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08 September 2006

Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

I know it is breaking blogging law #1 to post about something other than the main topic of your blog, but every so often I like to throw caution to the wind.

To me, the Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism (pdf), that has just come out of the House of Commons is significant enough to post about.  The recent rise in anti-semitism in the UK is deeply disturbing but it is positive that Parliament is recognising the problem.  The most insidious and dangerous form this is taking is anti-semitism as received wisdom, as Norm points out.

I haven't had a chance to read the whole document but it does seem to address the main manifestations of anti-semitism in the UK today.  I'd particularly draw your attention to the sections on the media (pg 34) and the problems in our universities (pg 38).  Although the report makes for depressing reading, it is good news that it has been written.  Unfortunately, these All-Party reports rarely lead to a torrent of action.  Nonetheless, there has been some press press interest and it stands as a matter of record.  At the very least, it will raise awareness of an issue that is concerning me and lots of people I care about.


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Usually I don't feel compelled to comment on political matters especially not on a food blog. However, the subject is one that is close to my heart. I agree that this report is much needed, the growing rise of anti-semitism is one that is becoming more alarming by the minute. In my opinion it is certain sections of the media which are chiefly to blame, namely broadsheets such as the guardian, which incidentally I was a reader of, which propogate extremely anti-semitic rhetoric and make it increasingly difficult for anglo-jewry.

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