British Jews welcome Church of Wales adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism

British Jewish leaders have applauded the Church in Wales for adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism, following the Church of England and the Church of Scotland.

In a statement, the Bishops of the Church in Wales said: “We regard antisemitism as abhorrent and recognise that the Christian Church has need of repentance for the ways in which it has contributed in the past to anti-Jewish sentiment.”

“We note that the IHRA definition itself does not preclude criticism of the State of Israel, and that legitimately holding the Israeli government to account is not antisemitic. In making the decision we recognise the excellent relationships between faith communities in Wales.”

Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said: “We are pleased to see that the definition is gathering pace in the faith communities. Following the Church of England’s adoption of the IHRA, we have been pleased to see the Church of Scotland and now the Church in Wales follow suit. We would commend the definition and all its examples to all who want to identify, confront and eradicate this poisonous and enduring form of hatred from our society and we thank the Church in Wales for their solidarity.”


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