The IHRA Definition & the Fight Against Antisemitism: A Series


The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) invites you to attend 

The IHRA Definition & the Fight Against Antisemitism

A webinar series examining how a problematic definition of antisemitism is being used to quash criticism of Israel and threaten freedom of speech


The IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism — and its examples — is on its way to being adopted and used across the globe to restrict free speech. From the State Department to English Premier League soccer teams, from universities to social media platforms, concerted campaigns to label criticism of Israeli policies and challenges to Zionism as antisemitism — and to impose formal/legal consequences — continue to gain momentum. In state legislatures and Congress in the United States, across Europe and in Latin America, the IHRA working definition of antisemitism and its examples is being used to quash criticism of Israel, to delegitimize advocates for Palestinian rights, and to undermine civil society organizations — including human rights and humanitarian groups — for their work with or support for Palestinians. This politicization and weaponization of the fight against antisemitism has grave implications, not just for Israel-Palestine activism but for free speech and civil society writ large, as well as for the battle against real and rising antisemitism around the world. 

FMEP is proud to announce an ongoing webinar series exploring these efforts to redefine antisemitism in this problematic manner, as well as arguments and efforts to oppose it. Please use the links below to register for each webinar and to learn more about the expert panelists.

Part 1: Views on IHRA from Around the Globe 

Monday, December 14th 


Featuring Seth Anziska, Associate Professor of Jewish-Muslim Relations at University College London; Ryvka Barnard, Head of Civic Space at UK-based anti-poverty and human rights charity War on Want; and, Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director of Human Rights Watch;  in conversation with FMEP’s Lara Friedman

Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace & co-sponsored by FMEP

Part 2: Dismantling Antisemitism, Winning Justice: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Peter Beinart, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Dr. Barbara Ransby, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and Rabbi Alissa Wise

Tuesday, December 15th


Part 3: Occupied Thoughts podcast: Palestinian Views on Antisemitism 

December 16, 2020

In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” host Peter Beinart is joined by Palestinian academics Nadia Abu El-Haj and Rashid Khalidi to discuss a recent statement on the IHRA working definition of antisemitism signed by 122 Palestinian and Arab thought leaders.



Part 4: Antisemitism, Free Speech, Social Media, and Corporate Accountability 

cosponsored with 7amleh

Thursday, December 17th

11:00-12:30pm EST 

Featuring Alison Carmel, International Relations Manager at 7amleh; Marwa Fatafta, MENA Policy Manager at Access Now; Lara Friedman, President of FMEP; and Brian Hauss, staff attorney at the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; in conversation with Peter Beinart, Non-Resident Fellow at FMEP.