Antisemitism

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Chair, Transport Committee, Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to promote community cohesion following the recent anti-Semitic incidents; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Government is in daily contact with the Jewish community and the police who are working closely with Jewish communities and organisations to monitor tensions and to provide reassurance, security measures and safety advice. We would urge anyone who is a victim of a hate crime to report the incident to the police.

Our relationship with the Jewish community has been built on the solid work of the Cross-Government working group on tackling anti-semitism which ensures that we are alive to any issues and concerns of the Jewish community and can respond quickly. This is a model of good practice cited around the world.

I met with the Community Security Trust to discuss the rise in anti-semitism in July and issued a statement which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/stephen-williams-meets-jewish-community-organisation-over-rise-in-anti-semitic-attacks

My rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State (Eric Pickles) met with the Chief Rabbi on Wednesday 3 September and repeated our continued commitment in tackling anti-semitism. This Department will be encouraging the community more generally to make Mitzvah Day an earnest event this year, and emphasise the importance of the Jewish community getting out and very visibly demonstrating once again their contribution to British life.

Those who commit hate crimes should expect to be punished with the full force of the law. Everyone who believes in British liberties should condemn anti-semitism and stand up for the Jewish community's right to practice their faith without fear or intimidation.

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