"We are witnessing, and have been witnessing for some time, an old/new global, escalating, virulent, sophisticated, and even lethal antisemitism, which reached a tipping point … Jews are threatened and targeted in their neighborhoods and in the streets, on campuses and in their communities – where synagogues are torched, memorials are defaced, institutions are vandalized, and cemeteries are desecrated."
– The Honourable Irwin Cotler, CanadSpecial Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism
"A society, or for that matter a political party, that tolerates antisemitism, that tolerates any hate, has forfeited all moral credibility. You cannot build a future on malign myths of the past, you cannot sustain freedom on the basis of hostility and hate."
– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l
On the 26th of May 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism at their Plenary in Bucharest:
“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.”
Since May 2016, over 35 governments have also adopted this definition of antisemitism including the Government of Canada on June 25, 2019 and the Government of Ontario on October 26, 2020.
The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism goes on to provide the following guiding examples … MORE
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