A woman who spread false anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Facebook about the Grenfell Tower tragedy has been jailed for 11 months.
Tahra Ahmed, 51, said the 72 victims were “burned alive in a Jewish sacrifice” in a video posted on social media just four days after the June 14, 2017 tragedy.
She was sentenced on Friday after a trial at the Old Bailey. She had previously been convicted of two counts of inciting racial hatred by publishing material.
Ahmed, who allegedly worked as a volunteer with victims of the fire, posted his false conspiracy theories “virulently” on Facebook, the court heard. On June 18, 2017, she posted a video on Facebook of the fire and described it as a “Jewish sacrifice,” the court heard.
She said: ‘I have been to the scene, at the protest and at community meetings and have met many victims… some who are still wearing the same clothes they escaped in.
“They are very real and genuine, their pain and suffering is raw and deep and their repugnant neglect by the authorities continues. Look at the images of people trapped in hell with flames behind them. They were burned alive in a Jewish sacrifice.
The message linked the fire to an anti-Semitic plot linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Prosecutor Hugh French previously told jurors that a review of his account uncovered two posts in January and June 2017 that “crossed the line of what is acceptable in a liberal society”. The previous message, posted on January 26, 2017, also promoted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, jurors heard.
A police investigation into Ahmed’s activities was opened following an article in The Times on December 11, 2017, which focused on some of the people who attended public meetings after the tragedy. A review of Ahmed’s Facebook account revealed a history of anti-Semitic comments.
French also said that while Ahmed’s Facebook account testified to “deeply held beliefs”, the two posts identified were “clear manifestations of racial hatred”, the Daily Mail reported.
“Looking at the language of the posts, the crude racial stereotyping and the insulting tone, the Crown says you can infer that she posted them either with the intention of stoking racial hatred. [or] that racial hatred was likely to be stirred up,” he reportedly told jurors.
Ahmed, from Tottenham, north London, denied any wrongdoing, saying his posts were ‘political’.
PA Media contributed to this report.