Israel Criticizes Russia for Blocking International Definition of Anti-Semitism

(JTA) Israel's ambassador in Moscow, Gary Koren, criticized Russia for blocking the adoption of a definition of anti-Semitism by the 57-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. "The OSCE has attempted to determine a text, which ought to define what can be classified as anti-Semitism and what its working definition is. We are discussing this issue with the Russian Foreign Ministry and hope that Russia will adopt this definition in the future." The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush, confirmed that Russia was the only country blocking the adoption of the definition, which lists some forms of hate speech on Israel as an example of anti-Semitism. The definition resembles the one recently adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of 31 Western nations.

2017-02-17 00:00:00

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