A video clip has come to light of a campaigner for a pressure group, praising “our spies and intel… our fab celebrities” after Labour and Jeremy Corbyn were “slaughtered” in the 2019 general election.
Joe Glasman, leader of the so-called ‘political investigations team’ at the misnamed Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), made the claim in a video rant that was quickly set to ‘private’ – but you can see it here.
The CAA was set up during a period of violence between Israel and Palestine in 2014, and has spent the time since then smearing critics of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic.
Many critics have stated that the last thing this ‘charity’ does is actually campaign against anti-Semitism.
And in the four years since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, it has pushed hard the false notion that Labour had become anti-Semitic, despite the fact that anti-Semitism in the party fell well below the national average during Mr Corbyn’s leadership.
And in 2018, along came Rachel Riley, claiming that she had been moved to join the fight against anti-Semitism – particularly in the Labour Party – and claiming as her friends in that fight many of the CAA’s fellow-travellers.
She and Mr Glasman are well-known to each other on Twitter. Consider this (I’ll provide a screenshot in case it suddenly disappears):
(The claim appears to be disproved by research from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in – guess when? – 2017, which found that anti-Semitism was far lower in left-wing organisations than in those on the political right. Trouble is, I think Mr Glasman was misquoting from the same document, which did state that confidence in the Labour Party had fallen, among Jewish people, after some prominent people associated with Labour were associated with anti-Semitism.)
Curiously, all contact between these two people on Twitter seems to have taken place on January 5 last year – right in the middle of the argument that formed the basis of the article that Ms Riley reckons libels her.
But when he posted his video rant, she tweeted this reply:
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) December 26, 2019
The question for my case is: was Ms Riley carrying out the wishes of Mr Glasman and/or the CAA when she attacked Labour-supporting journalist Owen Jones on Twitter? It was this that sparked the confrontation between her and a teenage girl that, in turn, led to my article.
To be honest, I’m not sure it matters for the purposes of justice.
But it is deeply disturbing that Ms Riley may be connected with a network of individuals who appear to have deliberately set out to corruptly influence the outcome of a general election – as Mr Glasman put it in his own words.
If you are as disturbed by this as I am, then please share this information with people you know – and ask them to contribute to my CrowdJustice campaign. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to the bottom of this.
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The more we find out about this, the more sinister it becomes. People like Ms Riley have a lot of money, and they are trying to use it to escape justice. Let’s make sure they can’t.
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