Quoted: Australian Government Adopts IHRA Definition

I was quoted in a Guardian Australia article on the Australian government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

Liam Getreu, the executive director of New Israel Fund Australia, said the organisation was concerned about the codification of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism and did not support the government’s decision.

“Fighting antisemitism must remain a high priority. It is equally important to differentiate between the very real threat of hatred and violence towards Jews and legitimate criticism of the actions of the Israeli government.

Getreu said the IHRA working definition was increasingly being used to conflate antisemitism with criticism of Israel.

“We’ve already seen how the Trump administration and others have weaponised the IHRA definition of antisemitism to target those who harbour no hatred towards Jews. Doing so has made it more difficult to identify and confront genuine instances of antisemitism.”