ZFA calls on Facebook to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism

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The Zionist Federation of Australia has joined over 100 organisations from across the world calling on Facebook to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

The working definition has become the global benchmark for assessing actions and comments that are (or are not) antisemitic.

The IHRA working definition of antisemitism specifically states that criticism of Israel is not, in and of itself, antisemitic, though does state that ‘applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation’ is antisemitic.

More information about IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), of which Australia is a member, is here. More information about the IHRA working definition on antisemitism is here.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “That so many organisations from across the globe are calling on Facebook to adopt the IHRA working definition sends a powerful signal of the acceptance of the definition as the global standard.”

He continued, “The working definition helps provide clarity as to what is and what is not antisemitism. If everyone – including Facebook – is clear as to what constitutes antisemitism, calling it out is both easier and has a greater chance of encouraging people to engage in meaningful, robust and critical conversations about Israel without descending into hatred.”

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