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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Nardell has also been active on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lyrics written and sung by Ms Chabloz include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The parade will be going ahead.

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

What is happening on Sunday

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

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

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

Pro-Hizballah parade

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

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

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

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

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

Far-right calls to action

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

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

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

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

Jewish demonstrators caught in the middle

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

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

Women’s suffrage “Processions” march

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

What you can do on Sunday

Send us evidence

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

Go to the counterdemonstration

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

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

What you can do after Sunday

Stay tuned

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

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

Keep sharing the petition

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

Write to your MP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lyrics written and sung by Ms Chabloz include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
  • “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour).”
  • “Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The letter in full states:

Dear Home Secretary,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely,

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

Gideon Falter, Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moments ago, neo-Nazi leader Jeremy Bedford-Turner was unanimously convicted by a jury of incitement to racial hatred over a speech he gave in 2015 at a demonstration called to protest against the “Jewification” of Golders Green.

The sentence has not yet been handed down.

The prosecution was blocked for two years by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), forcing Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) into a long legal battle which culminated in the CPS having to reverse its decision not to prosecute Mr Bedford-Turner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To complete the survey, please visit eurojews.eu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are extremely disappointed in IPSO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The campaign was successful and Ms Hassell was roundly defeated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is a manifestation of antisemitism.

Although Mr Loach later sought to clarify his remarks, he has continued to make inflammatory and provocative statements about Labour’s antisemitism scandal. Earlier this month, while speaking at a meeting of the Kingswood Constituency Labour Party, Mr Loach advocated the removal from the Party of those Labour MPs, some of whom are Jewish, who have taken a principled stand against antisemitism. Shortly after this incident, the Labour Party announced that it would no longer use Mr Loach as a producer of their election broadcasts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three billboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s action could not be more timely.

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

Joseph Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, has delivered over a thousand disciplinary complaint letters against Jeremy Corbyn to Labour Party Head Office.

The letters were written by over half of the more than 2,000 demonstrators who protested with Campaign Against Antisemitism outside Labour Party Head Office on 8th April, calling on the Labour Party to hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism.

Each letter states: “Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has become a safe haven for racists. He is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succour to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters.

“Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as Leader as he was as a backbencher.”

As reported in the national press, Joseph Glasman said: “Just a week ago, thousands of demonstrators joined us outside Labour Head Office to demand that the Labour Party hold Jeremy Corbyn to account for bringing the Party into disrepute in breach of Labour’s own rules.

“We filed a disciplinary complaint to that effect which the Labour Party has thus far tried to rebut without even the formality of an investigation, so today I hand delivered disciplinary complaints from among the more than a thousand we received on the day from those who demonstrated with us, who wish to add their names to the complaint.

“Jennie Formby, the new General Secretary of the Labour Party, must cease her insulting attempt to whitewash these complaints and investigate Mr Corbyn’s conduct. If the Labour Party refuses to hold him to account, then we will hold the Labour Party to account, in court if necessary.”

Following our demonstration, we said that we would return on 13th May if there had been no improvement. We regret that it is looking likely that we will need to return. If you have not already done so, please sign up for updates at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

Campaign Against Antisemitism received 1,025 disciplinary complaints from amongst the 2,000 demonstrators at our national demonstration on Sunday calling on the Labour Party to hold Jeremy Corbyn to account.

The 1,025 complaints were made using forms distributed during the demonstration which allow members of the public to make their own complaints based upon the one already submitted by Campaign Against Antisemitism against Mr Corbyn for bringing the Party into disrepute.

However, approximately half of those present did not receive a form due to demand and difficulty in moving around, so we are now making the form available for download so that those who did not receive a form on Sunday or who were unable to attend can download it and send it by post.

In a hurried letter issued by e-mail before our demonstration, the Labour Party’s new General Secretary, Jennie Formby, tried to rebut the complaint. Here letter was no more than an insulting whitewash and a predetermined outcome which appeared to be designed to protect Mr Corbyn at all costs from his own indiscretions, without even the formality of an investigation. We will of course appeal.

Rather than responding to the concerns of the 2,000 people who descended upon his headquarters in the driving rain on a Sunday, Mr Corbyn has already brushed the criticism off, repeated his dire platitudes about opposing antisemitism, and offered a meeting to Maureen Lipman CBE, who spoke at the demonstration.

If he was serious about engaging with British Jews, he would have come to the demonstration on Sunday to speak there, but instead he declined.

It is clear that we can expect nothing of substance from Mr Corbyn and the decent people left in the Labour Party must insist that our complaint against him is now properly investigated and that he is held to account.

Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has become a safe haven for racists. He is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succour to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters. Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as Leader as he was as a backbencher, by investigating the disciplinary complaint we have filed against him.

We said we would return to Labour Party Head Office on 13th May if there was insufficient progress by then. Anybody interested in attending should subscribe to receive updates at antisemitism.uk/subscribe.

Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed Maureen Lipman CBE as “a very good actress” when asked by LBC to respond to comments that she made at Campaign Against Antisemitism’s rally demanding that the Labour Party hold Mr Corbyn to account over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the Party.

Ms Lipman attacked Mr Corbyn and his behaviour, fiercely criticising his decisions to associate with antisemites and turn a blind eye to their Jew-hatred.

Yesterday, 2,000 Jews and non-Jews converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism. The demonstration called for the Labour Party to act on a disciplinary complaint made against Mr Corbyn by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s response to 2,000 people coming to his headquarters in the driving rain on a Sunday shows just how serious he is about tackling antisemitism in the Party. He has brushed the criticism off, repeated his dire platitudes about opposing antisemitism, and offered a meeting to Maureen Lipman. If he was serious about engaging with British Jews, he would have come to the demonstration yesterday to speak there, but instead he declined. It is clear that we can expect nothing of substance from Mr Corbyn and the decent people left in the Labour Party must insist that our complaint against him is now properly investigated and that he is held to account. We said we would return to Labour Party Head Office on 13th May if there was insufficient progress by then. Mr Corbyn’s statement makes that increasingly likely.”

Today, Jews and non-Jews alike converged from across the UK for a national demonstration outside Labour Party Head Office organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Stewards estimated the crowd size at over 2,000 people who braved relentless rain to fill the streets surrounding Labour Party Head Office. At one point, police had to turn protesters away due to lack of space. Groups came from Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, York and other parts of the UK.

In impassioned speeches, actress Maureen Lipman CBE, Holocaust-survivor Agnes Grunwald Spier MBE, and Rabbi Joseph Dweck demanded that the Labour Party accept and enforce Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn for bringing Labour into disrepute, warning that inaction was itself a form of action.

Campaign Against Antisemitism Chairman, Gideon Falter, Director of Investigations and Enforcement, Stephen Silverman, and Head of Political and Government Investigations, Joseph Glasman, read a roll call of incidents shaming the Labour Party as hundreds of those attending signed forms backing Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn.

When we asked the crowd whether they wished to return if the Labour Party has not progressed the complaint within a month, we were answered with a chorus of “Yes” from the more than 2,000 Jews and non-Jews, many of them former Labour members. The date was set for May 13th.

The demonstration was widely covered in the media which reported that the demonstration marked an escalation of Labour’s antisemitism crisis.

Campaign Against Antisemitism would like to thank everyone who came and made their voices heard, as well as our volunteer team, and teams from CST and the Metropolitan Police Service who mobilised to protect the demonstration.

A cross-party group of peers has written to Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, to report extreme antisemitic statements on various pro-Jeremy Corbyn Facebook pages.

Lords Beecham, Carlile, Polak, Sugar and Turnberg, and Baronesses Altmann and Deech, wrote that the material they reported “not only stirs up racial hatred which threatens the very fabric of community cohesion throughout London and the UK, but also poses a possible physical threat to the Jewish community”.

The peers cited a comment on a Facebook group called “Supporting Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell” which said “Adolph [sic], you should have finished the job.” Another Facebook group, “Jeremy Corbyn Leads Us To Victory”, was reported over pictures of journalists at the New York Times and CNN, with the Star of David pasted on to those they believed to be Jewish.

The Metropolitan Police Service told The Guardian that it is investigating.

Image credit: Roger Harris and the Palace of Westminster

Labour must hold Jeremy Corbyn to account, and there is nowhere better to deliver that message than to Labour’s doorstep.

We will hold our demonstration at Labour Party Head Office, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has always been apolitical: we call out antisemitism in every political party without fear or favour, but what we have seen happen within the Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn assumed its leadership has made antisemitism within other political parties seem pale by comparison.

Our campaign is about seeking justice, and that is what we demand from the Labour Party. Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as Leader as he was as a backbencher, by investigating the disciplinary complaint we have filed against him for bringing the Party into disrepute. Labour must hold Jeremy Corbyn to account, if it does not, we must hold Labour as a whole to account.

So on Sunday at 2pm, join us as Jews and non-Jews alike converge on London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that it must finally deliver on its broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism.

When: Sunday 8th April at 2pm

Where: Labour Party Head Office, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT. Nearest Underground stations are St James’ Park (5-minute walk away, on the District and Circle lines) and Victoria (7-minute walk away, on the Victoria, Circle and District lines, and national rail).

What: Jews and non-Jews alike will converge on London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must finally deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism.

Bring: Bagels and probably an anorak. And a biro – you will see why on Sunday. Everything else is provided, including placards.

Invite: Your friends and family. Children can come too, but only with their parents. There will be a counterdemonstration, but the police will make sure that they are kept separated from us. “A counter demonstration?” you ask? Indeed, this is the reality for those who stand against antisemitism in 2018.

How to invite friends: Forward this e-mail to them, invite them to our Facebook event (if they are on Facebook) or best of all, ask them to go and sign up at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

How to help: If you want to help with stewarding, go to antisemitism.uk/volunteer. If you want to help fund the demonstration, please donate to and share our crowdfunding page, and if you want to help fund us with a monthly amount to help with all of the work we do even when there isn’t a demonstration, go to antisemitism.uk/donate.

If you have a question: You can reply to this e-mail, but please bear in mind that we are absolutely swamped with e-mails at the moment, and from sunset on Thursday until Saturday night we will be observing the Jewish festival of Pesach, which is, coincidentally, about standing up to antisemitism.

A secret recording obtained by the Evening Standard has revealed that Jon Lansman walked back on admissions by Momentum and the Labour leadership about Labour’s antisemitism problem. Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn had both admitted that there was a serious problem with antisemitism within the Labour Party and that those making allegations of antisemitism are not part of a conspiracy or a Jewish or right-wing conspiracy.

However, in the secret recording, Mr Lansman can be heard claiming that there is mainly just a problem with “unconscious bias” against Jews within Labour, which is obviously very different from the evidence of antisemitism we have seen, before he launched an attack on Campaign Against Antisemitism which he claimed was “opportunistic” and “exploiting” antisemitism as part of a right-wing plot.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said “Jon Lansman claims that Momentum and the Labour leadership have suddenly performed a volte face and now accept that allegations of antisemitism in Labour are symptoms of a real problem within the Party and not the result of a Jewish or right-wing conspiracy. Now his true colours have emerged in a secret recording in which he tells supporters that the antisemitism problem is merely one of ‘unconscious bias’ and that Campaign Against Antisemitism is really a conspiratorial Jewish right-wing organisation ‘exploiting’ antisemitism. In fact we are an apolitical charity whose Head of Political Investigations had to quit the Labour Party in disgust. We would like nothing more than for the torrent of antisemitic incidents in Labour to be stopped but we see no signs of that at all. The Jewish community has had enough. We have submitted a disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn for bringing the Labour Party into disrepute. It is time for the Labour Party to hold Jeremy Corbyn to account and Jon Lansman too. We have called a national demonstration this Sunday to make ourselves heard.”

This Sunday, 8th April, at 2pm, Jews and non-Jews alike will converge in London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism. Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

Jeremy Corbyn has been photographed attending a secretly-recorded event by “Jewdas” last night in which the names of those involved with the recent “Enough is enough” demonstration were booed and which ended with the shout of “Enough is enough, f*** you all, chag Pesach sameach [happy Passover]”.

