Tony Greenstein | 10 April 2018 | Post Views:

On Sunday the Far-Right CAA held a demonstration calling Jeremy Corbyn a
racist and anti-Semite and Labour a racist party

The Charity
Commission has clear guidelines in respect of charities, campaigning and
political activity. In their Guidance Campaigning and
political activity by charities at a glance
, u
nder key points,
there are a number of bullet points that the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism are
in breach of.  In particular:

There is a legal
requirement that political campaigning, or political activity… must
be undertaken by a charity only in the context of supporting the delivery of
its charitable purposes. Unlike other forms of campaigning, it must not be the
continuing and sole activity of the charity
148 references to Corbyn are on the CAA site – not one of them is complimentary
The Campaign Against
Anti-Semitism are going to find their attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, as a racist and
anti-Semite difficult if not impossible to justify.  There is little
doubt that the main activity of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is in
defaming and attacking anti-Zionists and supporters of the Palestinians of
which they see Jeremy Corbyn as a prime example.

The key legal
requirement is that ‘in the political arena, a charity must stress its
independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is

A glance at the CAA
website demonstrates that the attention of the CAA is focussed almost
exclusively on the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn in particular.
Maureen Lipman has now changed from Labour to Tories twice already!
A search today
reveals 23 occasions when Theresa May was featured in articles, none of them
critical, quite the opposite.  
Contrast this with
Jeremy Corbyn.  There are 148 articles which mention him, none of
them complimentary.  For example article no. 1 states

‘Jeremy Corbyn reacts
to CAA demonstration by disgracefully dismissing Maureen Lipman’s speech
against him.’  
 What possible public benefit or
charitable purpose is served by this tendentious article?

Under Jeremy
Corbyn, the Labour Party has become a safe haven for racists. He is at home
amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succour
to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of

How can this possibly
be considered to be politically neutral or unbiased?  What possible
purpose is served by this attack on Jeremy Corbyn?
Gideon Falter, far-Right Chair of the CAA speaks at their rally of about 200 people
 Its article ‘J’Accuse’ is similarly worded:

‘ “We accuse the
Labour Party, its MPs and institutions, of complicity with and promotion of
antisemitic racism. … We are at an historic moment: there is no hiding place
for them any longer. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is now a racist party
and to be silent now is to condone. We call on all Labour MPs and members to
act and support our disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn. This is the
point of no return: future generations are watching.”

Gideon Falter,
Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Under Jeremy Corbyn, the
Labour Party has been seized by racists. Jeremy Corbyn is at home amongst them,
having spent his political career seeking out and giving his backing to
Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups, wild antisemitic
conspiracy theorists and a litany of Jew-haters. This is the point of no
return: Britain must stand up for its Jewish community against the racists in
control of the Labour Party…’

Not only is Jeremy
Corbyn a racist but so is the Labour Party as a whole.  And this is a
politically neutral charity!  Now that William Shawcross, the
Islamaphobe who was Chair of the Charity Commission, has departed we would
expect this complaint, a successor to the one submitted last year to be quickly
dealt with.

We have over 5,000
signatures now.  In one week it will be delivered to the Charity
Commission.  Let’s make it 10,000.
Tony Greenstein

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