Cyprus adopts international anti-Semitism definition, earning praise from Israel

Times of Israel

Cyprus has adopted a broad definition of anti-Semitism that takes aim at some expressions of anti-Israel sentiment, the Mediterranean island country announced Wednesday.

The decision made Cyprus the 17th country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. 

“The decision reaffirms the commitment of the Republic of Cyprus to promoting and fostering respect and diversity and to combating all forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia, including anti-Semitism,” the Cypriot foreign ministry said in a statement.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition states that various forms of vitriol against Israel, including comparing it to Nazi Germany, are examples of anti-Semitism, though criticizing Israel’s policies is not.

Cyprus also said it has applied for observer status at the IHRA.

Welcoming the decision, Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted that it was “an important step in the fight against all forms of anti-Semitism, including anti-Zionism.”

Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog also praised the move, as did American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris.

The move by Cyprus comes after Canada adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism earlier this year and Greece said in November it would also do so.

France’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution earlier this month calling on the government to join other European nations in adopting the definition.

3 thoughts on “Cyprus adopts international anti-Semitism definition, earning praise from Israel

  1. Country-by-country, the great muzzle is being passed around – their imperial goal to get the whole world to heel.

    How could they know it would have the opposite effect, that it would prompt more speaking out, more uprising.

    They certainly have underestimated an enormous percentage of humans, fed up humans, humans hell-bent on living free.


  2. Yup, this and the State by State getting on board with these Gun bans and Red flag “Laws” for me it is nice to see them moving forward after all the rhetoric they have been spewing for so long. The sooner we get this shit going the better…

    Clearly they wish to usurp any popular uprising…. which is why we are seeing this charade by the Municipalities in Virginia… Henry has illuminated this so very well.

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