The Barnet District of the National Education Union (NEU) has resolved to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism.
The NEU is the largest education union in the UK, and was formed following the merger of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in 2017.
On 7th November its Barnet District branch held its general meeting and resounding majorities passed two significant motions related to antisemitism in the face of some vitriolic opposition. The first motion welcomed the Government’s and Labour Party’s adoption of the International Definition and the second resolved to adopt it and called on the NEU’s National Conference to follow suit.
It is understood that the motions took three years to get to this stage and pass. The motions were reportedly proposed by Raphael Kessler and seconded by Jon Cohen, both of Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust.