Dumfries and Galloway Council [28.03.19] will be asked to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA] definition of anti-Semitism.
Councillor Elaine Murray, seconded by Councillor Rob Davidson, submitted a Notice of Motion requesting that the Council adopts the definition.
Members are being asked to:
• Agree to adopt the IHRA definition and include it in relevant policies;
• Express concern at the rising number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK;
• Declare that hatred of any kind, including anti-Semitism or discrimination against people for their beliefs, has no place in our communities;
• Celebrate the contribution our Jewish community makes in Dumfries and Galloway.
‘Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, towards Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’
In December 2016, the UK Government formally adopted the definition, making the UK the first country in Europe to do so. The Scottish Government adopted it in April 2017.
Councillor Elaine Murray, Council Leader, said: “As the number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK increases, it’s vital that our Council should be seen to stand four-square behind our region’s Jewish Community.”
Councillor Rob Davidson, Depute Leader, said: “Adopting this definition of anti-Semitism will support our Council’s obligations under the Equality Act 2010, and show that our Council won’t tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or victimisation.”