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Tower Hamlets Council will be asked to sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 September 2018

Councillor Peter Golds is looking forward to the code being incorporated by the council. Pic: Mike Brooke

Councillor Peter Golds is looking forward to the code being incorporated by the council. Pic: Mike Brooke

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Tower Hamlets Council will be asked to sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) code on anti-Semitism next week.

Conservatives members will put the motion forward at a full council meeting next Wednesday.

If approved the council will follow in the footsteps of other London boroughs, including Brent, Hackney, Harrow, Islington and Redbridge, in adopting the IHRA guidelines.

Councillor Peter Golds, who represents the Island Gardens ward, said: “The code has been adopted by governments and local authorities worldwide.

“Tower Hamlets has a proud record of fighting antisemitism and we look forward to the code being incorporated by the council.”

Earlier this month the Labour party adopted the full IHRA definition of antisemitism after widespread criticism for originally agreeing to a “watered down” version.

The IHRA defines anti-Semitism as a “certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

“Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

It adds that targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collective can be regarded as antisemitic.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot.

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