Ghulam Mustafa Trust
In the Facebook post the Ghulam Mustafa Trust trustee dismantles a smartphone to prove 'Jews are tracking all our photos'Campaign Against Antisemitism

A trustee of a Rochdale-based charity has been cleared to continue running the organisation despite uploading a video on to the charity's Facebook page claiming "f*****g Jews" are tracking people's smartphone photos.

The Trustee at the Ghulam Mustafa Trust, a registered charity run by volunteers in northern England, whose objectives are the "prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship in Pakistan", posted a home-made video that showed users how to stop Jewish people "tracking every photo" on Samsung phones by peeling off a film layer on the battery.

In the video, uploaded in June, the unidentified male can be seen dismantling a Samsung phone and removing a plastic cover off the battery, a common piece of Near Field Communication smartphone technology, claiming it is a device to track all your photos.

He says: "You should take that off because they are recording every photograph of yours, these f*****g Jews. You should take this off. Look at that, they should not be on your phone battery."

A complaint about the post was sent to the government-run Charity Commission by the group Campaign Against Antisemitism. Following an investigation, the Commission found it was a trustee who posted the video but only demanded it be removed from Facebook and that the charity review their social media policy and adopt a code of conduct for trustees.

A Charity Commission spokesperson told the IB Times UK: "Earlier this year we engaged with the charity on this matter and made clear that the posting of the video on the charity's website was wholly inappropriate, and unacceptable for a trustee to do so.

"We raised concerns about whether the trustees had complied with their duties and brought the charity and its reputation into disrepute. We took immediate regulatory action in terms of requiring a number of steps to be taken regarding its Facebook account and we have an ongoing monitoring operation to check compliance with this. Failure to comply with these steps could lead the Commission to take further action."

Jonathan Sacerdoti, director of communication at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: "David Cameron has spoken about how 'ideas based on conspiracy that Jews exercise malevolent power' contribute towards dangerous extremism. Yet here we see the Charity Commission leaving a trustee in place running a charity, when he has personally made and spread exactly such a conspiracy theory via online video and social media.

"We know also that more and more Islamist extremists are influenced by social media videos and other content. Regulatory bodies like the Charity Commission have to use the powers they have to show this behaviour is totally unacceptable, rather than feebly giving actively anti-Semitic trustees a free pass."

Campaign Against Antisemitism said it will be referring the Charity Commission's decision on this matter to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Earlier this year, Asghar Bukhari, the founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACK UK) was ridiculed after suggesting Zionists were breaking into his home to steal his shoes and leaving one behind to "let me know someone had been there".

Update: The Ghulam Mustafa Trust confirmed the person who posted the video is no longer involved with the charity.

Mohammed Yousaf, spokesperson for the Trust, told IB Times UK: "Charity commission has concluding their investigation and has a made a fair decision on their findings. I am continuing with my work by helping the needy. Mistakes happen unfortunately it was with regret that this came to light on Facebook. Millions people swear and use obscene language against other religions. This type of action should not be repeated against any religion."

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