NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2021 - Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow released the following statement today following a vote by the HWZOA National Board to adopt a new policy statement expressing “support for and adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, including all 11 accompanying illustrative examples.”
“We cannot eliminate antisemitism without first defining what it is. In reaffirming Hadassah’s support for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism, we are saying to organizations, institutions and government leaders both here at home and around the world what we believe the standard ought to be.
“We must be able to easily identify antisemitic acts, whether they are physical acts of violence or inflammatory rhetoric. Nations around the world continue to adopt the IHRA’s Working Definition of Antisemitism, as have successive presidential administrations, but Congress has not yet written the definition into law. We will continue to call on lawmakers in Washington to codify the IHRA working definition into law and bring us one step closer to building a safer, more inclusive world.”
To read Hadassah’s policy statement, Defining Antisemitism, please click here.
To read Rhoda Smolow’s October 2020 op-ed in Jewish News Syndicate, “Time for America to Write the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Into Law,” please click here.