Stopping Antisemitism Starts with Understanding It: Utilizing the IHRA Definition
In order to combat antisemitism, we need to define it. Adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2016, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism provides a comprehensive description of the multifaceted nature of antisemitism, which includes discrimination, hatred of Jews, conspiracy theories, and Holocaust denial. Importantly, it also offers concrete examples of antisemitism that relate to Israel, noting that anti-Zionism is all too often a mask for antisemitism and Jewish communities are frequently targets of anti-Israel animus.
AJC has played a pivotal, and sometimes decisive, role in urging nations around the world to adopt and implement the definition.
In this program, AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs, Rabbi Andrew Baker will share why the definition matters and how it has proven useful in AJC's efforts to combat antisemitism around the globe. We will also discuss how JCRB|AJC is utilizing the definition locally.