Jews Across the Globe Applaud Statement by Palestinian and Arab Academics, Journalists and Intellectuals


December 10, 2020

Jews Across the Globe Applaud Statement by Palestinian and Arab Academics, Journalists, and Intellectuals

We, Jewish groups and individuals from across the globe, applaud the recent powerful statement and set of principles signed by 122 Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists, and intellectuals regarding the definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the way this definition has been applied, interpreted and deployed. 

As the letter states so compellingly: ” The fight against antisemitism should not be turned into a stratagem to delegitimize the fight against the oppression of the Palestinians, the denial of their rights and the continued occupation of their land.”

It avers:  “Antisemitism must be debunked and combated.  Regardless of pretense, no expression of hatred for Jews as Jews should be tolerated anywhere in the world. We also believe that the lessons of the Holocaust as well as those of other genocides of modern times must be part of the education of new generations against all forms of racial prejudice and hatred.”

And it also makes clear: “The fight against antisemitism must be deployed within the frame of international law and human rights. It should be part and parcel of the fight against all forms of racism and xenophobia, including Islamophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism. The aim of this struggle is to guarantee freedom and emancipation for all oppressed groups. It is deeply distorted when geared towards the defence of an oppressive and predatory state.”

See the full statement from Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists, and intellectuals here.


Anya TopolskiEen Andere Joodse Stem, Another Jewish VoiceBelgium
Hilla DayanAcademia for EqualityThe Netherlands
Wieland HobanJüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in NahostGermany
Dror FeilerEuropean Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP)Sweden
Dr. Itamar ShacharBelgium / Israel
Ofer NeimanBoycott from Within Israel
Donna NevelJews Say No!USA
Alan Rückert Z.Chile
Sheryl NestelIndependent Jewish Voices CanadaCanada
David ComediInternational Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-ArgentinaArgentina
Marilyn GarsonSh’ma Koleinu – Alternative Jewish VoicesNew Zealand
Vivienne PorzsoltJews against the OccupationAustralia
Rina KingSouth African Jews for a Free Palestine SAJFPSouth Africa
Ronnie KasrilsSouth Africa
Liliana Cordova-KaczerginskiInternational Jewish Anti-Zionist NetworkSpain
Alejandro RuetterInternational Jewish Anti-Zionist NetworkSpain
Guy BollagSwitzerland
Richard WagmanUJFP (French Jewish Peace Union)France
Eyal SivanFrance
Corey BalsamIndependent Jewish VoicesCanada
Rowan GaudetIndependent Jewish VoicesCanada
Itay SapirUniversité du Québec à MontréalCanada
sue goldsteinInternational Jewish Anti-Zionist NetworkCanada
Haim BresheethJewish Network for PalestineUK
David CannonJewish Network for PalestineUK
Mike CushmanFree Speech on IsraelUK
Leah LevaneJewish Voice for LabourUK
Michael KalmanovitzInternational Jewish Anti-Zionist Network–UKUK
Rob FergusonSteering Cttee Free Speech on Israel & Socialist Workers PartyUK
Rachel LeverLabour PartyUK
Dorothy M. ZellnerJews Say No!USA
Stefanie FoxJewish Voice for PeaceUSA
Lesley WilliamsJewish Voice for PeaceUSA
Ivan StrasburgInternational Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (ATSE)USA
Rachel GioraBoycott From WithinIsrael
Anat MatarTel Aviv UniversityIsrael
Haley FirkserIsrael
Shir HeverJüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in NaHost. e.V.Germany
The BoardA Different Jewish Voice, AmsterdamNetherlands
Michal SapirIsrael
Rebecca VilkomersonUnited States
Ofra Ben ArtziIsrael
Dr Les LevidowUK
Angie MindelUk
Yehuda AharonAustralia
Heather MendickUK
Angie MindelUK
Professor Jonathan RosenheadUK
Sue RabkinSouth Africa
Motti ShimoniUSA
Mike SimonsUnited Kingdom