Anti-Zion­ist sues CAA for defama­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

VET­ERAN ANTI-ZION­IST Tony Green­stein is su­ing the Cam­paign Against An­tisemitism for call­ing him a “no­to­ri­ous an­ti­semite”.

Mr Green­stein, who was ex­pelled by the Labour Party in Fe­bru­ary 2018 for abu­sive be­hav­iour, is seek­ing dam­ages from the CAA for defama­tion and breaches of data pro­tec­tion. In doc­u­ments filed at the High Court, he claims state­ments made by the CAA on its web­site and shared on so­cial me­dia have “caused and con­tin­ues to cause him con­sid­er­able dis­tress, hurt, in­jury to his feel­ings and em­bar­rass­ment”.

Mr Green­stein, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign in the UK and of Jews for Boy­cotting Is­raeli Goods, de­scribed him­self as a “Jew who de­plores and con­demns an­tisemitism”. He said he had been sub­jected to an­tisemitism him­self and well un­der­stood the “pain, anger and dis­tress caused by ex­pres­sions of racial prejudice di­rected against Jewish peo­ple”.

He added he had “con­sis­tently dis­tin­guished him­self from those few pro-Pales­tinian cam­paign­ers who are truly an­tisemitic and has chal­lenged such peo­ple over their racism.”

At the same his cam­paign­ing had “also been di­rected at op­pos­ing false al­le­ga­tions of an­tisemitism from be­ing used to dis­credit or dis­tract from le­git­i­mate dis­course about and crit­i­cism of Zion­ism and the state of Is­rael.”

Mr Green­stein cited sev­eral state­ments made by the CAA which re­ferred to him as a “no­to­ri­ous an­ti­semite”, and wrote that he had breached the “In­ter­na­tional Def­i­ni­tion of An­tisemitism” by call­ing Jews Nazis.

Mr Green­stein also took is­sue with the CAA over com­ments that he had “pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal form for brazen de­cep­tion, hav­ing past con­vic­tions for credit card theft and sub­se­quent use, van­dal­ism, drug pos­ses­sion and a num­ber of other petty crimes”. The CAA has also ac­cused him of “brazenly ly­ing” to the Char­ity Com­mis­sion.

He said the CAA had pub­lished “pur­ported de­tails of wholly ir­rel­e­vant spent mi­nor con­vic­tions which are over 30 years old, which pur­ported de­tails are of course them­selves defam­a­tory.” CAA said: “The case brought by Mr Green­stein is be­ing

de­fended.”

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The HSBC build­ing in Lon­don’s Ca­nary Wharf

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