Malia Bouattia, President of the National Union of Students, has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia then drew further condemnation in July when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative.

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

It is outrageous that Malia Bouattia has been invited to the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony whilst remaining totally unrepentant over her past comments and actions.

Shomrim North West London has released CCTV footage showing a man repeatedly vandalising cars parked outside a synagogue and Jewish community centre. The most recent vandalism occurred outside Od Yosef Chai synagogue on Finchley Lane in Barnet, London at 20:35 on 15th January. Each time the man passes the building, he vandalises the cars parked outside, but does not vandalise the cars parked outside other buildings.

Witnesses have been asked to contact the police on 101 or Shomrim North West London on 0300 999 1234.

Greater Manchester Police are hunting Manchester City Football Club fans who shouted antisemitic slogans on a tram on their way to watch their team play against Tottenham Hotspur at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester City fans bellowed at passengers: “F*** off, you F***ing yids! F***ing gas isn’t good enough for ya!” They continued: “You’re getting gassed in the morning, gassed in the morning!”

Looking on was a fellow Manchester City fan, Anthony Fallon, who was horrified. He captured the incident on his smartphone, so that he could provide the footage to Greater Manchester Police. He told Manchester Evening News: “I’m not sure if there were Tottenham fans on the tram or if it was just City fans trying to cause a melée between themselves or a raucous atmosphere, but they started saying ‘come on you Spurs’. The City fans next to me, two men in their 50s, then started chanting ‘You’re getting gassed in the morning’. It was making people very uncomfortable and there was a guy who obviously couldn’t wait to get off the tram. It was like being back in the 1980s. I went to a game in Leeds in 1983 where fans were throwing banana peels at a black player. This was like a throwback to the 1980s. I haven’t heard anything like that, certainly not in the last decade. I was completely taken aback. They need to be identified. This was not just borderline racism, it was bile and hatred.”

Mr Fallon’s smartphone then caught the fans’ attention. One tells him: “Hey mate, don’t be f***ing filming everybody. I’m f***ing camera shy me, do you know what I mean? You need permission to film in public. It’s a fact so don’t do it.”

The incident took place on a Metrolink tram travelling from Market Street to the Etihad Stadium at approximately 17:10 on Saturday 21st January.

A spokesman for Transport for Greater Manchester said: “We’re extremely disappointed to see this kind of mindless behaviour taking place on a tram. This vile and hateful language has no place on football terraces, public transport or anywhere else. We will gladly work with police to bring these individuals to justice so we strongly urge anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.”

A spokesman for Manchester City Football Club said: “Manchester City strongly condemns the use of any antisemitic language and we are co-operating with the investigation into this matter.”

Greater Manchester Police have not yet issued photographs of any suspects.

We commend Anthony Fallon for his presence of mind and for ensuring that this incident was brought to the attention of the police and the media. Any witnesses should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101.

Two Polish football hooligans who sprayed antisemitic graffiti and football slogans across Tunbridge Wells in a one-night rampage have been sentenced to spend 22 weeks in prison.

On 17th November 2016, Sebastian Tancula and Damian Filipek met at Stansted Airport and went out drinking. Filipek, a scrapyard worker who has been in the UK for four years and Tancula, who was visiting, painted slogans on twenty homes and businesses across Tunbridge Wells. Maidstone Crown Court heard that whilst one of the men vandalised the buildings, the other prevented members of the public from stopping him. Customers and staff at a pub alerted the police and one customer even tailed the men until the police arrived, finding them with their hands covered in red paint — “literally red-handed” as prosecutor Mary Jacobson put it.

The graffiti consisted of football slogans such as “Wisla Sharks” accompanied by “Amti Jude” meaning “anti-Jewish” and a star of David. In Poland the fans of Wisla Sharks are infamous for violence and antisemitism.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council was left with a clean-up bill of £2,641 but the court heard that most of the businesses and homes affected would need to undertake further repair work at their own cost. One of the businesses was due to have its grand opening the day after the crimes were committed, causing its owners “outrage, shock and upset”.

Craig Evans, defending Filipek, said the scrapyard worker was “sincerely remorseful” and Danny Moore, defending Tancula, said the machine operator was not antisemitic and was merely directing hatred at the Jewish fans of rival team Wisla Krakow, rather than the wider community more generally, which he seems to have felt was a defence.

Krakow’s Jewish population consisted of 60,000 men, women and children before the Holocaust, but the Jewish population now stands at a few hundred people.

At Maidstone Crown Court, Tancula and Filipek pleaded guilty to eighteen offences of criminal damage and two offences of racially aggravated criminal damage for the antisemitic slogans. Sentencing them, Judge Charles Macdonald QC said that “The expression of such antisemitic ideas is deeply offensive”.

A swastika found on a London Underground Northern Line train has been reported following Campaign Against Antisemitism’s appeal for witnesses to any antisemitic behaviour in North West London this weekend to contact Shomrim.

A member of the public contacted North West London Shomrim after finding the swastika drawn in marker pen on a train in either the last or the second-from-last carriage of a Northern Line train which left Edgware station between 19:00 and 20:00 on Saturday night, departing from platform 2. North West London Shomrim have reported the graffiti to the police over a possible link to the spate of antisemitic incidents over the weekend which included Jews being pelted with eggs and a brick covered in antisemitic slurs being hurled through a Jewish family’s window.

If you saw anything suspicious, please contact Shomrim North West London.

An advertisement for the film Denial which will open in cinemas later this month has been defaced with antisemitic graffiti. A photograph of Jewish actress Rachel Weisz, who plays Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt, was defaced with the word “B-Witch” and a star of David. Other actors were labelled as “Creep”. The film retells the story of how antisemitic Holocaust denier David Irving sued Lipstadt and her publisher for libel after she called him an antisemitic Holocaust denier in one of her books. He lost and the case bankrupted him.

The defaced poster was reported by Shomrim North West London, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

The calm of the Jewish sabbath (Shabbat) was shattered yesterday as a brick covered in swastikas was hurled through the window of a Jewish family’s home, Jewish pedestrians were pelted with eggs and a swastika was drawn on another home.

Shomrim North West London, a volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol run by the Jewish community, have reported that in three seemingly separate incidents, Jews were sought out for racist attacks.

The first incident came as Jewish families walked home from attending traditional Friday night dinner at friends’ and families’ homes. At approximately 22:30, a car was seen driving down Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware, from which the occupants hurled eggs at recognisably-Jewish pedestrians.

As day broke on Saturday, a brick on which swastikas and antisemitic slurs were drawn was thrown through the window of a Jewish family’s home in Edgware, leaving them feeling unsafe in their own home.

Then, later in the day, police discovered a swastika on a residential building on Watford Way, Mill Hill.

Shomrim North West London is appealing for any witnesses to call them on 0300 999 1234. The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating the incidents.

These were hit-and-run attacks on Jewish families at night. Antisemitic crime is on the rise and these cowardly attacks must lead to arrests and convictions. Jewish families in our capital should not be living in fear of antisemitic attacks.

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers Corbyn, a climate forecaster and fervent supporter of his brother, has issued his latest long-term prediction on Twitter: that Jewish conspirators and the Royal Family will force Donald Trump into war, just like they did to Hitler.

Piers Corbyn retweeted @whiteknight0011, a notorious neo-Nazi who declared that “They will force Trump in to war What do you think happened to Hitler? Bilderberg CIA IMF Banker Gangsters They are the problem” along with four images.

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

Piers and Jeremy have a long history of political solidarity. Piers has boasted of the family’s anti-racist credentials, but the mask is slipping. The man who now broadcasts that the Jews were responsible for the Second World War, is the same that claimed a Jewish conspiracy against his brother: when Jewish MP Louise Ellman complained of antisemitic attacks against her, Piers Corbyn accused her of using it as a cover for political attack, tweeting: “ABSURD! JC+ All #Corbyns are committed #AntiNazi. #Zionists cant cope with anyone supporting rights for #Palestine”. Brother Jeremy’s response: “He’s not wrong”.

The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Corbyn household. Jeremy Corbyn has not publicly repudiated his brother, nor any number of individuals in the Labour Party attacking the Jewish community. We would like to think it is time to start, but have long realised that any pretence that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is ‘anti-racist’ are now history.

What will happen next? Will Piers Corbyn say he didn’t notice the images? It’s impossible to comprehend the text without looking at the images. Will Jeremy Corbyn rally to his brother’s defence as he has before? Will they ignore the incident?

Jeremy Corbyn endorsed his brother’s views last time he alleged there was a Jewish conspiracy. Now that tweeting Jewish conspiracies is perfectly normal in the Labour Party of today, maybe Jeremy Corbyn will give his brother a peerage.

A couple out for a walk along the Grand Union Canal in Ealing were shocked to find graffiti depicting a star of David hanging from a gallows. Their daughter, Liorah Tchiprout shared a photo on Facebook and commented: “My lovely parents went for a walk yesterday afternoon by Grand Union Canal near their home in Ealing, West London and saw this. Lovely. I’m making this public so it can be shared. Just in case people don’t believe that antisemitism is still alive and well in the UK.”

A hard-hitting feature by Rosamund Urwin in London’s Evening Standard has exposed to London’s public the sad truth that most British Jews have long known: that SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, might just as well be named the School of Antisemitism.

Noting SOAS students’ reputation for championing civil rights, and its proud tradition of nurturing future activists from 133 countries around the world, Urwin calls out the festering antisemitism that stains SOAS’s image with hypocrisy. Urwin is scathing in her analysis, pointing out that SOAS Students’ Union has a People of Colour Officer, two Anti-Racism Officers and an Equality and Liberation Co-President.

Urwin calls out the festering antisemitism that stains SOAS’s image with hypocrisy.

In December the cross-bench peer Baroness Deech told the Daily Telegraph’s Education Editor, Camilla Turner, that “amongst Jewish students there is gradually a feeling that there are certain universities that you should avoid — definitely SOAS”.

Incidents at SOAS have been causing serious concern, and those concerns centre around the activities of SOAS Palestine Society. Urwin notes that the Palestine Society is a dominant force on campus: “The Israel-Palestine conflict dominates discussion of global affairs at many universities but nowhere more so than at SOAS. In 2015 the union held a referendum where it voted to boycott Israel. And last year, it held an Israeli Apartheid Week ‘to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies over the Palestinian people’.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism can reveal that the Palestine Society receives more funding than all but two of the 187 other non-sport societies at SOAS, receiving approximately 8% of the funds spent on non-sport societies every year.

It seems unlikely that the current leaders of the Palestine Society will face any consequences for arranging an antisemitic lecture on their campus.

In November, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a complaint over an antisemitic event lecture organised by SOAS Palestine Society and the response we received showed little urgency. SOAS told us that the Students’ Union — a separate body — had investigated and was now in discussions with the Charity Commission. We found that the Students’ Union had declared the event not to have been antisemitic and that is what they told the Charity Commission. We wrote to the Charity Commission to set the record straight, but now it seems that nobody at SOAS intends to do anything to right this wrong until the Charity Commission has investigated, which is likely to take until after the protagonists have graduated and left SOAS for good. It seems unlikely that the current leaders of the Palestine Society will face any consequences for arranging an antisemitic lecture on their campus.

Shortly after the antisemitic lecture, in response to criticism, the Palestine Society planned a new event. SOAS’s Jewish students discovered that the Palestine Society planned to hold an event defining antisemitism, telling Jews what they are allowed to find offensive, and attempting to justify certain forms of Jew-hatred. It is hard to imagine SOAS inviting a speaker to tell black or gay students that they are no longer allowed to be offended by certain types of racism or homophobia — such an event would trigger a national outcry. In this case, there was only a Jewish outcry, and Palestine Society was quietly pressed to cancel the event, which they did.

“Some students tell me they are too scared to wear the star of David, or speak Hebrew”

Intimidation of Jewish students at SOAS is not difficult, mainly because the Jewish student population is small: Urwin discovered a 2016 Freedom of Information request which found that only 39 of the 5,900 students at SOAS admitted to being Jewish on their signup forms, and Avrahum Sanger, President of SOAS Jewish Society says that only about seven are active in Jewish life on campus, such that it is. “Some students tell me they are too scared to wear the star of David, or speak Hebrew, and Israeli students don’t want to attend Jewish events because they’re afraid of being singled out,” Sanger tells Urwin. He continues: “Even I feel uneasy when I go into the student union. And yet someone from the student union told me that the anti-racism officers didn’t have a mandate to address antisemitism as it wasn’t in their manifesto. Anyway, the only form of antisemitism people think of here is Hitler.”

It is no surprise. Graffiti found at SOAS in April last year threatened “BDS or else”, referring to the campaign to sever all ties with Israel. But Israel is the place from which Judaism originates and where half of the world’s Jewish population lives. Since its establishment it has been the one country that offers persecuted Jews from around the world unconditional safe haven. It is the religious and cultural heart of Judaism. To tell Jews that they will be treated as pariahs unless they renounce all connection to Israel and Israelis is antisemitic. Yet not only is that what SOAS’ few Jewish students are expected to do according to their Students’ Union, this graffiti appears to be threatening violence if they fail to comply. Few incidents are recorded in graffiti however, and we hear of too many incidents in which Jewish students are told, for example: “Why don’t you and your family f*** off to Israel?”

It is sobering to imagine for a moment that you are a Jewish student returning from lectures, and you stumble upon a vigil held for terrorist thugs who killed Jews for being Jews at the behest of genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations like Hamas.

The influence of extremism on campus is also clear, though rarely highlighted. One such glimpse came in November 2015, when the Palestine Society organised a “vigil” commemorating the deaths of 72 Palestinian “martyrs” despite the fact that some of the “martyrs” were Islamist terrorists who had been killed attempting to murder Israeli Jews for being Jews, and who had declared allegiance to terrorist groups proscribed under EU and British terrorism laws. The absurd coverage of the resulting controversy in SOAS Spirit, a student newspaper, shows the nature of discourse on campus. It is sobering to imagine for a moment that you are a Jewish student returning from lectures, and you stumble upon a vigil held for terrorist thugs who killed Jews for being Jews at the behest of genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisations like Hamas.

Sanger feels that the situation is desperate. He revealed to Urwin that he has proposed an emergency motion at the Students’ Union, calling for equality for Jewish students. Having to propose such a motion at a major British university in 2017 should be the stuff of nightmares, not reality. Sanger’s motion highlights the disappearance of kosher provision and the withdrawal of a Jewish prayer area. He also wants the Students’ Union to appoint a Jewish Officer to work with the Anti-Racism Officers and to help to organise a workshop on antisemitism in Freshers’ Week.

Campaign Against Antisemitism continues to pursue its complaints with SOAS and the Charity Commission. We are extremely grateful to Rosamund Urwin for her coverage of this issue, and to Avrahum Sanger for his bravery in standing up to antisemitism at SOAS.

Earlier this week we asked Manchester City Council to impose a fine and licence conditions on the O2 Apollo theatre for providing a platform to antisemitic hate preacher David Icke, who delivered a twelve-hour sermon on his world view, including his notorious segment on the supposed conspiracy he calls “Rothschild Zionism”. We asked witnesses to the performance to e-mail us, and interestingly Icke’s associates urged his disciples to contact us. We have received numerous e-mails from Icke’s devotees unanimously reassuring us that Icke is no antisemite, and his message is one of love and compassion.

We decided to publish extracts below, unedited save for the grammar and spelling.

While their comments are patently risible, they are also highly dangerous. They illustrate how easy it is for a demagogue like Icke to convince people that age-old antisemitic conspiracy myths are real. Icke passionately warns his followers that the “Rothschild Zionists” have the world in their grip, and that even the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion should be heeded. It is perhaps unsurprising that people who are willing to pay up to £80 to be lectured for twelve hours straight by Icke are susceptible to his views. It is, nonetheless, extremely alarming. He preys on ordinary people who are suggestible, and persuades them that he is revealing a hidden truth, and that they cannot trust anybody else to be honest with them. Like a cult leader, he “wakes them up” from the “dreamworld” they were living in before they met him.

Take David Wright for example. He resoundingly endorsed Icke’s philosemitic credentials, telling us: “Just because he believes a Jewish elite run the world doesn’t make him an antisemite.” In a separate e-mail, he assured us that: “David Icke is nothing like an antisemite,” reinforcing the point with a link to David Icke’s “Rothschild Zionism” speech.

Kevin Whittle sent us an equally impassioned rebuttal of the accusation that Icke is an antisemite: “Mr Icke did indeed mention the Rothschild Zionists and global elite who are factually running things in this world. He also gave proof of this in his presentation. More and more people understand what the Rothschild Zionists have done to the world […]. Problem is they have 80% of the lobby in the UK and practically own the US congressionals. When talking about Zionism David always referred to the Rothschild Zionists to make it clear to the thought police he was talking about a particular faction hiding behind the Jewish faith.”

Kaya Davidson expressed her indignation at the notion that Icke is an antisemite thus: “It is my understanding that he believes, upon conducting extensive unbiased research, a group of Zionists control the media, many political decisions that affect us all. How is that antisemitic?”

Bob Alford suggested that broadening our choice of reading matter would help us to understand Icke better: “May I recommend you read a book called ‘The falsification of history’ by John Hamer. Here you will find documented and remembered proof about the Hitler myth. (I am NOT a neo-Nazi, by the way, before you start accusing me of causing all the s*** the ‘Jews’ bring on themselves for self pity. Check it out, they even have a word for it.)” In order to leave us in absolutely no doubt that he is “NOT a neo-Nazi”, Mr Alford added a postscript: “There’s a great video on YouTube called ‘Adolf Hitler – the greatest story NEVER told’. If you are non-biased, give it a look, you might learn something you’re not taught to believe. Then, who knows, you might even find some self respect and pack in your well-paid job of attacking ‘antisemites’ for your Zionist masters.” The Greatest Story Never Told is a virulently antisemitic film that seeks to rehabilitate Hitler and his policies, while blaming Jews for the circumstances that led to World War 2.

A fan writing in under the name “Tym R”, in his defence of Icke, adds Holocaust denial to classic antisemitic conspiracy theory: “…a nefarious cabal of Khazar-Ashkenazi ersatz Jews of convenience control the world to the global society’s detriment and have hijacked the term ‘antisemitic’ (as per the six million Holohoax fiction).”

These sentiments expressed to us by Icke’s fans are representative of the vast majority of those who contacted us after attending his show. They insist that Icke, an advocate for love and compassion, cannot possibly be antisemitic because he is only telling the truth about Jews. We would urge them to acquaint themselves with the International Definition of Antisemitism, recently adopted by the British government. It cites various examples of antisemitism, including:

  • Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions; and
  • 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).

Many correspondents allowed their enthusiasm for defending Icke to lure them into another antisemitic conspiracy theory, insisting that accusations of antisemitism only exist to shut down criticism of Israel. The International Definition of Antisemitism identifies these practices as antisemitic, especially:

  • 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);
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis; and
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

But Kate Coley e-mailed us to inform us that: “David Icke may use a different definition of Zionism to the one that you use.” There is only one useful definition of Zionism: it is the aspiration of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral homeland — an ideal that has always been central to Judaism. Other definitions of Zionism are almost always manufactured by antisemites. Icke can be found on video clearly distinguishing between the Jews he approves of (those who disavow Israel) and those he regards as objectionable (Zionists). Over 90% of British Jews identify as Zionists.

A man calling himself “Neil” was scathing about the the Jewish right to self-determination: “I have come to learn a lot about Zionism and find it repulsive. All my friends and family understand the sickness that is Zionism, and all their friends and family have been duly enlightened.” Wendy Steele went further: “I have lived long enough to see the Israelis behave worse than the Nazis. On that, it was a great number of Jewish bankers who brought that pathetic wee man, Hitler to power.” A correspondent who identified himself only as “hocusfocus” agreed wholeheartedly: “It is evident to many of us now that the Israeli regime is akin to Nazi Germany”

A fan e-mailing under the name of “scousepies” was convinced that Israel is behind far-right extremisim: “Zionism is not Judaism. It bears no resemblance to it — it only hijacks the religion as a front for other activities. Same as the Vatican does with Christianity, same as the KKK does, same as any extremist minds warp their views and goals into a more acceptable front…Exposing a group of people who claim to be ‘Jews’ when in fact they are only using that religion as a front to hide the fact they are Satanists is not hating Jewish people.”

Max Johnson reminded us of a more modern conspiracy theory that is popular among antisemites: “The sad realisation that 9/11 was an inside job carried out by Israeli dual nationals in the Bush administration brought me to the conclusion; over the last 15 years we have been lied to and manipulated which is absolutely disgusting.”