Jewdas is a fringe Jewish group which appears to pride itself, as its name suggests, in taking positions that many in the Jewish community would see as a betrayal. For example, it has suggested that Campaign Against Antisemitism is run as a money-making scam by its volunteers, has said that “Israel is itself a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of”, and claimed that those calling out antisemitism in the Labour Party are “playing a dangerous game with people’s lives” before claiming that the entire crisis is a “bout of faux-outrage” that “is the work of cynical manipulations by people whose express loyalty is to the Conservative Party and the right wing of the Labour Party”.

According to the political blog, Guido Fawkes, which broke the story, Mr Corbyn brought beetroot from his allotment.

Mr Corbyn and his allies have made a habit of embracing fringe Jewish groups which harshly attack Jews who criticise his leadership, such as Jewish Voice for Labour, whilst shunning Jewish organisations which criticise him.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Given the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour Party, there is absolutely no way that Mr Corbyn can claim that this too was an oversight. Following the events of the past few weeks and indeed the past three years, this is a very clear two fingered salute at mainstream British Jewry. It is hard to imagine how this duplicitous man can claim to be remedying antisemitism within the Labour Party. The Party must consider the message that is sent to British Jews and other minorities by him remaining as Leader.”

This Sunday, 8th April, at 2pm, Jews and non-Jews alike will converge in London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism. Join us.

Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

What is happening: Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has become a safe haven for racists. He is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succour to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters.

What is being called for: Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as leader as he was as a backbencher, by investigating the disciplinary complaint we have filed against him for bringing the Party into disrepute. Labour must hold Jeremy Corbyn to account.

When: This Sunday, 8th April, at 2pm, Jews and non-Jews alike will converge on London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must finally deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism. Join us!

Where: We will meet in central London. The exact location will be sent by e-mail to everyone on our mailing list or who has signed up at antisemitism.uk/demonstration. If your friends want to come, tell them to sign up so that they get the location too.

What to bring: Bagels and perhaps an anorak. Everything else is provided, including placards.

Who to bring: Your friends and family. Children can come too, but only with their parents. There will be a counterdemonstration, but they don’t yet know where we’re meeting, and the police will make sure that they are kept separated from us. “A counter demonstration?” you ask? Indeed, this is the reality for those who stand against antisemitism in 2018.

How to invite friends: Forward this page to them, invite them to our Facebook event (if they are on Facebook) or best of all, ask them to go and sign up at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

How to help: We need help stewarding on the day, flyering on Thursday, and raising money. If you want to help with stewarding or flyering, go to antisemitism.uk/volunteer. If you want to help fund the demonstration, please donate to (and share!) our crowdfunding page, and if you want to support us with a monthly amount to help with all of the work we do even when there isn’t a demonstration, go to antisemitism.uk/donate.

If you have a question: You can contact us, but please bear in mind that we are absolutely swamped with e-mails at the moment, and from sunset on Thursday until Saturday night we will be observing the Jewish festival of Pesach, which is, coincidentally, about standing up to antisemitism.

Major Jewish donors have been revealing that they have abandoned the Labour Party that they helped to build over decades, ending their memberships.

In a statement filled with anger and despair, Sir David Garrard, who has donated about £1.5m since 2003, was quoted on the front page of the Labour-leaning Observer as saying: “I have watched with dismay and foreboding the manner in which the leadership has, in my view, over the last two years, conducted itself. I consider that it has supported and endorsed the most blatant acts of antisemitism. And yet it has failed to expel many of those who have engaged in the grossest derogatory fantasies about Jewish/Zionist conspiracies – and Jewish characterisations and accusations which conjure up the very kind of antisemitic attacks that led to such unbearable consequences for innocent millions in the past. So there no longer exists a party which even pretends to maintain and promote the principles and the integrity of what always was, to me, the Labour Party. On the contrary, I have been witnessing, since Mr Corbyn became leader, a philosophical and a political policy which espouses, in nearly every respect, the very antithesis of the great party under whose reputation, and under whose flag, it now seeks to fly and where so many other Jews were once so proud to stand.”

As recently as during the leadership of Ed Miliband, Sir David was one of Labour’s largest donors, but upon the election of Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party, he ceased to fund the Party and called in a £2m loan. Other Jewish donors joined him, with fellow Jewish donor Michael Foster, who had given £400,000, also ending his funding.

Another Labour Party donor, David Abrahams, who joined the Party as a 15-year-old, also said he had quit the Party, having previously donated £650,000. He told the JC: “I first spoke to Jeremy Corbyn last year and pleaded with him to do something about the growing problem of antisemitism in the party. I saw Jeremy repeatedly at functions thereafter and I once again asked him what he was doing about the issue. Jeremy promised me faithfully that he understood what antisemitism was, and that he would do something about it. The problem I think is that he is powerless to actually do anything himself – but he is reliant on the Momentum faction that got him into power in the first place. And within that faction is the real problem – a whole load of people who used to belong to political parties far to the left of the Labour Party, and who were full of people who believed in and who circulated classic antisemitic tropes.”

This Sunday, 8th April, at 2pm, Jews and non-Jews alike will converge in London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism. Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

The outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders is today facing widespread criticism in the media, with her tenure being described as “disastrous” and “having reduced the credibility of the role”. Yet, one significant aspect of her legacy is absent from the censure directed at her. She has presided over a catastrophic loss of confidence inside Britain’s Jewish community with regard to the will of the criminal justice system to protect it from the worst manifestations of resurgent antisemitism.

Ever since crime targeting British Jews began to surge in 2014, each successive  year has set a new record for antisemitic crime, and each year fewer crimes have been charged. Between 2014 and 2016, antisemitic crime rose by 44.5% while prosecutions fell by 35.5%. In each of 2015 and 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecuted around 15,000 cases of hate crime, yet in neither year were we able to identify more than two dozen prosecutions of antisemitic crime.

The blame for this cannot be laid exclusively at the door of Ms Saunders and the CPS. Police forces across the country have played their part too, often through inadequate understanding or lack of will, failing to deal adequately with the rise in antisemitic crime. In particular, they have struggled to come to terms with social media where, as the whole country by now has seen, antisemitic hate speech is feral, exists in vast quantities and is frequently indistinguishable from the Jew-hatred propagated by the Nazi regime in the 1930s. However, even when the obstacles have been overcome and permission has been sought by the police to lay charges, the CPS has consistently batted away even the most extreme cases, including those where the murder of Jews is openly advocated. This refusal to proceed to prosecution in turn makes police forces less likely to investigate.

It seems that, under this DPP, the bar for prosecuting antisemitic crime has been set significantly higher than for other forms of hate crime. As yet, we have been unable to ascertain why, and our attempts to work in a collaborative way with Ms Saunders to resolve the problem have been rebuffed. In 2015 we met with Ms Saunders and Theresa May (in her role as Home Secretary), and agreed a number of actions to address the way in which the CPS handles antisemitic hate crime. None were implemented. The following year, we met with her again to set out our concerns and to put forward constructive suggestions for tackling them. Several weeks later, we were notified in writing that she no longer wished to consider our proposals.

In short, Ms Saunders’ failure to respond adequately to antisemitic hate crime has done much to convince those who harbour ill will towards Jews that they can act with impunity. It is highly likely that there is a direct connection between this dereliction of duty and the rampant antisemitic hatred on social media that has been exposed in recent days. It is therefore no surprise that our Antisemitism Barometer published last year revealed that half of British Jews believed the CPS is doing too little to fight antisemitism and that only 39% felt that hate crimes against them would be prosecuted.

We have sought to hold the CPS to account through judicial reviews and private prosecutions but these unprecedented measures cannot be the way forward. They must not be allowed to become the only route by which Britain’s Jewish community can obtain justice and the protection that recent revelations in the political arena have shown are more necessary than ever.

By adopting our recommendations on training and oversight, whoever replaces Ms Saunders as DPP will have the opportunity to regain the confidence of the Jewish community. It is an opportunity that must not be squandered.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Head of Political and Government Investigations, Joseph Glasmam has a recorded a hard-hitting video message to Labour MPs and members.

On 8th April at 2pm, people will assemble from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and send a clear message that our British values demand that there must be zero tolerance for racism in the Labour Party.

Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.

Labour MPs have demanded that Jeremy Corbyn attend a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party this evening over the antisemitism scandal surrounding him, but it has been reported that he may not attend the meeting.

In the meantime, a number of senior Labour MPs and figures have been sent out to address the media.

The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson said: “I am very, very sorry that people feel hurt by this and that is why I think it is right that Jeremy has expressed regret for it”. The Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald, said that Mr Corbyn “hasn’t got an antisemitic bone in his body”, and the Shadow Leader of the House mistakenly said that Jeremy Corbyn was “steeped in antisemitism”, presumably meaning the opposite.

Over the weekend, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn which:

  • Restates our previous, ignored disciplinary complaint from 2016, which charged him with bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for dismissing antisemitism and endorsing the views of his brother;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;
  • Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;
  • Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn’s defence of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and
  • Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

Last night we rejected Mr Corbyn’s attempt to escape responsibility by apologising.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Having been caught red-handed four times in the past two weeks, Jeremy Corbyn must take the public for fools if he thinks that he can now start talking about ‘stamping out’ antisemitism in the Labour Party and saying sorry. It is too late. He has squandered every opportunity to address this issue, including by commissioning a whitewash inquiryinto antisemitism whose author he then made the only person he has ever elevated to the peerage.

“Mr Corbyn has spent his political life seeking out and actively defending vile antisemites as well as terrorists whose aspiration is the extermination of Jews worldwide. It is little wonder that contrary to his claims, we are not witnessing ‘pockets of antisemitism’ in the Labour Party, but instead a spreading racist rot is taking hold and it is coming from Mr Corbyn’s hard-left supporters.

“Mr Corbyn says that the solution is for him to pacify the Jewish community and that he will be meeting with us. The telephone has not rung and frankly nor do we want it to. Two years ago we proposed a transparent disciplinary process for Labour to implement: the adoption of that process is the only sign that we will accept that the Labour Party is serious about freeing itself from the grip of antisemites, and the first disciplinary case to be heard under that process should be the complaint we have made against Mr Corbyn himself.”

Today it has emerged that Mr Corbyn signed up to a third antisemitic Facebook group.

This evening at 17:30, members of the Jewish community and friends who stand with us against racism will meet in Parliament Square, to make our feelings known to the Parliamentary Labour Party which will meet at 18:00 to discuss the recent revelations about Jeremy Corbyn. We will be there as part of a broad show of communal disgust and outrage, and to demand that the Parliamentary Labour Party discusses Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn. We encourage those who are able to attend to do so.

On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

This evening at 17:30, members of the Jewish community and friends who stand with us against racism will meet in Parliament Square, to make our feelings known to the Parliamentary Labour Party which will meet at 18:00 to discuss the recent revelations about Jeremy Corbyn. We will be there as part of a broad show of communal disgust and outrage, and to demand that the Parliamentary Labour Party discusses Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn.

We encourage those who are able to attend to do so.

Over the weekend, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn which:

  • Restates our previous disciplinary complaint from 2016, which charged him with bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for dismissing antisemitism and endorsing the views of his brother;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;
  • Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;
  • Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn’s defence of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and
  • Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

Last night we rejected Mr Corbyn’s attempt to escape responsibility by apologising. Today it has emerged that he signed up to a third antisemitic Facebook group.

On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

Valerie Vaz MP, the Shadow Leader of the House, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 last night but repeatedly praised antisemitism. Asked to defend Jeremy Corbyn, she said: “He’s been steeped in antisemitism, anti-racism throughout his time. Basically the Jewish community does have roots in our Party. They have played a prominent role. We must make sure we continue to show people we are an antisemitic and anti-racist Party.”

It is shocking that at this point a senior Shadow Minister could still be making a mistake of this nature.

Over the weekend, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn which:

  • Restates our previous, ignored disciplinary complaint from 2016, which charged him with bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for dismissing antisemitism and endorsing the views of his brother;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;
  • Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;
  • Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn’s defence of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and
  • Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

Last night we rejected Mr Corbyn’s attempt to escape responsibility by apologising. Today it has emerged that he signed up to a third antisemitic Facebook group.

