Multi-faith event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and Hate Crime Week

Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, attended an event at Menorah Synagogue to talk about Hate Crime, anti-Semitism and how the CPS prosecutes racist and religiously aggravated offences. 

The event took place during Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week and to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2015.  It was developed jointly by Wythenshawe Church of England Team and Menorah Synagogue and explored the theme of Religious Hate Crime. One of the highlights of the evening was the viewing of the inspiring and thought provoking documentary film 'Paper Clips', about children in a school in Tennessee and their journey to learn about the Holocaust when they try to collect 6 million paper clips to represent the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.  This was followed by a moving and educational talk about the Holocaust by synagogue member and Holocaust survivor Gisela Feldman, who reminded those in attendance of the importance of remembering but also the importance of accepting one another.

Ian Rushton (Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor), takes part in the eventThe event concluded with a Question Time style panel consisting of Claire Tabert (Stop Hate UK); Dr Denis MacShane (former Europe Minister); Qaisra Shahraz (Trustee of Manchester Multi-Faith Centre); chair of panel Jim Battle (Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner) and Inspector Luke Breakspear (Neighbourhood Policing Team).  They answered questions from the audience about hate crime, reporting incidents, anti-Semitism and the investigation and prosecution of hate crime.