Following consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Stockport Council has unanimously agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
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. It is hoped that through adopting it a confidence will be created within the Jewish community in Stockport, and it will be easy to recognise what is and is not anti-Semitic.
Marc Levy, North West regional manager at the JLC said: “The JLC is delighted that Stockport Council has unanimously adopted the IHRA definition on antisemitism. We have a fantastic relationship with Council Leader Cllr Alex Ganotis who has always committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms.
“The local 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 Stockport Council as we continue to make strides in this area.”
Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Alex Ganotis, added:
“Although I am pleased that we have adopted a clear and strong stance against antisemitism, it is a pity these statements need to be made at all in 2017.
“That said, we have now committed in the clearest possible terms to act as an entity to fight this pernicious form of racism in all its forms. Those words are core to this motion, sending a strong, cross-party message on this issue to the Jewish community, and to all who experience hate crime.
“We will continue working hard to eliminate all forms of racism in Stockport, and look forward to working with the Jewish Leadership Council in future to that end.”
The full text of the motion is available here, under Item 6 (i).