House of Bishops adopt international definition of antisemitism

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The bishops of the Church of England have formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

During the annual residential meeting of the College of Bishops in Oxford, they agreed a joint statement endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism – including all of its examples – on behalf of the Church.

They also issued a call to everyone in public life to reject any language or actions which could cause "prejudice, stigma or hatred towards people on the grounds of their religion, culture, origins, identity or beliefs".

The Church of England’s interfaith team and national advisers already use the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism as the benchmark in their work and ministry.

However, the bishops noted the "necessity of making explicit" the Church’s adoption of and adherence to the definition without qualification or exemption.


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