E-mails continue to pour in from the many people all over the world that Icke has convinced that “Rothschild Zionists” are behind many of the world’s ills.

Icke is a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher who uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred towards Jewish people by repeating centuries-old libels, as well as the same conspiracy myths that were used by Nazi Germany to justify the Holocaust. His appearance at the O2 Apollo in Manchester was the only UK appearance of his international tour. Not only did the O2 Apollo allow Icke to address their packed venue for twelve hours, they profited from it. Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to Manchester City Council asking that they fine the venue an amount in excess of the profits from the evening and impose licence conditions so that this does not happen again.

You may wish to contact O2’s Chief Executive, Mark Evans, at mark.evans@telefonica.com to let him know how you feel about the decision by the O2 Apollo, which O2 sponsors, to host a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher to address a sell-out audience for twelve hours. You may also want to contact Manchester City Council’s Licensing Unit at premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk setting out how you feel about the venue hosting speakers of this nature.

Leeds Crown Court has heard that a 17-year-old prepared a viable homemade bomb in preparation for an “all-out race war”. The defendant is allegedly a member of National Action, a violent neo-Nazi group which recruits teenage children and university students. The Home Secretary designated National Action a proscribed terrorist organisation last month after a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism and others.

Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson told the jury that the teenage defendant made a viable bomb using fireworks after seeking out instructions on the internet. He said that the defendant often wore a business suit, but beneath his respectable veneer he was an unabashed neo-Nazi who allegedly sent friends racist Snapchat messages, leading to police being alerted to what he was preparing.

When police entered his bedroom they found it festooned with Nazi flags including the swastika and the emblem of Hitler’s Waffen SS. His laptop screensaver was an image of a Nazi eagle over a Swastika and Hitler’s famous slogan: “Ein volk, ein reich, ein führer” (one people, one nation, one führer). Police found the bomb in a drawer.

According to the prosecution, police found that after he became involved with National Action, the defendant had written online: “Focusing on making homemade weapons [guns] and explosives, as well as amassing a collection of knives. We don’t have any right to bears arms, so the resistance has to learn to construct its own weapons.” He began attending National Action rallies and participating in sticker campaigns to spread their message, the prosecutor said. In early June, he wrote to a friend on Facebook Messenger: “The IRA is where we get most of our techniques from. We follow them religiously, the way they operated in an urban environment. The way they blended into the population. Urban guerrilla warfare is what we need to learn.” He also posted: “I wish the Nazis had won the war. I wish I could have lived back then and fought alongside the British free Korps, and had the privilege of praising the Führer. Hail Hitler!”

The court heard that the defendant attended a meeting with his mother last July at his college after being found to have put up racist posters. He allegedly dressed in a combat jacket and trousers and steel-capped army boots, and made clear his views that the Holocaust did not happen and that whites were more important than other races.

The prosecution alleges that the defendant was preparing an “all-out race war” and that he praised the methods of the man who murdered Jo Cox, writing on social media following the brutal murder: “Absolute f***ing legend. He’s a hero, we need more people like him to butcher the race traitors.” The defendant, whose name has not been released, denies a charge of preparing a terrorist act and an alternative count of making a explosive device. He allegedly told police: “I’ve simply been fooling around with fireworks and showing them off to my peers in my naivety; I have never had the intention to cause any harm to any person.”

The prosecutor told the jury: “As we will hear in due course, [the defendant] did something with a pipebomb that was less to do with ‘f***ing around with them’ and more to do with an ideological war he was waging.”

We are following the trial with interest.

As if attempting to inflict more public wounds on its tattered reputation, the once anti-racist Labour Party has today dropped its investigation into the rampant antisemitism at the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), clearing the two members under investigation.

This verdict is an insult to the intelligence of the Jewish community, and adds that insult to the already traumatic injury to Labour’s once steadfast relationship with it. Jewish Students at Oxford have recounted in painful detail the incidents that took place.

Students testified that members of the OULC had called Auschwitz a “cash cow”. Jews were called “Zios”. They were asked to renounce Israel publicly before speaking. The dead Jewish victims of the Paris Hypercacher terrorist attack were mocked. Terrorist acts against Jews in Europe were rationalised. It was asserted that the banks were controlled by the “Paris-Tel Aviv axis” — all in clear breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism, a definition Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have already shown to have been lying in saying they had accepted.

Following this, Labour Students was sent to investigate. Its findings were suppressed. Baroness Royall was commissioned to follow up, and although her positive findings for Labour were leaked (she found that there were rotten apples but no institutional problem), to her publicly expressed chagrin, those rotten apples were not exhibited. The ever more rancid, rotting pot was handed to Shami Chakrabarti, a former human rights barrister who proclaimed that the offenders would be dealt with under the terms of her new whitewash report, which introduced a system of secrecy over due process that would have made the Pinochet regime blush.

We can now see the fruits of her labours: with Ilyas Aziz and now, two un-named Oxford students, cleared without censure.

Within the small Jewish community, the Oxford students have told their story privately, as well as testifying for the Sunday Times. Here, in 2017, with the enormous weight of public evidence that antisemitic incidents took place, the only remaining way to profess that there was no actionable antisemitism in the OULC is to effectively call those who witnessed it liars.

From the case of the Oxford students, through Jeremy Corbyn’s stating that his brother was “not wrong” to characterise Louise Ellman MP’s complaints of antisemitism as politically motivated; to Diane Abbott and Len McCluskey’s public assertions that allegations of antisemitism in Labour were “smears” and “got up”; through Ruth Smeeth’s ordeal at the hands of Jeremy Corbyn himself as he stood by while she was attacked and consequently received 25,000 abusive messages including death threats; after our outcry at the silent readmission and public defence of Jackie Walker after she repeated the 1950s discredited canard that Jews were the authors of the slave trade; our protests at the failure to summarily expel Ken Livingstone for his offensive claim that Hitler supported Zionism; through Corbyn’s assertion that the respected Jewish journalist Jonathan Freedland’s thoughtful Guardian piece on Labour antisemitism represented “utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness”; and the video Corbyn himself released online characterising Jewish complaint as so much rubbish to be thrown on the floor: there is only one, single, clear message running through everything Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has to say about our community: Jewish complaints are empty lies.

In 2017, lamentably and astonishingly, Her Majesty’s Opposition is resurrecting an ancient antisemitic charge against Jews: of dissembling. Jewish politicians, Jewish journalists and now Jewish students’ complaints are all similarly charged as being maliciously motivated. In this, the Labour Party has been guilty of what the International Definition of Antisemitism calls “employing sinister stereotypes” and invoking “… mendacious …demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews”.

The Labour Party itself is now in breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism. By the standard set by that definition, the Labour party is antisemitic and not safe for Jews; we further publicly call it out for lying in publicly saying it accepted the definition.

We call on Theresa May’s government, the courts, as well as Tom Watson and other senior Labour figures, to utilise the International Definition to oppose the Labour Party’s racism. It is no longer possible, in our view, to save the Labour Party from its own racism, but it is necessary to defend the Jewish community against what is becoming a waking nightmare.

On Saturday, the O2 Apollo in Manchester provided the sold-out venue for David Icke’s twelve-hour-long stage show: Worldwide Wake Up Tour 2016/17.

Icke is a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher who uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred towards Jewish people by repeating centuries-old libels, as well as the same conspiracy myths that were used by Nazi Germany to justify the Holocaust. The appearance is the only UK appearance of the international tour.

In a clip from one of Icke’s stage shows, published on YouTube, Icke talks repeatedly about “Rothschild Zionists”. Invoking the Rothschild family of Jewish bankers and philanthropists has long been used by antisemites to support myths of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy. Icke also repeatedly implies a distinction between bad Jews who support Israel and good Jews who disavow it.

Icke exhorts his audience to believe conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic in the International Definition of Antisemitism, recently adopted by the British government, including:

  • making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions;
  • accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews; and
  • 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).

Once a well-known sports presenter, Icke has been a figure of ridicule for a quarter of a century since claiming in a 1991 interview with the late Sir Terry Wogan that he is the son of G-d. Subsequent pronouncements on the world being run by reptiles, and the British royal family being shape-shifting lizards have only added to the misplaced notion that he is a crank who can safely be ignored.

Icke has not, however, been ignored and is, in fact, extremely dangerous. Hiding behind his cloak of absurdity, he has seen his popularity rise as he continues to profit hugely from his antisemitism. In advance of the Manchester show, blogger Marlon Solomon assembled an extensive collection of Icke’s comments, many of which are direct incitement to hatred of Jews.

He reportedly promotes as authentic the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious antisemitic forgery that was proven to be a hoax used to whip up antisemitism almost a century ago. When asked about the Protocols, Icke allegedly retorted, “Just because Hitler used the knowledge for negative reasons doesn’t reflect on the knowledge itself.”

In his book, And The Truth Shall Set You Free, he writes: “I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War. This Jewish elite used the First World War to secure the Balfour Declaration and the principle of the Jewish State of Israel (for which, given the genetic history of most Jewish people, there is absolutely no justification on historical grounds or any other).”

Prior to Icke’s Manchester performance, Campaign Against Antisemitism contacted the O2 Apollo as well as O2’s PR department and its Chief Executive, Mark Evans. There was no response until the day of the show, when O2’s Head of Sponsorship replied to us, stating that “The General Manager for O2 Apollo Manchester has spoken to the show promoter to seek assurance about this show, which has been given,” and “The venue’s police contact has been informed.”

Given the information provided by Campaign Against Antisemitism and Icke’s track record to date, this is a wholly inadequate response. It is implausible that a twelve-hour unscripted performance could have been thoroughly vetted independently of its promoter. O2’s unscrupulous acquiescence to a venue they sponsor hosting a vehement antisemite is reprehensible.

David Icke preaches that a Jewish conspiracy controls the world, started both world wars and that Hitler acted on valid information. Not only did the O2 Apollo allow Icke to address their packed venue for twelve hours, they profited from it.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to Manchester City Council asking that they fine the venue an amount in excess of the profits from the evening and impose licence conditions so that this does not happen again.

We would like to hear from anybody who witnessed the performance. If you attended or know someone who did, please e-mail investigations@antisemitism.uk.

You may wish to contact O2’s Chief Executive, Mark Evans, at mark.evans@telefonica.com to let him know how you feel about the decision by the O2 Apollo, which O2 sponsors, to host a modern-day antisemitic hate preacher to address a sell-out audience for twelve hours. You may also want to contact Manchester City Council’s Licensing Unit at premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk setting out how you feel about the venue hosting speakers of this nature.

Amazon has fired one of its employees who wrote “Greetings from Uncle Adolf” on a scrap of paper and left it in a parcel for a Jewish customer. The note referencing Adolf Hitler was reportedly left in the parcel because the woman has a surname which is common among Jewish people.

Police are now investigating, but nobody has been arrested. The parcel, its contents and the note have been taken for examination by police forensic experts.

The Jewish woman who received the parcel had ordered a toy from Amazon for her niece, but was so upset by the incident that she had to take two days off work. The woman, who is in her 30s was said to have been left shaking after discovering the note.

Amazon reportedly did not take the incident seriously until a friend of the victim posted about in on social media and the post started to attract attention.

An Amazon spokesman said: “We take this incident seriously and have apologised to the customer. We have investigated the matter and dismissed the individual involved.” A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman added: “Police were called to an address on 22nd December 2016 to reports of an offence of malicious communications. Officers attended and spoke to the female victim, aged in her 30s, who reported receiving an antisemitic note inside a package she ordered. This is being treated as a hate crime. No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.”

We are following the case with interest.

Perhaps the perpetrator drew inspiration from Amazon’s extensive assortment of antisemitic literature.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s next volunteer recruitment evening has been scheduled for 25th January in central London. Our work is undertaken by our growing team of volunteers, who are recruited into one of eight directorates, each with multiple specialised teams. Anybody wanting to volunteer should register at antisemitism.uk/volunteer. We are planning to hold a volunteer recruitment event in Manchester next month, the details of which are being finalised.

In a bold statement on its website, the Oxford University Students’ Union has taken a firm stand with Jewish students against antisemitism, demanding that the President of the National Union of Students apologise for her past comments or resign, and that the University of Oxford rectify its “inadequate” response to rampant antisemitism exposed at Oxford University Labour Club.

The Union stated: “we believe that it should be Jewish students who decide what constitutes antisemitism” and admitted that “there are antisemitism problems in Oxford, as have been highlighted by the Home Affairs Select Committee report and the Royall report.”

The Union’s statement continued: “we cannot ignore or dismiss the hurt and anger caused by statements made by [NUS President] Malia Bouattia. We echo calls from Jewish students for a full and formal apology for her language and comments, condemn the lack of apology thus far, and agree that if no apology is made, the appropriate course of action would be resignation.”

Bouattia has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia then drew further condemnation in July when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative. Student leaders have even gone so far as to write open letters expressing embarrassment and apologising to Jewish students for the actions of Bouattia and the National Union of Students.

Regarding the Oxford University Labour Club, the Union’s statement was scathing, voicing “disappointment felt over the inadequate response from the University”.

In February last year, Co-Chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, Alex Chalmers, decided to resign after the club voted to embrace “Israel Apartheid Week”. Chalmers wrote about his resignation in a hard-hitting Facebook post, saying: “Whether it be members of the Executive throwing around the term ‘Zio’ (a term for Jews usually confined to websites run by the Ku Klux Klan) with casual abandon, senior members of the club expressing their ‘solidarity’ with Hamas and explicitly defending their tactics of indiscriminately murdering civilians, or a former Co-Chair claiming that ‘most accusations of antisemitism are just the Zionists crying wolf’, a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews. The decision of the club to endorse a movement with a history of targeting and harassing Jewish students and inviting antisemitic speakers to campuses, despite the concerns of Jewish students, illustrates how uneven and insincere much of the active membership is when it comes to liberation.”

The University of Oxford has largely failed to take any action whatsoever.

It is refreshing to hear a students’ union taking such a forceful stand in defence of its Jewish members.

YouTube video blogger “Millenial Woes” has been unmasked as Colin Robertson, a 34-year-old unemployed former arts student, from Linlithgow, Scotland. Robertson attracted a thousands-strong far-right audience with his videos made in the spare bedroom of his father’s house.

Robertson spoke at a rally in Washington DC in which neo-Nazis infamously shouted “Hail Trump” whilst performing Nazi salutes, leading Donald Trump to comment: “I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn.” In a short documentary about the incident, Robertson said: “Two or three years ago, I finally came to understand what is called the ‘Jewish Question’. That there are problems with the Jewish people. And that was difficult because I really didn’t want to become an antisemite. It’s like the cliché, the biggest right-wing cliché.”

Robertson would regularly record himself speaking from his father’s spare bedroom against “Jew thinking” and other topics that attracted his ire, such as women being allowed to vote, describing violence as “inevitable”, until he was unmasked by bloggers from A Thousand Flowers. Robertson’s newly-revealed identity soon attracted press attention, and he has now posted a video claiming to have fled the country, and asking his supporters to send him donations so that he can support himself.

Police Scotland has opened an investigation. We are following the case with interest.

Children at Jewish schools in the London neighbourhoods of Roehampton, Ilford and Brent were put on emergency alert this week after a series of bombs threats were received. From 10:30 on Monday morning, the Metropolitan Police Service began responding to reports from the schools that they had received calls warning them that bombs had been planted on their premises.

Whilst specialist officers searched the schools, other Jewish schools, including at least one primary school, adopted emergency lockdown procedures, and all Jewish schools across the UK were placed on heightened alert.

The Metropolitan Police Service said: “Police officers attended the schools. All three incidents were stood down a short time later. An investigation into the threat will be conducted.”

It is understood that hoax calls were also made to a small number of non-Jewish schools.

A number of Jewish community centres in the United States were also targeted, but at this time there is no evidence to suggest that the threats were coordinated.

Threats to Jewish schools are by no means unprecedented and Jewish schoolchildren grow up used to having to be educated under guard, with airport-style security measures often used and regular drills on security procedures.

Carole Cadwalladr, a journalist for the Guardian and the Observer has a special interest in the colonisation of parts of the internet by the far-right. In December, she discovered that using Google to search for “Did the Holocaust happen?” returned search results from neo-Nazi Holocaust denial websites claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews in order to enrich themselves and subjugate non-Jews. Cadwalladr was so horrified that she wrote about it, and paid Google more than £500 from her own pocket for advertisements to appear above the search results confirming that the Holocaust did happen, with links to websites describing the disgusting phenomenon of Holocaust denial.

Cadwalladr’s outrage was directed not only at those who published the Holocaust denial websites, but at Google itself for pretending that it has no control over search results whilst profiting from them. Google said that it does “not remove content from search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content, malware and violations of our webmaster guidelines.” She wrote: “[Google is] profiting from Holocaust denial. Its algorithm is helping Stormfront reach new recruits – the next generation of Thomas Mairs and [Anders] Breiviks – all the while adding to its bottom line, its quarterly profits.”

Initially, Google refused to do anything about this, noting that their algorithms were automated and might return offensive results sometimes. But Cadwalladr kept going, and her story was picked up by other media outlets which joined Cadwalladr’s scrutiny of Google’s highly-irresponsible attitude.

Now Google has said that it is changing its algorithm. Confirming the change, a spokesman said: “This is a really challenging problem, and something we’re thinking deeply about in terms of how we can do a better job.” Now the Holocaust denial results have been demoted by Google, but as she pointed out on Twitter, similar searches are still returning far-right Holocaust denial websites.

The colonisation of parts of the internet by the far-right is an immense problem, and Cadwalladr’s achievement is impressive. She has achieved a measure of success where many have tried and failed. For example, in 2004 Google came under scrutiny because searching for “Jew” returned a website dedicated to promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories. Google refused to change its algorithm that time, instead bizarrely opting to display a message above the search results encouraging users not to trust the “offensive search results”.

Every day that this problem goes unsolved, Google is directing millions of users into the clutches of far-right propagandists. Hopefully they will be disgusted by what they see, but who knows how many children and suggestible adults are persuaded every day that Jews are conspiring to swindle and corrupt society?

Asghar Bukhari, a founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, has spoken out to defend the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, over an antisemitic speech he gave.

During an interview with Mehdi Hasan, Mahathir Mohamad was questioned over his 2012 speech to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in which he claimed that “The Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them”. The heads of state of 56 other nations present gave him a standing ovation for the speech and afterwards he wrote that he was “glad to be labelled as antisemitic” and described sympathy with Jewish victims of the Holocaust as “wasted and misplaced”.

Astonishingly, Bukhari defended the comments and attacked the interviewer, bizarrely asserting in a blog post that the “whole argument revolved around the…use of the word Jew”, which he contended could either be used positively or negatively.

This is a brazen attempt to deflect from the true nature of Mohamad’s comments.

Saying that sympathy for victims of the Holocaust is “wasted and misplaced” is not a disagreement over the usage of the word “Jew”, but is a shameless attempt to delegitimise the irrefutable historical facts of the Holocaust and to dehumanise its victims. Indeed, when read alongside statements, which he refused to retract in the interview, that Jews “rule the world by proxy”, such a comment could easily be taken as him expressing the view that the Holocaust was somehow justified. Yet Ashgar Bukhari says that it is “wrong to call the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia antisemitic” even though Mohamad himself clearly relishes the label.

Similarly, claims that Jews control world affairs are antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that it is antisemitic to make “mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective”. The claim that Jews “get others to fight and die for them” is particularly pernicious, and borders on blood libel, as well as suggesting a belief that Jews cause many of the world’s wars, a belief that research found to be held by 26% of British Muslims.

Bukhari has been no stranger to antisemitism. In 2006, he was forced to repudiate David Irving, the British Holocaust denier, to whom he had sent £6000, which he claims he did under the belief that he was merely an “anti-Zionist” who had been smeared as something much worse. He also famously accused Mossad of breaking into his house and stealing one of his shoes and claimed that “any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise”. Despite this, he has been allowed to speak for British Muslims on numerous occasions, both in his capacity as a founder of MPAC UK and independently, including appearances on BBC News, The James O’Brien Show, LBC, Sky News and The Big Questions.

In 2015, Bukhari announced that he was leaving the UK because nobody would donate to his organisation.

Three weeks ago, on 12th December, Jeremy Corbyn publicly stated that he and the Labour Party accepted the International Definition of Antisemitism, as adopted by the government.

