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Anti-Semitic Activities

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 18 March 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied with the existing law respecting anti-semitism and racial hatred; what further evidence he has of anti-semitic offences; and whether he will consider defining anti-semitic offences in appropriate legislation?

The principle of our law is that it is no respecter of persons and it applies alike to all individuals and to all sections of the community. I am sure that the House will agree with me that it would be contrary to public policy to single out one section of the community and to afford to it preferential treatment and protection. At the same time I am fully alive to the potential dangers of anti-semitic prejudice. Happily manifestations of such prejudice are rare in this country, but I need not assure the House that appropriate action will be taken, whenever evidence is forthcoming, against any person who engages in activities that constitute an offence against the laws of this country.