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North Belfast MLA William Humphrey has said the Northern Ireland Assembly has an opportunity to take a clear stand against racism by endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition of anti-Semitism.

Mr Humphrey and DUP colleagues are bringing a motion to the Assembly which will be debated tomorrow (Tuesday).

He said, "Just over a week ago Belfast suffered its latest anti-Semitic hate crime when the headstones of ten graves in the Jewish section of Belfast City Cemetery were damaged. There have been other similar attacks in the past and anti-Jewish graffiti, including on the synagogue.

Anti-Semitism should not be viewed as somehow lesser than other hate crimes. It is not an 'acceptable' form of racism and no party in the Assembly should ever seek to justify it or defend those guilty of it.

By endorsing IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, all parties in the Assembly have the opportunity to take a clear and united stand against this hatred."