We’ve seen this tactic time and time again from the fakes who pretend there’s a huge rise of anti-Semitism in the UK – particularly focused on the Labour Party.
They take a line from an article or message, out of context, and present it as proof of a campaign of hatred.
So here’s Simon Maginn’s Twitter message: “Attention Jew-hate scammers: you try it on here, you will be confronted and you will lose, publicly. There are more and more of us all the time, we are informed, we are organised, and we are coming for you. Things have changed.”
Perhaps it’s not the most diplomatic message. But then, Mr Maginn has been accused, threatened and otherwise abused by these hate-filled manipulators for a long time, now. After a while, it tends to wear away one’s willingness to use neutral language.
But people who considered themselves to be addressed by his message – in other words, people who deliberately lie that anti-Semitism is more widespread in the UK’s left-wing politics than is actually the case – cut the message down and reported it to the police.
The words they reported?
“We are coming for you.”
Out of context. Misrepresentative. Misleading.
Mr Maginn duly received a call from a member of Sussex Police, labouring under the belief that he was dealing with an offence under the Malicious Communications Act, and was subjected to a “words of advice” sermon.
He has complained to Chief Constable Jo Shiner – and has publicised his complaint on – where else? – Twitter’
It is wholly inappropriate for police to take a side in a political campaign. Police have no legitimate interest in lawful political campaigning, and have no right to attempt to prevent it taking place.
I think you need to take this seriously. #ItWasAScam
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) March 4, 2022
In an article, he elaborated:
All any Sussex Police officer had to do was read the tweet and understand what it meant. They could then explain to the complainants that, they might not like it, it might make them angry, but it was perfectly lawful, was not abusive or insulting or threatening, did not mention ‘Jews’ at any point, and was obviously a reference to a long-running political campaign on Twitter, #ItWasAScam, and not a ‘threat’ of an angry mob attacking Jews.
We see ‘evidence’ that is plainly wrenched out of context and wholly misleading, we see a histrionic over-reaction to a perfectly innocent event, we see a fraudulent accusation of antisemitism, we see an immediate and furious demand for action, and we see that action take place.
The scam, in miniature, over just a few hours.
They screamed loud enough, and they got heard. That’s how the scam has operated from the outset, and that’s how it’s continuing to operate.
Personally, I’d like to know what Sussex Police are doing about the people who contacted them to misdirect their attention to an innocent man with a lie.
No innocent people were threatened by Mr Maginn’s tweet, and those guilty of spreading vile lies about innocent people were only under threat of having their lies exposed.
For that, these liars called the police and wasted officers’ valuable time.
Has any action been taken to reprimand them?
What action has been taken to reprimand the people responsible for this attempt to pervert justice? https://t.co/51SJU9C6cd
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) March 5, 2022
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