WR and Antisemitism

Wessex Regionalists stand against all and any form of discrimination whether it be on the basis of a person’s race, nationality, colour, gender, ability, beliefs, appearance or any other factor. 

We regard every person as a unique individual entitled to be treated equally with every other person. 

We do not need a specific code to deal with any perceived group

Wessex Regionalists regard their overarching Policy Statement on Discrimination to be sufficient to cover anti-semitism.  Despite this, the UK government, in 2016 “required” all political parties to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance non-legally binding, working definition of anti-semitism. 

However, there appears to be a disconnect between the requirements imposed on all UK political parties and the policies adopted by Jewish organisations themselves.

There are 2 widely divergent anti-semitic policy declarations in circulation:

  • the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance non-legally binding, working  definition of anti-semitism
  • The Jerusalem Declaration developed by a group of scholars provide clear guidance to identify and fight anti-semitism while protecting free expression

WR, therefore, will not adopt the IHRA definition of anti-semitism, but stands by its general discrimination policy.  To have specific policies solely for anti-semitism is in danger of giving this hideous crime a higher status than other forms of discrimination.  That is clearly unfair.  Our over-riding stance on all forms of discrimination would automatically include any forms of anti-semitism.

If pressed to elaborate its policy as it applies to anti-semitism WR would defer to the Jerusalem Declaration for guidance as it allows open debate on Jewish issues including Palestinian issues and on specific policies of the Israeli government equal to criticism of any other government’s policies.  These were lacking in the IHRA definition.

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
     
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
     
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
     
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
     
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
     
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
     
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.
     
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
     
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-semitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
     
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
     
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.