Conference of Presidents Applauds DC Council Antisemitism Resolution: Council Unanimously Recognizes IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

New York, NY – Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

"We applaud the Washington, DC Council, led by Councilwoman Brianne Nadeau, for unanimously passing a resolution condemning antisemitism and recognizing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

"The Resolution denounces antisemitism and all hateful speech and bias motivated violent actions in the District of Columbia. The Council’s recognition of the IHRA definition reflects the broad support that exists for the most authoritative and internationally accepted definition of antisemitism, as well as the widespread view that it is critically important to define antisemitism in order to combat it successfully. The resolution demonstrates a firm commitment to the safety of the Jewish people, which is particularly essential at a time when acts of antisemitism are on the rise at home and abroad.

"We particularly commend the grassroots activism that led to the passage of the resolution, led by the ADL, American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

"23 states, as well as dozens of municipalities, and over thirty countries have adopted the IHRA Working Definition as a tool in defining antisemitism.”

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