The actor Miriam Margolyes, best known for her portrayal of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series, has attempted to diminish the scale and impact of the Labour antisemitism scandal by characterising it as a plot to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. In an interview given to the Radio Times, Ms Margolyes said: “I don’t think there is the extent of antisemitism in the Labour Party that people seem to imply” and stated that she believes “…it’s to do with trying to stop Corbyn from being Prime Minister.”

Accusing Jews of making accusations of antisemitism in bad faith in order to aid a hidden agenda is a well-established antisemitic slur.

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

Ms Margolyes has a history of making appalling remarks about Jews. In 2016 she was caught on film, appearing to suggest that “Jews and blacks are stingy”. The previous year, in an interview in The Telegraph, she asserted that “nobody likes Jews” and claimed that “People understandably and correctly associate Israel with Jews and Jews are killing people. Innocent people.”

Elsewhere in the Radio Times interview, Ms Margolyes takes aim at her former friend, the actress Maureen Lipman, who has taken a brave and principled stand over antisemitism in Labour and the demonisation of Israel. Ms Margolyes refers to Ms Lipman as “a fool”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the Radio Times to apologise for providing Ms Margolyes with a platform from which to spread her repulsive views. If you think that the Radio Times should apologise, please e-mail them at feedback@radiotimes.com, and make clear whether you would like them to publish your e-mail.


Actor and Labour Party activist John Davies has reportedly been suspended from the Labour Party after claiming that Jewish Labour MP’s loyalties “lie elsewhere”.

Mr Davies, who played the role of Les Hunter in the soap-opera Hollyoaks and appeared in Coronation Street, was chair of the St Michael’s branch of Liverpool Riverside Labour Party.

According to the JC, Mr Davies said that Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth’s loyalties lie elsewhere: “Her prime interests are neither socialism nor the Labour Party — they lie elsewhere.” The newspaper said that Mr Davies suggested that Jews who identify with Israel “have a big problem” and justified historical comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany.

Mr Davies, who is said by the JC to use the alias Johnny Beggs, also criticised his local MP Dame Louise Ellman and falsely claimed that she had used a parliamentary speech to express support for “Israel’s child prisoner policy.”

He is also reported to have suggested that Luciana Berger was not interested in challenging racism but “in damaging Corbyn and making Palestinian advocacy risky.”

When someone questioned linking those accusing Labour of antisemitism with Hitler, Mr Davies wrote that: “I think historical comparisons need to be made sometimes.”

Last month a letter titled “Hands Off the Left!” with the names of 53 Merseyside Labour activists, including John Davies, was posted on Johnny Beggs’ Facebook page. It said that: “The current antisemitism witch-hunt against Chris Williamson, Jackie Walker and others, and against our own Labour Party constituencies is a fraud. It is a continuation of a three-year-long campaign aimed at derailing the movement around Jeremy Corbyn. These pro-Israel Labour MPs know that such a government would oppose attacks on the Palestinian people. It is clear that they would prefer a pro-Israel Conservative government, to a socialist Labour government, critical of Israel.”

The JC has claimed that since the newspaper brought his behaviour to the Labour Party’s attention, Mr Davies has been suspended, but he claims, however, that his suspension is “only partial.” A statement was posted on Johnny Beggs’ Facebook page yesterday which said: “I’ve been suspended from the Labour Party, after a joint campaign by some hard right members of my CLP, our MP and the Jewish Chronicle. I will fight my suspension, which is only partial, and challenge the usual concoction of lies and distortions.”

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

In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and members.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Facebook has reportedly banned a number of far-right groups, including the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL) from its platform.

The groups, as well as key members of their leadership, have been banned from both Facebook and Instagram for violating rules around promoting hate and violence.

Britain First, the National Front and Knights Templar International have also been removed, as well as convicted neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw, National Action’s former spokesman.

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

Other individuals reportedly banned include former BNP leader Nick Griffin, Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, EDL member Paul Ray, Knights Templar International’s Jim Dowson and the National Front’s Tony Martin.

Facebook said it used an extensive process to work out which people or groups to designate as dangerous. This includes whether they have used hate speech and called for or directly carried out acts of violence against others based on factors such as race, ethnicity or national origin.

A spokeswoman for Facebook explained that: “Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook. Under our dangerous individuals and organisations policy, we ban those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence. The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram. Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned. Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organisations, pages, groups and content against our community standards.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes Facebook’s decision to take decisive action and proactively remove extremists from the platform, however we regret that Facebook remains amongst the worst offenders when it comes to removing antisemitic incitement.

A ComRes poll has found that 55% of the British public agreed with the statement that: “Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle antisemitism within his own party shows he is unfit to be Prime Minister.” ComRes conducted the poll for the Jewish News.

Additionally, 51% believe that “The Labour Party has a serious antisemitism problem”, which represents a dramatic rise from the 34% who answered affirmatively when ComRes asked the same question in July last year.

Merely 22% “believe Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that he has an ‘absolute determination’ to stamp out antisemitism from the Labour Party.”

Disturbingly, however, 52% of the Labour voters surveyed agreed that Mr Corbyn is the target of “a concerted smear campaign by his political opponents to try to discredit him over antisemitism.”

According to the Jewish News, a Labour source said that: “This looks like a set of leading questions that anyone would expect to produce a negative result.”

Andrew Hawkins, Chair of ComRes, remarked that “Being seen as soft on racism must account for a major part of Labour’s malaise given that almost one in three of the Party’s own voters at the last election believe its leader is not fit to be Prime Minister because of the issue.”

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

In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and members.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

A man who allegedly forced his way into a synagogue in Stamford Hill in north London screaming that “I want to kill all disbelievers” is once again being sought by police after failing to appear in court.

Following the incident last month, Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch, were on the scene within 45 seconds. The suspect was subsequently arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service and charged with an offence of racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

However, the defendant failed to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates yesterday. The court issued a warrant for his arrest and he is now wanted by police.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their extremely fast response to this extremely disturbing incident. We are following the case with interest.

If you have any more information, please contact the police on 101 or Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123.

Shadow Justice Minister, Richard Burgon’s speech at a public meeting in 2014, video footage of which has now been brought to light, is nothing less than a diatribe, including the accusation that “Zionism is the enemy of peace.”

In the speech, uncovered and released by investigative journalist Iggy Ostanin, Mr Burgon, who would be Secretary of State for Justice in a Corbyn-led government, said that: “…the enemy — the enemy of the Palestinian People is not the Jewish people, the enemy of the Palestinian people are Zionists; and Zionism is the enemy of peace…”

Mr Burgon’s appalling comments evoke Stalin-era antisemitic propaganda. Targeted specifically at Jews in the Soviet Union who wished to emigrate to Israel and to curry favour in the Middle East, Stalin, and later other Soviet leaders in the 1970s and 1980s, were the originators of the antisemitic attempt to force Jews to denounce Israel by demonising Zionism and Zionists, and declaring the latter subversive traitors. At the Slansky trials in the former Czechoslovakia, Jewish leaders were executed for, among other things, the crime of being Zionists, as were hundreds of Jewish doctors in the so-called Doctor’s plot. This ‘othering’ of Jews, the vast majority of whom naturally believe that Jews should have the right to self-determination just like all other peoples, is the bedrock of modern far-left antisemitism, and was a technique absorbed by farleft groups in the West. Mr Burgon, along with Mr Corbyn are its modern flag-bearers, the latter berating British Zionists for their failure to grasp their own country’s sense of irony, while openly referring to a subversive “Zionist lobby.”

However Mr Burgon, the MP for Leeds East and also the Shadow Lord Chancellor, does not stop there: he said that all Labour Friends of Israel MPs should be asked to resign because of the military actions of Israel in Gaza. This would include Jewish MPs, and in making this request, he makes them complicit in the actions of the Israeli government. This is the kind of comment we associate with the far-right, but we now hear it from the mouth of the man aspiring to run Britain’s justice system. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is antisemitic.

The closing line of Mr Burgon’s tirade is chilling. Not only, it is implied, should these Jewish MPs resign, for they are the “enemies of peace” but they must do it in the name of “all humanity”. For antisemites, a Jewish state — as Jewry formerly — constitutes a uniquely demonic blot on the world, a cancer that must be cut out to make the world healthy once again.

When asked about these comments by Andrew Neil on the BBC, Mr Burgon lied. When asked he said, by turns: “I didn’t say that”, “No”, “Well, I didn’t make those comments”, and “I would not have said it because it’s not my view.” We now learn that he was similarly evasive to the point of lying under oath in a court of law.

It is difficult to know whether Mr Burgon should be dismissed from his post immediately for his brazen lying or for his dissemination of antisemitic discourse in breach of his Party’s own chosen definition of antisemitism, but either way, he should have been dismissed immediately. In the view of Campaign Against Antisemitism, he should be suspended and subjected to a disciplinary process, but this is not a course of action available to a Party that has become institutionally antisemitic. In any case, Mr Burgon cannot be sacrificed, for to admit his own demonisation of Zionists was a fault, would be to expose Mr Corbyn’s own comments to the same judgement.

British Jewry is being subjected to an unexpected and unwelcome retrospective of Soviet antisemitism, demonisation, brazen lies and denials leaving other Labour MPs to look on, pausing only to wring their hands before returning to their seats in Parliament. Meanwhile, the shape of things to come for British Jewry should such a man become Justice Minister, a man who is subject to no justice himself, is ever more terrifying.

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

In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and members.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Chris Jury, an actor on Lovejoy and now a Labour council candidate, has reportedly peddled antisemitic conspiracies and alleged that there is no evidence at all that the Labour Party has a particular problem with antisemitism.

Mr Jury who played the character Eric in Lovejoy, a popular British television comedy-drama-mystery series in the 1980s, has also appeared in Doctor Who and Grange Hill. He is running to be a Labour councillor on Stratford-On-Avon Council in the upcoming local elections.

According to MailOnline, in a blog entitled “I Am Not A Number”, Mr Jury posted antisemitic tropes.

In one post published in March, Mr Jury allegedly wrote: “My disgust at the cynical abuse of the memory of the 6 million [Jews murdered by the Nazis] by the right-wing of the Labour Party, aided and abetted by the Israeli Embassy, grows daily and has left me despairing for the future of the Labour Party. There is no evidence at all that the Labour Party has a particular problem with antisemitism.” He also defended Chris Williamson in that article.

The International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government and the Labour Party, states that “Manifestations [of antisemitism] might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity…Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for ‘why things go wrong’.”

In another post from April 2017, Mr Jury concluded that: “70 years after the defeat of the Nazis their racist, colonial, Eurocentric, moral degeneracy is still playing out in the Middle-East.”

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

In a tweet from August last year, Mr Jury also said that British politics was being “subverted” and antisemitism was being “weaponised by the Right of the Labour Party…”

Mr Jury reportedly stood by his comments in a statement to the MailOnline. He also posted on Facebook, downplaying antisemitism in Labour, writing: “The Labour Party has 500,000 members and I know only a few hundred of them so I obviously cannot claim that there are literally no antisemites in the Labour Party, only that I have never seen any substantive evidence that it is a particularly prevalent problem in the Labour Party and certainly not a problem on a scale that could warrant the sustained level of attack on the party over the three years since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader.”

He continued that: “If the Israeli Embassy has played such a role, it is also perfectly legitimate to point that out as it may partly explain how and why this issue has come to such prominence since Corbyn was elected.”

He added that: “I do not oppose Israel or a Jewish state of Israel, I simply support the Palestinian cause. I believe that just as the Jewish people are entitled to live at peace in their traditional homeland so are the Palestinians.”

Mr Jury’s conspiracy theories about a secretive cabal of politicians in league with the Israeli government to use the Holocaust against Jeremy Corbyn and Chris Williamson are utterly repulsive. He seems to think that all of the Jewish Labour members calling for solidarity and help over the most vile antisemitic abuse are in fact part of a right-wing Israeli-run plot and worthy only of suspicion or even contempt. It is no surprise that he feels right at home in the Labour Party.

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

In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and Party members.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is investigating shocking antisemitic comments made in a pub, including that “Hitler didn’t kill enough f***ing Jews.”

Israeli author and journalist, Tuvia Tenenbom, filmed several men inside a pub in Derry’s Bogside, a predominantly nationalist area, as part of a documentary on Brexit. The clip has been widely circulated online.

After entering the pub and seeing Palestinian flags on display, Mr Tenenbom asked drinkers at the bar why they support Palestine. Some of the blatantly antisemitic responses were: “Because we hate the f***ing Jews” and “The Israelis are child-murdering scum.” A man in an orange high-visibility jacket then declared: “The only thing that Hitler didn’t do wrong. He didn’t kill enough f***ing Jews…Jews are the scourge of the Earth.” The comment was met with laughter from other patrons.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed that it is investigating the incident. Chief Inspector Gerard McLaughlin said: “Police have received a complaint in relation to a video on a social media site. Enquiries are ongoing into this incident.”

Condemnation from political leaders in Northern Ireland has been swift. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster called it: “A disgusting comment. The small Jewish community in Northern Ireland will always have my support and that of all right thinking people.”

A Sinn Féin spokesperson said that: “There is no place for racism, sectarianism, antisemitism or discrimination of any kind in our society.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie said that he did not think it was reflective of “mainstream thinking in Londonderry or anywhere else in Northern Ireland.”

Alliance leader Naomi Long said that there was “no place” for antisemitism in society, and said she hoped action would be taken.”

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Colum Eastwood said that: “These comments are totally unacceptable; both the language and sentiment is not reflective of the people of Derry. I know the views expressed in the video will be widely and rightly rejected by the people of Derry.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the investigation by the police and is following the case with interest.

Ronald Campbell, the Labour Party MP for Blyth Valley in Northumberland, has told the BBC that charges of antisemitism in the Labour Party are politically motivated and that “the Jewish issue” is being used “as a big stick to beat Corbyn and get rid of him.”

In an interview commencing at 05:25 minutes on The World This Weekend program on BBC Radio 4, Mr Campbell told presenter Mark Mardell that it was “deplorable” and “just unacceptable” that Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge secretly recorded her meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis. The recording revealed that Mr Corbyn has been making assurances of firm action against antisemitism whilst in reality he believed that evidence of antisemitism was being “ignored”.

Mr Campbell said that: “The people in the Parliamentary Labour Party are using the Jewish issue, the antisemitic issue, as a big stick to beat Corbyn and get rid of him. It’s as simple as that as far as I can see. I’ve been in the Labour Party nearly — more than 50 years and I’ve never heard anything like this before. Now I understand there’s a lot of people have come in to the Party from the far-left and have these views. I would say to them, please leave, you’re not welcome in this Party.”

Mr Campbell, who has represented the constituency of Blyth Valley since 1987, appeared to downplay the antisemitism faced by Dame Margaret and others, declaring: “I know they’ve had some stick on their Facebook and whatnot and it shouldn’t be tolerated. But to use the Leader and get at the Leader because you want rid of the Leader — nobody wanted him in the first place, remember. The Parliamentary Labour Party put a no confidence vote in. When they didn’t get that, they started to say what issue can we get them on? Ah the Jewish issue. This is a good one. I feel sorry for the Jewish people…You’re being used by these people. Just to get rid of Corbyn that is.”

Mr Campbell reportedly made similar comments in April last year. According to ChronicleLive, which covers his constituency, he said that: “The latest row over the bizarre allegation that Jeremy is in any way anti-Jewish has been got up by the right-wing media. It is getting so bad that you cannot criticise Israel in its dealings with Palestine without being accused of racism or fascism. They are using it as a big stick to hit Jeremy with.” He added that the attacks were coming from inside Labour: “For once, it is not the Tories that are doing this; it is people on our side. Those career politicians in the Labour Party need to wind their necks in and fight the Tories. We have to remember who the enemy is – the Tories!”

