163 Organisationen schreiben an den UN-Generalsekretär

Wir fordern die Vereinten Nationen auf, die IHRA-Definition von Antisemitismus zu implementieren


Wir waren Teil von 163 internationalen Organisationen rund um das jüdische Leben, die einen Brief an UN-Gereralsekretär Antonio Guterres unterzeichnet haben. In dem Brief fordern wir die Implementierung der IHRA-Definition von Antisemitismus ins Handeln der Vereinten Nationen.


H.E. António Guterres
United Nations, New York

H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos
High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations
United Nations, New York

May 17, 2023

Your Excellencies,

We, the undersigned Jewish communities and organizations, civil society organizations, and scholars and practitioners from around the world, write to you regarding the “UN Action Plan on monitoring antisemitism and enhancing a system-wide response” that Under Secretary-General Moratinos is presently finalizing in his capacity as the UN’s senior focal point on antisemitism since 2020.

We greatly appreciate your consistent recognition that global antisemitism is an insidious danger that harms Jewish individuals and communities, and the broader societies in which we live. We welcome your commitment to making the United Nations a more effective force for countering and combating Jew-hatred around the world.

We have long recognized that in order to combat antisemitism we must understand it. Key to these efforts is employing a clear and comprehensive definition that explains the multiple forms antisemitism may take.

It is our collective view that the non-legally binding International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism is an indispensable tool to understand and fight antisemitism, and one that can be used entirely consistently with fundamental human rights standards. Indeed, any UN Action Plan must acknowledge the importance of the IHRA Working Definition to the vast majority of Jewish individuals, organizations, and communities who are the primary targets of antisemitic hatred, discrimination, and violence; are the Action Plan’s primary intended beneficiaries; and are best placed to identify manifestations of hatred and bias directed against us.

We note that the IHRA Working Definition (and its predecessor EUMC Working Definition), which was developed with the cooperation and support of Jewish communities, has provided essential guidance to governments and organizations in Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere for nearly two decades in their efforts to combat antisemitism. As the annex to this letter demonstrates, it has been adopted by more than 40 nations and multilateral organizations such as the European Union and the Organization of American States. It has earned the near-unanimous endorsement of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Thirty-one US states, numerous local governments, and countless businesses, universities, and organizations around the world use it to address harm to our communities. No other definition of antisemitism has been broadly adopted and utilized by practitioners, governments, and civil society. All recognize that the IHRA definition has immense value as an educational tool that offers an evaluative framework, with clear examples of the multiple forms antisemitism can take, that empowers the victims and society at large to identify forms of antisemitism that might otherwise go unrecognized. As you are aware, former UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, also recognized the unique value of the IHRA Working Definition and explicitly recommended its use as an educational and training tool in his 2019 report and 2022 action plan on antisemitism, which he prepared following wide consultations with Jewish organizations and community leaders.

We note that the IHRA Working Definition offers succinct explanations and practical examples that can help governments and individuals at all levels of society recognize antisemitism. These include conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial, as well as the demonization of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity.

It is this latter aspect of the IHRA Working Definition that has elicited concern from some civil society organizations. However, we stress that its inclusion in the IHRA Working Definition is precisely what makes this tool uniquely valuable for understanding and monitoring modern day antisemitism. Indeed, forms of antisemitism that are masked as “anti-Zionism” and that deny Jews the right to self-determination are among those most frequently encountered by many Jews today, whether or not they are Zionists. This is well-documented in surveys conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Europe and by surveys in the United States as well. So-called “alternative definitions” that have been formulated as responses to the IHRA Working Definition do not adequately or effectively clarify this form of antisemitism and are not appropriate for inclusion in the UN Action Plan. There are few if any examples of their practical use. Thus, we believe any references to these alternative definitions would only introduce greater confusion into the UN Action Plan and undermine our common efforts to combat antisemitism.

