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Watson: Time to heal rift with Jewish community

DEPUTY Labour leader Tom Watson has pleaded for a "healing process" with the Jewish community ahead of its annual conference this weekend.

Mr Watson is due to speak at the annual Labour Friends of Israel event at the Liverpool conference on Tuesday.

He said, in response to the party's adoption of the International Holocaust remembrance Alliance's definition of antisemitism: "I hope that this marks the beginning of the healing process and the rebuilding of trust between the Jewish community and the Labour Party. It's so important to the community, the party and the country that this happens.

"I'm very glad the NEC adopted the full IHRA definition and all its examples."

Meanwhile, the party conference was due to have antisemitism training running throughout. But no details have been revealed.

Nobody from Jewish Labour Movement was available for comment.


TOWER Hamlets Council has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of antisemitism and all of its examples.

The adoption came during a council meeting on Wednesday.

A spokesman said on Twitter: "In a powerful end to the full council meeting, councillors unanimously agreed that we would adopt the definition of antisemitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance."

The motion was proposed by Councillor Andrew Wood, and seconded by Mayor John Biggs.


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