On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

For the third time in two weeks, Jeremy Corbyn has been exposed as a member of a Facebook group used to propagate vile antisemitic material.

According to the political blog, Guido Fawkes, Mr Corbyn personally signed himself up to a Facebook group called “The Labour Party Supporter” seven years ago and he remains a member now. The group is reportedly filled with posts about Jewish bankers, Jews harvesting organs, Holocaust denial and conspiracy myths linking Israel and ISIS.

Over the weekend, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn which:

  • Restates our previous, ignored disciplinary complaint from 2016, which charged him with bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for dismissing antisemitism and endorsing the views of his brother;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;
  • Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;
  • Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn’s defence of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and
  • Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

Last night we rejected Mr Corbyn’s attempt to escape responsibility by apologising.

On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

In response to our earlier disciplinary complaint and call for a national demonstration, Jeremy Corbyn has issued a statement of apology.

Mr Corbyn said: “Labour is an anti-racist party and I utterly condemn antisemitism, which is why as leader of the Labour Party I want to be clear that I will not tolerate any form of antisemitism that exists in and around our movement. We must stamp this out from our party and movement.

“We recognise that antisemitism has occurred in pockets within the Labour Party, causing pain and hurt to our Jewish community in the Labour Party and the rest of the country. I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.

“Our party has deep roots in the Jewish community and is actively engaged with Jewish organisations across the country. We are campaigning to increase support and confidence in Labour among Jewish people in the UK. I know that to do so, we must demonstrate our total commitment to excising pockets of antisemitism that exist in and around our party.

I will be meeting representatives from the Jewish community over the coming days, weeks and months to rebuild that confidence in Labour as a party which gives effective voice to Jewish concerns and is implacably opposed to antisemitism in all its forms. Labour will work to unite communities to achieve social justice in our society.”

In response, Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Having been caught red-handed three times in the past two weeks, Jeremy Corbyn must take the public for fools if he thinks that he can now start talking about ‘stamping out’ antisemitism in the Labour Party and saying sorry. It is too late. He has squandered every opportunity to address this issue, including by commissioning a whitewash inquiry into antisemitism whose author he then made the only person he has ever elevated to the peerage.

“Mr Corbyn has spent his political life seeking out and actively defending vile antisemites as well as terrorists whose aspiration is the extermination of Jews worldwide. It is little wonder that contrary to his claims, we are not witnessing ‘pockets of antisemitism’ in the Labour Party, but instead a spreading racist rot is taking hold and it is coming from Mr Corbyn’s hard-left supporters.

“Mr Corbyn says that the solution is for him to pacify the Jewish community and that he will be meeting with us. The telephone has not rung and frankly nor do we want it to. Two years ago we proposed a transparent disciplinary process for Labour to implement: the adoption of that process is the only sign that we will accept that the Labour Party is serious about freeing itself from the grip of antisemites, and the first disciplinary case to be heard under that process should be the complaint we have made against Mr Corbyn himself.”

On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

Two Jewish Labour Party councillors from Haringey, North London have revealed how “It has become impossible to operate as a Jewish councillor in the Haringey party without having your views and actions prejudged or dismissed in terms that relate to your ethnicity.”

Haringey is considered to be the heartland of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn, far-left, grassroots movement Momentum with more than 20 Labour councillors having resigned or been deselected by pro-Momentum candidates.

The councillors, Joe Goldberg, who has served as councillor for the Seven Sisters ward since 2009, and Natan Doron, councillor for the Crouch End ward since 2014, say that they have received direct abuse in relation to their Judaism from Corbyn supporters, including from colleagues within the Council.

Councillor Goldberg, who is also the Council’s cabinet member for economic development, says a fellow councillor compared Academy schools to the Kristallnacht pogrom during which the Nazis attacked and in some cases destroyed synagogues, and murdered Jews. The same councillor also accused him of “bagel-barrel politics”, a reference to the popular Jewish food.

Councillor Goldberg, who runs his constituency surgery from the South Tottenham Synagogue, said: “This is not just on social media. Many members have repeated to me assertions about Jews having big noses, controlling the media and being wealthy. It has become impossible to operate as a Jewish councillor in the Haringey party without having your views and actions prejudged or dismissed in terms that relate to your ethnicity.”

Councillor Goldberg says he has complained formally to local party officials a number of times without any success, saying: “I complained to the Labour whip, Lorna Reith, but she told me antisemitism was a ‘debatable term’”. In response to this, Ms Reith said “It doesn’t sound like anything I would say”, that she takes antisemitism complaints “extremely seriously” and that Councillor Goldberg had failed to respond to her invites to meet to discuss the matter., However in 2015, according to the The Times, Ms Reith retweeted a photo comparing the Israeli military’s retaliation to Palestinian attacks to the Holocaust, which if true would be antisemitic under the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Councillor Doran, said that he recieved abuse whilst canvassing, not from a constituent but from a fellow Labour member. According to Councillor Doran: “One of them started having a rant about how Israel was a Nazi country and I had no right to be offended because Israel had no right to exist.”

The pro-Momentum candidate, Charley Allan, who was selected to replace Councillor Doran was suspended in 2017 after he used the term “Zio”.

Both Councillors Goldberg and Doran will be replaced in the May local elections by Momentum’s pro-Corbyn candidates.

When Councillor Goldberg announced his retirement, Shahab Mossavat, a momentum activist in Haringey tweeted: “At least [you] will have more time to count your money”, in reference to one of the oldest antisemitic stereotypes regarding Jews being miserly.

Regarding the incidents he has encountered, Councillor Doran said: “People are worried and scared and Haringey Labour is definitely not a safe space for Jews. This is 100% not the party I joined.”

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

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

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

Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has been seized by racists. Jeremy Corbyn is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving his backing to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters. This is the point of no return: Britain must stand up for its Jewish community against the racists in control of the Labour Party. To be silent is to condone. On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has denounced Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Party in a comprehensive disciplinary complaint.

Our complaint, which we are releasing publicly for download:

  • Restates our previous, ignored disciplinary complaint from 2016, which charged him with bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for dismissing antisemitism and endorsing the views of his brother;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;
  • Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;
  • Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;
  • Denounces Mr Corbyn’s defence of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and
  • Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

The complaint will be vigorously pursued by Campaign Against Antisemitism, and our lawyers if necessary.

Joseph D. Glassman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We accuse the Labour Party, its MPs and institutions, of complicity with and promotion of antisemitic racism. In particular, most Labour MPs, with heroic exceptions, have merely wrung their hands and spoken fine words without at any point acting or putting themselves at risk. We are at an historic moment: there is no hiding place for them any longer. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is now a racist party and to be silent now is to condone. We call on all Labour MPs and members to act and support our disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn. This is the point of no return: future generations are watching.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is now organising a national demonstration against antisemitism under Mr Corbyn.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has been seized by racists. Jeremy Corbyn is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving his backing to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups, wild antisemitic conspiracy theorists and a litany of Jew-haters. This is the point of no return: Britain must stand up for its Jewish community against the racists in control of the Labour Party. Future generations are watching: to be silent is to condone. On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. We are calling on a broad coalition of those who oppose racism to join us.”

Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse.

It has emerged that Jeremy Corbyn defended the public display of a huge mural that even his spokesman admits is antisemitic on the “grounds of freedom of speech”.

In October 2012, Los Angeles-based street artist Mear One, painted a wall in London’s East End which featured apparently-Jewish bankers beneath a pyramid often used by conspiracy theorists playing Monopoly on a board carried by straining, oppressed workers.

Following complaints, the mural was due to be removed, prompting Mear One to post on Facebook: “Tomorrow they want to buff my mural. Freedom of Expression. London Calling, Public art.”

Mr Corbyn commented: “Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera’s [sic] mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.”

On Friday, the Labour Party issued two statements. The first said that the mural was antisemitic, despite a statement issued by Mear One to the contrary, with a Labour spokesman saying: “In 2012, Jeremy was responding to concerns about the removal of public art on the grounds of freedom of speech. However, the mural was offensive, used antisemitic imagery, which has no place in our society, and it is right that it was removed.”

Following an outcry, the second statement was issued, from Mr Corbyn himself, saying: “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and antisemitic. The defence of free speech cannot be used as a justification for the promotion of antisemitism in any form. That is a view I’ve always held.”

Mr Corbyn’s spin doctors ask us to believe that Mr Corbyn did not notice the antisemitic imagery in the mural that he was defending and that he was merely defending free speech. Mr Corbyn has a very well-known history of association with antisemites, including leaping to the defence of despicable blood-libeller Sheikh Ra’ed Salah whom the Home Secretary banned from the country and disgraced conspiracy theorist Reverend Stephen Sizer, but in each case his spin doctors claim that he was not defending their antisemitism. In the past two weeks we have seen two examples of Mr Corbyn’s membership of or participation in deeply antisemitic Facebook groups, which his spin doctors dismissed as accidental.

Mr Corbyn prides himself on being authentic, but his excuses grow more incredible with each passing week. Perhaps the simplest explanation is that the authentic Jeremy Corbyn subscribed to the authentic antisemitism of the far-left, which smears Jews as the pinnacle of the the exploitative capitalist elite, and which paints Israel as a colonial Jewish base from which to subjugate the world. This past week, we have been unable to keep up with the torrent of antisemitism stories pouring out of Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party. Mr Corbyn’s spin doctors should stop taking us all for fools and let their leader’s handiwork speak for itself.

Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has been seized by racists. Jeremy Corbyn is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving his backing to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters. This is the point of no return: Britain must stand up for its Jewish community against the racists in control of the Labour Party. To be silent is to condone. On 8th April at 2pm, the British public will take a national stand against antisemitism in London. Join us – please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/jaccuse and use our Facebook event to invite friends.

“Victory to the intifada” was chanted by protesters at the annual Stand up to Racism march in Glasgow on Saturday. One of the stated aims of the march was to oppose antisemitism and the Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland (COFIS) joined the march to rally against antisemitism holding stating that “Antisemitism is racism” and “Antisemitism is a crime.”

The march quickly descended into an anti-Israel demonstration though, according to the Herald Scotland, which reported that a far-left direct action group took action to block COFIS from participating, by marching in front of them extremely slowly. The direct action group known as Red Front Republic boasted that it was their balaclava-clad members who blocked the COFIS marchers.

Footage, with commentary by Mick Napier, posted on the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Facebook page shows demonstrators chanting: “Victory to the intifada” 14 minutes into the video, referring to violent Palestinian campaign of terrorism which included suicide bombings at Israeli Jewish civilians. Protesters also reportedly chanted “From Glasgow to Gaza, intifada.”

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

Some vicious comments were posted on the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s Facebook page regarding the march, including: “Zionists are racists, pure and simple, and their policy regarding the Palestinians consists of ethnic cleansing, genocide and eventual extermination.” Another comment compared the Zionist marchers to the Ku Klux Klan: “We might as well have the Ku Klux Klan taking part in the march. Same thing.”

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has previously been exposed over many of its supporters’ extremely antisemitic views. Mick Napier has a conviction for aggravated trespass over his protests against Israel. We commend the brave demonstrators who marched against racism. It is disgraceful that they were blocked at all, and even more so that some of those blocking their path lauded terrorist attacks against Jews.

Jeremy Corbyn is a current member of a second antisemitic Facebook group, according to political blog Guido Fawkes, which posted screenshots showing some of the material posted in the group, including a claim that Jews are kidnapping Syrians so that they can harvest their internal organs.

The allegation follows the recent news that Mr Corbyn was an active member of another antisemitic Facebook group, claiming that he had not seen antisemitic content and was added to the group by an “acquaintance”, even though he posted comments under antisemitic material and was an intimate friend of Elleanne Green who founded the group. Campaign Against Antisemitism is filing a disciplinary complaint with the Labour Party over the matter.

