Theresa May will be unveiling a new legal definition of anti-semitism. The phrase by definition means the hatred of Jews. The phrase will now also apply to anyone who states or says that Israel has no right to exist or anyone who blames the Jews for the world’s problems. Britain will be employing the new definition which was written by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The organisation which is backed by 31 countries including the UK and USA set this working definition of antisemitic abuse back in May of this year.
This new legal definition of anti semitism will allow police and courts to have more accuracy when prosecuting people who carry out Hate crime against Jewish people. Downing Street have said that people have previously been able to get away with hate crimes due to the term being ill-defined and because different organisations have different interpretations of it. May has stated “There will be one definition of anti-Semitism – in essence, language or behaviour that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews – and anyone guilty of that will be called out on it.” “Anti-semitism should have no place in politics and no place in this country. “And I am proud to lead a party that takes the firmest stand against it.”
Last week Jeremy Corbyn went to a book launch for a well known anti Israeli writer. Director of Labour Friends of Israel Jennifer Gerber criticised the Labour boss for attending stating “We hope in future Jeremy will think more carefully about the organisations he associates himself with”. A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn has said hatred towards Jews was “as repugnant and unacceptable as any other form of racism”.
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