Tony Greenstein | 18 April 2016 | Post Views:

The Bogus Charity that Campaigns Against Corbyn, Muslims and

Campaign Against Anti-semitism’s first rally – Demonstrators covered with Israeli flag

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s racist and Islamaphobic infographic
The so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has just published a racist
attack on British  Muslims as its latest
stunt to shock people.  Why?

Miriam Shaviv referred in the Jewish Chronicle of 8 January 2016 to the ‘widespread dissatisfaction with the visibility of the Board during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 leading to the formation of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism‘.   Protective Edge was the name given to the attack by Israel on the Palestinians in Gaza, during which over 2,200
Palestinians were killed, including 551 children.
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s page on a neo-Nazi demonstration puts more emphasis on Israel and anti-Zionism=anti-Semitism than on the Nazis who they allegedly opposed
In Britain there was a march of
150,000 people against Israel’s blitzkrieg. 
Public opinion overwhelmingly supported the Palestinians.  The Board of Deputies of British Jews was
accused by Zionist zealots of doing nothing. 
For some time there had been a dispute between the more respectable,
bourgeois elements in the Zionist firmament and the activists, as represented
by one Jonathan Hoffman. Hoffman had originally been elected as Co-vice-chair
of the Zionist Federation but he was eventually removed from his position when
he began criticising mega capitalist and Chair of the Jewish  Leadership Council, Micky Davis.  Davis had sold up his mining company Xtrata
just before it set out on the road to bankruptcy.  Davis didn’t take kindly to the upstart
Hoffman criticising him for comments he made that were mildly critical of
Israel.  Out went Hoffman with his tail
between his legs.
CAA campaigns to confuse – ties in Boycott of Israel with anti-Semitism – Luke Akehurst of Progress and Labour First, a non-Jew who works for Zionist group makes the same nonsense allegations
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism
was born of frustration at the inability of the Board to mount even its normal
demonstrations in favour of the mass murder of Palestinians.  Its demonstrations had been getting smaller
and smaller and the last one, in Trafalgar Square at the time of Cast Lead, had
been disrupted first by a Jewdas hoax and then a heckler.  Despite being billed as a ‘peace’
demonstration, the heckler was roughed up by the crowd.  The Police estimated that it was only 4,000
strong, a far cry from the 25,000 it had mobilised in previous years.  British Jews were becoming more and more
unwilling to come out on the streets in favour of genocide in Palestine.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism was thus born
from a desire to support Israel right or wrong, not a
desire to combat anti-Semitism.  Its
purpose was primarily to confuse people as to the difference between
anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and to portray anti-Zionism as
anti-Semitic.  As the CAA said in
its  Annual Anti-Semitism Barometer 2015 Full Report it was formed to tackle anti-Semitism of ‘both
a classical ethno-religious nature and also a political nature related to

As part of this process CAA has cynically used fear of anti-Semitism as a device to both instill fear into
and mobilise British Jews, by suggesting that demonstrations against Israeli
genocide and destruction were anti-Semitic and directed at British Jews as Jews. 
Jewish Chronicle leader when CAS was first formed
The CAA accepts that ‘in
July 2014, when fighting between Israel and Hamas peaked, the Metropolitan
Police Service recorded its worst ever month for hate crime in London, 95% of which
was antisemitic hate crime directly related to fighting between Israel and
Hamas.’ [Annual
Antisemitism Barometer Published]
When Israel attacks the Palestinian population of
Gaza, there is a knock-on effect in terms of attacks on Jews in Britain.  This is not surprising.  There is a direct correlation between Israel’s
attacks on the Palestinians of Gaza and anti-Semitism in Britain.  The Israeli state calls itself a Jewish
state, its actions are claimed on behalf of all Jews and a few people react badly
by seeing that Jewish people are responsible for the carnage in Palestine.  The obvious conclusion is for Israel not  to claim that it is acting on behalf of Jews
in the diaspora. 
This is not however a conclusion that the CAS draws.  It has an entirely, different agenda, viz. to
demonise the Palestinian solidarity groups and the BDS campaign by alleging
anti-Semitism.  The CAS tries
to redefine anti-Semitism.  It claims
that ‘The globally-recognised EUMC definition of antisemitism clearly states that it is
antisemitic to:

