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Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL4162, tabled on 14 December 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their new definition of anti-Semitism will allow for the criticism of the government of Israel and its policies towards the Palestinian people.

Answered on

22 December 2016

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism adopted by Her Majesty’s Government does not preclude criticism of Israel. As the definition makes clear, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

The full text of the working definition of anti-Semitism and examples (atached) can be found


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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government