No place for antisemitism
Haringey’s politicians have come together to take a stand against antisemitism.
At Monday night’s (July 24) Full Council meeting, Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober and Opposition Group Leader Gail Engert presented a cross-party motion setting out a joint commitment to combating antisemitism and condemning racism.
Councillors voted in favour of formally adopting the world-recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism – which makes it clear that antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.
The cross-party motion also expressed alarm at the rise in antisemitism across the UK in recent years, and welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will sign up to the (IHRA) guidelines, as well as making clear that the council condemns all forms of racism, islamophobia, homophobia and sexism – and is committed to fighting against them.
Council Leader Cllr Claire Kober (Labour) said:
“No-one thinks criticism of any state should be silenced – not Syria, not Britain, not Saudi Arabia and not Israel. But equality must mean equality, and we must be clear that hate is hate. We need to recognise that there is a growing problem of antisemitism, and that’s why we brought this motion: to make it absolutely clear that antisemitism is not acceptable. No ifs and no buts.
"I’m proud that council voted together to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism – this is undoubtedly an issue that crosses party political divides. Haringey is a place of great community cohesion and there is no place for any form of racism, hatred or bigotry in our borough.”
Opposition Leader Cllr Gail Engert (Liberal Democrat) said:
“People from all backgrounds live and work together side-by-side in harmony in our borough, and it is absolutely right that as a council we lead by example and say that we will not tolerate antisemitism. It is our duty as local leaders to stand together against hatred in any form.”
The IHRA definition of antisemitism states: Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
The IHRA has published a series of guidelines to help demonstrate what constitutes antisemitism and to make clear the difference between antisemitism and freedom of speech.
Further information can be found on the IHRA website: https://holocaustremembrance.com/media-room/stories/working-definition-antisemitism .
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