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Last updated: 2003-03-31

Officials from the Home Office visited the Board of Deputies last week for a meeting with the Defence and Group Relations Division chaired by Senior Vice-President Henry Grunwald.

The four officials from the Race Equality Unit were told of the community’s concerns about the rising level of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain. Also present were representatives of the Union of Jewish Students who reported on the hostile climate experienced by Jewish students on campus. The Board welcomed recent prosecutions for anti-Semitic incitement, and hoped these would give a signal that such hatred would not be tolerated. Other matters discussed included plans for next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day and concerns over forthcoming amendments to the Race Relations Act which could jeopardize Jewish charities.

Commenting after the meeting, Board Director General Neville Nagler said, “This was a full and informative discussion on a range of important topics. The Board of Deputies has always valued its close relations with the Home Office. In the present difficult climate, we particularly welcomed this opportunity to brief officials and to discuss issues of current concern which affect our community.”