Wiesenthal Center Encourages Members of Argentine Union of Public Universities to Adopt IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

February 3, 2022

Buenos Aires and Paris - The National Interuniversity Council (CIN) is the umbrella for Argentine Public Universities.

Interested in the Wiesenthal Center's battle against hate speech and the content of its annual Online Hate Report, the Union began to explore the possibility of urging the International Holocaust Resource Association (IHRA) at universities, while sharing the results with the Center.

At a meeting, with representatives of some 40 universities, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Director for Latin America, explained the importance of the CIN adopting the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism as an “application guide for the fight against anti-Semitism in all its forms. Cooperation includes a program for prevention of hostility, violence, prejudice, and intolerance and to lead the promotion of education focussing on memory and investigation of the Holocaust, and adoption of the definition.

After a dozen universities had already adopted the definition, the Executive Committee advised all of them to follow suit. In this resolution, the Wiesenthal Center is explicitly recognized for its role in the defense of Human Rights in Latin America.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre's Director for International Relations, added, “In view of the growing antisemitism on campuses in Europe and North America, we commend the Argentine Union of Public Universities for its campaign... May this program spread across Latin America and serve as a remarkable example of 'best practice."

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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