Pro-Israeli government stooges launch ‘Corbyn is anti-Semite’ petition – duping thousands into signing

This is the lowest attack yet from that fake ‘charity’, the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

It has launched a libellous petition on the Change.org website, to the Parliamentary Labour Party, calling for Jeremy Corbyn’s removal as party leader on the grounds that he is an anti-Semite.

There is a big problem with this: While many allegations are made, absolutely no evidence is provided to support them.

And we know that these ridiculous claims have been shot down on the social media as they were made. Right?

So they are defamatory of Mr Corbyn – libellous.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this nonsense.

Visit the petition and scroll down to just below the ‘Comments’. You will find a link marked “Report a policy violation“. Click on that link.

On the next page, click on the button stating that the petition is against the law, and fill in the box below, pointing out the reasons.

Make the point that repetition of a libel is a fresh libel, and that Change.org is endangering itself by hosting the petition.

And while you’re at it, why not complain to the Charity Commission?

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism poses as a charity – but charities are forbidden from interfering in politics. This is a clear breach of that rule.

This is the complaints page on the Charity Commission’s website. Please use it and follow the instructions.

These people must be stopped.

ADDITIONAL: There is a death threat against Jeremy Corbyn in the comments section of the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s petition.

This is beyond the pale.

What will the Campaign Against Antisemitism say when their lies have incited somebody to make an actual attempt on Mr Corbyn’s life?

This organisation is responsible for creating an atmosphere of hatred in the UK. Enough was enough a long time ago. It is time for deterrent action.

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33 Thoughts to “Pro-Israeli government stooges launch ‘Corbyn is anti-Semite’ petition – duping thousands into signing”

  1. foggy

    Mike, have you seen the death threats to Mr Corbyn on the comments of that petition ? They’re very disturbing and the incitement of hatred and his well being is a huge concern now. Nothing from CAA about these vile comments either !

    1. Mike Sivier

      I have, and have mentioned one such threat in an addition to the article.

      1. Fran Yeldham

        Don’t know how to make a PDF file to complain to the Charity commission.

      2. WANDA LOZINSKA

        I couldn’t see the comments. I didn’t want to sign it to see them!

      3. Jan Brooker

        Fran. Not sure what you’re after. Here’s my template letter to complain re. CAAS. As Campaign Against Antisemitism is a registered Charity, and are required to be ‘balanced’ in relation to political issues, where are their complaints about the higher levels of anti-semitism in the Tory and UKIP parties, never mind the BNP? Here is a template letter to complain to them, then the Charity Commission, about CAAS’ lack of balance: http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=1163790&subid=0
        _______________________________

        Gideon Falter
        Chair
        Campaign Against Antisemitism
        PO Box 2647
        London
        W1A 3RB

        Dear Gideon Falter

        You will be aware that recently, in relation to the Institute for Economic Affairs, a Charity Commission [CC] spokesperson is reported as stating that: “charities can play an important role in informing the public,” ….“The law is clear, however, that they must do so in a balanced and neutral way. There are clear rules for charities regarding political activity that form a key part of both charity law and public expectations.”

        I am concerned about your Charity’s ‘political activities’, which seem to be in clear breach of your responsibilities as a registered charity, and I wish to make a formal complaint.

        I am also going to make a formal complaint to the Charity Commission, if you are not able to satisfy me that you are not acting outside of the regulations governing the political activities of registered charities, but their online advice is that I should first approach a representative of the charity itself.

        The Charity Commission published guidance, Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities (CC9), includes the following:
        1.1 Key points about campaigning and political activity [extracts]
        • legal requirement: in the political arena, a charity must stress its independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is balanced.
        • a charity can campaign using emotive or controversial material, where this is lawful and justifiable in the context of the campaign. Such material must be factually accurate and have a legitimate evidence base

        On the first point there is no perceptible ‘balance’ in your activities that I can see, as your published material and public activities seem mainly criticism of the leadership of the Labour Party and its attitude to the issue of Palestinian rights and Israeli state policy, conflated with claims of anti-semitism [within the Labour Party], and factually I can see no basis for your charity’s approach, when recently published research:-

        Antisemitism in contemporary Great Britain, by 2 Jewish organisations,
        Jewish Institute for Policy Research & the Community Security Trust

        found that:

        “Looking at the political spectrum of British society, the most antisemitic group consists of those who identify as very right-wing. In this group about 14% hold hard-core antisemitic attitudes and 52% hold at least one attitude, compared again to 3.6% and 30% in the general population. The very left-wing, and, in fact, all political groups located on the left, are no more antisemitic than the general population. This finding may come as a surprise to those who maintain that in today’s political reality, the left is the more serious, or at least, an equally serious source of antisemitism, than the right.”

        I have not seen this reflected in your public statements and activities, so the balance necessary for your activities to be lawful as a charity seems to be contradicted.

        I would be interested to hear what activities your charity is undertaking to ensure political balance in your activities.

        If I do not hear from you within 14 days I will assume that I am not going to receive a reply.