To claim that allegations of antisemitism are being invented or exaggerated for political gain is to accuse Jews of complicity in a political conspiracy. Additionally, Mr Campbell’s clumsy use of the term “Jewish issue” will evoke historic language about the “Jewish problem” or the “Jewish question” which was central to European antisemitism in the 19th and 20th centuries, including that of the Nazis.

Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns Mr Campbell for his repulsive attempt to characterise Jews’ complaints about antisemitism in the Labour Party as some kind of political and media plot. Such claims against any other minority or in any other political party could be expected to end his career, but in the institutionally antisemitic Labour Party, we have come to expect that there will be no justice.

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

In the BBC interview, Mr Campbell seemed to support the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigating Labour, saying: “[It] might be a good idea for an independent body to look at these things. I’m not arguing that argument. I’m arguing that these people have come in to the Labour Party from the far-left and got these views, should leave. You’re in the wrong party.”

In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and members.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The Labour Party has suspended the last remaining full-time employee from its Compliance Unit, which investigates disciplinary matters, leaving it run by staffers on secondment from Jeremy Corbyn’s office to the Unit.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, last Tuesday the staffer was stripped of their security pass and escorted out of Labour Party headquarters on suspicion of whistleblowing about the Party’s antisemitism crisis, leaving no permanent employees staffing the Compliance Unit, which is now being run by staffers seconded from Mr Corbyn’s office.

This week, senior Labour figures rushed to defend whistleblower, Julian Assange, with Diane Abbott stating that: “Whistleblowers do us all a service”.

A Labour spokesman said: “We don’t comment on staffing matters. Complaints are being handled in the usual way.” However, we know from a secret recording of Mr Corbyn himself, that “the usual way” could be to ignore and misplace critical evidence.

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

Campaign Against Antisemitism declared the Labour Party to be “institutionally antisemitic” back in 2016, followed by other Jewish community charities two years later. In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

It has emerged today that in a secretly-recorded conversation with Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge, Jeremy Corbyn admitted that Labour may have “ignored or misplaced or not used”.

The admission, in a recording released by The Sunday Times, shows that even as he consistently assured the nation that Labour “takes antisemitism very seriously”, he actually believed that “evidence [of antisemitism within the Party] was either being mislaid, ignored or not used”.

The admission adds to the evidence that the Labour Party cannot be trusted to deal with antisemitism and must be subject to a full statutory investigation.

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

Campaign Against Antisemitism declared the Labour Party to be “institutionally antisemitic” back in 2016, followed by other Jewish community charities two years later. In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

West Ham United Football Club has said that it will ban for life any fans that it manages to identify from a video in which football thugs can be heard chanting on public transport: “We’ll be running around Tottenham with our willies hanging out, singing ‘I’ve got a foreskin, haven’t you, f***ing Jew’.” Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has traditionally enjoyed the support of a large number of Jewish football fans.

After footage of the incident was posted on Twitter, a West Ham United spokesperson said: “We are disgusted by the contents of the video. These people are not welcome at our club — they are not welcome in civilised society. We are taking immediate action to try to identify the offenders, whose details we will be handing over to the police and will be banned for life from London Stadium and from travelling with the club. West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance – there is no place for this kind of behaviour at our club.”

Greater Manchester Police praised the club for its firm stance appealed for witnesses with footage of the incident to contact them. Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce said: “Here in Manchester we pride ourselves on making sure fans from far and wide are welcomed and it is disappointing that a small few have brought shame on football in this way. Let me be really clear: racial abuse will not be tolerated and anyone that partakes in this kind of behaviour can be expected to be investigated by the police.”

Witnesses should contact Greater Manchester Police by calling 101, or e-mailing Campaign Against Antisemitism at investigations@antisemitism.uk if there is any difficulty.

West Ham fans have been involved in a number of antisemitic incidents. Mark Harding was convicted for telling a Jewish fan to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are” in 2017, and in 2016 Richard Prendiville and a man identified only as R. Peacock were convicted over similar antisemitic chanting on public transport.

It has emerged that in 2011, Jeremy Corbyn defended eight schools’ plans to send children to a festival featuring a vandal who daubed “Free Gaza and Palestine” on the Warsaw ghetto.

Eight primary schools had intended to send children to the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival, where speakers included Ewa Jasciewicz, who spray-painted “Free Gaza and Palestine” on the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto. According to a report in The Times, in 2002 Ms Jasciewicz called for “activists” to “do” the Israeli parliament or “a sophisticated politician bump-off” rather than targeting Israeli civilians.

The move was opposed by a Jewish charity, the Board of Deputies, but investigative journalist, Iggy Ostanin, has discovered that Mr Corbyn told the Islington Tribune that: “The Board of Deputies are hardly objective in this matter. Their record of denunciation of all things Palestinian is well known.” He added that he planned to attend the festival, saying that: “It’s a great opportunity for children to understand the wealth and joy of Palestinian literature and a little of the history of the region.”

Mr Corbyn added that the festival, which was organised by a branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign would be entirely neutral and educational, saying: “It’s not in any way biased, but a festival which will encourage children to broaden their horizons. The children were looking forward to it. I’d like to think there is still time to resolve the issue.”

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Mr Corbyn remains a Patron, has had its own antisemitism problems.

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

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

The so-called Labour Representation Committee (LRC), a pro-Corbyn pressure group, has published an appalling blog post on their website attacking Jewish MP Luciana Berger, who quit the Labour Party over antisemitism, and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) which she chaired. JLM, which has for almost 100 years been the collective body of Jewish Labour Party supporters, approved a motion on Sunday declaring that it has “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn and that he is “unfit to be Prime Minister.”

The LRC has a long history of belittling claims of antisemitism and publishing extremely disturbing articles. The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, is its President.

In this latest blog post, entitled “JLM Stabs Labour in the Back”, the LRC’s Political Secretary, Mick Brooks, regurgitates conspiracy theories and claims that the antisemitism crisis in the Labour Party is a smear. Using the most loaded and offensive language, Mr Brooks wrote that: “They have declared war on Labour” and concluded that: “They are stabbing us in the back. That is insupportable. The JLM must be disaffiliated from Labour as soon as possible.” He then denied that Luciana Berger was forced out of the Party by antisemitism, declaring: “Let us be clear. Luciana Berger left the Party of her own accord.”

Mr Brooks also referred to an article alleging an Israeli conspiracy: “According to the Electronic Intifada the JLM was revived in 2015 specifically to combat Jeremy Corbyn, a longstanding supporter of the Palestinian cause. The article points the finger at Israeli intelligence in helping to refound the dormant JLM, an explanation confirmed by the Al Jazeera’s [sic] documentary The Lobby. It is not antisemitism in Britain, but opposition to policies carried out by the state of Israel that they see as the enemy. In response Asa Winstanley, the author of the article, has been suspended from the Labour Party.”

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

JLM issued a statement in response to Mr Brooks’ shocking comments stating that: “This article makes it clear that they will blame Jews for any failure at the ballot box, further enabling racism towards Jews. The language of ‘betray’ and ‘backstabbing’ are dogwhistles to antisemitism that Jews have experienced too many times to monstrous effect.”

Mr McDonnell appears to be actively involved with the LRC and is a regular contributor to its website. His most recent article was posted on 4th April.

Were he serious about stamping out antisemitism and making the Labour Party a safe place for Jews, he would step down from and condemn the LRC immediately.

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

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

Zeid Truscott has been disqualified from standing as a candidate for the National Union of Students (NUS) Executive Council after complaints over antisemitic social media posts, including one claiming that Mossad trained the leader of ISIS.

Jules Mason, NUS Chief Returning Officer, tweeted a statement confirming: “As your Chief Returning Officer, I am responsible for ensuring that elections are not just fair, safe and accessible but with that they also follow the rules and abide with NUS rules and policy. As I mentioned in my accountability report yesterday, I have ruled on a complaint concerning antisemitism…Despite being informed of the potential of disqualification [Mr Truscott] has not complied with my ruling in respect to a complaint made about them concerning antisemitism whilst a candidate. As a result, I have disqualified that candidate from this year’s NUS NEC Block of 15 election.”

