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Austria Struggle against Antisemitism

Austria is making efforts to accept a statement against antisemitism at an EU meeting

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The proposal will be the center of the discussions tomorrow at the meeting of the EU’s ministers of justice and homeland security. Within the framework of the resolution, the 28 EU countries will adopt the expanded definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Some of the participants are opposed to the resolution, for fear that such a definition would prevent criticism of Israel.

Austria wants to approve Thursday a statement against antisemitism in which 28 EU states will adopt the expanded definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Austria’s proposal will come up tomorrow at the meeting of the EU’s ministers of justice and homeland security.

However, this proposal may encounter opposition from some EU countries out of concern that adopting the declaration would prevent them from criticizing Israel. The definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance prohibits the application of double standards in relation to Israel. Sources involved in the issue told Haaretz that European countries fear that adopting such a definition could lead to “legislating the criticism of Israel.”

Since each decision requires a consensus, one of the options of the EU countries will be to finally issue a call against anti-Semitism, and perhaps support the ideas of the International Alliance for the Preservation of the Memory of the Holocaust. But they will not adopt any definitions at this time.