Ealing Council has unanimously backed the IHRA definition of antisemitism, making it the last London borough to formally adopt the interpretation of Jew-hate.
The definition passed without opposition at a meeting of the full council yesterday despite disruption from protesters gathered behind a Palestinian flag.
“Shame on this council for standing with apartheid and imperialism,” a protester chanted. “We will not allow business as usual while Palestine suffers.”
A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies thanked Ealing Council for adopting the definition, adding:” This is truly appreciated by the capital’s Jewish community.”
Had to suspend full council temporarily tonight – protestors disrupting the meeting because Ealing Councillors unanimously voted to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Antisemitism #SayNoToHate #EalingHour pic.twitter.com/ktbq3fVHlY
— Cllr Joy Morrissey (@joymorrissey) June 11, 2019
In a statement, the Jewish Leadership Council praised Ealing councillors for “facing down protestors.”
The Jewish group added: “We noted that over the weekend, allegations of anti-Jewish racism from one of Ealing’s MPs, Rupa Huq, against a young Jewish job applicant emerged. These allegations are of grave concern.
“We hope that Dr Huq will welcome her Council passing the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
“If the allegations against her are true, we also hope that Jeremy Corbyn will take a strong, visible and personal stance in condemning these alleged acts of anti-Jewish racism and unlawful discrimination from one of his MPs.”