on the streets of central Edinburgh on Saturday during a neo-Nazi “White Pride” march by the far-right National Front.

Ailean Beaton, a student journalist living in Edinburgh, posted a short video showing at least two men raising their right arms in the air to make a Nazi salute outside the Tron Kirk.

According to local media, police estimated that up to 40 far-right activists participated in the march, with approximately 400 counter-protesters following them shouting “Nazi scum, off our streets.”

Police made ten arrests at the demonstrations at Hunters Square and the Royal Mile. Three of the arrests were for religiously-aggravated offences and the remainder for minor public order offences.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the overwhelming response from the Edinburgh community to counter the march and to send a strong message against racism. We also welcome the intervention by Police Scotland and will follow the matter with interest.

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Jackie Walker rejects the International Definition of Antisemitism

Disgraced Labour activist, Jackie Walker, has made more explosive comments while answering an audience question during a session at Noam Chomsky’s “The responsibility of intellectuals 50 years on” conference held at University College London on 25th February. In particular, she refused to accept the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism transcribed a video of the question and answer which was posted on YouTube and Facebook by various groups, including on one Facebook page, where it has gained 226,000 views.

Walker, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party, had her case referred to the Party’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) earlier this month. She was suspended by Labour in September 2016 following comments she made about Holocaust Memorial Day at the Labour Party Conference. Walker said that Holocaust Memorial Day is not inclusive enough and that Jewish schools do not need special security in the face of threats. She also reportedly claimed that antisemitism was being “exaggerated” and that the “aim of such allegations is to undermine Jeremy [Corbyn].”

Walker, a leading ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, was previously suspended from the Labour Party and then readmitted — without explanation — after claiming that “many Jews”  were the “chief financiers” of the African slave trade, a proposition described by the Legacies of British Slave Ownership project at University College, London as based on “no evidence whatsoever.” The accusation is clearly antisemitic under the International Definition of Antisemitism by “charg(ing) Jews with conspiring to harm humanity” and by “Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing.”

Being so clearly antisemitic under the terms of the definition, it is therefore unsurprising that she would seek to reject it. So in this latest episode to be added to her long list of antisemitic remarks, she responds with a bizarre antisemitic litany to a question from the audience on why she does not accept the International Definition of Antisemitism. Disturbingly, her comments were met with applause from the audience.

Walker said: “Of course there are definitions I can work with. I like to stick to really simple definitions. I think antisemitism is hatred of Jews because they are Jewish. It has nothing to do with the Israeli State. Now I am going to go on from that and I’m going to say something really clear  and I’m sure people will be listening to this one. I do not accept your premise that Israel is not a racist state [applause]. As a non-Jew you cannot buy land anywhere you like. You cannot use any roads. If I’m in a hospital and I’m a Jew, I can choose whether I share that area with non-Jews or not. If you look at any definition of racism or apartheid, you might be very well informed on that. I have definitions, I have very good definitions that I can work with. And just because you can give me a big long list of all the people who agree with it. I think this is something that Chomsky is absolutely telling us and saying it clearly. It doesn’t matter how much harassment, how much vilification, how many, how much abuse you send to me, I will never accept that Israel is a necessary part of my identity as a Jew [applause]. And you see the way, I want you to know, I want you to know. Did you hear that? This is a typical way of responding. I, he says, I am not a Jew because because, because of course, because of course, these people believe just like the Nazis that they had the ability to define who is a Jew or not. I want to remind people that our hard fought for, our, our hard fought for vocabulary of liberation, names the person as being the one who claims what their identity is, not a state and not you [applause].”

What Walker says in this rant breaches the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, … by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour” is antisemitic. The Labour Party has accepted the International Definition of Antisemitism. Walker is clearly thumbing her nose at the Labour Party and contemptuously and defiantly going against Party policy by so emphatically rejecting the definition. In an effort to shield herself from criticism, Walker makes the dubious claim that she is a Jew, as though antisemitism is only antisemitism depending on who expresses it.

Campaign Against Antisemitism urges the NCC to take Walker’s new outburst into account when they review her case. Nothing short of expulsion from the Labour Party will suffice.

Walker is scheduled to speak on “Palestine, Free Speech & Israel’s Black Ops” at a number of events in Scotland from 27th to 30th March organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. We are monitoring these events closely.

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Daren Thomas convicted with help from CAA over campaign of antisemitic threats to murder

Daren Thomas, of Westcliffe-on-Sea, has been convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment for a campaign of abuse in which he threatened his Jewish landlord, his wife and his children.

Thomas had allegedly failed to pay towards the maintenance of the house in which he had a flat, or to allow access, leading the building to become dilapidated. When his Jewish landlord tried to ensure that repairs were made, Thomas bombarded him with antisemitic threats.

The threats, made between July and August last year, included one message which said: “I’ve never been prejudice against anything [victim’s name]. Maybe Hitler felt the same at first, and maybe the actions of the Jewish aristocracy in Vienna in the thirties acted like you. Maybe those actions changed Hitler’ opinion” whilst another menacingly read: “Have you seen inglorious barstard’ [victim’s name]? The swastika on the forehead is a nice touch! Nazi jew boy!” Despite the victim remaining completely professional in the exchanges, Thomas repeatedly sent him retorts such as: “I plan a nostalgic trip! Everything taken, packed off to camp!” He also made explicit threats multiple times, warning: “You won’t make it back to your car hidden in the car park. Are we crystal?” Thomas also made multiple mentions of the victim’s family, including: “I’m going to find your home retard. I know your married, and God, I hope you have kids!! I want them to see you on your f***ing knees!”

In a court order, it was found that Thomas “sent the victim numerous e-mails of an offensive nature displaying statements relating to Nazis and Jews which the victim has taken as racially offensive, and displayed a written sign from your premises window for the victim to see, threatening to burn him, this ammounting to a course of conduct and causing the victim to feel harassed, alarmed and distressed, and the offence was religiously aggravated.”

Thomas was handed a 16-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months conditional on his undertaking a behavioural training course. A restraining order was also put in place directing that he should not attempt to make contact with the victim in any form whatsoever and he was also ordered to pay a £300 victim surcharge.

The victim approached Campaign Against Antisemitism for assistance and our Crime Unit provided specialist advice. The victim told us: “This is clearly a very good result and would not have been possible without the guidance you provided through the process and your support in preparing the evidence.” We strongly commend the victim for standing up to these antisemitic threats by resolutely pursuing justice. However we are disappointed that the court has not imposed a sentence that better reflects the persistence with which Thomas repeatedly made the most severe antisemitic threats possible.

If you or someone you know would like help dealing with the authorities over an antisemitic incident, please e-mail investigations@antisemitism.uk. If you would like to join or support our volunteer team, please consider volunteering or donating.

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Conservatives reinstate Councillor suspended in ‘antisemitism’ row and provide full details to CAA

In April last year, Abdul Zaman, the Deputy Chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association, was suspended after making ‘antisemitic’ comments in support of local Conservative council candidate Sajid Akhtar.

The comments, delivered in the Mirpuri dialect, concerned the cohesion of the Biradari system, a system of politics which has caused major problems in Bradford. In his speech, delivered in a busy street, Mr Zaman called on his community to vote for Akhtar “so that the Jews and Christians know that we are one Biradari.”

This has been interpreted as either a message of unity, or as one of division, telling the local community to show Jews and Christians that they will adhere to the Biradri system and not be divided. Interpretation is made more difficult by the fact that Mirpuri is a purely oral dialect, and various phrases used in the speech can have different literal translations.

Local Bradford MP, Naz Shah, complained about the speech in a letter to the Prime Minister and Mr Zaman was suspended by the Conservative Party.

During disciplinary deliberations, it was agreed that Mr Zaman’s choice of words was not antisemitic, but it was unhelpfully open to interpretation. Mr Zaman apologised for using unclear language and was advised to use language more readily understandable by the wider community in the future.

The Party has provided Campaign Against Antisemitism with footage of the speech, along with a certified expert translation. The Chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association and the Conservative Party leader on City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council have given us a transparent account of their handling of the incident, and the handling of the incident by Conservative Campaign Headquarters.

We find no reason to criticise the conduct of this case, and are pleased that the Party has engaged with us so transparently.

We are now discussing the case of Dr Felix Aubel with the Conservative Party, which requires urgent rectification. Dr Aubel appeared to call in a tweet for a new Spanish Inquisition across the whole of Europe. A spokesman for the Welsh Conservative Party distanced the Party from Dr Aubel’s views, but that is not enough and Dr Aubel should be investigated according to the Party’s disciplinary process.

