Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Swale Borough Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

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

As part of its response, the Council provided minutes of a Council meeting on 18th October 2017, which show that the Definition was adopted with no mention of the illustrative examples.

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “The IHRA Definition was adopted without the 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 19th August 2021, to which the Council responded on 14th September 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.