Yet it has now been reported that Labour has quietly allowed the virulently antisemitic Labour councillor Ilyas Aziz back into the Labour Party after gross breaches of that same definition. Mr Aziz announced he had been readmitted on 31st December.

Mr Aziz has explicitly compared the actions of Israel to those of the Nazis.The International Definition states: “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. He has also claimed that Jews in Israel should be forcibly relocated to America. The International Definition states that: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is antisemitic. He shared a post invoking the blood libel: the International Definition states that: “Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic.

Mr Aziz’s disciplinary process has taken place in secret, with all the lack of transparency that Shami Chakrabarti, supposedly once an advocate of justice and human rights, enshrined in her whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party: not only was it conducted in secret, but the reasons for the lifting of his suspension have not been explained.

Mr Corbyn has now been exposed as a hypocrite. He and the Party have dissembled on the matter of the Labour Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The report he commissioned from Baroness Chakrabarti has now once again been shown to be a whitewash. It has allowed cover for the quiet lifting of an antisemite’s suspension, and failed to adhere to the definition the Party claims subsequently to have adopted, despite Tom Watson also declaring on 29th November in relation to antisemitism that: “I know there are still some outstanding issues that cannot be ignored. They won’t be ignored. Action is being taken now.”

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is, as the Labour MP Ruth Smeeth stated: “Not a safe space for Jews”. With its first action in relation to antisemitism in 2017, Labour have quietly but clearly demonstrated that the current leadership are determined to do nothing to cleanse the Party of antisemites. In doing so they have nakedly exposed their stated acceptance of the International Definition of Antisemitism as nothing more than a PR stunt, a declaration made hastily in response to the government’s adoption of the definition that Jeremy Corbyn never had any intention of making good on.

Katie Hopkins has built her career as a publicity-craving ‘provocateur’ but yesterday she crossed a line.

Some celebrities who thrive on outrage make genuine mistakes, but often they will deliberately wound and then apologise just to generate headlines. We cannot imagine that her latest move is a mistake.

Ms Hopkins has retweeted an American neo-Nazi called “AntiJuden” whose profile includes a swastika and the emblem of Hitler’s SS. The American neo-Nazi had cheered her support for racial profiling, tweeting: “Now that is the way it should be told”.  Even without examining its timeline, the virulently antisemitic nature of the account, which now appears to have been closed down by its owner, should have been immediately apparent to Ms Hopkins.

When the inevitable Twitter backlash arrived, Ms Hopkins could have taken the opportunity to redeem herself by issuing a full and genuine apology. Instead, she tweeted a mealy-mouthed apology which trivialised the account’s extremist antisemitic views by referring to it as merely “dodgy” and was accompanied by a photo of Ms Hopkins striking a forthright pose but with a teardrop photoshopped onto her cheek, leaving little doubt as to the insincerity of her words.

Ms Hopkins has prior form in this area. In the run-up to the last General Election, she attracted opprobrium and scorn for making a Holocaust joke about the then Labour leader, Ed Milliband, who is Jewish, and his wife Justine.

If yesterday’s episode was indeed an accident, Ms Hopkins has made herself accident prone. Having built her career on trolling the airwaves, she has developed quite a following amongst neo-Nazis like “AntiJuden”, which cannot come as any surprise to the LBC producers and Daily Mail editors who decided to give her a platform as a presenter and columnist. LBC thrives on debate, but having taken Ken Livingstone off air after his claim that Hitler supported Zionism, if they retain Katie Hopkins then their cover as a responsible broadcaster sometimes caught in the crossfire will be well and truly blown. The Daily Mail likewise.

LBC and the Daily Mail may decide to fire Katie Hopkins, and we would applaud them if they do. If they decided to reprimand her instead, she should, at the very least, be required to visit a Nazi concentration camp and for once make a positive contribution to a debate, perhaps by presenting a show and devoting a column to explaining how irresponsible demagogues are fueling the resurgence of Nazi propaganda online.

We await their decision with interest. While we wait, you may wish to contact them at complaints@lbc.co.uk and letters@dailymail.co.uk.

All of us at Campaign Against Antisemitism would like to wish all of our supporters, donors and volunteers a very happy, healthy, successful and safe year ahead.

Many will want to get 2017 off to a positive start by setting a new year’s resolution, and we would like to make a suggestion! Why not make 2017 the year you join the fight against antisemitism? By volunteering your time you will be joining a highly-motivated and talented community of volunteers working to turn the tide of antisemitism, and by donating you will be supporting our work, so please do take the opportunity to start the year by volunteering or donating at antisemitism.uk/act!

A couple and their friend in their twenties have been brutally assaulted by a gang hurling antisemitic and homophobic abuse.

Jayson Homer, 20, and his partner, who wished to remain anonymous, went out for a drink with two friends at the Jolly Farmers pub in Thornaby, North Yorkshire on Christmas Day, when Mr Homer’s partner was identified as Jewish by a group seated near them. The 21-year-old told Gazette Live: “At first a girl in the group started taking the mick out of me for being Jewish. Then another lad from the group came over saying being Jewish was a race. I was disagreeing with him and it was just a little debate really at first. But then the girl started shouting ‘queer’ at me. Every time I went to the toilet someone said it while I was walking past.”

Mr Homer, his partner and their two friends tried to ignore the taunts until the situation became unbearable and they decided to leave. As they left though, a group of approximately fifteen people approached them from behind. They attacked Mr Homer with a bottle in his face, blocking his vision as his eyes filled with blood. They then turned their attention to Mr Homer’s partner, punching and kicking his head and body, leaving him with bruising across his body, a black eye, suspected cracked ribs and a broken nose. He said: “It was calculated, they followed us down with weapons.”

Mr Homer said that the incident has left him “feeling suicidal” and that he has undergone checks for potential brain damage. His partner also requires further checks whilst their friend, Marc Vasey, 21, has been told that he has been left with nerve damage to his cheek

Cleveland Police are investigating the attack and urged anyone with information to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. The verbal abuse at the pub is believed to have begun at about 20:30 on 25th December at the Jolly Farmers pub on Thornaby Road, and the violent attack outside the pub occurred at about 23:15.

The Union of Jewish Students’ Campaigns Director, Josh Nagli, appears to have spurned suggestions by Sir Eric Pickles and Baroness Deech that new laws are needed to fight antisemitism on campus.

In remarks to the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech said: “Amongst Jewish students, there is gradually a feeling that there are certain universities that you should avoid. Definitely SOAS, Manchester I think is now not so popular because of things that have happened there, Southampton, Exeter and so on.” In a separate Daily Telegraph interview, Sir Eric Pickles praised Baroness Deech’s comments and warned that he was looking at proposing laws that would force universities to act against antisemitism, saying: “I am looking at [new legislation] with a favourable eye.”

However Mr Nagli used the opportunity of an opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph to hit back at the comments, writing that: “Baroness Deech’s comments are alarmist and frankly, wrong.” Arguing that “Antisemitism is not rife”, Mr Nagli berated Baroness Deech, accusing her of “inflammatory language [that] does not reflect the experiences of Jewish students” and reproaching her because he believed that she had not “allowed Jewish students to speak for themselves”

Mr Nagli reached the opposite conclusion to Baroness Deech, asserting that: “While some do have negative experiences, the research, as well as our regular interactions with thousands of students, shows decisively that every day on almost every campus – and almost every day at the remaining handful – Jewish students safely, fully and freely express their Judaism and relationship with Israel.”

We find Mr Nagli’s upbraiding of Baroness Deech unfortunate. Baroness Deech is extremely closely linked to Jewish students through initiatives she supports and is familiar with the university system through her extensive work with universities during her career. Sir Eric Pickles is also acutely attuned to the rise of antisemitism in Britain and is in no way “alarmist”.

A litany of incidents on campuses has rightly caused concern about antisemitism on campuses. Campaign Against Antisemitism has begun a programme to recruit students following incidents at UCLSOASLSEOxfordCambridgeBirminghamCoventryKentEdinburghGlasgow and others. Recent complaints to both York and Sheffield Hallam have led to admissions of major systemic problems with antisemitism and compensation being paid. Meanwhile at a national level, the National Union of Students has elected a President whose actions have been widely condemned, including by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Despite these severe and widespread problems, there has been very little action by universities themselves and Universities UK, whose report into hatred on campuses was broadly welcomed, including by the Union of Jewish Students, but condemned by Campaign Against Antisemitism as a “recipe for continued antisemitism”.

We agree entirely with Mr Nagli that alarmism is wrong, and that Jewish students should be allowed to speak for themselves, but he goes beyond that, accusing Baroness Deech of being alarmist when she was simply raising the alarm, and accusing her of not letting students speak for themselves when in fact she dedicates a great proportion of her time to empowering students — speaking about problems students face does not stop students from speaking for themselves.

We are greatly concerned by rising antisemitism on campuses, enabled by the failure of universities to take robust action. We welcomed Baroness Deech’s questioning of donations to universities from despotic antisemitic regimes and Sir Eric Pickles’ interest in legislation to force universities to take action against antisemitism.

A London man has begun his Boxing Day with a trip in a police van after shouting antisemitic abuse at a volunteer from Stamford Hill Shomrim. The incident began when a routine Shomrim patrol spotted a drunk man walking into the road. Concerned for his safety, the volunteers succeeding in convincing him to return to the pavement, however the man then allegedly became irate, swearing in Polish and shouting about Hitler and Auschwitz before telling the Shomrim volunteers to “F*** off”. The Shomrim team called the Metropolitan Police Service, and the man was arrested by officers from Hackney.

Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, sends its volunteers on patrols around neighbourhoods where crime is common, resulting in drastic reductions in everything from burglary to car crime to assault. Sadly, Shomrim are finding that a growing number of incidents relate to antisemitic abuse of London’s ultra-orthodox Charedi community.

In 2016, Shomrim volunteers have repeatedly caught antisemitic criminals red handed, and acted to ensure that they were arrested. Shomrim volunteers do not simply alert the police to antisemitic criminals; they also provide statements and regularly give evidence in court. Consequently a large proportion of the pitifully small number of convictions for antisemitic hate crime each year are the result of Shomrim’s work.

We had hoped that the incident reported by Shomrim on Christmas Day might be the last antisemitic incident they would encounter in 2016, but this man had other plans. We commend Shomrim for their incredible work both for the local Jewish community and all residents of the areas in which they operate.

A man has been arrested after choosing to spend his Christmas Day shouting “Heil Hitler” and performing a Nazi salute directed at Jewish passersby. The man was spotted by volunteers from Shomrim Stamford Hill whilst out on patrol. They followed the man and called the police who came and arrested him.

In 2016, Shomrim volunteers have repeatedly caught antisemitic criminals red handed, and acted to ensure that they were arrested. Shomrim volunteers do not simply alert the police to antisemitic criminals; they also provide statements and regularly give evidence in court. Consequently a large proportion of the pitifully small number of convictions for antisemitic hate crime each year are the result of Shomrim’s work.

Chanukah celebrates the triumph of the Jewish people over their persecutors, against the odds. Part of the Chanukah tradition is to place your family’s menorah in the window, for all to see. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s work echoes the spirit of Chanukah: we fight antisemitism so that British Jews can live openly and confidently as Jews.

So this year, we are asking you to give one more gift by volunteering your time or donating to help our work. We are reliant upon you for success. From all of us at Campaign Against Antisemitism, we would like to wish our Jewish supporters a very happy Chanukah, and our Christian supporters a very happy Christmas.

In separate interviews with the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech and Sir Eric Pickles have attacked British universities for their failure to tackle antisemitism on campuses.

A litany of incidents on campuses has been causing increasing concern. Campaign Against Antisemitism has begun a programme to recruit students following incidents at UCL, SOAS, LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, BirminghamCoventry, Kent, Edinburgh, Glasgow and others. Recent complaints to both York and Sheffield Hallam have led to admissions of major systemic problems with antisemitism and compensation being paid. Meanwhile at a national level, the National Union of Students has elected a President whose actions have been widely condemned, including by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Despite these severe and widespread problems, there has been very little action by universities themselves and Universities UK, whose report into hatred on campuses was broadly welcomed, but condemned by Campaign Against Antisemitism as a “recipe for continued antisemitism”.

Baroness Deech, who was the first ever Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, told the Daily Telegraph’s Camilla Turner: “Amongst Jewish students, there is gradually a feeling that there are  certain universities that you should avoid.” She cited the University of Oxford”s failure to investigate widespread allegations of antisemitism as an example saying that despite receiving a full dossier, university authorities “haven’t actually done anything. They have not opened an investigation into any individuals. So in other words they are just kicking it out into the long grass.”

In a separate interview, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, told the Daily Telegraph’s Camilla Turner: “I was certainly worried when I was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and I have felt worried ever since. I have felt for some time that universities have at best been inactive about antisemitism and have turned a blind eye to it. They have shown grave cowardice. The classic definition of dealing with racism and antisemitism is those who stand by and do nothing.” He added that he will be discussing new legislation with Baroness Deech, saying: “I am looking at [new legislation] with a favourable eye.”

Baroness Deech felt that the universities’ failure to deal with antisemitism might be due to their dependence on donations from virulently antisemitic oppressive dictatorships: “Many universities are in receipt of or are chasing very large donations from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and so on, and maybe they are frightened of offending them,” she said. “I don’t know why they aren’t doing anything about it, it really is a bad situation.”

We commend Baroness Deech and Sir Eric Pickles for their outspoken defence of Jewish students and their pointed exposure of universities’ tendency to dodge the issue of antisemitism and attempt to absolve themselves of responsibility for dealing with it.

As though to prove their point, various university spokespeople rushed to affirm that they were doing an excellent job of dealing with antisemitism and that antisemitism had “no place” on campuses, whilst pointing to absolutely no initiatives that they are undertaking to tackle the problem.

A man in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, has been found guilty of assaulting Tesco staff and hurling a bottle at a police officer whilst shouting antisemitic abuse, but in an appallingly lenient sentence, he has been spared jail, despite being a repeat offender.

Philip Anthony Kuegler, 50, pleaded guilty to a charge of using religiously aggravated threatening words or behaviour to cause fear of violence and to assaulting a police officer at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court. We are staggered however by his light sentence. Kuegler escaped with a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years, meaning that he walked free from court and will remain free so long as he does not reoffend and completes 20 rehabilitation activity days and five hate crime sessions, pays the police officer £300 in compensation and pays a £115 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said that Kuegler was the last customer at Llandrindod Wells Tesco just after midnight on 15th September, when he became abusive towards a member of staff. He was trying to purchase three bottles of cider at a self-service checkout but became angry when a member of staff informed him that the machine only operated using bank cards. Kuegler reportedly shouted at staff that everyone who works at Tesco is Jewish and squared up to the night manager, Mr Robinson, who told Kuegler he was Jewish himself and found his comments offensive. Mr Davies said that “The manager asked him to leave but he continued to shout and swear about Jews. He placed his forehead against Mr Robinson’s and [Mr Robinson] thought he was going to headbutt him. He pulled out one of the bottles and held it over Mr Robinson’s head.” Kuegler then smashed the bottle on the ground and walked away. According to statements given by staff to Dyfed-Powys Police, Kuegler was “extremely aggressive and abusive,” appeared drunk and made comments such as “they are all Jews”.

When a police officer found Kuegler on a bench outside a hotel, he tried to walk away. When the officer followed him, he turned and threw one of the cider bottles at him, which went over the officer’s head as he ducked. Mr Davies said Kuegler then grabbed the officer and spat at him, hitting him in the face and eyes. He was arrested and interviewed, saying he only remembered speaking to Tesco staff and smashing a bottle in the car park.

At the trial, a probation officer gave evidence, saying: “He has some difficulty with people he perceives as being disrespectful to him. He has accepted responsibility and accepted that the offences are serious and need to be addressed.” He added that Kuegler suffers from anxiety and depression and recommended a suspended sentence to include a course of sessions on hate crime, saying Kuegler complied well with a previous suspended sentence.

Defending Kuegler, Gareth Walters said: “In his own words, he doesn’t drink too often but when he does drink he drinks to excess and beyond that. The comments in relation to Jewish people were directed to Tesco in general, he didn’t know the manager was Jewish. It was a very silly and drunken outburst but it was a very short lived incident.

Indefensibly lenient sentences such as this endanger the Jewish community and society in general. Philip Kuegler violently abused Tesco staff, believing them to be Jews, and could easily have seriously injured the police officer. This sentence sends a clear message to antisemites that they may escape with minimal consequences, and sends a message to British Jews that the criminal justice system may fail them and leave them vulnerable.

We are making further enquiries into this case.

A woman has pleaded guilty to shouting antisemitic abuse at volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim who suspected her of involvement in burglaries. Vandell Brooks, 39, admitted shouting: “F***ing Jewish c***” at the Shomrim volunteers as she was loaded into a police van. She was fined £200, plus a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

The incident took place on 13th December when volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim were on a routine foot patrol. They noticed a man and a woman whom they suspected might be linked to a spate of recent burglaries. The Shomrim volunteers immediately called the Metropolitan Police Service, which arrested the pair.

During the arrest, the man allegedly looked at the Shomrim volunteers, who are charedi Jews, and said: “Funny-looking f***ers” at which point the police officers warned him that he would be committing a criminal offence if he continued. He allegedly then shouted: “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Allahu Akbar”. Clive Wilson, 46, denies the charge and will stand trial next year.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim for their valuable work on behalf of all residents of the area, and we applaud the officers involved for their firm stance against antisemitism.

We are disappointed by the sentence however as Vandell Brooks has a record of racism. In 2012 she was caught on video in a foul-mouthed tirade against white people. Lenient sentencing emboldens offenders instead of deterring them.

Coventry University has called in the police after Jewish students found a swastika on campus. The swastika was found on 1st December by Josephine Davidoff and Zac Davies in the library. The swastika was depicted using masking tape on a radiator. CCTV has been checked for evidence unsuccessfully, but Coventry University’s Jewish Society has commended the firm handling of the incident by university authorities.

Last month, Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Programme Manager was attacked by an antisemite whilst walking through Coventry.

An investigation by Campaign Against Antisemitism into the activities of the “European Forum for Ethnic Minority Individuals, Communities and Organizations” (EFEMICO) has revealed that it is in fact a front organisation run by an antisemite.

EFEMICO is in fact a one man band run by Schumann. Draped in the flag and colours of the EU, its official-sounding website, efemico.eu, claims to represent all minority “migrant settlers to the EU” but explicitly excludes Jews.

But the man behind the website, Jason Schumann is an antisemite who recently told a Jewish Facebook user: “It is Jews who are the real nazis. [sic] No group of people more insidious, more evil, or more pernicious. An eternal curse upon them.” His personal Twitter account has been suspended.

EFEMICO came to our attention when it targeted three organisations, Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Community Security Trust and Jewish Human Rights Watch, accusing them all of harassing innocent individuals and menacing them with a Charity Commission investigation, repeatedly tweeting: “Whilst antisemitism is wrong, anyone harassed by @CST_UK, @antisemitism or @jhrwatch, please contact us to take further. @ChtyCommission”

Additionally, EFEMICO believes in the existence of a nefarious “Jewish lobby”. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective” is antisemitic.

Our investigators contacted EURid, the EU’s website domain registration service, enquiring as to the ownership of efemico.eu, but found that the owner had entered no name, a non-functioning telephone number and the address of a serviced office centre in Manchester. We instigated the formal process to force the owner of the website to reveal their true identity, establishing that the owner of the website is Jason Schumann.

We contacted Schumann via his efemico.eu e-mail address, inviting him to comment on his antisemitic Facebook remark, and for transparency, all of our correspondence with him is reproduced below.

He has now taken down the efemico.eu website, blaming “cyber attacks”, whilst also penning a blog post in which he refers to Campaign Against Antisemitism’s private prosecution of Alison Chabloz and threatens: “If you read this, Gideon [Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism], despite the fact that I disagree with Alison [Chabloz]’s methods and many of her views, because of your recent threats to me and subversive efforts to misuse the law to push a wider agenda; be mindful that I haven’t finished with you or CAA yet, so watch this space. I promise you it will not end well!”

Through EFEMICO, Schumann has tried to intimidate organisations which fight antisemitism by falsely suggesting that they engage in harassment of innocent individuals. This incident shows the sophisticated techniques now being used against Jews, even to intimidate them from taking action against antisemitism.

Now that they are aware of the situation, EURid, which granted Schumann his official-looking online presence, should cease to play a part in the EFEMICO charade. You may wish to contact EURid about this matter through their website.

Jason Schumann is an antisemite and he should face the consequences of his hatred. We have reported his antisemitic comment to the police.