Mr Truscott has refused to apologise for reportedly sharing an article on Facebook claiming that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was trained by Mossad.

Another post claimed that the International Definition of Antisemitism is “anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab.” Another message said that: “Some of the [definition’s] examples ([such as] Israel being a racist endeavour) aim to silence Arab lived experience and sideline oppression of Arabs.” He also allegedly tweeted: “Just your daily reminder that Israel is a racist, apartheid state. Founded on ‘divine right’ and created through terrorism and ethnic cleansing.”

A number of messages allegedly sent from his Facebook and Twitter accounts were uncovered by a Twitter user.

In a statement posted on social media, Mr Truscott, a University of Bath student, declined to apologise for the posts, instead saying that he rejected accusations of antisemitism. He wrote: “Since my involvement in the student movement, I have always tried to advocate for justice, liberation and amplifying the voices of the marginalised.”

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) said that it is “deeply troubled” by “antisemitic” social media posts by Mr Truscott.

An NUS spokesman said that: “The National Union of Students believes that all forms of hate and prejudice are unacceptable. NUS will continue to engage with the Jewish students and the community to identify ways in which we can ensure our spaces are inclusive and accessible to all students.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns Mr Truscott’s language and his refusal to back down. The International Definition of Antisemitism, which NUS has adopted, is clear 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, as are antisemitic conspiracy theories.

NUS still has a long way to go to repair its reputation with Jewish students, but Mr Truscott’s disqualification is a positive development and we commend Mr Mason for his principled decision.

Once a pioneer in fighting antisemitism, in past years NUS has been rocked by scandal, including under the leadership of the widely-criticised Malia Bouattia who called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest JSoc (Jewish Society) in the country”. Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks Shakira Martin, the outgoing President, for her continued efforts to support Jewish students and rebuild relationships between NUS and the Jewish community.

An allegedly antisemitic comment apparently made by Matthew Scott, the former Head of Music at the National Theatre, is being investigated by police after a complaint was made, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Scott was Head of Music at the National Theatre from 2006 until 2016 and remained there as a music consultant until the end of last month. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Composition in Music at the University of Southampton.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Scott is believed to have made the comment under a BBC News article about yesterday’s Israeli elections which said: “The time for the erasure of Israel and the completion of the cleansing process is rapidly approaching. Can Netanyahu now see that his actions are feeding the furnace?”

It is hard to imagine how “the completion of the cleansing process” could be understood as anything other than a call for the genocide of Jews in Israel. Additionally, under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, “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.

The comment, posted over the weekend, was subsequently deleted. Neither Mr Scott nor his agent responded to requests for comment by the Telegraph.

Essex Police confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that it had received a complaint about the post which it was expected to transfer to another force. A spokeswoman said that “enquiries are ongoing.”

The complainant, who did not want to be identified, told The Daily Telegraph that he was “appalled” by the comments which he said would be career-ending for many.

Furthermore, Campaign Against Antisemitism has discovered that someone posting as Mr Scott shared a Nazi analogy on Facebook, which featured an image captioned: “The thought of Jewish children being at the complete mercy of of Nazis is just as repulsive as Palestinian children being at the completely mercy of Zionist Israelis.”

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

Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomes the investigation by Essex Police and keenly awaits the outcome. If proven, it would be particularly disturbing for someone in a position of such seniority in the artistic community to hold such brazenly antisemitic views.

Labour peer Lord Falconer, who the Labour Party’s leaders had controversially considered putting in charge of another “independent” review of Labour’s handling of disciplinary cases of antisemitism, has joined the litany of current and former Labour figures saying that the Party’s actions on antisemitism could render it institutionally antisemitic.

Campaign Against Antisemitism declared the Labour Party to be “institutionally antisemitic” back in 2016, followed by other Jewish community charities two years later.

Invoking the words used by the landmark 1999 Macphereson into institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police Service, Lord Falconer told the Jewish News: “Can antisemitism be detected in the Party’s processes, attitudes or behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping? Looks frighteningly like it as every day goes by.”

Lord Falconer’s warning came after the Sunday Times published pages of analysis and details of a leaked hard drive of e-mails and documents and a secret recording of a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patron, Dame Margaret Hodge, which have proven once and for all that Mr Corbyn and his team have intervened in hundreds of antisemitism cases in the Labour Party whilst lying that they would “never” interfere.

Last month, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, who served as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary from 2003 to 2007 and was a flatmate of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said that he would not conduct a review of Labour’s handling of disciplinary cases of antisemitism after the Equalities and Human Rights Commission stepped in.

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

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

Yesterday, marked the one year anniversary since over 2,000 Jews and non-Jews alike converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office in London organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The rally demanded that the Labour Party hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the Party. We received 1,025 disciplinary complaints from the demonstrators which we handed over to the Labour Party. A year later, they have still not investigated these complaints.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office”.

Three more Labour councillors, Allan Barclay, Marilyn Davies and Jason Fojtik, have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

Mr Barclay, the Mayor of Hartlepool, said that he resigned from Labour because: “My fear has become a reality that the Labour Party has become a party of antisemites, racists and homophobes, it has indeed become the nasty party.” In his resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, as well as Deputy Leader Tom Watson and General Secretary Jennie Formby, he wrote that: “I feel that Jeremy Corbyn must resign and the Corbynites must be removed from the Labour Party. This is the only way that the party can become respectable again.”

“My fear has become a reality that the Labour Party has become a party of antisemites, racists and homophobes, it has indeed become the nasty party.”

Mr Barclay, an armed forces veteran, had been a member of the Party for more than 24 years. A Labour Party spokesperson said that the Party rejected Mr Barclay’s position.

Ms Davies also resigned over antisemitism. A Labour and Co-op councillor in Freeland and Hanborough in Oxfordshire, Ms Davies, was reportedly infuriated after a video featuring former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown making a speech opposing antisemitism was deleted from the closed Witney Labour Facebook group. Ms Davies told the Oxford Mail: “I could not have been prouder to be elected, a year ago, as a Labour and Co-op councillor for Hanborough and Freeland. But in that year, my party has changed, and whilst I know my former Labour councillors at West Oxfordshire District Council share my values and commitment to our communities, I have come to the conclusion to stay in the party would make me complicit in the antisemitism and climate of hate and fear now generated across CLPs.”

“I believe the Party has become institutionally antisemitic, and I can no longer stand by in silence, because being silent is being complicit.”

She added: “I believe the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic. It is not just those who generate it who are to blame but those that stand by silent while they do. I can no longer be silent. I will be louder.” In a Facebook post, she also wrote that: “But I believe the Party has become institutionally antisemitic, and I can no longer stand by in silence, because being silent is being complicit.”

Mr Fojtik, the Labour town and district councillor for Clopton Ward in Stratford-upon-Avon, released a statement on social media explaining his resignation. He wrote: “For months the Labour Party failed to act before finally being shamed into accepting the definition [International Definition of Antisemitism], but little has changed and I have come to the conclusion that a Party that has always been proud of its anti-racism, has become institutionally antisemitic under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Ignoring this deplorable behaviour by our supporters is tantamount to tacit endorsement.”

“I have come to the conclusion that a Party that has always been proud of its anti-racism, has become institutionally antisemitic under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.”

Mr Fojtik was elected town and district councillor for Clopton Ward in 2015. He will now stand as an independent in that ward in the upcoming local elections.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Messrs Barclay, Davies and Fojtik for taking a principled stand against antisemitism.

They join many other councillors who have also felt compelled to leave. In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism.

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

Yesterday, marked the one year anniversary since over 2,000 Jews and non-Jews alike converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office in London organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The rally demanded that the Labour Party hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the Party. We received 1,025 disciplinary complaints from the demonstrators which we handed over to the Labour Party. A year later, they have still not investigated these complaints.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office”.

Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is reportedly the latest senior Labour politician to call for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to proceed with its investigation into institutional antisemitic discrimination and victimisation within the Labour Party.

