Campaign Against Antisemitism
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It publishes research, organises rallies and petitions and conducts ligitation.
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A grassroots campaign, it grew largely out of social media activity among those who felt more should be done to promote the Jewish community's concerns after a meeting to discuss responses where a campaigner had her concerns dismissed by Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman.
CAA's National Antisemitic Crime Audit collects and analyses antisemitic crime data from all police forces in the UK. CAA uses the report to assess trends in antisemitic crime and to make recommendations to the British government.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism wrote in 2015 that
We were somewhat disappointed to note that not all of the messages from that group (the CAA) have been in line with CST’s stated approach of seeking to avoid undue panic and alarm. We encourage Jewish communal leaders and others when speaking on antisemitism to follow CST’s example and to be reassuring and responsible in their language, taking into account the activity which as we have outlined had been undertaken before the summer and during it. So too, it is important that the leadership do not conflate concerns about activity legitimately protesting Israel’s actions with antisemitism, as we have seen has been the case on some occasions.
Rallies and petitions
Their first demonstration was against the Tricycle Theatre in London which, in August 2014, had refused to participate in that November's UK Jewish Film Festival due to the contemporaneous conflict in Gaza, unless the festival rejected funding from parties involved, notably a £1400 sponsorship from the Israeli embassy, which the Tricycle Theatre offered to replace. Later in August, following discussions with the festival organizers, the Tricycle withdrew its condition.
Also in August 2018 the organisation launched a change.org petition titled "Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and must go", the petition featuring a Labour slogan modified to read "For the many not the Jew", was signed by over 30,000 by 30 August 2018. A counter petition against the CAA with the title "To Get the Charity Commission to Deregister the Zionist Campaign Against Anti-Semitism" was signed by almost 7,500 and sent to the Charity Commission, which said in response that it was "assessing concerns raised about the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s campaigning activities". In October 2018, the Charity Commission noted that charities must be independent of party politics and insisted that the CAA reword its petition.
In November 2018, the CAA asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate the Labour Party. In May 2019, following complaints submitted by the Jewish Labour Movement and the CAA, the EHRC launched a formal investigation into whether Labour had "unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish".
CAA has used the process of judicial review to scrutinise and reverse decisions made by the British government and authorities. In March 2017, CAA forced the CPS to quash a decision not to prosecute an alleged far-right leader over a speech in which he issued a call to "free England from Jewish control".
In December 2017 the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute a Islamic Human Rights Commission director who was one of the organisers of a Quds Day rally, who, during the rally, allegedly stated that Zionists were responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire, called for Israel's destruction, and that he was fed up with Zionists, their rabbis, synagogues, and supporters. The CAA attempted to begin a private prosecution for inciting racial or religious hatred, however this was blocked by the CPS, as they had determined there was no "realistic prospect of conviction".
In early 2018, CAA brought a successful private prosecution against a holocaust denier who released three YouTube videos of self-written antisemitic songs characterising Auschwitz as a "theme park" and the Holocaust as the "Holohoax".
In July 2018, Gilad Atzmon was forced to apologise to Gideon Falter, the chairman of the CAA, over a libel. Atzmon had falsely alleged that Falter had personally profited from fabricating antisemitic incidents. He will be ordered to pay legal costs and damages.
In 2019, the CAA was sued by Tony Greenstein for libel in relation to what is or is not antisemitism following five articles it had published about him. In 2017, Greenstein had launched a petition asking the Charity Commission to deregister the organisation, claiming its purpose was to limit freedom of speech by calling opponents of Israel antisemitic.
Opposition to events
In August 2019, the organisation asked Goldsmiths, University of London to cancel a booking made by the Communist Party of Great Britain because they objected to some of the speakers who, they said, "have a history of baiting Jews or outright antisemitism". The university in response referenced their commitment to free speech and that hiring event space to legal organisations was a common practice amongst universities.
- Sarah K. Cardaun, (19 Jun 2015). Countering Contemporary Antisemitism in Britain: Government and Civil Society Responses between Universalism and Particularism. Brill Publishers. p. 152. ISBN 9789004300880.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "Hate crimes against Jews up sharply in Britain, audit finds". The Times of Israel. 2016-05-01.
- "Researching antisemitism". Institute for Jewish Policy Research. 2015-01-14.
- Peled, Daniella (15 September 2014). "Shaken by post-Gaza War Hostility, U.K. Jews Push Back". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- Cardaun, Sarah K. (31 August 2015). Countering Contemporary Antisemitism in Britain. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-30089-7.
