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January 25, 2019 2:37 pm

Jewish Groups Applaud Adoption of International Antisemitism Definition by Lower House of Czech Parliament

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The adoption on Friday by the Czech Parliament’s lower house of an international working definition of antisemitism has been welcomed by prominent Jewish groups.

The resolution approved by the Chamber of Deputies — recognizing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism – will next be voted on by the Senate next week.

“The Czech Republic once again demonstrates its solidarity with the Jewish people,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris stated.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said, “Czech lawmakers have taken a principled and important step today in recognizing that antisemitism is a prevailing problem that must be tackled head-on and in a universal fashion, and we commend the lower house of Parliament for adopting a resolution to address the issue as seriously as it deserves.”

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“We also hope that this resolution will pave the way for other Czech bodies and, indeed, other governments to follow suit,” he added. “The Czech Republic is certainly on the correct path, for which we are both grateful and encouraged, but there is still much work to be done. The problem of antisemitism cannot be resolved without proper recognition of the issue at hand, encoding of proper methods to contend, and enforcement of this mechanism across the board.”

According to the IHRA, “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.”

The IHRA definition was adopted by Moldova last week.

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