A trustee of the Ghulam Mustafa Trust has been allowed to continue to run the charity by the Charity Commission, despite having made a home video with instructions to stop the “f***ing Jews” from “tracking every photo” on Samsung smartphones, which he posted on the charity’s Facebook page.
Following Campaign Against Antisemitism’s complaint to the Charity Commission, the Commission visited the Ghulam Mustafa Trust and established that it was indeed a trustee who had made and posted the video. In spite of the vile antisemitic myth proposed in the video, that Jews use secret microchips in Samsung smartphones to track users’ photographs, the Charity Commission merely demanded that the video be removed from Facebook and that the charity improve its bureaucracy by:
- Adopting a social media policy;
- Reviewing and removing any other offensive social media postings; and
- Adopting a code of conduct for the charity’s trustees.
Nick Britnell, writing on behalf of the Charity Commission in an e-mail to the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Chairman, said: “The Commission did establish that the video had been made by one of the trustees of the Charity… The Commission assessed the content of the video as ‘wholly unacceptable’”. Yet the Commission did not remove the trustee from his position on the charity, instead opting only to impose “remedial regulatory action”.
The Charity Commission will be amongst the beneficiaries of tough new counter-extremism powers proposed by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary, but Campaign Against Antisemitism has expressed concern that even existing powers are not being implemented. David Cameron has spoken about how “ideas based on conspiracy that Jews exercise malevolent power” contribute towards dangerous extremism.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has referred the Charity Commission’s decision to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, which has jurisdiction in this matter and is also discussing the incident with the police.