No Prosecution for Al Quds Organiser Who Blamed ‘Zionists’ for Grenfell Deaths

Nazim Ali

An Islamist activist who alleged victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster “were murdered” by Zionists who fund the Conservative party will face no prosecution.

Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Nazim Ali, made the allegation at the anti-Israel, Khomenist al-Quds Day march in July, 2017. As Breitbart News reported, Ali was recorded saying that victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, “were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies, many of which are supporters of Zionist ideology”.

“Let us not forget that some of the biggest corporations who were supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party,” the IHRC chairman continued.

In another heated outburst, he said: “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory party, to kill people in high rise blocks…. Careful, careful, careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands.”

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesperson confirmed soon after that they “received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police in relation to the actions of an individual at a demonstration on 18 June 2017.”

That case did not proceed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) then sought to privately prosecute Nazim Ali but on Wednesday the High Court upheld the original CPS decision.

In the judgment, it was revealed the CPS halted the prosecution because it did not believe anything Ali said was “threatening, either explicitly or implicitly” and therefore a prosecution under Section 5 of the Public Order Act would likely fail.

The law forbids public behaviour that causes “harassment, alarm or distress” to those nearby.

The CPS also felt Ali “qualified his statements by blaming the Grenfell tragedy on Tory Party policies” and “thus merely engaged in strident criticism of the Government”, Lord Justice Hickinbottom noted.

The Jewish Chronicle reports the CAA argued this was irrational, saying Ali’s words meant that Zionists had deliberately given money to the Tories to faciliate tragedies like Grenfell, where 72 people had died in a fire days before Ali spoke.

The Lord Justice ruled the Grenfell comments had to be “viewed in the context of the address as a whole” and no other part of Ali’s comments alleged “a deliberate and direct intention on the part of Zionists to murder people in high-rise blocks”.

He said the CPS decision to stop the prosecution was reasonable “when that sentence is looked at in context”.

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