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Mayor of London’s new Police and Crime Plan offers few clues on fight against antisemitism

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have released the Police and Crime Plan 2017–2021 — “A Safer City for All Londoners” following a public consultation. Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted its recommendations.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the approach of “zero tolerance” adopted by the plan, but the plan offers few details of measures for delivering it in relation to antisemitism. While there is a general section about hate crime, there is no specific mention of record-high antisemitism, and disappointingly there is very little to give us confidence that the Mayor and MOPAC intend to deal effectively with antisemitism.

In our submission to MOPAC, we set out in detail the challenge presented by antisemitic hate crime in London, and proposed a robust plan for dealing with it, including:

  • Adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism and training officers in how to apply it;
  • Producing a quick reference guide on antisemitism for all frontline officers;
  • Reviving a shelved plan to set up a city-wide hate crime reporting hotline;
  • Publishing even more granular statistics on hate crime, and allowing victims to report their ethnicity as “Jewish”;
  • Adopting a formal process by which organisations involved in fighting hate crime can point out a flawed investigation for review by a senior officer;
  • Adopting a policy of zero tolerance policing for those flying terrorist flags; and
  • Working with Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Home Office and others to develop a state-of-the-art monitoring system for online antisemitism.

We look forward to engaging with the Mayor and MOPAC and hope that the initiatives in the plan will be expanded and strengthened to ensure that antisemitism in London is met with the firmest response the law will permit.

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Labour Councillor resigns, citing Party’s failure to tackle antisemitism

Michael Inkpin-Leissner, a Labour Councillor who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer on Brighton and Hove City Council, has resigned from the Labour Party over the national leadership’s failure to confront antisemitism and its stance on Europe.

Councillor Inkpin-Leissner told Brighton and Hove News: “When I joined the Labour Party it was a centre-left party like the German SPD. Now it has been taken over by left-wingers and the Momentum extremists, who are working to build an axis with former German Communists ‘Die Linke’. As a German, you will understand, I can never support this and never will compromise my stance against any form of antisemitism. Unfortunately, the position of the Labour Party, though there are strong personalities standing up against antisemitism, seems to be not really sincere any more, proven by the lacklustre investigation of Baroness Chakrabarti. I have lost my faith in national Labour fighting antisemitism and for Europe.”

Councillor Inkpin-Leissner’s resignation follows that of a Jewish Labour Councillor in Shepway, Claire Jeffrey, who left the Labour Party in September 2016, saying: “As a Jew, I can’t stay in a party that tolerates antisemitism.” Jewish Labour Peer, Lord Parry Mitchell, had also resigned from the Labour Party in the same month writing that the Party “flirts with antisemitism”.

We thank Councillor Inkpin-Leissner for his principled stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.

Campaign Against Antisemitism and others consider that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is not safe for Jews due to its failure to adequately address antisemitism.

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Antisemite Richard Falk now will not speak at Middlesex University either following intervention by CAA

Richard Falk, the discredited and disgraced fringe antisemitic conspiracy theorist and the former UN envoy, has been prevented from holding an event at Middlesex University tomorrow. The university had insisted the event would take place, but following intervention by Campaign Against Antisemitism, the university has now decided to cancel the event.

This development comes hours after the University of East London took action to stop another event at which Falk was due to speak.

Falk had intended to speak about his new book, “Palestine’s Horizon”. Yesterday he held a similar event at the London School of Economics at which antisemites in the audience told Jewish students that “the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving” and that they should read the works of disgraced historian David Irving, who in 2000 was proven in court to be an antisemite, a Holocaust denier and an admirer of Hitler. It is also reported that Atzmon later said, “Jews are always expelled for a reason.”

Falk, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Palestinian Territories from 2008–2014, has been condemned repeatedly for making antisemitic remarks. He has been denounced by the United Kingdom on at least three separate occasions for antisemitism, as detailed by UN Watch in an open letter.

For example, in 2012 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office condemned Falk for providing the cover endorsement of a virulently antisemitic book that describes Jews as Nazis and which asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all”. In 2011, then Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” Falk’s publication of an antisemitic cartoon. The image posted by Falk on his blog showed a dog wearing a Jewish skullcap, urinating on a depiction of justice, and devouring a bloody skeleton.

Falk was publicly rebuked by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2011 for suggesting the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the US government. He blamed the Boston bombings on “American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. In fact, Falk’s glorification of the Hamas terrorist group, which calls for the genocide of all Jews worldwide in its Charter, was so severe that even the Palestinian Authority sought to expel him from the UN.

We are very pleased to have been able to prevent this notorious antisemite from speaking at the University of East London and Middlesex University, but he should never have even been considered as an appropriate speaker.

We are lodging a formal complaint with LSE and the Higher Education Funding Council for England over the disgraceful event held there yesterday.

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

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CAA in touch with Home Office as former National Action members caught at a secret knife combat training camp

A shocking undercover investigation by ITV News has confirmed that former members of the violent, antisemitic neo-Nazi group, National Action, are still meeting in secret. This is despite the group being banned by the British Government in December 2016, following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others. The ban makes it a criminal offence for the group to exist or meet, with a jail term of up to ten years for anyone convicted of being a member or supporter.

Undercover filming by ITV News caught individuals with links to the banned group together at a training camp for far-right sympathisers in the Peak District earlier this month. The weekend billed itself as a “survival camp” with boxing and street fighting sessions, as well as how to deal with a knife fight. The group discussed the killing of Jo Cox MP as ITV News filmed secretly.

One of the participants was Garron Helm, a prominent former member of National Action. Helm was jailed in 2014 for sending an antisemitic tweet to Jewish MP Luciana Berger. The tweet showed a picture of Ms Berger with a yellow star superimposed onto her forehead, a reference to the Nazi practice of forcing Jews to wear distinctive yellow stars. Referring to the MP as “a communist Jewess”, the tweet bore the message “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually” along with the hashtag “#HitlerWasRight.”

Also at the camp was a man who calls himself James Mac, who was photographed last year at National Action demonstrations. Mac made antisemitic comments during the meeting, saying: “They carry on like somebody’s died. You know like if a family member died and somebody got off, they carry on like that, just about somebody who bad-mouthed them. This is the way these Jews carry on.”

The video appears to show criminal offences being committed which we expect to be prosecuted.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is monitoring developments closely and is confident that British authorties will respond appropriately and quickly to this very disturbing revelation. We are in contact with the Home Office.

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Antisemite Richard Falk will not speak at University of East London tonight following intervention by CAA

Richard Falk, the discredited and disgraced fringe antisemitic conspiracy theorist and the former UN envoy, has been prevented from holding an event at the University of East London tonight.

The university took action to stop the event after Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to the university’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor John Joughin.

Falk had intended to speak about his new book, “Palestine’s Horizon”. Yesterday he held a similar event at the London School of Economics at which antisemites in the audience told Jewish students that “the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving” and that they should read the works of disgraced historian David Irving, who in 2000 was proven in court to be an antisemite, a Holocaust denier and an admirer of Hitler. It is also reported that Atzmon later said, “Jews are always expelled for a reason.”

Falk, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Palestinian Territories from 2008–2014, has been condemned repeatedly for making antisemitic remarks. He has been denounced by the United Kingdom on at least three separate occasions for antisemitism, as detailed by UN Watch in an open letter.

For example, in 2012 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office condemned Falk for providing the cover endorsement of a virulently antisemitic book that describes Jews as Nazis and which asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all”. In 2011, then Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” Falk’s publication of an antisemitic cartoon. The image posted by Falk on his blog showed a dog wearing a Jewish skullcap, urinating on a depiction of justice, and devouring a bloody skeleton.

Falk was publicly rebuked by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2011 for suggesting the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the US government. He blamed the Boston bombings on “American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. In fact, Falk’s glorification of the Hamas terrorist group, which calls for the genocide of all Jews worldwide in its Charter, was so severe that even the Palestinian Authority sought to expel him from the UN.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is in contact with Middlesex University to demand that Falk’s book launch events there on Wednesday be cancelled immediately.

We are also lodging a formal complaint with LSE and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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

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Jewish students at antisemite’s lecture at LSE allegedly told “What happened to Jews in Germany was because Jews misbehaved”

Today, Richard Falk, the discredited and disgraced fringe antisemitic conspiracy theorist and the former UN envoy, has delivered a lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE) to launch his new book, “Palestine’s Horizon”.

Witnesses at today’s event have reported that the event descended into chaos. Jewish community members held up signs calling Falk an antisemite. University security tried to confiscate the signs and attempted to remove the protesters.

