(Los Angeles, CA -- December 14, 2021) -- Due to the rise in antisemitic hate crimes, the confusion about what constitutes antisemitism, the lack of reporting of anti-Jewish acts of bigotry, and the misinformation about the INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ALLIANCE (IHRA) Definition, StandWithUs has created A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND ADOPTING THE IHRA WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM.
The 16-page primer addresses the need for a unified consensus-driven definition, provides a snapshot of antisemitism today, and highlights antisemitism on social media. It examines how antisemitism has changed in its manifestations over the centuries, the perpetrators who have attempted to camouflage their own antisemitism with a definition that excludes their own conduct, and the dire consequences of not having an operational definition. The Guide also provides links to the ever-growing number of countries, states, municipalities, sporting clubs, and religious institutions which are adopting the IHRA Definition as a guide for their own members.
Although the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism is a proven and effective definitional tool in the hands of law enforcement, government monitors, educational administrations, and many other entities, the definition has too often been misrepresented by its opponents, thus creating controversy and confusion. The Guidebook informs about the six major arguments being made against adopting the IHRA Definition and factual responses to those claims.
Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO StandWithUs stated, "StandWithUs (SWU) unequivocally endorses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism and encourages other organizations, universities, governmental entities, and religious institutions to adopt it."
A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND ADOPTING THE IHRS WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM can be ordered online or downloaded at no cost. The user-friendly booklet is an essential tool for every person or organization opposing antisemitism, no matter what form it takes.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on five continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.