Campaigning against the IHRA

JVL Introduction

The Campaign against the use of the IHRA-WDA (working definition of antisemitism) in Canada has produced a number of helpful guides to it and its failings, as well as extensive links to reading on the topic.

We are familiar with much of the material, and have linked to it in the past. But we appreciate the enormous effort that the campaign has made to assemble all of this and want to help get it out to those campaigning – against antisemitism and against those exploiting antisemitism for political ends.

This article was originally published by Independent Jewish Voices, Canda – #NoIHRA Campaign. Read the original here.

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FULL REPORT: HOW NOT TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM

Summary

The IHRA-WDA is a poor definition of antisemitism. The hurried and careless approach taken in its adoption by the IHRA is reflected in its sloppy language. Its definition is virtually meaningless and almost all of its examples are context-dependent. Together, these factors make it a particularly poor tool for legal or administrative purposes and/or in adjudicating which statements, acts or incidents may or may not be antisemitic. The primary goal of those promoting it — and, we fear, its actual effect if it is adopted — is to ban or criminalize criticism of Israel and Zionism as well as support of Palestinian rights. As such it represents a threat to the struggle for justice and human rights in Israel- Palestine, as well as to academic freedom, freedom of expression and the right to protest.

To be clear, antisemitism is a real problem. It must be fought in all its forms. But adoption of the IHRA-WDA is not the way. The real fight against antisemitism is inseparable from the struggles against racism, xenophobia and hatred of ethnic and religious groups. The fight against antisemitism must be joined to the struggle for equality and human rights for all people in Canada, in Israel-Palestine and around the world.

We urge readers of this report to join us in opposing the adoption of the IHRA-WDA by Canadian governments, universities, police and other authorities.


Files for Download

 

     IHRA-WDA FACT SHEET

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    IHRA-WDA POLICY BRIEF

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE FULL IJV REPORT ON IHRA-WDA: HOW NOT TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM

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    FULL REPORT: HOW NOT TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM

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    Canpal2019 PowerPoint presentation about the IHRA-WDA

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    SLIDES FOR IHRA-WDA TALK AT CANPAL2019

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Further Essential Links – go to link and scroll down

 

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