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

According to the news website, Politico, Ms Thornberry said that she would be in favour of Labour coming under national oversight from bodies like the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which she said could launch an inquiry into the Party’s process for handling complaints. Ms Thornberry made the comments during an interview for Politico’s “EU Confidential” podcast.

“I just want it sorted,” she told Politico.

Ms Thornberry also told Politico that she is “disgusted” by fresh media reports in the Sunday Times of antisemitism within Labour and claims that the leadership had interfered with the disciplinary process. She said: “I’m completely disgusted this is continuing to happen” and added that: “Some of the things that were said just turn my stomach and the idea that these people are still in my Labour Party disgusts me.”

Ms Thornberry follows many others within the Labour Party who have called for the EHRC’s investigation to proceed.

Her colleague Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, who stated that: “I am deeply saddened to read that the EHRC feels there is sufficient evidence to investigate Labour for breaches of discrimination law. I have written to our General Secretary to ask that that Labour Party cooperates fully with the EHRC and that all relevant files and data should be retained so that investigators can form a clear picture of the process and culture around Labour’s response to antisemitism within our ranks.”

Lord Falconer, who was at one point due to be asked by the Party’s leadership to become their “antisemitism surveillance commissioner”, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that: “It sounds to me like an urgent investigation is required…I was willing to do that, and if the Commission don’t come in, I would remain willing to do it.”

Trevor Phillips, founding Chair of the EHRC and a Labour member, wrote that: “…Yesterday’s courageous decision by the Commission to investigate the Labour Party was a proud moment for me. I know that EHRC lawyers would have considered the decision with the utmost thoroughness, and I am sure the Board would have weighed the risk of controversy carefully. And then they did the right thing – just as you’d expect a pioneering body empowered to attack injustice without fear or favour to do….Let me be clear: Had I still been at the EHRC, I would have supported this decision 100 per cent.”

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

Yesterday, marked the one year anniversary since over 2,000 Jews and non-Jews alike converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office in London organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The rally demanded that the Labour Party hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the Party. We received 1,025 disciplinary complaints from the demonstrators which we handed over to the Labour Party. A year later, they have still not investigated these complaints.

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office”.

The Jewish Labour Movement, which has for almost 100 years been the collective body of Jewish Labour Party supporters, has approved a motion declaring that it has “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn and that he is “unfit to be Prime Minister”.

However the Jewish Labour Movement has not decided to reopen the debate on disaffiliating from the Labour Party after a motion to do so was defeated a month ago.

The Jewish Labour Movement therefore seems to be in agreement that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic and that its leader poses a serious threat to the British Jewish community, but it is prepared to remain affiliated to “stand and fight” despite that fight having demonstrably failed. This sends a confusing message.

The move comes amid revelations that Jeremy Corbyn said he was not involved in disciplinary process “at all” whilst his office interfered in over 100 cases.

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

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office”.

A leaked hard drive of e-mails and documents and a secret recording of a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s honorary patron, Dame Margaret Hodge, have proven once and for all that Mr Corbyn and his team have intervened in hundreds of antisemitism cases in the Labour Party whilst lying that they would “never” interfere. The revelations are made in pages of analysis in today’s Sunday Times.

In the secretly-recorded meeting between Dame Margaret, Mr Corbyn, and his political secretary, Amy Jackson, both Ms Jackson and Mr Corbyn repeatedly claim that they would “never” interfere in complaints of antisemitism in the Labour Party and would not even normally see them. Mr Corbyn assures Dame Margaret: “I don’t involve myself in a complaint at all”. Yet in numerous leaked e-mails, staffers intercede in the name of “LOTO”, which stands for Leader of the Opposition, and in one e-mail, Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff, Karie Murphy, wrote: “I think it’s important for Amy Jackson to have an overview of all complaints that involve elected politicians or candidates.”

As for how Mr Corbyn secretly used his influence, it is clear that it was to block or delay disciplinary cases against antisemites, according to the files leaked to The Sunday Times.

Revelations include that:

  • Mr Corbyn’s office has intervened in over 100 antisemitism cases.
  • “Heil Hitler”, “F*** the Jews” and “Jews are the problem” are online comments for which Labour members were not expelled.
  • A Councillor in Lancashire was readmitted to the Party after claiming that when ranting about “Jewish” media attacks and the Rothschild family, she meant “Jewish” as a “blanket term of description without any racist connotations”.
  • A trade union official was readmitted despite posting online that “Jewish Israelis” were behind the 9/11 terrorist atrocities.
  • Thomas Gardiner, a key ally of Mr Corbyn, prevented the fast-tracking of a complaint about a Party member who condemned two Jewish Labour MPs as “s***-stirring c*** buckets”.
  • A council candidate was let off without any action because he “is a candidate”, after claiming that Jewish Labour MPs were “Zionist infiltrators”.
  • In one tracking spreadsheet for antisemitism cases, it was evident that 53% of cases were unresolved and in 249 cases the Party had not even started an investigation.
  • Most cases reported even by Labour MPs remain unresolved or have been dismissed.

The revelations add to the existing plentiful evidence that Mr Corbyn instructed his team to interfere in antisemitism cases.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, the Shadow Attorney general who was awarded her position after clearing the Labour Party of antisemitism, remarkably reacted by pleading with Jews to remain in the Party, saying that Mr Corbyn is “just one person — he won’t be leader forever”.

A Labour spokesperson told The Sunday Times: “These figures are not accurate…Lines have been selectively leaked from emails to misrepresent their overall contents. Former staffers asked the Leader’s Office for their help with clearing the backlog of cases. This lasted for a few weeks while there was no general secretary, and was ended by Jennie Formby [now in that role].”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and a liar. He and his team have claimed ‘never’ to have interfered in disciplinary cases, but there is hard evidence of that happening over 100 times. The contents of the leaked hard drive show concrete proof that Mr Corbyn and his acolytes have been working hard to ensure that Jew-haters can stay in the Labour Party and spread their venom. Mr Corbyn and his allies are the racist rot at the heart of the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party. The fight from within is lost: the Labour Party is now the vehicle for Mr Corbyn and his bigoted Jew-hating allies. That is why Campaign Against Antisemitism made our formal referral and legal submissions to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party as a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.”

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite.

Baroness Chakrabarti, who authored the eponymous whitewash report claiming that “The Labour Party is not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia or other forms of racism” and swiftly became the first person that Jeremy Corbyn ever proposed for elevation to the peerage, has now made a remarkable plea to Jewish Labour members.

Speaking to Sky’s Sophie Ridge, Baroness Chakrabarti begged Jewish members to stay in the Party because Jeremy Corbyn is “just one person — he won’t be leader forever”.

Campaign Against Antisemitism holds Baroness Chakrabarti responsible for allowing Mr Corbyn and his allies to take hold of the Labour Party and for antisemitism running rampant within it. She appears to have sold the Jewish community out in return for her peerage. Still, this is a remarkable statement by one of Mr Corbyn’s front bench colleagues and could be a sign of further splits within the Party over antisemitism.

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

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite.

Tom Godwin

Charity worker Thomas Godwin has told BBC News that the failure of Devon and Cornwall Police to deal adequately with a sustained campaign of antisemitic abuse against him has left him feeling scared and vulnerable in his own home.

Mr Godwin, a resident of Tavistock in Devon, first contacted Campaign Against Antisemitism for help five months ago, after losing confidence in the ability of his local police force to keep him safe from antisemites who were repeatedly intimidating and threatening him. After he reported them to the police, a letter was sent anonymously to his place of work. It read, “We warning you Jew scum [sic] Stop talking to the pigs or else”, using the slang term for the police. The police did not collect this evidence of an antisemitic threat for two weeks, despite being aware that Mr Godwin was already being victimised for being Jewish.

