Worcester council adopts IHRA definition following alleged antisemitic incident

Cllr Louise Griffiths leads the call after mezuzah on her front door was defaced with a swastika


A Worcester councillor has successfully lobbied the council to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, after being the subject of an alleged antisemitic attack.

Conservative councillor Louise Griffiths claims a mezuzah was ripped from the front door of her home and posted through her letterbox with a swastika drawn on it.

Following the incident, councillors unanimously agreed to adopt the IHRA definition at a meeting on Tuesday.

According to the Worcester News, Cllr Griffiths said the move was a “no-brainer”, adding she had noted a rise in antisemitism in recent years.

“It will send a signal to the small Jewish community here in Worcester that our elected representatives care about them, that we won’t stand by and allow antisemitism to go unchallenged, and that we will put robust systems in place to ensure councillors and council employees are educated on antisemitic tropes and the dangers of using them.”

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