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Over 1100 Signatories Have Adopted The IHRA Definition Of Antisemitism

The Combat Antisemitism Movement sees success worldwide

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The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism was adopted in 2016 and has become the central tool to combat Jew-hate. (Image: CAM)

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According to the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), at the beginning of 2023 there are 1116 entities across the world that have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism.

This number encompasses 7 Canadian provinces, including Manitoba where TheJ.ca is located, and 30 states in the USA. American cities that support the IHRA range from Washington DC in the east, Wichita in the midwest and Los Angeles on the Pacific coast.

The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism was adopted in 2016 and has become the central tool to combat Jew-hate and identify contemporary manifestations of centuries-old tropes and canards about the Jewish people and more recently, the Jewish State.

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

“Support for the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism transcends the political and ideological spectrum and unites entities and individuals of a broad swath of religious, national and cultural backgrounds,” the CEO of CAM, Sacha Roytman-Dratwa told JNS.

“The surpassing of the 1,000 milestone since a previous report compiled by the Combat Antisemitism Movement is a telling indicator of the far-reaching impact and influence of the definition and its accompanying 11 explanatory examples of prejudiced and discriminatory behavior against Jews.

“While the rise in antisemitic incidents has been alarming, the tidal wave of global support for the Jewish people is undeniable and greatly encouraging,” Roytman-Dratwa said.

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The growing list of entities adopting the Working Definition of Antisemitism includes:

  •       The Philippines;
  •       Colombia
  •       Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  •       Vancouver, British Columbia;
  •       Tuscany, Italy;
  •       The City University of New York;
  •       The University of Pittsburgh;
  •       The Florida Democratic Party; and
  •       Lufthansa Airlines.

CAM is a global coalition engaging more than 600 partner organizations and nearly two million people from a diverse array of religious, political and cultural backgrounds in the common mission of fighting antisemitism. Roytman-Dratwa is eager to expand the adoption of these inmitiative within the realm of business.

“The fallout from scandals involving celebrities such as Kanye West and Kyrie Irving underscored why companies must have the means to properly identify and react to expressions of antisemitism,” she said. “Both West and Irving lost lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Adidas and Nike over their antisemitic rhetoric and behavior.

“Meanwhile, the ongoing explosion of online antisemitism, particularly on social media, highlights the need for major platforms to enact stricter policies for the detection, monitoring and removal of hateful content, as well as the banning of purveyors of bigotry like West.”

Andria Spindel, Executive Director of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation, points out that “the media too must acknowledge that a common, universal definition of antisemitism is required and adopt the IHRA and utilize it in helping Canadians to understand the nature of this ancient hatred, and put an End to Jew Hatred.”

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