Plymouth moves against anti-Semitism

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

Plymouth is playing its part in standing up to anti-Semitism.

A Motion on Notice will be presented at Monday’s full council meeting which proposes that the Council sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

The code gives unequivocally clear and internationally approved guidelines on what constitutes as anti-Semitism and was recently adopted by the UK government.

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Over the past few years, we have seen a stark rise in anti-Jewish sentiment across the country.

“Here in Plymouth, where we have such a strong Jewish heritage, it is very important to understand how anti-Semitism is defined so that we as Council can stand firm against it.

“This Motion on Notice represents the ideal chance to show a united front against small-minded views and opinions and fight them wherever and whenever they appear.”

As home to what is believe to be the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue still in regular use in the English speaking world, Plymouth boasts a rich history of Jewish culture. Established in 1762, the synagogue was built by Jews who settled in the city in the mid-18th century.

In addition, the Jewish Burial Ground off Lambhay Hill was recently granted Grade II listed status as a result of an application made by the Council. It is one of the earliest Jewish burial grounds surviving in England and the earliest outside London.

Councillor Evans added: “Should this motion meet the approval of my colleagues, I would like to expand on how we celebrate Jewish culture and properly recognise and remember the atrocities of the Holocaust.

“I would like to deliver on our pledge of seeing Holocaust Remembrance Day become properly recognised in the city’s calendar by making it an official civic event.”

The full council meeting is available to watch live via the Council website.