The Antisemitism Policy Trust hosted a reception with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, in honour of John Mann, by way of a farewell and thank-you event for his leadership of the APPG for over 15 years. Speakers included: Secretary of State Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, Wes Streeting MP, Guto Bebb MP. Sir Trevor Pears, Danny Stone MBE, Joanna White, and John Mann gave a response. The event was hosted by Ruth Smeeth MP who also spoke. Other parliamentarians in attendance included Lilian Greenwood MP, Ian Austin MP, Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Andrew Percy MP, Lord Dubs, and Lord Stunell.
As part of its efforts to educate about antisemitism, Chelsea FC commissioned British-Israeli artist Solomon Souza to develop and paint a 12-metre mural on the side of the club’s Stamford Bridge stadium for Holocaust Memorial Day. The mural paid tribute to three Jewish football stars who perished in the Holocaust.
Souza’s Stamford Bridge mural depicted Julius Hirsch, who won seven caps for Germany between 1911 and 1913 but was deported to Auschwitz on March 1, 1943 before dying at the Nazi camp. Hungary winger Arpad Weisz also died at Auschwitz in January 1944 and Ron Jones was the third figure depicted in the Stamford Bridge art. British prisoner of war Jones was known as the Goalkeeper of Auschwitz. The Welshman played in the Auschwitz Football League, before being liberated by the Americans. After the war he returned to Wales and lived in Newport until he died in 2019 aged 102.
On 8 March, the Julius Hirsch’s grandson, Andreas, was the guest of honour at a special event at the club where he talked about his grandfather and his legacy.
Among those attending were Lord Richard Faulkner, Rosie Duffield MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Alicia Kearns MP, Andrew Percy MP, Lucy Frazer MP and Government extremism advisor John Woodcock.
On 6 February MPs Emma Hardy, Alison McGovern, Chris Green and Andrew Percy were joined by author and singer Louise Wener for a tour of London to examine antisemitism and its impact on the Jewish community.
The tour was the sixth organised by the Trust for the APPG Against Antisemitism. 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 about being young Jews in Britain. Following the school visit, the delegation and others were treated to a performance of Marlon Solomon’s one-man show about antisemitic conspiracy theories. A wider group of people joined the audience including civil servants, student leaders, academicas, NGOs, journalists and Trade Union representatives.
In partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, the Antisemitism Policy Trust organised a briefing event for Members of Parliament. They were invited to hear from Trust CEO Danny Stone MBE, Holocaust Educational Trust CEO Karen Pollock MBE, CST Head of Policy Dr Dave Rich and JLC Head of External Affairs Claudia Mendoza. Those parliamentarians that attended included Andrew Percy MP, Nicola Richards MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Dean Russell MP, Jack Dromy MP, Kirsten Oswald MP, Jonathan Djanogly MP, Gagan Mohindra MP, Nick Fletcher MP and Catherine West MP. Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor introduced the session.
On 11 June, Lord Mann, the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism interviewed Iman Qari Assim as part of a series convened between the Trust and Lord Mann’s office. The video can be accessed on the Trust’s video page, together with the rest of the Zoom with a View series.
On 28 May, Rosanna Rafel-Rix, Policy and External Affairs Manager for the Antisemitism Policy Trust, interviewed Tracy-Ann Oberman as part of a series convened between the Trust and the Office of the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. The video can be accessed on the Trust’s video page, together with the rest of the Zoom with a View series.
On 14 May, Danny Stone MBE, CEO of the Antisemitism Policy Trust interviewed Lord John Mann, the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, as part of a series convened between the Trust and Lord Mann’s office. The video can be accessed on the Trust’s video page, together with the rest of the Zoom with a View series.