The European Forum for Ethnic Minority Individuals, Communities and Organizations (EFEMICO) is ostensibly an EU body that claims to represent all minority “migrant settlers to the EU” but which, at its launch, explicitly excluded Jews.
An investigation by Campaign Against Antisemitism last December revealed that EFEMICO is, in fact a bedroom-based operation run by Jason Schumann, a known antisemite and convicted criminal who once 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.”
Remarkably, ten months later, Mr Schumann continues to maintain the charade that he is at the head of an EU-wide organisation that champions anti-racism. However, it appears that Mr Schumann is finding the charade hard to maintain, especially since his personal Twitter account was suspended.
Earlier this month, we were told that the EFEMICO Twitter account had published a poll urging followers to agree that British Jews who support Israel are traitors, followed by a further tweet stating: “Any Jewish person who supports Israel more than his/her own country of birth, residence or citizenship is a traitor and should be gassed.” We were provided with screenshots by a member of the public, but the tweet cannot currently be found on Twitter. When we asked Mr Schumann to comment, he denied that he had deleted it, claiming that the tweet had never been posted at all.
A few weeks later, Mr Schumann appeared to call for a second Holocaust when he tweeted: “A given that Zionists fund & seek to support White supremacisy [sic]. All in effort to aid Greater Israel. Final solution needed.” Another tweet accused Israel of starting all wars since the 1970s, ending with the hashtag #FinalSolution. When we contacted him, Mr Schumann claimed that he had “clarified” his remarks but he did not explain why he had used the term “final solution”, nor did he apologise for doing so. He also claimed that he sought a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and said that “The Jewish community are wonderful people”.
This week, following the launch of the British Council for Combating Antisemitism (BCCA), we were told that the EFEMICO Twitter account had tweeted: “Let us be clear. You are Stasis [referring to the infamous former East German secret police force]. You have no legitimacy, and we will hunt you down. Nazis.” This antisemitic threat was reportedly tweeted at the Jewish Police Association, one of the founding members of BCCA, but the tweet is not currently on Twitter. A screenshot was sent to us by a member of the public, but again, Mr Schumann denied that the tweet was either posted or deleted.
Though Mr Schumann claims that EFEMICO is a champion for minority rights, it still appears to be nothing more than a platform for promoting the disturbing views of its sole officer.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has now lodged a complaint with the police. Mr Schumann already has a criminal record after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer, but when we asked him, he claimed that his conviction was an injustice and that he should never have been convicted.
The EFEMICO website may look credible enough to convince some that it is an anti-racist organisation set up to help them, but nobody should be under any illusions that it is a front for Mr Schumann and his disturbing views.