A Havering resident is calling for public organisations to stand together and oppose all forms of anti semitism following the awful events that took place in north London over the weekend.
Vernal Scott is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Essex Police and a well respected member of the community who promotes community cohesion and works closely with all the different communities.
He told the Havering Daily:
“I am proud to have helped draft the London Borough of Havering’s adopted statement against all forms of antisemitism. Given the events in London this past weekend, it is important for all public organisations to stand together against anti-Jewish hate. Policing organisations, too.”
Please see the statement Vernal drafted for Havering Council against anti- semitism.
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as
hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism
are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property,
toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The guidelines highlight manifestations of antisemitism as including:
“• 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
• 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
• 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 behaviour not expected or
demanded of any other democratic nation.
• Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (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.”
This Council welcomes cross-party support within the Council for combating
antisemitism in all its manifestations. This Council hereby adopts the above
definition of antisemitism as set out by the International Holocaust
Remembrance Alliance and pledges to combat this pernicious form of