Our Correspondence with Jason Schumann

E-Mail to Schumann

From: Campaign Against Antisemitism <info@antisemitism.uk>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 at 01:17
Subject: Request for comment
To: <***********@efemico.eu>

Jason,

We have been passed the attached screen capture of a conversation on Facebook.

In particular, we draw your attention to the following passage:

“Jason Schumann: Rakel, It is Jews who are the real nazis. No group of people more insidious, more evil, or more pernicious. An eternal curse upon them.”

We note that the comment is not on Facebook now.

We may make the screenshot public.

If you have any comments, please send them to us by e-mail in the next 24 hours.

Campaign Against Antisemitism

Response from Schumann

From: efemico.eu <***********@efemico.eu>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 at 07:35
Subject: Re: Request for comment
To: Campaign Against Antisemitism <info@antisemitism.uk>

Without Prejudice and In Confidence

Dear Sir or Madam,

You will kindly refer to me as Mr Schumann.

You do not have the right or privilege to refer to me by my first name.

Furthermore, if you wish me to respond, you will reply to this email as a named individual.

Lastly, any more threats will be considered harassment and reported to both the Charity Commission and the police.

(I had planned to email you about the Charity Commission. All in good time)

To be clear, unless you are willing to reply as a named person, you will receive no further communication about this particular matter.

I do hope that I have made myself clear.

Sincerely,

Mr. Schumann

Further Response from Schumann

We have removed the names of various private individuals and a limited company which Schumann incorrectly believes to be associated in some way with Campaign Against Antisemitism, but we have not concealed the names of other Jewish organisations Schumann appears to be interested in.

From: Jason Schumann <**************@gmail.com>
Date: 13 December 2016 at 21:07
Subject: For Comment
To: Campaign Against Antisemitism <info@antisemitism.uk>

Without Prejudice and In Confidence

Dear CAA,

Please respond to the following questions:

  1. Why are your ‘volunteers’ engaged in covert activity to spy on Alison Chabloz, including via her Facebook page?
  2. Has either Gideon Falter or CAA itself instructed them to do so?
  3. What are Gideon Falter and CAA’s connections with R****l (R****l D****k) D*******a, Eye On AntiSemitism, CST, and A*******e ‘Shittyknickers’ S*****t?
  4. Re point 3, are A*******e and R****l ‘volunteers’ for CAA?
  5. If point 4 is not applicable, please describe relations between said parties?
  6. Why is CAA and Gideon Falter spying on Alison Chabloz, Jason Schumann, and EFEMICO?
  7. Why has CAA and Gideon searched EFEMICO’s website?
  8. Why has CAA and Gideon made a malicious report to EURID regarding the contact details of EFEMICO’s website?
  9. Why, after EFEMICO’s contact details (via EURID) were updated, after enquiries and a complaint made by Gideon and CAA, did CAA send a threatening email to Jason Schumann?
  10. Why, after this complaint, did Gideon send an email to EFEMICO after 01:00 a.m GMT, dated the 11 December 2016?
  11. Why has CAA instigated a DDOS attack upon EFEMICO’s website?
  12. Has or does CAA condone DDOS?
  13. Does CAA have a volunteer code of conduct policy? If so, please disclose a copy
  14. What authority or law of the land does CAA have to act as a lawyer enforcer and vigilante?
  15. Re point 12, please provide evidence granting such permissions by authority of her majesty or her representative.
  16. Re 12 and 13, how is this compatible with charity law in the UK?
  17. Please describe how spying, vigilantism, and covert operations are compatible with charity law and CAA’s Objects?
  18. Is the Charity Commission aware of 12 – 17? Please provide evidence.
  19. Are the police and UK govt aware of 12 – 17? Please provide evidence.
  20. Who are the registered Trustees of CAA and on what grounds have the been hidden from public view. Please provide supporting evidence.
  21. Does CAA have any connection to or with ‘S*****t T*****e Limited’ and/ or its Directors?
  22. Are any parts of CAA’s business or operations registered offshore?
  23. Please provide full accounts for CAA and its partners or subsidiaries for the last 10 years.
  24. How many UK politicians and civil servants have CAA staff met with in the past 24 months?
  25. What are CAA’s links and communications with R****t F*******n of Jewish Human Rights Watch, employees, volunteers, or Trustees of?
  26. How many police officers has CAA met with in the past 24 months?
  27. Disclose details of any gifts, including accommodation, meals, flights, tickets, holidays provided to supporters of CAA, including police, Mps, charities, EU officials and all other beneficiaries?
  28. How many private prosecutions has CAA been involved with in the last 24 months? Provide details.
  29. How much financial support and resources has CAA provided to pursue such private prosecutions?
  30. Why has CAA condoned attempted social media hackings on anti-Zionist accounts?
  31. A list of donees since 2010 over and above £5K.
  32. Disclosure of personal information held by CAA and Gideon Falter related to Jason Schumann, including all social media, electronic and manual filing systems.
  33. Disclosure of data regarding CAA’s time, resources, staffing, and financial contribution toward funding Gideon Falter’s private prosecutions?
  34. A signed response in compliance with the attached Notice of Cease of Desist regarding Harassment?

I am not done with you, yet; and your response to each of the above will determine how I may choose to deal with you.

You should be mindful never to ever again threaten me.

I will not tolerate such infringements on my liberty by any one or any organisation.

NEVER poke a bear!

Regards,

Jason Schumann

!!!Zionism IS Racism!!!!

A man has been convicted of incitement to racial hatred over his antisemitic Facebook posts and a speech on YouTube.

Lawrence Burns was found guilty of two charges of publishing threatening, abusive or insulting written material with intent or likely intent to stir up racial hatred by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday, over his efforts to spread “vile and offensive sentiments” after jury deliberations lasting over thirteen hours. He is expected to be sentenced early next year.

The jurors had heard how Burns, aged 26 from Coldham’s Lane in Cambridge, spoke in a YouTube video memorialising American white supremacist leader David Lane, accusing Jews of being “parasites” that wanted to create a “mongrelised race”.

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

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

Campaign Against Antisemitism has launched its first private prosecution. We felt obliged to act after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) failed to prosecute Alison Chabloz of Glossop, Derbyshire.

Alison Chabloz has been summoned to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in Central London tomorrow.

The summons alleges: “That on or around the 8th day of June 2016, Alison Chabloz did send or cause to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter, namely a YouTube video under the title ‘(((Survivors)))’ that was grossly offensive in that it was antisemitic, contrary to section 127(1) of the Communications act 2003.”

In the video entitled “(((Survivors)))”, Alison Chabloz performs a song to the camera in which she refers to various antisemitic tropes and makes a mockery of those who lived through and during the Holocaust, including:

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

The case of Alison Chabloz is one of many that we intend to prosecute privately. Last year was the worst year for antisemitic crime on record, with crime targeting Jews rising by 26% and a 51% surge in antisemitic violence, however of the 15,442 hate crimes prosecuted by the CPS, only 12 are known to be cases of antisemitic hate crime.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is represented pro bono by Stephen Gilchrist (solicitor) and Jonathan Goldberg QC, Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong (leading and junior counsel).

After we initiated our private prosecution, the CPS decided to go ahead with other cases against Alison Chabloz which had been awaiting a decision by the CPS for a year.

Antisemitism in the United Kingdom is reaching a tipping point. Incitement against Jews online is now translating into violent attacks on Jews. Our research shows that a growing percentage of British Jews are having thoughts about leaving the country and we cannot let that happen. We have called for zero tolerance enforcement of the law against antisemitism and that is what politicians have promised, but the Crown Prosecution Service has failed to take action, so now we must act instead.

A man and a woman have been arrested after allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse at volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim who suspected them of involvement in burglaries.

Volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim were on a routine foot patrol when they noticed a man and a woman whom they suspected might be linked to a spate of recent burglaries. The Shomrim volunteers immediately called the Metropolitan Police Service, which arrested the pair.

During the arrest, the man allegedly looked at the Shomrim volunteers, who are charedi Jews, and said: “Funny-looking f***ers” at which point the police officers warned him that he would be committing a criminal offence if he continued. He allegedly then shouted: “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Allahu Akbar” and the woman added: “F***ing Jewish c***” as they were loaded into a police van.

They were both arrested on suspicion of involvement in two attempted burglaries, and additionally for their antisemitic abuse.

We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim for their valuable work on behalf of all residents of the area, and we applaud the officers involved for their firm stance against antisemitism.

Today, we are proud that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, will announce that the British government will become the first in the world to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. This definition is clear and detailed, leaving no doubt as to what antisemitism is. In particular, this definition tackles the full spectrum of antisemitism, from ancient slurs to conspiracy myths to antisemitism in discourse about Israel.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has worked hard over many meetings for the government to take this step and we applaud the Prime Minister’s leadership. We also recognise the major contribution of Sir Eric Pickles to this important result.

Following a long campaign by Campaign Against Antisemitism, violent neo-Nazi group National Action will now finally become a “proscribed organisation” when Home Secretary Amber Rudd declares it a banned terrorist group tomorrow.

National Action is a growing neo-Nazi group in Britain. Whilst seeking prosecutions for its relentless incitement against Jews, including calling for a new Holocaust, Campaign Against Antisemitism has also long campaigned for the Home Secretary to declare the group a terrorist organisation.

In common with other terrorist groups, National Action radicalises and indoctrinates the young, teaches them violence, attacks the police and the public and demands the annihilation of Jews.

In recent weeks, National Action has lauded the murder of Jo Cox and attempted to assert control over territory in Liverpool and Newbury. Last month we increased our work in the media and on social networks, including releasing our five-minute video exposing the true nature of National Action, and successfully freezing donations by the public to the group.

Tomorrow, under section 3(3)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Secretary will issue an Order adding National Action to the list of Proscribed Organisations, which will instantly render it a criminal offence to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support National Action, including displaying National Action flags, posters or banners.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has worked hard for this change, along with others. This decision by the Home Secretary is something we have long called for and sends a strong message that the far-right is in the government’s sights and will not be permitted to continue its incitement and violence.

We would also like to thank everyone who supported our work.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Charity Commission after SOAS Students’ Union, which is a registered charity, told a Charity Commission investigator that “we do not believe that there was any antisemitism” at an antisemitic lecture, and that the lecture was “an appropriate meeting for the Palestine Society to run in the way it was run”. The comments were in a letter from the trustees of SOAS Students’ Union to the Charity Commission which has been seen by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The lecture in November was given to SOAS Palestine Society by Thomas Suarez to promote his book, “State of Terror”. Throughout the lecture, antisemitic comments were made which SOAS Palestine Society failed to challenge.

Volunteers from Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit (DEMU) found that during the lecture, it was claimed that Zionists are mobilising subversive power to “outlaw” criticism of their activities, the creation of Israel was a “racist”, “facist” endeavour, the actions of Zionists and Israel are comparable to those of Nazi Germany, and Zionists historically radicalised Jewish children and engineered increases in antisemitism, all of which is antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The only intervention by SOAS Palestine Society was to threaten to “call security” when they became suspicious that a woman was recording the lecture.

Citing recent findings of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and the International Definition of Antisemitism, Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Charity Commission to point out the blatant antisemitism contained in the lecture, including the following quotations:

  • “Zionists are so terrified of daylight on their cult, that there are moves afoot to outlaw any derogatory reference of the word”
  • “The wildcard to this is the US participation in World War I. Even at the time, some people alleged that Palestine was payback for the use of Zionist pressure to get the United States to enter World War I. There is no proof of that. What is clear in Cabinet records is that there was something going on with World War I, with Zionists in the United States and the US entering. That is clear in the records, but to go so far as to say there was a deal made with that is not a premise.”
  • “the idea of going somewhere where one could act out racial superiority was seductive”
  • “Israel has one of the largest militaries, but its most powerful weapon, the weapon without which all of its others would be impotent is its narrative, its creation of its autobiography. This narrative does not merely put a pretty gloss on this reality, as all nations have their narratives, it actually turns the truth upside down. And this complete arsenal in this narrative is embodied in a three-word bullet. That bullet is a three-word phrase: ‘The Jewish state’. This is a unique phenomenon in the World. No other nation has such a device as this. Israel does not use Judaism as a national religion. In fact, I may be wrong, but as far as I am aware, Judaism is not a national faith of Israel. Rather, crammed into those three words are all of Jewry, Judaism, Jewish history, culture, persecution, and most cynical and exploitative of all, the Holocaust. This three-word phrase expropriates all of these into a human shield.”
  • “The fascist nature of the Zionist enterprise was apparent to US intelligence, British intelligence and Jewish informants.”
  • “The radicalisation of children was the methodology of the Jewish Agency.”
  • “Zionism was a parallel movement to Nazism”
  • “Israel can hold Jewish identity for ransom”
  • “Zionist so-called immigration was from the beginning the expropriation of land, labour and resources”
  • “[Zionists] conspired to try and increase antisemitism in order to force Jews to Palestine”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit has also complained directly to SOAS, prompting an investigation.

A senior Scottish Rabbi has told MSPs at a meeting in the Scottish Parliament about an antisemitic attack on him in front of his family last month.

Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim,  the Jewish Chaplain for Scottish Universities, said that the incident occurred near the Scottish Parliament last month, when we was walking with his wife and children.

He said: “My wife and I took our four young children for a walk in this beautiful city. However, as we were walking, a woman pushed my wife aside, grabbed my kippah [Jewish skullcap], threw it on the ground and ran away. That took place less than a mile from here, in front of my young children. You can imagine how distressed they were.”

Nicola Livingston, Chair of the Jewish Student Chaplaincy Scotland, added: “I know the family were quite traumatised, it’s quite a difficult thing to speak about publicly, you don’t want to be seen as too vulnerable. The Scottish Government needs to condemn such incidents when they happen.”

Moving on to speak about antisemitism on Scottish campuses, Rabbi Bodenheim said: “Chessed is kindness, empathy and support for others. That hatred is the very opposite of chessed. As Scotland’s Jewish student chaplain, my role is to bring chessed to Jewish students and to make sure that they are comfortable on campus, whether it is ensuring their welfare, providing social and educational events, or just being a listening ear. I also have to help them cope with antisemitism, because unfortunately it is an issue on campus as well.”

In the past year, reports from Scotland have shown antisemitism gathering pace. One report found that  it was becoming relatively common for Scotland’s 5,887 Jews to keep their Judaism secret, and that many of the 400 Israelis living in Scotland hide their nationality and do not speak Hebrew in public. Noting that a growing number of Scottish Jews could name nothing positive about being a Jew in Scotland, the study reported that some Scottish Jews were considering leaving Scotland due to rising antisemitism. Some respondents told researchers that they had stopped attending synagogue services due to fear of antisemitism, were the victims of antisemitic jokes or social media posts and felt victimised for being Jewish. Jewish students in particular have reported a rise in antisemitism and statistics from Police Scotland have shown that Scottish Jews are bearing the brunt of racism online.

It is now barely a week since Labour’s Deputy Leader, Tom Watson, stood before a Labour Friends of Israel lunch and declared: “Let me say something before we get any further today about taking on antisemitism in the Labour Party: that’s a moral responsibility. I am ashamed that I am saying antisemitism and Labour in the same sentence. But dealing with it can’t be something we do for show, for the sake of it, because we’ve come under media pressure, or because we need to deal with a political problem. It’s a commandment. I know that people here are understandably frustrated by how long it’s taking the Labour Party to deal with antisemitism in our midst. You’re right to be. It should have been quicker. I know there are still some outstanding issues that cannot be ignored. They won’t be ignored. Action is being taken now and if, G-d forbid, we find these problems again, action will be quicker in the future.”

As if to publicly right what he seems to see as a wrong, the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has met with one Hatem Bazian: a founder and leader of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the pro-Islamist American Muslims for Palestine. The event, significantly, was Bazian’s book signing and was hosted by Press TV, the international television channel of the Iranian regime, by which Mr Corbyn has previously been paid as a presenter. The event was organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission Trust, organiser of an annual march through London brazenly supporting proscribed genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation Hizballah, which led Campaign Against Antisemitism to complain about the Trust to the Charity Commission, on which we await an outcome.

Bazian has allegedly quoted in public the infamous Haddith enshrined in the Hamas constitution: “The Day of Judgment will not happen until the trees and stones will say, ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.’” His organisation has constantly breached the International Definition of Antisemitism, comparing Israelis to the Nazis and calling into question Israel’s very right to exist. Bazian himself is alleged to have raised money for Hamas, a genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation. This litany demonises Israel as the ‘Jew among nations’. He has publicly asked whether Jews should “have to pay reparations for slavery”

Bazian is credited with presenting his antisemitic movement as ‘progressive’ to a whole generation of students, yet SJP members have reportedly intimidated, harassed and even allegedly assaulted a Jewish student. Their demonstrations feature chants in support of terrorism targeting Israeli Jews.

Trust between the Jewish community of this country and the Labour Party is at an all-time low. The antisemites of the Oxford University Labour Club, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker, and scores of others have still not been disciplined. The Chakrabarti report has drawn a veil over new cases of antisemitism. The cross-party House of Commons Home Affairs Committee  has issued a warning about antisemitism within the Labour Party and on university campuses. It therefore beggars belief that on Wednesday night Jeremy Corbyn chose to fête Hatem Bazain.

For a man who leads Her Majesty’s Opposition to take time out of his onerous schedule to meet Hatem Bazian in public, is unmistakable in its symbolism and signalling: the leopard not only does not change its spots, but is parading them for Tom Watson and the Jewish community to behold.

We still await a response to our complaint to Tom Watson about Jeremy Corbyn.

Neo-Nazi Joshua Bonehill-Paine has been sentenced to an additional two years in prison for the racially-aggravated harassment of Jewish MP Luciana Berger. The two-year sentence is the maximum that Mr Justice Spencer was permitted to hand him. Yesterday Bonehill-Paine was unanimously convicted by a jury under Section 32 (1)(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. He is already serving a three year and four month sentence for trying to incite antisemitic demonstrations against the “Jewification” of parts of London, has been tried over the racially-aggravated harassment of Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

He will now remain in prison until at least April 2018, when he becomes eligible for release on licence.

Sentencing Bonehill-Paine, Mr Justice Spencer said: “In my judgment it is difficult to envisage a worse case than this of racially aggravated harassment of this kind…The message needs to go out loud and clear that racial hate crime, where the intention is to harass the victim, will be dealt with very severely, and deterrence must be an important element of the sentence…Joshua Bonehill-Paine, for this offence of racially aggravated harassment I sentence you to 2 years imprisonment. That sentence will run consecutively to the sentence you are currently serving.”

Joshua Bonehill-Paine conducted a vile campaign of harassment against Luciana Berger based exclusively on the fact that she is Jewish. In so doing, he abused her with many well-worn antisemitic tropes that have been employed across centuries to justify the persecution of Jews. These included the Jew as Christ killer, the Jew as sexually deviant, the Jew as vermin and the Jew as a grasping money-grabber. This verdict should stand as a warning to those currently riding the wave of resurgent antisemitism that this kind of hateful behaviour is criminal, and that it will be severely dealt with by the law.

The court found that Bonehill-Paine wrote five articles written between October 2014 and January 2015 in response to the jailing of neo-Nazi, Garron Helm. Helm had been convicted for tweeting a picture of Ms Berger with a yellow star superimposed onto her forehead, a reference to the Nazi practice of forcing Jews to wear distinctive yellow stars. Referring to the MP as “a communist Jewess”, the tweet bore the message “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually” along with the hashtag #HitlerWasRight. Though Helm pleaded guilty at his trial, Bonehill-Paine held Ms Berger to be responsible for his imprisonment, and believed that she should be targeted for this.

Prosecutor Philip Stott had told the court that Bonehill-Paine began his campaign of harassment with five articles with the headlines:

  • “Racist Anti-White Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger Exposed”
  • “Is the Labour Party a Jewish Party?”
  • “ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government] attacks The Daily Stormer in relation to successful Berger campaign”
  • “Joshua Bonehill: on the eve of battle”
  • “The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew bitch”

All of the articles were published on two websites run by Bonehill-Paine and described Ms Berger as “a rodent”, an “evil money-grabber”, “a dominatrix”, and “responsible for the death of Jesus”. The articles also included photographs of Ms Berger’s face superimposed onto a rat, Ms Berger being spanked by Ed Milliband, Ms Berger cradling a baby bearing the head of Chukka Umana (she had recently given birth), and a sexually explicit picture which we will not describe here. One of the articles supported a campaign by The Daily Stormer which urged its readers to “Call her a Jew, call her a Jew communist, call her a terrorist, call her a filthy Jew bitch. Call her a hook-nosed yid and a ratfaced kike. Tell her we do not want her in the UK, we do not want her or any other Jew anywhere in Europe. Tell her to go to Israel and call for her deportation to said Jew state.” Three videos of Bonehill-Paine expounding on his ideas were also played to the jury, including one entitled “The Jewification of Great Britain”.