  • Deny(ing)  the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming
    that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour).
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using
    the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g.
    claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
only problem with this is that the EUMC definition of anti-Semitism is not
globally-recognised.   Indeed the
European Union Monitoring Committee definition was only ever a ‘working
definition’ and is recognised by no one, least of all the EUMC’s successor
body, the Fundamental Rights Agency, which has erased it from its website. Blanca Tapia of the EU’s Fundamental
Rights Agency was quoted, in The Times
of Israel as saying that the FRA had never viewed the document as a valid
.’ Agency officials said the document had been pulled offline “together with other non-official documents.
EU drops its ‘working definition’ of anti-Semitism 

Of course it is anti-Semitic to hold Jews collectively responsible for actions of the Israeli state.  Absolutely.  So why do Zionist organisations, not least the CAA, claim repeatedly that British Jews support Israeli terror attacks on Palestinians and the wars against Gaza?  Isn’t that collectively holding them responsible?  Indeed worse, it is pinning responsibility on them.  By their own definition they are hoist!

This is not just a matter of ignorance, because
the CAA lobbied the US special envoy on anti-Semitism to pressurise Europe to
readopt the EUMC!   In an article,  ‘CampaignAgainst Antisemitism Meets United States Antisemitism Envoy’ we are told
that on 29th January 2015, ‘Campaign
Against Antisemitism Chairman Gideon Falter met with the United States’ Special
Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, Ira Forman, The CAA asked the United
States for help on four fronts.’
of these fronts was ‘Pressuring the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency to formally
adopt the “working definition” of antisemitism developed by the now-defunct EU
Monitoring Centre on Xenophobia and Racism which has been adopted by the United
States government.’  It is but one
example of CAA’s political dishonesty.
Elsewhere CAA defines anti-Semitism in such a
way as to mirror and distort the MacPherson definition of anti-Semitism.
Antisemitism is known as “the oldest
hatred” and some aspects of antisemitism are only obvious to those who know
something of Jewish history. In addition, antisemitism is the only form of
racism that can be disguised as hatred for a state, Israel.’ 
Only those who know something of Jewish
history, i.e. the CAA and fellow Zionists, can know what anti-Semitism is.  CAA treats history as a fixed body of
knowledge which only the politically approved of have access to.  Anti-Zionist Jews of course don’t fit into
this category as they might reject the statement that ‘anti-Semitism is the only form of racism that can be disguised as
hatred for a state, Israel.
’  The
problem is that both the South African whites and the Ulster Protestants made
the same claim.  
What CAA and the Zionists are effectively
saying is that there is no objective definition of anti-Semitism and therefore
it depends on your political perspective. 
A strange form of racism.
The Use of 
Opinion Polls – A racist campaign against Muslims
CAA Chair Gideon Falter tries to defend misleading opinion poll suggesting most Jews want to leave Britain – which dovetails nicely with Zionist agenda
The so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has
managed to generate headlines and publicity through the skewed use of opinion
polls.  In its 2015 Report it claimed, on
the basis of false and distorted statistics, that an opinion poll showed that almost half (45%) of British adults believe at least one of
the antisemitic statements shown to them to be true’.
It asked questions such
as ‘“Jews talk about the Holocaust too much in order to get sympathy.”  This is deemed anti-Semitism.  But it is a loaded question. 
Designed to stampede Jews to Israel
Zionists do use the Holocaust as a weapon in
their propaganda war.  They also talk
about it in a way that is seen to be politically
manipulative and it is not surprising that many
people perceive this as such.  Is it
anti-Semitic?  Apparently 1 in 5 people
believed that “Jews’ loyalty to Israel makes them less loyal to Britain than
other British people.”
  Now where can they
have got this idea?  Let me see.  How many times have I been called a Jewish
‘traitor’ for not supporting Israel?  If
I had a pound for each occasion I’d be rich by now.  These opinion polls are testing the effectiveness of Zionist
propaganda which says that Jews are loyal to Israel.
The CAA also conducted a thoroughly unscientific poll
of British Jews in order to find ‘proof’ for the Zionist wish that
‘anti-Semitism’  was that bad that most
Jews were thinking about leaving Britain for Israel.  It found that:
58% of Jews believed that they had no future in
More than half of all British Jews feel that
antisemitism now echoes the 1930s
1 in 4 British Jews has considered leaving the country
in the past two years because of rising antisemitism. 
45% of Jews questioned feel their family is threatened
by Islamist extremism.
77% of Jews questioned have witnessed antisemitism
disguised as a political comment about Israel.
84% of Jews consider boycotts of businesses selling
Israeli products to be intimidation and 82% say that media bias against Israel
fuels persecution of Jews in Britain.
To say that these were loaded questions would be putting
it mildly.  They were ideas put in the
heads of people in order to gain an answer. 
No attempt was made to put countervailing opinions to the audience.  For example it would have been equally
possible to put a question such as ‘Is it legitimate to boycott settlement
goods in order to pressurise Israel into a political settlement.’
Contrast this with a rigorously controlled, academic survey of the British Jewish community carried out by the Department of
Sociology of City University (November 2015). 
