This afternoon Councillor Joel Williams was invited to the Israeli Embassy, in London for a meeting with the Director of Public Diplomacy to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism and what communities can do to address it, both on a local and a national scale.
Speaking about the meeting, Councillor Williams said: "This is a really important opportunity to meet and discuss with those who are often marginalised in our communities. Over the last three years, we have continued to see the number of anti-Semitic incidents spike to record highs in communities right across the United Kingdom. As politicians and community leaders, it's our job to play an active role in stamping it out of our communities once and for all."
He continued: "We specifically discussed the importance of public bodies recognising the working definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). It's with definitions like this in place, that we can start to work with others to ensure no one in our community is discriminated against."
Joel finished: "I want to take this opportunity to thank the Israeli Embassy for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to discuss such an important issue."