Mr Stott said that “Both the language and imagery deployed in these articles are strongly offensive” and told the jury that Bonehill-Paine claims the comments in the articles are reasonable and fall within the right to free speech. He said that the articles would have caused alarm to the Jewish community in general and to Ms Berger in particular.

Bonehill-Paine’s barrister, James Palfrey stated that his client did not mean his comments to be taken literally, and that they were “a puerile attempt at satire”. Mr Palfrey told Ms Berger that nobody would take seriously the claim that she had killed Jesus, or would believe that any of the images were really of her. He also told Ms Berger that she was not the intended audience for the articles.

Giving evidence, Ms Berger stated that the articles had left her “troubled and concerned” and “sickened”. The “military language” used by Bonehill-Paine and the encouragement of others to become involved in the campaign of harassment had left her more concerned for her personal safety than she had ever been since her election. She told the court that the articles had resulted in the implementation of safety measures.

In one farcical moment, Mr Palfrey, told the court that his client would not be giving evidence, to which Bonehill-Paine shouted from the dock that he would. In the event he did not testify, and Mr Stott told the court that he had failed to give evidence because he “can’t defend the indefensible”. Even Bonehill-Paine’s barrister agreed that he was simply a narcissist after recognition. Bonehill-Paine’s evidence would have been unlikely to sway the decision, as the case largely relied on archived web pages and videos, and the records from a laptop which police found hidden behind a board in Bonehill-Paine’s kitchen.

Ultimately, Bonehill-Paine stood little chance, damned by his own hand.

For the past three days, Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a neo-Nazi who is already serving a three year and four month sentence for trying to incite antisemitic demonstrations against the “Jewification” of parts of London, has been tried over the racially-aggravated harassment of Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Today he was convicted by a jury of racially-aggravated harassment under Section 32 (1)(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine conducted a vile campaign of harassment against Luciana Berger based exclusively on the fact that she is Jewish. In so doing, he abused her with many well-worn antisemitic tropes that have been employed across centuries to justify the persecution of Jews. These included the Jew as Christ killer, the Jew as sexually deviant, the Jew as vermin and the Jew as a grasping money-grabber. This verdict should stand as a warning to those currently riding the wave of resurgent antisemitism that this kind of hateful behaviour is criminal, and that it will be severely dealt with by the law.

The court found that Bonehill-Paine wrote five articles written between October 2014 and January 2015 in response to the jailing of neo-Nazi, Garron Helm. Helm had been convicted for tweeting a picture of Ms Berger with a yellow star superimposed onto her forehead, a reference to the Nazi practice of forcing Jews to wear distinctive yellow stars. Referring to the MP as “a communist Jewess”, the tweet bore the message “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually” along with the hashtag #HitlerWasRight. Though Helm pleaded guilty at his trial, Bonehill-Paine held Ms Berger to be responsible for his imprisonment, and believed that she should be targeted for this.

Prosecutor Philip Stott had told the court that Bonehill-Paine began his campaign of harassment with five articles with the headlines:

  • “Racist Anti-White Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger Exposed”
  • “Is the Labour Party a Jewish Party?”
  • “ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government] attacks The Daily Stormer in relation to successful Berger campaign”
  • “Joshua Bonehill: on the eve of battle”
  • “The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew bitch”

All of the articles were published on two websites run by Bonehill-Paine and described Ms Berger as “a rodent”, an “evil money-grabber”, “a dominatrix”, and “responsible for the death of Jesus”. The articles also included photographs of Ms Berger’s face superimposed onto a rat, Ms Berger being spanked by Ed Milliband, Ms Berger cradling a baby bearing the head of Chukka Umana (she had recently given birth), and a sexually explicit picture which we will not describe here. One of the articles supported a campaign by The Daily Stormer which urged its readers to “Call her a Jew, call her a Jew communist, call her a terrorist, call her a filthy Jew bitch. Call her a hook-nosed yid and a ratfaced kike. Tell her we do not want her in the UK, we do not want her or any other Jew anywhere in Europe. Tell her to go to Israel and call for her deportation to said Jew state.” Three videos of Bonehill-Paine expounding on his ideas were also played to the jury, including one entitled “The Jewification of Great Britain”.

Mr Stott said that “Both the language and imagery deployed in these articles are strongly offensive” and told the jury that Bonehill-Paine claims the comments in the articles are reasonable and fall within the right to free speech. He said that the articles would have caused alarm to the Jewish community in general and to Ms Berger in particular.

Bonehill-Paine’s barrister, James Palfrey stated that his client did not mean his comments to be taken literally, and that they were “a puerile attempt at satire”. Mr Palfrey told Ms Berger that nobody would take seriously the claim that she had killed Jesus, or would believe that any of the images were really of her. He also told Ms Berger that she was not the intended audience for the articles.

Giving evidence, Ms Berger stated that the articles had left her “troubled and concerned” and “sickened”. The “military language” used by Bonehill-Paine and the encouragement of others to become involved in the campaign of harassment had left her more concerned for her personal safety than she had ever been since her election. She told the court that the articles had resulted in the implementation of safety measures.

In one farcical moment, Mr Palfrey, told the court that his client would not be giving evidence, to which Bonehill-Paine shouted from the dock that he would. In the event he did not testify, and Mr Stott told the court that he had failed to give evidence because he “can’t defend the indefensible”. Even Bonehill-Paine’s barrister agreed that he was simply a narcissist after recognition. Bonehill-Paine’s evidence would have been unlikely to sway the decision, as the case largely relied on archived web pages and videos, and the records from a laptop which police found hidden behind a board in Bonehill-Paine’s kitchen.

Ultimately, Bonehill-Paine stood little chance, damned by his own hand.

Payment processing firm Liberapay has frozen the account of neo-Nazi group National Action and promised to close it down after Campaign Against Antisemitism called for the company to “do the right thing”.

In an interview about National Action, Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Director of Investigations and Enforcement, Stephen Silverman, told Byline Magazine’s Colin Cortbus: “The online donations platform, Liberapay has already refused to handle transactions for neo-Nazi news hub, The Daily Stormer. By continuing to process donations for National Action, it is enabling that group’s incitement of violence against the UK’s Jewish community. If National Action is proscribed under the Terrorism Act as we expect, Liberapay could soon find themselves on the wrong side of terrorism legislation. It’s not too late to do the right thing voluntarily.”

When Cortbus contacted Liberapay and its payment enabler, Mangopay, for comment, Mangopay decided to cease all transactions, leaving Liberapy to freeze and close down National Action’s accounts. Liberapay told Cortbus that it had not actually transferred donated funds to National Action yet, and would be returning donations to the donors rather than sending them to the neo-Nazi group.

We commend Liberapay and Mangopay for their action. Payment providers should not be enabling this growing neo-Nazi group to raise funds.

National Action radicalises and indoctrinates the young, teaches them violence, attacks the police and the public and demands a new Holocaust. Many of its activities are already criminal, but its members are not being prosecuted.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked the Home Secretary to proscribe National Action under section 3(3)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000, which would instantly render it a criminal offence to recruit for, be a member of, raise money for or in any way support National Action.

Last week, we released a video about National Action, and called on supporters to sign a petition adding their voices to our call for National Action to be proscribed.

 

The Charity Commission has published a report confirming that it will not punish Abdurraheem Green, the founder and Chairman of the Islamic Education and Research Academy over comments captured on video in which he demanded that a Jewish man be removed from his sight.

Green was recorded saying: “Why don’t you take the Yahoudi [Jew] over there, far away so his stench doesn’t disturb us?” The charity said that the comment was “aimed at a habitual heckler in Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner, in a highly charged forum of debate, who happened to be Jewish. It was not aimed at any community or meant to be antisemitic in any way. However, recognising that it could be misconstrued, he has apologised openly for such errors of judgement made more than 20 years ago.” The comment was referred to the Commission as part of a report by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

The Commission wrote in its report that it will not act over the incident because it found Green’s comments to have been made in a “personal capacity and not on behalf of the charity or at an event it organised,” though it did concede that the comments exposed the charity to risks.

For over a year, the Commission has been investigating cases referred to it by Campaign Against Antisemitism in which we have alleged serious misconduct and maladministration due to the promotion of antisemitism by the charities, but the Commission has yet to reach decisions.

This year the Commission sought and received new powers which it claimed would enable it to adopt a firmer regulatory stance.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is hiring an Operations Manager. Could you help us find the right candidate? Could it be you?

We have reached the point where we need an Operations Manager to coordinate our day-to-day work and help us to scale effectively.

Working closely with our volunteer directors and our various specialised units, the role of the Operationa Manager will be to ensure that antisemitism is punished, and to support our work with the media and the government.

For more details, please take a look at the full job description and application details.

You might also like to join the team as a volunteer, or donate towards our running costs.

A troubling new survey commissioned by the Policy Exchange think tank says that more British Muslims blame Jews for the 9/11 terrorist attacks than blame terrorists from Al Qaeda. The research, carried out by polling company ICM, claims that only 4% of British Muslims believe that Al Qaeda was responsible for the 9/11 atrocities, whereas 7% believe that “Jews” were to blame (52% of British Muslims said they did not know who conducted the attacks, and 31% thought the American government was behind the attacks).

The results are in sharp contrast with the beliefs of the general British population, 71% of which blames Al Qaeda and only 1% of which blames Jews (10% attributed the attacks to the American government and 16% did not know who did it).

The foreword to the report by Khalid Mahmood MP, noted: “So many British Muslims seem ready to entertain wild and outlandish conspiracy theories about the way the world works, believing that dark forces are at work to ‘do us down’ as Muslims. From the attacks of 9/11, down to the more recent conflict in Syria, too many people seem ready to believe that these events are being deliberately organised and manipulated — whether by the American Government, Jews, or some other force – with the express intention of damaging Muslims.”

The report pointed out that conspiracy theories were part of the “extremist worldview”. Focus groups carried out by ICM gave one reason for blaming Jews as being “the widely circulated, fraudulent claim that several thousand Jews failed to turn up for work on 11 September 2001, a sign that they had foreknowledge of the attack — and were therefore implicated in the crime.”

In April this year, Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of ICM data produced for Channel 4 and Juniper Television showed that antisemitism is far more prevalent amongst British Muslims than amongst the rest of the British population.

Actress Miriam Margolyes has been caught on film appearing to suggest that “Jews and blacks” are stingy. The film, exposed by The Sun, shows Margolyes at an autograph signing event at which fans were charged £5 for a signed photograph with various stars. Some fans were taking photographs on their smartphones, prompting Margolyes, who appears in the Harry Potter films to jeer “can’t you afford five quid?” She then pointed at a black man and said: “Jews and blacks, they get a discount.”

A fan who filmed the incident said she thought Margolyes, who is Jewish “was being racist” and that she “singled out” and “humiliated” the black fan. It is unclear whether recognisably Jewish fans were also taking photographs. A spokesman for Margolyes told The Sun: “Miriam’s comments were made in jest and she would be mortified if anyone took offence.”

Last year, Margolyes said in an interview in The Telegraph that “nobody likes Jews”, blaming antisemitism on Israel. She explained: “People understandably and correctly associate Israel with Jews and Jews are killing people. Innocent people. And the Jewish community thinks it’s OK because they say that the Palestinians want to destroy Israel. And some of them do, that’s quite true, so they feel it’s alright to treat them in the way that they’re being treated. But I don’t think it is. I just can’t bear to see it.” According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Manifestations [of antisemitism] might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity” and “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is antisemitic.

The United States Senate has unanimously passed the Antisemitism Awareness Act, which requires the US Department of Education to use the International Definition of Antisemitism “In reviewing, investigating, or deciding whether there has been a violation of title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

The Act specifically notes that “Antisemitism remains a persistent, disturbing problem in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses. Jewish students are being threatened, harassed, or intimidated in their schools (including on their campuses) on the basis of their shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics including through harassing conduct that creates a hostile environment so severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit some students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by schools.” It also particularly praises the International Definition for including “useful examples of discriminatory anti-Israel conduct that crosses the line into antisemitism.”

The legislation was proposed by Senators Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, and Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, who said in a statement that the purpose of the Act was to “ensure the Education Department has the necessary statutory tools at their disposal to investigate anti-Jewish incidents.”

In 2005, the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), now the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), adopted a “working definition on antisemitism” which became the standard definition used around the world, including by the European Parliament, the UK College of Policing, the US Department of State, and the 31 countries comprising the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The US Senate is the latest body to formally adopt it.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee joined Campaign Against Antisemitism’s longstanding call for the British Government and its agencies, as well as all political parties, to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, and for educational institutions to use it in disciplinary cases.

Merseyside Police have announced that they have arrested a 29-year-old man following an investigation into neo-Nazi signs found on lampposts and street signs in south Liverpool and Knowsley. The man, who is from the Childwall area, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of possession of racially inflammatory material which is intended or likely to stir up racial hatred and publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred. The man is currently in custody and will be interviewed by officers today. The maximum sentence for such crimes is 7 years’ imprisonment.

The stickers were placed on lampposts, doors and pelican crossings around Aigburth and other parts of south Liverpool and Knowsley on Remembrance Sunday last month. The stickers were branded by National Action, the violent neo-Nazi group and absurdly declared parts of Liverpool a “Nazi controlled zone”. Thames Valley Police has also confirmed that it is investigating an incident in which National Action has tried to claim territory after National Action stickers were been found declaring parts of Newbury to be a “White zone”, with a drawing of a man with his face covered making a Nazi salute.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked the Home Secretary to proscribe National Action under section 3(3)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000, which would instantly render it a criminal offence to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support National Action.

National Action is a growing neo-Nazi group in Britain. It radicalises and indoctrinates the young, teaches them violence, attacks the police and the public and demands a new Holocaust. Many of its activities are already criminal, but its members are not being prosecuted. Earlier this week, Campaign Against Antisemitism released a video about National Action, and called on supporters to sign a petition adding their voices to Campaign Against Antisemitism’s call for National Action to be proscribed.

There are now positive signs that proscription is nearing for this violent neo-Nazi organisation. If you have not already done so, please show your support by signing our petition and calling on your friends to do so too.

For the second time in a month, violent neo-Nazi group National Action has tried to claim territory. Last month, National Action absurdly declared parts of Liverpool a “Nazi controlled zone”. Now, National Action stickers have been found declaring parts of Newbury to be a “White zone”, with a drawing of a man with his face covered making a Nazi salute.

In a statement, Sergeant Holly Nicholls, of Newbury Police Station, said “Thames Valley Police has received a complaint from a member of the public. The offensive nature of the ‘white zone’ posters, in addition to the fact that they were fly-posted, led to the removal of the posters. If you witnessed anyone hanging these posters, see any posters of concern, or have information that will help our investigation, please call Thames Valley Police on 101 citing reference number 43160334514.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked the Home Secretary to proscribe National Action under section 3(3)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000, which would instantly render it a criminal offence to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support National Action.

National Action is a growing neo-Nazi group in Britain. It radicalises and indoctrinates the young, teaches them violence, attacks the police and the public and demands a new Holocaust. Many of its activities are already criminal, but its members are not being prosecuted. Earlier this week, Campaign Against Antisemitism released a video about National Action, and called on supporters to sign a petition adding their voices to Campaign Against Antisemitism’s call for National Action to be proscribed.

There are now positive signs that proscription is nearing for this violent neo-Nazi organisation. If you have not already done so, please show your support by signing our petition and calling on your friends to do so too.

Animal rights activists calling themselves the “East London Chicken Save” have accused non-vegan Jews of perpetrating a “Kosher Holocaust”, storming a kosher slaughterhouse and daubing it and the road outside with graffiti including “Stop the Holocaust” and “Kosher Holocaust” along with a Star of David.

Following an initial peaceful protest at the Kedassia abattoir in Hackney Wick, the activists returned, forcing their way through the gate and shouting “F***ing bastards” at the staff, who they accused of “helping to kill babies”.

Accusing Jews of perpetrating a Holocaust is hateful and offensive. Six million Jewish men, women and children were brutally murdered by the Nazis. The kosher food industry slaughters less than 0.2% of the 760 million chickens killed in the UK each year. The targeting of a kosher slaughterhouse along with the use of this outrageous language gives reason for serious concerns about the motivations of these activists.

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National Action is a growing neo-Nazi group in Britain. It radicalises and indoctrinates the young, teaches them violence, attacks the police and the public and demands a new Holocaust.

Many of its activities are already criminal, but its members are not being prosecuted.

Under section 3(3)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Secretary can issue an Order adding National Action to the list of Proscribed Organisations, which would instantly render it a criminal offence to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support National Action.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked the Home Secretary to proscribe National Action under the Terrorism Act.

Add your voice at antisemitism.uk/petition.

Fans of Chelsea Football Club have defied a warning from their own club, and have been filmed singing crude antisemitic chants whilst riding the London Underground. According to footage provided to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea fans chanted “I’ve got a foreskin, haven’t you? F***ing Jew!” The supporters can be seen singing both on the train and as they walk through a station.

The antisemitic chanting follows a match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, at which Chelsea specifically warned that if any of their supporters engaged in antisemitic abuse, the club would seek to identify them and report them to the police.

Following the conviction of a Chelsea fan earlier this month, we are hopeful that the club will repeat its success in this case too.

Last month, a protest at UCL became violent and intimidatory. Protesters against the presence of an Israeli speaker at the university surrounded a room full of predominantly Jewish students, allegedly assaulted three female students, and even jumped through a window to confront the terrified audience. Campaign Against Antisemitism then found antisemitic tweets by one of the ringleaders of the protest, which we reported to the university and the police.

Now, Campaign Against Antisemitism and UCL’s Jewish Society are holding a public meeting at UCL on 30th November at 19:00 at which Campaign Against Antisemitism Chairman, Gideon Falter, will talk about the relationship between antisemitism on campus and anti-Israel activism.

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On 16th November, a Jewish member of the public contacted Campaign Against Antisemitism after entering Nin Com Soup at Old Street Tube Station in London, only to discover among the smoothies on offer one called “Nutzy”, emblazoned with a swastika.

She told us: “I entered the coffee shop Nin Com Soup in Old Street Tube Station to get a drink. In their fridge they had various smoothies, each with a big number on them to differentiate the flavours. One drink didn’t have a number but a large swastika, and the label said it was called ‘Nutzy’. I went to the staff at the counter to discuss this and they called their manager.

“He explained that it was an inverted swastika which was a Hindu symbol of health and prosperity, which is indeed right but the swastika was not inverted, and the Hindu sign includes dots within the symbol. When I asked about the name of the drink, he said it was a play on ‘having the nuts’, meaning ‘having the courage’ and was a pun as the drink contains nuts. I told him how offensive that was for certain people. He asked why I would find that so offensive, to which I responded that I lost my family to the Nazi regime and that despite the Hindu use of the symbol, this along with the name of the drink was extremely offensive. He said that London is a free city.

“I left the shop almost in tears and shivering as it proved to me how much antisemitism and fascism is still utterly present. That man had no shame whatsoever to tell me that I should not be offended by what I saw, when the use of the swastika and the name of that drink is clearly not a coincidence.”

The next day and the day after, Campaign Against Antisemitism sent volunteers from our investigations team to the shop and found that “Nutzy” was still listed, but out of stock. The following Monday, we found that, “Nutzy” was back in stock, but the swastika had bizarrely been replaced with an image of the Pope waving.

It beggars belief that this shop created a Nazi-branded drink by unwitting coincidence. The Nazis murdered six million Jewish men, women and children during the Second World War as well as almost half a million people from Britain alone in the most devastating war and genocide ever committed. It was unavoidable that this would be immensely offensive to Jewish people and anyone who lost members of their family to Nazi brutality.

Mockery of the Holocaust is not a criminal offence in and of itself, and so our only options were to contact the shop’s landlord, Transport for London, and the media, following which the drink has been removed from sale.

Antisemitic graffiti was found in Aberdeen on Viewfield Road opposite Gordon Highlanders, close to the venue of the Shalom Festival which celebrates Israeli culture.

The graffiti shows as Star of David and the number 666, described as the “number of the beast” in the Textus Receptus manuscripts of the Christian bible’s Book of Revelation. Alongside the graffiti is the shorthand “M2S” which is sometimes used to mean “Menace to society”.

