A majority of the Dutch House of Representatives has voted in favour of a motion asking the government to support the adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

Last year, the European Parliament passed a resolution on combatting antisemitism, which calls on Member States to adopt the IHRA working definition. The definition is intended as an aid instrument for bodies that have to combat racism, not as a legally binding document.

The motion was submitted by MP Kees Van der Staaij, leader of the Reformed Political Party (SGP) at the House of Representatives’ Budgetary Justice Committee An earlier version of the motion submitted by Mr Van der Staaij and calling for support for the definition within the EU had been defeated in the Budgetary Foreign Affairs committee last week.

However, a majority of the House voted against the motion. The proposal could only count on support from the parties VVD, SGP, CDA, CU, 50Plus, FvD and PVV. The parties D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA, PvdD and DENK voted against the motion.