Merton Council voted unanimously at the full council meeting on 12th September to formally adopt the definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
The definition is widely accepted by many countries including the majority of EU states, the USA, Canada, Argentina and many others. The definition provides many clear examples of anti-Semitic behaviour, whilst allowing for legitimate criticism of the State of Israel.
Oonagh Moulton, Conservative Group Leader, said:
“I am proud that the Conservative Party has been the driving force behind Merton Council formally adopting the IHRA anti-Semitism definition, and that Merton Council has joined the numerous other authorities and public bodies in Britain who have taken a stand against anti-Semitism by adopting the IHRA definition.
The Conservative Party has a long history of opposing anti-Semitism and hate crime of all kinds, and the adoption of this important definition is proof of our determination to speak out and take a stand against racial or religious discrimination.”