Date Published: 20 December 2019
Councillors in North Kesteven have sent a crystal clear message to communities in the District that that they will not tolerate religious hatred in any form.
District Council Leader Cllr Richard Wright said there was a worrying national upward trend in anti-Semitic hatred that must not be tolerated.
He gave figures showing a record high for national reports of anti-Semitic incidents in the first six months of 2019 up 10% on the same period of 2018, with over 100 incidents per month for the third year running.
“This is a very worrying trend, with 18% of religiously-motivated hatred targeted at Jewish people – up from 12% in 2018. Per capita, Jewish people are most likely to report experiencing hatred.
“We need to take a stand. We need to learn the lessons of the past and we need to signal to people that as a community we will not tolerate any form of hatred.
Further to the Council’s annual observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day , Cllr Wright successfully asked the Full Council meeting to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. This says: ‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
This move was unanimously backed by the Council, building the definition into its Equality and Diversity Policy.