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[Note, February 1, 2019: I have had to change the headline to reflect developments in this story as it has developed. Further information in a future article.]

It seems somebody has impersonated This Writer in order to shut down the JustGiving crowdfunding page to provide funds for court action against people libelling me as an anti-Semite.

I’ve got a pretty good idea who it was – they appeared on my Twitter feed claiming that JustGiving rules do not allow crowdfunding for legal fees, shortly after I published my article on Rachel Riley last weekend.

This was the first I had heard of any such rule. I had set up the crowdfunding campaign in good faith, shortly after being libelled in several national newspapers at the beginning of last year, and had seen nothing in JustGiving’s terms and conditions to suggest I could not do so – nor did any representative of that site contact me with such information (obviously, as the page would not have appeared). I wonder if this was a new rule that has appeared since then.

Still, rules are rules and if there was one, fair enough. It’s a shame this site had not told me about it.

I was surprised when JustGiving contacted me this morning with an email that began, “Thanks for getting in touch with JustGiving.”

What?

I had done nothing of the sort!

So it seems this person had impersonated me in order to get the site to shut down the fund.

Doubly despicable.

We have a situation in which a person who falsely accused me of anti-Semitism then posed as me to prevent me receiving funds to challenge those false accusations.

Fortunately most of the money is safe I had already withdrawn it.

But some of you will have received refunds of donations that you made in good faith.

If you have had a refund and still want to support me – and let’s face it, there’s clearly a need to challenge these creeps – please use the “Donate” button below, and clearly state the purpose for which you want the money used.


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