In this episode of the Occupied Thoughts podcast, Dr. Alana Vincent (Umea University, Sweden) joins FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin to discuss how she moved from supporting the use of the the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) Working Definition of Antisemitism to opposing it. Dr. Vincent describes the chilling and silencing effects of the IHRA definition, the shortcomings of European Union research that purports to justify it, and the advantages of alternative definitions that offer clarity and nuance.
Dr. Alana Vincent is Associate Professor in History of Religion and studies Modern Judaism, Interreligious Dialogue, Religion & Literature at Umea University in Sweden.
Sarah Anne Minkin is Director of Programs and Partnerships at FMEP.
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
- IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism
- Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism
- Alana Vincent’s 11/3/22 Twitter thread on the IHRA.
- Scholars to UN: Don’t adopt ‘weaponised’ antisemitism definition — EU Observer
- Direct link to Scholars’ statement
- 128 scholars ask UN not to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism – Al Jazeera