Also in attendance was the notorious antisemite, Gilad Atzmon, who told those around him that “the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving.” Stunned audience members asked him to repeat what he had said and he did. Atzmon also was heard recommending the works of disgraced historian David Irving, who in 2000 was proven in court to be an antisemite, a Holocaust denier and an admirer of Hitler. It is also reported that Atzmon later said, “Jews are always expelled for a reason.”

Falk, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Palestinian Territories from 2008–2014, has been condemned repeatedly for making antisemitic remarks. He has been denounced by the United Kingdom on at least three separate occasions for antisemitism, as detailed by UN Watch in an open letter.

For example, in 2012 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office condemned Falk for providing the cover endorsement of a virulently antisemitic book that describes Jews as Nazis and which asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all”. In 2011, then Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” Falk’s publication of an antisemitic cartoon. The image posted by Falk on his blog showed a dog wearing a Jewish skullcap, urinating on a depiction of justice, and devouring a bloody skeleton.

Falk was publicly rebuked by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2011 for suggesting the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the US government. He blamed the Boston bombings on “American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. In fact, Falk’s glorification of the Hamas terrorist group, which calls for the genocide of all Jews worldwide in its Charter, was so severe that even the Palestinian Authority sought to expel him from the UN.

Falk’s invitation onto our campuses blatantly violates the government’s Prevent counter-extremism strategy. To make matters worse, LSE was warned in advance.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the University of East London and Middlesex University to demand that Falk’s book launch events there on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively be cancelled immediately. We are also lodging a formal complaint with LSE and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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House of Lords Commissioner for Standards badly fails to understand antisemitism in verdict on Baroness Tonge

The House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, has now delivered a verdict on whether or not an event chaired and hosted by Baroness Tonge at the House of Lords was “taken over by those promoting antisemitism” in a way that she was bound by “personal honour” to oppose.

The Commissioner has concluded that despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Baroness acted on her honour.

Campaign Against Antisemitism, having read the Commissioner’s detailed considerations, and, having measured it against her remit, found it wanting on the grounds that the conclusions she reaches are unreasonable.

Particularly, the Commissioner has delivered a highly personal and dubious verdict which betrays, at best, a lack of understanding of key historic antisemitic slanders against Jews, and how they are used by antisemites to sanitise their hatred as political discourse.

For example, one member of the audience claimed that “I’m not talking about World Jewry, I’m talking about the Zionist movement that has that power…over our own Parliament.” We would contest that the idea that any group of Jews controls the British Parliament is transparently antisemitic, by any standards.

Further, the argument proposed by another member of the audience that “Zionists…antagonised Hitler over the edge” will be familiar to those who witnessed Ken Livingstone’s bizarre and offensive comments last year. Ms Montcrieff would do well to review the many eminent historians who at the time, dismissed these well-worn notions as the product of lies, published and disseminated by known antisemites. It is sad and worrying to us that she would have accepted as politically acceptable discourse that which scholars have identified as lies used in fabricating a classic antisemitic tale of Jewish malice.

We greet the verdict with dismay. It is our opinion that the author clearly was not suitably knowledgeable on the subject of antisemitism to deliver judgement. This verdict will encourage other antisemites to express antisemitic views at the House of Lords with impunity. Furthermore, we predict that by failing to act now, the Commissioner has only delayed the day when she must act until next time antisemitic libels are aired at the House of Lords, further shaming the House and damaging its institutional credibility.

It is clear to us that what has said at the meeting required Baroness Tonge to act on her honour to oppose it. We will be making our position clear in a written response to both the Commissioner and the House of Lords Committee for Privileges and Conduct.

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Scum Nazis” scrawled across Belfast memorial for commander of the Jewish Legion during First World War

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is investigating a graffiti attack on the memorial to the former commander of the so-called Jewish Legion as a hate crime.

Scum Nazis” was scrawled across the memorial to Lt Col John Henry Patterson DSO who commanded the so-called Jewish Legion during the First World War, which was the first Jewish fighting force in nearly two millennia. Whilst his men fought with distinction, Lt Col Patterson, who was not Jewish, had to defend them from the antisemitism of his superiors, peers and subordinates, even threatening to resign his commission on multiple occasions in protest at the treatment of his soldiers. Lt Col Patterson sacrificed any hope of a successful military career in order to stand by his Jewish soldiers and ensure that they were treated fairly.

In accordance with his dying wish, Lt Col Patterson was reburied in Israel in 2014 in order to be close to the soldiers who fell under his command.

The memorial had only recently been restored following an attempt to set it alight.

The incident has been condemned by politicians from the Democratic Unionist Party as well as clergymen. Inspector Murphy from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement: “The incident is being treated as a hate crime. Police would like to hear from anyone with information, or anyone who was in the area and noticed anything or anyone suspicious. Please call 101 quoting reference 299 17/03/17 or call Crimestoppers and speak with them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

This cowardly attack on a memorial to one of Northern Ireland’s heroes must be punished with the full force of the law.

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Welsh Conservatives must discipline activist who appears to yearn for Spanish Inquisition across Europe

The Reverend Dr Felix Aubel, a Conservative Party activist who was the West Wales coordinator for the Vote Leave campaign, has tweeted: “When will today’s Christian Europe say ‘Enough is Enough’, just like the Christian Spaniards did at the end of the Middle Ages?” The tweet was in response to a Swedish Twitter user who had tweeted about immigration in the country. Dr Aubel appears to be referring to the Spanish Inquisition established in 1478. The Inquisition consisted of a state-organised pogrom predominantly targeting Jews with torture and cruel murder, for example being burned at the stake. The Alhambra Decree of 1492, commanded all Jews in Spain to convert to Catholicism or leave the country.

However the Welsh Conservative Party has issued a meek and wholly inadequate response. A spokesman told the Daily Post: “Felix Aubel’s opinions are entirely his own and are in no way representative of the views of the Welsh Conservatives. We cannot condone the use of this kind of language.”

It is not enough for the Party to distance itself from these views and Dr Aubel should be investigated according to the Party’s disciplinary process. Campaign Against Antisemitism will be raising this troubling case with the Conservative Party.

It is also extremely troubling that he is minister to five independent churches.

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CAA makes recommendations to the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime

Campaign Against Antisemitism has submitted its recommendations to the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which is preparing a new policing plan for the capital. The recommendations were submitted at the beginning of the month.

We have set out in detail the challenge presented by antisemitic hate crime in London, and proposed a robust plan for dealing with it, including:

  • Adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism and training officers in how to apply it;
  • Producing a quick reference guide on antisemitism for all frontline officers;
  • Reviving a shelved plan to set up a city-wide hate crime reporting hotline;
  • Publishing even more granular statistics on hate crime, and allowing victims to report their ethnicity as “Jewish”;
  • Adopting a formal process by which organisations involved in fighting hate crime can point out a flawed investigation for review by a senior officer;
  • Adopting a policy of zero tolerance policing for those flying terrorist flags; and
  • Working with Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Home Office and others to develop a state-of-the-art monitoring system for online antisemitism.

Our full submission can be viewed online.

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Labour Party members and their Nazi beliefs

The antisemitism of the far-left often appears to be a distinct phenomenon — starting with the antisemitism of early Marxists, it later absorbed the antisemitism of Stalin’s Russia. From the 1980s onward, far-left antisemitism has been established as part of a supposedly anti-imperialist position. Elements of the far-left have embraced genocidally antisemitic Islamist movements, and under the cover of so-called identity politics have come to portray Jews as ‘white oppressors’.

These political and historical developments are real, but their existence lowered down ropes into the pitch-dark pit into which Western societies once cast older forms of antisemitism, enabling them to haul themselves to the surface once more.

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is a case in point: antisemitism within it has been denied and has now gone unpunished for so long that it is possible to see the very worst forms of it appearing from the darkness, blinking into the light.

So it is that in the last few months we have seen numerous cases of notorious conspiracy myths about the Rothschild family of bankers and philanthropists appearing in the ranks of the Labour Party.

There is a wide antisemitic mythology about the Rothschilds controlling the financial systems of the world, starting wars for their own advantage, or even sinking the Titanic for their own ends; these are mostly linked to wider conspiracies — as espoused by the likes of David Icke — in claiming secret Jewish control of the world.

One key myth about the Rothschild family is that Nathan Rothschild had used his money to return to London from the battlefield at Waterloo ahead of official news of an English victory, turning his advance information into a fortune by manipulating stocks. Brian Cathcart authored a book on the subject of the battle news, and expertly dissects the Rothschild conspiracy myth in an article in The Independent.

