- Created: Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:48
- Written by FRFI
On 9 October 2018, the Leaders’ Committee of London Councils called on all London boroughs to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. This definition deliberately conflates anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in an attempt to criminalise and shut down criticism of the Israeli state. The Leaders’ Committee’s action comes after the adoption of the definition by the national Labour Party on 4 September. Many London councils had already adopted the definition but following the Leaders’ Committee instruction council after council followed suit, typically without debate or opposition. The RCG has been the only group engaged in a widespread and principled anti-Zionist campaign to repeal the definition, rather than just tinker around the edges. This has seen Camden Council send officers to spy on us, sectarianism and censorship from members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and associated groups, and overwhelming support from people on the streets around London.