A five-point plan for tackling anti-Semitism was presented to Theresa May and law enforcement officials this week.
The proposals – from the Campaign against Anti-Semitism – includes the authorities formally adopting a definition which includes anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Israel political discourse.
During a meeting with May, the director of Public Prosecutions and the head of the College of Policing at the Home Office, the Campaign’s Gideon Falter called for a reference guide on enforcing the laws on hate to be distributed among police. He also urged the strengthening of mechanisms to ensure the response to hate is as firm as the law allows and, after concern over anti-Israel demonstrations in London last summer, taking action against the organisers of marches which descend into anti-Semitism.
The CAA was established in July when incidents targeting Jews reached an all-time record as the conflict rage between Israel and Hamas.
Falter said the five-point plan would be the basis of ongoing discussions between his group, police and other agencies. Welcoming the Government’s approach to the scourge, he added: “Britain is at a tipping point. Anti-Semitism must be met with zero tolerance and British Jews must feel secure in their own country.”
May said she was taking a continued “personal interest” in the fight against anti-Semitism. “I hope we can continue to work together to eradicate anti-Semitism in all its forms,” she added.