On Thursday, Alaska became the 25th US State to adopt the leading definition of antisemitism, headed by Governor Mike Dunleavy.
After adopting the IHRA definition on such an important day commemorating the Holocaust victims, Governor Dunleavy said, “the Holocaust must never be forgotten.”
“Antisemitism is an evil that threatens all of us as it challenges the core values that bind us as Americans,” he continued. “I issued a proclamation today that seeks to remind us of tolerance and to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.”
“Almost eight decades have passed since the concentration camps were liberated, but the scourge of antisemitism remains with us,” the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said, as the Jewish world commemorated Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
As it now stands, at least two hundred institutions endorsed the IHRA definition in 2021, according to a study released in March. The definition describes antisemitism as a “certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews,” and lists several illustrative examples of it, ranging from Holocaust denial to the rejection of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination.