New measures to tackle Antisemitism anounced by Parmjit Dhanda

Cohesion Minister Parmjit Dhanda has announced proposals to tackle antisemitism. The action plan was published on the back of an All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism.

The proposals outline measures to improve the recording of incidents, prosecution and the creation of a cross government working task group and an increase in the work being done by schools on this issue.

Parmjit Dhanda said:

"We have made good progress against the recommendations but there is no room for complacency. We will continue to take practical, effective action to stamp out antisemitism whenever and wherever it occurs.
The recommendations include:

* The Crown Prosecution Service's comprehensive review on the low number of antisemitic prosecutions and the subsequent commitment to develop an Action Plan, which sets out the work needed to build on the progress that has already been achieved.
* ensuring that by April 2009 all police forces will collect data on all hate crime, including anti-Semitism;
* agreeing that local authorities can use their devolved capital funding for investment in security at schools where this is a priority;
* Funding the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) to research the impact of antisemitic discourse;
* The launch of the Race for Justice Declaration - a cross-government strategy which aims to combat all forms of hate crime.
* A commitment to significantly increase the level of annual core funding provided to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for each of the next three years.

John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism said:

"I am delighted to see that real progress has been made over the past 12 months. The purpose of the Inquiry our group commissioned was to engage government and civil society as partners in the struggle against prejudice and discrimination and this report shows that we are advancing towards where we need to be with particularly good news relating to prosecutions, policing and international cooperation. 
The progress report can be viewed at the following site

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