Andrew Welcomes North Lincolnshire Council Adopting IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism in Fight Against Hate Crime
Created: 01 March 2017
Andrew has welcomed North Lincolnshire Council adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.
The UK Government adopted this definition in December 2016, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the definition internationally. The definition was greed by the IHRA, an intergovernmental body made up of 31 member countries, in May last year and it states:
‘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.’
North Lincolnshire Council has adopted this definition locally as having one definition of anti-Semitism ensures that people who perpetrate hate crime do not escape justice because different public bodies have different interpretations. The council has adopted this definition to support other public bodies, including Humberside Police, in challenging hate crime and hate incidents.
Andrew says, “I welcome North Lincolnshire Council adopting this internationally agreed definition of anti-Semitism. Having one adopted definition is an important tool to help criminal justice agencies and other public bodies to understand how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century and helps prevent anyone committing hate crime from escaping justice.
“Sadly we have also seen the Israelification of anti-Semitism, which sees anti-Semites hide their hate by hiding behind attacks on Israel and Zionism. We need to condemn this behaviour whenever and wherever it is found and I look forward to continuing to work closely with North Lincs Council on this issue.”
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council commented, “Jewish people are very welcome in North Lincolnshire. We work closely with Humberside Police and other public bodies to make sure our Jewish communities feel safe and secure.
“Hate crime against Jewish individuals or communities is unacceptable. Adopting the new, single definition of anti-Semitism allows incidents to be reported, investigated and resolved as quickly as possible.
“Jewish people can be assured that we will work tirelessly to bring to justice anyone who carries out a crime against them.”
If you witness, or if you are a victim of a hate crime or hate incident, you can report it to Humberside Police. Call 999 in an emergency or 101 if it is not an emergency.
Information on the IHRA and the UK’s adoption of this definition is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-leads-the-way-in-tackling-anti-semitism
Photo – Andrew speaking in the recent debate on Holocaust Memorial Day in Parliament