Antisemitism is a real problem and must be fought in all its forms. Yet the primary goal of those promoting the IHRA definition of antisemitism is to ban or criminalize criticism of Israel and of Zionism, and silence support for Palestinian rights. The IHRA definition thus represents a threat to the struggle for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. The real fight against antisemitism must be joined to the struggles against racism, xenophobia and hatred of all ethnic and religious groups the world over.
*Update: Since this petition was launched, the Federal government has adopted the IHRA definition, though it has been rejected by city councils in Vancouver and Montreal.