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Conference of Presidents Lauds The Adoption of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in Georgia

New York, NY… Harriet P. Schleifer, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“The Conference of Presidents commends Georgia for becoming the 35th state to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism through the signing of HB30 by Governor Brian Kemp Wednesday after it passed both houses of Georgia state legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Amidst a period of worsening antisemitism around the world, the overwhelming and bipartisan support of legislation to counter anti-Jewish bigotry and implement the IHRA working definition in the State of Georgia is a welcome development.

“The IHRA working definition is the most authoritative and recognized definition of antisemitism. Forty-two nations and hundreds of municipalities, academic institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations have also adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism–including 50 Conference of Presidents member organizations.

“Georgia’s adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism is an affirmation of The Peach State’s commitment to combat antisemitism in all its forms. We commend Governor Brian Kemp and Senate President Pro Tempore John Kennedy for their leadership, along with state representatives Esther Panitch and John Carson, who spearheaded the passage of HB30 to fight antisemitism over the last year. Georgia’s moral clarity and strong bipartisan support for the Jewish people will serve as an example to other states.”

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