The Labour Party’s rules state: “We encourage the reporting of abusive behaviour to the Labour Party, administrators of the relevant website or social media platform, and where appropriate, to the police. This is a collective responsibility and should not be limited to those who have been subjected to abuse.”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We have remarked that we find the scant attention given to such revelations by the majority of the British public, politicians and journalists to be utterly chilling. It is extremely telling that we are expecting a very muted reaction to this latest revelation, despite the fact that Mr Corbyn’s alleged membership of this group would mean that he has been seeing and ignoring even more vile antisemitic material in his Facebook timeline than was previously thought. The message that this silence sends to British Jews is increasingly clear.”

Chris Williamson, a Labour MP and a member of the Shadow Cabinet until January, has appeared as the warm-up act for disgraced Labour activist Jackie Walker, who has twice been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.

Mr Williamson gave a lengthy speech before the performance of Ms Walker’s show, The Lynching, during which he said it was a “real pleasure and a privilege” to be sharing a platform with Ms Walker. He said that he would be “absolutely delighted” were she reinstated within the Party, and that both Ms Walker and Ken Livingstone had been unfairly accused of antisemitism, claiming: “We’ve got these ridiculous suspensions and expulsions from the Party…in the most grotesque and unfair way.”

The Lynching is Ms Walker’s attempt to put across her side of the story, explaining her views and justifying the comments that have led to her becoming such a controversial figure, such as her appalling lie that Jews were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”. The show’s tagline is “To oppose Israel is not to be antisemitic”, despite the fact that Israel is not mentioned in any of the comments that led to her being suspended by Labour twice.

The Labour MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, had also been billed as a support act, but she pulled out, tweeting: “I am vehemently opposed to antisemitism and was invited to speak out against racism, but will not be attending.”

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

It is damning that in 2018 in Britain, Mr Williamson, who until recently was a minister in the Shadow Cabinet, has gone all of the way to Peterborough to declare that it is his “privilege” to share a platform with Ms Walker, who is currently suspended by the Labour Party over antisemitism allegations. The event is all the more disturbing for having been discussed with Mr Williamson within the antisemitic ‘Palestine Live’ Facebook group by its founder, a woman who repeatedly shares extreme antisemitic material. Mr Williamson’s boldness and lack of inhibition in publicly endorsing Ms Walker and his calls for Ken Livingstone to be reinstated are symptoms of the new phase in British politics, enabled by Jeremy Corbyn, in which a British MP may publicly applaud those figures like Ms Walker and Mr Livingstone without fear of punishment. The silence in the ranks of Labour MPs in response, and among the journalists and community leaders of this country who allow such a significant moment to pass with no more than a shrug is utterly chilling.

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn was exposed as being a member of a deeply antisemitic Facebook group in which he participated for two years. Now, damning new evidence made available to Campaign Against Antisemitism proves that Mr Corbyn or his team were demonstrably lying when, as was reported in The Guardian they had said that his relationship with the founder and key administrator of the Facebook group “Palestine Live” was that of a mere “acquaintance”. Research and documents in our possession indicate that he had an intimate relationship with Elleanne Green, a woman who has expressed antisemitic beliefs and who has prolifically disseminated extreme antisemitic material, including neo-Nazi articles. They shared a love of the same poetry and of various common causes even before he joined the Facebook group, almost certainly at her invitation, despite Mr Corbyn implying that he was added against his wishes. They organised events together, and she proudly noted the two years he spent in the group with her.

Those familiar with Mr Corbyn know well that he was not – before becoming Party Leader – someone who posted frequently on social media, so when he bothers to pay attention to someone publicly, it is noticeable. Mr Corbyn has paid Ms Green a lot of attention, and that attention has been returned. In fact, Mr Corbyn and Ms Green could be described as sharing a personal bond. As early as January 2014, he approved when she spoke of Caroline Kennedy’s poetry; when she publicly posted a favourite poem by Rose Milligan, he confessed to her that it contains a sentiment meaningful for him; when she professed her fears for the future of the rhinoceros, he agreed; similarly when she backed an African water charity; they have shared a little joke together online; and when she was off on her travels to Cuba he wished her a “wonderful time”.

Wherever Ms Green was to be found at live events, so too was Mr Corbyn, and because of the particular place she clearly holds in his esteem and his awareness of her presence, he chose her Facebook account to thank all those who attended. Whether he was commenting on her posts at a Ukrainian Stop The War event; an alternative economics conference; another Stop the War event, this time marking World War I; at a testimonial evening for Tony Benn or even a demonstration or two about Guantanamo – she was there, and he was using her social media feed to thank everyone.

In short, there is not much about Ms Green’s tastes and opinions that Mr Corbyn does not seem to know or approve of, and he singles her out to use when he wishes to thank others. She is clearly not just an acquaintance or friend, she is ‘special’.

However, this is all without their mutually shared passion, even above poetry and rhinos, namely: the Palestinians. So it is no surprise that Ms Green, whose social media Mr Corbyn  invited and then signed Mr Corbyn up to her “Palestine Live” group, of which, at that time, it appears that she was the only administrator and Mr Corbyn can be seen, for example, approving two of her Palestine-themed posts in August 2014, and again in October 2014) There is evidence that Mr Corbyn joined in late 2013, participated in online conversations, and remained a member for two years.

With regard to “Palestine Live” and other so-called ‘pro-Palestinian’ forums, Ms Green and Mr Corbyn don’t just interact online, but in person (she is also on chatting terms with MPs such as Chris Williamson and John McDonnell when she sees them). Finally, her involvement with him is deep enough that at one point they jointly organised a talk to be given by the controversial Max Blumenthal at Mr Corbyn’s own office, using Mr Corbyn’s staff, as chronicled in detail by David Collier in his report into the “Palestine Live” Facebook group. Again, the talk having taken place at this venue, Mr Corbyn thanked those who attended on the “Palestine Live” Facebook group in a thread with Ms Green.

But what of Ms Green’s views?

Ms Green is a prolific and obsessive poster of conspiracy theories. A list of those to which she subscribes constitutes an A to Z of the genre: on more than one occasion she promoted the theory that the Israeli intelligence services were secretly behind the 9/11 terrorist atrocities, as well as the terrorist massacres in Paris, able to boast when the celebrated conspiracy theorist who had written the article became a member of the group. She shared a post that suggested the wife of a witness to 9/11 was deliberately killed six days after meeting former President Obama; shared a post suggesting that the BBC is deliberately employing “obnoxious Jews” in order to encourage antisemitism and suggests it “could even be true”; claimed that Israel bombed its own embassy in a ‘false flag’ operation; shared a link to an article claiming that ISIS leaders were trained by Israel; supported the idea that the London Bridge terrorist attacks may have been a stunt to throw the general election off track; and posted a claim that the BBC is “completely controlled” by Rothschild influence.

Similarly, the people she supports, and has invited to be members in the group, are a Who’s Who of Britain’s most infamous antisemites. She participates in conversations with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen (a friend of Mr Corbyn’s whose work he used to help fund, but with whom he claims to no longer associate) in one of which, Mr Eisen says to Baroness Tonge and Ms Green: “You’ll continue feeling depressed, dismal and let down until you start standing up to the Jews – not the Israelis, not the Zionists, the Jews” to which Ms Green responds asking: “What do you suggest?”. In another thread, after she encouraged him to ask for comment, Mr Eisen asked of another member “but what do you you find so unsavoury about Dr Duke?” (Dr Duke is the former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan). She defended disgraced Baroness Jenny Tonge, who resigned from her party over antisemitism allegations, claiming that the notion that her remarks might be antisemitic is “appalling”. She shared posts by David Icke. She is personally friendly with and supports Gilad Atzmon, who has allegedly said that “the burning down of a synagogue is a rational act”, whose ideas are better described as far-right than far-left, and whose book The Wandering Who has been described as “probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years”. She posts his work on the group, and praises his “truth” when, ironically, Gilad Atzmon is considered so antisemitic that ‘anti-Zionist’ Palestinian groups and activists have taken care to distance themselves from him. Ms Green also appears to be friendly with and supportive of Jackie Walker who is touring the country describing how she was “lynched” for claiming that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade”.

It is difficult to give an account of every example of antisemitic discourse in which Ms Green has participated. She has shared a post claiming “Zionists” are “killing children and stealing children to sell them on the black market”. She promotes the London Forum, described as “a secret neo-Nazi society”. She has posted an article by an author convicted in a Canadian court for promoting hatred against Jews, a piece that appeared on the Radical Press website that promotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Adolf Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf. Bearing in mind that the overwhelming majority of British Jews are Zionists, her assertion that “The time must surely come” when no “friend of Israel” can stand as an MP is chilling. She describes Ruth Smeeth MP’s distress at being accused of orchestrating a media conspiracy as “disgust[ing]..amateur theatrics”. She adored Gerald Kaufman, who claimed that “Jewish money…bias[es] the Tory Party”. She likes social media posts that suggest Jewish influence in Britain is “dangerously close to being treasonable.” She shared a post and endorses the author of a raw antisemitic diatribe describing Jewish values as “massacre, rape…torture, sex-trafficking and child abuse”, describing the author as a “great man”. She refers to “zios”, which even Labour’s Baroness Chakrabarti accepts is an unacceptable term of abuse. She was proud to be among those who yelled and intimidated when Haringey Council adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

So much of what she posts is simply raw Jew-hatred that she seems to have forgotten that she is supposed to be maintaining the fiction of being a mere critic of Israeli policy. However, at one point in the “Palestine Live” Facebook group she admits that the ideas behind Holocaust denial are “true and clearly the questions are legitimate…but not HERE” – a cynical admission that while she has sympathies with Holocaust deniers she is, on the group at least, trying to draw a virtuous skein over the views aired. In the end, by commenting positively on a link to the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, all pretence disappears.

Elleanne Green is a member of the Labour Party in the Cities of London and Westminster, who enthusiastically backs the Reverend Steven Saxby – also a member of Palestine Live – as a future Parliamentary candidate; is a representative of Momentum, and a member of the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour. Evidence held by Campaign Against Antisemitism shows that she was reported to the Labour party on 4th September 2017 yet clearly no action has been taken. Instead she is on friendly personal terms with Mr Corbyn, Chris Williamson MP, John McDonnell MP, Clive Lewis MP (who even blows her virtual kisses), journalist Paul Mason and others.

Elleanne Green is not the only individual propagating extreme antisemitism on “Palestine Live”. As David Collier’s research demonstrates, using a sample period to analyse posters and their postings from 1st to 15th February 2018, antisemitic postings on the site were ubiquitous and unmissable. Furthermore, witness reports bear testimony to the level of antisemitism a member would have been subjected to during the summer of 2014, when Mr Corbyn was an actively posting member of the group.

Members of “Palestine Live” comprise a roll call of many of the UK’s leading so-called ‘anti-Zionists’, either posting or tolerating nakedly antisemitic material that hardly requires the International Definition of Antisemitism to assist in its identification. The naked truth laid bare by Mr Collier’s report is that in the current culture of the UK’s far-left, anti-Zionism and antisemitism are indistinguishable. The very notion that anti-Zionism on the British left is, in practice, an historical and intellectual debating point that honourably takes up a political position regarding the State of Israel, is now shattered.

For Mr Corbyn to suggest that Ms Green is a mere “acquaintance”, as he or Labour’s press officers have communicated, is demonstrably a lie. Given both their intimacy and the fact that she prolifically posts hardcore antisemitic material, to say that he had no knowledge of her antisemitism stretches credulity. Further, to claim that in two years as a member and close friend of Ms Green’s he saw no antisemitism posted by her or others on the site itself would be like standing in an open field during a rainstorm and claiming that the raindrops missed you.

Perhaps another explanation lies in two posts, in which Ms Green says: “Am disgusted [to be under investigation] but suppose it is inevitable if one speaks up for justice for the Palestinians” and “I am NOT antisemitic”. Ultimately, people like Ms Green are perhaps blinded to their own racism, however extreme, by cloaking it within the virtue of a ‘pro-Palestinian’ position, both externally for others, but also for themselves. If Mr Corbyn is similarly blind, it is perhaps because he is so similar to his friend, Ms Green.