The antisemitic ‘Satan’ pamphlet spreading the lie was published in 1846 and other Rothschild myths date back to the mid 18th Century: this, then, is old antisemitism, borne of an age pre-dating any modern socialist movements, including the Labour Party. Latterly, it was the Nazi Party who embraced it, for example in 1940 releasing a film: The Rothschilds’ Shares in Waterloo.

So it is with something of a sense of despair that we now observe myths favoured by the Nazis appearing frequently in the ranks of a Party that once claimed to be a bastion of anti-racism. Last month, Councillor John Clarke resigned after making such claims. Clarke has form when it comes to posting from Nazi and other far-right sites. In itself, that is regrettable, but that he is an ex-academic Labour politician who actively believes the Rothschild conspiracy myths is disturbing in the extreme.

Note that, significantly, he says “I will now block people who accuse me of antisemitism merely to close down legitimate criticism of Israel &/or Rothschild family”, claiming parity between Jewish attempts to ‘cover up’ the ‘evil’ of Israel and a plot to conceal banking conspiracies.

More incidents have now been reported to us from sources inside Labour. For example, the enthusiastic pro-Corbyn Facebook group: “Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Forum” recently saw the posting of a Rothschild conspiracy blog from a ‘left-wing socialist website’ that is so antisemitic it includes blood-libel-associated pieces such as “Jewish Human Organ Trade in Turkey stealing Syrian Children”.

The posted article itself is entitled “The Complete History of the ‘House of Rothschild’” and begins: “The Rothschilds have been in control of the world for a very long time, their tentacles reaching into many aspects of our daily lives…” and which refers to “The Secret History of Jewish World Domination”. The person posting the article asks: “Is it OK to post here?” The answer was affirmative. Andy Ross, an administrator for the group says: “It’s OK, I think it’s about time people’s eyes were opened”. Another forum member and Corbyn enthusiast, Les Tasker responds: “They are the biggest parasites on the planet”. Another observes: “The author is a regular poster on here”.

Another member of the forum is John Bryant. He posted a picture of a number of politicians, including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Chukka Umanna, saying: “These people are just Rothschild puppets”. The post was allowed to remain on the page. It was first posted on 27th February and at the time of writing, it has not been removed by administrators.

John Bryant and Andy Ross, friends on Facebook, are not just members of the forum, but are its administrators: in fact John Bryant is its creator and chief administrator. They are also both Labour Party members and ‘Corbynistas’, constantly reiterating their support for legitimate ‘social justice’ causes and their ardour for Labour’s leader.

In Facebook groups supporting Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, such sentiments abound. For example, Paul Cook, an enthusiastic member of “Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister” and “We support Jeremy Corbyn for PM” posts that “Zionist Rothschild Israel is an evil régime” and posts a piece asking “Is Judaism a Satanic Cult?”. Yet his posts and his membership of these groups is not moderated. Reports of such extreme postings are received daily by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has previously highlighted Rothschild-based antisemitism by Labour figures, for example Councillors Andrew Slack and Ilyas Aziz, as well as from Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers. Ilyas Aziz, despite this and more besides, has been re-admitted to the Labour party without discipline. Andrew Slack was suspended, but Labour has declined to comment on his discipline.

All this in a month when a Labour councillor performed a Nazi salute in a council chamber.

When inviting Labour Party members to join “Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party” Facebook group, John Bryant himself says: “Everyone should feel free to join this group and find out the values of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn”. These words send shivers down one’s spine, for the Labour left under Jeremy Corbyn has now reached an immoral low where antisemites within the Party are openly promulgating ideas favoured by the Nazi party, while waving the banners of ‘progressive’ social virtue.

Campaign Against Antisemitism must now warn that the Labour Party and its leadership is currently presiding over a tolerance of conspiracy myths amongst its politicians and membership that pose a real threat to the Jewish community in terms that are wholly outside any debate related to Israel.

Professor Cathcart asks why it has taken 200 years for the Rothschild antisemitic charge to be dismissed. He is mistaken: not in his historical analysis, but that the myth is dead, because it still lives on within the Labour Party in 2017.

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Labour candidate who shared antisemitic posts on Facebook says that scrutiny constitutes “intrusion and misrepresentation”

Alison Gove-Humphries, who has been selected to stand for Labour in Birmingham City Council’s Hall Green by-election in May, has been exposed for sharing antisemitic posts promoting conspiracy myths on her Facebook account. She shared articles putting forward the conspiracy myths that Israel is the “key link in exporting ISIS oil” and that the “Israel lobby manufactured [the] UK Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis.”

Gove-Humphries, a keen supporter of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has defended her posts in a statement to the Birmingham Mail: “I am extremely saddened by the allegation that my private Facebook posts were antisemitic. I merely shared a link to third-party posts with no commentary or opinion. I share many topical new pieces across a broad spectrum on my Facebook account and it is clear to me these old posts have been taken completely out of context.” She went on to claim that the allegations against her constituted “intrusion and misrepresentation” and said that she did not want to be “distracted by these hurtful allegations.”

Trying to deflect attention, Gove-Humphries said that she has demonstrated her commitment to diversity by co-producing articles for the Holocaust Education Trust, co-ordinating Black History Month events and hosting events where Holocaust survivors spoke to school children.

While the West Midlands Labour Party has declined to comment, Gove-Humphries is facing calls to step down from Labour Councillor Barry Henley, who said: “These are clearly antisemitic postings. In my view there should be a Labour Party investigation into Ms Gove-Humphries’ membership and suitability to be a candidate, and in the meantime a new candidate should be put in place. As a Jewish member of the Labour Party I have written to them and asking for an investigation.”

The articles Gove-Humphries knowingly shared on Facebook are glaringly antisemitic in line with the International Definition of Antisemitism. Campaign Against Antisemitism echoes Councillor Henley’s principled and sensible call for Gove-Humphries to step down and an investigation launched.

We have little confidence, however, that any decisive action will be taken. For example, in September last year the Labour Party refused to investigate Birmingham Councillor Zafar Iqbal Said, who shared an antisemitic video produced by a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klax Klan. He claimed that he had “no idea” how the video on how the “Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking” came to be posted on his Facebook timeline.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter hauled before MPs for grilling on hate crime

Yesterday Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the violent consequences of hate crime.

The Committee’s Chair, the Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP set the tone of the discussion by noting: “We’ve seen too many cases of vile online hate crimes, harassment or threats where social media companies have failed to act. It cannot be beyond the wit and means of multi-billion dollar social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google to develop ways to better protect users from hatred and abuse.”

The social networks were quickly put on the defensive, and the hearing had hugely embarrassing moments, for example when Google’s Peter Barron insisted that a YouTube video entitled “Jews admit organising White Genocide” would not be removed from the platform because it did not breach YouTube’s rules against hate speech. The companies remained on the defensive throughout the hearing, even towards the end when they each repeatedly refused to disclose how many staff they employ to review user reports.

There were also more positive moments, including when Twitter’s Nick Pickles revealed that the social network is now finally experimenting with technology to proactively seek out hateful content, something which Campaign Against Antisemitism has long urged, including in our meetings with Mr Pickles.

The Committee also probed why the social networks do not verify the identities of their users, making it easy to create fake accounts which can be used to direct abuse at other users, but the reasons given were unconvincing. Whereas there might be legitimate reasons to allow anonymity within war zones such as Syria, where verification is impossible in any case, there is no equivalent reason for failing to verify British users.

The companies were also quizzed on whether they will ever become effective at removing hateful content unless the UK legislates to force them to, like the legislatures of Germany and Israel. It sounded very much like the answer was ‘no’.

Campaign Against Antisemitism believes that internet giants must do much more to tackle hate crime on their platforms, particularly by developing proactive algorithms to take down antisemitic material in the same way that they already remove copyright material, or child abuse. We also believe that it is important for the social networks to verify the true identities of their users, and to provide evidence to police when British laws are broken, not only American laws.

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Candidate to succeed Malia Bouattia says antisemitism has cost NUS its legitimacy

Tom Harwood, a candidate to succeed Malia Bouattia as President of the National Union of Students, has released a video making a pledge to fight antisemitism one of his core manifesto promises. Decrying the loss of legitimacy suffered by the National Union of Students under Bouattia’s leadership, Harwood has identified antisemitism as an “advancing bigotry” which must urgently be tackled.

It is a damning indictment of the National Union of Students that a candidate has had to make fighting antisemitism within the union a major part of his election manifesto, and it is more damning still that this is newsworthy.

