The IHRA definition is based on the 2005 European Monitoring Centre (EUMC) Working Definition. It offers a clear and comprehensive description of anti-Semitism in its various forms, including hatred and discrimination against Jews, Holocaust denial, and, of particular note, anti-Semitism as it relates to Israel.
IHRA Chair Constantinescu said: "By adopting this working definition, the IHRA is setting an example of responsible conduct for other international fora and hopes to inspire them also to take action on a legally binding working definition."
The IHRA consists of 31 countries, including 24 members of the European Union, the U.S., and Canada. In Europe, it encompasses those countries where anti-Semitism and anti-Israel animus as a mask for anti-Semitism have been most problematic.
AJC worked closely over a decade ago with the EUMC in developing this working definition as a tool for monitors and law enforcement officials.
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SOURCE American Jewish Committee