Joseph D. Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Jeremy Corbyn said he did not see antisemitism in the Palestine Live Facebook group but he wrote comments on antisemitic posts during his two-year membership of the group. He said he was added to the group by an ‘acquaintance’ but in fact it was his intimate friend Elleanne Green, a prolific disseminator of extreme antisemitic material. By lying about their relationship and pretending that he saw no antisemitism on Palestine Live, he takes the British public for fools, drags the Labour Party into further disrepute and causes yet more fear and anguish for British Jews. But what is most frightening by far is the lack of public outrage. Where are the cries of ‘Not in my name’? Through their silence these past weeks, British politicians are allowing our society to descend deeper into a dark place where antisemitism is tolerated, and history shows us where that path leads.”

We are grateful to Labour Party members for contributing some of the material used in this article, as well as to David Collier for providing additional material and for allowing us to reproduce screenshots from his report.

Ms Green did not respond to a request for comment.

The Macedonian government has formally adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of 7,144 Jews from Macedonia to the concentration camp at Treblinka.

The anniversary was marked by addresses from the President of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov, and the local Jewish community. The next day, a march was held along the route where Jews were gathered and then taken to the train station. The Prime Ministers of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina took park, along with the Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, and the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said: “We must never forget what happened here 75 year ago. History is repeated only by those who are blind to the past. We will not become blind and we will continue to remember.”

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

Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings. Austria became the next national government to adopt the definition, followed by the Romanian government, then the German government, then the Bulgarian government and now the Macedonian government has done the same.

The Independent has claimed that it was perfectly acceptable for one of its most senior correspondents to suggest that American Jewish diplomats cannot be trusted to be even-handed in discussions with the Palestinians.

Mr Fisk, who has been The Independent’s controversial Beirut-based Middle East correspondent since 1989, suggested in an opinion piece on 11th January that it was relevant to discuss the fact that peace envoys sent by the United States to negotiate with Israel and the Palestinians have often been Jewish, and that might impact their performance.

Mr Fisk wrote: “There was a time when we all went along with the myth that American peacemaking in the Middle East was even-handed, neutral, uninfluenced by the religion or political background or business activities of the peacemakers. Even when, during the Clinton administration, the four principle US ‘peacemakers’ were all Jewish Americans – their lead negotiator, Dennis Ross, a former prominent staff member of the most powerful Israeli lobby group, Aipac (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) – the Western press scarcely mentioned this.”

Whilst Mr Fisk is very welcome to remark on the personal politics of any of the United States’ envoys, he absolutely should not remark on their religion, according at least to The Independent’s Code of Conduct which states: “Care should be taken not to discriminate against people on the basis of, for instance, their sexual orientation, religion or race (or by virtue of an illness or disability). This means avoiding pejorative references to those aspects of their lives; but it also means not referring to them at all unless relevant to story.”

Though Israel is the Jewish State, that surely cannot mean that nations will be subjected to adverse scrutiny if some of the diplomats whom they dispatch there are Jewish. Indeed the only plausible explanation for Mr Fisk’s reference to the Jewish envoys’ religion would appear to be that he considers it unlikely that Jewish envoys could really be “even-handed [and] neutral”. That would seem to amount to a charge of dual loyalty by suggesting that Jewish envoys are more loyal to the interests of Israel than of the government of the United States which they serve.

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

It is therefore with consternation that we learned from UK Media Watch that its complaint to The Independent’s Deputy Managing Editor, Will Gore, had been rejected.

Unlike most publications in Britain, which submit to the oversight of organisations such as the Independent Press Standards Organisation, The Independent regulates itself and judges complaints made against it. That means that if the newspaper decides to do nothing about Mr Fisk’s article, only the Managing Editor can overturn the decision.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has seen that pressure can work. Last year, two months after publishing a claim that we were stifling criticism of Israel rather than acting against genuine Jew-hatred, The Independent bowed to pressure and published a letter from Campaign Against Antisemitism addressing the smear.

Public pressure may work again now. Please consider writing about this to The Independent’s Group Managing Editor, Doug Wills at managingeditor@independent.co.uk and copy in regulation@antisemitism.uk so that we can see how you get along.

Campaign Against Antisemitism will be submitting a complaint of our own to supplement the rejected complaint from UK Media Watch. We are grateful to UK Media Watch for bringing this matter to our attention.

A billboard advertising “Al Quds Day”, the annual pro-Hizballah parade through some of London”s most iconic streets, has been removed following an intervention by Luton Borough Council.

A Jewish member of the public received a photograph from a friend of a billboard advertising the procession in Luton and immediately contacted the Council. The billboard claimed that the procession, at which organisers hand out placards saying “We are all Hizballah” and Hizballah flags, would be a “rally in support of Palestine”. The billboard, which bore no logos, also featured a prominent photograph of antisemitic hate preacher and former supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, beneath a photograph of Nelson Mandela.

The member of the public wrote an eloquent complaint, informing the Council that the billboard was “inciting and inflaming tensions between the Muslim and Jewish communities”. In response, the Council said that it had contacted colleagues from Bedfordshire Police who “were in agreement that it [the billboard] has the potential to be divisive and stir up emotions which could damage the cohesive nature of our communities.” The letter continued: “Following discussions with the parties concerned with the operation of the billboard, the posters have now been removed.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism wishes to thank the members of the public, who wish to remain anonymous, for their actions, and we commend Bedfordshire Police and Luton Borough Council for swiftly acting to remove the billboard.

The “Al Quds Day” march is nothing more than a celebration of genocidal antisemitic terrorist group Hizballah under the auspices of registered charities which we have reported to the Charity Commission.

Nazim Ali, the leader of last year’s march is currently standing trial after Campaign Against Antisemitism launched a private prosecution. We allege that during the march, Mr Ali used a portable public address system to say: “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.” We also allege that he said: “Careful of those Rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers. Do not allow them in your centres.” The trial continues.

Whilst the British government has proscribed the “military wing” of Hizballah under the Terrorism Act 2000, the “political wing” is not proscribed, something that even Hizballah finds ridiculous. 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’s 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.” We continue to campaign for Hizballah to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation in its entirety, and we are discussing our proposals with the government.

George Galloway has announced in a four-page statement that he will not be suing Momentum chief Jon Lansman after all, having said he would sue Mr Lansman for accusing him of antisemitism. Mr Galloway insisted that his claim would have been perfectly valid but said: “Acting upon political advice I have concluded that the depth of my knowledge about Jon Lansman, going back nearly 40 years, was more valuably employed in the political attack on him which I shall now make.”

The case had promised to be quite the spectacle, with Mr Galloway claiming that he would call Jeremy Corbyn as a witness. Mr Galloway and Mr Corbyn used to sit together as Labour backbenchers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Galloway, who blocks Campaign Against Antisemitism on Twitter, was back an hour later to recognise his own error in targeting David Baddiel, although he did not apologise for the tweet.

Arsenal Football Club is investigating after a fan was caught on video singing an antisemitic song whilst walking to the team’s match against AC Milan last Thursday.

The incident was recorded by a fellow fan who uploaded it to Twitter.

In the shocking video, the perpetrator can be heard singing: “Gas them all, gas them all. The [indistinct]. G-d bless Adolf Hitler, ‘cos he tried his best, he gassed six million, now we’ll gas the rest. Gas them all, gas them all.”

Arsenal Football Club confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the incident, which is just one of many recent antisemitic incidents within football.

Last week we reported on how the Chief Executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn, issued a weak apology for comparing the Star of David to the swastika, and Robert Peston recently tweeted he was “Ashamed to be [an] Arsenal supporter” after witnessing antisemitism at a match.

Two Labour MPs are currently billed as support acts for a political show by disgraced former Momentum Vice-Chair Jackie Walker, who is currently suspended by the Labour Party over antisemitism allegations. However, one of the MPs has now said that they will not appear.

Ms Walker’s show, The Lynching, is her attempt to put across her side of the story, explaining her views and justifying the comments that have led to her becoming such a controversial figure, such as her appalling lie that Jews were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”. The show’s tagline is “To oppose Israel is not to be antisemitic”, despite the fact that Israel is not mentioned in any of the comments that led to her being suspended by Labour twice.

According to flyers advertising the show at Peterborough’s Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre, Labour MPs Chris Williamson and Fiona Onasanya were due to speak, but Ms Onasanya has now tweeted: “There have been concerns pertaining to an event in Peterborough on Saturday. For the avoidance of doubt, I am vehemently opposed to antisemitism and was invited to speak out against racism, but will not be attending.”

The other MP, Chris Williamson, is seems more likely to speak though. According to Ms Walker, Mr Williamson has said that Mr Walker’s suspension was “disgraceful”, and he recently attended another event with her and her fellow suspended Labour member Marc Wadsworth. Various social media posts suggest that they are close.

In 2016 we called on the Labour Party to investigate his comments appearing to suggest that “brutal” Israelis were responsible for antisemitism in the UK, but instead he was selected to run for parliament and Jeremy Corbyn has appointed him to the Shadow Cabinet. He has since referred to allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party as “proxy wars and bulls***”, saying the allegations were just a smear campaign against Mr Corbyn. Campaign Against Antisemitism called on Mr Williamson to apologise for his comments however to date we have not received a response. He has also endorsed an attack on a Labour Councillor who took action against antisemitism.

Mr Williamson is an enduring disgrace whose conduct speaks for itself, but Ms Onasanya also has questions to answer about whether she withdrew from the event when she was caught out, or whether she had been added to the programme through some kind of unfortunate misunderstanding.

Support for someone like Ms Walker should be beyond the pale for Labour MPs in particular, but in the modern Labour Party it seems that anything goes where antisemitism is concerned.

In defiance of Ms Onasanya, who is Peterborough’s MP, it appears that the shameless Mr Williamson will defiantly give Ms Walker his support, knowing that he will suffer no consequences from his Party.

The BBC’s online-only channel, BBC Three, has produced a new video in its series of “Things not to say” clips, this time focusing on things not to say to Jewish people. The video is part of a series which has dealt with a variety of issues including Brexit and gender, seeking to challenge and address stereotypes.

However, its video about Jews, which has been watched by almost a quarter of a million people on Facebook alone, is in parts patronising, cringe-worthy and a dire trivialisation of Jewish culture.

In the video, a number of British Jews were asked various questions about their Judaism, but some of them were rather ignorant about Judaism and some responses were the opposite of helpful. For example, when asked “You must be really stingy?”, one respondent answered “I think we like value for money, don’t we?”, to which another replied, “We love a deal.”

Though it seems that the video was well-intentioned, some of the answers were just confusing, with Jews shown playing down aspects of their religion, perhaps to appear more like non-Jews. For example when asked “So you hate bacon?” some of the respondents sounded apologetic or claimed that most Jews do eat bacon, with one of the respondents answering: “Some people might be kosher in front of their boyfriend but when they’re not with their boyfriend eat prawns.” That may well be the case for some, but it is hard to see how the BBC thought that such answers would help their audience to understand Judaism better, especially when the video’s producers don’t appear to have thought of asking many orthodox Jews to participate.

It seems that the video was commissioned with the intention of demystifying Judaism for a non-Jewish audience in a humorous and accessible way, but we question the editorial judgement behind the video which saw a selection of Jews, some of whom seemed incredibly ignorant of Judaism and apparently selected from a narrow part of the denominational spectrum, giving very confusing responses to questions that actually did not reflect many of the more common stereotypes about Jews.

Sadly, the comments beneath the video on BBC Three’s Facebook page highlight some of the very antisemitic tropes and misconceptions that the video is supposed to combat. One Facebook user commented: “I like jews [sic] people as long as they don’t [sic] religious” whilst another wrote: “How does it feel to know that your parents mutilated your penis without your informed consent?” Despite not mentioning Israel in the video at all, another Facebook user chimed in: “I wonder how they feel when Israel occupied Palestine?”

The irony of antisemitic comments following a video dealing with antisemitism was not lost on another user who observed that “the video about things not to say to Jews is filled with antisemitism in the comments”.

Whilst we do commend any efforts to counter antisemitism and explain Judaism to the public, we have to question whether the people involved in producing this publicly-funded video applied the level of respect and diligence deserved by the sensitive subject matter. We think that they did not.

With this video, the BBC had the opportunity to dispel stereotypes about Jewish people. Instead, they reinforced them.