Bouattia has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia since refused to confirm that Israel has a right to even exist, and told an audience at the School of Oriental and African Studies that the government’s anti-terrorism strategy is led by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies”. Last July Bouattia drew further condemnation when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative.

Student leaders have gone so far as to write open letters expressing embarrassment and apologising to Jewish students for the actions of Bouattia and the National Union of Students. The Union of Jewish Students has called for her resignation, as have other student groups including Oxford University Students’ Union. The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Rise of Antisemitism in Britain strongly criticised her.

A two-month inquiry launched to ascertain whether Bouattia is an antisemite found that Bouattia made comments that “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as antisemitic”, but recommended that no disciplinary action be taken. Instead, Professor Carol Baxter, the NHS’s former equality chief who authored the report, proposed that Bouattia should apologise instead and escape any further consequence.

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Success as Wandsworth Council decides not to name new housing after antisemitic member of the British Union of Fascists

After a public outcry, Wandsworth Borough Council has decided not to name a new housing development after Sir Edwin Alliot Verdon-Roe, accomplished aviator, antisemite and prominent member of the British Union of Fascists.

We encouraged our supporters to contact the Council and the local MP, Rosena Allin-Khan, spoke out against the move.

In a statement, Greenland Group, the property developer which had proposed honouring Verdon-Roe, said that Wandsworth Borough Council had requested that the name be changed, and that they had been unaware of Verdon-Roe’s politics.

Verdon-Roe supported Sir Oswald Mosley during the 1930s, a time when Mosley’s ‘blackshirt’ thugs terrorised London’s Jews. Dr Steven Woodbridge, Senior Lecturer in History at Kingston University, told the Evening Standard: “Even during the Second World War, he was contributing articles to the publications of extreme-right parties. I think his views would be abhorrent to people today. There was a definite strand of antisemitism in his thinking and outlook.”

We are pleased that Verdon-Roe, an ardent antisemite, will not be honoured.

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Non-Jewish couple subjected to antisemitic tirade at London gastropub

A man and a woman enjoying afternoon tea at a gastropub in Belsize Park have reported that they were subjected to antisemitic abuse, causing them to leave. On Wednesday the couple were engaged in conversation when they were approached by a man who asked them if they were talking about “them”. When the couple asked to whom he was referring, his response was “the Jews”. He then embarked upon a tirade of antisemitic abuse invoking classical antisemitic tropes, allegedly including: “Jewish business is taking every penny.”

The couple who are not Jewish left the establishment in disgust. The matter has been reported to the police and the venue. Campaign Against Antisemitism is assisting the couple.

The alleged incident reportedly occurred at the Sir Richard Steele pub in Belsize Park, London, at approximately 16:00 on Wednesday 8th March. Anybody with information should call 101, using reference number CAD6542/08/03/2017.

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Cambridge neo-Nazi sentenced to four years in prison for antisemitic incitement online

A man has been sentenced to four years in prison by a judge at Peterborough Crown Court after being convicted of two counts of incitement to racial hatred over his antisemitic Facebook posts and a speech on YouTube at Cambridge Crown Court last year.

In December 2016, Lawrence Burns was found guilty of two charges of publishing threatening, abusive or insulting written material with intent or likely intent to stir up racial hatred by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court.

Jurors found him guilty after hearing how Burns, aged 26 from Coldham’s Lane in Cambridge, spoke in a YouTube video memorialising American white supremacist leader David Lane, accusing Jews of being “parasites” that wanted to create a “mongrelised race”.

Burns pleaded not guilty, but prosecutor Mark Weekes said: “This is a young man who is an extremist and has expressed racist views, particularly towards the Jewish and Afro-Caribbean community. On his public Facebook account, which has more than 90 friends, he expressed some of the vilest and most offensive sentiments possible. Many of the posts are abusive and insulting towards Jews, who he refers to as ‘sub human animals’.” In one post, Burns compared Jews to “maggots in a decaying body” who are “hijacking the genes of a superior white race”.

Adrian Davis, who was defending Burns said he was a “rash young man” who had never intended his words to be read by a wide audience.

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University of Sussex hit by swastikas and graffiti declaring “Jet fuel can’t melt Jews. Holocaust was an inside job.”

Students have been shocked by two antisemitic graffiti attacks at the University of Sussex. A grotesque message has been discovered by Sussex Friends of Israel on a blackboard located at Library Square: “Jet fuel can’t melt Jews. Holocaust was an inside job.” In another incident, a poster was defaced with swastikas. The poster, advertising a talk by Yoav and Horit Herman Peled, was titled “The religionisation of Israeli society.”

Student’s Union President, Annie Pickering, was quoted in the university newspaper saying: “The swastikas have scared us as much as anyone else and we are working with students and the university to remove the signs and if possible work out who is behind this.” The Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, tried to reassure students, saying: “I want to assure everyone in our community that you are safe here. Whatever your race, religion, gender identity, sexuality or age, or if you have a disability – Sussex is your home and you will be protected from discrimination or abuse. We have taken immediate action in this particular instance and will not tolerate any acts which are illegal or incite hatred.”

Last month, Campaign Against Antisemitism helped to expose an upcoming Friends of Palestine event scheduled at the University of Sussex for 2nd March as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. The event was billed as “Palestine: 100 Years of Settler-Colonialism. 100 Years of Popular Struggle for Justice.” We were extremely concerned by the controversial speakers, Aja Monet and Farid Esack and wrote to the university following requests from a number of students. The event went ahead and our Regulatory Enforcement Unit is now considering taking further action.

Some universities such as the University of Exeter and the University of Central Lancashire showed principled leadership and banned ‘Israeli Apartheid Week events’. A spokesperson for the University of Central Lancashire said that they banned the event for contravening the International Definition of Antisemitism. The University of Sussex should have followed this precedent.

There is clearly a climate of intense concern for Jewish students resulting from ‘Israeli Apartheid Weeks’ at universities across the country, which repeated incidents such as these graffiti attacks are consolidating.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on universities to step up their moral and legal obligation to protect Jewish students. We are keen to hear from students who are experiencing antisemitism on campus, or who are aware of recent and future events of concern via e-mail at campus@antisemitism.uk.

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Afzal Khan, whose tweet compared the Israeli Government to Nazi Germany, confirmed as candidate to replace Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

Afzal Khan CBE, whose tweet compared the Israeli Government to Nazis, has confirmed that he will be standing in the selection to be the Labour Party’s candidate in the by-election to replace the late Sir Gerald Kaufman MP in the seat of Manchester Gorton. Khan is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North West.

His candidacy has already gained the support of senior figures within the powerful Communication Workers’ Union and GMB union.

After 33 years as the MP for Manchster Gorton, the late Sir Gerald Kaufman left Manchester Gorton as the ninth safest Labour seat in the country. In October 2015, Sir Gerald delivered an antisemitic speech to MPs on the Parliamentary Estate, and just like in the case of Khan, the Labour Party refused to investigate or discipline him.

On 2nd August 2014, Khan tweeted a link to an article from which he quoted that “The Israeli Government are [sic] acting like Nazi’s [sic] in Gaza.”

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, which was first devised by the European Union itself and has been adopted by the British Government, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

Khan’s use of the slur was surprising given his prominence in interfaith dialogue work. He is co-founder of The Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester and was awarded a CBE for his community and interfaith work in 2008.

The Labour Party refused to investigate or discipline Khan for his tweet and instead offered a pitifully weak statement: “These views are not shared by the Labour Party and Afzal Khan MEP has been reminded of his responsibilities as a Labour representative.”

If Khan believes that Israeli policy is to act like Nazis then he is an antisemite. If that is so, and he is selected as the Labour Party candidate in Manchester Gorton, the Jewish community could be in for years of torment — the Labour Party would have swapped one antisemite for another.

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Jackie Walker referred to Labour’s National Consitutional Committee over Holocaust Memorial Day comments

Disgraced Labour activist, Jackie Walker, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party, has had her case referred to the party’s National Consitutional Committee (NCC). The 11-member NCC has the power to expel individuals from the party. Walker was suspended by Labour in September 2016 following comments she made about Holocaust Memorial Day at the Labour Party Conference.

The JC reported that at a meeting of Labour’s NEC in central London it was decided that the allegations were serious enough to push the hearing up to the party’s NCC.

The paper also reported that Marc Wadsworth has also had his hearing referred to the NCC. Wadsworth, a Labour activist, was suspended after accusing Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth of conspiring with the media at the launch event of Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism. Smeeth fled the event in tears whilst Chakrabarti and Jeremy Corbyn stood by inertly.

At last year’s Labour conference in Liverpool, during a training session on tackling antisemitism, Walker said that Holocaust Memorial Day is not inclusive enough and that Jewish schools do not need special security.

Walker, a leading ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the former Vice-Chair of the hard-left Momentum group, said that Holocaust Memorial Day should be “open to all peoples who’ve experienced Holocaust” and as delegates angrily heckled her, she told the room: “I was a bit concerned…at your suggestions that the Jewish community is under such threat that they have to use security in all its buildings…I have a grandson, he is a year old. There is security in his nursery and every school has security now. It’s not because I’m frightened or his parents are frightened that he is going to be attacked.” She earlier said that antisemitism was being “exaggerated” to “undermine Jeremy.”

Labour’s failure to act against antisemitism has been chilling, including Campaign Against Antisemitism hopes that this time with Walker and Wadsworth it will be different. However, with Labour’s appalling track record, we have little confidence.

Labour’s failure to act against antisemitism has been chilling, and it is worth noting that although the egregious behaviour of Jackie Walker appears, finally, to be being dealt with, even longer standing disciplinary cases, such as those of Ken Livingstone’s offensive claims that Hitler supported Zionism and the antisemitic members of the Oxford University Labour Club, are still waiting to be heard. Many more remain cloaked in secrecy under the terms of the notorious Chakrabarti report.

This reluctance has provided a fetid place for antisemitism to breed, and that delay has in itself allowed older antisemitic conspiracy theories to flourish, such as the conspiracy myth that the Rothschild family exerts financial control over central banks.

We hope that justice will be done, and be seen to be done, however, with Labour’s appalling track record we have little confidence that it will be.

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After 13-month legal battle, CAA wins landmark High Court case against Director of Public Prosecutions over non-prosecution of neo-Nazi

In a landmark High Court judicial review action brought by Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Crown Prosecution Service has been forced to cancel its decision not to prosecute a neo-Nazi leader, Jeremy Bedford-Turner. The CPS had repeatedly refused to prosecute him.

After capitulating to CAA unequivocally after an extended legal battle, just days before a High Court hearing, the CPS must now ask a senior lawyer to reconsider whether to prosecute.

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

The speech was made in a kettling pen in Westminster. The neo-Nazis had sought to march through Golders Green but were prevented from doing so by police due to a large counterdemonstration mobilised by CAA.

The CPS took over five months to decide not to prosecute the case, deciding that there was no realistic prospect of a jury finding that Bedford-Turner’s speech amounted to incitement to racial or religious hatred (using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with the intention (or likely consequence) of stirring up racial or religious hatred). CAA’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, who had witnessed the speech, applied for Victims’ Right to Review, but was told by the CPS that he was not a victim and had no victim’s rights.

Faced with no alternative, CAA took the unusual step of issuing judicial review proceedings to submit the CPS decision to the scrutiny of the High Court.

CAA was partly motivated by a growing concern that the CPS is failing to take antisemitic crime seriously. 2015, the year in which the crime was committed, was the worst year on record for antisemitic hate crime. Yet of 15,442 prosecutions of hate crimes by the CPS, only 12 were prosecutions of antisemitic hate crime.

Whilst waiting for the High Court to decide whether to allow CAA to proceed, the case was brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chief Executive of the CPS who remained intransigent.

On 6th January 2017, the Hon. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave gave CAA’s judicial review permission to proceed on all grounds and limited CAA’s cost liability to zero. He held that this case “raises potentially important issues for society in this growing area of racist and religious hate crime.” The case was expedited to be held before a Divisional Court of the Administrative Division of the High Court today, Wednesday 8th March.

On the eve of the hearing, after more than a year of maintaining that her decision was correct, the Director of Public Prosecutions agreed that the decision should be quashed and taken again by a more senior lawyer.

The Director of Public Prosecutions’ capitulation comes as a representative survey of 1,864 British Jews found extremely low confidence in the CPS and the authorities. CAA’s 2016 Antisemitism Barometer research has not yet been published, however CAA has released the results from the research pertaining to confidence in the CPS:

  • Only 26% of British Jews think the CPS does enough to protect British Jews.
  • Only 23% of British Jews think that the authorities are doing enough to address and punish antisemitism.
  • Only 46% of British Jews have confidence that if they reported a hate crime, it would be prosecuted if there was enough evidence.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of CAA said: “We are delighted by this result, but for more than a year it has been clear that the DPP could not win. It is a disgrace that we have had to litigate for the DPP to reconsider the absurd decision not to prosecute this brazen neo-Nazi. The question now is why the CPS seems to demonstrate such incompetence in dealing with cases of antisemitism. Despite record levels of antisemitic crime, there are dismally few prosecutions of antisemites in Britain every year. Antisemites are becoming bolder and British Jews are losing faith in the authorities. The CPS must stop making excuses and prosecute antisemites with zero tolerance. If they do not, we will continue to hold them to account in court.”

Brian Kennelly QC, leading counsel in the judicial review, said: “The CPS has acknowledged that in future it must apply Article 17 of the European Human Rights Convention in cases of antisemitic hate speech. This provides that the right to free speech does not extend to those who would destroy that right.”

Jamie Susskind, junior counsel in the judicial review, said: “I hope that this case will mark a watershed in how the CPS chooses to prosecute cases of hardcore antisemitism. The CPS lawyers appeared to believe that a neo-Nazi’s right to free speech enabled him to say almost anything — no matter how grotesque, threatening, or hateful. This stance was wrong as a matter of law — none of us has an unqualified right to say things that aim to destroy the rights of others (in this case, the Jews). The CPS’s misunderstanding of the law may explain why so few antisemitic hate crimes have been prosecuted in the recent past. Following this decision, this needs to change — so that neo-Nazis and others are held to account for their crimes and the Jewish community can feel safe.”

CAA was represented pro bono by leading counsel Brian Kennelly QC, junior counsel Jamie Susskind, and solicitor David Sonn. The entire CAA team would like to thank our lawyers for the hundreds of hours that they have donated to this case. It would have been impossible for us to pursue this without their generosity. It is due to their devotion and skill that we have achieved this result.

We now await the CPS’s new decision on whether to prosecute Jeremy Bedford-Turner. Later this month, CAA will be in court again, privately prosecuting Alison Chabloz.

Your donations help us continue to hold the authorities to account and enforce the law.
Please support CAA today by donating online. If you would like to make a major donation to help fund our litigation work, or know someone who would, please e-mail fundraising@antisemitism.uk.

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Emergency services simulate antisemitic terrorist attack in the heart of Jewish London

Such is the threat of antisemitism that authorities are taking extraordinary precautions. To prepare for the worst, the Metropolitan Police Service training campus in Aerodrome Road, Hendon, hosted a training exercise on 27th February to simulate an antisemitic terrorist attack. North West London Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, were actively involved in the exercise along with Hatzola, CST, the police, fire brigade and ambulance service.

If there were ever to be an antisemitic terrorist attack in the UK, chances are incredibly high it would happen in Barnet,” Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose told the Hendon Times. He added: “Hopefully this would never happen — but we need to make sure we are ready in case it does.”

To simulate a terrorist incident in the heart of London’s Jewish community, a large lorry was driven at speed down a mock street, smashing into cars and pedestrians. Emergency services were left to deal with actors with life-threatening injuries and were told that due to leaking petrol they should follow procedures for an incident with a risk of an explosion. The mock terrorist, was still behind the wheel of the lorry, and had to be contained but also treated for his injuries. Assisted by Shomrim and CST, the police took control of the scene whilst London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade treated victoms, assisted by Hatzola.

DCSI Rose concluded: “We need to be ready for this so we aren’t caught short if it ever happens. While I can’t say our performance was perfect today, there will be an extensive debrief to work through what can be improved. This has been a valuable day for everyone and I’m proud of all those involved for their contribution to making our community safer.”

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Auction house caught selling Nazi propaganda claims “A lot of Jewish people actually buy Nazi memorabilia”

A director of Southgate Auction Rooms has declared that “A lot of Jewish people actually buy Nazi memorabilia” in response to being caught auctioning Nazi propaganda.

Jim Noland made the comment when asked by the Enfield Independent.

Two election posters, one declaring “Only Hitler”, were adorned with swastikas and were listed for auction last week. One of the posters was sold for £90 and the other is still listed on the Southgate Auction Rooms’ website.

The sale of Nazi memorabilia is illegal in a host of countries but not in Britain. However, established British auction houses, refuse to sell Nazi memorabilia as does online auction site eBay.

