Labour NEC: Readopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in full and without delay

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In May 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) drew up a Working Definition of Antisemitism to address an alarming global rise in antisemitism. This definition has been accepted by 130 countries including the current UK government, the Crown Prosecution Service and countless organisations throughout the world. 

The NEC has promised to tackle all outstanding cases of antisemitism in the Labour Party and in 2016 it adopted the IHRA definition in full. Now, for reasons that appear related to the influx of reports of antisemitism among Labour members, it has given itself the authority to propose a new code of conduct that omits and misrepresents crucial parts of the IHRA definition. This is both dangerous and an insult to Jewish Labour members, to Labour values and to the Jewish community as a whole.

According to the principles established by the Macpherson Report, the definition of a ‘racist incident’ includes any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim. However, the code of conduct proposed by the NEC does not allow Jews the right to define racism against them. It appears that this is the only ethnic group denied this right by Labour.

We demand that Jennie Formby halts the implementation of the proposed code of conduct immediately and readopts the full IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism including the examples. The refusal to do so can and will only encourage Jew-hate in the Labour Party to flourish further, unchallenged and unpunished.



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