On 25 June, Danny Stone MBE, CEO of the Antisemitism Policy Trust interviewed Lord Eric Pickles, the Government’s Special Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues, as part of a series convened between the Trust and the Office of the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, Lord Mann. The video can be accessed on the Trust’s video page, together with the rest of the Zoom with a View series.
On 27 February, APPG Treasurer Matthew Offord MP (Conservative, Hendon) and Danny Stone the PCAA Foundation Director and Secretary to the APPG spoke on a panel at the EDRS synagogue. Other panellists included Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism. Questions from the floor covered antisemitism in football and on campus.
On Sunday 7 September Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP a member of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism and supporter of the APPG, met with constituents at Barnet Synagogue to discuss their concerns about antisemitism. Together with Chief Inspector Andy Mariner from Barnet police and Danny Stone, the Director of the PCAA Foundation she answered questions about the media, campus and anti-Jewish activity emanating from the Middle East conflict.
The views expressed by those present will help to inform a parliamentary report written by MPs about the recent rise in antisemitism.
Photos courtsey of Paul Lang Photography
On 17 February, David Burrowes MP convened a meeting to discuss antisemitism and the release of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism report. Some 100 people attended and heard from the Police, CST and the secretariat to the report.
The Cross- Government Working Group on Antisemitism met on Thursday 19th February. CST updated with Group about how their volunteers felt after antisemitic incidents across Europe, particularly in France and Copenhagen. They also discussed their reactionary security measures. The Working Group discussed plans to implement relevant recommendations made by the 2015 All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism.
On 23 March 2015, the Director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust (then the PCAA Foundation) Danny Stone, together with Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust (CST) joined a panel event for the Council of Christians and Jews to discuss antisemitism. The event, attended by some 80 people, was chaired by Adrian Cohen of Clifford Chance, who hosted the event.
On 2 June the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism held its inaugural AGM of the new parliament. A vote was taken on the re-election of officers and the list presented agreed to.
The then new Communities Minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford, addressed the MPs and Peers present outlining the government’s commitment to combatting antisemitism. She confirmed the continuation of the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism.
Amongst those present were: John Mann MP, Lord Dubs, Lord Alderdice, Lilian Greenwood MP, Mike Freer MP, Luciana Berger MP, Guto Bebb MP, Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Mark Durkan MP and Louise Ellman MP.
A full list of officers of the group can be found here.
On Wednesday 10th June, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) came to parliament to brief members of both the APPG Against Antisemitism and the APPG on Islamophobia. The BBFC specifically explained their approaches to classifying discriminatory content in films. Amongst those in attendance were Stuart Andrew MP, Jonathan Djanogly MP, Lord Simon Haskel, John Mann MP and Naz Shah MP.
On 7 September 2015, John Mann MP launched his book Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred at Daunts bookshop in London.