Statement: ELNET Applauds the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism which Embraces the IHRA Definition

ELNET applauds the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism which, following a heated debate, embraces the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. 

The process to formulate this plan included direct input from senior European officials. Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life, and fellow commissioners recently visited the White House to advise U.S. leaders on best practices already employed in Europe in the fight against antisemitism. 

The European Union is implementing a multi-pronged strategy adopted in 2021 to combat antisemitism and foster Jewish life across the continent, where a million Jews live today. Working with key partners including Coordinator von Schnurbein, ELNET educates European policymakers on the importance of enforcing the IHRA definition. To date, 30 European countries have adopted the IHRA definition and a majority have finalized national strategies in compliance with the EU continent-wide plan.

ELNET hosted its first international summit on Israel-related antisemitism, “Actions Matter,” in Berlin in March 2023. The conference provided a unique action-oriented platform for more than 100 European, Israeli, and global leaders tasked with combating anti-Jewish hatred. Click here to view the 10-point action plan resulting from the summit.

In recognition of her important global work, ELNET presented Coordinator von Schnurbein with the Voice of Conscience Award during the ELNET International Policy Conference in Paris earlier this month.

The U.S.-European partnership is a reminder that fighting Jew hatred has no borders.