A charity boss has remained in his post despite the emergence of an anti-Semitic video in which he claims Jews track mobile phones by placing secret devices in handsets.
The unnamed trustee of Ghulam Mustafa Trust, a registered charity in Rochdale, is shown in a video posted on Facebook in June making his claims.
During a clip, in which he is shown dismantling his phone, he peels off what he claims is a tracking system, saying: “They are recording every photo of yours on your battery. I’m seeing if they have on mine. You should take this off as they are recording every one of your photographs. F****** Jews.”
Nick Britnell, writing on behalf of the Charity Commission in an email to the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA)’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”.
According to CAA, the Charity Commission “merely demanded 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”.
CAA’s director of communication Jonathan Sacerdoti told the Daily Mail: “Here we see the charity commission leaving a trustee in place running a charity, when he has personally made and spread … a conspiracy theory via online video and social media.”