This found that nearly a quarter, 24%, of British Jews supported
sanctions to bring about a peace settlement. 
Indeed there is what it calls a ‘sizeable
minority’ supporting sanctions (34%-41%) among the young, the highly qualified
academically, and those who are not affiliated to a synagogue; with much lower
support (i.e. strong opposition) among older respondents, non-graduates and
members of Orthodox synagogues11 (11% – 18% support).
The City University survey found that more than twice
as many people (26%) saw improving the position of Israel’s Arabs as important
compared to 11% who saw combatting the boycott of Israel as their main
priority.   Indeed 61% saw pursuing peace
negotiations with the Palestinians as important and 46% saw halting the
expansion of the settlements as important compared to only 32% who saw fighting
attempts to undermine Israel’s legitimacy as a priority. 
Indeed an equal amount of Jews supported negotiations with
Hamas as opposed it.  (42%)  It would seem that British Jews are far less
hawkish than their community leaders.
Contrary to all the Zionist propaganda British Jews are becoming less Zionist – especially young Jews
And despite the hasbara one gets from Zionist leaders,
53% of Jews believed Israel was an occupying power in the West Bank compared to
29% who disagreed.  A whopping 68% agreed
with the statement that they felt a sense of despair everytime Israel expanded
its settlements as opposed to 18% who disagreed.  Even more amazingly whilst 59% identify as a
Zionist nearly a third, 31% didn’t see themselves as a Zionist. 
In response to the question about the role of Israel
in their Jewish identity, then 27% say either no role or some role, compared to
19% five years ago, and 73% say Israel has an important or central role
compared to 82% five years ago.  Clearly
Israel is losing its centrality in Jewish identity, especially amongst the
young and those who are not affiliated to a synagogue.  None of this however is touched on in the
propaganda surveys of the CAA.
Jewish Chronicle report contradicts CAA and shows nearly 9/10 British Jews have no intention of leaving Britain
Even the Jewish Chronicle in its next edition poured
cold water on these ‘findings’ with its own Survation poll.  Some 88% of British Jews in this poll stated
that they had no intention of emigrating. 
Jewish Chronicle 14.1.15. JC poll reveals 88 per cent of British Jews have not considered leaving UK 
In short the CAA poll was junk but it had served to
attract the headlines and make Jewish people feel more nervous about their
position in this country, which is always a Zionist aim.  Zionism is nothing if it isn’t based around
the idea of getting Jews to feel insecure in their own country in order that they
consider emigrating to Israel.
The Jewish Establishment Turns on CAA over its Distorted Poll that said most Jews are thinking of leaving Britain
Letter from 33 Jewish people opposing abuse of anti-Semitism
The CAA had an agenda and
conducted an opinion poll with the intention of getting people to say what CAA wanted to hear.  As the letter from 33
Jewish people in the Guardian 22.1.15. made clear The only meaningful response to antisemitism is openness.
Institute of Jewish Policy Research article ‘Researching antisemitism’ [14 Jan 2015]  was damning in its criticisms of the CAA’s findings
concerning Jewish attitudes.  It said:
‘unfortunately, the organisation’s survey about
antisemitism is littered with flaws,… its work may even be rather
It was ‘based on
an open web survey that had very limited capacity to assess whether respondents
were in any way representative of the British Jewish population. So the
percentages quoted are of survey respondents, not of Jews in the UK. The
findings might be representative of the Jewish community in some way, but it is
at least equally likely that they are not. Unfortunately, due to quite basic
methodological flaws and weaknesses, there is absolutely no way the researchers
or any readers of the report can really know.
of this, the IJPR stated that the claim in the report that “more than half of all British Jews feel that antisemitism now echoes
the 1930s” verges into irresponsible territory – it is an incendiary finding,
and there is simply no way to ascertain whether or not it is accurate.
’  It conclusions were damning:  ‘Professional
social researchers build credible surveys and analyse the data with an open
mind; the CAA survey falls short both in terms of its methodology and its
Regarding the Yougov survey into the attitudes
of British people, which the CAS tried to spin the JPR said this:
‘A far more accurate and honest read of the
YouGov data would highlight the fact that between 75% and 90% of people in
Britain either do not hold antisemitic views or have no particular view of Jews
either way, and only about 4% to 5% of people can be characterised as clearly
antisemitic when looking at individual measures of antisemitism.’
different to the CAA claim that nearly half of British people were
The CAS’s racist attack on Muslims – particular target for this Islamaphobic Zionist outfit
The CAA’s latest attack on
British Muslims has plumbed new depths.  The
CAA has gone to town on a Channel 4 survey of Muslim attitudes in Britain C4 survey anddocumentary reveals What British Muslims Really Think   The poll is
highly dubious [see What do Muslims really think? This skewed poll certainly won’t tell us Miqdaad Versi] 
The CST was none too pleased when the so-called Campaign Against anti-Semitism promised to set up a hot line to report anti-Semitic incidents.  When rumbled the CAS  blamed the BBC
Even the ultra-Zionist Community Security
Trust has raised doubts about the validity of the poll.  In an unusually sophisticated article
(at least for the CST) What antisemites really think  they wrote:
Dave Rich refusing to say  whether he endorses CAA’s racist pamphlet
‘This latest poll showed something else that is interesting, and is not
specific to Muslims: that people who believe antisemitic things about Jews
rarely think of themselves as antisemitic….

All unpleasant stuff. Put it together and you have somewhere around a third
of British Muslims who believe conspiratorial ideas about Jews that are drawn
directly from classical antisemitism, and (on the surface at least) have little
to do with anger over the Israel/Palestine conflict.

What is perhaps curious, though, is that this is not reflected in a more basic
question that was asked in the same poll about how favourable or unfavourable
Muslims feel towards Jewish people as a religious group. When this was asked,
Muslims averaged out as having favourable feelings towards Jews: on a sliding
scale from 0-100, where 0 is the least favourable and 100 the most, British
Muslims scored 57.1 in their feelings towards Jews.

This was lower than they scored in their feelings towards Christians,
Buddhists, Hindus and people of no religion, but still, there is a gap between
how the Muslim respondents in the poll feel towards Jews, and what they believe
about them.’

The Jewish Chronicle expresses the Establishment view that the CAS ‘has tried to use this communal success as an opportunity both to discredit those efforts by the existing communal bodies and to give itself entirely false credit for the ban (on fascists).’  Difficult to disagree, albeit for different reasons

Now of course the CST has genuine reasons to dislike the CAS.  For one they are trespassing on their
territory.  The CST considers itself the
professionals when it comes to anti-Semitism. 
The CAS are loud-mouthed propagandists. 
The Jewish Establishment whilst not openly criticising them do not like
their brashness.  In a perceptive
analysis Tony Lerman told of how ‘the key
Jewish establishment organizations–the Community Security Trust, the Jewish
Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies–are, behind the scenes, furious
that the CAA have snatched control of the communal narrative on antisemitism
from them.’
[email 18.1.15.]

CST has 2 references to EDL, neither of which in fact mention EDL

The CAA however has a clear agenda, which is to demonise Muslims in this
country.  It is an agenda that Netanyahu
and Israeli propaganda faithfully follow and this is one of the reasons that
the EDL and British National Party so love Israel. The CAA has endeavoured to
draw every ounce of racism from the survey, as has Channel 4.

