This past week, German air-carrier Lufthansa announced its plans to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Anti-Semitism- becoming the first airline to do so.
As a result of the incident and uproar in May when an entire group of frum Jews was discriminated against for the behavior of a few individuals on a Lufthansa flight, Lufthansa had earlier announced that it would create a senior management position dedicated to the prevention of antisemitism and discrimination.
Now, the airline has also decided to adopt the IHRA definition and has also announced its joint initiative with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) which will see AJC staff assisting in training the airline’s employees on anti-Semitism.
The two major announcements were made in an event in Washington, D.C., which was attended by Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, the federal government commissioner for Jewish life in Germany and the fight against anti-Semitism, German Ambassador Emily Haber, and Israeli Ambassador Michael Herzog.
Lufthansa Group executive board member Christina Foerster said during the event, “Fundamental to standing against anti-Semitism is understanding what it is and how it manifests, both in overt forms and through unconscious bias. The IHRA definition recognizes all of this—that is its distinct strength.”