Simon Wiesenthal Center Applauds European Parliament’s Adoption of IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

June 2, 2017

Important New Tool to Combat Surging anti-Jewish Hate in European Democracies

The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes the European Parliament's resolution on Antisemitism, including the recommendation that all its member states, institutions and agencies adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

Mark Weitzman (pictured), the Wiesenthal Center's Director of Government Affairs, who as Chair of the IHRA's Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial initiated and spearheaded the Working Definition's adoption in IHRA said, "This resolution is potentially an extremely significant tool in combating anti-Semitism across Europe. In addition, by urging each EU member state to appoint a national coordinator to combat anti-Semitism, along with increased measures by law enforcement, educators and politicians, it acknowledges the need for the European community to finally commit to taking real action against anti-Jewish bias and hate crimes."

The Wiesenthal Center official noted that the IHRA definition has already been adopted by the UK, Israel, Scotland, Austria, and Romania. “The Wiesenthal Center urges other international organizations, including the OSCE, the UN and UNESCO to adopt and implement similar measures,” Mr. Weitzman concluded.

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