WHAT IT URGED... AND WHAT HAPPENED
Only a few police forces in the UK have the capability to record antisemitic incidents, the report said. — In response, the Home Office is to deliver a uniform nationwide system by 2009 based on Metropolitan Police method of reporting incidents as racist and antisemitic.
The Crown Prosecution Service should investigate the low number of racehate prosecutions and take steps to address this problem. — The CPS is conducting a wideranging internal review.
The government should set up a crossdepartmental task force on antisemitism. — The task force had its second meeting yesterday, chaired by a government minister.
The Home Office should give more support in addressing the security needs of British Jews, especially in synagogues and schools. — Schools Minister Jim Knight announced capital funding for new security projects at Jewish schools.
The Department for Education and Skills should place a statutory duty on all schools to foster engagement through joint activity and curricula. — A national rollout of the Schools Linking Network.
Growing problem of antisemitism on university campuses: the panel called for all vice-chancellors to take an active interest in combating racist incidents of this nature, and recommended the establishment of a national working group to address the issue. — Universities are working on this but the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has been reprimanded for being slow to respond.