A trustee at a Rochdale-based charity, who uploaded a video claiming "f*****g Jews" are tracking people's smartphones onto the charity's Facebook page, is no longer helping to run the organisation. The trustee at Ghulam Mustafa Trust, a registered charity run by volunteers whose objectives are the "prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship in Pakistan", was previously allowed to continue at the charity following an investigation by the Charity Commission.
The unmade individual was found to have posted a video on the Ghulam Mustafa Trust's Facebook page in which he dismantles a Samsung phone and removes a plastic cover off the battery, 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." The plastic film is a common piece of Near Field Communication smartphone technology.
A complaint about the post was sent to the government-run Charity Commission by the group Campaign Against Antisemitism. Following an investigation, the Commission demanded the video be removed from Facebook and that the charity review their social media policy and adopt a code of conduct for trustees, but not for the trustee to be removed from the organisation.
A spokesperson added: "Our powers to remove trustees from charities are currently limited. This is why we have asked for new powers, which are currently before Parliament in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. The Bill will, for example, enable us to act where personal conduct affects fitness to be a trustee and it is in the public interest for us to act."
The Ghulam Mustafa Trust has now confirmed the person who posted the video is no longer involved with the charity. Mohammed Yousaf, spokesperson for the Trust, told IB Times UK: "The Charity commission has concluded 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 [and] 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."