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English Premier Soccer League Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

The English Premier League has adopted the definition of antisemitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, according to a statement released by the top-tier sports regulator.

“Adopting the IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism is the latest step in the Premier League’s continued work to make football a welcoming environment for all,” said long-time Premier League executive Bill Bush in a statement. 

This decision was hailed by Lord John Mann, the adviser to the British government and the head of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

“Hundreds of millions of people around the world are closely following the teams and players of the Premier League Championship. 

The impact of today’s decision and its implementation can be extremely useful in the fight against the rise anti-Semitism,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said. 

The announcement is part of a larger campaign to fight discrimination and racism in English football, and follows in the footsteps of London-based Chelsea FC, which worked with its Israeli-Russian owner Roman Abramovich. 

The Premier League is the latest organization to recognize the working definition, which has been formally adopted by the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the United States, the European Parliament and more than 30 other countries. 

According to the IHRA website, “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.”

“Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Source: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/1607006036-english-premier-league-adopts-ihra-definition-of-anti-semitism