Marcin Zych has pleaded guilty to three driving offences and two charges of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress for shouting “You f***ing Jew” at another motorist following a road accident in Craven Park Road in North London in January.

On 14th February, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court fined Mr Zych £250, ordered him to pay court costs and £50 in compensation to his victim, sentenced him to 100 hours of compulsory unpaid community work and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 18 months, but offered him a 4-month reduction in the period of disqualification if he satisfactorily completes a government-approved course.

In January, Mr Zych was seen driving erratically before turning down a cul-de-sac where he crashed his car and shouted “You f***ing Jew” at another motorist. He was prevented from leaving the scene by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, until police officers arrived to arrest him on suspicion of drunk driving and antisemitic abuse.

We welcome this sentence and commend the courageous volunteers of Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their intervention and extremely swift response to this disturbing incident. We also wish to thank the brave witness who testified in the case.

The Athena in Leicester has cancelled a show by David Icke following contact from Campaign Against Antisemitism, Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council. He has now made a terribly dull 17-minute video haranguing us, the venue, a local counter-terrorism police officer and the Council.

Mr Icke preaches to large audiences that the world is run by an evil group mostly consisting of prominent Jews whom he calls “Rothschild Zionists”. He tells his disciples that these “Rothschild Zionists” are in fact inhuman “reptilians” conspiring to cheat all of humanity, with governments, media and banks in their grasp.

We contacted the Athena in Leicester in August last year to alert them to Mr Icke’s views. Subsequently, representatives from Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council approached the venue and made their views clear.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman told the Leicester Mercury: “Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council were made aware of an event due to be held by David Icke and that a number of letters and e-mails from concerned members of the public had already been received by the venue in Leicester. Representatives from both organisations met with the venue’s owners to discuss these public concerns and to ensure the owners of the premises were aware of their obligations under licensing legislation. The venue subsequently decided to cancel the event.”

We commend Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council for stepping in, and the management of the Athena for making the right decision.

The Athena joins a long list of venues which have recently cancelled Mr Icke’s bookings, including Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, Central Hall in Southampton, St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, the Lowry Hotel in Salford, Sheffield City Hall and the Gladstone Theatre in Wirral.

The last time Mr Icke’s event was cancelled at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, he was forced to cram his followers into a strange half-built cellar.

However other shamelessly help Mr Icke to reach a wider audience, such as viral social media video company Unilad which made a special ten-minute video in which Mr Icke spoke about his views, albeit not his invective about “Rothschild Zionists”.

Mr Icke uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred. His preaching is so absurd that since the 1990s he has been dismissed as a crank, but because he is dismissed there has been no major opposition to him and he has built up a following of thousands upon thousands of disciples whom he has persuaded to adamantly believe that the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists”. His repertoire includes conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government.

You may wish to join Campaign Against Antisemitism by sending thanks to the Athena by e-mailing contact@athenacb.co.uk, and also thanking Leicestershire Police using their website and Leicester City Council by e-mailing customer.services@leicester.gov.uk.

Since the publication by blogger David Collier of screenshots showing that Jeremy Corbyn was a participating member in a secret Facebook group in which vehement antisemitism was posted, Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party have attempted to claim that he saw no antisemitism in the group.

However, Mr Corbyn repeatedly joined in discussions within the group, even stooping to personally comment in threads that include the term “Zio”, which even Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party condemned as an unacceptable term of abuse.

The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, implausibly claimed on Sky News that Mr Corbyn left as soon as he became aware of the group’s antisemitic content, but Corbyn’s team even more impausibly claimed that Mr McDonnell was “not right” and that Mr Corbyn had not seen any antisemitic content in the group prior to leaving it.

The screenshots from the group catalogue exchanges between a veritable Who’s Who of antisemites, showing members of the group discussing whether they prefer the term “ZioNazi” to “JewNazi’, and even neo-Nazi comments such as one member’s comment: “am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler]…everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked”. Mr Corbyn, Clive Lewis MP, Mr Corbyn’s son Seb, Jack Bond and other key figures within the Labour Party were all members.

Mr Corbyn’s statements create the impression that he did not know what was happening in the secret Facebook group of which he was a member. That was always implausible, not least because he himself commented on antisemitic posts. But today, John McDonnell told Sky News that Mr Corbyn left the group ‘when he discovered…that there were some people in it who were expressing antisemitic views’. This means that Mr Corbyn knew exactly what was going on but chose not to report it, and in doing so, knowingly protected the antisemites in the group (some of whom the Labour Party has now suspended pending investigation).

The reality is that Mr Corbyn will likely have seen all manner of antisemitic filth from this group in his Facebook feed and sometimes he posted comments on it, so it is probably that he knew exactly what was going on in that group, legitimised it by his participation, and never once stood up to it, in breach of the social media guidelines that his Party has now adopted. Not for the first time we are filing a disciplinary complaint. If Mr Corbyn had any decency he would resign, but as we well know, when it comes to antisemitism he has no decency or credibility whatsoever, and under his leadership neither does the Labour Party.

A document issued today contains screenshots allegedly showing that Jeremy Corbyn was a participating member in a secret Facebook group called “Palestine Live” in which vehement antisemitism was posted, right up until his first weeks as Leader of the Labour Party.

The screenshots, gathered by blogger David Collier, catalogue exchanges which apparently took place within the Facebook group, including discussion of conspiracy myths about the Rothschild family and supposed Israeli involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as links to material produced by neo-Nazi groups.

The Facebook group’s membership reportedly includes numerous antisemites and Jew-baiters, including Paul Eisen, Baroness Jenny Tonge and Gilad Atzmon. Some users are said to have shared articles by conspiracy theorist David Icke and David Duke, former grand wizard of the KKK. Other members of the group allegedly include Thomas Suarez and the journalist, Paul Mason.

Among many chilling posts, the screenshots show members of the group discussing whether they prefer the term “ZioNazi” to “JewNazi’. One member is shown commenting: “am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler]…everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked”. The Labour Party’s logo is also proudly displayed in the group, alongside exhortations to join the Party, even as links to articles from far-right websites such as the Daily Stormer and Veterans Today are circulated by group users.

The Facebook group appears to link those responsible for disseminating extreme antisemitism with a host of current supporters and members of Mr Corbyn’s team, as well as sitting members of the House of Lords and the Labour Party’s leadership team. Clive Lewis MP appears to be a member, as does Mr Corbyn’s son, Seb, as well as a key member of his inner team, Jack Bond. Former Labour councillor Terry Couchman and members of so-called Jewish Voice for Labour also appear to have been present.

Mr Corbyn allegedly stooped to personally comment in threads that include the term “Zio”, which even Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party condemned as an unacceptable term of abuse. He also collaborated with group members to organise an anti-Israel event that took place in his own office. Following the meeting on 3rd October 2017, in a thread contributed to by activists who overtly disseminate antisemitism, Mr Corbyn acknowledges those who organised the event, and apologises for his absence. In one comment he aligns himself with a group member who declares that “Israel is illegitimate” and in another he praises the controversial Dr Mads Gilbert, who has said of the 9/11 attacks: “the oppressed also have a moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with.”

Joseph D. Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “There is no conceivable justification for Jeremy Corbyn’s participation in this group. One of Mr Corbyn’s slogans is ‘standing up, not standing by’, but in this case he has not stood up but instead he actively joined in. As a result of these allegations, we will be filing a disciplinary complaint to the Labour Party against Jeremy Corbyn, Clive Lewis, Sebastian Corbyn and Jack Bond, submitting that participation in such a Facebook group is “grossly detrimental” to the Party under Chapter 2, Clause I (8) of the Party’s rule book, as well as breaching the Labour Party Social Media Policy agreed by the National Executive Committee in 2016, which requires that Party members report “hateful language” by other Labour Party members.

“We will also be reviving our disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn from September 2016 which the Labour Party has ignored until now. We further call on all MPs of all parties to condemn the alleged participation of Mr Corbyn and others within the group.”

It is now nearly two years since Ken Livingstone’s infamous remarks alleging that Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing 6,000,000 Jews”, as a result of which, a full year later, on 4th April 2017, he was tapped only lightly on the wrist at a hearing before the Labour Party’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), which merely suspended his right to hold office in the Party – but not his membership – for one further year, a decision that resulted in dismay and some disbelief in the UK and worldwide. The very next day, on 5th April 2017 Jeremy Corbyn announced a new inquiry into fresh “offensive remarks” Ken Livingstone made following the hearing. Mr Corbyn said: “Since initiating the disciplinary process, I have not interfered with it and respect the independence of the Party’s disciplinary bodies. But Ken’s subsequent comments and actions will now be considered by the National Executive Committee [NEC]”. On the same day, 107 Labour MPs signed a statement deploring the Party’s failure to expel him, deeming Mr Livingstone’s statements to be “Holocaust revisionism”, “insidious racism” and pledging that “we will not allow it  to go unchecked”.

However, events in recent weeks suggest that both Mr Corbyn and those MPs have backed down, further betraying the UK’s Jewish Community.

During early 2017, the Labour party informed at least two senior journalists that Ken Livingstone was to be readmitted to the Labour party once his suspension ended on April 27th 2018.

One of those journalists was Toby Helm, The Observer’s political editor. As a result, Mr Helm published an article in The Guardian on 24th February 2017, headlined: “Ken Livingstone: Ex-London mayor to rejoin Labour as suspension over Hitler remarks ends”. However, later that day he tweeted: “Five hours after I reported that no further action was planned against him, there is such a row that party about turns and says hey ho….new investigation. Shambles.” A few shocked minutes later he tweeted: “Astonishing is the word. they now say the NEC is opening an inquiry into what Livingstone said ten months ago, after his hearing, JC [Jeremy Corbyn] having said they would at the time and then done nothing since!”

Possibly in order to save the Labour Party’s and its journalists’ blushes, The Guardian removed the story and, unusually, substituted a new piece on the same link, with only this surviving tweet remaining to bear witness to the volte face.

Further, The Guardian’s re-written piece reported that ten months after Mr Corbyn’s explicit promise of an inquiry, that inquiry had not even begun, with their journalists being told “in repeated exchanges that no further action was in the pipeline and that the former London mayor was likely be allowed back in as a full member”.

Two days later, a second senior journalist, Jack Blanchard of Politico, who was the Daily Mirror’s former political  editor, was part of a discussion about Ken Livingstone on BBC2’s Daily Politics. 42 minutes into the programme he revealed: “I was told by…Labour HQ some weeks ago they had no doubt that Ken Livingstone was coming back into the Party”. A day later, on February 27th 2017, a Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) meeting witnessed a backlash from some MPs, with the PLP Chair Jon Cryer reportedly saying “There’s a real risk of resignations.”

While we do not know if that threat had any effect on the leadership’s position, on 1st March 2018, the outgoing General Secretary of the Party, Iain McNicol, used his remaining powers to impose a surprise “indefinite”  ‘administrative suspension’ on  Ken Livingstone’s membership of the Party. The move was tactical and reversible, but the timing of it rendered it politically difficult for the NEC to immediately countermand.

Paul Waugh, the Executive Editor of the Huffington Post, was next to brave the murky waters of the Labour Party’s position. In an article he confirmed that “no formal investigation has taken place in the 10 months since the incident.” As part of their furious back-tracking to find excuses for the Party’s lies about a further inquiry, they told him: “work on a formal inquiry was delayed by the avalanche of separate sexual harassment claims last autumn” while Labour employees maintained “the preliminary work had not been acted on by the NEC and staff were baffled by the delay.”

The various excuses from the Labour Party for not executing the enquiry damn them further, as though ten months were not enough, or as though racist antisemitism and misogyny are in a hierarchy of hate, in which Jews or any other group must come second to discrimination against others.

The key facts that apparently emerge are: that the leadership of the Party wishes to protect and return Ken Livingstone to full Party membership; that Jeremy Corbyn personally lied when he said a new enquiry was underway; and that in those ten months after his statement there was no serious proactive attempt, no checks nor prompting by moderate MPs to keep their vow to not let the issue “go unchecked”. For how could they be so shocked and surprised by the decision, if they had in any way kept their promise?

