The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has joined mayors from across Europe and the United States in signing a pledge to take action against anti-Semitism in their communities.
The pledge, which has been signed by more than 150 mayors from 30 countries in Europe, is part of the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism initiative, originally developed by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in July 2015 and launched in Europe later that year. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, was the first European mayor to sign the pledge, followed by those from Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan and Copenhagen. Three hundred mayors from all 50 American states also supported the project.
The Mayor of London, whose first official engagement was to join Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and thousands of Londoners from the Jewish community for Yom HaShoah at the Copthall Stadium, has consistently stated his zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism and all hate crime. As an MP he joined local students on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust. As Mayor, he has promised to support police officers with the resources and training they need to investigate hate crime fully, and to promote neighbourhood police teams that understand and reflect the communities they serve. He will also work with Transport for London and the British Transport Police to protect people on public transport from hate crime.
Mr Khan, said: “Sadly, for many Londoners, anti-Semitism is a very present problem. As a British Muslim, I am no stranger to discrimination and prejudice. That’s why, as mayor for all Londoners, I am determined to fight racism in all its forms and will make challenging hate crime a priority. I am proud to sign the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism pledge and I will encourage other mayors across the country and Europe to do the same, to help send the message far and wide that anti-Semitism is totally unacceptable and can never be justified.”