Dutch Labour Party adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Dutch centre-left Labour Party (PvdA) has adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

In a statement regarding its commitment to battle antisemitism more intensively, the party declared its endorsement of the working definition. The PvdA published a statement on its website calling for a fiercer fight against the rise of antisemitism . In so stating, the party recognised that several sister parties in neighbouring countries – partly in response to the European Commission’s call – already apply the IHRA definition.

The party also said that it had partaken in “intensive discussions” with the Dutch Jewish community.

The (unjustified) fear that the definition would restrict freedom of expression is no longer an issue for the party. “In no way can it be seen as a political device to restrict freedom of expression. After all, the resolution is not legally binding either,“ the statement read.

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