The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) publishes a regular feature highlighting “good news” in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.
Here are five such stories from June 2023:
The governor of the Argentine province of Entre Rios, the Honorable Mr. Gustavo Bordet, was recognized by CAM this month for his leadership role in the fight against Jew-hatred and other forms of bigotry.
CAM Director of Hispanic Outreach Shay Salamon, joined by Mariel Ávila, president of the Lapser Foundation, and Pablo Soskin, president of the Paraná chapter of the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA), met with Governor Bordet at his official residence, the Casa Gris, in the provincial capital.
The gathering followed the recent passage of a new anti-discrimination legislation in Entre Ríos adopting and utilizing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. This law, the first of its kind at the provincial level in Argentina, will help law enforcement and judicial authorities in their efforts to identify and prosecute hate crimes targeting Jews.
We were honored to recognize Gustavo @bordet, Governor of Entre Ríos, Argentina, for his exemplary leadership in combating Jew-hatred, with his province becoming the first in Argentina to enshrine @theIHRA antisemitism definition into anti-discrimination legislation.…
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) June 20, 2023
Young Jews in St. Louis, Missouri, are breaking down barriers and fighting rising antisemitism by educating their peers about Judaism through the Student to Student (STS) program run by the Newmark Institute of Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis.
This year, the initiative has brought more than 100 Jewish high school students to classrooms across the St. Louis area to give presentations to more than 4,000 other teens on their lives as Jews, with topics ranging from their beliefs and customs to the State of Israel, among others.
The newly-opened Toronto Holocaust Museum features exhibits designed to tell the stories of Holocaust survivors and highlight the impact they have had on Canadian society.
Historical artifacts on display at the museum include a Torah scroll saved from a burning synagogue in Germany by a Catholic priest during Kristallnacht.
Another item that can be seen by visitors is one of the transit visas issued by the late “Righteous Among the Nations” hero Chiune Sugihara when he was stationed as a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania during World War II.
The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo voted unanimously to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism on June 8.
The move came on top of the adoption of the definition by the Kosovo government’s executive branch back in 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.
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 first-ever delegation of senior legal advisers and human rights experts from permanent missions to the United Nations in Geneva traveled to Israel in early June to witness firsthand insights into the country’s institutions, legal framework, vibrant and diverse population, and active civil society sector.
The delegation included representatives of the United States, Italy, Greece, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Kenya, and Israel. The historic visit was organized by CAM, the Center for Jewish Impact (CJI), and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
An inaugural delegation of legal advisers from the United States, Italy, Greece, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Kenya based at the @UN in Geneva have landed in Israel and will spend the next several days learning about the country’s legal system, human rights, and… pic.twitter.com/xp2NDPauz7
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) June 5, 2023