- Dysch, Marcus (4 September 2014). "How a small band of activists took the lead". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Theresa May remarks on rising antisemitism and work of CAA". BBC News. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2019 – via Campaign Against Antisemitism.
- Charity Commission. Campaign Against Antisemitism, registered charity no. 1163790.
- "National Antisemitic Crime Audit". Campaign Against Antisemitism. 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "UK Watchdog: British Jews 'Denied Justice;' Despite Antisemitism Surge, Hate-Crime Prosecution Drops (INTERVIEW)". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, February 2015. 
- "Institute for Jewish Policy Research: News & events". www.jpr.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- "UK Jewish Film Festival banned from the Tricycle Theatre: But some won't attack boycott".
- Dysch, Marcus (15 August 2014). "Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
- Hundreds protest anti-Semitism outside Labour HQ, Jewish News, 8 August 2018
- "Thousands sign petition seeking Corbyn's ouster over Labour anti-Semitism". Times of Israel. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
- 30,000 sign petition calling for Jeremy Corbyn to quit over antisemitism, The Times, Dulcie Lee, 30 August 2018
- Preston, Rob (30 August 2018). "Regulator assessing concerns over Campaign Against Antisemitism petition". Civil Society Media. London. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
- Sugarman, Daniel (30 October 2018). "You can call Corbyn an antisemite but you can't call for him to resign, Charity Commission tells CAA". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- "Anti-Semitism: Labour faces possible human rights probe". BBC News. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
- "Equality watchdog launches Labour anti-Semitism probe".
- "Anti-Semites are becoming bolder in Britain, and that should worry us all". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "CPS are going to re-examine the case of a prolific anti-Semite who claims the West are "slaves" to the "Zionist agenda"". The Independent. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- Ross, Alice (2017-03-07). "CPS weighs prosecution of far-right activist on eve of legal challenge". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- CAA takes legal action against the CPS for blocking Al Quds Day march leader prosecution, Jewish Chronicle, 3 September 2018
- No criminal charge for Al Quds rally speaker who blamed ‘Zionists’ for Grenfell disaster, Jewish Chronicle, 13 December 2017
- Prosecution of Al-Quds Day march leader blocked by Crown Prosecution Service, Jewish Chronicle, 5 July 2018
- "YouTuber Alison Chabloz guilty over anti-Semitic songs". BBC News. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- "Woman who posted Holocaust denial songs to YouTube convicted". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- Blogger claims "no proof" gas chambers killed Jewish people, BBC News, 7 March 2018
- 'Holocaust revisionist' on trial for anti-Semitic songs, BBC News, 10 January 2018
- Blogger Alison Chabloz sings along to antisemitic song (((Survivors))) in court, The Times, January 10 2018
- Blogger 'mocked Anne Frank and Holocaust survivors', court told, ITV News, January 11 2018
- Welch, Ben (2 July 2018). "Gilad Atzmon is forced to apologise to CAA's Gideon Falter over libel". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- "Antisemitic author and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon capitulates, making humiliating apology and paying substantial damages and costs after just two hours in court against CAA". antisemitism.uk. Campaign Against Antisemitism. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- Rocker, Simon (15 Feb 2019). "Definition of antisemitism under the spotlight in anti-Zionist campaigner's libel battle against charity". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- Southworth, Phoebe (15 August 2019). "University which banned beef now hosts 'Communist' summer school". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "JLC pulls video criticising Campaign Against Antisemitism figures". The Jewish Chronicle. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
- "Video criticising Campaign Against Antisemitism pulled by JLC". Jewish News.
- "Campaigners against anti-semitism have launched an official complaint against Jeremy Corbyn". The Independent. 23 September 2016.
- Pfeffer, Anshel (14 November 2017). "U.K. anti-Semitism Report Highlights Disturbing Trend - Among British Jews" – via Haaretz.
- "Analysis: British Jewry and a feeling of insecurity". The Jerusalem Post.
- "We must ensure that antisemitism gets no foothold in Britain - Left Foot Forward". Left Foot Forward. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "The Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews Response To 'Poll of Jewish Attitudes' - The Jewish Leadership Council". The Jewish Chronicle.
- "JC poll reveals 88 per cent of British Jews have not considered leaving UK". The Jewish Chronicle. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
- "A better way to report the views of British Jews". The Jewish Chronicle. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
- "Board of Deputies Community Briefing". us5.campaign-archive1.com. Board of Deputies of British Jews.