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Communities Secretary commits funding to tackle online hate

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP this week (15 September 2019) confirmed £100,000 funding to stem the spread of antisemitic material online, as he underlined this government’s absolute commitment to tackling hatred in all its forms.

The additional funding will support the Antisemitism Policy Trust’s ongoing work to tackle the spread of racist tropes online and challenge harmful narratives about Jewish people. This forms part of the government’s wider agenda to tackle all forms of religiously and racially motivated hatred.

The organisation will use the funding to develop short, educative videos to counter, debunk, and undermine the proliferation of hateful antisemitic material online.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

Antisemitism has absolutely no place in our society and I am committed to tackling it at its root.

Online hatred can be a pernicious force that not only causes immediate harm to its victims but can embolden its perpetrators.

By funding innovative programmes that educate future generations and stem the spread of harmful ideologies we will stamp out this scourge, wherever it appears.

In a speech at a Board of Deputies of British Jews event, Mr Jenrick is also due to commit to writing to all councils and universities this week demanding that they adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition as a matter of urgency.