Lib dems back IHRA def­i­ni­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

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.”

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