The UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues and CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman, Rt. Hon. Sir Eric Pickles MP played an instrumental role in the drafting of a working definition on anti-Semitism, which was adopted today.
Sir Eric led the UK delegation for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) plenary session in Bucharest this week.
The IHRA’s 31 member countries adopted the following non-legally binding working definition on anti-Semitism: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.
The IHRA is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research.