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Question for Home Office

UIN 226209, tabled on 3 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of anti-Semitism on freedom of expression and association within the UK.

Answered on

9 March 2015

We have a long-standing tradition of freedom of expression and association in
this country – and the Coalition Government is clear that people are free to
gather to protest and express their views in public. However, protesters should
be clear, that like all members of the public, that they are subject to the law
and the right to peaceful protest does not extend to threats or other criminal
behaviour. Where criminal offences are committed and individuals have
demonstrated antisemitic hostility, they will face the full force of the law.

We deplore all religious and racially motivated attacks. It is unacceptable for
anyone to harass, intimidate, or threaten anyone in an illegal manner.

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