In an emotional televised interview with BBC South West, Mr Godwin detailed the multiple failures of the investigation into this crime. Devon and Cornwall Police told him that a prosecution might not be in the public interest and attempted to pressure him into agreeing to mediation, which would have required him to sit down with people who have made it clear that they hate him for being Jewish. Mr Godwin also told the BBC that the police have not confronted the people he believes to be behind this antisemitic hate crime, choosing instead to make him feel as though he is the problem by telling him to take down the CCTV cameras he installed at his home for his security and advising him to move to another address.

Antisemitism has now reached a level unheard of since the end of the Second World War. Outside the UK, threats against Jewish people have translated into physical attacks and even murder. In this case, it appears that the police have completely failed to grasp the seriousness of the crime, and have sought to make the problem go away rather than ensure that the perpetrators feel the full force of the law. A senior officer with an understanding of antisemitic hate crime should now be appointed to carry out a thorough review of the way in which this investigation has been conducted.

In a statement issued to the BBC, Devon and Cornwall police said that “Local officers are also aware of and investigating a number of reports of harassment and anti-social behaviour; so far there has been insufficient evidence to progress these to the point of charge. All parties involved have been spoken to and offered mediation as a possible resolution.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism continues to provide support to Mr Godwin who has filed a professional standards complaint against the police officers involved.

Prominent Conservative Party backbencher Jacob Rees Mogg has defended his decision to promote a speech by the leader of the far-right German political party, Alternative for Deutschland (AfD).

Mr Rees Mogg tweeted a video of AfD Co-Leader Alice Weidel criticising the European Union in a speech in the Bundestag. Whilst the video shared by Mr Rees Mogg was itself innocuous, AfD has a long and well known history of racism, xenophobia, Holocaust denial and antisemitism. Ms Weidel has also made concerning comments in the past, referring to the current German government as “pigs and puppets of World War II’s victorious powers.”

AfD has a long history of problematic language and policies. AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland has said: “Hitler and the Nazis were but a bird s*** in over a thousand years of Germany’s prolific history”, while in 2017 he called for Germans to “have the right to be proud of the contributions German soldiers made in both world wars.” Martin Hohmann, another AfD parliamentarian, said prior to the formation of the AfD that it was unfair Germans were still portrayed as a nation of murderers while no one talked about how “Jews were active in great numbers” in atrocities committed during the Russian Revolution.

AfD has also long supported the banning of circumcision and kosher animal slaughter, which would drive out Germany’s Jewish community.

When challenged on this, Mr Rees Mogg defended his use of the material, stating whilst on LBC that he doesn’t believe that “re-tweeting is an endorsement of things that other people stand for. It’s just pointing out that there’s something interesting that’s worth watching.” This argument is dangerous and promotes and legitimises groups who have no business being close to power.

This is not the first controversial group linked to Mr Rees Mogg. In 2013, he spoke at a dinner for the Traditional Britain Group, which has called for black Britains to be “repatriated”. He said that he felt “very silly”, adding: “I can entirely disassociate myself with the Traditional Britain Group as I have never been a member.” He later told BBC’s Newsnight: “I clearly made a mistake. I think the postings that we’ve recently seen are so deeply disgraceful and shocking that they have no place in decent political debate…I clearly didn’t do enough work to look into what they believed in.”

Part of the way that far-right populists operate is to gain a platform with legitimate — though controversial — statements, occasionally peppering them with extremism and hatred. British politicians should not be promoting their content and adding to their audience. By now, Mr Rees Mogg should know better.

An article apparently written by Jeremy Corbyn has been uncovered that calls on Western governments to confront “the Zionist lobby” following the arrest of the alleged prolific antisemite and blood-libeller cleric, Raed Salah.

The article was published in the Morning Star on 1st July 2011 after Mr Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested and detained for 21 days on the orders of the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, after entering Britain despite a travel ban. He later won a partial victory in a claim for damages, however none of the antisemitism allegations were overturned.

In the article, rediscovered by investigative journalist Iggy Ostanin, Mr Corbyn allegedly criticised “the hysteria” that followed coverage of the ban in the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle, writing that: “This bizarre turn of events seems to indicate that the right-wing press has more power than rationality.”

He concluded that: “It’s time that Western governments stood up to the Zionist lobby which seems to conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism” and signed off as the Labour MP for Islington North.

In April 2012, Mr Corbyn warmly praised Mr Salah who claimed that Israel planned the 9/11 terrorist atrocities and who has, according to the Court of Appeal, even promoted the antisemitic blood libel that Jews bake bread using the blood of non-Jewish children. Yet Mr Corbyn said that: “Salah’s is a voice that must be heard” and publicly told Mr Salah that: “I look forward to giving you tea on the terrace [in Parliament] because you deserve it!”

A Labour Party spokesperson told the Jewish News that: “There was widespread criticism of the attempt to deport Raed Salah, including from Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and his appeal against deportation succeeded on all grounds.” However that is a deeply misleading statement as the appeal was on technical grounds and the court agreed that Mr Salah promoted the antisemitic blood libel.

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

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

Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office”.

Chelsea Football Club fans have reportedly chanted the antisemitic slur “Yid” at an away game in Swansea, Wales.

Simon Johnson, the Evening Standard’s sports reporter, tweeted that it “took less than six minutes for the y-word to emerge from the away end where #cfc [Chelsea Football Club] fans are housed.”

“Yid” is a Yiddish word often appropriated by antisemites as a repulsive derogatory term for Jews on a par with slave-trade era terms to describe black people. It is often and brazenly used by Chelsea supporters as a means of deriding rival team Tottenham Hotspur, amongst whose supporters Chelsea’s fans believe that there are many Jews.

Writing in Chelsea News, a website for Chelsea fans, Jamie Wilkinson said that: “We’ll have to wait and see if there’s any further verification of these claims. If it arrives, there’s no doubt those involved should be punished accordingly.”

Chelsea Football Club’s fans have a long history of singing and chanting antisemitic lyrics. In January last year, however, the Club announced a new project aimed at tackling antisemitism, involving senior players, including Eden Hazard, Charly Musonda and Ross Barkley. The project, under the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign was supported by Roman Abramovich, the club’s owner.

We commend Mr Johnson for reporting this matter and await Chelsea Football Club reporting members to the police if Mr Johnson’s report can be corroborated by other witnesses.

Conservative MP Suella Braverman has refused to apologise or revise her language after using the term “cultural Marxism” in a meeting of the Bruges Group, a right-wing think tank in Westminster.

Ms Braverman reportedly said that “As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism.” She was criticising what she considers to be a rising tide of censorship.

‘Cultural Marxism’ is a term derived from Neo-Nazi propaganda, referring to a conspiracy theory that Marxist scholars from the Frankfurt school in Weimar Germany had devised a manipulative programme of progressive politics, particularly sexual liberty and the spreading of communism, with the intent to undermine the West as part of a nefarious Jewish plot. In recent years, it has found renewed popularity within the far and alt right, and is commonly recognised to be a buzzword for antisemitic theories and beliefs.

A member of the audience is reported to have challenged her immediately after she made her comments, drawing to her attention that the antisemitic trope is one she shares with Anders Breivik, the far-right terrorist who murdered 77 people in two attacks in Norway in 2011. The MP for Fareham was however unapologetic, insisting during the question and answer section of her speech that she believes: “we are in a battle against a cultural Marxism, as I said.”

She added: “We have culture evolving from the far-left which has allowed the snuffing out of freedom of speech, freedom of thought. No one can get offended any more, we are living in a culture where we are putting everyone in cotton wool, a risk-averse mentality is now taking over. And that instinct for freedom, for risk-taking, for making mistakes, for innovation, for creativity, is being killed. And it’s absolutely damaging for our spirit as British people, and our genius, whether it’s for innovation and science, or culture and civilisation; whether it’s for statecraft. I’m very aware of that ongoing creep of cultural Marxism which has come from Jeremy Corbyn.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism condemns Ms Braverman’s unapologetic use of this phrase. Far from censoring Ms Braverman, we simply ask that she conduct her debates without knowingly borrowing terminology from Neo-Nazi propaganda. Campaign Against Antisemitism is writing to the Conservative Party and asking that they take action over this matter.

