Wednesday, July 18, 2018

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism

Here's the statement, at IHRA's home page, "Working Definition of Antisemitism."

I'm posting in response to the controversy of the U.K. Labour Party's rejection of the IHRA definition, with the significant political fallout thereof, as well as the push by the far-left Jewish Voice for Peace to redefine hateful racist criticism of Israel and acceptable and non-anti-Semitic.

See the Jewish News Service, "Three-dozen far-left pro-BDS Jewish groups urge rejection of anti-Semitism definition":

(July 17, 2018 / JNS) Three-dozen far-left pro-BDS Jewish groups from around the world have signed a statement rejecting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s definition of anti-Semitism over its alleged conflation of anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel.

The statement, spearheaded by the anti-Israel U.S.-based group Jewish Voice for Peace, said that the IHRA definition, which has been adopted by a number of Western countries, “is worded in such a way as to be easily adopted or considered by western governments to intentionally equate legitimate criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former.”

The statement said the conflation “undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism.”

“It also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal standards of human rights and international law,” the statement said. “Israel does not represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.”

Among the other U.S.-based groups that signed the letter are Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Jews of Color & Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews and Jews Say No!

The statement by the far-left Jewish groups comes amid an intense debate within the United Kingdom’s Labour Party over the adoption of the IHRA definition...
And see the Jerusalem Post, "Outcry by UK Jewry as Labour adopts controversial antisemitism guidelines."

And just today, at Sky News, "Jeremy Corbyn to take action against MP Margaret Hodge, who branded him an 'anti-Semite'."

And Tal Ofer, on Twitter: