WHAT On May 26, 2016, in the spirit of the Stockholm Declaration, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Plenary adopted the following non-legally 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.”
WHO The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) consists of 31 member countries, 24 of which are EU member countries.
WHY In a world of growing tension and animosity of people try to relate to the "other," antisemitism, the oldest form of hatred of the other, is on the rise.
And while it is easy to denounce antisemitism and other forms of hate generically, the real challenge is understand what precisely constitutes this form of hate -- in order to call it out and eliminate it. In a short we have to DEFINE IT, TO FIGHT IT.
As representatives of Jewish student unions around the world, our goal is to advance the most widely-accepted contemporary definition of antisemitism, a definition which has already been formally adopted by the European Union, seven European countries, and three national student unions. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, as adopted in 2016 by 31 member states and 10 additional observer states, brings the clarity and relevancy to antisemitism awareness by defining exactly what it is (and what it is not). By having this definition adopted as widely as possible, we will have the tool we need to call out hate -- and eliminate it.
Join us in shedding light on darkness, because hate, while it may start with by singling out a certain person or a single group, will, if left unchecked, engulf an entire society. Let's define it and fight it before it spreads.