University of Buenos Aires adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Superior Council of the University of Buenos Aires has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

The resolution to adopt the definition of antisemitism passed in just one day of proposition.

The official resolution states:

The Superior Council of the University of Buenos Aires resolves:

Article 1 — The practical and legally non-binding definition of “antisemitism” approved by the International Alliance for the Remembrance of the Holocaust (IHRA) on May 26, 2016, the text of which reads

“Article 1 — “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which can be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Physical and rhetorical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed at Jewish or non-Jewish people and / or their assets, the institutions of the Jewish community and their places of worship.”

Article 2 — Thank the Simon Wiesenthal Center — Latin America for its activity in pursuit of pluralism and the defense of human rights.

Article 3 — Form.

In a statement by Students Supporting Israel at University of Buenos Aires representative, Tomas Pener, said the motive for this notion was due to antisemitism and anti-Zionism on campus. They were inspired by the recent adoption of the IHRA definition led by Students Supporting Israel at Arizona State University.

“Here in Buenos Aires our SSI, at the most important University in Argentina, decided that we have to do something with the anti-Zionism that happens on the University. So this week we had a meet with the president of the Zionist Organization from Argentina to present SSI and also we wanted University of Buenos Aires to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. The meeting was excellent and we planned to meet also with the Wiesenthal Center for this. Today, ONLY ONE DAY LATER, the UBA adopted the IHRA definition. Its really incredible, we have the power to make a change.”

University of Buenos Aires joins Argentine University of Cuyo as the second University in Argentina to adopt the IHRA definition on an institutional level. UBA succeeds Arizona State University as the most recent SSI chapter to pass the IHRA definition.

Students Supporting Israel would like to congratulate our chapter in Argentina. We are so proud of the rapid determination, and effort put forth by one of our newest additions to the SSI family. SSI at UBA has shown its leadership in the global fight against anti-Semitism by adopting the IHRA working definition. We applaud this notion, and encourage other chapters, and non-chapters to emulate the initiative led by UBA to stop antisemitism once and for all.

Antisemitism is no exception to discrimination and hate, and SSI students are working relentlessly to obliterate history’s oldest form of hate.

Source: medium