Campaign Against Antisemitism
|Motto||Justice, justice you shall pursue|
Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) is a London-based, militant Zionist, anti free speech NGO. It was formed in August 2014 by members of the Anglo-Jewish community during a major Israeli offensive against Gaza. It was registered as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) on 1 October 2015 and, despite its overtly political activities, continues to enjoy tax-exempt charitable status under UK law.
In February 2020, the CAA was under investigation by the Charity Commission following a complaint by Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home affairs spokesperson.
There was massive opposition to the attack on Gaza among the British public; an estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of London in one protest. Such was the climate of opinion that Sayeeda Warsi, then a Foreign Office minister, resigned from the government, describing its support for Israel as “morally indefensible.”
For some time, there had been a constituency within British Zionists who felt that establishment groups such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews were not active enough in defending Israel.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism organised a demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in late August 2014, which it claimed was 4,500 strong. Its purpose was to link the protests against the attack on Gaza to anti-Semitism.
Ephraim Mirvis, Britain’s Chief Rabbi, spoke at the event, as did Vivian Wineman, then president of the Board of Deputies. Wineman was loudly booed.
The CAA is chaired by Gideon Falter, who is also a board member of the Jewish National Fund which has a long history of supporting ethnic cleansing in Palestine. The aim of the CAA is to paint Palestine solidarity campaigning and opposition to Zionism as antisemitic. Its preferred McCarthyite tactic appears to be to target left-wing political activists, Corbyn supporters and journalists who are critical of Israel by abusing and smearing them with unsubstantiated allegations.
Prime Ministerial praise
Prime Minister Theresa May has praised the CAA for its work, and former Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles published an official statement in January 2015 welcoming the CAA's report on antisemitism.
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|Stephen Silverman||Director of Investigations and Enforcement||June 2015||Trawling social, printed and broadcast media for evidence of Antisemitism and coordinating 'enforcement' action against those deemed guilty of it.|
|Document:British MPs won’t get to see ‘WitchHunt’ in the House of Commons – the very place it needs to be shown||Article||3 March 2019||Robert Cohen||The WitchHunt deserves to be widely seen. And it will be from Sunday 17th March 2019 when it goes online for free viewing.|
|Document:Fears over conflicts of interest at top of watchdog probing Labour anti-semitism||Article||16 July 2019||Phil Miller||So why would the EHRC decide to investigate Labour for anti-semitism, when the polls showed it had actually dropped, and not probe the Conservatives or UKIP, whose members displayed Islamophobia?|
|Document:Pro-Israel outrage over BBC coverage of Holocaust memorial||Article||25 January 2020||Orla Guerin at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial: “Young soldiers troop in to share the binding tragedy of the Jewish people. The state of Israel is now a regional power. For decades it has occupied Palestinian territories. But some here will always see their nation through the prism of persecution and survival.”|
|Document:The EHRC’s report into Labour antisemitism is the real ‘political interference’||blog post||7 November 2020||Jonathan Cook||It is instructive to compare the certainty with which the EHRC treats Councillor Pam Bromley’s ambiguous remarks as irrefutable proof of antisemitism in Labour with its complete disregard for unmistakably antisemitic comments from Boris Johnson, the man actually running the country. That lack of concern is shared, of course, by the establishment media and Jewish leadership organisations.|
|Document:The shortcomings of the EHRC Report||Statement||6 November 2020||Jewish Voice for Labour||There are just 12 mentions of Jeremy Corbyn in the EHRC report, of which only two concern actions taken by him. It is reprehensible not to distinguish between actions taken by individuals supportive of Corbyn and those taken by people hostile to him – such an omission leads to the impression that all failings were Corbyn’s responsibility.|
|Document:The witchfinders are now ready to burn Corbyn||Blog post||28 February 2019||Jonathan Cook||Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are being picked off one by one, from grassroots activists like Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth to higher-placed supporters like Chris Williamson and Seumas Milne. Soon Corbyn will stand alone, exposed before the inquisition that has been prepared for him.|
|Document:This largely pointless EHRC investigation has been welcomed by Labour||Article||28 May 2019||John Spannyard Indaworks||"The upside of all this is that it may well lay to rest the continual Zionist refrain that Labour and Corbyn are an anti-Semitic party. What it is unlikely to do in my view is derail the Corbyn McDonnell project - it's just a bump in that particular road."|
|Document:Why, as an avowed Corbynista, I will consider *not* voting Labour on June 8||Article||6 May 2017||Daniel Margrain||I have never voted tactically in the past, but given Newmark’s dubious Zionist credentials, I propose to do so in the General Election on June 8th|
- ↑ "Why, as an avowed Corbynista, I will consider *not* voting Labour on June 8"
- ↑ "1163790 - CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTISEMITISM"
- ↑ "CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTISEMITISM UNDER INVESTIGATION BY CHARITIES COMMISSION FOLLOWING RAISING CONCERNS REFERRAL BY GREEN PARTY HOME AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON"
- ↑ "Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against Palestinians"
- ↑ "Countering Contemporary Antisemitism in Britain: Government and Civil Society Responses between Universalism and Particularism, ISBN=9789004300880
- ↑ "Hate crimes against Jews up sharply in Britain, audit finds"
- ↑ "Researching antisemitism"
- ↑ "Theresa May remarks on rising antisemitism and work of CAA"
- ↑ "Government response: Campaign Against Antisemitism survey"