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
Part 1: Views on IHRA from Around the Globe [recorded December 14, 2020, see video]
Part 2: Dismantling Antisemitism, Winning Justice: A Panel Discussion, hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace [December 15, 2020, see video]
- Part 3: Occupied Thoughts podcast: Palestinian Views on Antisemitism [recorded December 16, 2020, listen to the podcast]
Part 4: Antisemitism, Free Speech, Social Media, and Corporate Accountability, co-sponsored with 7amleh, [December 17, 2020, see video]
Part 5: Implications and Impact of IHRA on Palestinians [January 2021, exact date TBD]
Part 6: Redefining antisemitism: Opportunities and Struggles for Progressive Jews [January 2021, exact date TBD]
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.
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
Featuring Peter Beinart, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Dr. Barbara Ransby, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and Rabbi Alissa Wise
Tuesday, December 15th
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.
cosponsored with 7amleh
Thursday, December 17th
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.