Statement on the IHRA antisemitism definition

Posted Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:30 by MCS

As Christians and Jews, we stand firmly against antisemitism. We condemn this repugnant hatred wherever it arises and however it manifests. We believe that the definition of antisemitism should be determined by Jewish people themselves.

The overwhelming feeling in the Jewish community is that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, as used by governments around the world including our own and as adopted by the Crown Prosecution Service, is the appropriate definition to use. This has been expressed by Jewish community and faith leaders across the political and religious spectrum in an unprecedented show of unity.

CCJ is deeply disappointed that the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party chose not to adopt the IHRA definition yesterday. We call on the Labour Party to reconsider this decision and show true commitment to tackling antisemitism by building bridges with the Jewish community. Only by listening to Jews themselves and consulting with the Jewish community do we have any hope of ridding our society of the scourge of antisemitism.

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