Potters Bar councillors pledge to fight anti-Semitism

PUBLISHED: 12:47 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:57 02 March 2017

Councillor Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council

Councillor Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council

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Councillors have united across party lines to pledge opposition to anti-Semitism in Hertsmere, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in Britain.

A motion at Tuesday’s full meeting of Hertsmere Borough Council was passed unanimously, and the authority also adopted an internationally accepted definition.

Council leader Morris Bright said: “This motion was passed unanimously, showing the commitment of all elected members across all parties to do everything we can to maintain our cohesive and tolerant communities here in Hertsmere.�In the borough, we have the third largest Jewish community in the country so it’s highly appropriate that we make this clear statement that anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and hate crime will not be tolerated here in Hertsmere.”

Councillor Richard Butler, opposition leader, added: “This is a matter that elected members feel passionate about.

“We will all work together to tackle racism and hate crime, in all its forms.”

According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, criticism of the state of Israel can sometimes be anti-Semitic, but can also be legitimate.

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