The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The Assembly of the Republic of #Kosova today unanimously voted and adopted the International #Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (#IHRA) working definition of #antisemitism. @MFAKOSOVO @IsraelMFA
— Ines Demiri (@InesDemiri1) June 8, 2023
The move comes on top of the adoption of the definition by the Kosovo government’s executive branch back in 2020.
As a victim of genocidal actions & ethnic cleansing, 🇽🇰 understands too well the weight of discrimination & hate. pic.twitter.com/B0x0p83nKN
— Meliza Haradinaj (@MelizaHaradinaj) September 14, 2020
Kosovo is among a small group of Muslim-majority nations — including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bahrain — to have officially recognized the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.
Overall, across the globe, 41 countries, with most Western democracies among them, have done so, along with more than 1,100 other entities, including international institutions and organizations, governmental bodies at all levels, NGOs, universities, athletic clubs, and corporations.
Read CAM’s “The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism 2022 Adoptions and Endorsements Report” here.
In recent years, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism has become the global gold standard in the collective effort against rising Jew-hatred, serving as an essential tool to identify and delineate all contemporary manifestations of this age-old bigotry.
Kosovo and Israel officially established diplomatic relations in 2021, and Kosovo subsequently opened an embassy in Jerusalem.
Israeli Ambassador to Kosovo Tammy Ziv tweeted on Thursday, “I want to thank the 79 MPs of all ruling and opposition parties in the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo who today unanimously voted and adopted the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism. We remain committed to bringing our two countries and people closer.”
I want to thank the 79 MPs of all ruling and opposition parties in the Assembly of the Republic of #Kosova who today unanimously voted and adopted the #IHRA‘s working definition of #antisemitism.
We remain committed to bringing our two countries and people closer.#Israel…
— Tammy Ziv 🇮🇱 (@AmbTammyZiv) June 8, 2023
Kosovo was represented at the virtual 2020 Balkans Forum Against Antisemitism, and a follow-up in-person summit is set to take place later this year in the Albanian capital of Tirana.