CAM Partner Lady Lawyer Foundation Adopts IHRA Anti-Semitism Definition

A meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

March 30, 2021


The Lady Lawyer Foundation (LLF) — a partner organization of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) — and the Lady Lawyer Village as a whole recently adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism

“Human rights are at the heart of the idea of our Lady Lawyer Village, conceived as a space with the purpose of contributing to ‘The Future We Want,’” Lady Lawyer Village Founder and President Michela Cocchi stated. “And the future we want is free of prejudice, hatred, oppression and violence.”

“If this is the goal, history has taught and present times demonstrate the need for one definition of anti-Semitism — in essence, language or behavior that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews,” she added.

The LLF is an NGO that was established with the aim “to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed worldwide.”

For more information, visit the Lady Lawyer Village website here.

The IHRA definition states, “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The definition’s accompanying list of examples details 11 specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, including:

•    Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
•    Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
•    Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
•    Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
•    Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
•    Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
•    Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
•    Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
•    Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
•    Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
•    Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.

Watch a (CAM) video about the IHRA definition below:

The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: A Solution from Combat Anti-Semitism on Vimeo.