In 2020 the Students Supporting Israel National movement set itself a goal to join in the fight against the rise in global antisemitism. As a strategy, the movement began promoting the concept that fighting antisemitism begins with defining it. We choose the promotion of the official adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism in academia as a primary path of action. The SSI movement has been working tirelessly within student governments, academic departments, and through appeals to university deans, and has so far initiated the adoption of IHRA’s working definition at multiple academic institutions, and created the hashtag #DEFINEittoFIGHTit to be used to promote the initiative.
In the process, we have come to recognize that many groups and individuals within the academic world and the community fiercely oppose the idea of adopting IHRA’s definition, despite the fact that antisemitism is one of the oldest forms of hate that is still present today, and despite IHRA definition of antisemitism being adopted by many counties and international bodies, including the U.S. Department of State.
We therefore conceived of this conference to achieve the following goals:
Educate on what the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is: creation, content, meaning.
Present the need to officially define antisemitism and issue a global call to action to adopt the definition.
Review the arguments raised by those opposing the definition and explain flaws and counter arguments.
Provide an overview of the global slate of countries, international institutions, and academic institutions who have already adopted the working definition of antisemitism.
Suggesting specific courses of action to achieve the official adoption of the definition of antisemitism.
In addition to the specific goals related to the definition of antisemitism, the summit will raise awareness of the alarming escalation in global antisemitism in its various forms, while presenting a united front ready to fight against it.
Join us for the day of the summit for an active future of
fighting antisemitism together.