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Petition to Democrats: Pass the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism

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To Democratic House Leadership:

We, the American people, are demanding passage of the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism.

Passing a resolution condemning "hateful expressions of intolerance" lacks research while expressing enormous disrespect to the many survivors and scholars of Nazi genocide who worked to craft the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism.

The Holocaust was not an act of genocide against many groups but against Jews, Roma, Homosexuals and the Disabled. Obama's U.S. State Department adopted the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) Definition of AntiSemitism in 2010.

Self respecting American Jews do not recognize the 'Anti-Hate' Resolution passed by House Democrats. The House should pass the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism crafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and based on the Stockholm Declaration of 2000.

The IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism stands on decades of research and development by experts, historians and survivors of the Holocaust, which was an act of genocide that followed centuries of pogroms against Jewish communities. The Antisemitic tropes, repeatedly employed by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), were effectively used through history contributing to the deterioration of safety for Jewish communities across Europe which led to numerous and cyclic pogroms where Jewish lives, property and religious houses were destroyed.The U.S. State Department adopted the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism in 2010 along with 32 nation governments across Europe, Macron's governmentSouth Carolina and it is currently advancing with bipartisan support through the Florida House.

American Jews have supported the Democratic Party by 75% since 1968 and were essential in Democrats winning back the House. The Democratic Party has to take a stand against Antisemitism. Period. The issue that is festering in the party is not about all hate. The issue is AntiSemitism. The divide in the Democratic Party will not recede until the issue has been confronted and dealt with the way.

Jews who have registered with and identified with the Democratic Party, as well as the Republican Party, will not stop calling attention to the double standards the Democratic Party leadership permits. A clear red line against AntiSemitic hate is the only resolution to this conflict. In that regard, the Democratic Party has taken no substantive action.

This is the official international IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism. Please resolve to pass it and use it.


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WMFA is working to pass the IHRA Definition of AntiSemitism in NYS and NC. Every state and the U.S. House and Senate should adopt this official internationally recognized definition of AntiSemitism. To start the process in your state, join our mailing list or contact us.

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According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

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.

In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.

  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

  • However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).

Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.

Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.


IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

European Forum on Antisemitism