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Jewish Museum London are partnering with Chelsea Football Club to tackle antisemitism in football.
With the support of the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, the campaign aims to raise awareness and educate players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in football.
Chelsea FC and Jewish Museum London will be working with organisations and people both here in the UK and abroad, including Maccabi GB, Kick it Out, the World Jewish Congress, Anne Frank House and the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Leading the campaign is a steering committee of leading experts. The committee is led by Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck, and includes:
Ronald Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress
Abigail Morris, Chief Executive, Jewish Museum London
Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice-Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Robert Singer, CEO and Executive Vice-President, World Jewish Congress
Cecilia Wikström, Member of European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Working Group Against Antisemitism
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive, Holocaust Educational Trust
Dave Rich, Head of Policy, Community Security Trust
Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director and CEO, Anti-Defamation League
Lord Peter Levene, Lord Mayor of London 1998-1999
Abigail Morris, Chief Executive, Jewish Museum London said:
"Football is a subject that has long been of interest to Jewish Museum London. Our ‘Four Four Jew’ exhibition in 2013, supported by the Football Association, explored the historic ties between Britain's Jewish community and the beautiful game.
However, the problem of antisemitism sadly persists in the industry, taking several shapes and forms, which is why the Jewish Museum is proud to be part of this important initiative by Chelsea Football Club to educate players, staff, fans and the wider football community about the issue and ensure that football provides a level playing ground for everybody.
Some of the activities Jewish Museum London is undertaking as part of the partnership include hosting a display about football and the Jewish community in January, lending items to be displayed at the Chelsea FC Museum, and helping to develop school education programmes about faith and identity."
Chelsea FC are working hard to tackle antisemitism both within their own fan base and the wider community. The Chelsea Foundation’s equality and diversity workshops in primary schools will be extended to talk specifically about Jewish faith and culture. An education programme for supporters banned for antisemitic behaviour will be launched to help them to understand the impact of their actions.
Find out more on the activities and momentum behind this campaign here.