November 22, 2019

Cuyo University Adoped the IHRA antisemitism definition

Source: wiesenthal
Today, the University of Cuyo, Mendoza, adopted the IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, aimed at resolving past racist abuses on its campus.

In May 2019, through an open letter to the Rector of the National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, the Wiesenthal Centre reported that a professor and a journalist were allegedly preparing campus based anti-Semitic activities.

The Rector decided at that time to order an investigation, and the Wiesenthal Center was requested to provide the background on which the complaint was based. The presentation stated that the reported behavior was to be found in the “Working Definition of Anti-Semitism”, of the 2016 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) by consensus of its 31 member countries, including Argentina.

Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the Center´s Latin American Representative, said that “given that the Argentine legal system does not usually include definitions, all may now refer to what Argentina, as a full IHRA member, approved unanimously. This is indeed good news."

“The resolution ensures that University campuses are not to be the breeding ground for discrimination and incitement to hatred. We commend the University of Cuyo for this step and hope it may be a precedent for the Working Definition to be adopted by universities across the Americas,” concluded Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Center.