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NY Gov Issues Proclamation Embracing IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

"My administration believes the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is a vital resource in the struggle against antisemitism, and that will facilitate constructive discourse, further understanding, and enable a more thoughtful response to this harmful behavior that impacts us all,” the proclamation stated.
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June 14, 2022
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, issued a proclamation on June 12 embracing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Hochul made the announcement during the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum. The proclamation calls antisemitism “a pernicious and insidious hatred that threatens not only the Jewish people, but society as a whole” that is at “intolerable levels” throughout New York and the United States as a whole. “My administration believes the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is a vital resource in the struggle against antisemitism, and that will facilitate constructive discourse, further understanding, and enable a more thoughtful response to this harmful behavior that impacts us all,” the proclamation stated.

Hochul added in a tweet: “Make no mistake: in New York, there’s no room for antisemitism or hate.”

StandWithUs Northeast Regional Director Avi Posnick praised Hochul in a statement. “We are deeply appreciative to Governor Hochol for endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism,” he said. “Defining antisemitism is the first step to identifying and defeating it. We look forward to working with the Governor to fight bigotry against Jews across the state.”

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