UK Adopts Anti-Semitism Definition to Combat Hate Crimes Against Jews

(Guardian-UK) Peter Walker - The British government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crimes against Jews. The definition of anti-Semitism, as agreed last May at a conference of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), said this could include criticisms which target Israel, if this was "conceived as a Jewish collectivity." IHRA guidance added: "However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic." The guidance says it could be considered anti-Semitic to accuse Jews of being more loyal to Israel or their religion than to their own nations, or to say the existence of Israel is intrinsically racist.

2016-12-13 00:00:00

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