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SUN – IHRA: An Anti-Free-Speech Definition of Antisemitism and How to Oppose It
April 30, 2023 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
This UUJME-sponsored webinar explains the IHRA definition of antisemitism and its problematic aspect – it conflates antisemitism with opposition to Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. This discussion is important because the IHRA definition is suddenly being adopted without discussion in many localities. While supporting the fight against real antisemitism, UUJME opposes the adoption of the IHRA definition by municipalities and legislatures. Remarkably, even Kenneth Stern, the author of the IHRA definition, opposes its use in laws and on campuses because of the chilling effect it can have on free speech. The moderator of the discussion will be Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, and our subject matter experts will be Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison, a Palestinian American human rights advocate who recently faced the IHRA definition in the Virginia state legislature. Share the Facebook event here.