Statement on Government’s definition of antisemitism

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Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism
12 December 2016

Today’s attempt by the British Government, with cross-party support, to clarify a working definition of antisemitism is a welcome one.

However, definitions of antisemitism have existed before and failed to assist those who have suffered from it, while some of the perpetrators have still evaded sanction.

Context, in such cases, is frequently everything, and in a modern democratic liberal society – which Britain is – the balance between freedom of speech and sanction against those who seek to use it to harm others needs to be maintained.


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