Debunking Misconceptions About the Definition of Antisemitism - World Jewish Congress

Debunking Misconceptions About the Definition of Antisemitism

Those who hate Jews can no longer hide behind empty rhetoric

On 26 May 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Plenary adopted its Working Definition of Antisemitism, which declares:

“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.”

Despite efforts by the international community to put a label on anti-Jewish hate, there are many who claim that their antisemitic or anti-Israel comments are simply their opinions, the objective truth, or lack malicious intentions. These individuals often claim that their criticism of Israel has nothing to do with the people who live there, and that their accusations of Jewish global domination are supported by fact (hint: they aren’t).

That’s why we’ve taken the time to debunk some of the misconceptions and mistruths circulating about IHRA’ Working Definition of Antisemitism.