Israel applauded Albania’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, the latest country to take on the fight against Jew-hatred.
The Albanian Parliament on unanimously voted to approve the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism, becoming the second majority-Muslim country to adopt it after Kosovo.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed the initiative to establish a forum against anti-Semitism at the leadership of the Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, in which representatives from the Balkan countries participated.
“Cooperation and the joining of hands between countries and nations is the key to coping with this sinister phenomenon,” he stated.
The IHRA stated that it is “delighted that Albania, as an Observer Country to the IHRA, has joined the numerous other countries that use this educational tool, which was created primarily to raise awareness and guide the IHRA in its work.”
The IHRA has 34 member countries and seven observer countries. Acceptance to the IHRA depends on the counties’ adherence to the Stockholm Declaration on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research of January 28, 2000, as well as several other conditions.
The IHRA adopted in 2016 the working-definition of anti-Semitism, according to which anti-Semitism is “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The IHRA states that anti-Semitic examples include denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor, comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and leveling accusations against Jewish citizens of various countries that they are more loyal to Israel than to their own countries.
Albania joins the United Kingdom, Austria, Scotland, Romania, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Moldova, Macedonia, the US, Greece, Belgium, Slovenia, Sweden, Holland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxemburg, France, Cyprus, Italy, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Serbia and Argentina, Kosovo and Spain.