MPs debate issue of anti-Semitism
MPs took part in a debate yesterday (20 January) on the subject of anti-Semitism, which included a discussion on anti-Semitic abuse at football grounds.
Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who is a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder, spoke of the anti-Semitism he has witnessed whilst watching Spurs both home and away.
Blackman explained: “I have been to football grounds all over the country and combated attacks by opposition fans who routinely say, “Gas the Jews. Kill all the Jews. Hitler was right.” To witness that at first hand is to realise why we must always be eternally vigilant against anti-Semitism.
“Next week, when we honour and commemorate the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazis, we must always remember that those racist, anti-Semitic remarks are the tip of the iceberg. We have to combat them wherever and whenever they are made.”
The debate also included an explanation by Labour MP John Mann of his role as chair of the FA’s working group on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
He stated: “In the big money world of football as well as at the grassroots there is a responsibility to ensure that our most inclusive of sports is inclusive at every level. It must act when people attempt to use what I regard as our national sport to perpetrate race hatred.”
Video, audio and a full transcript of the debate can all be found by clicking here.