Stopping the IHRA definition is critical

August 5, 2018

contributed by anonymous author

Everyone: stopping the IHRA 39-word pseudo-definition of antisemitism (examples don’t matter) is critical.

1) the IHRA content changes previous well-understood notions of antisemitism found in the dictionary and includes BILLIONS of people as antisemites, even Jeremy Corbyn and loads of people who wouldn’t normally qualify as AS.

EXAMPLE:

“The Israeli settlements are illegal,” qualifies as, “a certain perception of Jews that MAY be expressed as hatred towards Jews and has been directed at individuals and Jewish community institutions.” That statement among many many others is therefore AS under the IHRA text. And anyone who believes it.

See the problem? This is just one example.

2) It’s not definite (it never identifies the specific “a certain perception” it refers to) so it’s not a definition.

3) It’s not legally binding so it’s not fit for purpose as part of a legally binding code of conduct.

4) It doesn’t even require that the person identified as AS knows the people they’re perceiving are Jewish: “Hatred towards Jews” is not the same thing as “hatred towards Jews because they’re Jews”, which is what it should say.

The IHRA themselves even announced their 39-word pseudo-definition was a “working definition”. For those who don’t know, that means a minimal “definition” designed to be improved upon later. So all those complaining that it is being altered are complaining about something that was always supposed to happen to it.

The importance now being attached to the IHRA text is a sham. A false pseudo-definition. Emperor’s new clothes. Only those who are negligent or who have a different agenda to preventing antisemitism endorse it.

The IHRA pseudo-definition is a recipe for the false persecution of innocent people. And there is a growing backlash against those who endorse it in mainstream society, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. That backlash is fully supportive of the Jewish and other groups which call it out, such as Jewish Voice For Labour, and the other organisations on their website. Naturally, at the core of this group are the victims of false accusations – including malicious, dangerous, and the separate-but-also-divisive, unwittingly paranoid false accusations of AS. Some have lost their livelihoods and jobs due to these false smears. Others have been marginalised and exiled from social and political communities. Marc Wadsworth is the most obvious and prominent example.

We should all unite in polite, civil, but firm rejection of it.

Reject conflation. Reject confusion.

Jeremy Corbyn, a respected and trusted defender of the oppressed, made a mistake when he endorsed IHRA. His political opponents are using it against him. When in a hole stop digging.

Read more on the JVL site, where they have further information.

5 Responses to “Stopping the IHRA definition is critical”


  1. The broader matter is becoming clear. I am wrestling with the notion of a woking definition for a presentation I have to make to an international audience next month.

    But had do you define a definition? I suggest that a working definition is a prelude to deeper examination, by self and in a community. It requires acceptance of the contextual nature of the definition.

    It is open to dialog, and willingness to see the other’s point of view.

    I will eventually post the presentation, which is entitled creativity in an age of chaos.

  2. James Ritchie Says:

    Shared on Facebook. I think this is an important article, deserving to be shared widely.

  3. truthaholics Says:

    Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    “We should all unite in polite, civil, but firm rejection of it.

    Reject conflation. Reject confusion.

    Jeremy Corbyn, a respected and trusted defender of the oppressed, made a mistake when he endorsed IHRA. His political opponents are using it against him. When in a hole stop digging.”


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