Antisemitism: the UK adopted definition
Great Britain is amongst the first countries to embrace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) explanation of the term. It aims to make it harder for culprits to get away with harassing and abusing Jews, including over-sweeping condemnation of Israel.
“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” – IHRA definition 12 Dec 2016
The following is a compilation of Information and Help Guides, along with various essays, which we hope will assist and inform you when confronted with issues around anti-Israel and anti-Jewish conflict.
These extracts and essays explore the fundamental problems with the BDS tactic as a means of positively contributing to the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We do not assert that not engaging in BDS does not mean that people who care for the region can do nothing. Indeed, the situation compels us to act urgently for a better future. We therefore highlight the practical and positive alternatives that we in UK civil society can support together.
These issues can impact your life and cause you to experience social exclusion within your own community.
Being well informed will help you minimise this.
VIDEOS: Rabbi Sacks on “The Mutation of Antisemitism” & “BDS”
VIDEO: Howard Jacobson
Recorded in May 2016, novelist Howard Jacobson picks apart the disingenuous argument that “criticism of Israel” or “anti-Zionism” must be distinguished from “anti-Semitism.”
(Since the recording, Naz Shah has abjured antisemitism and made many bridges with the Jewish community)
(Interview by Chris Cook; video, 18 minutes)
VIDEO: Maajid Nawaz
Explaining why questioning Israel’s right to exist, denying the Jewish peoples’ right to self determination, is antisemitic.
VIDEO: Andrew Neil
Delivering the keynote speech at the annual Holocaust Educational Trust dinner in central London, 16th October 2017. He warned that increasingly hatred of the state of Israel, masquerading as anti-Zionism actually represented modern day antisemitism.
The IHRA definition has been adopted by the UK government and an increasing number of governments globally.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews’ response to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel