Los Angeles to adopt IHRA working definition of antisemitism

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.

Following a series of recent antisemitic incidents in the second-largest U.S. city, Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced the resolution, seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, for Los Angeles to adopt the IHRA definition in order to “expand the tools we have to fight this bigotry.”

The measure requires Los Angeles city departments, staff, elected and appointed officials, and contract agencies to familiarize themselves with the IHRA definition and associated reference materials, which they would incorporate in their day-to-day operations.

The IHRA definition has been adopted by 37 U.N. member countries and 320 non-federal government entities, including 22 U.S. states.

Before the resolution was introduced, the Goyim Defense League placed a banner reading “Kayne is right about the Jews” on the heavily trafficked Interstate 405 freeway, prompting Hitler salutes by activists there.

Additionally, sand-filled bags stuffed with ant-Semitic flyers were placed on the lawns of residents of Beverly Hills, Westwood and Bel Air.


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