Following extensive consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
At a Board meeting of the GMCA, a report on Challenging Hate and Building Cohesion was presented and accepted and the proposal to adopt the definition was overwhelmingly agreed, meaning it will be applied in the area.
The definition, which was set out by the IHRA in Bucharest last year, will help to ensure there is clarity around what antisemitism is. The new description is a clear and practical working definition of antisemitism, and it is hoped that through adopting it a confidence will be created within the Jewish community in Greater Manchester and it will be easy to recognise what is and is not antisemitic.
Marc Levy, North West regional manager at the JLC said: “Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is leading the way in terms of tackling hate crime and we are hugely encouraged by their move to adopt the IHRA definition on antisemitism. The Greater Manchester Jewish community know that it is vital that there is a clear and practical definition that will allow us to fight antisemitism in all its forms. I look forward to continuing to work with the GMCA as we continue to make strides in this area.”
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police & Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, said: "Greater Manchester has a strong record in standing against antisemitism and all other forms of hate crime. We know that we're at our strongest when all our communities celebrate our difference, but recognise that there is more that unites than divides us.
"In Greater Manchester we have the highest level of hate crime reporting in the country, which is as a result of years of work to build community cohesion and instilling confidence that hate crime will be taken seriously. By adopting International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition we will continue that work to build strong communities."
Cllr Rishi Shori, GMCA Lead for Police, Crime and Civil Contingences said: “I’m proud to work with the Jewish Leadership Council to take this step and make clear there is no place for antisemitism within our city-region. Our Jewish community are a vibrant and valued part of Greater Manchester.
“The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition is a clear and practical working description of antisemitism. By adopting it, we can build further confidence within Greater Manchester’s Jewish community that antisemitism will not be tolerated.”
“I look forward to working with other Greater Manchester partners to ensure this definition is adopted widely across our city-region.”
The adopted definition is: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”