Robert Dulin, the chairman of the Southgate Progressive Synagogue, told the Enfield Independent: “I think it’s despicable not only that people auction it, but that people buy these things. I’d understand if it was in a museum as they are historical artefacts – but for someone to want something associated with such a régime is unthinkable.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism strongly opposes the sale of Nazi memorabilia.

Swastika found at shopping centre in Edgware

A swastika was etched onto wooden panelling in the male toilets at Broadwalk Centre in Edgware. The Centre is popular with the large Jewish community in the area and hosts Chanukah celebrations.

The shopping centre management has pledged to take “swift action” to remove the swastika that was discovered last Wednesday. In the meantime, they have covered up the swastika temporarily and will replace the panel it is etched onto to fully remove it.

A spokesperson for the shopping centre told local Jewish media that they “were shocked and dismayed” to find the swastika, saying: “The symbol in question was etched into a panel which we have completely and securely covered with a wooden board and we will replace the panel itself as soon as possible. We will not accept any form of vandalism in the centre. Anyone caught will be banned from the centre and will be reported to the police.”

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Ofcom launches formal investigation into Al Jazeera documentary following CAA’s complaint

The broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, has confirmed in a letter to Campaign Against Antisemitism that it has launched a formal investigation into Al Jazeera’s so-called documentary, “The Lobby”, following our complaint. Ofcom has completed their assessment of the programme they have launched a formal investigation into the programme’s compliance with the Broadcasting Code.

The investigation has been officially listed in Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin. In particular, Ofcom is investigating whether the programme complied with rules in Sections Two (harm and offence) and Section Five (impartiality) of the Broadcasting Code. In addition, they are also investigating complaints of unfair treatment and infringement of privacy of a number of individuals featured in the programme.

The Lobby” was premised on a remark by a junior Israeli Embassy employee and an MP’s former adviser. From one brief conversation, the programme attempted to extrapolate the existence of a full-bodied conspiracy, including the suggestion that swathes of the British Jewish community are in league with the Israeli government to subvert British democracy. In our complaint, our Regulatory Enforcement Unit alleged that the programme breached several core Principles of the Broadcasting Code, including accuracy, impartiality, fair treatment of individuals, harmful material and incitement.

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes this formal investigation and keenly awaits the outcome.

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CAA publishes pitifully-short list of prosecutions for antisemitic hate crime since 2015

Campaign Against Antisemitism has published a pitifully-short list of prosecutions for antisemitic hate crime since 2015.

Though antisemitic hate crime has risen to record levels, the list of prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service remains disturbingly short.

Hundreds of antisemitic hate crimes are recorded every year, but the number of prosecutions has not even reached 20 prosecutions per annum. To put this in perspective, in 2015, the last year for which figures have been released by the Crown Prosecution Service, 15,422 hate crimes were prosecuted.

The list of prosecutions for antisemitism is available on our website.

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Purim celebrates an ancient victory over antisemitism — we need your help to keep fighting in that same spirit

The Jewish festival of Purim is now a week away. It celebrates the salvation of the Jews of ancient Persia from an antisemitic genocide masterminded by the king’s second in command. The Jews’ salvation is secured with the blessing of the king, but it is delivered by the Jews themselves, who are simply given permission to fight to prevent the planned bloodbath.

Thankfully we live in very different times, but the echoes of the Holocaust remind us that it was not so long ago that such machinations were successful.

Even in modern Britain, antisemitism is still present and it is growing. Whilst the British state defends its Jews from antisemitism, sometimes that protection is not forthcoming. Indeed this month, Campaign Against Antisemitism will be in court due to correct dismal failures by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Our team consists of talented volunteers who give many thousands of hours of their time, day in, day out, to defend British Jews and British society at large from the corrosive disease of antisemitism. Supported by our two brilliant employees, our charity takes robust action against antisemitism, including groundbreaking legal work. We do so working closely with the government, whose respect we have earned because when the authorities fail to act, we hold them to account, even in court when necessary.

We do what we do because this is the fight for the future of British Jews and we cannot afford to lose.

We continue to rely on your donations to cover the costs our work.

This Purim, if you care about the future of British society and British Jews, please help us to beat antisemitism back into the shadows by volunteering or donating. We are reliant upon you for success.

We wish all of our Jewish supporters a Purim sameach.

Image credit: Facsimile Editions

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Video shows students from around the UK complaining that their ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events have been banned

Middle East Eye has produced a video showing students from around the UK complaining that their ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events had been banned over antisemitism or public safety fears. The video provides an insight into the mindset of activists who appear to believe that the bans are politically motivated and an assault on freedom of speech, and who seem not to recognise any problems whatsoever with the events that they were planning to organise.

A number of universities have banned ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events over the last couple of week (though it is called ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, the events tend to span two or three weeks).

The bans follow the adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism by the government following a sustained campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others.

Minister of State for Universities, Jo Johnson MP, wrote to Universities UK earlier this month asking that all universities be conscious of the definition as ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ approached. Universities have responded with bans on events that they feared would be antisemitic, extremist or dangerous to the public. This week the Prime Minister weighed in, calling on all universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The bans came as Campaign Against Antisemitism released urgent guidance to students dealing with antisemitic incidents during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’. Students with questions are very welcome to contact our specialist team by e-mailing campus@antisemitism.uk.

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Abdul Ahaed convicted of shouting antisemitic abuse at police and racially abusing hostel worker

Abdul Ahaed, 29, has been convicted of racially abusing a hostel worker and then shouting antisemitic abuse at a police officer after arrest.

Ahaed was arrested on 26th November 2016 after police were called to a disturbance at a hostel in north London. During an altercation with a member of staff, Ahaed called him a “Black n*****”. Police arrived and arrested Ahaed for racial abuse. Ahaed became very abusive to police and while at the police station, shouted “Jewish c***” on two separate occasions at a police officer.

The Metropolitan Police Service Case Progression Unit in Hackney conducted an investigation Ahaed was charged with abusing the hostel worker and the officer. Ahaed pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to two counts of racially aggravated intentional harassment alarm and distress.

He was sentenced on 24th February 2017 to a 12-month community order, a 6-week curfew between 23:00 and 6:00, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a victim surcharge of £85 and payments of £100 each to the hostel worker and the police officer.

Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks the Metropolitan Police Service for dealing with this antisemitic and racist incident robustly.

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Two men shouting antisemitic death threats at synagogue-goers arrested by police helped by Shomrim

Two men have been arrested after allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse including death threats at Jewish people walking to synagogue in Stamford Hill in London. The two adults, described only as a black man and a white man reportedly began shouting abuse at 09:00 yesterday morning as Jewish families made their way to synagogue, at one point even entering the front garden of a synagogue.

Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, assisted officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in arresting the men.

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Wandsworth Council to name new housing development after antisemitic member of the British Union of Fascists

Wandsworth Borough Council has decided to name a new housing development after Sir Edwin Alliot Verdon-Roe, accomplished aviator, antisemite and prominent member of the British Union of Fascists.

Verdon-Roe supported Sir Oswald Mosley during the 1930s, a time when Mosley’s ‘blackshirt’ thugs terrorised London’s Jews. Dr Steven Woodbridge, Senior Lecturer in History at Kingston University, told the Evening Standard: “Even during the Second World War, he was contributing articles to the publications of extreme-right parties. I think his views would be abhorrent to people today. There was a definite strand of antisemitism in his thinking and outlook.”

It is disappointing, and unacceptable that, notwithstanding Verdon-Roe’s achievements in the field of aviation, Wandsworth Borough Council has decided to bestow the honour of naming a new development after him.

Campaign Against Antisemitism urges the Council to reconsider their decision and choose a more appropriate figure to name the building after.

You may wish to e-mail Wandsworth Borough Council’s leader, Councillor Ravi Govindia CBE, at rgovindia@wandsworth.gov.uk to let him know your thoughts.

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The Guardian publishes CAA Chairman’s letter after complaint is lodged

On Monday, 244 academics attacked Campaign Against Antisemitism and the International Definition of Antisemitism in a letter published in The Guardian (and not for the first time either). The academics claimed that we were stifling criticism of Israel rather than acting against genuine Jew-hatred. It was not long before The Independent was repeating the claims.

Neither paper had the decency to seek our comment before publishing the claims and indeed The Guardian initially refused to publish our reply to the letter.

After we lodged a formal complaint against The Guardian and The IndependentThe Guardian agreed to publish the following letter. We will continue to pursue the outstanding elements of our complaints.

Sir,

The International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the Prime Minister following a long campaign does not conflate antisemitism and criticism of Israel. Those who oppose the definition are simply blind to Jew-hatred. When the lynch mob of academics who wrote to you read the definition, they will have seen that it says that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic”. Their letter is therefore a deceit, because they claim that all they want to do is rationally criticise Israel and they fear that we will call them antisemites. That would be conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel, and as they well know, under this definition they have nothing to fear.

What the definition does consider to be antisemitic is calling Jews or the Jewish state the successor to the Nazis. That is not criticism, it is hate speech. The definition equally calls those who engage in spreading conspiracy myths about Jewish subterfuge and nefarious power antisemites, and of course the definition is right.

The 244 academics who signed the letter condemning Campaign Against Antisemitism are, in fact, engaging in the greatest of academic crime: dishonesty. It is therefore no wonder that we have asked students to gather evidence of antisemitism and send it to us so that we can take it up with universities.

Today, everybody carries in their pockets a high-definition video camera and so Jewish students are thankfully able to prove that they are being intimidated and abused, and we are able to help them. That must be what these academics fear: they fear that the particular brand of antisemitism that disguises itself as discourse about Israel is finally becoming political, social and professional suicide.

This recognition of the full spectrum of antisemitism comes not a moment too soon: on campuses where “oppression” is so frequently discussed, Jewish students are being squeezed out of student life. That is why the Minister of State for Universities has had to take a stand against bullying, unaccountable academics and student leaders who have long enjoyed partaking in the oldest hatred of all.

The International Definition of Antisemitism has been endorsed by thirty-one nations now, not out of fealty to Israel but out of recognition that antisemitism rots society from within, and that Jews are sadly, as ever, on the front line.

Yours sincerely,

Gideon Falter
Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

You may wish to draw the inaccuracies in the academics’ letter to the attention of guardian.letters@theguardian.com, letters@independent.co.uk and inquiries@ipso.co.uk.

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Prime Minister backs call for universities to adopt International Definition of Antisemitism

Today, in response to a question from Bob Blackman MP about antisemitism on campuses during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, the Prime Minister emphatically endorsed the Minister of State for Universities’ call for universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. This is an extremely welcome development and comes as universities around the country have banned ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events over antisemitism fears.

Nevertheless, Baroness Amos, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, told Campaign Against Antisemitism that she will not even consider adopting the definition.

Please ask Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, to intervene at SOAS by e-mailing jo.johnson.mp@parliament.uk and enquiries@beis.gov.uk. Please copy in campus@antisemitism.uk. You may also want to thank Bob Blackman for raising antisemitism during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ at Prime Minister’s Questions, by e-mailing bob.blackman.mp@parliament.uk.

Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism published a new guide for students defending their campus against antisemitism during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’.

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After 244 academics attack CAA in The Guardian (and The Independent), we publish the reply they refused to print

On Monday, 244 academics attacked Campaign Against Antisemitism and the International Definition of Antisemitism in a letter published in The Guardian (and not for the first time either). The academics claimed that we were stifling criticism of Israel rather than acting against genuine Jew-hatred. It was not long before The Independent was repeating the claims.

Neither paper had the decency to seek our comment before publishing the claims and indeed The Guardian has now refused to publish our reply to the letter. We have made formal complaints to both The Guardian and The Independent, but in the meantime we are publishing the response that The Guardian refused to print.

Sir,

The International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the Prime Minister following a long campaign does not conflate antisemitism and criticism of Israel. Those who oppose the definition are simply blind to Jew-hatred. When the lynch mob of academics who wrote to you read the definition, they will have seen that it says that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic”. Their letter is therefore a deceit, because they claim that all they want to do is rationally criticise Israel and they fear that we will call them antisemites. That would be conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel, and as they well know, under this definition they have nothing to fear.

What the definition does consider to be antisemitic is calling Jews or the Jewish state the successor to the Nazis. That is not criticism, it is hate speech. The definition equally calls those who engage in spreading conspiracy myths about Jewish subterfuge and nefarious power antisemites, and of course the definition is right.

The 244 academics who signed the letter condemning Campaign Against Antisemitism are, in fact, engaging in the greatest of academic crime: dishonesty. It is therefore no wonder that we have asked students to gather evidence of antisemitism and send it to us so that we can take it up with universities.

Today, everybody carries in their pockets a high-definition video camera and so Jewish students are thankfully able to prove that they are being intimidated and abused, and we are able to help them. That must be what these academics fear: they fear that the particular brand of antisemitism that disguises itself as discourse about Israel is finally becoming political, social and professional suicide.

This recognition of the full spectrum of antisemitism comes not a moment too soon: on campuses where “oppression” is so frequently discussed, Jewish students are being squeezed out of student life. That is why the Minister of State for Universities has had to take a stand against bullying, unaccountable academics and student leaders who have long enjoyed partaking in the oldest hatred of all.

The International Definition of Antisemitism has been endorsed by thirty-one nations now, not out of fealty to Israel but out of recognition that antisemitism rots society from within, and that Jews are sadly, as ever, on the front line.

Yours sincerely,

Gideon Falter
Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

You may wish to draw the inaccuracies in the academics’ letter to the attention of guardian.letters@theguardian.com, letters@independent.co.uk and inquiries@ipso.co.uk.

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Jaroslaw Goloshko convicted after shouting “Heil Hitler” and performing Nazi salute at Jews on Christmas Day

Jaroslaw Goloshko has been convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence after choosing to spend his Christmas Day last year shouting “Heil Hitler” and performing a Nazi salute directed at Jewish passersby. Goloshko was spotted by volunteers from Shomrim Stamford Hill whilst out on patrol. They followed him and called the police who came and arrested him.

Shomrim volunteers do not simply alert the police to antisemitic criminals; they also provide statements and regularly give evidence in court, which is what they did in this case, helping to ensure that Goloshko was convicted.

Goloshko did not appear in court and was convicted in his absence. The court issued a warrant for his arrest.

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Councillor suspended by Labour after performing Nazi salute in budget debate

Councillor Jonny Morris, 49, a Labour Party Councillor on Plymouth City Council, has been suspended from the Labour Party after he was caught on camera giving a Nazi salute during a budget meeting in Devon.

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of the Plymouth Labour group, confirmed that Councillor Morris had been suspended while the matter was investigated. He said “The whips are now looking into the matter. Obviously we take this very seriously.”

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that they have been made aware of the shocking incident which is being investigated as a public order offence.

Councillor Morris claims he became “angry” after Conservative and UKIP councillors cut the debate on the budget short by calling for the vote to be taken. He was then captured on footage which was being live streamed online performing the offensive gesture at his Tory and UKIP rivals.

This prompted councillors within the chamber to voice their disgust and immediately call for him to apologise. After the meeting Councillor Morris apologised, saying: “I was very angry at the closing down of debate on Plymouth’s budget by the UKIP/Tory ruling group. I let that anger get the better of me, and made an inappropriate and offensive gesture. I apologise unreservedly.”

The Conservative leader of the council, Councillor Ian Bowyer, said the act could be considered a hate crime. He said “I think the Council’s monitoring officer will doubtless wish to investigate further — there are potentially serious consequences here. Although Councillor Morris apologised for his behaviour in my opinion this constitutes hate crime, which is totally unacceptable.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends the local Labour Councillors for their swift and firm action. Unfortunately, we can have no confidence that the national Labour Party will take this matter as seriously. Following Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party, the Party has kept disciplinary decisions secret whilst even unremorseful antisemites are being readmitted to the Party.

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ISIS terrorists call for attacks on Jewish targets in the West, especially the UK

ISIS terrorists have called on their supporters to terrorise Jewish communities in the West, singling out the UK. This frightening call to arms emerged on an ISIS-linked Telegram channel called Lone Mujahid which is a chat room where aspiring terrorists are encourage to carry out “lone-wolf” attacks.

A chilling message contains a list of Jewish communities in the UK above a photograph of, Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who murdered four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris. The photograph is captioned, “Take the brother’s (rh) example and terrorize the Yahood (Jew).”

Another post urged fellow extremists to disguise themselves as Jews: “IF YOURE STILL IN THE WEST! Dress up like a Jew! Go to your nearest Jewish area! Make sure you have plenty of weapons under you coat! Then unleash the pain of the Muslims upon these A.P.E.S!!!.”

In December 2016, the channel posted a call to jihadists to prepare and launch attacks to coincide with Christmas, Chanukah and the new year celebrations. “Christmas, Hanukah and New Years Day is very soon InshaAllah. So let’s prepare a gift for the filthy pigs / apes,” reads one post, below a screenshot of a pressure cooker bomb-making tutorial.

There have been several other ISIS attacks on Jewish targets across the world. In May 2014, Mehdi Nemmouche, killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in the name of ISIS.

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