Mayor of Greater Manchester Vows ‘Zero-Tolerance for Hate’ at Anti-Semitism Summit

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

March 21, 2021

Amid a rise in hate crimes around the world, leaders of cities must come together to take a strong stance against bigotry, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said in remarks at last week’s 2021 Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism, hosted by the municipality of Frankfurt am Main in partnership with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM).

“Together, as a global community of mayors, we can send out the message that out cities will not tolerate hate of any kind, we see all of our citizens as equal, and we will celebrate the diversity of our society together,” Burnham said.

Burnham emphasized that Manchester — home to the United Kingdom’s second-largest Jewish community after London — had a “zero-tolerance approach to hate of any kind.”

“That’s why we had no hesitation at all as a city region in signing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on anti-Semitism, something that’s been signed to by our football clubs, such as Manchester United, and our universities,” he noted. “The whole city region sends out the same message, that there is no space for anti-Semitism, of any kind, in Greater Manchester.”

Watch Burnham’s remarks below:

The Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism — which brought together the mayors of 32 cities from 21 countries — marked the launch of a new global network of municipal leaders dedicated to eradicating religious hatred and prejudice from their communities.

For more information on the summit, visit its website: mayors.combatantisemitism.org