Courtesy of Christians United For Israel
Christians United For Israel Calls Upon Church of England To Adopt Definition of Antisemitism
CUFI-UK has called upon Archbishop Justin Welby for the Church of England to officially adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. Other denominations and affiliations in the UK have also been approached, including the Baptist Union, Methodist Church and Evangelical Alliance and comes ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday.
The International Definition of Antisemitism was formed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and adopted by 31 member countries at its plenary session in Bucharest on 26 May 2016. The UK Government, London Assembly, College of Policing, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, National Union of Students as well as a number of local councils are among the bodies that have since adopted the definition.
CUFI UK Executive Director, Des Starritt, says, “We firmly believe that all church denominations in the UK should also adopt the same antisemitism definition that has been accepted by other governing bodies, including the UK Government.
“Adopting this definition will provide the Church with the framework to identify and prevent antisemitism. We also believe that it will send a positive and reassuring message to the Jewish community that the Church in the United Kingdom is willing to take a leading role in countering antisemitism.”
He continued, “Antisemitism, like all prejudices and hatred, goes against the core of our Christian values. However further to this, we at Christians United for Israel believe that as Christians we have a Biblical responsibility to stand with the Jewish people.”
CUFI will be keeping its supporters informed of progress regarding the call, which forms part of the “Christians Against Antisemitism” campaign.
The IHRA’s International Definition of Antisemitism
IHRA = International Holocaust Recognition Alliance
Courtesy of Christians United For Israel & http://www.holocaustremembrance.com
Adopted 26 May 2016
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
To guide IHRA in its work, the following examples may serve as illustrations:
Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
- Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
- Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
- Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
- Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
- Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
- Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
- Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination (e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour).
- Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
- Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis.
- Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
- Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.
Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.