Barcelona adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

Barcelona has adhered to the definition of antisemitism established by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on the occasion of the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27.

The City Council’s governing commission will approve the accession within the framework of the global strategy to fight hate speech and discrimination. 

The IHRA is an intergovernmental organization with 35 member countries, including Spain, which promotes education, research and memory of the Holocaust, which fights against antisemitism and other forms of hatred and discrimination.

Since its publication in 2016, 43 countries have adhered to the definition, including the Spanish state, which did so on July 22, 2020. European cities such as Rome, Paris, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Florence, Siena, Munich or Berlin, among others, support it.

It is also a definition accepted by the European Commission since 2017 and the European Parliament also adopted it in 2020. The European institutions point out that this is a non-legally binding accession, but they consider it a good guide to work with against antisemitism in the areas of data collection, education and awareness.


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