Lib dems back IHRA definition
THE LIBERAL Democrats have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and its examples in full.
The party confirmed its adoption on Wednesday after the Labour Party had adopted the definition of Jew-hate with the addition of a “free-speech” clause.
A Lib Dem spokesperson said: “The Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats has officially re-confirmed the Party’s adoption of the 2016 International Holocaust Memorial Alliance definition of antisemitism in full, with its worked examples.
“It has been used by the party to handle complaints and disciplinary processes since 2016.”
A vote on accepting the definition took place on Tuesday following the pressure on Labour to do the same.
But not everyone was happy. Jonathan Fryer, the chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine, said: “LDFP is firmly opposed to antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination.
“However, in common with several Liberal Jewish groups, as well as legal opinions from a number of authorities (as well as the author of the definition himself), we do have reservations about the wisdom of adopting the IHRA definition with its examples, because of its implications for freedom of expression.”