Woman who claimed Grenfell Tower victims ‘burned alive in Jewish sacrifice’ convicted

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Tahra Ahmed (Facebook)
Tahra Ahmed (Facebook)

A woman who claimed that Grenfell Tower victims were “burned alive in a Jewish sacrifice” has been convicted of stirring up race hate.

Tahra Ahmed, 51, of Lansdowne Road, Haringey, was found guilty on Friday at the Old Bailey of two counts of stirring up racial hatred by posting the antisemitic material on her personal Facebook page.

In one post, in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, she stated that Jewish people were “behind ritual torture” and “the murder of children”.

In another, posted four days after the devastating tragedy which claimed the lives of 72 people, she said “people trapped in the inferno were burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice.”

The posts were placed on her personal Facebook account and were reported to police by Jewish communal organisations the Community Security Trust and the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Prosecutors said she “published two posts that were virulently antisemitic and crossed the line as to what is acceptable in a liberal society.”

Met Detective Sergeant Ross Burrell said: “The comments posted by Ahmed were grossly offensive, abusive and insulting.

“Her comments showed a clear intent to stir up racial hatred and such vile remarks will not be tolerated.

“Those who seek to deliberately drive our communities apart by spreading such spite can expect to be brought to account.

“We’re here and ready to help anyone who has been affected by someone else’s prejudice, ignorance or violence.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s chief executive Gideon Falter, said Ahmed had attempted to “bait the mob” into hatred against Jews in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

He said: “Tahra Ahmed sought to twist the Grenfell Tower tragedy to fit her venomous worldview in which it seems that any evil can be attributed to Jews.

“She used people’s suffering and anger in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy and tried to wield it as a weapon against Jews before an audience of tens of thousands on social media.

“We are pleased that the jury has convicted her over her wicked fabrications.”

Ahmed is due to appear for sentencing at the same court on Friday, February 11.

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