The Fight against a Working Definition of Anti-Semitism

Jan. 15 2021

In the UK, as in other European countries, there has been an effort by Jewish groups to encourage the government and public institutions to make use of the “working definition of anti-Semitism” proffered by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This short document—intended not as an ironclad legal definition, but simply as a useful rubric for determining what is and isn’t anti-Semitic—has been adopted by some British universities, the Labor party (after much contention), and, for certain narrow purposes, by the U.S. government. But it also has its enemies, including eight lawyers who recently penned an open letter calling it an attack on freedom expression. Dave Rich begs to differ:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Israel on campus, United Kingdom

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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