Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Devon County Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Council has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “… the Council considered the IHRA working definition of antisemitism when developing Appendix 1 – Examples of Unacceptable Behaviour from our Acceptable Behaviour Policy which is for all staff and Members. The definition was used as a basis, but was not adopted word for word…  ”

The Acceptable Behaviour Policy contains an amended form of the illustrative examples.

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.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 15th August 2021, to which the Council responded on 19th October 2021.


No incidents relating to the Council’s officials or councillors 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.