(Brussels, Wednesday, September 20, 2017) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) applauds and commends the decision by the German Government to adopt the working definition of Antisemitism, as agreed last year at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Germany joins the UK, Austria and Romania in officially adopting this definition. Germany is the first country to adopt the working definition after the passing of the European Parliament Resolution on Combatting Antisemitism on June1, 2017.
“This is a vitally important decision undertaken by the German Government today, and we hope that other EU Member States will follow soon. From now on, the German authorities, enforcement agencies and judiciary will be able to use this invaluable tool in the fight against hate speech and violent antisemitic attacks”, Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said.
“Astonishingly, antisemitism used to be defined by the perpetrator and not the victim. In the future, no one in Germany will be will be able to claim their statements and actions against Jews as individuals, the Jewish People collectively or the Jewish State fall outside of clear definitions of hatred.”