From the European Union:
Working Definition of Antisemitism
"The purpose of this document is to provide a practical guide for identifying incidents, collecting data, and supporting the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism."
Working definition: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
I guess the thought police went into overdrive while writing these up. But, as Galileo said, "Oppure si muove!"
Does this mean we can legitimately require "israel" to now respect human right? Stop shelling a caged population? Treat its own citizens equally? Allow jobs, rentals and free passage to non-Jews inside the 'state'? After all, this is what's expected and demanded of any other democratic nation. And, does that mean we can also expect them to sign the NNPT and allow IAEA inspections?
.....Until the ACT like a civilized country, they will be regarded by the entire planet as a rogue, nuclear armed, racist, Apartheid 'state' not worthy of the name 'democracy.' No amount of pen-pushing in Strasbourg or Brussels will change that.
There are no exemptions to facilitate dissent by those who reject the Noachide impost upon non-jews.
It is so because there are no exemptions actually.
The religion of the jews claims no future for those who reject the jewish messianic imperative.
To do so is "anti-semitic".
To affirm that the 6 million number is derived of Kabballah is "anti-semitic".
To demand truth in public life is "anti-semitic"
Thank you....this is very helpful.
I'm in Israel and doing a project on current anti Semitism (therefore checking out your site).
This document has never been approved by any official EU body. In other words, this is the work of some mid-level zionist official who never got political backing. Let's not make them feel more important or powerful than they really are, nor give the EU a worse name that it already has.
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