Apparently 35% of Muslims
think Jews have too much power in Britain compared to just 9% of non-Muslim
British people.  Even if this is true,
and that is a big if, where do British Muslims get such a view?  Perhaps it’s a reflection of the
powerlessness of their own community and a reaction to the attacks on Muslims
by Zionist groups such as the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism.
Strangely enough the spin that
the CAA put on anti-Semitism in its survey of British attitudes generally Annual Anti-Semitism Barometer Report for 2015  was that
45% of Britons agreed with one or more anti-Semitic statement put before
them.   In 2015 it was alleging that 45% of British
people were anti-Semitic.  The CAA has a
vested interest in talking up anti-Semitism and thus frightening its donors into
coughing up the cash.
CAA’s racist coverage of anti-Muslim poll by Channel 4
The CAA analysis of the
Channel 4 poll is that Muslims are more anti-Semitic than ordinary
Britons.  But some of the figures don’t
correlate.  For example in the 2015
Report 17% of British people believe that Jews have too much power in the media
but this drops to 10% in the Channel 4 programme.  A drop of 41% in a year is simply not
credible. These polls are the equivalent of sticking ones finger in the wind to
see which way it is blowing.
Opinion polls tell you what
you want to hear, especially when you ask loaded questions.  For example the Channel 4 programme says that
42% of British Muslims think that Jewish people are more loyal to Israel than
Britain, compared to 24% of all Britons. 
But even the latter figure represents one-quarter of the country.  Where on earth would people get such an
Here’s a clue.  Could it be from the Prime Minister of
Israel, Netanyahu?   If Netanyahu speaks for all Jews presumably
all Jews owe the Israeli state their loyalty? 
Hence why such large numbers believe that Jews have a dual loyalty,
which of course is an anti-Semitic idea. 
What is the evidence?
In a speech to a rally of French Jews
after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket killing of 4 French Jews, Netanyahu said he spokenot just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the
entire Jewish people.”
    Jerusalem Post 16.2.15. see also Ha’aretz
12.2.15.  Netanyahu Speaks for All Jews Whether They Like It or Not which quotes him as saying:
“I went to Paris not just as the prime
minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people.” 
This is a prime example of Zionist
anti-Semitism because of course Jews outside Israel owe the Israeli state no
loyalty whatsoever.
The figure for this same
question in 2015 was 20% for British people, which would suggest that the
amount of anti-Semitism among British people has increased by 20% in a
year.  It would seem that everyone is
getting more anti-Semitic! 
Another comparable question
was whether Jews thought they were better than other people.  In 2015 some 17% thought this was true, but
in the Channel 4 poll this drops to 11% compared to 30% of Muslims.  Has there really been a drop of 35% in
British people thinking that Jews think of themselves as better than others?  So on some questions the British are becoming
more anti-Semitic and on others less! 
What is most shocking is the
production by CAA of a racist infographic entitled ‘Profile of a British Muslim
which is as vicious a stereotype as anything to be found in
Julius Streicher’s Nazi paper, Der Sturmer
It is nothing less than a racist exercise in racial profiling that is
similar to the way Jews were portrayed by the Nazis.  All this under the guise of an opinion
poll.  The reality is that it’s not
Muslims who are racist but Zionist Jews and groups like the so-called Campaign
Against Anti-Semitism.
From the CAA there pours the
most vile anti-Muslim bigotry.  If the
graphic was entitled ‘Profile of British Jewish Islamaphobia and coupled
typical anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew it would be condemned as an example of
vile anti-Semitism. Strangely enough no one has done an opinion poll of Jewish
attitudes to Muslims.  It might be most
The use of opinion polls to portray British people as
anti-Semitic did not originate with the CAS. 
According to Jennifer Lipman, in the Jewish Chronicle of April 17, 2012 Third of Britons: Dislike of Jews ‘understandable’ because of Israel no
less than 35% of British people believe dislike of Jews is understandable given
the actions of Israel.  More than a fifth
of those polled claimed that Jews “try
to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era”. 

