Oliver Taylor, a student at the University of Birmingham in his 20s, brown-eyed, light-bearded, coffee-loving and freelance writer whose articles on anti-Semitic and Jewish affairs are featured in Jewish media such as the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel, according to online sources. But the problem is that Taylor may not exist at all.
His university says it has no record of it. Various materials, including photographs online, are believed to be fake. In an article published in The Algemeiner, Taylor accused mazen Masri, a British scholar, and his wife, Ryvka Barnard, who was involved in Palestinian human rights activities, of being known terrorist supporters. Masri and Barnard refuted the allegations, but wondered why a student chose to attack them. They launched an investigation and found that the identity of the man was all forged. Masri helped launch a lawsuit against The Israeli spyware company NSO in 2018. Following the contact, both The Algemeiner and the Times of Israel deleted Taylor’s work, and the Jerusalem Post, among others, retained his article, except to modify the wording of the allegations against Masri and Barnard to remove “terrorist supporters”.