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Labour adopts full anti-Semitism definition

Labour adopts full anti-Semitism definition

The UK Labour Party's ruling body has agreed to adopt in full an international definition of anti-Semitism, after months of rows.The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition was incorporated into Labour's code of conduct in July - but not all its examples were included.The party will now incorporate all 11 examples, its National Executive Committee (NEC) has decided.But it will also publish a statement aimed at protecting free speech.A Labour statement said: "The NEC has today adopted all of the IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) examples of anti-Semitism, in addition to the IHRA definition which Labour adopted in 2016, alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians.
"The NEC welcomed Jeremy Corbyn's statement to the meeting about action against anti-Semitism, solidarity with the Jewish community and protection of Palestinian rights, as an important contribution to the consultation on Labour's code of conduct."Labour has been mired in a row over anti-Semitism for months, with some Jewish groups and Labour MPs claiming leader Jeremy Corbyn was not doing enough to stamp it out in the party.But supporters of Mr Corbyn - some of whom staged a protest outside the NEC meeting - argued that adopting the IHRA definition with all examples would restrict freedom to criticise Israel's actions against Palestinians.Groups including Jewish Voice for Labour called on the committee to resist calls to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.Rival protesters outside Labour HQ, wrapped in Israeli flags, condemned Labour as being "for the many, not the Jew".
Jeremy Corbyn
Labour Party
Anti-Semitism
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