THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
What does it mean, why is it important, and what should we do with it?
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism is a crucial first step in addressing the horrific rise in antisemitism, especially in Europe. The Working Definition is a clear and compact description of antisemitism in its various forms, including Holocaust denial, prejudices against Jews, and the denial of Israel’s right to exist. The Definition sends a message that governments understand the threat, which is the obvious first step in addressing it. AJC was involved in the original drafting of the definition 14 years ago and continues to urge European governments to adopt it.
THE FULL TEXT OF THE IHRA WORKING DEFINITION
On 26 May 2016, the IHRA Plenary decided to adopt the following nonlegally binding working definition of Antisemitism:
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.