The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, in association with the Antisemitism Policy Trust, held a half-day visit in London, providing participants with a proper understanding of antisemitism, and enabling them to gain a real insight into the Jewish Community’s fears and concerns.
Delegation participants: Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Sarah Jones MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Alex Sobel MP, Tulip Siddiq MP, Sir Eric Pickles (Government Post-Holocaust Issues Envoy), and a civil servant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The delegation began the day at the headquarters of the CST where they were briefed about the community’s security operation and modern antisemitism by a number of leading experts.
The group then transferred to a Jewish School and heard directly from pupils about their thoughts and feelings on being young Jews in Britain. One of the classes was delighted to be offered a model House of Commons session organised by Yvette Cooper who sat in the speaker’s chair and presided over the children’s debate (which determined that children should still not be allowed to drive). Among the topics discussed were Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and school security.
Following the school visit, MPs met with the Union of Jewish Students to try and better understand antisemitism on campus. A number of issues were considered including the effect of Israel Apartheid Week on students, and the role of the soon-to-be-created Office for Students.
Finally, the parliamentarians were briefed over lunch by Dr Joe Mulhall from Hope Not Hate about the far-right and antisemitism online, by Roisin Wood, Director of Kick it Out about antisemitism in football and by Caroline Hoare from the Anne Frank Trust about its work in prisons. Finally, Danny Stone MBE, Director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, drew together the different policy concerns from the day and brought the visit to a close.