Riley attacks Jewish poet Rosen as anti-Semite Holocaust denier – weeks after he published book on the Holocaust

Michael Rosen: He’s Jewish, and it seems Rachel Riley has accused him of Holocaust denial after he wrote a book about the relatives he lost in that event. Think about it.

Countdown co-host Rachel Riley is continuing her private little war against anyone she doesn’t like: now she has attacked poet (and former children’s laureate) Michael Rosen as a Holocaust denier, months after he published a book about the family he lost in it.

Also attacked was film director Ken Loach – not for the first time.

It arises from a tweet by anti-racism organisation Show Racism the Red Card:

Dave Rich, head of policy at Community Security Trust and an Associate at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, then tweeted:

Ms Riley’s accusation came as a response to Mr Rich – and seems to have mysteriously disappeared from Twitter!

Fortunately, we have a screenshot, provided in response to Mr Rosen’s request for evidence:

“The supposed anti-racist football charity #ShowRacismTheRedCard yet again unashamedly promotes deniers/proponents of anti-Jewish racism,” her tweet stated, casually tarring Show Racism the Red Card as fellow-travellers with racists. That organisation should take action over this slur.

“I hope schools don’t touch this competition with a barge pole.”

But Ms Riley’s view is not shared by all Jews. Take representative group Jewdas, for example:

This is true, as the Telegraph clarifies, saying he wrote The Missing (published on December 12 – nearly two months ago, rather than the days suggested by Jewdas) after talking to a teenage Holocaust denier:

We are discussing his latest book, The Missing, an account of his European relatives who vanished during the Holocaust. ‘I was face to face with one of the most virulent forms of anti-Semitism,’ he says, with a long stare. 

The idea for the book was buried in Rosen’s head for decades, as a series of questions he had been asking about his paternal great-uncles, Oscar and Martin, who existed before the Second World War – then vanished from collective memory.

“’I was doing it for the family and for my own stubborn mentality,’ says Rosen, 73.”

Members of the public have supported this view:

But many others, apparently influenced by Ms Riley, now seem to believe in her “Holocaust denier” narrative.

Why did she delete her tweet? Is it possible that she realised she had gone too far and that, unlike some of us, Mr Rosen has the funds to hold her to account for such false claims?

I don’t know – but I do know that this won’t stop her publishing such falsehoods.

It seems clear that this person will continue to make questionably-motivated attacks on innocent people until she is stopped – in court if necessary.

And of course there is a court case already underway – that she launched – that could put a stop to these antics. I refer to her libel action against me.

It was because I stood up for a teenage girl with anxiety issues who Ms Riley had attacked online that she launched proceedings against me. Again, the association was with anti-Semitism.

So allow me to repeat my appeal: if you want to see an end to this nonsense from a so-called TV celebrity who should know better, please support the CrowdJustice appeal for the funds I need to bring the case against me to court and to defeat her claims.

Such a loss would be a serious financial – and personal – setback for her. It is unlikely that Ms Riley would be able to present such questionable views to the public afterwards and expect a sympathetic reception.

So here’s how you can help:

Please consider making a donation via the CrowdJustice page.

Also (or alternatively), email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

On Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

This is a witch-hunt. It will continue as long as privileged people like Ms Riley are allowed to go unchallenged when they attack people, simply for having views that she doesn’t like.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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7 thoughts on “Riley attacks Jewish poet Rosen as anti-Semite Holocaust denier – weeks after he published book on the Holocaust

  1. timfrom

    Isn’t her doctor recommending that she take it easy, being as heavily pregnant currently on Countdown as she is (and who knows how far in advance the show is recorded)? All this litigiousness can’t be good for her blood pressure. What a self-absorbed horror she is. The poor brat doesn’t stand a chance!

  2. Dave Rowlands

    How does RR get away with all these accusations? Who is funding her? She maybe able to follow a cue but in reality she hasn’t a clue.

  3. Bal S

    If this glorified wordsmith and cheap Casio calculator continues to smear people with a two word term then I suggest we all do the same to her. Pro-racist. Pro-apartheid. Pro-illegal settlements. Anti-Palestinian. I’m sure others can think of one or two more. The difference being she quite clearly is all the above by labelling anyone who legitimately criticises what the Likudist regime is doing as being antisemitic. She is also undermining the work carried out by thousands in this country every day to combat genuine incidents of antisemitism, racism and xenophobia of all kinds, by smearing those who quite clearly are not by her pathetic, damaging and almost child-like scattergun approach to a very serious issue. Even David Cameron (of all people) called the Gaza Strip a ‘giant open air prison’. Channel 4 really has to have a long good hard look at itself.

  4. Mark Cunliffe

    The Rosen accusation is of course aburd, but I genuinely hate the number the establishment are doing on Ken Loach regarding a/s. How convenient would it be to discredit the one man whose work sheds such widespread and well received light on the cruelty of our so called democracy? I think all of this stretches back to the controversy regarding Perdition, Jim Allen’s play. For what it’s worth, Loach responded to Jonathan Freedland’s accusing piece here:

    1. Bal S

      Those slagging off Ken Loach probably think Michael Winner was on a par with Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick.

      As far as suing RR is concerned, the ‘big boys’ she has smeared have had a lot worse from far more powerful individuals and institutions. They probably think going after a poisonous little vacuum whose only real claim to fame is working on a daytime tv show that caters predominantly for geriatrics and hungover students isn’t worth the energy and oxygen.

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