Antisemitism and Islamophobia definitions agreed

Updated: 2 September 2020

The definitions of Antisemitism and Islamophobia were agreed at an Extraordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 1 September.

At the Extraordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday 1 September, Council resolved to adopt the IHRA definition of Anti-Semitism as follows:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.

Council also resolved to adopt the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) supported definition of Islamophobia as follows:

'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness'. The Council also resolved to adopt the MCB definition above referenced and continue to prioritise tackling hate crime and Islamophobia in partnership work with all stakeholders to listen to their concerns and develop policies that will continue to ensure we live in an inclusive District through task and finish groups and consultation.​

Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, the Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the Equalities Sub Committee, who moved the recommendations that the Council agree  to formal definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia said, "I am pleased that the Council has at last agreed these formal definitions and regret the delay.  Hate crime must be tackled at all levels and affects a significant number of our community. Agreeing this is the first step in helping those affected and I and others will work hard to ensure our Community Partnership prioritise hate crime and do all we can to root it out."