Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Northern Ireland Executive

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Executive does not appear to have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Northern Ireland Assembly adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism on 27th April 2021.

The Executive has told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “Assembly motions are not considered to be binding on the Executive. Executive authority is vested in Ministers so if the Assembly passes a motion calling on a Minister to do something, it is up to the Minister to consider and take action as they consider necessary. If that action required Executive approval, they would have to seek Executive agreement to the definition in question being used for all official purposes.”

We have searched the Executive’s website and the public domain but have not found any reference to adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 19th August 2021, to which the Executive responded on 25th 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.