Tom Brake Demonstrates Commitment to Combating Antisemitism

January 13, 2011 1:00 PM

Tom Brake (Vice-Chair, APPG Against Antisemitism) and John Mann (Chair)

Tom Brake recently joined together with the Communities Minister and Parliamentary colleagues to demonstrate support for the fight against antisemitism.

Responding to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, the Government published a report on the steps they have taken and the progress that has been made, including measures to increase security for Jewish faith schools in the state sector and improving the collection of data on antisemitic incidents.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed up to £2 million to fund tighter security measures in Jewish faith schools in the state sector. This funding will ensure children and staff will have a school environment safe from antisemitic incidents.

An agreement has been secured that all police forces must now record antisemitic hate crimes, with the first official statistics published last month. This greater transparency provides the clearest picture yet of where and when hate crimes are likely to occur, thereby making it easier to target security measures. To ensure the Holocaust is remembered, £750,000 has been committed for the 2011 commemoration and related educational activities and has pledged to fund the Lessons from Auschwitz Project (LfA) next year.

The report follows two responses issued by the previous Government to the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism, details of which can be retrieved at http://www.antisemitism.org.uk/publications/materials-publications

Tom said: "It's unacceptable that such a high number of antisemitic incidents are still happening. I am delighted to work with the All-Party Group Against Antisemitism to ensure that no-one has to face racist abuse. Hopefully, the best practice we discover can be used to help others who continue to face discrimination."

Danny Stone, Director of the PCAA Foundation which provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism said: We are delighted that Tom Brake has demonstrated their commitment to fighting antisemitism. It is only through the decisive action of Parliamentary champions that we can continue to succeed in our campaign.

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