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Labour Party urged to adopt international antisemitism definition by Ilford North MP

PUBLISHED: 14:39 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 17 July 2018

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting responds to MP Michael Fabricant's tweet. Photo: Hansard

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting responds to MP Michael Fabricant's tweet. Photo: Hansard

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Ilford North MP Wes Streeting is urging the Labour Party to adopt an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism.

Mr Streeting issued a letter to Labour Party General Secretary Jenny Formby calling for the party to adopt the International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism on July 5.

Speaking to the Recorder, he said: “The IHRA definiton is highly regarded and used internationally.

“If we cannot define antisemitism properly, we will not be trusted to tackle it.”

Jon Lansman, member of Labour’s national executive committee and Momentum founder, argued that the parties’ own code of conduct on antisemtism is the “gold standard” for political parties in The Guardian last Thursday, July 12.

He argues the full IHRA definition could stifle legitimate criticism of the policies of the state of Israel.

Tweeting in response to this claim, Mr Streeting added: “The IHRA definition does *not* prevent legitimate criticism of Israel - or prevent people from attacking Israeli Government policies as racist.”


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