Agenda item

Notices of Motion

The following Notices of Motion have been given in accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:-

 

(1)       Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism

 

Council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK.  This includes incidents when criticism of Israel has been expressed using antisemitic tropes.  Criticism of Israel can be legitimate, but not if it employs the tropes and imagery of antisemitism.

 

We therefore welcome the UK Government’s support of the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

‘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 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 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.’

 

Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations.

 

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 racism.”

 

(signed by Councillor Giles Archibald)

 

(2)       Climate Emergency 2019

 

Council confirms that it is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and continues to look at all areas of policy and delivery. The Climate Change Policy and the work of the Green Team demonstrates and clarifies our position and ambitions.

 

Council recognises that many organisations have been working hard locally and nationally to identify and address climate change in their own communities and with partners. However, council believes action needs to happen faster. Business as usual is not enough and there is a growing urgency to implement these actions more rapidly.

 

Council notes:

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5?C special report which provides, with sobering clarity, the evidence of the impact of climate change.

 

The wider acknowledgement from some bodies that there is a 50% chance of a 2?C rise by the end of this century.

 

The World Meteorological Organisation in their annual bulletin (November 2018) state that carbon dioxide levels hit new highs of 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015.

 

The UN Gap Report published before the COP24 in Poland this year, reminding us that the Paris Agreement targets are off track.

 

UK Met Office’s 2018 Prediction offering an assessment of what we can expect to experience - higher sea levels, rise in temperatures, disrupted rainfall patterns, and as we have seen recently, flooding, over heating and torrential unpredicted rain.

 

Council confirms that we are facing a climate emergency

 

Council now urges government to recognise this urgency and to work with local authorities, health services, businesses, consumers, farmers, educational institutions and all other interested bodies to reduce to zero as quickly as possible our carbon emissions and their equivalents.”

 

(signed by Councillor Dyan Jones)

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, in addition to that debated at Minute No.C/72 above, a notice of motion had been put to Council by Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, with regard to adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

 

Councillor Archibald, in proposing the motion, expressed sadness at having to bring it to Council and horror in the fact that antisemitism still existed in this day and age.  He referred to the role played by Cumbria in 1945 and the wonderful reception provided when 300 child survivors of concentration camps were brought to Windermere to recouperate.  Councillor Archibald informed Council that the motion was to be seconded by a Member of the Labour Party and stressed that he had never witnessed any hint of antisemitism within that party.  He asked Members to unite together in condemning antisemitism.

 

Councillor David Webster expressed pride in seconding the motion, pointing out that he was not, nor ever had been, anti-Semitic or racist.

 

Councillor Matt Severn showed support for the motion, pointing out that the definition had been adopted by 130 councils in the country and also referred to Cumbria’s history, some residents whose grandparents had died during the Nazi régime.

 

Councillors Ben Berry and Philip Dixon, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, also expressed support for the motion.

 

It was, subsequently, unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That, with regard to adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, Council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK.  This includes incidents when criticism of Israel has been expressed using antisemitic tropes.  Criticism of Israel can be legitimate, but not if it employs the tropes and imagery of antisemitism;

 

We therefore welcome the UK Government’s support of the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

‘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 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 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.’

 

Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations.

 

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 racism.