Arizona State student government adopts universal definition of anti-Semitism


Arizona State University’s student government has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

The resolution to adopt the widely accepted definition of anti-Semitism passed on Sept. 15, in a 15-1-3 vote.

In a statement by Students Supporting Israel, ASU student Koral Zaarur said the measure was in response to recent posters of Adolf Hitler and swastikas found on campus, though it “turned into so much more.”

“The bill called for the creation of a Jewish Coalition on our campus, to be the face of Jewish students and organizations and provide a clear and unified voice for our community,” he says. “Calling on the university to adopt the IHRA definition was perhaps our biggest victory, as we secured a concrete definition for what anti-Semitism is, and what forms of anti-Zionism and anti-Israel propaganda are anti-Semitic.”

Hillel Jewish Student Center at ASU posted this statement on their Facebook page:

We are very pleased that the resolution “Condemning Anti-Semitism and Calling for Institutional Representation for Jewish Students” was passed in the undergraduate student government-Tempe tonight in a vote of 15-1-3.

Students have long requested to have a role in the cultural coalitions at Arizona State University.

Tonight, many Jewish students spoke beautifully about their pride in their Jewish identity and how recent anti-Semitic incidents have made them feel unsafe. Several non-Jewish students expressed their commitment to the Jewish students with the support of the resolution.

A portion of this article was courtesy JNS.org.

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