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Los Angeles Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

(JNS) The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, which encompasses forms of anti-Zionism.

Following a series of recent antisemitic incidents in the second-largest U.S. city, Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced the resolution, seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, for Los Angeles to adopt the IHRA definition in order to “expand the tools we have to fight this bigotry.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of the Israel education organization StandWithUs, shared her perspective as a daughter of Holocaust survivors when she spoke at the city council meeting.

“This is a victory against hatred and ignorance,” Rothstein said after the resolution passed. “Antisemitism comes from across the political spectrum and often mutates, which can make it difficult to identify. Those who recognize the persecution my family faced in the Holocaust may not understand
all the ways it appears today in Los Angeles. The Holocaust did not begin with gas chambers. It began with vicious, hateful words. That is why we need IHRA, a clear and widely accepted definition that will make our city government better educated and equipped to fight bigotry against Jews.”

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