The UN Must not Adopt the IHRA Definition

The IHRA definition defines anti-Semitism as "a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism has been a topic of controversy and debate for several years.

First and foremost, the definition is overly broad and vague, which could lead to it being used to stifle legitimate criticism of Israeli policies.

While this definition may seem straightforward and uncontroversial at first glance, there are several problems with it.

These examples are problematic because they conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, making it difficult to have an open and honest discussion about Israeli policies.

Additionally, the IHRA definition places undue emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while ignoring other forms of racism and discrimination.

This has led some to question whether the definition truly represents the views and experiences of all Jewish people.

Finally, the IHRA definition has been criticized for being drafted without proper consultation with Jewish communities and for being pushed by pro-Israel lobby groups.

Given these concerns, it is crucial that the United Nations (UN) does not adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

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