Oral Answers to Questions — Anti-Semitism (Middle East)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st May 2001.

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Photo of Mr Brian Wilson Mr Brian Wilson Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office 12:00 am, 1st May 2001

My hon. Friend makes some very good points. The point about racism that should always be borne in mind is that, in any form, it disfigures those who are responsible for it more than those against whom it is directed. In respect of the attacks that she mentioned, which we all deplore, it should also be borne in mind that anybody who uses the language of racism must assume that an audience is listening to what he or she is saying or writing and that that audience is subject to incitement. Such people therefore bear a heavy responsibility. I repeat my initial statement: we condemn anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia in all their forms.