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Govt to Promote IHRA’s Working Definition of Anti-semitism

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.02.19.

Hungary’s government has decided to promote the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, a resolution published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny shows.

According to the resolution, the government considers it a priority task to raise awareness of Jewish history and customs. The government “is convinced that spreading knowledge in this field can also serve to weaken anti-Semitism and related negative sentiments”, it said.

The government also backs IHRA’s assessment that its definition can be effective in combating anti-Semitism.

The resolution tasks the human resources minister with looking into incorporating IHRA’s definition into ministerial resolutions on the publication and approval of the national curriculum and teacher training requirements.

It also tasks the chief public prosecutor with exploring the definition’s incorporation in the training programmes of judges and prosecutors.

“The government agrees and supports that historical facts related to anti-Semitism should be taught objectively further boosting the fight against anti-Semitism,” the resolution says.

The resolution also notes the government’s policy of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.

featured image: IHRA’s plenary meetings in Bucharest in 2016; via