The police have been informed and Aberdeen City Council has removed the graffiti.

Three Jewish students have accused Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge of covering up an extremely severe antisemitic incident.

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

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

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

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

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

On November 18, Mr Roiter-Jesner received an e-mail from Professor Stapleton merely informing him: “The internal disciplinary process of the tutors is now concluded and two students have been disciplined. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is in contact with the victims as it appears that crimes were committed, which should be investigated by the police.

 

Chelsea Football Club has warned fans not to engage in antisemitic abuse when the team plays Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow. The warning comes after Chelsea fan Fabian Richardson was banned from football grounds for three years and ordered to pay £365 after making 13 Nazi salutes in 15 minutes. Richardson was convicted after being identified by Chelsea.

In a statement ahead of Saturday’s match, Chelsea Football Club said: “A small minority continues to tar this derby with abhorrent antisemitic abuse. It was an isolated incident at last season’s corresponding fixture in May, but an individual who made Nazi-style salutes during the game was reported by a supporter who was able to remain anonymous. Chelsea FC worked with the police to identify the culprit who was recently found guilty in court and received a three-year football banning order and was banned by the club indefinitely. This is a clear example of our belief such behaviour has no place in our stadium or society and of our zero tolerance approach.”

The statement continued: “We encourage reports to be made, we have a sophisticated CCTV system and work with the police to take prompt action on all hate crime. If you hear discriminatory chants during the match, report it to a police officer or steward, or text anonymously to 07894 937 793. Please note the stand, row and seat number of the person, as well as their appearance, height and build.”

We commend Chelsea Football Club for its stance, and for taking robust action against antisemites in conjunction with the police.

Antisemitic graffiti has been found in Southwick in West Sussex. Journalist James Lillywhite came across the graffiti and tweeted: “It takes a lot to shock me, but this extremely racist and antisemitic graffiti in #Southwick is very offensive and worrying”.

The graffiti feature a caricature of a Jew with a huge nose, says that “[Jews] did 9/11” and “Jews r evill [sic]”. The graffiti is accompanied by what appears to be “Odin’s Cross”, a white supremacist symbol.

Mr Lillywhite has contacted Sussex Police and the local Council so that the incident can be investigated and the graffiti can be removed.

David Irving, the convicted Holocaust denier who has been banned from several countries, has reportedly to the Jewish Telegraph in an e-mail: “I have led groups of international tourists to the sites where the Holocaust really occurred in Latvia and Poland (like Sobibór, Treblinka and Belzec). But then Britain’s Jewish guests objected even to those tours. They are some hard-to-please people.” When we asked Irving to elaborate on ‘Britain’s Jewish guests’ comments, he reportedly responded: “The non-British Jews arrived in the years before 1938 and settled here,” refusing to comment further.

David Irving’s tour will visit 21 venues, but the exact locations will only be revealed to vetted ticket-buyers.

In 2002, David Irving was bankrupted after unsuccessfully suing historian Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher for libel, after she called him a Holocaust denier, a racist and a bigot in her book.  Lipstadt told the Jewish Telegraph: “As Anthony Julius said to me during my legal battle, ‘fighting David Irving is like the s*** you step in on the street — it has no intrinsic importance unless you fail to clean it off your feet and you bring it into your home’. He will preach to his small choir who are convinced and will remain convinced of the rectitude of his position.”

In its ruling on Irving’s libel lawsuit, the court found that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, antisemite, and racist, who “for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence” to distort the history of Adolf Hitler’s role in the Holocaust to depict Hitler in a favourable light.

Irving has a long history of the most vile Holocaust denial. For example, in October 1991 Irving told a conference to ridicule Holocaust survivors, and then added: “Ridicule alone isn’t enough, you’ve got to be tasteless about it. You’ve got to say things like ‘More women died on the back seat of Edward Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.’ Now you think that’s tasteless, what about this? I’m forming an association especially dedicated to all these liars, the ones who try and kid people that they were in these concentration camps, it’s called the Auschwitz Survivors, Survivors of the Holocaust and Other Liars, ‘ASSHOLs’. Can’t get more tasteless than that, but you’ve got to be tasteless because these people deserve our contempt.”

Irving’s humiliating defeat by Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher is the subject of a new film starring Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott and Timothy Spall due to be released in Britain in January.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has commended Sussex Police for correcting a mishandled complaint which we reported to the force.

Mr Lev Eakins, a Sussex resident, believed that a recent letter by Baroness Tonge had crossed the threshold of criminal incitement. Within hours of making his report to Sussex Police, he received an e-mail from a contact handler stating that the messages were “pro Jews, not anti-Jews as you suggest.”

In addition to displaying a disappointing level of ignorance as to the nature of post-Holocaust antisemitism, the officer had failed to apply the Macpherson Principle, as recommended in the findings from the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. This requires police forces to treat incidents as racist if the incident “is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.” All of the UK’s police forces have adopted the Macpherson principle.

After being contacted by Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sussex Police swiftly launched an investigation into the incident, which resulted in appropriate disciplinary action, education and a reaffirmation of the importance of the Macpherson principle when dealing with complaints of racial hatred.

All too often, the general public encounters resistance when reporting antisemitic incidents to the authorities. It is gratifying to see that Sussex Police takes these matters seriously, and that it is committed to ensuring its officers are equipped to respond appropriately.

A professor at Harvard Law School has received an antisemitic postcard sent from the UK.

The full details of the postcard’s message have been masked, but the sender addresses Professor Sanford Levinson by name and the message is clear: “Sandy,  You just got your like ass kicked. F*** you Hymie. We’re gonna drain the swamp at Harvard Law. Juden raus!”

The Nazi demand of “Juden raus!” means“Jews out!” and was also the name of a children’s board game, the goal of which was to round up Jews and place them at a “collection point”. The phrase “Drain the swamp” was used by supporters of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign as a shorthand for purging politics of corruption and corporate interests. “Hymie” is a Jewish name sometimes used by antisemites as a jibe.

Professor Levinson told the Boston Globe: “It certainly is as hostile as it could be…This is a level of antisemitic hostility that I have not seen before.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Programme Manager, Ben, was attacked on Wednesday evening whilst passing through Coventry on a nationwide mission to help students deal with antisemitism on campus.

At approximately 20:00, a man aged 40-50 with a shaved head and dressed smartly in a coat and tie, accosted Ben as he passed the ruins of Coventry’s famous cathedral which was bombed during the Second World War.

The man, who appeared to be drunk, asked Ben, who wears a kippah (Jewish skullcap) whether he was Jewish, which Ben confirmed he was. The man followed Ben, saying that he was a Catholic, and Jews do not belong near a cathedral. The man demanded that Ben “go back where you’re from”, to which Ben replied that he is from England. The man asked “How would you like it if I went to your places?” Ben told him he would be very welcome to visit.

The man then swung his arm at Ben, grabbing his hand and refusing to release it. Ben used this to keep the man at arm’s length as he continued to swing violently, repeating several times that this is Britain and he is British, adding “You shouldn’t be here, you don’t belong.”

After succeeding in knocking Ben’s kippah from his head, he told him to “have a good night” and ran away.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Crime Unit is in touch with West Midlands Police, however it is not currently believed that the incident was caught on CCTV and this will likely be yet another case in which a recognisably Jewish person is assaulted whilst the perpetrator goes unpunished. Ben is shaken but otherwise fine.

86-year-old Herminio Martinez has been convicted for racially aggravated threatening behaviour after launching into an antisemitic tirade on 8th February following a city planning meeting at which Jewish businessmen were permitted to construct a block of flats.

Property developers Michael and Joseph Gerrard were leaving the city planning at Haringey Civic Centre when Mr Martinez, who had opposed the planning application, called Michael Gerrard “Shylock”, a reference to the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice who famously demands a “pound of flesh” in settlement of a debt.

Mr Martinez denied the offence, but the magistrates convicted him on the basis of video footage of the aftermath of the incident filmed on a smartphone, handing him a 12-month conditional discharge and ordering him to pay £625 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

We commend the victims for taking action to ensure that this racist was punished.

Regrettably such convictions are rare due to reluctance on the part of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action against antisemites. While 2015 saw the worst level of antisemitic hate crime on record, we only know of 12 cases of antisemitic hate crime that the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted, out of a total of 15,442 hate crimes prosecuted that year.

A group of Jewish people, including children, gathered outside a synagogue on a major shopping street in Hendon have been subjected to antisemitic abuse. The incident took place at 14:50 today, when a car suddenly stopped outside the synagogue where a celebration had just taken place. The driver, descried as a white male in his mid-late twenties reportedly shouted “F*** Jewish, f*** Jewish, Heil Hitler” and performed Nazi salutes. Some reports say that a passenger in the car may have joined in.

Hendon is home to a large Jewish community, and Brent Street, where the incident took place, is a hub for the local community, as the home to many kosher shops and restaurants.

Once again, the most easily identifiable members of the Jewish community have been targeted for abuse on the streets of London. Saluting Adolf Hitler is sickening behaviour, chosen with the specific intent of wounding the victim in the most hurtful way possible. It must be met with the full force of the law. On Remembrance Sunday we commemorated the sacrifice made by so many brave man and women to protect our country from the Nazis, and the fact that the far-Right is regaining its foothold in this country betrays their memory.

Shomrim North West London, a volunteer-run Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, is seeking witnesses to the incident and can be contacted on 0300 999 1234. Alternatively, please call the police on 101, citing CAD reference 4948 14/11/2016.

Neo-Nazis from National Action have marked Remembrance Sunday by declaring Liverpool a “Nazi controlled zone”.

National Action is an antisemitic neo-Nazi organisation which tries to propagate fascist ideology and sees as its role models some of the most hideous figures in history. The group’s purpose is incitement to racial and religious hatred and its activities range from vandalism to violence. This group is not a dying vestige of British neo-Nazism but a new, young movement whose stunts are brazenly criminal.

Earlier this year a group of neo-Nazis from “National Action” paraded in the centre of Newcastle at the foot of Grey’s Monument with a “Hitler was right” banner. Members of the group performed Nazi salutes in the centre of the square. Some local people remonstrated with them but at least one onlooker returned their Nazi salute. When a musician in the square attempted to play saxophone music, one of the neo-Nazis violently attacked him.

The group previously attempted to demonstrate in Liverpool in August and September 2015, causing widespread public disorder and the cancellation of their demonstrations, with the group humiliated in August when they were unable to leave Liverpool Central train station. They then returned unannounced in November 2015 and delivered short speeches outside various public buildings and monuments in Liverpool, including speeches against Jews saying that: “Jews don’t care about me. They don’t care about you. They don’t care about any of us. All they care about is money and power.” Their video of the event contained additional antisemitic graphics and quoted from Adolf Hitler’s antisemitic diatribe, Mein Kampf. There have been no arrests.

In June 2015, “National Action” filmed themselves desecrating a menorah in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park by spraying graffiti and hanging a Nazi flag from it. There have been no arrests.

It is high time that the leaders of National Action and its adherents were charged with the crimes that they are committing. We are in touch with the Home Office to discuss this latest incident.

National Action attack busker in Newcastle, January 2016

National Action corralled in train station in Liverpool, August 2015

Residents of Alkham Road in North London awoke this morning to find that their vehicles, parked near a Jewish girls’ school, had been daubed with swastikas. The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating.

Last year, Shomrim Stamford Hill, the volunteer-run Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, found multiple instances of vehicles being vandalised with swastikas and having their tyres slashed.

Last month, a protest at UCL became violent and intimidatory. Protesters against the presence of an Israeli speaker at the university surrounded a room full of predominantly Jewish students, allegedly assaulted three female students, and even jumped through a window to confront the terrified audience. Campaign Against Antisemitism then found antisemitic tweets by one of the ringleaders of the protest, which we reported to the university and the police.

Now, Campaign Against Antisemitism and UCL’s Jewish Society are holding a public meeting at UCL on 30th November at 19:00 (please note the change of date) at which Campaign Against Antisemitism Chairman, Gideon Falter, will talk about the relationship between antisemitism on campus and anti-Israel activism.

Please book your free place by entering your details:

Calling all lawyers and paralegals, our Investigations and Enforcement Directorate needs your expertise to help us pursue criminal, professional and regulatory sanctions for antisemitism. We need your legal skills, but you do not need any experience of criminal, employment or regulatory law.

We are holding a special recruitment evening in Central London on 21st November. Please sign up by entering your details at antisemitism.uk/volunteer. If you know lawyers or paralegals who might be interested, please send them a link to this page!

The Home Office has yet again failed to prevent a vehemently antisemitic neo-Nazi band from entering the country, despite receiving ample warning from Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Some of Legion Twierdzy Wrocław’s songs are intrinsically antisemitic, Przetrwać by Zwyciężyć, appears to use coded neo-Nazi language to call for the annihilation of the Jewish People: “I will not rest until the vanishing of the whole tribe, the Khazars [a coded euphemism for Jews], The war lasts for generations. The flame that does not go out…My Aryan Homeland”. The band also uses the Auschwitz death camp entrance gate slogan “Arbeit macht frei” on its Facebook page, which is also filled with photographs of and information about the Nazis. The band also repeatedly uses a coded number, 1488, which means “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Heil Hitler.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism was alerted to Legion Twierdzy Wroclaw’s gig by journalist Colin Cortbus, an expert on the far-Right. We immediately made representations to the Home Office, calling on the band to be banned from entering the country, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

The band has now posted on its Facebook page that it played in London and will be “back soon”.

The band is believed to be part of the dangerous international neo-Nazi “Blood and Honour” network which recently organised a weekend rave in Cambridgeshire which attracted neo-Nazis from all over Europe. Attendees performed Nazi salutes in response to calls of “Sieg Heil” from the stage and sported swastikas, including a Union Jack superimposed with a swastika. Vehemently antisemitic songs were performed, including “Once a nation, now we’re run by Jews” before declaring: “It’s time we drove out the traitors” — clear criminal incitement to racial hatred.

The far-Right was once considered a spent force in Britain but for some years it has been re-establishing its foothold, aided by neo-Nazi and fascist organisations across Europe and the United States. British neo-Nazis must not be allowed to gain strength through links with foreign neo-Nazi groups.

It is horrifying that neo-Nazi bands are repeatedly being allowed by the Home Office to enter the country. This neo-Nazi incitement is dangerous and threatens the safety of British Jews. We will be taking this up with the Government.

Fabian Richardson, a fan of Chelsea Football Club, has reportedly been banned from football matches for three years after making a series of Nazi salutes during a game against Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at Chelsea’s home ground in May.

Richardson admitted religiously aggravated harassment after being caught making 13 Nazi salutes in 15 minutes, however at first he claimed that he was waving at friends, saying: “I’m not a racist, I was just an idiot.”

Robert Simpson, prosecuting, said: “It was the Chelsea-Tottenham game, and the defendant was seen by members of the public doing a Nazi salute towards the Tottenham fans. A photograph was placed on a forum of Kick It Out, and he was identified by Chelsea Football Club. He had his arm out at a 90 degree angle in a Nazi salute. He did this 13 times in 15 minutes. Asked in interview by police he said he didn’t know what it was, and asked if he had seen it in war films he said he didn’t think so. He told them he was waving to friends but couldn’t name any.”

Richardson has been handed a three-year football banning order, meaning he cannot attend any football matches in the UK, and must surrender his passport when the England’s national team play abroad. Additionally he was handed a £250 fine, ordered to pay £85 costs, and a witness tax of £30. His season ticket was also suspended.

District Judge Mike Snow addressed comments to 21-year-old Richardson directly, saying: “You didn’t grow up during the dark period of football in the 70s and 80s. During that time football matches were marred by abusive violence and language. We can’t slip back into that period. You and I both know that Tottenham and Chelsea is one of the feistiest matches of the season. We both know, in reality, that Tottenham is a club associated with the Jewish faith. You and I both know those fans are regularly the subject of abuse based on that presumption.”

Sadly antisemitic gestures and chants are still far too common at many football matches, so we commend Chelsea Football Club for identifying this criminal and taking action. Fabian Richardson has now been deprived of his passion for football, any employer will see his criminal record, and anybody searching his name on the internet will see that he engaged in such revolting antisemitic conduct. We applaud the police, Prosecutor Robert Simpson and District Judge Mike Snow for taking firm action in this case.

Regrettably such convictions are rare due to reluctance on the part of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action against antisemites. While 2015 saw the worst level of antisemitic hate crime on record, we only know of 12 cases of antisemitic hate crime that the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted, out of a total of 15,442 hate crimes prosecuted that year.

Last Thursday, the Palestine Society at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) organised a lecture by Thomas Suarez to promote his book, “State of Terror”. Throughout the lecture, antisemitic comments were made which SOAS Palestine Society failed to challenge.

Volunteers from Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit (DEMU) found that during the lecture, it was claimed that Zionists are mobilising subversive power to “outlaw” criticism of their activities, the creation of Israel was a “racist”, “facist” endeavour, the actions of Zionists and Israel are comparable to those of Nazi Germany, and Zionists historically radicalised Jewish children and engineered increases in antisemitism, all of which is antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The only intervention by SOAS Palestine Society was to threaten to “call security” when they became suspicious that a woman was recording the lecture.

Citing recent findings of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and a recent decision of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, Campaign Against Antisemitism is filing a complaint with SOAS alleging multiple breaches of its “Core Values” and “Student Charter”.

The letter drew SOAS Director Baroness Amos’ attention to various parts of the lecture including the following quotations:

  • “Zionists are so terrified of daylight on their cult, that there are moves afoot to outlaw any derogatory reference of the word”
  • “The wildcard to this is the US participation in World War I. Even at the time, some people alleged that Palestine was payback for the use of Zionist pressure to get the United States to enter World War I. There is no proof of that. What is clear in Cabinet records is that there was something going on with World War I, with Zionists in the United States and the US entering. That is clear in the records, but to go so far as to say there was a deal made with that is not a premise.”
  • “the idea of going somewhere where one could act out racial superiority was seductive”
  • “Israel has one of the largest militaries, but its most powerful weapon, the weapon without which all of its others would be impotent is its narrative, its creation of its autobiography. This narrative does not merely put a pretty gloss on this reality, as all nations have their narratives, it actually turns the truth upside down. And this complete arsenal in this narrative is embodied in a three-word bullet. That bullet is a three-word phrase: ‘The Jewish state’. This is a unique phenomenon in the World. No other nation has such a device as this. Israel does not use Judaism as a national religion. In fact, I may be wrong, but as far as I am aware, Judaism is not a national faith of Israel. Rather, crammed into those three words are all of Jewry, Judaism, Jewish history, culture, persecution, and most cynical and exploitative of all, the Holocaust. This three-word phrase expropriates all of these into a human shield.”
  • “The fascist nature of the Zionist enterprise was apparent to US intelligence, British intelligence and Jewish informants.”
  • “The radicalisation of children was the methodology of the Jewish Agency.”
  • “Zionism was a parallel movement to Nazism”
  • “Israel can hold Jewish identity for ransom”
  • “Zionist so-called immigration was from the beginning the expropriation of land, labour and resources”
  • “[Zionists] conspired to try and increase antisemitism in order to force Jews to Palestine”

The complaint, drafted by Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit concludes: “Baroness Amos, Jewish students are currently feeling threatened and isolated, not only at SOAS but at universities around the country. SOAS has the opportunity and the obligation to show in the firmest possible manner that those who engage in antisemitism at the School will suffer dire consequences for their actions, and that those who belittle or tolerate antisemitism will similarly be shown no quarter. SOAS is sometimes referred to in the Jewish community as the ‘School of Antisemitism’. We hope that by your actions you will demonstrate that this reputation is no longer deserved.”

According to an article posted by a Facebook group for UK Independence Party (UKIP) supporters, Jews are conspiring to subvert British democracy and engage in “treason” by undermining ‘Brexit’, Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Posted by ‘The UKIP Society’ Facebook page as a “very interesting observation”, the article attempts to expose a Jewish conspiracy by highlighting the people involved in Thursday’s High Court decision against the Government’s proposed Brexit process whom the author suspects of having Jewish heritage.

The post has been shared dozens of times, including by the ‘UKIP Hertford and Stortford’ Facebook page, and has attracted appalling antisemitic comments.

Facebook user ‘Darren Brown’ observed: “Rothschild. Soros. Rockefeller. Warburg. Du Pont. Morgan. ALL JEWS. ALL central banks are owned by Jews. It isn’t a coincidence they run the world.” Facebook user ‘Theresa Guilfoyle’ added: “No doubt. Rothschilds and rich bankers right behind it.”

