In order to build a more just, free, and civilized world, we commit to do our part to combat anti-Semitism, one of mankind’s oldest, most pernicious, and most destructive forms of bigotry and hate.
Throughout history, Jews have been discriminated against for their religious beliefs, national aspirations, and sometimes simply for being Jews. Societies flourish when Jewish people are embraced as equals, not when they are singled out, mistreated, and made into scapegoats. History has taught us this lesson too many times.
Unfortunately, today we are witnessing an alarming rise in anti-Semitism across the world. As United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has observed, anti-Semitism “is on the rise in all parts of the world.” Age-old anti-Semitic tropes are being repackaged for the modern era. Anti-Semitism today manifests across the ideological spectrum and we are determined to fight the rising tide of anti-Semitism wherever it is found to build a more just and peaceful world.
Today, anti-Semitism comes from Holocaust deniers, bigots as well as from organized political groups and individuals who attempt to demonize, delegitimize, and apply a double standard to Israel, the most vibrant democracy in the Middle East. A new anti-Semitism fuels those who call for boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of the Jewish State.
Discrimination against Jews has been common in some societies for centuries, but today our attention and efforts must be focused on any and all individuals, organizations and governments that openly express or support anti-Semitic views and actions.
The pledge is based on the IHRA definition that has been adopted by 35 countries.