Anger at comedian's Daesh post


A comedian who judged a Jewish comedy festival has been criticised after posting an antisemitic article on Facebook.

Kate Copstick, who was on the judging panel for the Jewish Comedian of the Year award, posted an article titled "why are Isis not killing Jews?" on Sunday.

The conspiracy-theory piece engages in Holocaust denial, states that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "is a Jewish Mossad agent" and accuses Jews of collaborating with the terror group.

Ms Copstick, who was a regular guest on BBC comedy show Chucklevision, added a comment on the social media site after posting the article.

She wrote: "Conspiracy possibly. B------s possibly. Just interested, and keeping an open mind."

One of her friends responded by writing: "I'm surprised to see you post this. Very surprised to imagine you've read and believed it. I guess each to their own beliefs but... blimey..."

Others were less forgiving. One commented: "Why are you posting this antisemitic conspiracy b------s?"

Endzog, the blog which published the article, was investigated by police last June in connection with the planned demonstration in Golders Green by far-right extremists against "Jewish privilege".

Meanwhile it has emerged that the day after judging the comedy award last December at the JW3 centre in north-west London, Ms Copstick used a podcast appearance to rant about Jews.

Describing the venue for the event, she said it was "at Jew central… this very strange place". Ms Copstick continued: "It's an arts centre that's built like a f---ing fortress… It's all 'oh dear, we are still terrible victims and everybody is having a go at us'.

"When was the last time a Jew was shot in London? They are banging on like 'we live in fear, we live in fear'. For f---'s sake, there's a moat, you get frisked before you go in, there's bars, it's all bullet-proof glass."

Raymond Simonson, JW3 chief executive, said Ms Copstick's comments about the centre were "crass, insensitive and ignorant". He said it was a shame she had used her visit "as an excuse to spout crass old antisemitic lines".

Ms Copstick did not reply to requests for a comment.

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