Facebook user ‘Sue Thorpe’ complained: “Who else is going to poke their nose into our business? After what we did for the Jews during WWII they have a short memory! Just leave us alone to get on with our own lives!”

Facebook user ‘Maggie Tucker’ was sceptical that Jews oppose “British rule” but added “Mind you these Jews are all wealthy and that makes a difference now as in the past.”

Facebook user ‘Peter Baker’ earned a number of likes with his comment: “Tell the to keep their big noses out it’s not their business.”

Facebook user ‘Fred Matthews’ echoed Nazi propaganda, simply writing “Parasites”. ‘Jim Dunn’ contributed his solution: “Open up Hitler’s gas chambers the Jews know the way in”.

Facebook user ‘Nik Schofield’ was so outraged that he wrote: “Zionist c**ts these are the worst ya dont have to be Jew to be Zionist but all Zionists are Jews end of”.

According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “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.

The post was found by Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Everyday Antisemitism project, and has now been referred to our Online Monitoring and Investigations Unit, our Political and Government Investigations Unit, and our Crime Unit, all of which are run by volunteers.

A Jewish man has said that a passerby “deliberately tripped” him, called him a “Jew” and a “four by two” (Cockney rhyming slang for a Jew) and told him that he knew where he lived. The incident took place yesterday afternoon at around 15:00 in Stanmore in London. The victim said he was walking down the road when another man tripped him up. He then challenged him and began filming with his smartphone. The man can be heard on video being calmly abusive and threatening before telling the victim to “go f*** yourself”. The victim told the JC: “I was stunned and saddened that there is still this undercurrent of antisemitism in existence today.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism is trying to contact the victim through the JC but would appreciate it if any of our supporters could get in contact if they know either the victim or the man shown in this video. We will also be discussing the case with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Polish neo-Nazi band Legion Twierdzy Wroclaw is set to enter the United Kingdom and play at least one gig in London. Campaign Against Antisemitism has alerted the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service, requesting that the band be prevented from entering the country. The gig is currently due to go ahead on Saturday night in Dagenham, under the name of “United Skinheads”, which appears to be a name made up especially for the event.

The band is believed to be part of the dangerous international neo-Nazi “Blood and Honour” network which recently organised a weekend rave in Cambridgeshire which attracted neo-Nazis from all over Europe. Attendees performed Nazi salutes in response to calls of “Sieg Heil” from the stage and sported swastikas, including a Union Jack superimposed with a swastika. Vehemently antisemitic songs were performed, including “Once a nation, now we’re run by Jews” before declaring: “It’s time we drove out the traitors” — clear criminal incitement to racial hatred.

Campaign Against Antisemitism was alerted to Legion Twierdzy Wroclaw’s gig by journalist Colin Cortbus, an expert on the far-Right. We immediately made representations to the Home Office, calling on the band to be banned from entering the country, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

The band’s music is intrinsically antisemitic. For example, Cortbus reports that one of their songs, Przetrwać by Zwyciężyć, appears to use coded neo-Nazi language to call for the anihiliation of the Jewish People: “I will not rest until the vanishing of the whole tribe, the Khazars [a coded euphemism for Jews], The war lasts for generations. The flame that does not go out…My Aryan Homeland”.

Cortbus has also found that Legion Twierdzy Wroclaw used Auschwitz death camp entrance gate slogan “Arbeit macht frei” on its Facebook page, which is also filled with photographs of and information about the Nazis. The band also uses a coded number, 1488, which means “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Heil Hitler.”

The far-Right was once considered a spent force in Britain but for some years it has been re-establishing its foothold, aided by neo-Nazi and fascist organisations across Europe and the United States. British neo-Nazis must not be allowed to gain strength through links with foreign neo-Nazi groups, and we are making very clear our demand that existing rules should be enforced to ban neo-Nazi groups from entering the country.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) has condemned Sheffield Hallam University for failing to properly address a Jewish student’s complaint about antisemitism, and has ordered the university to pay him compensation of £3,000.

The student made a formal complaint to the university over its tolerance of anti-Israel activity that crossed the line into antisemitism and harassment, including tweets and Facebook posts by the university’s Palestine Society reportedly comparing Bethlehem to the Warsaw Ghetto and “Zionists” to Nazi criminals, and accusing Israel of harvesting the organs of Palestinian civilians. After deliberating for nearly nine months, the university comprehensively rejected the complaint, but the student took his case to the OIA.

The OIA strongly criticised the university’s handling of the complaint and found that the Palestine Society’s activity did cause him distress and inconvenience. The OIA cited the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” and “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

In a highly-significant move, the OIA reportedly described the definition as being “of particular relevance” and said the university should have engaged with the complainant’s request that it formally adopt the definition. The recognition by the OIA of the International Definition of Antisemitism in accordance with calls by Campaign Against Antisemitism, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, and others sets an important precedent.

The university has been ordered to pay compensation of £3,000 to the student, review its policies and work with the students’ union to ensure complaints are dealt with fairly, and raise awareness across campus of the legal framework governing freedom of speech and the university’s responsibility to ensure that staff, students and others are “protected from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.”

We commend the student for making the complaint, and solicitor David Lewis and lecturer Lesley Klaff for assisting him. The precedent set by this decision will help Jewish students who are harassed and victimised by antisemites claiming merely to be critical of Israel. If you know of anybody who has suffered from antisemitic harassment, please contact us.

A passenger on a tram in Manchester has been filmed delivering a tirade of abuse at fellow passengers, during which he told a Jewish man: “Why don’t you f*** of where you come from?”

After boarding the busy tram at Market Street, he was captured on film by another passenger before he disembarked at Abraham Moss in Crumpsall. Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, told The Mirror: “This type of behaviour has no place on Metrolink or anywhere else. We won’t stand for it and neither will our customers. We will work with Greater Manchester Police and share CCTV footage to help try and identify the individual.”

Last week, Baroness Tonge finally stepped down after the Liberal Democrats suspended her over yet another antisemitism crisis of her own making. This time, she had hosted an event at the House of Lords organised by the Palestine Return Centre (PRC) at which Jews were blamed for the Holocaust. The PRC were the very same hosts of a Parliamentary event last year at which Sir Gerald Kaufmann MP claimed that “Jewish money” controlled British politicians.

It has now emerged that in 2009, Jeremy Corbyn accepted a trip to Syria at the PRC’s expense, along with Baroness Tonge, to greet and praise the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. In writing an account of the trip, he repeated a worn antisemitic conspiracy myth, in declaring that “the Israeli tail wags the US dog”, as well as characterising the Balfour declaration as “infamous”.

Mr Corbyn repeatedly claims that he “condemns antisemitism” yet he fails to act against it, and even normalises it. That was the finding of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s report into antisemitism, which criticises Mr Corbyn directly and makes clear that under his leadership the Labour Party has not done enough to stem a flood of antisemitism amongst its supporters. The report demonstrates that at the very heart of Mr Corbyn’s politics lies a deep and profound denial of the nature of post-Holocaust antisemitism, reflected in his disavowal of the International Definition of Antisemitism, a definition that the Committee itself recommended be formally endorsed by the Government and all political parties.

The International Definition of Antisemitism incorporates a necessary understanding of the antisemitism of the period since the Holocaust in which Islamism and the far-Left from which Mr Corbyn hails have played a well-documented part. By making his claim that an Israeli tail controls the United States dog, Mr Corbyn is guilty, in the terms of the International Definition, of “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.”

The denial at the heart of the Labour Party’s antisemitism problem is embodied by Mr Corbyn. He can repeat indefinitely his assertion that he condemns antisemitism, but until he acknowledges its recent history, and accepts the definition endorsed by historians, governments, our Police and his parliamentary peers, he will continue to expose himself as a man supporting notions that are increasingly exposing British Jews to persecution.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the leader of a ‘violent’ protest at UCL last week to the Metropolitan Police Service and UCL over antisemitic tweets which have come to light.

The protest last Thursday against the presence of an Israeli speaker at the university reportedly resulted in three female students being assaulted, whilst protesters surrounded and trapped attendees despite efforts by university security and police to separate them from the protesters. At one point protesters jumped through a window to confront the terrified audience of predominantly Jewish students.

Now, Campaign Against Antisemitism has contacted the police and the university regarding security at the event, the conduct of the protesters, and in particular their leader, UCLU Friends of Palestine Society President Yahya Abu Seido. Though Abu Seido’s Twitter account is protected, CAA has obtained tweets stating that:

  • “ISIS serves Israel”
  • The media is “Zionist”
  • “Zionists own the economy”
  • Israel should be destroyed
  • Israel is pursuing “Nazism”
  • “Little Israeli girls get brave on Twitter”

Several of the tweets are antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

CAA has also seen video footage appearing to show Abu Seido at the protest saying: “I hope you guys will think twice now next time you think about coming here.”

In a letter to UCL’s Provost, Professor Arthur, Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism called on him to take firm disciplinary action, writing: “The nature of the protest was intimidatory from the outset, and there is no question that attendees were terrified by the large mob of protesters seeking to surround and trap them.

“Footage of the protesters shows their leader telling attendees at the event: ‘I hope you guys will think twice now next time you think about coming here.’ Whereas criticism of Israel is not antisemitic, this protest was not criticism but part of a deliberate campaign of harassment and bullying, whose targets are overwhelmingly Jewish students. If reports that three female students were assaulted by the protesters are true, then that is a very serious matter, and the perpetrators must be expelled if they are found to be students.

“Jewish students are currently feeling threatened and isolated, not only at UCL but at universities around the country. UCL has the opportunity and the obligation to show in the firmest possible manner that those who bully, intimidate and harass Jewish students will suffer dire consequences for their actions, and that those who belittle or tolerate antisemitism will similarly be shown no quarter.”

The letter also called on UCL to investigate a statement by UCL Union which appeared to condone the protest.

Earlier this month, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee released its report into the rise of antisemitism in Britain. In relation to antisemitism at universities, the Committee said that “The unique nature of antisemitism requires a unique response” and that “pro-Palestinian campaigns [must be educated so as to] avoid drawing on antisemitic rhetoric”.

This week, students attending an event about Israeli interactions with the Palestinian Authority have reported being surrounded, harassed and even assaulted. The students had to be escorted from the event by police for their own safety. This is the second time that we have received a flood of videos from our supporters of predominantly Jewish students being barricaded inside a room whilst those outside threaten and even attack them.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is concerned with antisemitism, as our name suggests, so when we hear about incidents like this, we look at whether the incident was antisemitic. We use the international definition of antisemitism which states that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”

The fact is that almost half of the world’s Jews live in Israel, which is the physical centre of the Jewish religion. There are very few strands of Judaism which renounce all connection with Israel, yet universities are quite happy for violent bullies to protest anything short of Jewish students in Britain fully severing their ties with Israel.

Criticism of Israel is not antisemitic, but these protests are not criticism, they are a deliberate campaign of harassment and bullying, and their targets are overwhelmingly Jewish students.

A phenomenon that we have come across on social media in particular, is when antisemitism becomes so disguised, that we find people engaging in antisemitism without even realising that what they are doing is antisemitic. In other cases, we find antisemites very deliberately targeting Jews and pretending that they are simply protesting against Israel. The motive is important to us, but more important than the motive is the antisemitic act itself.

When campus protests against Israel repeatedly become violent and overwhelmingly target Jewish students, the motive scarcely matters. We simply do not care what the protesters say they are protesting against, they have become thugs whose targets are Jews.

The perpetrators who committed crimes or breached university rules must be investigated and punished. Additionally, universities must get their act together and provide proper security on campus, seeking the assistance of police forces when necessary. Whilst enforcing penalties for this kind of behaviour is essential, the problem must also be fought through education, which is the very purpose for which universities exist; the rhetoric which leads to expressions of hatred such as we saw this week must be counteracted, and universities should fill that role.

Campaign Against Antisemitism will be in touch with the university and police to satisfy ourselves that they are doing everything possible to bring to justice those who committed criminal acts or breached university rules. This work will be undertaken by the volunteers of our Regulatory Enforcement Unit and our Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit.

Londoner Stuart Birnie has been sentenced to six months in prison, beginning immediately, at a sentencing hearing at Wood Green Crown Court today.

On 17th December 2015, Mr Birnie saw a Jewish pedestrian and crossed the road to confront him, shouting: “Oi you go f*** yourself, I’m going to kill all the Jews.” He then yelled that “Jews produce too many kids” before repeating that he would “kill you and all the Jews.”

Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol deployed immediately and tracked Mr Birnie until police officers arrived to arrest him.

Mr Birnie told probation officers that the “situation in Stamford Hill is epidemic” as though Jews are a plague.

Miss Recorder Spiro said in delivering the sentence that the victim “was targeted purely because he was Jewish” and was left “frightened and heartbroken”.

In a statement, Jacob Weiss from Stamford Hill Shomrim said: “I welcome the immediate custodial prison sentence, it sends out a strong message that such behaviour is wholly unacceptable. Mr Birnie went out of his way to target his victim solely because he was Jewish.”

After a spate of light sentences, this is a very welcome result. The decision to imprison Mr Birnie for his actions sends a strong message that antisemitism carries severe consequences. We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim for their swift response to ensure that this racist was brought to justice.

Regrettably such convictions are rare due to reluctance on the part of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action against antisemites. While 2015 saw the worst level of antisemitic hate crime on record, we only know of 12 cases of antisemitic hate crime that the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted, out of a total of 15,442 hate crimes prosecuted that year.

Neo-Nazi barrister Ian Millard was banned from the profession yesterday by the Bar Standards Board over his antisemitic tweets.

A five-person disciplinary tribunal of the Bar Standards Board convened in London yesterday and found Millard to be guilty of professional misconduct due to his extensive use of Twitter as a vehicle to publicise his extreme right-wing views.

A cursory glance at his timeline reveals that most of his racism is directed at Jews. Seven tweets from November 2014 formed the basis of the complaint against him. Five of these were overtly antisemitic, including:

  • “Pro-Zionist, pro-Jew expenses cheat Michael Gove, now diminished shrunk to his true level (2 inches off the ground). Liar.”
  • In reference to former French President, Nicholas Sarkozy: “@HeretoWhiteMan thank you. When one looks at that little Jew, one has to wonder what the French people saw in him, as he gesticulates etc.”
  • In reference to former co-chairman of the Conservative Party: “A million British people forced to use foodbanks and all the Jew Shapps can say is to parrot a list of hackneyed propaganda phrases.”
  • “Strange seeing Dominic Grieve, who reminds me of the days when many/most Conservative MPs were English gentlemen, not Jews or yobs.”
  • The fifth tweet was a picture of a swastika bearing the caption “Juden sind hier unerwunscht” (“Jews not wanted here.”)

Representing himself, Millard admitted authoring the tweets but denied that they were seriously offensive. In a rambling defence, he attempted to justify his actions by insisting that his views were either factually accurate or, in the case of the swastika, no different to material printed by the press. He also claimed that he was the victim of persecution, citing the fact that the Bar Standards Board had been alerted to his activities by Jonathan Goldberg QC, a director of UK Lawyers for Israel, as evidence of “Jewish-Zionist influence”. He also attempted to impugn the integrity of Baroness Deech, a patron of UK Lawyers for Israel, who chaired the Bar Standards Board when the complaint was brought against him.

The tribunal upheld all the charges against Millard, finding him guilty of behaving “in a way which is likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in you or in the profession”. He was immediately disbarred.

Within hours of the verdict, he was back on Twitter, tweeting his support for Baroness Tonge in the wake of her suspension for hosting an antisemitic event at the House of Lords, as well as a video of a rabidly antisemitic speech by Adolf Hitler.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has reported Millard to the police over his incitement to racial and religious hatred.

Following her suspension from the Liberal Democrat party pending investigation, Baroness Tonge has resigned from the Party. She had already had the Party whip withdrawn in 2012 over antisemitic comments that Israel should be destroyed.

Her resignation is the culmination of a long history of baiting Jews.

We are pleased that she is no longer a member of the Liberal Democrat party, but it shames the Party that she was allowed to remain a member for so long, despite her comments.

Attention will now turn to Baroness Tonge’s ongoing membership of the House of Lords, which she used on Tuesday to host an event at which attendees compared Israel to ISIS and claimed that Jews “provoked” their own genocide in the Holocaust.

It is high time that Baroness Tonge was stripped of her peerage.

Baroness Tonge specialises in baiting Jews, as we have been reminded in recent months by her renewed antisemitic statements.

We welcome Baroness Tonge’s suspension from the Liberal Democrats in response to complaints from Campaign Against Antisemitism and others, but Party Leader Tim Farron must now procure Baroness Tonge’s long-overdue expulsion from the Party.

Baroness Tonge’s ongoing membership of the House of Lords and the Liberal Democrats is a disgrace to both institutions. It is indefensible that the Liberal Democrats withdrew the whip in 2012 over her antisemitic remarks then but have allowed her to remain a Party member since. Her latest remarks have caused multiple complaints to her Party, including from Campaign Against Antisemitism, and the departure of at least one senior Liberal Democrat, but so far the Party has simply defended her. Each day that Mr Farron allows people like Baroness Tonge and former MP David Ward to remain in the Party leads more Jews to wonder quite how serious the Liberal Democrats are about fighting antisemitism.

The Liberal Democrats must now act decisively to purge their Party of high-profile antisemites and ensure that this cannot happen again by adopting our manifesto for fighting antisemitism in political parties as backed by the Home Affairs Committee.

 

 

Whilst Liberal Democrat Baroness Jenny Tonge and Liberal Democrat Councillor and former MP David Ward have baited Jews in recent weeks, the Liberal Democrats have allowed both to remain Party members and Party leader Tim Farron has even defended David Ward.

Whilst Tim Farron appears to take no action whatsoever against two senior figures in his Party over complaints of antisemitism, a Jewish former candidate for the Party has decided to leave.

Matthew Harris, who stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate to become MP for Hendon in 2010 has had enough. In a blog post he wrote that the Party’s decision to defend Baroness Tonge was the “final straw”.

The Liberal Democrats have so far declined to answer Campaign Against Antisemitism’s letter regarding antisemitism in the Party.

On Friday, a report by Universities UK was released which made recommendations on fighting antisemitism. The 114-page report, which covers violence against women, harassment and all types of hate crime is the culmination of a study by a specially-convened Universities UK Taskforce. It is a tremendously disappointing document.

The report set out by spectacularly failing to grasp the scale of campus antisemitism. Firstly, the report cited figures for 2015 from the Community Security Trust noting that 21 incidents of antisemitism had been reported to the charity’s reporting helpline by students, comprising just 2% of the cases reported. The report based its assertions that antisemitism was not at alarming levels on that data, despite admitting that under-reporting was likely to be a significant problem. Indeed, the likely reason that so few cases of antisemitism are reported on campus is that such incidents have become so frequent, and the response so lacking, that Jewish students see reporting incidents as a waste of their time. Under-reporting is a symptom of a failure to enforce, but Universities UK did not draw that conclusion.

The report also cited a study from 2011 by the Equality Challenge Unit which asked just 20 Jewish students whether they felt discriminated against or harassed. Despite a quarter of them saying that they did, Universities UK concluded that the “vast majority” did not suffer problems. We would suggest that a quarter of Jewish students suffering from antisemitism is no cause for celebration, but in any case we wonder how Universities UK can possibly justify reliance on a survey of just 20 Jews.

The report’s principal failure however is not to have recommended firm steps against antisemitism. Instead, the report offered no significant new recommendations, instead merely congratulating universities on their good work and merely exhorting them to continue what they already do.

Whereas the report was commendably thorough in analysing violence against women, it cited multiple definitions of antisemitism but did not lend its backing to any of them.

Antisemitism at universities is a major problem. Those responsible for tackling it must have a detailed understanding of the challenges Jewish students face, and the forms antisemitism on campus often takes.

Universities UK missed the opportunity to meaningfully grapple with antisemitism. They failed to show any evidence in their report that they had understood the challenges that Jewish students face, and by recommending more of the same when it comes to fighting antisemitism on campus, Universities UK is simply sentencing Jewish students to a future in which antisemitism continues to rise, relatively undisturbed. All the more reason to be thankful for the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s report on antisemitism in the UK, which addressed antisemitism at universities with specific recommendations.

An exposé in The Telegraph appears to confirm our suspicions that Shami Chakrabarti’s peerage was a reward for her whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party. Baroness Chakrabarti was then named Shadow Attorney General.

