Republicans Say NO to antisemitism!
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Antisemitism is an escalating problem worldwide, appearing in all political spheres. Antisemitic acts have gone up exponentially in recent years, with Jews being the primary target for hate crimes committed against any religious group, despite being just .2% of the world’s population. We’ve seen the devastating consequences from a Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally on August 11, 2017. which led to the death of a young woman and dozens injured while hundreds marched and chanted that "Jews will not Replace Us" to the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre on October 27th, leaving 11 Jewish congregants dead.
These events are alarming evidence of the growing emboldenment of alt right/white supremacist groups. A powerful Frontline documentary, documents the dangers well, pointing to the particular threat of ‘lone wolf’ crimes. Jennifer Rubin, well known for her conservative/moderate “The Right Turn” blog in the Washington Post, recently compiled alarming statistics highlighting the spike in antisemitism from both sides of the political aisle.
In that regard, WoMen For All (WMFA) is calling upon the Republican National Committee (RNC), as we are calling upon the Democratic National Committee (DNC), to assist us in these efforts by adopting the internationally recognized definition of antisemitism developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), so antisemitism can be immediately identified and properly quashed whenever it appears.
The danger of ignoring antisemitism is that it emboldens antisemites. We’ve seen more antisemites running for political office in the past two years than we’ve ever seen in the history of the US, and from every US political party. The voices that have spoken out against antisemitism in either party have been minimal, with each side pointing to the antisemitism of the other side as the “real threat.” Antisemitism from both sides are the real threat and it is the duty of the leadership in both parties to identify it, name it, and shun it.
Without a clear definition of antisemitism, it is difficult for leaders to take action against antisemitic candidates beyond denouncing them. We call on the Republican National Committee to adopt the full IHRA definition of antisemitism to officially disavow and dissociate from those filled with hatred for Jews and who unfairly demonize the only Jewish state on the planet.
By signing this petition, you are calling on the RNC:
“To take an official and public stand against antisemitism, by joining with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), based in Berlin, and recognizing the need to define anti-Semitism and include it as part of the official party platform. The Republican National Committee must adopt the full IHRA definition of antisemitism to officially disavow and dissociate from those who act in conflict with the IHRA and who try to attach themselves in any way to the party.”
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), based in Berlin, recognized this need to define antisemitism and adopted this definition at their Plenary meeting in Bucharest, Romania in May of 2016 by vote of its 31-member countries. This definition serves as the gold standard in identifying antisemitism and took years of research to craft. Since then, several countries and entities have adopted this definition into their own statutes and rules, including the United States Department of State, Israel, the United Kingdom (130 UK local councils, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary), Austria, Germany, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Other forms of racism don’t seem to have the need for definition, but historically and presently, antisemitism has somehow defied those odds and presents in ways that aren’t always clear-cut.
By endorsing this petition, I am holding accountable the Republican National Committee, which must adopt the official IHRA definition of antisemitism.
That definition in full is as follows:
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
- Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
- Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
- Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
- Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
- Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
- Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
- Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
- Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of anti-semitic materials in some countries).
Criminal acts are anti-semitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.
Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.
Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
- Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
- Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
- Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
- Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
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