The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted an updated definition of Anti-Semitism in May 2016. North Lincolnshire Council has now adopted this definition to support other public bodies, including Humberside Police, in challenging hate crime and hate incidents.
The adopted definition is: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of Anti-Semitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, towards Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.
The Government adopted this definition in December 2016. North Lincolnshire Council has also now adopted it. Having one definition of Anti-Semitism ensures that people who perpetrate hate crime do not escape justice because different public bodies have different interpretations.
Coun Rob Waltham, from Brigg, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Jewish people are very welcome in North Lincolnshire. We work closely with Humberside Police and other public bodies to make sure our Jewish communities feel safe and secure.
“Hate crime against Jewish individuals or communities is unacceptable. Adopting the new, single definition of Anti-Semitism allows incidents to be reported, investigated and resolved as quickly as possible.
“Jewish people can be assured that we will work tirelessly to bring to justice anyone who carries out a crime against them.”
If you witness, or if you are a victim of a hate crime or hate incident, you can report it to Humberside Police. Call 999 in an emergency or 101 if it is not an emergency.
NF ADDS: Brigg holds an annual Holocaust Memorial Service and has a Holocaust Memorial within the Angel building, provided by Brigg Town Council.