The panel's report called for urgent action from Government, police, prosecution
services, universities and the Jewish community to tackle a disturbing rise in antisemitism in the UK.
The report was published on 7 September 2006 and
received extensive media coverage. You can download a copy of the report here.
Only a minority of police forces in the UK have the
capability to record antisemitic incidents. The panel recommended that the Home Office requires police forces nationwide to
record such incidents using the current Metropolitan Police model of categorising them as both racist and antisemitic.
- The panel recommended that the Crown Prosecution Service investigates the
low number of prosecutions and takes steps to address this problem.
- The panel called on the Department for Local Government and Communities
to facilitate relations between faith communities and conduct an annual survey of community relations in Britain
The panel called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office
to report jointly to Parliament annually on the extent of antisemitism in the UK and the actions taken to tackle the problem
both domestically and in the context of international obligations.
The panel recommended that the Department for Education and Skills places
a statutory duty on all schools to foster engagement through joint activity and curricula.
In response to evidence that, whilst there are examples of good rpactice
there is a gorwing problem of antisemitism on university campuses, the panel called for all Vice-Chancellors to take an active
interest in combating racist incidents of this nature, and recommended the establishment of a national working group to address
The panel recommended that Government departments work together
and with their counterparts in other countries to limit traditional broadcast and internet access to racist, including antisemitic,
material.“The disturbing rise in antisemitism uncovered by the Panel has caused increased
anxiety and vulnerability within the Jewish Community. Acts of violence and abuse
towards Jews are an affront to any modern society. They must be dealt with swiftly
and severely wherever they occur. But, the most worrying discovery of this Inquiry
is that anti-Jewish sentiment is entering the mainstream, appearing in the everyday conversations of people who consider themselves
neither racist nor prejudiced.
Commenting on the findings of
the Inquiry, Chair of the Panel, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denis McShane MP, explained:
“All forms of antisemitism are
racism and should be treated as such. This behaviour is driven by ignorance and
complacency and allowing it to continue unchecked is not just a problem for the Jewish community but society as a whole. The Panel hopes that, by highlighting the damaging impact of antisemitism, all parties,
including Government, the police, prosecution services, universities and the Jewish community itself, can take the steps needed
to address this problem.”
on the recommendations directed at the Police and criminal justice system Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP said:
“In this climate it is perverse
that not all police forces record antisemitic incidents. This must not be tolerated.
If we are to reverse the trend of rising anti-Jewish attacks, it is vital that we have a complete picture of the problem we
“Today we are calling on the Home
Office to require all police forces across the UK to follow the example of the Metropolitan Police by recording these incidents
as both racist and antisemitic. In some parts of the country, police forces verge
on the complacent in their response to this issue. There can be no room for this
in our society, particularly not from the police who have such an important role to play in stamping out this unacceptable
on behalf of the panel Chris Huhne MP continued:
“The latest figures reveal that
the level of antisemitic incidents in the UK over the last month is amongst the highest on record. As a result, security measures that many citizens would consider inconvenient and invasive have become
the norm at Jewish community gatherings, schools and places of worship. This is clearly unacceptable.
“Witnesses before the panel strongly
indicated that the failure of some individuals to draw a distinction between Jews and Israel was a major contributing factor
in contemporary antisemitism. Debate about international affairs is to be welcomed
and criticism of Israel should not be considered antisemitism. But, there is
a fine line between criticism and racism which is all too often breached in discussions about the Jewish community. Only by improving understanding and encouraging genuine debate can we effectively tackle this problem.”
John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Group against Antisemtism
welcomed the report and said:
“The publication of this report could not be timelier
and I welcome the findings of this valuable piece of parliamentary work. The panel have conducted a thorough investigation
and come up with practical and workable recommendations. It is staggering that in the twenty-first century the Jewish community
has to spend millions of pounds annually to protect itself. The spread of antisemitic discourse is also cause for grave concern
and it is time to redraw the lines in the sand and make clear that antisemitic language will not to be tolerated. I look forward
to working with parliamentary colleagues and Government to take forward the recommendations in the report.”