Albanian Academy of Sciences adopts universal definition of anti-Semitism
(January 14, 2021 / JNS) The Albanian Academy of Sciences, the country’s most important scientific institution, on Thursday adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
The Academy of Sciences confirmed this decision in a letter to Robert Singer, senior advisor to the Anti-Semitism Movement and president of the Center for Jewish Impact and Noah Gal Gendler, Israeli ambassador to Albania.
The definition agreed by the IHRA, an intergovernmental organization comprising 34 member countries, is an internationally recognized classification of anti-Semitism. In October, Albania became the first Muslim-majority country to adopt the definition.
The IHRA definition says, “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which can be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed against Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and / or their property, at Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. “
In the letter, the academy said it “reconfirms its stance on historic crimes against Jews during the Holocaust [Holocaust]”And declared that” the inhumane acts they suffered during World War II, due to racism, are not a phenomenon belonging to history, but they appear in the form of a danger reviving collective crimes and racism, ethnic, religious and cultural hatred. “
The academy said that as an institution that has historically promoted the study of the Holocaust and its lessons, adopting the IHRA’s working definition is “a very natural step and in consistency with its own past, as well as its legal and civil mission ”.
The academy will issue its own statement on adopting the IHRA’s working definition on January 26, according to Combat Anti-Semitism.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, including academia. As such, the IHRA’s definition has never been more important, spelling out exactly what hatred of Jews looks like, ”Singer said in a statement. “The academy’s decision reaffirms Albania’s determined opposition to anti-Semitism as a society. I hope this will serve as an example for other reputable academic institutions to follow suit around the world. “