The Israeli-Jewish Congress Statement on Germany Decision to Adopt IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) Statement on Germany Decision to Adopt IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) commends the German Government on its adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of Antisemitism.
The IHRA definition is the benchmark on what modern day Antisemitism entails, by defining it as both a hatred against Jews and the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, including against Zionism and application of a double standard to the Jewish state that is not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
Germany’s decision follows the earlier adoption of the IHRA working definition in Europe by the UK, Romania and Austria.
Given Germany’s unique historical role, it ought to be leading the fight against global Antisemitism.
We note that Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown steadfast and unequivocal leadership in her denunciation of Antisemitism, while Frankfurt recently became the first German city to ban the BDS Movement, which it called “Antisemitic” and the Mayor of Berlin reiterating his commitment to fight Antisemitism, while rejecting boycotts against Israel and equating BDS with Nazism.
Although Germany’s adoption of the IHRA definition is certainly a positive development in the right direction, we hope to see even further steps taken to demonstrate this commitment in the fight against Antisemitism, including banning the insidious annual Al-Quds Day march in Berlin which calls for the destruction of Israel and ensuring that the terrorist Hezbollah organization is not permitted to operate in any way, shape or form in Germany.
As IJC has repeatedly stated, defining Antisemitism is the first step to the eradication of this oldest and most enduring form of hatred.
In the wake of the powerful signal by Germany’s adoption of the IHRA Working Definition, we hope that other nations in Europe will follow its lead.
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) is an independent Israeli-based organization devoted to supporting Israel in the international community and fighting all forms of Antisemitism.