The SKWAWKBOX revealed yesterday that the Charity Commission is investigating the Campaign against Antisemitism (CAA) – an organisation that has been accused of being pro-Israel ‘shock troops’ ‘posing as a charity’ with regard to its petition against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
As well as being a likely breach of charities’ obligation to refrain from party-political activity – the petition demands Labour MPs remove Corbyn or form a new party – the petition has been called defamatory and accused of inciting number of death threats. The CAA has condemned the death-threat comments, but did not remove them and has not taken down the petition.
Now the Metropolitan Police have also confirmed that they are investigating the CAA and the petition under the Malicious Communications Act after receiving complaints about the nature of the petition.
A Met spokesperson told the SKWAWKBOX:
We are investigating allegations of malicious communications. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
The CAA has been contacted for comment.
So-called ‘moderates’ frequently complain that they have received ‘abuse’ from supposed Labour members, although the claims are often unsupported by evidence.
Yet a petition by an organisation numbering Tory and right-wing Labour MPs among its patrons, accusing lifelong anti-racism activist Jeremy Corbyn of antisemitism, has led to multiple demonstrable death-threats against the Labour leader.
In the context of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and the Finsbury Park Mosque attack, in both cases perpetrated by right-wingers – with the Finsbury Park attacker admitting that he wanted to kill Corbyn and London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan – the threats and the petition that led to them cannot be ignored or excused.
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