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Argentina Becomes Latest Country to Adopt IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

June 8, 2020

Argentina became the latest country to adopt the the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The Jerusalem Post reported that the Argentine Foreign Ministry called the definition “a guide to understanding what behaviors can be deemed as anti-Semitic so they can be prevented, sanctioned, and eliminated.”

Home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America, Argentina has a troubled past in terms of dealing with anti-Semitism. The deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history was an anti-Semitic crime in which the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building in Buenos Aires, was blown up by a suicide bomber on 18 July 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. The perpetrators of the attack, widely believed to be orchestrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, have never been brought to justice.

The resolution called upon all branches of the country’s government to also adopt the IHRA definition, in order “to contribute to the fight of the Argentine Republic against antisemitism in all its forms, collaborate in the construction of a culture of prevention of hostility and violence to which prejudice and intolerance lead, promote education for plurality and reinforce the task of guaranteeing the fulfillment of the objective of education, memory and investigation of the Holocaust and its lessons for us and future generations.”

In addition, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá encouraged public and private institutions in Argentina to also begin using the working definition.

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