        I look forward to your response to my observations; which you may take as a formal complaint.

        Yours etc

  2. terryindorset

    I haven’t got pdf evidence for my complaint…………it would go no further so I gave up….I tried

    1. Mike Sivier

      Simon Rudd on the Facebook group Supporting Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell has provided a PDF copy of the petition here:

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K6DWIWKQGxxDm0GbKQ-pvqHGhrEOy0D4/view

      1. Dominique Payne

        Thanks for this off link

  3. Unable to attach pdf and so complaint not accepted by Charity commision.

    1. Mike Sivier

      Simon Rudd on the Facebook group Supporting Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell has provided a PDF copy of the petition here:

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K6DWIWKQGxxDm0GbKQ-pvqHGhrEOy0D4/view

      1. Jan Brooker

        CC guidance is to complain to the [so-called] Charity first; which is why my template letter is addressed to CAAS [giving a 14-day deadline for them to reply ~ which they probably won’t]. Then I will complain to the CC. I think if you skip the first step, CC will not respond, BUT the more direct complaints the more likely they are to launch an investigation. Part of the CC guidance: *Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities (CC9)*, includes the following:
        1.1 Key points about campaigning and political activity [extracts]
        • legal requirement: in the political arena, a charity must stress its independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is balanced.
        • a charity can campaign using emotive or controversial material, where this is lawful and justifiable in the context of the campaign. Such material must be factually accurate and have a legitimate evidence base.

  4. MR

    Thank you Mike for exposing this. What vicious hatefull messages. I have never heard of CAAS until recently but understand some of their most prominent and vociferous supporters are members of the Labour Party. They have no place in the Party. Where is their evidence. I think I read that Martin Odini had contacted the complaints unit at the Labour Party only to be met with a disinterested reply from someone called Tim Dexter. This bunch should be investigated. Are they affiliated to the Labour Party. Thank you.

    1. Mike Sivier

      No, they most certainly are NOT affiliated to the Labour Party!

    2. Zippi

      I’m still waiting for my reply and I believe that I wrote to them first!

  5. Andy Kerrigan.

    This is clearly slanderous and politically motivated. It is tantamount to hate speech and has already encouraged at least one of the commenters on here to advocate threats on Corbyn’s life. It violates advertising standards, rules of change.org, could well be illegal and is clearly a breach of rules of the charity commission on political neutrality. The CAA should have it’s charity status removed forthwith.

  6. Andy Kerrigan

    Annoyingly it is rather a long winded way of reporting to the charity commision. You can’t just highlight how a charity has breached the commisions own rules on political neutrality. Grrr.

  7. AS far as the Charities Commission is concerned, the Trustees of a charity are responsible primarily with the charity’s financial position and should not be allowing it to become involved with potentially expensive libel litigation given the unsubstantiated wording of the Change petition

    1. Jan Brooker

      The Charity Commission is a bit more specific than that, they even have a pamphlet [available online]: *Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities (CC9)*, which includes the following:
      1.1 Key points about campaigning and political activity [extracts]
      • legal requirement: in the political arena, a charity must stress its independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is balanced.
      • a charity can campaign using emotive or controversial material, where this is lawful and justifiable in the context of the campaign. Such material must be factually accurate and have a legitimate evidence base

  8. Ray

    I`m jewish and no one speaks for me JC is right, hope he becomes PM sooner than later.

  9. WANDA LOZINSKA

    There’s a link at the base of this petition where people can report violations, so I sent this:

    Reason: It’s against the law.
    This petition contains blatant lies and is therefore libellous.

    1. “laid a wreath at a memorial for the Black September terrorists behind the Munich Massacre;”
    Corbyn was in Tunisia commemorating the deaths of 47 Palestinians killed by an Israeli attack. Said terrorists are buried in Libya, a different country altogether.

    2. “he made euphemistic comments to suggest that Jews are somehow un-British and foreign to the ways of our country.”
    He was referring to a group of self proclaimed Zionists (not necessarily Jews) who had misinterpreted a speech made by a Palestinian.

    3. He “defended an appalling antisemitic mural;”
    He hadn’t even seen the mural when he merely sympathised with the artist who was bemoaning the fact that it was to be painted over. The mural depicted caricatures of 6 actual banking magnates, old men with big noses, but only a few of whom happened to be Jewish.

    4. “held a repulsive event on Holocaust Memorial Day in which Jews were accused of being the successors to the Nazis; ”
    In a speech, a holocaust survivor compared the suffering of Jews under the Nazis with that of Palestinians under the Israelis today. This event was attended by Jews who have since criticised him for being there.

    I expect the other accusations are equally misleading, to say the least.

    A cursory glance at Corbyn’s Parliamentary record will show that he has constantly campaigned against anti-semitism so it is a travesty to accuse him of all people to be an anti-semite.

    A fundraiser has been started to raise money for Labour to take people to court, so I would recommend that this petition be taken down forthwith.
    ________________________________________

    Is this OK? I’m not sure why others are talking about pdfs,

    1. Mike Sivier

      It’s grand!