We reiterate that, contrary to the assertions of some civil society organizations, the IHRA Working Definition explicitly affirms that criticism of Israel per se is not antisemitic. We note that many of the governments that have adopted the IHRA Working Definition and consider it a useful tool have found it entirely possible to sharply criticize Israeli policies and practices. We note, further, that the IHRA Working Definition is not legally binding and does nothing to prohibit any speech, even the most hateful.

We urge you to ensure that the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism is referenced positively in the forthcoming “UN Action Plan on monitoring antisemitism and enhancing a system-wide response” as an indispensable educational and monitoring tool, the value of which has been widely recognized by many key stakeholders, and one that should be used for training UN staff, among others, on how to recognize and respond to antisemitism.

Thank you for considering our views on this matter.

Please accept, Excellencies, the assurance of our highest consideration.

Initiating Organizations


AJC - American Jewish Committee


Jewish Federations of North America

World Jewish Congress

B’nai B’rith International

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

European Jewish Congress


Other Global Organizations

  1. Combat Antisemitism Movement
  2. Commonwealth Jewish Council
  3. Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC)
  4. HIAS
  5. National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ)
  6. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
  7. Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
  8. World Union of Jewish Students
  9. Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO)


Regional Organizations


  1. European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ)
  2. B’nai B’rith Europe
  3. Conference of European Rabbis
  4. European Coalition for Israel
  5. European Union of Jewish Students
  6. European Jewish Congress
  7. Forum for Cultural Diplomacy

Latin America

  1. B’nai B’rith Latin America

North America

  1. Jewish Federations of North America
  2. Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity


National Communities and Organizations (by United Nations regional group)

East European Region


  1. Albania Jewish Community


  1. Jewish Community of Armenia


  1. Baku Religious Community of European Jews


  1. Union of Belarusian Jewish Public Associations and Communities

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina


  1. Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”
  2. Religious Community of the Jews in Bulgaria
  3. Beit Shalom Jewish Educational Foundation Bulgaria
  4. Tzedaka- Shalom foundation – OJB Shalom


  1. Coordination Committee of the Jewish Communities in the Republic of Croatia

Czech Republic

  1. Federation of Jewish Communities in Czech Republic


  1. Jewish Community of Estonia


  1. Jewish Cultural and Education Fund


  1. Mazsihisz (Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary)


  1. Latvian Council of Jewish Communities


  1. Jewish Community of Lithuania


  1. Jewish Community of Republic of Moldova


  1. Jewish Community of Montenegro

North Macedonia

  1. Jewish Community in the Republic of North Macedonia


  1. Jewish Community of Poland
  2. Lodge Polin of B’nai B’rith (B’nai B’rith Poland)
  3. Jewish Association Czulent


  1. B’nai B’rith Romania


  1. Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia
  2. Terraforming


  1. Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia


  1. Jewish Confederation of Ukraine
  2. Ukranian Jewish Committee

Latin American and Caribbean Region


  1. Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA)
  2. B’nai B’rith Argentina


  1. Circulo Israelita La Paz Bolivia


  1. B’nai B’rith Brazil
  2. Confederação Israelita do Brasil (CONIB)


  1. B’nai B’rith Chile
  2. Comunidad Judía de Chile


  1. B’nai B’rith Colombia

Costa Rica

  1. B’nai B’rith Costa Rica
  2. Centro Israelita Sionista de Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

  1. Centro Israelita de la República Dominicana


  1. B’nai B’rith Ecuador

El Salvador

  1. Comunidad Israelita de El Salvador


  1. B’nai B’rith Guatemala


  1. B’nai B’rith Honduras


  1. B’nai B’rith Mexico
  2. Comité Central de la Comunidad Judía de México
  3. Tribuna Israelita


  1. Comisión Antidifamación CAD B’nai B’rith (B’nai B’rith Panama)
  2. Congreso Judio Panameño
  3. Consejo Comunitario Hebreo de Panamá


  1. Comunidad Judía del Paraguay


  1. Asociación Judía del Perú
  2. B’nai B’rith Peru


  1. B’nai B’rith Uruguay


  1. B’nai B’rith Venezuela
  2. Confederación de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela

Western European and Others (WEOG) Region


  1. Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
  2. B’nai B’rith Australia and New Zealand
  3. Executive Council of Australian Jewry


