IHRA in My Country
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On June 25, 2019, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodríguez announced that the federal government would adopt the IHRA Definition as part of Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022, which "helps advance the government of Canada’s vision of fostering and promoting a more inclusive and equitable country for all Canadians." Upon reaffirming the government’s commitment to fighting antisemitism in 2020, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Rachel Bendayan said, “Canada will not forget the unimaginable horror that Holocaust victims and survivors endured. We remain driven to ensure history does not repeat itself. We will never accept the normalization of hate and will continue to work with our global partners to combat antisemitism.” By supporting this definition as part of its holistic anti-racism strategy, the Canadian government is helping keep Jews safe in Canada across the provinces and around the world.
On December 12, 2016, the UK Government announced that they would adopt the IHRA Definition, followed by the London Assembly on February 8, 2017, the Scottish Government on June 13, 2017, and the Welsh Government on June 23, 2017. On October 9, 2020, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson vigorously urged universities to adopt the definition to show their commitment to the cause of combatting antisemitism. By supporting this definition, as well as calling for universities to in their capacities, these government bodies are helping keep Jews safe across the United Kingdom and around the world.
On October 13, 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia would adopt the IHRA Definition. He said in a video address, “My government pledges to embrace the definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Australia does so as a people, and as a nation. Antisemitism has no place in Australia. It has no place anywhere in the world." Soon after on December 15, 2021 during Hanukkah, New South Wales became the first Australian state to adopt IHRA. Premier Dominic Perrottet said in a video address, “To fight something, you need to be able to identify it. To be able to describe it, to name it. A definition is an essential and important tool. It’s a tool which empowers all those who fight this fight.” Additionally, the National Union of Students adopted the IHRA definition in 2017.
In a February 23, 2021 letter by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and a February 1, 2021 speech by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Kara McDonald, the United States reaffirmed and upheld its use of the IHRA Definition. In reiterating that “the Biden Administration enthusiastically embraces the [definition], including its examples,” he added: “We are eager to work with allies and partners to counter Holocaust distortion and combat antisemitism and other forms of intolerance abroad while we strengthen our efforts at home, including redoubling our efforts to counter violent extremism.” The IHRA Definition is also used by the Department of Education as an identification tool in the course of a Title VI investigation to determine whether potentially discriminatory conduct was motivated by antisemitism. By continuing the tradition of bipartisan support for this definition, the White House, State Department, and Department of Education are helping keep Jews safe in America and around the world.
On November 27, 2018, a majority of the Dutch House of Representatives, including three of the four government parties and multiple opposition parties, voted on a resolution in support of the IHRA definition. By recommending government adoption of this definition, the Dutch Parliament is helping keep Jews safe in the Netherlands and around the world.
South Africa is neither a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance nor have they adopted the IHRA Definition for their own use.
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