Stormont hosts anti-racist forum

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Political leaders joined a reception at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss combating antisemitism.

The Stormont event was organised by the Westminster-based All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism to promote cross-party action.

John Mann, MP, chair of the all-party group, said the number of antisemitic incidents in Northern Ireland in the past year showed that Assembly members must take a lead in tackling the problem.

The DUP’s David McIlveen hosted Tuesday’s meeting, which was attended by Jonathan Bell, a junior minister in the Assembly’s First Minister’s office, as well as leaders of Belfast’s Jewish community.

Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust said Jewish groups and other religious minorities enjoyed a close and positive relationship at Stormont. It was essential for political leaders to speak out against antisemitism.

APPG secretary Danny Stone said: “Group members are keen that the lessons learned in fighting antisemitism should have the widest possible reach.”

Last updated: 2:03pm, October 25 2012