Hastings Council adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Council of Hastings, in southern England has voted unanimously to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism after a long-running campaign by a city councillor who quit Labour in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s failure over anti-Jewish racism.

Despite repeated attempts by left-wing Labour Group members to scupper Councillor Dany Louise’s campaign, her motion met with little opposition from those in attendance. It stated: “The IHRA definition is the most widely accepted and recognised definition of anti-Jewish racism, and the vast majority of the Jewish community welcomes it as providing the protection they need.

“Therefore this Council resolves to join with 260 other local authorities, and the national Conservative and Labour Parties, to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism with all its working examples, to be included in the Council’s policy and practices.”

The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council had both written to all members of Hastings Council ahead of the meeting urging them to adopt the definition.

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