  1. Centropa
  2. Jewish Community Vienna (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien)


  1. Le Comité de Coordination des Organisations Juives de Belgique (CCOJB)
  2. CCLJ-Belgium (Centre communautaire laïc juif David Suskind)
  3. The International Jewish Center


  1. Adas Yeshurun Herzlia
  2. B’nai Brith Canada
  3. Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
  4. Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
  5. The Abraham Global Peace Initiative


  1. Jewish Community of Denmark


  1. Central Council of Jewish Communities in Finland


  1. B’nai B’rith France
  2. CRIF – Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France
  3. Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme (LICRA)


  1. Amadeu Antonio Foundation
  2. Central Council of Jews in Germany
  3. Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST)
  4. Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft e.V.
  5. German Union of Jewish Students (JSUD)
  6. “Jehi ˈOr” Jüdisches Bildungswerk für Demokratie – gegen Antisemitismus gUG
  7. Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA)
  8. MAKKABI Deutschland e. V.
  9. Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin
  10. Service Center for Anti-Discrimination North Rhine-Westphalia (SABRA NRW)
  11. WerteInitiative – Jewish-German Positions e.V.


  1. Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


  1. Jewish Representative Council of Ireland


  1. B’nai B’rith World Center – Jerusalem
  2. Centre for Jewish Impact
  3. NGO Monitor


  1. B’nai B’rith Italy
  2. Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI)


  1. Verein Jüdische Gemeinschaft im Fürstentum Liechtenstein


  1. Consistoire Israelite de Luxembourg


  1. Jewish Community of Malta


  1. Nederlands-Israëlitisch Kerkgenootschap (NIK) Org. Jewish Communities in the Netherlands
  2. CIDI (Center for Information and Documentation Israel)

New Zealand

  1. Australasian Union of Jewish Students in New Zealand
  2. Beth Shalom Progressive Synagogue
  3. Council of Jewish Women Aotearoa NZ
  4. Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
  5. Nelson Jewish Community Inc
  6. New Zealand Community Security Group Trust
  7. Wellington Jewish Community Centre
  8. Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation
  9. Zionist Federation of New Zealand


  1. Det Mosaiske Trossamfunn – Jewish Community Oslo


  1. Gibraltar Jewish Community


  1. Jewish Community of Lisbon


  1. Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain


  1. Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities
  2. Swedish Union of Jewish Youth (Judiska ungdomsförbundet i Sverige, JUS)


  1. Gamaraal Foundation
  2. Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities


  1. The Jewish Community of Türkiye (Turkey)

United Kingdom

  1. Antisemitism Policy Trust
  2. Association of Jewish Refugees
  3. Board of Deputies of British Jews
  4. BICOM (Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre)
  5. Community Security Trust
  6. Jewish Leadership Council
  7. London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism

United States1

  1. AMIT Children
  2. AIPAC
  3. Alliance for Academic Freedom
  4. American Friends of Likud
  5. American Zionist Movement
  6. CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis)
  7. Center for Righteousness and Integrity (CRINY)
  8. Emunah of America
  9. Endowment for Middle East Truth
  10. Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America
  11. Indigenous Bridges
  12. Jewish Studies Zionist Network
  15. North Carolina Coalition for Israel
  16. ORT America
  17. Rabbinical Assembly
  18. Rabbinical Council of America
  19. Religious Zionists of America – Mizrachi
  20. Shields of David
  21. Stop BDS on Campus
  22. Swarthmore Alumni Against Antisemitism on Campus
  23. Telluride Jewish Community
  24. Temple Sinai
  25. Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
  26. United Teacher Los Angeles (UTLA) Educators Caucus for Israel
  27. Zioness Movement
  28. ZOA

African Region

South Africa

  1. South African Jewish Board of Deputies

Asia-Pacific Region


  1. Jewish Community of Cyprus


  1. Jewish Community of Japan


  1. Myanmar Jewish Community