Coun­cil to adopt IHRC def­i­ni­tion

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

BRID­GEND Coun­cil is to adopt the full work­ing def­i­ni­tion of anti-Semitism as out­lined by the In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Al­liance (IHRC).

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net equal­i­ties com­mit­tee ap­proved the adop­tion on Mon­day.

The def­i­ni­tion has been adopted in full by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Wales and Eng­land and the four po­lice forces across Wales.

In Au­gust 2018, the Welsh Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion asked all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties if they had adopted or were con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing the IHRA def­i­ni­tion of anti-Semitism.

In a re­port which went be­fore coun­cil­lors at the meet­ing, of­fi­cers stated: “The IHRA def­i­ni­tion will help all or­gan­i­sa­tions and bod­ies in Wales to un­der­stand and recog­nise con­tem­po­rary anti-Semitism.

“This will help to en­sure that fewer per­pe­tra­tors get away with be­ing anti-Semitism.”

The IHRA work­ing def­i­ni­tion reads: “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.”

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