OOOPPS! The U.S. State Department’s website had a critical omission on its website page that defines anti-Semitism. Thankfully, pro-Israel activist groups pointed it out and the website has been corrected.
Based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016, the State Department’s website originally omitted this line, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”
“This can be an important tool against those who make a cynical and horrific use of the Jewish holocaust for the purpose of delegitimizing the Jewish state and promote anti-Semitic sentiments in the general public,” Yifa Segal, director of the International Legal Fund, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, many studies show that this rhetoric is widely used in the U.S. today, and including this legal definition will make clear that this type of comparison originates in anti-Semitism and is not a legitimate discourse.”