Ken Livingstone has shamelessly revived and disseminated a particular form of Holocaust narrative first used by Soviet propagandists against Jews during the cold war, a tale which was then taken up by the extreme far-right. His tales of collaboration between Zionists and Hitler are a disgusting distortion that attempt to make Jews complicit in their own annihilation: and yet the leadership of the Party, NEC officers and thousands of Labour members support him and those ideas. Keeping the proponent of such a distortion inside the Party for years has enabled antisemites, publicised Labour’s institutionalised antisemitism on the world stage, and brought condemnation from around the world. The now-institutionalised antisemitism of the Labour Party will continue to expose ever more cases and negative reports, but the story of Ken Livingstone’s unashamed twisting of history is the the most telling, and the Party’s largest test: one that it terminally failed long ago, and is further away than ever from resolving.

Iain McNicol’s parting shot in using his powers to indefinitely suspend Mr Livingstone is the final action of the departing ancien regime, one that merely makes it more awkward for the Party to readmit him ‘without fuss’, but which disguises nothing. It is merely a farewell two-fingered salute by the defeated outgoing leadership to those who now run the Party and who clearly wish to protect Mr Livingstone.

To pile insult onto injury, those senior members of the Labour Party briefing journalists that Mr Livingstone would return to the Labour fold did so in the immediate aftermath of Mr Livingstone’s appearance on Iranian state television, where he used the propaganda arm of an Holocaust-denying regime to retell his narrative in a special show for Holocaust Memorial Day itself, an event that resulted in fresh calls for his expulsion.

Campaign Against Antisemitism acknowledges the handful of Labour MPs who have worked heroically to free Labour of antisemitism, but the time has now come for the Jewish community to face the fact that the 107 ‘moderate’ MPs who swore to act are culpable alongside Jeremy Corbyn and his so-called ‘hard-left’ colleagues. Words ceased to be enough two years ago: the entire Party has failed us.

Whatever happens now, when the history of the Labour Party is written, there will be a chapter dedicated to the determined protection of Ken Livingstone, whose Jew-baiting has spanned three decades, but it only became an existential crisis for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, which, by hiding behind protocol, remaining silent and then brazenly lying, has been guilty of defending the indefensible. It will be an unprecedented chapter in the history of the Party, for as one of its own MPs mooted, it could morally condemn it to oblivion. It damns the Labour Party, and corrupts the notion of ‘progressive’ politics associated with it.

Joseph D. Glasman is Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism

Martin Glenn, the Chief Executive Officer of the Football Association, has issued an apology “for any offence caused” after he equated the Star of David with the Nazi swastika and images of the brutal former Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe. The Star of David is a symbol of Jewish pride and Judaism.

Speaking about rules that prohibit the wearing of political symbols at football matches, Mr Glenn cited a number of “highly divisive” symbols, saying: “it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt – these are the things we don’t want.” Mr Glenn was responding to the wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence by the manager of Manchester City Football Club.

We find Mr Glenn’s weak apology “for any offence caused” to be unacceptable. However, even a mealy mouthed apology is a start and an acknowledgement. He must now commit to undertaking education and training on antisemitism. Unless he does so we consider this incident to remain unresolved.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls upon Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the Football Association, to immediately apologise and undergo training after he equated the Star of David with the swastika and images of Robert Mugabe.

Speaking about rules that prohibit the wearing of political symbols at football matches, Mr Glenn cited a number of “highly divisive” symbols, saying: “it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt – these are the things we don’t want.” Mr Glenn was responding to the wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence by the manager of Manchester City Football Club.

The only people who consider the Star of David to be a “highly divisive” symbol are antisemites. Mr Glenn must apologise immediately for his appalling comparison of the Star of David with the swastika and images of Robert Mugabe. He should also commit to undergoing training to understand the Jewish religion and its symbols. We cannot recall ever having come across something like this before.

The controversial viral social media site Unilad has produced a propaganda video for conspiracy theorist David Icke, whom Campaign against Antisemitism exposed in our own video last year.

The video, entitled “David Icke: Conspiracy, Illuminati & Lizards” is a ten-minute long monologue documentary which Unilad has promoted hailing Mr Icke as “the man whose life mission is to expose the nature of reality, inform on what is really happening behind the news headlines and who is really running the world. Full of conspiracy, the illuminati and lizards, we talk to him about his theories and incredible life story.”

The fact is that Mr Icke’s conspiracy theories are not harmless nonsense: they preach a world view in which the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists” who are the product of an alien “reptilian” bloodline. Mr Icke cites many prominent Jews around the world as evidence of “Rothschild Zionist” infiltration of global power structures.

His disciples believe his antisemitic theories about Jews and when we have drawn respectable venues’ attention to his views they have cancelled his appearances, but Unilad decided that he was worthy of a special video documentary.

Unilad’s video has been viewed 1.2 millions times on Facebook alone. It is atrocious that Unilad has decided to broadcast the repugnant views of Mr Icke to an even wider audience.

Complaints should be sent to enquiries@unilad.co.uk.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is proud to be a grassroots organisation that listens to its supporters, many of whom volunteer or donate to support our work. That is why each year we pay careful attention to the reviews left for us on Facebook, especially those that are critical.

Upon reflecting on this year’s reviews, we saw how excluded antisemites feel from our campaign. We have therefore decided that it is time for Campaign Against Antisemitism to become more inclusive, making space for antisemites in our campaign.

“Not enough respect for Hizballah”

Reading online reviews of our work has opened our eyes. For example, Facebook user Nathan Hull was scathing of our one-sidedness when it comes to antisemitism, leaving a one-star review with the comment: “Not enough respect for Hizballah. Too much anti-Corbyn propaganda.” Mr Hull made us stop to think. We will be changing our editorial policy to refer to Hizballah not merely as a “genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation”, instead referring to it as “one of the world’s most hardworking and renowned genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations”. Subtle changes like this can go a long way to making Hizballah supporters feel more welcome in our campaign.

Hizballah was not on everyone’s minds though. A common theme was that we have been quite beastly to antisemites. Facebook user Ryan Carr, had plenty to say in his one-star review, denouncing us as “Just a ‘victim playing’ group who claim to be the ‘victim’ of ‘persecution’ when in reality they are the ‘persecutors’.” Mr Carr made us realise that we have indeed been persecuting antisemites relentlessly in a way that might be considered a bit much. Stephen Bartrup, was even blunter in his one-star review with a simple demand that we: “Respect our British culture and laws” which we understood as a clear call to stop misusing British anti-racism laws to persecute racists who have traditionally been permitted to practise their craft unmolested. We have therefore decided to find ways to encourage and support antisemites who feel unfairly hounded. Suggestions from our supporters would be welcomed.

“Not a charity but a Zionist front”

Others worried about our branding. Author, Labour Party activist, locksmith and Facebook reviewer Daniel Waterman had such a strong point that he repeated it five times in his review: “Not a charity but a Zionist front. Not a charity but a Zionist front. Not a charity but a Zionist front. Not a charity but a Zionist front. Not a charity but a Zionist front.” Alfonso Capazoli also felt we misrepresented ourselves, suggesting in his review that we rename ourselves “Campaign Against Africans”. We are investigating rebranding options, however we are concerned that they might not meet with the approval of traditionalists at the Charity Commission.

Some reviewers did not feel excluded but had valuable feedback. Expert Facebook reviewer Roger Christian left us a cryptic review demanding: “Ask me why you have missed the mark.” We could not resist, and we were glad that we contacted Mr Christian who told us that we would be considered dismal failures until we succeeded in convincing Eton College to close for Yom Kippur.

“Let’s be an inclusive Campaign About Antisemitism, not against it!”

It is time for Campaign Against Antisemitism to be honest about this feedback and take it to heart. Antisemites are usually deeply devoted to their cause, and rather than excluding and persecuting them, we should be making them feel welcome within our campaign.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s newly-appointed Director of Inclusivity, said: “Antisemites and Jews should not have separate organisations working against each other: let’s listen and be an inclusive Campaign About Antisemitism, not against it! There is too much strife in the world already.”

The announcement appropriately comes during the Jewish festival of Purim, a celebration of the thwarting of a genocidal antisemitic plot, when it is also traditional to write serious, non-satirical, introspective treatises called “Purim spiels”.

We know we have a way to go before we earn five-star reviews from antisemites, but from everyone else, your feedback has been generously five-star and we urge you to continue by leaving a review of your own.

And to all of our Jewish supporters, Purim Sameach!

ITV news reporter, Robert Peston, has tweeted that he feels ashamed to support Arsenal after attending the club’s Carabao Cup Final match against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Mr Peston tweeted: “One of those moments when I am ashamed to be Arsenal supporter on way to Wembley because moron gooners [Arsenal fans] singing antisemitic song about how they have foreskins & Spurs fans don’t. Well many of us truer supporters are circumcised as is their/our hero Ozil (I assume). Shut the f up”.

Spurs, the nickname for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, has traditionally enjoyed the support of a large number of Jewish football fans and Campaign Against Antisemitism has reported previously about clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham using antisemitic chants against Spurs fans. The song that Mr Peston is referring to includes the lyrics: “I’ve got a foreskin, haven’t you? F***ing Jew!”

In another tweet, Mr Peston wrote that he felt “racially abused by alleged fellow supporters”.

A spokesperson for Arsenal said: “We absolutely condemn any form of antisemitism at the club. We work hard to encourage diversity and inclusion through The Arsenal for Everyone programme and will continue to drive forward this campaign to our supporters.”

Though Arsenal’s opposition to antisemitism is very welcome, the club must now endeavour to identify and punish the individuals involved. We commend Mr Peston for exposing this disgraceful behaviour by Arsenal fans.

A Twitter account which highlights antisemitism in the Labour Party was suspended by Twitter, reportedly for using an image of a Holocaust-era yellow star.

The suspension of the @GnasherJew account followed an appeal by Unite the Union chief Len McCluskey to report the account to Twitter. Despite this account never previously having been censored by Twitter, it was taken down within 24 hours of Mr McCluskey’s request, referring to it as an account that is “spreading hatred”.

While it cannot be confirmed that the suspension was directly caused by Mr McCluskey’s appeal, we find it odd that as a so-called ‘anti-racist’ and a leading figure within a party with a serious problem with antisemitism, he would choose to pour oil on the fire by attempting to censor those pointing out the racism in its own ranks, or why he would characterise their posts as hateful. Mr McCluskey has previously disputed that Labour has an antisemitism problem at all, claiming allegations of antisemitism were just “mood music” to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and declaring that antisemitism is being exaggerated by the “right-wing media”.

Perhaps Mr McCluskey just could not stand to see the evidence posted day in day out by the @GnasherJew activists on Twitter who prove him wrong.

The account was suspended because Twitter claimed that it breached its rules over hateful imagery. In Nazi Germany, Jews were dehumanised by being forced to wear a yellow star in order to render them easily identifiable by the rest of the population. The activists behind @GnasherJew were told by Twitter that the account was suspended “Specifically for: 1. Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header.” Twitter added that “To unlock your account, you must do the following: Delete the Profile Field that violates our rules.”

Twitter allows extreme antisemitism to go unchecked on a regular basis, and has demonstrably allowed antisemitic comment that has formed part of prosecutions for hate crime in the UK. It was therefore extraordinary that it would censor an account run by an activist who exposes, with evidence, those who break Twitter’s own rules, but against whom they are unwilling to act.

Three Labour MPs, including the Shadow Treasury Minister, have attended an event in Westminster organised by suspended party members accused of antisemitism, the JC has reported.

The event was the launch of the Grassroots Black Left (GBL) group, aimed at revitalising black and ethnic minority participation in left wing politics, however the launch was organised by Labour Against the Witch Hunt, a group set up to protest what it says are false claims of antisemitism within the Labour party.

Labour Against the Witch Hunt has been going through its own internal identity crisis after members were expelled over antisemitism claims, leading to the establishment of a splinter group opposing what it called a witch hunt within Labour Against the Witch Hunt.

Labour MPs Naz Shah, Chris Williamson and Clive Lewis all attended the event, apparently happy to rub shoulders with Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth, both of whom are currently suspended from the Labour Party pending disciplinary hearings.