Jeremy Corbyn’s disgraced senior parliamentary aide, Laura Murray, has now been exposed intervening to prevent the suspension of Pat Sheerin from the Labour Party.

In leaked e-mails, she said that she intervened on behalf of Mr Corbyn himself.

Ms Sheerin is one of three former Labour activists who have been arrested on suspicion of incitement to racial hatred. The arrests were made after Campaign Against Antisemitism reported a secret Labour Party dossier to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick live on air, after it was exposed on LBC radio.

In e-mails leaked to The Sunday Times, Ms Murray intervened to stop the suspension of Ms Sheerin. Ms Murray has previously been revealed interceding to stop disciplinary action against antisemites.

Ms Murray wrote in one e-mail that Ms Sheerin should not be suspended after Labour Party staff pleaded to suspend her because Ms Murray claimed that she was anti-Israel but not against “Jews or Jewishness”.

The material that Ms Sheerin is now being interrogated by police about is decidedly antisemitic.

Ms Murray reportedly told Labour Party staff that the recommendation not to suspend Ms Sheerin was from Mr Corbyn himself.

Mr Corbyn’s most senior lieutenants were copied in on the e-mails, including his Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Seumas Milne, his Chief of Staff, Karie Murphy, and his political adviser, Andrew Murray, who is Ms Murray’s father.

For weeks, Labour Party staff were ignored as they sought to suspend Ms Sheerin, writing: “Please can we get a response to the below” and “The next thing will be people saying we are soft on anti-semitism [sic] or not acting” before pleading: “Please can I get an agreement for these suspensions. Pleeeeeeeease [sic].” However Ms Murray eventually responded to instruct that Ms Sheerin should not be suspended.

Labour attempted to dismiss the revelations, telling The Sunday Times that “The material that was sent to the leader’s office is different from the material that went to NEC [National Executive Committee] in July, and different from the material that may have been reviewed by the police. There is therefore no comparison to be drawn between these e-mails and later action taken by the Party and possibly the police against this individual, which was on the basis of more serious material.”

It appears that Mr Corbyn himself ordered an intervention on behalf of someone currently under police investigation on suspicion of the very serious crime of incitement to racial hatred. It is a reminder that Mr Corbyn, who is himself an antisemite, can never be the solution to antisemitism in the Labour Party.

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

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

The disgraced former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has reportedly told a meeting of pro-Corbyn activists that the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis is driven by “lies and smears” manufactured by the “elite” wishing to protect their “tax-dodging in the Cayman Islands”. According to the Daily Mail, he also blamed “bloody corporations” and “ghastly old Blairites”, but did not appear to have acknowledged that there was any real problem in the Party.

Instead, it is claimed that he added a new antisemitic remark to his repertoire, reportedly telling the gathering: “You can’t have a proper functioning democracy in a world in which the media, whether it’s the press or internet, can just spread lie after lie after lie.”

Under the International Definition of Antisemitism, antisemitism often involves “the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity” and 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.

Mr Livingstone reportedly made his comments to a meeting of Labour Against the Witch-Hunt, which claims that Labour’s antisemitism crisis is a witch-hunt. The group includes various antisemites but in a strange turn of events last year, the group expelled one of its founders over antisemitism, leading to claims that Labour Against the Witch-Hunt was conducting a witch-hunt.

If true, the claims would mark a new low for Mr Livingstone, who has consistently claimed that the antisemitism crisis in Labour was a “smear”, even appearing last year on banned Iranian television station Press TV in a debate about whether Holocaust commemoration has become an industry “exploited” by “Zionists”.

Mr Livingstone was investigated by the Labour Party in April 2017 over his claims that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, but his punishment was so extraordinarily light that we branded it the Labour Party’s “final act of brazen, painful betrayal”. 107 Labour MPs subsequently wrote that they “will not allow it to go unchecked” but then they mostly fell silent.

Eventually Mr Livingstone was suspended and investigated again, before resigning from the Party, which Mr Corbyn said had left him feeling “sadness”.

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

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

On Tuesday 26th March, the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, alongside fellow Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle reportedly hosted the launch of a new report by the founder of “Spinwatch”, Professor David Miller.

Prof. Miller has long used his various platforms to attack and smear Jewish community organisations. In November he is reported to have defended Ken Livingstone and portrayed the security concerns of Jewish university students as “propaganda which they have been schooled with.” He has himself been suspended by the Labour Party in the past over his claims that the creation of Israel was a “racist endeavour” and that “most of the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party have been false”. He was later reinstated.

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

A website founded by Prof. Miller, PowerBase, even categorises Campaign Against Antisemitism as in fact being part of the “Israel lobby”. Powerbase is linked to another of Prof. Miller’s websites, Spinwatch, which is funded by various Islamist-linked organisations.

Another brainchild of Prof. Miller’s, a website called NeoCon Europe, has also previously published work by Kevin MacDonald, a supporter and public defender of notorious Holocaust denier David Irving. Mr MacDonald has said that “there are clear apologetic tendencies — tendencies to view the Jewish ‘in group’ in a favourable manner and to pathologise antisemitism as irrational and completely unrelated to the actual behaviour of Jews.” NeoCon Europe eventually pulled the article, which included MacDonald’s suggestion that Jewish characteristics included “Access to prestigious and mainstream media sources, partly as a result of Jewish influence on the media.”

Mrs Abbott has form on the issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party. In an appearance on BBC Question Time, when challenged on the issue she said that “When Gerard [another panellist] 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 also 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 is therefore unsurprising but no less sickening that the Shadow Home Secretary has chosen to share a platform with a conspiracy theorist like Prof. Miller who is so appallingly dismissive of antisemitism in Britain.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has called for the Metropolitan Police Service to demand that the Labour Party hands over its further secret internal dossiers detailing antisemitic hate crimes by Party members, and for police officers to seize the dossiers if they are not provided willingly. We have also called for the Labour Party to be investigated for keeping its evidence of the crimes secret.

Three people have been arrested after Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, called into an LBC phone-in with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and made a live-on-air police report of the antisemitic hate crimes detailed in a secret Labour Party dossier which had been leaked to LBC and reviewed by a former police Commander responsible for obsessing hate crime, Mak Chishty.

Two men in their 50s were arrested as well as a woman in her 70s, all on suspicion of incitement to racial hatred, which is a very serious criminal offence.

The three are understood to have been expelled from the Labour Party after the Party learned on LBC that its secret dossier had been reported to the police by Campaign Against Antisemitism live on air.

The secret internal dossier contains over eighty pages of antisemitic hatred by Labour Party members, including numerous admissions of guilt, but the Labour Party kept the dossier secret, not even telling Jewish Labour MPs who were directly threatened within it. This is despite police considering threats to their safety to be so severe as to warrant special police protection.

Some of the perpetrators admitted to the Party that they were behind some of the hatred chronicled in the dossier, which is just one of many dossiers compiled by the Party’s internal Compliance Unit for consideration by the Party’s Disputes Panel. The original researchers who compiled the dossier have now left the Party, with at least one of them publicly voicing their disgust at attitudes towards antisemitism.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “I am pleased that three arrests have been made after I reported the secret Labour Party dossier to the Commissioner live on air, but the dossier contains many more hate crimes which must also result in arrests. Moreover, officers must demand that the Labour Party hands over further dossiers we know of and seize them if it refuses, so that police can investigate whether the Labour Party’s decision to keep evidence of crimes and admissions of guilt secret actually results in criminal liability for those responsible within the Party.”

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

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

The Metropolitan Police Service has made three arrests over a secret internal dossier of Labour Party antisemitism, which was reported by Campaign Against Antisemitism to Commissioner Cressida Dick live on LBC radio.

Two men in their 50s were arrested as well as a woman in her 70s, all on suspicion of incitement to racial hatred, which is a very serious criminal offence.

The three are understood to have been expelled from the Labour Party after the Party learned on LBC that its secret dossier had been reported to the police by CAA live on air.

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

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

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

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

We are pleased that three arrests have been made, but many more are now needed, both of individuals whose offences are detailed in the secret Labour Party dossier and of those who continue to incite hatred against Jews online.

