Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Basildon Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Council said that the Definition was adopted on 16th January 2020.

As part of its response, the Council provided minutes of a Council meeting on 16th January 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted.

There is no reference to the examples in the minutes, accompanying Inclusion and Diversity Policy (2020–2024) or Freedom of Information response and therefore we cannot assess with certainty whether the Definition has been adopted in full.

Campaign Against Antisemitism considers the examples to be integral to the Definition, without which an adoption is not complete. In a statement on 7th August 2018, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance reiterated the integrality of the examples to the Definition.

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “…I cannot find any additional information to indicate the wording of the examples has been included in any council documentation however I am happy to work with the enquirer to learn more about the definitions and how to apply them to best effect at the council.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 6th August 2021, to which the Council responded on 25th August 2021. On 22nd July 2022, the Council updated its response.


The following are recent incidents relating to the Council’s officials or councillors that have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.

Following correspondence with Campaign Against Antisemitism, Basildon Council has agreed to cancel a screening of a propaganda film about the antisemitic former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.