WITH less than 0.5 per cent of the British population being of the Jewish faith and a similar percentage being elected members of parliament, it is surprising that there still seems to be a growing rather than reducing amount of anti-Semitism within the UK which has spurred the prime minister Theresa May to adopt an international definition of what will be considered unacceptable and against the law.
This definition which was produced by a group known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (of which Britain is a member) in May of this year is intended to make it easy to pinpoint deliberately racist propaganda or action and can be summarised by the following statement;
“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
It has been alleged for some time that the Labour Party is inherently anti-Semitic, so much so that it has been alleged that not only is Jeremy Corbyn anti-Semitic, but one of his MPs Naz Shah was suspended from the party after posting certain anti-Semitic references, all of which resulted in an enquiry chaired by Baroness Chakrabati which found the party not to be racist as such but needs to consider its occasional ‘toxic atmosphere.’
In the case of this definition, Mr Corbyn was quick to condemn all forms of racism including anti-Semitism.