Antisemitism definition ‘is insult to community’

UPDATE: Curator Alexandra Cropper tells of the Jewish Museum's future plans

THE Labour Party’s attempt to re-write the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism came under fire on Sunday.

It shows a lack of respect to the Jewish community, said Manchester Jewish Representative Council president Sharon Bannister.

She was speaking at a Rep Council meeting at Manchester’s Jewish Museum.

Mrs Bannister said: “It doesn’t say much — in fact, it says a lot about their thinking and how they show respect, disrespect or no respect to the Jewish community.

“Many Jewish and non-Jewish Labour MPs are challenging it and have expressed their concerns.

“It looks as though Labour MPs will be treated differently to MPs of other parties.

“That shows an inequality and is not fair. I think that is the view of many in the Jewish community.”

Mrs Bannister also repeated her plea from earlier in the year for the community to stop “bullying” each other on social media.

She said: “We are dividing the community.

“It is becoming the Orthodox community verses the Reform community — we are all Jewish and follow our religion in different ways.

“One side is not right and the other is not wrong. We are pulling ourselves apart.

“We share a religion, and some follow it differently.”

Also speaking at the meeting was Manchester Jewish Museum’s curator Alexandra Cropper.

She gave an update on the progress being made towards repairing, restoring and expanding of the museum.

A £3 million grant was awarded to the Grade II* 1874 building in Cheetham Hill Road last year, which is being used to create galleries, learning spaces, a shop and a cafe to be built in a new extension.

The development has already been given the green light from Manchester City Council and an additional £1.5m in funding money is in place.

Ms Cropper confirmed that the museum will be housed at Manchester’s Central Library for 18 months while work is carried out on the current site.

This could, she confirmed, involve being open during Shabbat due to the library being open at that time.

It was confirmed that no Rep Council meetings would take place in August and September.

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