The first country in Asia to endorse the IHRA definition of antisemitism, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong told his Israeli counterpart, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, during a phone call this week that the East Asian nation has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism.
On the call, the foreign ministers also discussed “COVID-19 cooperation and rapid ratification” of the free-trade agreement that Israel and South Korea signed in May. The news was first shared on Wednesday on Twitter by Akiva Tor, Israel’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, who said Eui-Yong and Lapid talked earlier in the day and had “a great conversation.”
The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism states that: “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.”
According to the IHRA website, 29 other countries have already adopted or endorsed the definition, including Belgium, Lithuania, Sweden, and Uruguay, with South Korea adding to the list as the first country in Asia to do.