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Defending the Indefensible IHRA

by Oui Sat May 4th, 2024 at 07:00:23 PM EST

Oh Horror Martin, Still Haven't Got A Clue

Smothering free speech to leave Palestinians at the mercy of the fascists in Netanyahu's cabinet approving genocidal acts in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. From President Herzog, to Defense Minister Gallant to Zionists Ben Gvir, Smotrich and Bennett ... all culpable and soon facing indictments from ICC prosecutor Karim Khan.

Dumb and ignorant 😡

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Search key word @BooMan | IHRA | ... no previous diary on topic

Joe Biden competes with Donald Trump in Pro-Zionist bias and enabling genocide in Gaza. The Progressive blog community is buying into it ... many years of non-critical thinking and banning dissent. A matter of shunning ... shameful and quite stupid ... certainly not part of my academic forming.

IHRA Definition - Inaccuracies and False Pretenses

Tikun Olam on Falsehoods IHRA Definition

Pompeo Seeks to Criminalize Human Rights, Calling NGOs "Anti-Semitic" | Tikun Olam - 27 Oct. 2020 |

Politico reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to issue a finding that three of the world's leading human rights groups, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Oxfam are "anti-Semitic."  The directive will be based on a report prepared by the U.S. "anti-Semitism czar," Elan Carr, whose findings are based largely on the "research" of Israel's version of Project Veritas (PV), NGO Monitor (NGOM).  It's no accident that Carr was the keynote speaker at the latter's 2019 conference which sought to criminalize legitimate criticism of Israel such as BDS and other forms of political speech.

In a moderated conversation between Carr and Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency and former Member of Knesset, Carr added that the "utility of IHRA [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition] is in allowing us to refer to an objective standard. That by itself is important. Other than a far fringe, most people don't want to be antisemites."

Herzog observed that the "extreme right and extreme left clash with each other, and the first to suffer are the Jews, but it wont stop with the Jews."

Terrorists' Use of NGOs - Olga Deutsch, VP, NGO Monitor

Israel lobby urges Cabinet Rutte-Yesilgöz to legislate against such protests as witnessed at the provocative opening of a museum of Jewish suffering as the State of Israel commits atrocities in Gaza and are in the docks at the ICJ and ICC in The Hague.


ECRI's Opinion on the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism (adopted at ECRI's 84th plenary meeting on 2 December 2020)


  1. Subsequently, in 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted the non-legally binding Working Definition of Antisemitism which is largely based on the previous work of the EUMC. This Working Definition has since been gaining increasing support in the international community and has been adopted by 27 states (as of November 2020), including 23 member states of the Council of Europe, and been endorsed or recommended for usage by various international actors, such as the European Union and the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief.

  2. However, there has also been criticism of the Working Definition. Inter alia, it has been argued that the Working Definition does not reflect a consensus within academic scholarship. Others pointed out though that the Working Definition was not designed as an academic exercise and should be understood as an operational tool.

  3. Another criticism is that the Working Definition is not suitable as a legal text for various reasons, in particular its lack of precision. Proponents argue that this was never the purpose or intention of the Working Definition and that it was explicitly meant to be a non-legally binding text that aims at providing practical guidance to governments to support them in their efforts to prevent and counter the different forms of antisemitism more effectively.

  4. Concerns have also been expressed that the Working Definition would regard all criticism of Israel as antisemitic and would stifle free speech, in particular in the context of protests against violations of human rights committed by the Israeli authorities. At the same time, the Working Definition states that "criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic".

  5. In this context, ECRI has also repeatedly underlined that criticism of Israel cannot be considered per se antisemitic, as long as it is expressed in the same way as criticism against other states. ECRI strongly emphasises that any attempts to misuse the Working Definition and its examples to stifle, or stigmatise as antisemitic, legitimate criticism of Israel and its policies, in particular towards the Palestinian people and in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, will jeopardise efforts to combat antisemitism and should therefore be rejected. ECRI must reiterate, however,
that it is unacceptable when criticism of the Israeli government is used to stir up hatred against all Jewish people in Israel and elsewhere, including by allegations of a "Jewish conspiracy" at a global level. This image, which builds on century-old stereotypes, fuels resentment against all Jewish persons.

ECRI has noted in its Annual Reports that surges of antisemitic hatred are frequently witnessed across many European countries in the wake of renewed violence in the Middle East. In the ensuing public discourse, insufficient emphasis is placed on the need to distinguish between criticism of the actions of Israel and the public expression of hatred of Jewish people and racism towards them in general. Jewish institutions, such as synagogues, community centres and cemeteries, are often vandalised, also in reaction to events in the Middle East. The view that attacks on Jewish persons and property could be considered as justifiable reactions to policies or actions of the Israeli government is, regrettably, widespread and not only held by members of extremist groups.

Joe Biden Smothers Free Speech at Top Level Academic Universities

Activists say UCLA Palestine encampment assault followed days of harassment | Al Jazeera |

Pro-Palestine activists say dozens were injured when pro-Israel demonstrators attacked the California college encampment.

So genocide Joe is leading a fascist state in the footsteps of Donald Trump ...


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