Minister pledges to fight hatred ‘as long as needed’


Communities Minister Baroness Williams has pledged the government's continued support for the fight against antisemitism.

Speaking at a Westminster reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, she said: "Everyone suffers when Jewish people are attacked for their religious and cultural identities. This is because British Jews are British and Jewish."

The minister said working with the police to provide the security the Jewish community needs, "will be a priority for as long as it is needed".

She said: "Hatred can be ideological in which case it needs to be treated with the law, with education, with banning orders. Or it is born of ignorance in which case it is best dispelled through increased inter-community contact.

"In this fight against hatred, against the intolerable virus of antisemitism, the APPG does the whole nation a service. My department and the government will support you in your work."

Last week's reception was attended by cross-communal rabbis, and Labour MPs Luciana Berger, Tulip Siddiq, Ruth Smeeth and group chair John Mann.

Mr Mann told the audience about his own battle with antisemites online.

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