Nearly 23 per cent supported the view that Jews “in general do not care about anything or
anyone but their own kind”.  
More than two out of five Britons asked agreed that
Israel was “conducting a war of
extermination against the Palestinians”,
and nearly 36 per cent said
that considering Israel’s policy, they could “understand why people do not like Jews”.  One thing is crystal clear – it is the
actions of Israel which is causing anti-Semitic attitudes and the attempts of
the Board of Deputies to associate British Jews with Israel’s actions is a
direct cause of anti-Semitic attitudes.
The CAA sends out most days an Anti-Semitism Report
and it covers any incidence of perceived anti-Semitism in the Arab world.  E.g. on the 24th January it
covered a story Egyptian sex
therapist declares that Jews “have had the highest rate of sexual perversions
in history”
and tells us that on 16th January, Egyptian Al-Hayat TV broadcast an interview with, Heba
Kotb, a consultant on Islamic medicine and marital life. Kobt claimed that
strict rules” in Judaism create a “psychological imbalance” and
that Jews “have had the highest rate of sexual perversions in history.” It
source is the Zionist fabrication unit, MEMRI.
an eye for all anti-semitism bar Zionist anti-Semitism
Nothing escapes the eagle eye of CAA.  For example another report on the 25th
January told of the Youth branch of
the Swiss Socialist Democrat party publishes antisemitic cartoon
.  The CAA focused on reports of an antisemitic cartoon published by the Young
Socialists of Switzerland, which it alleged was a ‘stereotypical Shylock
.  Nothing, not even a cartoon,
especially if it can be associated with the Left, will escape the CAA’s
notice.  Well not quite.
there is one country in the world where racism is not reported.
guessing which country – Israel of course.  
Of course there are no reports of anti-Arab hatred or racism in Israel
because Israel is by definition, a country where there is no racism according
to the CAA.  ‘Death to the Arabs’ marches
simply don’t happen.  Beating up Arabs in
Jerusalem by Lehava don’t happen.  The
lynching of an Eritrean refugee in Beersheva or the deportation of African
asylum seekers into the tender care of Isis don’t happen.  Jewish racism is taboo for the CAA.  
Netanyahu’s former adviser Bushinsky called the US Ambassador ‘a little Jew boy’ – the CAS expressed no disagreement with this vile anti-Semitic slur 
Ah I hear you say, but CAA only deals with
anti-Semitism.  True, but in that case you
might think that even the CAA would have reported Aviv Bushinsky, an ex-aide to
Netanyahu, who responded to mild criticisms by the US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel
Shapiro who criticised Israel’s two sets of legal systems in the Occupied
Territories with a pithy little comment. 
Bushinsky described Shapiro as ‘a little Jew boy’.  Former Netanyahu aide lambasts US ambassador in heated spat 
It is difficult to think of a more derogatory or
anti-Semitic phrase than ‘Jew boy’ yet our intrepid so-called Campaign Against
Anti-Semitism which can spot anti-Semitism in a Swiss cartoon or in an Egyptian
doctor was strangely unable to detect anti-Semitism when it came to Israel.   Likewise neo-Nazis in the ‘Jewish state’ are
off limits. 
 I felt certain CAA would wish to publicise highly anti-Semitic tweet sent to me – apparently not!
Asking why an anti-Semitic tweet sent by a Zionist, wishing I’d been murdered with my family in the holocaust, was not covered in the ‘Everday anti-Semitism’ posting

You might think that an anti-Semitic tweet, which
was sent to me on 11th April which expressed the wish that I and my
family had perished in an extermination camp would qualify as
anti-Semitism.  But no.  I sent this to the so-called Campaign Against
Anti-Semitism on 14th April and yet nothing appeared in their daily
reports.  Clearly anti-Semitism from a
Zionist does not count as anti-Semitism.

