Decision details

Adoption of the IHRA Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Council considered a report submitted by the Leader of the Council, seeking approval of the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism and reaffirming the Council’s commitment to promoting equalities in East Hertfordshire. 


Councillor L Haysey said it was the responsibility of all to combat antisemitism, as such prejudice was totally unacceptable.


Councillor M Brady agreed and said she fully supported this motion, on behalf of the Labour Group. 


Councillor M Goldspink said the Liberal Democrat Group supported the motion most strongly.  Councillor B Crystall said he echoed these sentiments on behalf of the Green Group.


Councillor L Haysey proposed, and Councillor A Curtis seconded, a motion that the recommendations as detailed be supported.  The motion being put to the meeting and a vote taken, it was declared CARRIED. 


RESOLVED – that (A) East Hertfordshire Council adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, that is, “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”; and


(B) reaffirms that it finds antisemitism and all forms of prejudice targeted at those with a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 abhorrent and not in keeping with the council’s values and its duties under that Act. 


Report author: Jonathan Geall

Publication date: 15/01/2020

Date of decision: 18/12/2019

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2019 - Council

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