There have been a number of publications by the PCAA Foundation, some in conjunction with the APPG Against Antisemitism. All of these can be found through the links below together with other reports of interest. There are three sections, first our own reports followed by general UK and then European reports. This page will be updated as new publications become available.
APPG Against Antisemitism & Associated Reports:
Combatting Antisemitism: A British Best Practice Guide
Combating Antisemitism sets out the British experience of Parliament, Government and Civil Society working together to combat antisemitism. The guide includes key findings and various recommendations for other parliaments or governments that are seeking to improve their own efforts to combat antisemitism.
Updates to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiries Into Antisemitism & Electoral Conduct
A number of updates have been published providing parliamentarians with details of developments in relation to the all-party inquiries into antisemitism and electoral Conduct. The 2016 antisemitism update can be downloaded here and the previous 2015 update can be downloaded here whilst the electoral conduct update report can be found here found here. In 2016, the British Government issued a formal response to the 2015 Inquiry into Antisemitism. That paper can be found here and a press note here.
The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism (2015)
During the Israel-Gaza war of July and August 2014 there was a significant and unacceptable increase in antisemitic incidents in the UK. The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, John Mann MP, instigated a parliamentary inquiry into the lessons that could be learned from the upsurge of anti-Jewish violence emanating from the Middle East conflict . The report of that inquiry is available here and a press release here. A sub-report commissioned to assist the inquiry written by Professor David Feldman is here, another by Dr Ben Gidley is here, whilst one written by Richard Matthews QC and Jonas Milner is here and some Populus polling which accompanied the report’s publication is here.
The APPG Against Antisemitism: A Decade in Review
Over the past ten years, the APPG Against Antisemitism has sought to transform the way in which antisemitism is both perceived and combated in the UK. A summary of some of the successes achieved is provided this review document.
Online Moderation Guide
The Society of Editors launched their Online Moderation Guide at the House of Commons on 10 September 2014. Communities Minister Stephen Williams praised the APPG Against Antisemitism for its role in inspiring the report and John Mann MP, chair of the APPG praised in turn, the Society of Editors for “stepping up to the mark” in the fight against antisemitism and showing what civic society can do. Both Mann and Williams refered to the report as “the start of an important conversation”, with the Minister suggesting that online anonymity and enhanced registration requirements might be future important steps for newspaper comment board moderators to consider.
Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism Report
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. The report can be found by clicking here.
All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct
The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct is available to view by clicking here. A press release to accompany the report can be found here and a briefing from the LGIU is here (members only).
The chair of the APPG Against Antisemitism, John Mann MP commissioned the Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct. The purpose of the inquiry was to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of existing lines of responsibility and accountability in managing elections and, specifically, charges of misconduct during elections with a particular focus on racism and discrimination. The members of the inquiry were: Stuart Andrew MP, Lord John Alderdice, Lord Jeremy Beecham, Angie Bray MP (Vice-Chair), David Burrowes MP, Natascha Engel MP (Chair), Lilian Greenwood MP, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Naomi Long MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Andrew Stunell OBE MP, Dr. Eilidh Whiteford MP. Coverage of the inquiry is online here and pictures from the oral evidence session are here.
ICCA Internet Task Force Report
The Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism has received the findings of its Internet Hate Task Force. The Task Force was established following the adoption of the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism in 2010 and consisted of leading experts in the field of online hate as well as parliamentarians and, uniquely, representatives of the internet industry, such as Google and Facebook. The Task Force has led to the creation of a permanent Anti-Cyberhate Working Group which unites all interested parties, parliamentarians, intermediaries, NGOs and users in a common effort to address cyberhate in a collaborative working environment. This Group includes internet industry representatives such as Facebook, Google, PayPal, Microsoft, Twitter, American Express, Comcast, Yahoo, Pinterest, and others. The report is available here.
ICCA European Antisemitism Report
The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism (ICCA) is the international sister organisation for the APPG Against Antisemitism. Founded in London, it works to ensure Parliaments all across the globe are working to tackle racism and antisemitism. They held a conference in Europe in June 2012 and the accompanying policy document outlining incidences of antisemitism can be downloaded from here.
APPG submission to DCMS Select Committee Special Session
Having long taken an interest in issues relating to racism and football, John Mann MP together with PCAA Foundation Director Danny Stone compiled a submission to the DCMS Select Committee for their special session on racism in football. The APPG submission is on the committee website here. However, the full unedited submission can be downloaded here with appendices available on request by emailing email@example.com The committees report is available here.
FA Response to John Mann MP Report
In 2010, John Mann MP, chair of the APPG Against Antisemitism and of the Football Association’s Antisemitism and Islamophobia Working Group produced a report with a number of recommendations for the FA to consider. The FA response to his report can be accessed by clicking here. A number of complementary initiatives have also been undertaken by the FA including production of guidance for clubs on crowd management measures. In addition, the FA held a seminar on Reporting Discrimination. Building on this project, they aim to produce a public facing film to outline these reporting processes. The FA has also embarked upon some more proactive faith-based inclusion work, with the establishment of the Faith in Football Group. This group is focused on providing practical solutions for some of the recommendations in the Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia report. A related news story is online here. Lastly, the FA published their inclusion and anti-discrimination plan in 2012 which can be found here.
Canadian Antisemitism Inquiry Report
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism (CPCCA) released their report into antisemitism in Canada last week. Their inquiry was based on the UK model of inquiry. Their report is available here. A newsreel is available to watch here alongside a news article here. The various evidence sessions and details of the inquiry are available via the CPCCA site here.
Association for Canadian Studies: Canadian Diversity
An article co-authored by John Mann MP and Danny Stone (PCAA Foundation Director) appears in volume 8:4, the Fall 2010 edition of this journal. It can be accessed through the following links. Front cover and index pages one and two, article on pages three, four and five.
Draft Report: FA Taskforce on Antisemitism & Islamophobia
This report, drafted by APPG chair John Mann MP in 2010, provides a list of recommendations for best practice by the Football Association, the Police, supporters and clubs. It is currently being considered by the Football Association. To read it, click here.
Antisemitism in European Football
This report written by John Mann MP and anti-racism activist Jonny Cohen highlights pollution of the beautiful game. Published by the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism in 2008, it details disturbing incidents of antisemitism in European Football and describes some of the leadership and good practice that must be replicated across the board. To read the report click here: Football Report (2008)
The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism (2006)
The All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism commissioned an Inquiry into the state of antisemitism in the UK in 2005 chaired by Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP.
Over one hundred written submissions were received from a variety of sources including government agencies, police forces, faith groups, journalists and commentators, Jewish community organisations, academic institutions, international embassies, trade unions, NGOs and other organisations and individuals. A full list of written submissions is available at the back of the report. For a sample of the written evidence see here. For a list of the oral evidence sessions see here and for transcripts click on the session you wish to read. Oral Evidence session 1, session 2, session 3 or session 4.
The 14 MPs involved found that there has been a rise in antisemitism in the UK over recent years and the panel was shocked by the details they learned during the process of the inquiry. As a result, they published a report with 35 recommendations for government, Parliament and civil society in September 2006. To read that report, see here: All-Party Inquiry Report (2006).
The government officially responded with a Command Paper in April 2007. To read that report, see here: All-Party Inquiry Response (2007).
The opposition parties and a number of other organisations responded to the inquiry report. To see a selection of those responses see the following links: Conservative Party, Liberal Democrat Party, Crown Prosecution Service, Universities UK.
In May 2008, the government published a “One Year On Progress Report” that highlighted 14 key achievements and actions plans for 8 different government departments. To see that report, click here: One year update (2008).
There have been many developments and achievements as a result of the All-Party Inquiry. The Government reported to Parliament for a third time on 15 December 2010 and a DCLG governmental report was released on 29 December 2014. That paper is here and the accompanying press release here.
For a Hard Copy of the 2006 Inquiry Report please send a cheque for £5 made payable to “The Parliamentary Committee against Antisemitism” to the address listed here.
CST Annual Reports on Antisemitism and Antisemitic Discourse
The Community Security Trust is a Jewish communal organisation which works to monitor and combat antisemitism. They publish annually, statistics relating to antisemitic incident figures. It’s reports can be accessed through their website with the 2014 incident figures here and the report for the first six months of 2015 here. It’s annual antisemitic discourse reports can be also be accessed through their website. Additionally they have produced a guide to fighting hate crime which can be downloaded from their website here and an elections report which gives an overview of the electoral performance of the BNP and other far right parties in the last set of elections. Michael Whine of the CST has published an article which assesses the diplomatic progress made in combating antisemitism. It can be accessed here. Their guide to combating online antisemitism is available here and a joint report with Kick It Out on how to report antisemitism in football is here with press notes here. A joint publication with the Holocaust Education Trust is available here.
Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crimes Report
The CPS is prosecuting more hate crimes, more successfully and with more defendants pleading guilty than ever before. The CPS reviewed their procedures for prosecuting hate crime at the recommendation of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism. In 2015/16, the CPS has prosecuted 15,442 hate crimes – a 4.8 per cent rise on the previous year (2014/15), which also saw a 4.7 per cent increase from the year before that (2013/14). … … there has been the highest proportion of sentence uplifts in racially and religiously aggravated crime cases, which comprise 84 per cent of all hate crime prosecutions. The CPS announced a commitment to consult publically in relation to revised policy statements on all strands of hate crime (racially and religiously motivated, homophobic and transphobic, and disability hate crime) which will reflect the CPS’s approach to the prosecution of these crimes. To read the full press release see here. For the Hate Crime Report 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 here. and for an Infographic on recognising hate crime, here. For short guides on hate crime see here and here. At the recommendation of the second All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism, the CPS reviewed its guidance on social media, the details of which are here.
ECU Report on Religion and Belief in Higher Education
This report, inspired in part by the work of the APPG is available here.
EHRC and ACPOS Reports
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) have released their 2010 Hate Crime Guidance Manual which can be accessed here. News from the Scottish Government of hate crime in Scotland is available here and here. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a review of how well public authorities deliver human rights protection and promotion in England and Wales. The review concludes that people in England and Wales have their human rights upheld in many ways, but more could be done to improve human rights protections for some – including people using care services and victims of crime. To read the full press release see here and the full review here. In addition, the EHRC have released an Equality Act Starter Kit which can be found here and a report on religious discrimination in Britain. This review of research evidence, 2000-10 can be found here.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in advance of the public examination of the UK’s implementation of ICERD is here. The commission has called for a full-scale review of Britain’s hate crime laws and strategies as part of a new national drive to defeat the dramatic rise in race hate crime. To read the full press release see here.
Faith Matters Report: The EDL
This counter-extremism organisation looked at the role of faith groups in tackling the EDL. The report is available here.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Human Rights & Democracy Report
The 2010 report can be found here and the 2011 report here. It highlights amongst other issues, work undertaken by the post-Holocaust issues envoy, Sir Andrew Burns. A separate report by Sir Andrew on Holocaust education in the UK is featured in a news story here and the report available here.
Home Office report: Racist Incident Statistics
The statistical findings publication on racist incidents contains the numbers of racist incidents recorded by the police in England and Wales. The number of racist incidents recorded decreased by seven per cent from 2009/10 to 2010/11. The press release from the Home Office is here and details here. The Home Office report on hate crime and cyber security with findings from the 2010/11 British Crime Survey is available here. Figures for the 2011/12 report are here and the press release here. The 2011 data on reported religious hate crimes, disaggregated by religion with cautions about its limitations, can be viewed here and further information here. In 2013 the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Office for National Statistics published a statistical bulletin: An overview of Hate Crime. Then in 2014 they published an update on the Hate Crime Action Plan, available here. In 2016 a new Hate Crime Action Plan was published and is available here.
The Institute of Race Relations
The IRR think-tank released a report in 2012 on the violent impact of the European Far Right, it can be found here.
Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP established a Holocaust Commission. You can read the report in full here. At the 2015 National UK Holocaust Commemoration event the Prime Minister announced that he accepts the recommendations of the commission. Britain will have a new National Memorial, a world-class Learning Centre using the latest digital technology to commemorate and educate about the Holocaust and an Endowment fund to secure the long-term future of Holocaust education. All three political parties have agreed that Government will commit £50 million to the creation of the National Memorial, Learning Centre and Endowment Fund.
The National Jewish Student Survey has been released and can be downloaded from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) Website here. The statistics on antisemitism are of particular interest to our group as we continue to work on campus issues
JPR: Perceptions of Antisemitism Study
Based on data commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and gathered and analysed by JPR’s academic team, this is the first in a series of reports looking at the perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews in different EU Member States. This report, focusing on Jews in the UK, demonstrates that Jews feel more secure in the UK than elsewhere, but that Orthodox Jews are measurably more anxious about, and susceptible to antisemitic incidents, than non-Orthodox Jews. In general, the report shows that levels of antisemitism in the UK are significantly lower than in other Western European countries, and that Jews in Britain feel noticeably less anxious about it than elsewhere on the continent. Further issues explored in the report include data on how Jews define antisemitism, levels of reporting of different types of antisemitic incidents, and attitudes towards legislation on brit milah (circumcision) and shechita (the methods used under Jewish law to kill animals to produce kosher meat).
Ministry of Justice Reports
The Ministry of Justice published this review on evidence and practice relating to support for victims. There are some important findings about the victims of hate crime.
NUS Guidance on External Campus Speakers
There is new guidance on managing the risk associated with external speakers on campus for students’ unions, written by NUS. This is a significant piece of work – with a comprehensive summary of the legal and regulatory situation. It includes a legal summary, model regulations, implementation advice, flowcharts and case studies. The guidance can be found here.
Detailed analysis of religious hate crime in Scotland was released for 2011-12. The details are here and the press release here. The report on racist incidents for 2011-12 is here, a summary here and a press release here.
UUK published guidance for Vice-Chancellors on External Speakers in Higher Education Institutions. The report, which the APPG had a key role in arguing for, is available here. Another report by UUK examining harassment and hate crime targetting University students is available here.
Council of Europe: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe
This report of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe, reports on the challenges arising from the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination. It can be found here.
Council of the European Union: Conclusions on Discrimination
These Conclusions on intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief from the 3069th Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, 21 February 2011 can be found here.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has a number of country reports, covering amongst other countries: Poland, France Georgia and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Monaco, Spain and Turkey. In particular, Poland is criticised for lack of progress in fighting anti-Semitic and racist discourse. The most recent reports can be found here. Their bank of other reports can be accessed here. Their annual report for 2010 is here and press release here and for 2011 the report is here and press release here.
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) reports provide NGO material to fill the gaps in official and academic data relating to racism in the EU and its member states. The general report for 09/10can be found here. The UK shadow report can be found here. A guide for victims of racism and racial discrimination can be found here.
The European Commission announced in June 2012 a 20 Million euro project for fighting discrimination, details are here. Their report on discrimination in the EU is available here, a summary here and a UK factsheet here .
European Court of Human Rights & FRA Guide
The Handbook on European Non-Discrimination Law, published jointly by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Court of Human Rights, is the first comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. It is based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. It covers: the context and background to European non-discrimination law (including the UN human rights treaties), discrimination categories and defences, the scope of the law (including who is protected) and the grounds protected, such as sex, disability, age, race and nationality. The handbook is aimed at legal practitioners at national and European level, including judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law-enforcement officials, and others involved in giving legal advice, such as national human right institutions, equality bodies and legal advice centres, to whom it will be distributed. Access the guide here. Meanwhile, the ECHR fact sheet on hate speech is available here. This comes at a time when the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has put out this statement on racism and similarly the UN Secretary General has said this.
In 2013, the ECHR made an important ruling about the liability of internet sites whom permit hate postings to stay on their comments boards. Details are here.
FARE Football Report
A new report from a Warsaw based anti-racism group documents the number of racist and discriminatory incidents in the host countries for the 2012 European Championships. It is available here.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights have an overview report on antisemitism in the European Union 2001-10, which can be accessed here and an update report here. The press release for the report can be seen here. Their annual reports from 2011/2 on the challenges and achievements in 2010/11 are available here and here. Their reports on making hate crime visible in the European Union and victims rights is available here and their report on minorities as victims of crime is available here.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has also presented an opinion on the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia – with special attention to the rights of victims of crime. This analysis was developed in response to the request of the Council of the European Union, Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens’ Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP). The Opinion assesses the impact of the Framework Decision on the rights of the victims of crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice, including racism and xenophobia and makes recommendations. It feeds into the Fundamental Rights Conference ‘Combating hate crime in the EU’ and is available on their website here on their website.
ODIHR Education on Antisemitism
See the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) report on hate crime incidents here and press release here. Worryingly they state that hate crime remains a serious problem across the OSCE region. A video which highlights their work on antisemitism can be seen here.
Reports from the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism can be found on ODIHR’s Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Information System (TANDIS).The annual report of hate crimes in the OSCE region (incidents and responses) is available online here. Their report on Holocaust memorial days is here. A report from an OSCE conference on tackling racism in sport is available here and you can find a copy of ODIHR’s report of the OSCE High Level Meeting on “Confronting Anti-Semitism in Public Discourse” from 23-24 March available here. The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism was used as a best practice model.