UK adopts international definition of anti-Semitism

Pre-released extracts from a speech to be delivered by the Prime Minister have signalled that the UK is to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism formulated in May by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Its purpose is to make it harder for people to get away with discriminatory or prejudiced behaviour because of unclear or differing definitions.

The IHRA definition adopted by the Alliance’s 31 member countries is as follows:

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

In addition, on Tuesday the Government is due to publish its response to two reports on anti-Semitism.

Update: The Government’s response to the Commons Home Affairs Committee’s Report, Anti-Semitism in the UK is here.

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