The Labour Party and Anti-Semitism – SJRC response

The Sussex Jewish Representative Council has been following events regarding antisemitism within the Labour Party very closely. We represent no political party nor do we advocate any particular view. However, it is our role to represent and advocate on behalf of the best interests of the Jewish communities across Sussex.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues at the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council, along with the 68 rabbis who signed a letter and the three leading Jewish newspapers, all calling upon the Labour Party to adopt the internationally accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on antisemitism.

We have a very good working relationship with the Brighton and Hove City Council and have been in regular contact with them recently. They have assured us that the definition is embedded within their working policies. However, we now feel that it is important for the definition to be formally adopted and have requested that they join with 120 other councils across the country and to adopt the IHRA definition on antisemitism, in full, as a clear declaration of their support for the Jewish community and their acknowledgment that it is the Jewish community who should define antisemitism, not political parties nor anyone else.

SJRC Chair Team
Beryl Sharpe (President)
Debra Goodman
Jessica Rosenthal
Sarah Wilks