Today I joined with members from the NSW Parliament in signing the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism. The preamble to the declaration is as follows:
We, Representatives of our respective Parliaments from across the world, draw the democratic world’s attention to the resurgence of anti-Semitism as a potent force in politics, international affairs and society.
We note the dramatic increase in recorded anti-Semitic hate crimes and attacks targeting Jewish persons and property, and Jewish religious, educational and communal institutions.
We are alarmed at the resurrection of the old language of prejudice and its modern manifestations – in rhetoric and political action – against Jews, Jewish belief and practice and the State of Israel.
We are alarmed by Government-backed anti-Semitism in general, and state-backed genocidal anti-Semitism, in particular.
We, as Parliamentarians, affirm our commitment to a comprehensive programme of action to meet this challenge.
We call upon national governments, parliaments, international institutions, political and civic leaders, NGOs, and civil society to affirm democratic and human values, build societies based on respect and citizenship and combat any manifestations of anti-Semitism and discrimination.
|Ron Hoenig MP with Yair Miller, President of the Jewish Board of Deputies|