      The PDF issue refers to complaints to the Charity Commission.

      1. Jan Brooker

        Are people referring to capturing the comments and pdf’ing them? Did anyone take a screenshot? Jacqui Walker copied and pasted some of the outrageous comments, and posted them on her facebook page. Anyone know if these are image copies od the comments around?

  10. WANDA LOZINSKA

    The Charities Commission link states:

    “Before you start this form you must:
    * complain directly to the charity first – you can find contact details of all charities in England and Wales in the charity register (opens in a new window)”

    I’m not sure there’s much point in doing this as presumably they back their own petition?

    I’ve replied on the change.org petition itself, by using the “report violations” link. Shouldn’t that be enough?

    1. Mike Sivier

      It probably won’t be!

      Yes, complain to the CAA, even though it will probably fall on deaf ears (or you’ll get the kind of supercilious reply that I get, about not having time or inclination to school you in the law).

      Then you can go to the Charity Commission in good faith. It is already investigating this matter, so your communication will be taken seriously.

      1. jill phillips

        I agree with all the points made by Wanda Lozinska – but have almost no faith in officialdom; they’re a lazy bunch of w****rs. I certainly hope the Charity Commission understands – and deals with – this most serious of cases as it should be dealt with. If not – what are we left with? Sheer Fakery, Criminality and Rubbish.

    2. Jan Brooker

      Wanda, I’ve created a template compaint letter re. CAAS. Feel free to adapt. As Campaign Against Antisemitism is a registered Charity, they are required to be ‘balanced’ in relation to political issues. Here is a template letter to complain to them, then the Charity Commission, about CAAS’ lack of balance: http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=1163790&subid=0
      _______________________________

      Gideon Falter
      Chair
      Campaign Against Antisemitism
      PO Box 2647
      London
      W1A 3RB

      Dear Gideon Falter

      You will be aware that recently, in relation to the Institute for Economic Affairs, a Charity Commission [CC] spokesperson is reported as stating that: “charities can play an important role in informing the public,” ….“The law is clear, however, that they must do so in a balanced and neutral way. There are clear rules for charities regarding political activity that form a key part of both charity law and public expectations.”

      I am concerned about your Charity’s ‘political activities’, which seem to be in clear breach of your responsibilities as a registered charity, and I wish to make a formal complaint.

      I am also going to make a formal complaint to the Charity Commission, if you are not able to satisfy me that you are not acting outside of the regulations governing the political activities of registered charities, but their online advice is that I should first approach a representative of the charity itself.

      The Charity Commission published guidance, Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities (CC9), includes the following:
      1.1 Key points about campaigning and political activity [extracts]
      • legal requirement: in the political arena, a charity must stress its independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is balanced.
      • a charity can campaign using emotive or controversial material, where this is lawful and justifiable in the context of the campaign. Such material must be factually accurate and have a legitimate evidence base

      On the first point there is no perceptible ‘balance’ in your activities that I can see, as your published material and public activities seem mainly criticism of the leadership of the Labour Party and its attitude to the issue of Palestinian rights and Israeli state policy, conflated with claims of anti-semitism [within the Labour Party], and factually I can see no basis for your charity’s approach, when recently published research:-

      Antisemitism in contemporary Great Britain, by 2 Jewish organisations,
      Jewish Institute for Policy Research & the Community Security Trust

      found that:

      “Looking at the political spectrum of British society, the most antisemitic group consists of those who identify as very right-wing. In this group about 14% hold hard-core antisemitic attitudes and 52% hold at least one attitude, compared again to 3.6% and 30% in the general population. The very left-wing, and, in fact, all political groups located on the left, are no more antisemitic than the general population. This finding may come as a surprise to those who maintain that in today’s political reality, the left is the more serious, or at least, an equally serious source of antisemitism, than the right.”

      I have not seen this reflected in your public statements and activities, so the balance necessary for your activities to be lawful as a charity seems to be contradicted.

      I would be interested to hear what activities your charity is undertaking to ensure political balance in your activities.

      If I do not hear from you within 14 days I will assume that I am not going to receive a reply.

      I look forward to your response to my observations; which you may take as a formal complaint.

      Yours etc

  11. jill phillips

    Sorry about typos. Am going blind. They take time to correct and are often not seen.Do tidy up if necessary.

    1. Mike Sivier

      I fixed them.

    2. WANDA LOZINSKA

      Many thanks! Glad to see that the Charities Commission and even the Police are now investigating the CAA.
      Hopefully, people will no longer believe anything that’s said against Jeremy Corbyn. Many have already seen through the “terrorist sympathiser” accusations.

  12. Why the UK Labour Party should not adopt the IHRA Definition or any other definition of anti-Semitism
    By Norman G. Finkelstein

    Worth a read.

    https://mondoweiss.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8d38ef747c2061bb9c6137961&id=ede448ec32&e=189b366097

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