Anti-Semitism to be debated by MPs amid concerns over ‘appalling’ behaviour

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Anti-Semitism to be debated by MPs amid concerns over ‘appalling’ behaviour

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom confirms general debate on Jew-hatred for April 17

John Mann speaking at #EnoughIsEnough - Demonstration against antisemitism 

Photo Credit: Marc Morris
John Mann speaking at #EnoughIsEnough - Demonstration against antisemitism Photo Credit: Marc Morris

Anti-Semitism is to be debated by MPs in the Commons amid concerns over “appalling” behaviour in recent weeks.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom confirmed a general debate on the issue would take place on April 17.

It follows a protest against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party held outside Parliament, with Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan also suggesting his party must do more to tackle discrimination and prejudice aimed at Jewish people.

Labour’s John Mann, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group against anti-Semitism, requested more time be given to the debate – with the schedule suggesting it is in line to last for approximately three hours.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Mann said: “Considering the importance of the issue, half-a-day is simply insubstantial and insignificant. It needs to be a full day’s debate.

“I’m sure this side of the House would be happy to agree a rearranging of business to give a full day.

“Would the Leader of the House take that away and look at it please?”

Mrs Leadsom replied: “I share your grave concern about anti-Semitism and in recent weeks we’ve seen some appalling examples of anti-Semitic behaviour, which is utterly unacceptable.

“I will take away his request but he will appreciate there are lots of competing demands on time in this chamber.”

Shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz earlier said to Mrs Leadsom: “Could we have a debate on racism, particularly in light of the leaflet by Havering Conservatives, claiming that the Leader of the Opposition (Jeremy Corbyn) and the mayor of London want to turn Havering into Hackney, Newham and other London boroughs, and not like Essex.

“Will she condemn that leaflet, just as her colleague (Conservative former minister Nick Boles) has done?”

Mrs Leadsom did not comment on the leaflet in her reply.

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: