Published on 4 December 2019

Vote IHRA - World Jewish Congress welcomes French National Assembly's adoption of critical antisemitism definition

World Jewish Congress welcomes the adoption of IHRA's antisemitism definition by the French National Assembly, yesterday, on December 3rd.

Published on December 3rd, on World Jewish Congress Website

The National Assembly of France passed legislation on Tuesday recognizing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism by 154 votes in favor and 72 opposed. The definition encompasses various manifestations of antisemitism including applying blatant double standards to the State of Israel. 

In response to the vote, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said, “The passage of IHRA definition by the French National Assembly is a crucial step in the fight against the age-old hatred of antisemitism. For too long too many have used the excuse that their obsessive criticism of Israel stands exclusive from their otherwise positive feelings for the Jewish people. Those days are now over. 

“I stand with the Jewish community of France in commending this critical decision by the French government and encourage all other nations who have not yet done so to follow suit.”