Antisemitism

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th July 2017.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle anti-Semitism.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The UK is the first country in Europe to adopt formally the International Holocaust Memorial Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. The definition, although legally non-binding, is an important tool enabling criminal justice agencies and other public bodies to understand how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century. In December 2016 we published a progress report on our efforts to tackle anti-Semitism which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/anti-semitism-update

The cross-government working group to tackle anti-Semitism ensures that we are alive to any new issues and concerns the Jewish community might have and that we can respond quickly.

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