Albania adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Albanian parliament has endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, making the country one of the first Muslim-majority countries to adopt the definition.

The IHRA, an intergovernmental organization with 34 member countries, established an international consensus on a working definition of antisemitism.

Thursday’s decision comes ahead of the upcoming Balkans Forum Against Antisemitism, which is being organized by Albania’s parliament, the Combat Antisemitism Movement and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The conference begins next Wednesday. It seeks to create a united front for Balkan countries to work together against antisemitism.

The list of participants includes Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, parliament speakers from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia and officials from the UN, US, UK and Israel.

“It is good news that we, the Albanians and the peoples of the Western Balkans, a region that has suffered more than any other part of the world, the consequences of ethno-centrist and religious-centrist views and attitudes, join this emancipatory action of contemporary civilization: the fight against antisemitism,” said Gramoz Ruci, the speaker of Albania’s parliament.

“All nations that throughout history have protected Jews from extermination and support them today against stigma have a right to be proud,” he said. “But we Albanians have more reasons to be proud, because Albania is the only country in Europe where all Jews were taken under protection and rescued during World War II. Our homeland, Albania, in difficult times has served as a substitute soil for Jews.”

Source: Jpost
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