Shami Chakrabarti’s inquiry into antisemitism was suspected of being a fraud from the moment she promised to conduct it in Labour’s interests. Sure enough, she delivered a whitewash which failed to deal with Labour’s antisemitism problem in any meaningful way. She did not tackle allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party or their woeful handling by Jeremy Corbyn, and she even refused to adopt a definition of antisemitism.

According to The Telegraph, “Jeremy Corbyn discussed giving Shami Chakrabarti a peerage with his team in March, it has emerged, amid claims she was aware her name was listed before agreeing to conduct a Labour report into antisemitism…The Shadow Attorney General’s name was added [to the honours list] before she was approached to conduct a report into antisemitism and Labour sources have claimed that the peer was told this prior to the announcement on 29th April that she would chair an independent inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour party.”

Shami Chakrabarti, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have all repeatedly denied that the offer of a peerage was made before Baroness Chakrabarti concluded her report into antisemitism.

The failure of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to stamp out antisemitism in its ranks was exacerbated by Shami Chakrabarti’s report into antisemitism and contributed to an institutional failure to address antisemitism which has made the Labour Party unsafe for British Jews.

Writing in The Times, the President of the Union of Jewish Students, Josh Seitler, has called on the President of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia, to fight antisemitism head on, or step down. In a scathing article, Seitler told Bouattia: “you have failed to act and so I am forced to say that the time for action is fast running out; it’s time to act now or it might be time for you to step down.”

Bouattia has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia then drew further condemnation in July when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative. Student leaders have even gone so far as to write open letters expressing embarrassment and apologising to Jewish students for the actions of Bouattia and the National Union of Students.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s report into the rise of antisemitism in the UK released two weeks ago said that Bouattia “does not appear to take sufficiently seriously the issue of antisemitism on campus, and has responded to Jewish students’ concerns about her previous language with defensiveness and an apparent unwillingness to listen to their concerns…Referring to Birmingham University as a ‘Zionist outpost’ (and similar comments) smacks of outright racism.” In response, members of the National Union of Students’ Executive Committee joined an open letter claiming that the Home Affairs Committee was on a mission to “delegitimise NUS, and discredit Malia Bouattia”.

Bouattia continues to refute both criticism and attempts at dialogue, including from Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The following letter from Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, was sent to the newly-elected Chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, and sent in copy to the MPs on the Committee who contributed to the Committee’s report on the rise of antisemitism in Britain.

Dear Ms Cooper,

I would like to congratulate you on your election as the new Chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

As you know, the Committee published on Sunday its report on the rise of antisemitism in Britain, including recommendations that we have long called for. We hope that the report will prove to be a turning point in the fight against antisemitism in our country.

We have a limited window of opportunity to turn the tide against antisemitism in Britain. As I noted in my evidence to the Committee, Jews are leaving mainland Europe in their thousands, and antisemitic crime in Britain continues to rise to record levels. Should we succeed, Britain will remain a beacon of tolerance and justice, but should we fail, we British Jews will find ourselves on the same dark trajectory as Jews across mainland Europe.

For too long, Campaign Against Antisemitism has often been a solitary voice calling for the Government and political parties to adopt the international definition of antisemitism, for police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to properly record, investigate and prosecute antisemitic crime, for the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats to fight antisemitism rather than normalising it, for the student movement to end the isolation and abandonment of Jewish students, and for social networks to shoulder their responsibility to cut off the torrent of hatred online.

The Committee listened, and by endorsing the measures we have called for, the Committee has forcefully challenged those responsible for allowing the normalisation of antisemitism. It was brave of the Committee to adopt the positions it has taken, and to pull no punches in doing so.

The Committee’s recommendations must be executed swiftly and in full. We hope that the first recommendation to be implemented will be the widespread adoption of the international definition of antisemitism by the Government, its agencies, and political parties, for as we have seen over the years, efforts to tackle antisemitism without defining it are doomed to failure.

There are only two respects in which we disagree with the report.

Firstly, the Committee found the performance of the justice system to be “for the most part, excellent”. Last year was the worst ever year on record for antisemitic hate crime, with a 26% rise in crime and a 51% leap in violent antisemitic crime, yet whilst the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted a record 15,442 cases of hate crime, we are only aware of 12 prosecutions for antisemitic hate crime. We can assure the Committee from bitter experience in dealing with the Crown Prosecution Service that its shameful refusal to tackle antisemitism is only set to continue. Unless the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service is urgently addressed, the Committee’s other recommendations will ultimately prove to be ineffective on their own. For example, no action taken by social networks alone will be successful if the worst offenders face no criminal sanction for their persistent efforts to incite hatred against Jews.

Secondly, the report found the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism to be “an effective forum for relationship-building, sharing of information and collaborative work aimed at addressing antisemitism in all communities” yet in reality the Working Group is exclusive, not inclusive. The organisations already represented on the Working Group determine the Working Group’s membership, and they use their position to ensure that less established voices are locked out. It is for that reason that Campaign Against Antisemitism has been forced to establish its own strong relationships with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Office, police forces and other Government bodies, rather than joining discussions within the Working Group. The consequence of allowing this situation to endure is that rather than the Government and its agencies having one discussion on antisemitism with all of the voices within the Jewish community, there are multiple disconnected conversations. That is best exemplified by the near total exclusion of the Ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jewish community from Government discussions, even though the Charedi community is the most visible Jewish community and therefore the most easily targeted.

Of course, the effectiveness of the Committee’s report will be judged by its implementation, but we are enormously grateful to the Committee for having taken this important first step, and there is no forum better suited to ensuring that the report’s recommendations are faithfully executed than the Committee itself.

We look forward to meeting with you and your colleagues on the Committee in order to discuss how we can work with you to the benefit of the entire Jewish community, and to our society as a whole.

Yours sincerely,

Gideon Falter
Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

A man has been convicted after making antisemitic death threats in September. Shehroz Iqbal pleaded guilty and was given a suspended sentence today of 16 weeks’ imprisonment and 80 hours’ unpaid work.

The incident took place on 11th September, when Iqbal shouted “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill all of you Jews — you killed my brothers” at a Jewish motorist. Volunteers from Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, followed Iqbal’s car until officers from the Metropolitan Police Service arrived to arrest him. Once again, Shomrim’s vigilance and swift action has secured the arrest and conviction of a brazen antisemite.

Iqbal’s conviction is unfortunately one of very few. While 2015 saw the worst level of antisemitic hate crime on record, we only know of 12 cases of antisemitic hate crime that the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted, out of a total of 15,442 hate crimes prosecuted that year.

More Nazi graffiti has been found in Stamford Hill by volunteers from Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol. Swastikas and the German “Fick euch” (f*** you) was found on a fence near Jewish-owned shops and is believed to be fresh. The graffiti is thought to have appeared between 18:00 and midnight on Thursday night. Shomrim have reported the graffiti to the police so that it can be swiftly investigated and removed.

The Government has not yet formally responded to Sunday’s release of the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism, but Theresa May endorsed it today during Prime Minister’s Questions, and challenged other political parties to do the same. Jeremy Corbyn has already attacked the report. The report contains recommendations long called for by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

A neo-Nazi gig in Scotland has reportedly been called off after the Scottish Justice Minister called on the Home Secretary to intervene to ban the US-based band from entering the UK.

Various anti-fascist groups had said that Bound for Glory, a white supremacist band would be playing a gig in Falkirk on Saturday, but the event has apparently been called off.

Up to 500 neo-Nazis had been expected to attend.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Vice Chair of the Chingford branch of the Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Labour Party, and the founder of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, has taken to the airwaves to say that Israel has “inflicted” the Holocaust on other people and “they use and exploit” the Holocaust for political ends.

She said: “When it comes to the Holocaust, of course, there must never be any minimisation of that horror. It’s inflicted on other people in the sense that apologists for Israel use the suffering of Jews to excuse the suffering of Palestinians. I hear it all the time: ‘Oh, they’ve suffered so much, let them get on with it.’ I’m not saying that Israel is committing a Holocaust. I’m saying they use and exploit the fact of the Holocaust to justify what are, in some cases, crimes against humanity…So the mass slaughter of Jews in Europe should never be inflicted on others. That’s my view and that includes Palestinians. But for that, I’m called a self-hating Jew.”

Her statement is antisemitic according to the international definition of antisemitism which the Home Affairs Select Committee on Sunday unanimously recommended that all parties should use, in accordance with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s manifesto for fighting antisemitism in political parties.

The definition says that “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

Wimborne-Idrissi’s latest tirade came less than three weeks since she last appeard on LBC and moved a Labour MP to tears by accusing Ruth Smeeth, a Jewish Labour MP, of having staged an antisemitic incident as a means to attack Jeremy Corbyn. At the time, she claimed that Smeeth “is against Corbyn, against his whole Socialist vision”. Referring to the whitewash Chakrabarti inquiry, she added: “The Chakrabarti Commission has been undermined at every turn by people like Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman [another Jewish Labour MP] and others like them who have a political agenda. The question of antisemitism is being used as a weapon in a political battle.”

We are not aware of any disciplinary action having been taken against Wimborne-Idrissi, but in any case the Labour Party has refused to reveal whether it is disciplining members accused of antisemitism.

 

The day after the publication of the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism in Britain, two well-known Liberal Democrats, have made comments baiting Jews on social media. Both Baroness Tonge and former MP — now a Councillor — David Ward, have previously had the whip withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, but they remain members of the Party and have recently been defended by the Party.

On Monday, Baroness Jenny Tonge complained on Facebook that her letter blaming Israel for antisemitism in the UK had been rejected by The Guardian. In her letter, without a trace of irony, she welcomed the Select Committee’s report, then continued “It is difficult to believe that a 75% increase in antisemitism it reports, have been committed by people who simply hate Jewish people for no reason. It is surely the case that these incidents are reflecting the disgust amongst the general public of the way the government of Israel treats Palestinians and manipulates the USA and ourselves to take no action against that country’s blatant disregard of International Law and the Geneva Conventions.”

Her explanation for antisemitism is in fact antisemitic according to the international definition of antisemitism which the Select Committee on Sunday recommended that all parties should use, in accordance with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s manifesto for fighting antisemitism in political parties. The definition says that “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” and “Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about…Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic.

Additionally, late on Sunday night Councillor David Ward (a former MP) tweeted in response to the report that “The Zionists are winning despite the appalling racism of the State of #Israel and its supporters — don’t give up — good will triumph bad”.

The report said that “the word ‘Zionist’ (or worse, ‘Zio’) as a term of abuse has no place in a civilised society…[and] this should be communicated by the Government and political parties”.

Both Tonge and Ward have been defended recently by the Liberal Democrats.

Last week, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, told the Home Affairs Select Committee that Councillor Ward had “served his time” after he had the whip withdrawn while he was a Liberal Democrat MP for comments equating the Jewish people with Nazis while implying that it is for the victims of the Holocaust to learn a lesson from it, as well as questioning Israel’s right to exist at all.

Three weeks ago, the Liberal Democrats declined to expel Baroness Jenny Tonge from the Party over her various antisemitic statements, including her recent call in the House of Lords for British Jews to “publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support for universal human rights”. The Liberal Democrat Party wrote to people who complained about Baroness Tonge’s remarks to tell them that it was “offensive” for her to have held British Jews accountable for the perceived actions of the State of Israel, but that her remarks “still fall short of being racist”. That is not what the definition of antisemitism endorsed by the Select Committee says.

Both David Ward and Baroness Tonge are serial offenders and it is hard to see why the Liberal Democrats repeatedly refuse to expel them. Just a day after it was released, the Select Committee’s report on antisemitism is receiving its first test. The Select Committee recommended that all parties should use the international definition of antisemitism, in accordance with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s manifesto for fighting antisemitism in political parties. Under the definition, the offences are clear and the Liberal Democrats must expel David Ward and Baroness Tonge without further delay.

Just on Sunday the Select Committee pointed out that antisemitism flourishes under leaders who tolerate it, as continues to be graphically evidenced in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. For Tim Farron to leave this matter here would amount to a similar display of hypocritical and weak leadership; if he does not comply with the Select Committee’s recommendations by expelling both David Ward and Baroness Tonge, he will be signalling that the Liberal Democrat Party is a safe space for antisemites.

Joe Glasman, Head of Political and Government Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism, has written to Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee today published its report following its inquiry into the rise of antisemitism in Britain. The report endorsed recommendations made by Campaign Against Antisemitism over the past two years, tackling the definition of antisemitism, antisemitism in political parties, antisemitism in student politics, the failure of social networks to interrupt the spread of antisemitism and improvements required in policing. The report was swiftly attacked by Jeremy Corbyn, among others, and Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, Gideon Falter, and Head of Political and Government Investigations, Joe Glasman, took to the airwaves to defend it and call for its recommendations to be implemented swiftly. We have also published a summary of the report and our response to it.

Below are three of our interviews conducted today with BBC Radio 5, BBC News and Sky News.

CAA Chairman, Gideon Falter, on BBC Radio 5:

CAA Head of Political and Government Investigations, Joe Glasman, on BBC News:

CAA Head of Political and Government Investigations, Joe Glasman, on Sky News:

 

The following letter by Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, to the Acting Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee was included as evidence in the report of the Select Committee among other evidence provided to the Select Committee by Campaign Against Antisemitism. We have published a summary of the report and our response to it.

Dear Mr Loughton,

Inquiry into the rise of antisemitism

You may know that every week, synagogues around the world read a portion of the Torah. A few weeks ago, a portion was read which contains in it three words that form the basis of Western civilisation: tzedek, tzedek tirdof — justice, justice you shall pursue.

These simple words were radical. In a time when power was wielded through the sword and by wealth, the idea that justice should be the ultimate goal of every person and the worthiest form of power was bold and new. It goes to the essence of what civilisation is: without justice we cannot thrive. We cannot consider ourselves civilised.

When I look at the plight of Jews across Europe, I think of those words. I wonder how far Europe will tolerate intolerance. Will Europe pursue justice?

Events answer that question for me.

Law enforcement against extremists cannot wax and wane. If you let hate thrive for decades and decades, then you eventually pass a point of no return. The terrorist attacks we are witnessing around Europe were born in a vacuum; they were born in a vacuum of law enforcement, where extremism was tolerated with minimal disruption by acquiescent liberal states fearful of causing upset.

We talk so much about immigration into Europe that sometimes we forget to look at who is leaving, and Jews are leaving. Thankfully there is no global database tracking the migration of Jews, but Israel does count the number of people availing themselves of the Law of Return, which guarantees Jews unconditional safe haven. Since 2000, 6% of the Jewish population of Europe has emigrated to Israel. In 2014 the rate of Jewish emigration doubled to its highest ever level and rose again in 2015. Leaving your home is not a snap decision, and for it to have sped up so dramatically shows that it has momentum. For many of those who emigrate, it will have been a decision that was ten years in the making. And in addition to that 6%, there are more Jews still, perhaps another 6%, who are leaving mainland Europe and coming to Britain, or the United States.

Jews across Europe are justified in thinking that society and the state have failed to step forward to end the wave of antisemitism that is behind this emigration. Had the only terrorist murders in Paris in January last year been the four Jews doing their weekly shop at the kosher supermarket, would there have been a million people demonstrating in the street? We know from the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and the horrific shooting of three Jewish children and their teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse, that the million-man demonstrations do not materialise when the dead are ‘just Jews’. After November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, many started saying that “everyone is a target” but they were already a target — Jews are part of “everyone”. When Jews start leaving, it is the surest possible sign that society itself is collapsing.

But Jews are not just leaving because of the major terrorist attacks that make the headlines. They are leaving because of stories like that of Samuel and Diana Blog, both in their late eighties, both Holocaust survivors. One night two men noticed the Jewish mezuzah on their front door in Amsterdam. They pretended to be police officers and barged in. As they shouted “dirty Jews” they beat Samuel until he was blind. They broke Samuel and Diana’s bones until they were wheelchair-bound for life.

So what can we in Britain learn from the rest of Europe? We could comfort ourselves. We could use Jews as a gauge of our society’s health, and our country is one of the best places in the world to be a Jew. We are offering a haven to the afflicted. Some London synagogues are now conducting their services in French. But we should not be comfortable at all.

Four years ago, two British Islamists, Sajid and Shasta Khan, were caught by total fluke. They had been building bombs in their front room and planned to attack the British Jewish community. One day they had an argument which the neighbours overheard and called the police. That is how close we came to a bomb attack on British Jews.

We are in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, and once again synagogue-goers will pass airport-style security that has been the norm here for decades. But in 2014, when antisemitic attacks here broke all records during the Gaza war, many tried to explain it away as some sort of rage against Israel. If that is the case, why the following year, 2015, did Campaign Against Antisemitism’s National Antisemitic Crime Audit discover that antisemitic crime had jumped 26% to a new record high? Why, in the absence of the convenient excuse of a war in Gaza, did violent attacks on Jews surge by 51% last year?

The reason is that at the same time as antisemitic crime was breaking new records, the charging of antisemitic crime dropped.

We do not believe that there is a hierarchy of hate, but antisemitism is different from other types of racist hatred. It is no mere prejudice; it endures because it is an ideology. It presents itself as a form of justice. Whereas other forms of racism slur their victims to diminish them, antisemitism does the opposite. Jews are presented as conniving, corrupting, parasites who wield immense power to the detriment of society. Antisemites present themselves as agents of justice, freeing mankind from Jewish dominance.

Like all ideologies, antisemitism has its own antibodies. Every Jewish contribution to society is cast as a bid for power. Every person who does not adopt antisemitism is dismissed as weak and blind. Every opponent of antisemitism is discredited as being part of a Jewish conspiracy or in the pay of Jews. Call an antisemite antisemitic and they will insist that you are smearing them to stop them exposing Jewish power. This has been accelerated by social media, which has enabled antisemitic ideology to become ‘open source’, allowing it to mutate faster than ever before, combining the strains of far-right antisemitism, far-left antisemitism and Islamist antisemitism into one super-resistant antisemitic ideology that is almost invulnerable to the usual social immune defences of reason and opprobrium.

It is due to these traits that antisemitism spreads faster than other prejudices, and for that reason we simply cannot wait for the slow progress that the criminal justice system is making in tackling hate crime as a whole. Antisemitism needs forceful, immediate and specific action.

Instead, the opposite is happening. The Crown Prosecution Service has proudly announced that it prosecuted more hate crime than ever before last year — 15,442 cases — yet as far as we know, only twelve of those cases were prosecutions of antisemitic hate crime. We cannot know exactly because the Crown Prosecution Service refuses to provide any breakdown of its statistics.

Campaign Against Antisemitism deals daily with police forces, regulators and the Crown Prosecution Service. It is our opinion that it is almost impossible for an unaided Jewish layperson to successfully ensure that a non-violent antisemitic crime of which they are victim is investigated and prosecuted. Indeed, even in the cases in which we become closely involved in supporting the victim and dealing with police and Crown Prosecution Service, we are met with flat, unaccountable refusal to act, either by the police or Crown Prosecution Service. This allows antisemitic incitement and low-level crime to escalate and spread as antisemites are emboldened, and as the Jewish community increasingly views reporting antisemitic hate crime as an exercise in futility. The situation has become so desperate that we have now launched judicial review proceedings against the Crown Prosecution Service, and will soon commence private prosecutions.

We have one of the strongest legislative frameworks in Europe for fighting hate crime and extremism but we are not using it effectively. For all the talk about cracking down on hate crime following Brexit, we have seen no evidence of any meaningful action against resurgent far-right groups, the antisemitic extreme-left has taken over the Labour Party, and it has taken over 20 years for us to finally silence the Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary.

There is the political will to enforce the law against antisemites and extremists, but the breakdown occurs in police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service. Antisemitism is rarely a hot topic for long, and in competition with domestic violence or benefits fraud, antisemitism is often left to fester, which is exactly how it thrives. The consequence is that we are treating the cancer of growing extremism only when it is already strong and at its most violent. We are not ripping it out by its roots.

Campaign Against Antisemitism is working to change that. We have earned the support of the Prime Minister and her team precisely because we hold the authorities’ feet to the fire, even taking them to court when necessary. This is the fight for our country and we must not lose.

Unless we act now to act against antisemites as forcefully as the law will permit, then antisemitism will continue to spread, antisemites will become bolder, attacks on Jews will become more common and more ferocious, the Jewish community will become more fearful and start making plans to emigrate, and the golden era for Jews in Britain will have ended.

The words are as true now as they ever were: tzedek, tzedek tirdof — justice, justice we must pursue.

Yours sincerely,

Gideon Falter
Chairman, Campaign Against Antisemitism

Justice, justice, you shall pursue - צדק צדק תרדף
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