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Jew-haters not being prosecuted

‘British Jews have lost faith in CPS’

JEW-haters are avoiding justice, according to the man leading a crusade against the Crown Prosecution Service.

Campaign Against Antisemitism chief executive Gideon Falter said his organisation is considering bringing a private prosecution against four Labour Party activists.

They have been accused of making antisemitic comments or posting antisemitic material online, or in person — but only one, Mohson Rasool, has been charged by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 60-year-old, of Birmingham, is accused of “sending a grossly offensive message or other matters” and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on March 25.

Mr Rasool, who was expelled by Labour, has been charged with an offence under the Communications Act.

It was more than a year ago that Mr Falter referred an 86-page internal Labour dossier of evidence to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick on radio station LBC.

“This exemplifies why two-thirds of British Jews have lost faith in the CPS, which simply cannot be relied upon to bring anti-Jewish racists to justice,” he said.

“Labour activists posted extreme Jew-hatred on social media. The evidence is there in black and white.

“The evidence has been reviewed by the commander formerly in charge of hate crimes at the Met and a former director of public prosecutions, yet the CPS dragged its feet for more than a year, only now to conclude that it has charged just one solitary offender.”

Mak Chishty, a former commander in charge of hate crime at the Met, reviewed the dossier and found 45 cases of antisemitism in it. He classified 17 of those as “race-hate incidents” which should have been reported to the police.

And, according to Mr Chishty and Charlie Sherrard, a criminal barrister who works with CAA, at least four further cases warranted criminal investigation — but the CPS decided not to investigate.

Mr Chishty said the incidents were “abhorrent” and described the language used as “absolutely horrible.”

The cases include:

* An activist who attacked a Jewish Labour MP as a “Zionist Extremist” who “hates civilized (sic) people” and was “about to get a good kicking” for spreading “Zionists propaganda”.

* An activist who posted an article containing Holocaust denial and antisemitic cartoons of Jews, from a blog claiming to provide “intelligent antisemitism for the thinking gentile”.

* A party member posted online that “we shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all” and that “these Jewish f*****s are the devils”.

* A party member accused of physically and verbally abusing a seven-year-old boy using racist epitaphs including “Paki” and “Jew-boy”.

But the Met has now said that of the 10 cases currently under consideration, five remain under consideration, one will be prosecuted, and four will be dropped.

Mr Falter explained: “This case has received national media attention as part of one of the most explosive political issues of our time — anti-Jewish racism at the forefront of British politics.

“When the CPS has failed to prosecute antisemites in the past, we have successfully instigated private prosecutions and brought judicial review proceedings against the CPS.

“We had hoped these measures would not be necessary every time antisemitic hate crimes come before the CPS, but yet again we find ourselves having to consider our options with our lawyers in order to deliver justice for the Jewish community, because the CPS has failed us.”

Mr Falter added that that CAA has requested a meeting with the Attorney General Suella Braverman.

The CPS told the JT that its legal test for prosecuting was not met in respect of the other four suspects.

A spokesman said: “Antisemitic hate speech is unacceptable and when our legal test is met, we always seek to prosecute.

“The laws designed to tackle hate speech on social media set a high standard and there is a distinction between what is merely offensive or hurtful and what constitutes a criminal offence.

“Some of the messages were posted too long ago for a prosecution to be possible.

“In other instances it could not be established if the suspects had intended to stir up racial hatred or there was likelihood of such hatred being stirred up.”


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