In an article written in The Morning Star, Deborah Hobson, a chair of GBL, wrote: “Black party members, including disproportionately Muslims, have faced false charges of antisemitism yet the Chakrabarti Report told us that this form of prejudice is not rife in our party.” She went on to claim: “Islamophobia and anti-black racism are much more prevalent but those twin evils have been ignored by Labour. We demand the party leadership publicly defend its supporters who have been purged.”

Another chair of GBL, Hassan Ahmed is reported to have said “Black party members, including GBL’s Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker, have faced suspensions in a witch hunt against Jeremy Corbyn supporters, but we remain firm in our support for the Labour leader and his progressive politics.”

Naz Shah and Chris Williamson are no strangers to controversy, both having been strongly criticised, Naz Shah for comments she admitted were antisemitic, and Chris Williamson for claiming that antisemitism allegations within the Party were “proxy wars and bulls***”.

Naz Shah, Chris Williamson and Clive Lewis must urgently explain why they felt comfortable attending and legitimising this event.

Jason Galvin, a 46-year-old plumber from Oxford, has been convicted of using a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety under section 127 of the Communication Act 2003 after sending a torrent of antisemitic abuse to a Jewish man whom he incorrectly believed had failed to pay for his services.

On 21st April 2017, after making a repair at the Jewish man’s flat, Mr Galvin said he would give the customer a quote but would be charging a £50 call out fee in the meantime. Although the customer paid the bill immediately by bank transfer, Mr Galvin did not check his bank account and sent him messages such as “you Jewish f***ing c***” and “all you people are the same”, continuing to harass the customer with two threatening calls and e-mails too, telling the man that he wanted to murder him. He later realised that he had been paid and sent an e-mail saying he was “extremely sorry”. The Jewish man reported the matter to the police who arrested Mr Galvin in the early hours of 22nd April 2017.

Mr Galvin was found to have a violent past, having already been charged with racially aggravated public disorder over an incident involving a traffic warden in 2004 and with battery for domestic abuse in 2012.

Mr Galvin pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 11th January, saying that he had been drinking at the time and was very sorry and ashamed. He was ordered to pay a fine of £300, costs of £85, compensation of £100 and a victim surcharge £30. He was also referred to a restorative justice programme to facilitate an apology.

The victim told CST, which had provided him with assistance during the case: “I was completely thrown by the vehemence and volume of his attack on me. I was frightened for my wife. We are two elderly people in our flat and he knew how to get to us. It was a horrible experience.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends the victim, CST, Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their parts in this case.

Sadly, prosecutions for antisemitic crime are few and far between. Campaign Against Antisemitism helps victims of antisemitic crime to ensure that crimes against them are prosecuted. If you have been the victim of an antisemitic crime or you have witnessed an antisemitic crime, please contact investigations@antisemitism.uk. You can also read our guide to the law on antisemitism at antisemitism.uk/law.

Image credit: Steve Daniels

Every year at universities across the country, ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ sees a flurry of antisemitic speakers and demonstrations on British campuses. Each year, we are contacted by Jewish students who are unsure of their rights, what they can do, and how we can help them.

Following a great deal of work by Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others, the British government became the first in the world to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism in 2016, following which the then Minister of State for Universities reminded all universities of the definition and their obligation to protect their Jewish students. Although it offered no new measures, his call was backed by the Prime Minister.

Some universities such as the University of Exeter and the University of Central Lancashire showed principled leadership and banned ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events, whereas others, like the University of Sussex, rolled out the red carpet.

Last year, by the end of ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, which often runs for more than one week, students were making videos complaining about problematic events being cancelled. We hope that there might be similar successes in stopping extremist, antisemitic or abusive events this year, despite unhelpful comments by the former Minister of State for Universities in December 2017.

Universities and students’ unions are governed by complex rules and laws, including the government’s Prevent counter-extremism strategy, the public sector equality duty, charity law and numerous other requirements. It can be complicated to enforce the law, but we are here to help. Today we have sent a simple guide to students explaining how we can help them to enforce their rights. The guide has been sent to Jewish Societies directly but it can also be downloaded by anybody from our website.

 

To be perfectly clear, Campaign Against Antisemitism has no objection to robust political discourse about Israel, but there must be zero tolerance for antisemitic discourse disguised as political criticism. We call on universities to abide by their moral and legal obligation to protect Jewish students. We are keen to hear from students who are experiencing antisemitism on campus, or who are aware of recent and future events of concern via e-mail at campus@antisemitism.uk.

Labour activist and Palestine Solidarity Campaign founder Tony Greenstein has been expelled from the Labour Party following a lengthy disciplinary process. Mr Greenstein has been expelled from the Party once before but he was allowed to rejoin.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The National Constitutional Committee (NCC) of the Labour Party has today found that all three charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Tony Greenstein have been found proved. The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for the breach of Labour Party rules will be expelled from membership. The Labour Party will make no further comment on this matter.”

According to a copy of the Labour Party’s legal arguments linked to by Mr Greenstein, the three charges all related to comments made by Mr Greenstein on social media and his blog. The first charge related to “repeatedly using ‘zio’ as a term of derision, stating ‘Gay zionists make me want to puke’ and referring to others as ‘Zionist scum’”, the second charge related to abuse including calling Labour MP Louise Ellman a “supporter of child abuse” and the third charge relates to an e-mail sent by Mr Greenstein to the General Secretary of the Labour Party in which he appeared to make a distasteful joke about the Nazis’ so-called “final solution”, their plan to annihilate European Jewry.

The Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8, which was used to expel Mr Greenstein, states: “No member of the party shall engage in conduct which in the opinion of the NEC [National Executive Committee] is prejudicial, or in any act which in the opinion of the NEC is grossly detrimental to the party.”

The case has taken a long time to reach its conclusion and Mr Greenstein has attacked the process itself, taking legal action to delay the hearing and also suing the Labour Party over its decision not to tell him the names of his accusers, leading Brighton County Court to rule on 9th January that Mr Greenstein is “intense and combative” and “Whilst he claims to be viewed out of context he has within document repeatedly used language which is offensive in any context — ‘racist Zios’ ‘fascist scum’ to give two small examples.”

In response to Mr Greenstein’s expulsion, Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Even following the verdict, Tony Greenstein has continued to shamelessly call people ‘Zios’ on social media as he had done with impunity until this decision. We are pleased that the Labour Party has at long last begun to expel those it finds guilty of abusive conduct, but its action is more than two years overdue. It must end Baroness Chakrabarti’s practice of secret hearings and urgently and transparently hear the hundreds of stalled cases awaiting decisions. We must not forget that this is still a party that counts Jackie Walker, Ken Livingstone and hundreds of others like them among its members.”

A far-right hate speaker from Poland has cancelled a planned UK visit following a public outcry and pleas to the Home Office to get his entry blocked.

Rafał Ziemkiewicz, an author and journalist in his native Poland was due to give talks at events in Bristol, Cambridge and Slough, according to The Guardian but following concerns from MPs and campaigners about hate speech, the appearances have reportedly been cancelled.

Recently, Mr Ziemkiewicz expressed revolting views on Polish television following the Polish government’s controversial Holocaust bill. Whilst appearing as a guest on Polish channel TVP, the host and Mr Ziemkiewicz mocked critics of the Polish government’s Holocaust bill, joking that death camps should be referred to as “Jewish death camps” and Jews had a part to play in their own slaughter during the Holocaust. The TVP host later apologised for his comments, however Mr Ziemkiewicz said he didn’t regret using the term “Jewish death camps.”

Mr Ziemkiewicz has also been accused of describing Muslims as “invaders” and “barbarians” and saying that “gays should be fought against” in an article featured in the weekly Polish news magazine Newsweek Polska.

Campaign Against Antisemitism commends those whose work resulted in Mr Ziemkiewicz cancelling his speaking tour.

Image credit: Adrian Grycuk

YouTube star David Vujanic, who was fêted by Jeremy Corbyn for his anti-racist work following an interview last week, has apologised for years of antisemitic tweets. Last week he interviewed Mr Corbyn who praised him, and was photographed clasping hands with him. The interview has now been deleted and so have the tweets.

Political blog Guido Fawkes discovered a number of antisemitic tweets, following which Campaign Against Antisemitism has unearthed even more.

Mr Vujanic had tweeted in 2012 that “Hitler was playing the Jew challenge game”.

In another message that year, he had said that “Jew goals are my specialty on FIFA”, a computer game. Some players of the game have taken to referring to a goal scored by one player who did very little on the back of skilful play by another player as a “Jew goal”, the implication being that Jews are lazy parasites benefitting from the work of others.

We also found evidence that Mr Vujanic subscribed to the stereotype of Jews as wealthy and miserly. In 2011 he tweeted: “#YouKnowSomeonesRich if they’re Jewish”. In 2012 he wrote: “My Jewish boy that has 15k in the bank asked for his 10p back that he borrowed me”. The same year he also wrote: “How can my friend @smythe92 PAINT his [tyre] rims black instead of getting new ones…..pains me to say he’s Jewish too.”

However some of Mr Vujanic’s comments are more recent. In 2014 he wrote: “As long as the USA is funded by the Zionist lobby. Violence outbreaks will remain. It’s all about the £££”.

Having been caught, Mr Vujanic has now apologised and deleted the tweets, writing: “Hi everyone, some of my old tweets have been unearthed and they’re absolutely vile. I want to apologise sincerely. My younger self was completely ignorant, unaware and stupid. These tweets do not represent my beliefs and views. Discrimination is NEVER acceptable. Love, David”

A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said: “David Vujanic’s old tweets were absolutely vile and he is right to apologise for them and recognise that hate and discrimination have no place in our society.”

Mr Vujanic’s apology notwithstanding, questions remain over how Mr Corbyn’s team could possibly have set up an interview in which he fêted someone who had expressed clear antisemitic views as a leading light against racism. It is not the first time.

Leaked Twitter messages reportedly written by Julian Assange, the controversial founder of Wikileaks, included a disturbing attack on a journalist.

In August 2016, Associated Press journalist Raphael Satter had helped to write a story about the damage done to individuals by Wikileaks’ unredacted disclosures, and when he tweeted about it, Mr Assange reportedly wrote a message in a private Twitter messaging group using the Wikileaks verified Twitter account: “He’s always been a rat. But he’s Jewish and engaged with the ((()))) issue.”

The round brackets refer to a neo-Nazi device called “echoes” whereby they placed Jewish people’s names between three sets of round brackets in order to identify them for targeting. In response, many prominent figures decided to appropriate the device by using it in their own name on Twitter.

Wikileaks previously referred to the round brackets, tweeting in July 2016: “Tribalist symbol for establishment climbers? Most of our critics have 3 (((brackets around their names))) & have black-rim glasses. Bizarre.” Jews are often accused of tribal collusion by neo-Nazis. The tweet was later deleted.

In 2013, a Wikileaks employee said that he had left the organisation because he said that Mr Assange had close links to notorious antisemite Israel Shamir.

In 2011, Andrew O’Hagan, who had hoped to ghostwrite Mr Assange’s autobiography, claimed that Mr Assange had “uttered, late at night, many casual libels, many sexist or antisemitic remarks”.

Mr Assange currently lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has claimed political asylum.

He has previously denied being antisemitic, saying: “We treasure our strong Jewish support and staff, just as we treasure the support from pan-Arab democracy activists and others who share our hope for a just world.”

A senior official in the GMB union, Neil Smith, is reportedly under investigation for allegedly retweeting a tweet by a conspiracy theorist which claimed that the Rothschild banking and philanthropic family “own 80% of Israel” and asked: “Do Blairites weaponise antisemitism against Corbyn supporters?”

It has repeatedly been claimed by supporters of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party have been trumped up or used by enemies of Mr Corbyn to undermine him.

Mr Smith is GMB’s regional political officer for the North West of England and Ireland.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has approached Mr Smith and GMB for their comments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Binyomin Gilbert is Programme Manager at Campaign Against Antisemitism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Timothy himself staunchly denied the allegations against him personally.

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

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

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

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