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Biden Administration ‘Embraces and Champions’ IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

The administration of US President Joe Biden “embraces and champions” the definition of anti-Semitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a State Department official said Monday.

The message came from US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Kara McDonald, who was speaking at an OSCE meeting.

“As prior U.S. Administrations of both political stripes have done, the Biden Administration embraces and champions the working definition,” she said at the Expert Meeting on Combating Antisemitism in the OSCE Region.

“We applaud the growing number of countries and international bodies that apply it,” she added, urging more nations to embrace the IHRA definition.

ÔÇťAntisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews,” the IHRA working definition asserts, going on to list a number of possible examples of the phenomenon.

These include Holocaust denialism, “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and criticizing it through the lens of double standards.

Some of these examples have drawn the ire of academics and certain rights groups as they claim that they limit their right to exercise freedom of speech by criticizing Israel.

Source: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/1612302208-biden-administration-embraces-and-champions-ihra-definition-of-anti-semitism