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

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

Jackie Walker’s case is, deservedly, one of the most notorious among those exemplifying the institutionalisation of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

A former vice-Chair of Momentum, her initial suspension for repeating the Louis Farrakhan-inspired hoax that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade” was lifted in secrecy and without public explanation, with that mysterious exoneration being swiftly celebrated with a public embrace from the Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn. She went on to be suspended a second time for comments misrepresenting the inclusivity of Holocaust Memorial Day and for challenging the need for security at Jewish schools. She has remained suspended for two and a half years, as the gears of the Labour Party’s disciplinary system ground to a near halt.

Ms Walker has persistently claimed that complaints of antisemitism are used to silence critics of Israel as part of a plot to destabilise the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn; she has rejected the International Definition of Antisemitism; and while contentiously claiming to be Jewish, she has nevertheless alleged that Jews claim privileges at the expense of black people, only this week reportedly referring to Jewish Labour MP Margaret Hodge as “someone from the white millionaire elite” whom she accused of “black Jew baiting”.

Ms Walker has acted as an outrider for the Labour Party and Momentum’s leadership, testing what is possible for prominent members to say publicly about Jews, even taking her bizarre “Lynching” show — in which she claims to be the victim of a “Witch-hunt” — around the country to applause from her Parliamentary equivalent, Chris Williamson MP. Meanwhile, leaders of the Party who publicly affect to disavow antisemites in their midst, including John McDonnell, have defended her.  

It comes as no surprise that the institutionally antisemitic Labour Party waited almost three years to finally expel Jackie Walker. During those three years she has toured the nation, openly supported by leading Labour MPs, claiming that the case against her was trumped up. It is because Labour has shown itself to be incapable of addressing antisemitism cases in a fair, transparent and timely manner that Campaign Against Antisemitism brought in the Equality and Human Rights Commission to take charge. Labour’s decision to finally act now that the Commission is at the gate, is not a sign of change, but merely an act of naked self-preservation by a political party being brought face-to-face with its own racism.

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has ruled that former MP George Galloway’s show on TalkRadio has breached impartiality rules. The regulator received complaints for phone-in shows about antisemitism in the Labour Party on July 27th and August 6th 2018.

Mr Galloway’s phone-in focused on antisemitism in the Labour Party, portraying allegations of antisemitism as a smear against Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Galloway said on his show on 27th July that: “Jeremy Corbyn has this week been the victim of a crazed, unhinged assault by the agents of the powerful. A frenzied attack to destroy him for fear that he might win. The proximate method is the exploitation of deep-seated Jewish fear. Literally summoning up the demons of Nazism against Britain’s finest anti-fascist.” He added that “a pig that is the British media and political class that is frightening Jewish schoolgirls in London on a giant Goebbellian lie [referring to Josef Goebbels, the infamous Nazi propagandist] that Jeremy Corbyn not only hates Jews but that the existential future, the existence of Jewish life in Britain, is threatened by this mild-mannered geography teacher in his woolly jumper.”

During the course of his show Mr Galloway ridiculed and attacked those concerned over antisemitism within the Labour Party, branding someone taking the concerns of the Jewish community seriously as an “ignorant woman”.

Mr Galloway was found to have violated Rule 5.11 of the Broadcasting Code which mandates broadcasters to maintain due impartiality and Rule 5.12 requiring that significant views must be included and given due weight. Ofcom also ruled that Mr Galloway had breached the Broadcasting Code on an additional code over his coverage of the Salisbury poisoning case.

Following these three charges Ofcom will now be considering sanctions against TalkRadio.

A spokesperson for Ofcom said: “Our investigation found that these phone-in programmes breached our due impartiality rules. They failed to give due weight to a sufficiently wide range of views on allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. We are minded to consider imposing a statutory sanction for these breaches. The Licensee now has an opportunity to make representations to us, which we’ll consider before proceeding further.”

Ofcom found that while it was legitimate to broadcast programmes in support of Jeremy Corbyn, principles of balance had to be maintained. They expressed concern that Mr Galloway continues to “express pride” in his broadcasts despite breaching impartiality rules. Sanctions may include a fine of up to £250,000, as Mr Galloway has been found to be in breach of the rules multiple times on the same station.

In response, Mr Galloway demanded that Ofcom itself be investigated for wasting public money for daring to deal with a complaint against him and his TalkRadio show. He described the investigation as an attempt “to silence the only presenter on British radio and television who is prepared to defend the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in the teeth of industrialised prejudice and legalised lying when it comes to Mr Corbyn about which Ofcom have precisely nothing to say” he finished by saying he was “proud of my performance on this particular radio show. The people who should be ashamed are Ofcom and its single complainant.”

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

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

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

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

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

Under the International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government, it is antisemitic to make “mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.” According to The Times, “Mr Akhtar did not respond to a request for comment.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In summary, we made legal arguments that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nevertheless, his independence is already compromised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event is still going ahead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even Hizballah found this false distinction ridiculous. In October 2012, Hizballah Deputy Secretary-General, Naim Qassem, said: “We don’t have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hizballah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hizballah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.” Hizballah was also clear what “resistance” means. Its Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, who is the leader of any fictitious “wing” of Hizballah that the Government may wish to imagine, said: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” Hizballah has been true to its mission, bombing Jewish targets from Buenas Aires to Burgas, and it has even been blamed for setting off two bombs in London outside buildings used by Jews and Israelis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The decision sets a new precedent in British law.

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

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

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

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

“Many brave British patriots died in the cause of defeating the Nazis. Alison Chabloz is no patriot and her actions defending the Nazis and claiming that the Holocaust was a fraud seek to defile their sacrifice. This sentence sends a strong message that in Britain, Holocaust denial and antisemitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated.

“Alison Chabloz is a remorseless and repulsive antisemite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world. Other antisemites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This case comes amidst a crisis of confidence in the Jewish community. Each year, the CPS prosecutes in the region of 15,000 hate crimes, but there has yet to be a year in which there have been more than two dozen known prosecutions of antisemitic hate crimes. With antisemitic crime rates surging, the failure to prosecute has led to a crisis of confidence in Britain’s Jewish community, with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer research showing that just 35% of British Jews believing that an antisemitic crime against them would be acted on by the authorities, even if there was enough evidence, and only 26% of British Jews saying that the CPS does enough against antisemitic crime.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jewish holy ritual items were stolen from a car and dumped in a pond in Stamford Hill, north London on Wednesday. Volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol discovered the act of theft and vandalism.

Stamford Hill Shomrim recovered the prayer shawl and phylactery from the water. Phylacteries, or tefillin in Hebrew are a pair of black leather boxes containing Hebrew parchment scrolls inscribed with one of Judaism’s most important prayers.

Anybody with information should call Stamford Hill Shomrim on 0300 999 0123.

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

The news comes as lawyers for Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted legal arguments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, seeking to trigger a statutory investigation into antisemitism in the Party. Additionally, almost 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on Labour MPs to act over Mr Corbyn’s antisemitism.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is very sad that after over 20 years as a Labour MP, Ivan Lewis felt morally compelled to resign the Labour whip because the Party that was fiercely anti-racist when he joined it has now become infested with antisemitism. It is inevitable that if a political party is led by an antisemite who lets Jew-hatred run rampant, people of conscience will leave. The indications are that others may now follow where Ivan Lewis and Frank Field have led.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please help us to keep achieving our goals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr McCluskey has a track record of disgraceful interventions in the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis. He used a BBC interview to call antisemitism “mood music” to “undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” and claimed that those making allegations of antisemitism have been “playing games”. He has even claimed that media coverage of the allegations is a “right-wing” plot and rallied his supporters to mass-report a Twitter account that exposes antisemites in the Labour Party. Earlier this year, writing in The New Statesman, he launched an attack on those Labour MPs who fight antisemitism in the Party, claiming that they oppose Mr Corbyn on every point and merely use antisemitism as a tool, threatening them with the prospect of being “held to account”, having hinted at “mandatory reselection”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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