‘Zion­ist’ edi­tor ac­cused of in­cit­ing ji­had

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

THE EDI­TOR of a Jewish news­pa­per was bom­barded with an­tisemitic abuse af­ter be­ing falsely ac­cused of stir­ring up ji­hadi ac­tiv­ity in a bizarre case of mis­taken iden­tity.

Richard Fer­rer, edi­tor of Lon­don’s Jewish News, was tar­geted be­cause users of a Mus­lim web­site be­lieved he had posted a mes­sage “pledg­ing al­le­giance to the caliphate”.

The web post called on Mus­lims to sup­port Sharia law and wage war and ji­had against the West.

Site users traced the post to a com­puter which had been reg­is­tered in Mr Fer­rer’s name when he worked for the Daily Mail.

When they re­alised he was a Jewish jour­nal­ist, his Twit­ter ac­count was tar­geted with racist abuse.

De­scrib­ing the re­sponse, Mr Fer­rer wrote: “I was called a ‘slimy Jew’, a ‘ra­bid Zion­ist’ and ‘filthy racist scum’.”

One mes­sage threat­ened: “I’ll put you in a f***ing ash­tray.”

One Twit­ter user, be­liev­ing Mr Fer­rer still worked at the Daily Mail, alerted the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, ask­ing whether the news­pa­per had in­ten­tion­ally used a re­porter to pose as a ji­hadist and incite racial ha­tred.

In an at­tempt to calm the storm, Mr Fer­rer pointed out that he had left the Mail in 2008 and was com­pletely un­con­nected with the post­ing on the Mus­lim site.

The Mail also con­firmed the mes­sage had not been sent from its of­fices.

Re­flect­ing on the chain of events, Mr Fer­rer wrote: “My best guess is the au­thor was keen to kill two birds with one stone by pub­licly de­fam­ing a Jewish jour­nal­ist and the Daily Mail in one fell swoop.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Richard Fer­rer

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