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Dear Esteemed Readers,

We are pleased to share the Combat Antisemitism Movement’s (CAM) exclusive new report published last week, revealing that 865 entities around the world have adopted or endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

The report, produced in partnership with the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, represents the world’s most comprehensive list of IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism adoptions and endorsements.

Since the report was published last week, we are gladdened to see the trend continue with yesterday’s adoption by the State of Kansas in the U.S.

A diverse array of national governments, municipalities, international organizations, NGOs, universities, athletic clubs, corporations, and others have recognized the definition as the guiding framework for their policies against antisemitism, and the definition’s impact and influence are rooted in the mainstream consensus that has formed around it.

Enclosed below, please also find the CAM Information Hub Monthly Report for February 2022, highlighting key focal points and data about antisemitic incidents globally.

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Overall, 37 countries, including most Western democracies, have adopted or endorsed the definition. Following nations such as the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, and France, among other previous adoptees, the newest additions to this group in 2021 and 2022 were Australia, Estonia, Guatemala, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, and Switzerland.

320 non-federal government entities have adopted the definition, with 39 doing so in 2021, and 13 so far in 2022. In Europe, this has included major national capitals, such as London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Vienna.

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Another key category of adoptions has been institutions of higher education, with a total of 314. At least 60 education institutions worldwide adopted the definition in 2021.

Furthermore, 194 international institutions, NGOs, corporations, religious organizations, student clubs, political parties, and other groups have adopted the definition, including 96 in 2021.

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In 2021 alone, 200 entities adopted or endorsed the definition — nearly 1/4 (23.1%) of the total since its inception, and so far in 2022, 20 entities have done so.

The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism is increasingly a key pillar in strategies to combat all forms of contemporary antisemitism. The growing pace of adoptions has elevated the definition’s status as the most widely-accepted definition of Jew-hatred, as more entities seek to combat the global resurgence of the world’s “oldest hatred” in a meaningful and effective manner.

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With the marked increase in antisemitism, there is a need for a universally-accepted definition of antisemitism. We must clearly delineate the borders of hate and incitement against Jews, because for too long the antisemites themselves have defined them, and no other community would accept such a situation.

I urge those who oppose this definition to study this list and learn how governments, business, civil society, and faith communities of all backgrounds around the world have united in using the IHRA’s definition as a barometer for measuring and ultimately combating contemporary forms of antisemitism. At the same time, I call on allies of the Jewish community, institutional and at the grassroots level, to join this distinguished list by adopting the definition too.

For questions about the report or its data, please contact Arthur Maserjian, Head of the CAM Information Hub, at [email protected].

Sincerely,

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Sacha Roytman-Dratwa

CEO

Combat Antisemitism Movement

CAM INFORMATION HUB FEBRUARY 2022 ANTISEMITIC TRENDS UPDATE

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CAM INFORMATION HUB DATABASE OF IHRA ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION ADOPTIONS BY US STATES

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The CAM Information Hub tracked a total of 229 antisemitic incidents reported in the media worldwide in February 2022, a 44.9% increase from the prior month and a 40.5% increase from February 2021.

Of February’s incidents, 57.2% (131) had far-right motives, while 17.0% (39) had far-left motives, and 7.9% (18) had radical Islamist motives. The remainder — 17.9% (41) — had unidentifiable motives.

During February, CAM monitored 16 physical threats against Jews, a 166.7% rise, year-to-year, as well as 93 incidents of antisemitic vandalism, a 116.7% year-to-year increase. The Information Hub also documented 9 adoptions and endorsements of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in February.

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