Activists, researchers call for an end to the use of anti-Semitism weapons ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance event in Sweden-Middle East Monitor
Several Palestinian activist groups and academics working on anti-Semitism studies have issued separate statements raising concerns about instrumentalizing anti-Semitism ahead of tomorrow’s international forum on Holocaust annihilation and the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden.
According to a statement from the Palestinian action group in southern Sweden, which consists of Swedes of Palestinian origin, along with other Palestinian unions and institutions in Europe, fears have been raised that the outcome of the incident could be used “to prosecute or oppress those who criticize the Israeli the occupation and the Zionist movement with false accusations of anti-Semitism “
Such concerns, the signatories claim, are based on the fact that the forum’s sponsor, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), has linked its widely disputed definition of anti-Semitism to anti-Zionism, which may include criticism of the Israeli occupation.
“The Israeli occupying state, with the participation of the Zionist movement internationally, is simultaneously pressuring countries around the world to boycott international conferences that distinguish between anti-Semitism and opposition to the Zionist movement,” the statement said.
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Instead, the statement calls on the global forum to use this year’s title “Remember and React” to also remember the suffering of the Palestinian people that began in the early 1900s as a result of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the subsequent 1948 Nakba. of the Zionist movement.
In a statement was released yesterday signed by 54 researchers working on anti-Semitism studies and related areas, a “strong warning” was also directed at EU leaders and the UN “against the political instrumentalization of the fight against anti-Semitism.”
Concerns about the so-called working definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the IHRA were highlighted, which include 11 contemporary examples of anti-Semitism, “seven of which refer to Israel”
“These examples are armed against human rights organizations and solidarity activists who condemn Israel’s occupation and human rights abuses,” the statement said.
“They legitimize false accusations of anti-Semitism, which serve as a warning to anyone who criticizes Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. This has a cooling effect on freedom of expression and academic freedom and jeopardizes the fight against anti-Semitism.”
The signatories included Moshe Behar, Program Director for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester, Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Moshe Zuckermann, Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.
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