Update: The IHRA antisemitism definition was adopted by the government of Ontario through an Order in Council on October 26th, 2020. Read our joint statement on its adoption, and what it could mean for our movement, here.
Bill 168, the Combating Antisemitism Act, was introduced as a private member’s bill by Progressive Conservative MPP Will Bouma in December of last year. The Bill passed its second reading in February 2020, and is now in front of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. We expect it to come up for its third and final vote soon. Bill 168 will officially adopt the IHRA’s dangerous & misguided definition of antisemitism in the Ontario Legislature.
If you are a resident of Ontario, we also encourage you to call your local MPP. If you are Jewish, mention that in your call.
IJV opposes the IHRA re-definition of antisemitism because it intentionally conflates antisemitism with criticism of Israel and Zionism, and support for Palestinian rights. The adoption of the IHRA definition poses a threat to academic freedom, freedom of expression and the right to protest Israel’s violations of international law.