A far-left phalanx comprising Chris Williamson, Salma Yaqoob and Kerry-Ann Mendoza has attacked Campaign Against Antisemitism for sending a letter calling on Sir Keir Starmer to reveal a timetable for the introduction of a reformed disciplinary process in the Labour Party, and for seeking action against Labour figures including Jeremy Corbyn, Dianne Abbott and Salma Yaqoob over past and recent incidents.
Some, like Ms Mendoza, the editor of The Canary, a controversial hard-left blog under investigation by the Government’s Independent Advisor on Antisemitism, used violent language. She tweeted: “The antisemitism witch hunt is seriously about to face off with #BlackLivesMatter I’m telling you now, those anti-Black, anti-Palestinian racists are gonna get their asses dragged all over town. And they have no clue. Because…entitlement.”
After that violent language, there were calls from some on Twitter to shoot and behead Campaign Against Antisemitism personnel dead. Police are dealing with the matter.
Ms Yaqoob, the former Respect Party leader and failed Labour Metro Mayor candidate, declared that Campaign Against Antisemitism’s “priority was never really about tackling racism but silencing those supportive of Palestinian rights.” She also accused us of targeting “Black [and] Asian communities [which] have lost loved ones disproportionately in COVID” and impugned our record on antisemitism as being “somewhat dubious to say the least”. Ms Yaqoob also retweeted a tweet labelling Campaign Against Antisemitism as “bullies”. The tweet was part of a thread accusing us of being “a vicious, right-wing organisation that hounds good people.” She also mocked the Sir Keir and said of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s success at exposing and combating Labour antisemitism: “Shame on every career leftie who capitulated to these idiots.”
The tweets unleashed an outpouring of hatred towards Campaign Against Antisemitism, which our Online Monitoring and Investigations Unit is capturing.
It is particularly regrettable that at a time of widespread solidarity against racism, these prominent and controversial far-left figures are seeking to undermine efforts to fight antisemitism. Prejudice cannot be beaten with prejudice.
On 28th May 2019, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.
It seems that @TheMendozaWoman and her rapturous supporters believe Jews like us who stand up to racism in @UKLabour are anti-black, anti-Palestinian and deserve to be beaten and dragged about town. No doubt she’s also a ‘lifelong anti-racism campaigner’. 🤦 https://t.co/3xTWxMoEqa
— Campaign Against Antisemitism (@antisemitism) June 19, 2020
The antisemitism witch hunt is seriously about to face off with #BlackLivesMatter.
I’m telling you now, those anti-Black, anti-Palestinian racists are gonna get their asses dragged all over town.
And they have no clue. Because…entitlement.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) June 19, 2020
The witch-hunters are now demanding @UKLabour suspends Salma Yaqoob and MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott & Bell Ribeiro-Addy.
— Chris Williamson #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) June 19, 2020
These people are targeting 3 Labour BAME women who have all been subjected to vile racist abuse – & who are all active in #BlackLivesMatter to be expelled from the party for being racist?! https://t.co/wMDANgeTUk
— Salma Yaqoob (@SalmaYaqoob) June 18, 2020