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Newark MP Robert Jenrick writes to every local council asking them to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of antisemitism


By Abigail Hunt


The MP for Newark has asked local councils to adopt a recognised definition of antisemitism.

Robert Jenrick, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, took to Twitter to announce he had written to every local council in the UK, asking them to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's antisemitism definition.

It comes not long after Mr Jenrick wrote to all UK universities asking them to adopt the same definition to crack down on instances racism and extremism.

Newly installed Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick leaving Downing Street, London, after meeting the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. 44290843.
Newly installed Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick leaving Downing Street, London, after meeting the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. 44290843.

It follows the Government's decision two years ago whereby Mr Jenrick's predecessor, Sajid Javid, encouraged councils across the country to enforce the meaning.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, an intergovernmental organisation made up by 33 countries, aims to promote education of the Holocaust, as well as research and remembrance worldwide.

The non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism reads: "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."

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