The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has disclosed that six arrests have been made over antisemitism in the Labour Party in connection with a dossier referred to the Met by Campaign Against Antisemitism.
Cressida Dick, the UK’s most senior police officer, told LBC this morning that six arrests were made in early 2019 and five files were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in September 2019. These developments were further to the 45 cases mentioned in a secret Labour dossier referred to the Commissioner by the chief executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, Gideon Falter, live on LBC in September 2018.
The cases in the dossier included an activist who attacked a Jewish Labour MP as a “Zionist Extremist” who “hates civilised people” and was “about to get a good kicking” for spreading “Zionists propaganda”; an activist who posted an article containing Holocaust denial and antisemitic cartoons of Jews from a blog claiming to provide “intelligent antisemitism for the thinking gentile”; a Labour Party member posting that “we shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all” and that “these Jewish f***ers are the devils”; and a Party member accused of physically and verbally abusing a seven-year-old boy using racist epitaphs including “Paki” and “Jew-boy”.
Commissioner Dick explained that these cases represent a “very complex crime type” and therefore it was difficult to anticipate when the CPS would make a decision on whether to charge the individuals, based on whether there is sufficient evidence and if charging the offenders would be in the public interest.
Host Nick Ferrari also asked the Commissioner if she was concerned about a resurgence of antisemitic crime in London and nationally, to which she responded that “we have seen more” and that “it is really pernicious”.
The Commissioner also made reference to the antisemitic graffiti daubed on a synagogue and numerous commercial establishments in Hampstead last month, describing it as a “horrible event” and noting that it came “hard on the heels of the terrible attacks in the United States”, alluding to the violent intrusion into a rabbi’s house in Monsey, NY during a Chanukah celebration. She acknowledged that the graffiti has “shaken people in the local area and wider community” and insisted that the police have a zero tolerance approach to antisemitic crime. Commissioner Dick said that the police were “taking that investigation extremely seriously” and that “it is progressing well”.
Commissiner Dick’s interview can be watched below.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crime than any other faith group.
UPDATE: The CPS has commented: “We’ve received a file of evidence from (the Met) in relation to antisemitic hate crimes. We are reviewing this material to consider further charging decisions.”