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Parliamentary report into antisemitism emanating from Middle East conflict

The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, John Mann MP, has instigated a parliamentary report into lessons that can be learned from the recent upsurge of anti-Jewish violence emanating from the Middle East conflict.

Whilst the focus of the report will predominantly be on the UK, lessons and evidence will be drawn from European countries.

The Terms of Reference are as follows:

  1. To consider this in the light of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism
  2. To review the situation in  the UK in the light of similar events in Europe and draw any lessons that can be learnt
  3. To identify and review the effectiveness of existing legal and other frameworks for addressing antisemitism in the UK, with a view to avoiding the extreme anti-Jewish violence in Europe that resulted from the conflict.
  4. To identify models of best practice for guaranteeing intercommunal cohesion and Jewish communal welfare at times of increased tension.

The inquiry will be research based but those interested parties wishing to make written submissions of no more than 2,000 words are welcome to do so.

The following are general guiding questions for written submissions:

  1. How do you believe the nature of antisemitism in the UK has changed, if at all, since 2005 and what evidence do you have to support this?
  2. Do you believe the sources of contemporary antisemitism have changed?
  3. Did you notice any specific differences over the summer during the period of increased violence in the Middle East?
  4. What is your assessment of the policing of antisemitism? Are you aware of any prosecutions?
  5. Do you think that the Government, parliament and civil society has reacted responsibly in addressing antisemitic concerns, through for example educational programmes and public statements? Are you able to specify programmes that you think have been successful?

Organisations and individuals wishing to make written submissions are invited to do so by 24 November 2014.  Each submission should include the name and postal address of the individual or organisation and state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Inquiry.  Where submitted by an organisation rather than an individual the submission should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  A report is expected to be published in the late winter.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Inquiry via mail@antisemitism.org.uk

John Mann MP said: “It is to our collective shame that antisemitic incidents have been proliferating throughout the UK and Europe. We must learn some lessons to ensure that Middle East tensions do not play out on the streets at home”.

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New Report on Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism

A new report, ‘Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism’, produced by researchers from the University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London, for the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, examines what drives extremism in British society. It suggests that Islamist and far-right extremism are often two sides of the same coin with radical ideologies being embraced by people who feel marginalised as they appear to offer an explanation for, or an answer to, a sense of grievance or lack of opportunity.

The report, which offers new insights from ten leading academics and thinkers, says extremism and integration cannot be tackled at a local level alone. Nor can they be addressed in isolation from tackling issues of disadvantage and inequality. It suggests a unified national strategy is required to build community cohesion and integration, incorporating legal and policy responses, and with a renewed commitment to improving social mobility and racial justice. It can be viewed by clicking here.

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Antisemitic Incident Figures for 2013

On 6 February 2014 the Community Security Trust (CST) released their incident figures for 2013. Their reports are available on their website here. They recorded 529 antisemitic incidents in 2013, an 18 per cent decrease from the 649 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2012 and the lowest annual total recorded by CST since 2005. The highest ever annual total recorded by CST was in 2009, when 931 antisemitic incidents were recorded.

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