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Motion for city to adopt internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism

Carlisle City Council's Civic Centre HQ Photo: ITV Border

Councillors in Carlisle will be asked next week to formally adopt an internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism.

Fiona Robson, Conservative councillor for Stanwix Urban, is seeking support for her motion for the city council to adopt the definition of anti-Semitism as recognised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

The Local Democracy Reporting Service reports that the move comes after Allerdale Council voted agreed to do the same in September. If the full council votes in favour of the motion on November 6, it will bring them into line with more than 130 local authorities and 30 countries.

The UK Government and the Crown Prosecution Service are among the major groups to have adopted the definition recognised by the IHRA.The definition gives 11 examples of behaviour that it says constitute anti-Semitism.Among them are repeating conspiracy theories about a Jewish-controlled media; Holocaust denial; and holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

After a long-running row, Labour has adopted, in full, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition, and associated examples of anti-Semitism. But it also included an extra statement saying this should not undermine free speech on Israel. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed a longer additional statement, which would have allowed criticism of the foundation of the state of Israel as racist, but this was rejected by the party's ruling executive.