 ‘the CAA was set up last summer, not to fight
antisemitism but to counter rising criticism of Israel’s murderous assault on
Gaza. Its first big success was bullying the Tricycle Theatre into withdrawing
its objection to Israeli embassy funding of the UK Jewish Film Festival. The
CAA and the home secretary conflate anti-Israeli and antisemitic views,…
Accusing critics of Israel and Zionism of antisemitism merely devalues the
currency, while claiming the right for Jews to censor what others say about Israel
is hardly the way to combat prejudice against them…. we see far greater racist
threats to other minorities in this country, in particular the beleaguered
Muslim community.’
The CAA goes out of its way to ‘prove’
that Palestinians are anti-Semitic in a continuation of a theme that Benjamin
Netanyahu pioneered with his claim that a reluctant Hitler was pushed into
carrying out the holocaust by the Palestinian Grand Mufti Haj al-amin
Husseini.  [see Netanyahu: ‘Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time. He wanted to expel the Jews’
Netanyahu blames Jerusalem mufti for Holocaust, is accused
of ‘absolving Hitler’, Times of Israel, 21.10.15.  
For example in a post on the Paris
massacre, CAA claims that ‘the official Palestinian line’ is that Israel
carried out the Paris attacks.  We are
not told who in the PA has blamed Israel or indeed what is the name of the
‘official Palestinian Authority daily.

CAA never misses an opportunity to attack the Palestinians whilst steadfastly
ignoring all instances of Israeli racism. 
Segregation of maternity wards in Israel, segregation of dormitories in
Israeli Universities?  Forget it.  That is not anti-Semitism.  But right on cue after the Paris terrorist
attack CAA was mirroring Israeli propaganda. 
In its story

Official Palestinian line on Paris terrorist attacks: Israel was behind it

CAS quote the racist Zionist & Israeli government front organisation Palestinian Media Watch at face value
The CAA quoted the Zionist Propaganda Outfit,  Palestinian Media Watch
(which is a front for the Israeli government’s Ministry of Information)
uncritically: ‘Using classic antisemitic
conspiracy theories, the Palestinian Authority has blamed Israel for the
terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.’
A crude attempt by CAS to link Palestinians with ISIS terror attack in Paris
They might be right and they might be wrong but this has
nothing to do with ‘classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’.  Apparently the official Facebook page
of the Fatah party (the party of Mahmoud Abbas warned:  As a people who suffer daily aggressions by
Israel we understand the suffering of the injured and the families of those who
were killed in a cold blood…It is time to end the brutal Israeli occupation
which breeds violence in the entire world.’
Quite why this
is ‘anti-Semitic’ is difficult to understand. 
But ‘These two extracts are only two of an avalanche of
accusation from official Palestinian channels over the weekend.’ Source: Palestinian Media Watch
CAA vehemently attack all other Zionist organisations because they work with ‘Hope not Hate’ who have received money from UNISON which supports BDS – guilt by association McCarthy style since HnH has no position on BDS
The Islamaphobic CAA attack Hope not Hate’s Counter Jihad Pamphlet – 
Such is the CAA’s Islamaphobia
and bigotry against Muslims they even attack the well respected ‘Hope not Hate’
anti-fascist group.  Hope not Hate have, as far as I’m aware,
avoided all comment on the Middle East (in contrast to the pro-Zionist Searchlight
magazine under Gerry Gable).  Hope not Hate
took the lead in trying to persuade the Bradford left-wing festival Raise Your
Banners uninvite the anti-Semitic Gilad Atzmon from playing, yet in an article Hope Not Hate condemns those who fight Islamist extremism   18th
December 2015  CAS attack HnH for its
report on “The Counter-Jihad Movement:
Anti-Muslim hatred from the margins to the mainstream”.
racist Islamaphobe Melanie Phillips is Campaign Against Anti-semitism’s poster girl
It said that ‘A report by the left-wing anti-racism campaigning organisation Hope
Not Hate has caused consternation for listing prominent critics of Islamic
extremism and decrying them as anti-Muslim.’  
some of those included in the report are
not “anti-Muslim” at all, but are in fact simply critics of Islamic extremism.
For example, Melanie Phillips’
.   The
Daily Mail’s Mel P as she used to be known in her punk days, had ‘apparently been listed due to her continued
calls for a firmer stance against Islamists.
’  Well that’s one way of describing the most
bigoted columnist that even the Daily Mail can find.   Someone who described Independent Jewish
Voices, when it was set up in 2007 as ‘Jews for Genocide’. 

