October 14, 2021

Australia to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

Australia will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday.

“My government pledges to embrace the definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance,” Morrison said in a video statement. "Australia does so as a people, and as a nation. Antisemitism has no place in Australia. It has no place anywhere in the world."

Jewish organizations in Australia welcomed the announcement.

“I want to thank the prime minister for his very strong statement on this issue on Wednesday,” Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler said.

“Antisemitism is increasing around the world and the key to its reduction is education. The IHRA working definition provides the central plank to this educational endeavor. Antisemitism should have no place in our society. It should be defined, identified and rejected," Leibler continued.

"This won’t stop all anti-semitism, but it will make a difference & help people call it out, including on campuses," MP Alan Tudge, minister for Education and Youth, posted to Twitter following Morrison's announcement.