Campaign Against Antisemitism is recruiting an in-house General Counsel to bolster our capacity to pursue private prosecutions and other legal strategies, as our Antisemitism Barometer research showed that the Jewish community’s confidence in the justice system has hit a new low.
More than half (52%) of British Jews think that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not do enough to protect them, and 44% say that they do not think that antisemitic hate crime against them would be prosecuted even if there was enough evidence, with the same percentage now saying that they hide signs of their Judaism when in public.
This perception of the criminal justice system is hardly surprising given that, according to our analysis of Home Office statistics, Jews are almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group, with an average of over three hate crimes directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales. This is not even the full story, as hate crimes against Jews are also still widely believed to be under-reported, and also do not reflect the extent of antisemitic material and abuse on social media.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is particularly concerned about antisemitism on campus and online going unpunished.
By recruiting a General Counsel, Campaign Against Antisemitism will be able to leverage its existing network of pro-bono lawyers, many of whom are amongst the most renowned lawyers in the country, to bring many more lawsuits.
Over the past six years, our litigation has broken new ground and established critical precedents in the fight against antisemitism.
Our successes have included a private prosecution leading to the landmark ruling that Holocaust denial is illegal in England and Wales when used as a means to hound Jews; taking the CPS to court and forcing them to prosecute an antisemite they originally claimed had committed no crime but then was not only convicted but sent to prison; and multiple libel successes, including two High Court rulings against Jews engaged in antisemitism.
Two of the most recent developments have included our first overseas case against the grime artist Wiley over his antisemitic tirade on social media, because justice should not stop at the UK’s borders; and our success in convincing the Professional Standards Authority to appeal to the High Court over a disgraceful ruling that would have let the leader of the “Al Quds Day” march in London off with a warning over his comments.
Some of our litigation has made national headlines, with the notable recent example of our referral of the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, leading to an investigation of antisemitism in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, providing hundreds of pages of legal argument and evidence. This investigation — which many previously argued was inconceivable — resulted in a devastating report that demonstrated that Labour had broken the law.
These cases — and other innovative legal strategies that we are currently using but have not yet made public — represent just a sample of the ground-breaking litigation and other legal work that we have undertaken in recent years with the help of some of the country’s leading experts, often acting pro bono.
A new general counsel will enable Campaign Against Antisemitism to expand all of this work — in criminal, regulatory, administrative, defamation and equality law — and hold antisemites to account and force the authorities to fulfil their duty to protect British Jews.
More information on the position is available at antisemitism.org/jobs/general-counsel/.
Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), said: “Having spent six years winning cases and proving that litigation is one of the most effective ways to hold antisemites to account and force the authorities to fulfil their duty to protect the Jewish community, we are excited to be recruiting a General Counsel. Having an in-house counsel will enable us to greatly expand our ability to bring lawsuits in defence of British Jews.
“British Jews’ confidence in the justice system is unacceptably low, while Jews are victims of an average of over three hate crimes every single day in England and Wales. CAA is at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism, using innovative legal techniques and establishing ground-breaking precedents. A new General Counsel will supercharge these efforts, enabling us to provide a first-of-its-kind antisemitism prosecution service to ensure that victims of anti-Jewish racism finally get the justice that they deserve. We will always do whatever it takes to defend the Jewish community.”