As members, friends, and observers of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance, we recognise the contribution of members of the Jewish faith to the culture, values, security, and prosperity of states.
We uphold the right of Jews to freedom of religion or belief and the ability of all persons to practise their religion, to live their lives free from fear and discrimination and to be free to fully participate in the life of society.
We note with grave concern the increasing levels of antisemitism and threats to the Jewish way of life in many places across the world. Contemporary antisemitism occurs in many forms: old and new, from hate speech whether online or offline to physical attacks on Jews, their properties, institutions, cemeteries and memorials, to denying or distorting the Holocaust.
We note that antisemitism is a tangible threat not only to Jews, but also to the very fabric of democratic societies. It undermines the resilience and crucial principles of society and feeds broader hatred and intolerance. To face this challenge effectively, we need a clear and common language. The non-legally binding working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an important practical tool to address the problem of antisemitism.
That is why we call on States to:
- Recognise that for Jews to participate fully in society, it is essential that they are safe and secure in the countries in which they live, and it is the duty of states to protect Jewish individuals, communities, and institutions, and the Jewish way of life, including religious traditions.
- Accept our responsibility as states to continue working together to counter antisemitism and all forms of racism, hatred, and discrimination – all of which undermine human rights and democratic principles.
- Consider using the IHRA non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism, which was adopted by IHRA in 2016, and commit to take concrete steps against the spread of any form of antisemitism in a manner consistent with respect for human rights, including freedom of expression.
- Recognise that antisemitism can come from anywhere on the political spectrum.
- Raise awareness about the danger of antisemitism, its essence, manifestations, and language, both online and offline.
- Recognise the role social media platforms and their algorithms play in the spread of hatred and antisemitic content, Holocaust denial and distortion online and in the polarization of society, and encourage social media and tech companies, in a manner consistent with respect for international human rights law to voluntarily counter the spread of hateful and abusive content, including through exploring technical measures to address them.
- Recognise that despite the long-standing presence of Jews in countries across the world, there is a lack of understanding of Jewish life and Judaism, and that education programmes are important to challenge antisemitic tropes, language, and behaviour.
- Support educational programmes, especially for and working with young people, about Judaism and Jewish traditions and customs, as tools to overcome prejudices and build tolerance and understanding.
Signatories: Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Israel, Kosovo, Malta Taiwan, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, United Kingdom, United States