November 18, 2019

Greece will Adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Greece will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, its prime minister announced.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement on Friday during a meeting at his office with President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel, and the head of the Greek Delegation to the IHRA, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, the Ekathimerini newspaper reported.

Mitsotakis assigned the country’s vice president, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, oversight of the project as well as coordinating and supervising the integration of the IHRA definitions into domestic legislation and education.

Liantis is a founding member of the Holocaust Museum of Greece. In April he was appointed Greece’s Special Envoy on Combatting Anti-Semitism and Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust.

The IHRA working definition offers a comprehensive description of anti-Semitism in its various forms, including hatred and discrimination against Jews, Holocaust denial and, sometimes controversially, the way anti-Semitism relates to the ways criticism of Israel is expressed.