Global Imams Council adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The largest non-governmental organization of imams in the world, the Global Imams Council (GIC), has adopted the widely accepted IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

The council’s governing board, senior imams committee and advisory committee unanimous voted to adopt the IHRA definition. This was followed by an overwhelming majority vote on the same day by the general council of imams and the council’s members worldwide. The council’s membership consists of more than 1,000 imams from all Islamic denominations and schools of thought, according to its website.

In a statement, the GIC said that the adoption of the definition came after it received a letter from the office of U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism Elan Carr, calling on the council to do so, and after receiving requests from “influential and prominent members of the public who are concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism; and the importance of defining and combating this form of extremism which has led to terrorism.”

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