Britain is to become the first nation to formally adopt the International Definition of Anti-Semitism, in a bid to curtail the rise of racially motivated attacks against Jews.
The move will make it easier to target offenders who have previously avoided sentencing because the term ‘Anti-Semitism’ has been inadequately defined. The Community Security Trust previously revealed that the number of ant-Semitic incidients increased by 11%in the first six months of this year.
The definition was created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance earlier this year. It describes Anti-Semitism as “a perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews”. The group hopes that their definition will be enforced across all countries where hate crimes against Jews take place.
Theresa May will unveil her plans to adopt an official Anti-Semitism definition in a speech later today. She is to announce that police, councils, universities will be expected to adopt the wording.
The move has been welcomed by Jewish groups, and politicians from all parties.
A spokesperson for Jeremny Corbyn described Anti-Semitic hatred as being “as repugnant and unacceptable as any other form of racism.” These comments come following accusations that the Labour Party has failed to deal with anti-Semitism within its membership.
The reaction on Twitter, to the proposed definition, has been mixed.
As a Jew interested in Palestinian human rights, I'm extremely concerned by this new definition of anti-semitism https://t.co/A9mt9h5Kcf
— Natalie Sedacca (@nataliesedacca) December 12, 2016
— JewishLabourMovement (@JewishLabour) December 12, 2016