The Guardian’s Ed Husein described how Phillips said that President Barack Obama “adopts the agenda of the Islamists” and is “firmly in the Islamists’ camp”.  She also addressed the following remarks to him the previous December [The personal jihad of Melanie Phillips],
after he suggested that Palestinians had been victims of much injustice.  Her
comments on Palestine are off the wall, which is why the CAA loves
her so much:

“To repeat for the nth time: Israel was never the Palestinians’
‘homeland’. It was never taken from them ‘by force’. On the contrary, they
tried to take the Jews’ homeland from them by force – and are still trying. It
was the Jews alone for whom historically ‘Palestine’ was ever their national

CAA fails to appreciate that the main ‘extremists’ in this country are those
who whitewash Israel’s war crimes under the cover of false allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’.  But then it’s difficult to point the finger
at oneself.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Left
The CAA has gone to
town over Jeremy Corbyn. Before he was elected as leader, on the 17th August
2015, CAA complained [Critics of Jeremy Corbyn dismissed as “extreme Zionists”, Labour Party to “investigate”] that
critics of Jeremy Corbyn ‘are being
smeared as extremists who are trying to stifle criticism of Israel. Mainstream
Jewry’s concerns are neither “extreme” nor anything to do with Israel. As we
have written before, we are concerned both by Corbyn’s associations and his
many supporters’ apparent indifference to them.
There followed a
tedious list of lies.  For example it
describes Corbyn as a friend of Hamas and Hezbollah both of whom have apparently called
for a ‘worldwide genocide of Jews’

is a lie that either Hamas or Hezbollah are committed to a world wide genocide
against Jews.  Both organisations have
always welcomed Jews who are not Zionists to talk and meet with.  They are Islamic organisations and
politically, like all religious parties, are backward.  They may well give lip-service to
anti-Semitic documents without in the least understanding them.  Arab organisations sometimes do quote from
West European anti-Semitic documents such as the Protocols of the Elders of
Zion.  It is regrettable but it is
cocking a snook – like a mouse taunting a cat. 
There is a massive power imbalance between Hamas in particular and
Israel.  It is the relationship of the
weak to the strong. 

The remarks of holocaust
survivors re the Nazis was not politically correct either.  They too blamed the Germans rather than the
Nazis but such remarks were understandable in the circumstances.

What Hamas and Hezbollah do is to
rhetorically imitate anti-Semitic organisations without understanding
them.  Both organisations have met with
Jewish people like Norman Finkelstein and Jews, for example Amira Hass of
Ha’aretz have lived in Gaza.  It is
understandable that when the Israeli army comes to kill people, and they do it
in the name of ‘the Jews’ that people see ‘the Jews’ as their enemy.  

What is more pertinent is that Israel
virtually created Hamas as a counter-weight to Palestinian secular
organisations.  See How Israel Helped to Spawn Hama, Wall Street Journal, 24.1.09. 

A Charity?

The main anti-Semites for CAA aren’t the BNP/National Front/EDL but anti-racist MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Gerald Kaufman
14 references to Corbyn on CAS website 
The so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is a
Zionist political organisation which has nothing to do with charitable
endeavours.  It almost completely ignores
fascist anti-Semitism and holocaust denial organisations and concentrates its
attention on people like on Gerald Kaufman, the Jewish MP and Father of the
House of Commons and Jeremy Corbyn, whose record on anti-racism is second to
The number of references to Gerald Kaufman on the CAS site
If you do a search on the CAA website you will find 14
references to Jeremy Corbyn and 12 references to Gerald Kaufman and nothing at
all on anti-Semitic holocaust denial organisations the British National Party
& English Defence League.  Fascist anti-Semitism
is of no concern to CAA because fascist organisations are mostly pro-Israel.
The only reference to the BNP on CAS site is to an ‘ex BNP thug’
Despite the CAA being an overtly political
organisation, formed to combat anti-Zionism, the Charity Commission nonetheless
decided to register the organisation. 
Now it is possible that they failed to stop a fraudulent application for
charity status or equally likely under William Shawcross, the far-Right Chair
of the Charity Commission and a former director of the cold war Henry Jackson
Society, and an Islamaphobe, that they 
decided that a Zionist organisation was perfectly acceptable.  
The Charity Commission have also registered
as a charity the ethnic cleansers of the Jewish National Fund, despite them
openly admitting they that they buy and maintain land only for the use of Jews,
i.e. they are a thoroughly racist organisation. 
If it were honest the so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism should be
renamed the Campaign Against Palestinian Rights.
Tony Greenstein 

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