A coroner will investigate the sudden death of a Jewish academic last week who was “remorselessly bullying” on social media following his accusation of anti-Semitism from Michael Rosen (former Children’s Laureate).

According to the Daily Telegraph, Peter Newbon (38), was a Northumbria University humanities lecturer. He died following a tweet ‘pile on’. This is where one person or a group of people attacks another. It left Newbon feeling pressured, friends said. 

A row had erupted last year when Dr Newbon, a father-of-three, re-posted on Twitter an already doctored image of Jeremy Corbyn reading one of Mr Rosen’s best-selling books to schoolchildren.  

In the original photo, the former Labour leader was reading From We’re going on a Bear Hunt.

The photoshop version however showed Corbyn holding the Protocols Of The Meetings Of The Learned Elders Of Zion. This text, which was published first in Russia in 1903 and claimed to provide a roadmap for Jewish Domination around the world, is a hoax.

The sudden death last week of a Jewish academic who was 'remorselessly bullied' on social media after he was accused of anti-Semitism by former Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen, is to be investigated by a coroner. Peter Newbon (pictured with his wife, Dr Rachel Hewitt), a humanities lecturer at Northumbria University, was found dead last Saturday following a Twitter 'pile-on'

Coroner to investigate sudden death of Jewish academic Peter Newbon, who was “remorselessly bullying” on social media, following an anti-Semitic accusation by Michael Rosen. Peter Newbon, a Northumbria University humanities lecturer, was pictured last Saturday with Dr Rachel Hewitt.

Dr Newbon, a director of the Labour Against Antisemitism activists group, wrote above the tweeted image: ‘Oh no! A nasty, horrible Zionist! He is too dangerous for us to cross, so we won’t be able to go underneath him. We’ll need an effigy. 

This phrasing, which translates to “can’t over/can’t under”, mimics the writing style used in We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.

It was Dr Newbon’s intention to make fun of Corbyn. He had downplayed the findings from an anti-Semitic investigation that found it unlawfully harassed, discriminated against and harassed Jews. 

Pictured, children's author Michael Rosen. A row had erupted last year when Dr Newbon, a father-of-three, re-posted on Twitter an already doctored image of Jeremy Corbyn reading one of Mr Rosen's best-selling books to schoolchildren

Pictured, children’s author Michael Rosen. An argument broke out last year after Dr Newbon, a father to three, posted on Twitter a already altered image of Jeremy Corbyn presenting one of Rosen’s bestsellers to schoolchildren.

In the original photo, the Labour leader was seen reading From We’re going on a Bear Hunt. This photograph was taken in 2017, during the reading. The photoshopped photo showed Mr Corbyn with Protocols Of The Meets Of The Elders Of Zion, a text that was first published in Russia 1903 and claimed to lay out a plan to eradicate the Jewish people.

However, Mr Rosen is a Jewish supporter and was not happy with the altered image in his book.

On May 19, 2013, he wrote this on Twitter: “If Peter Newbon is on you pay roll, it is to notify you that he has superimposed the phrase “The Protocols of Zion” over page from “We’re Going for a Bear Hunt”, by Helen Oxenbury. This is something that’s anti-semitic, and it’s disgusting.

This message was sent to Rosen’s 260,000 Twitter followers as well to Dr Newbon, Northumbria University’s lecturer on Romantic and Victorian literature. 

The tweet which Mr Rosen posted to his 260,000 followers. Dr Newbon subsequently received hate mail during this time and, shortly before Christmas last year, he issued a defamation claim against Michael Rosen, filing papers at the High Court

Tweet that Mr Rosen sent to his 260,000 subscribers. Following this, Dr Newbon received hate mail. Just before Christmas, last year, he filed papers at The High Court with a claim for defamation against Michael Rosen.

The university was the victim of approximately 4,000 complaints. The university received around 4,000 complaints. Dr Newbon was then issued a final written warning. 

The Telegraph reports that legal documents did not prove the claim that his post was antisemitic. 

Dr Newbon received also hate mail at this time. Just before Christmas, last year, he filed papers at High Court to file a claim for defamation against Michael Rosen. 

This week, Tributes were paid to Dr Newbon, who left behind Dr Rachel Hewitt and his three daughters, twins and an older sister aged nine and seven respectively. 

His wife tweeted on Tuesday: ‘Pete Newbon was my best friend, my partner-in-crime, my beautiful kind husband, a brilliant reader & scholar, the best daddy in the world to our three beautiful daughters, and I just don’t know how we’re going to bear his loss. “I’m in a million uncontrollable painful pieces.”

Fiona Sharpe of Labour Against Antisemitism said, “Words can’t express how sad we feel about his death.” 

A later date is set for the North Yorkshire Coroner Court and York Inquest. 

Above, a tribute to Dr Newbon from Fiona Sharpe, spokesman for Labour Against Antisemitism

Above, a tribute to Dr Newbon from Fiona Sharpe, spokesman for Labour Against Antisemitism