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Tackling anti-Semitism

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-29



Jewish groups have welcomed the commitment from the Government to stamp out anti-Semitism in the UK which includes a £1.5m investment in educating young people about the Holocaust.

In a statement, the Government said it would deal more effectively in tackling extremist groups who promote hate as well as improving the way anti-Semitic incidents are recorded and reported.

The move follows an All Party Parliamentary Report in 2006 which recognised the increase in anti-Semitic incidents and called for better ways to tackle the rise.

There was criticism leveled at certain police forces across the country for not dealing with reports of anti-Semitism.

"We welcome the Government’s acceptance of the Inquiry’s recommendation that Police services throughout the country should adopt the model of the Metropolitan Police Service in recording anti-Semitic incidents," said Community Security Trust spokesman Mark Gardner. 

Race and Faith Minister Phil Woolas affirmed the Government’s commitment to tackling anti-Semitism. "There is no room for complacency. We are committed to accelerating action to eliminate anti-Semitism alongside any other form of racism."

Woolas added: "We will not tolerate racially motivated crime of any kind. We share the concerns of Jewish communities, and fully support the police and prosecuting authorities in taking a tough line to stamp out anti-Semitism wherever it occurs."

"With this robust response, neither anti-Jewish discourse nor more overt forms of anti-Semitism can be brushed aside," said Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies. "This is the start of a process and we look forward to working closely with Government and others to take forward the report’s recommendations.”

Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council also welcomed the Government's response.

"This is an historic milestone in the struggle against anti-Semitism. The inquiry was an important wake-up call which highlighted the increase in anti-Jewish hatred and violence. This response contains significant and powerful language. It commits the Government to a wide-ranging series of measures against anti-Semitism in the UK and around the world.”