A new FJMC Committee to Combat Antisemitism has been formed, charged with raising awareness of antisemitism and offering clubs specific ways they can contribute to combating this hate. It follows up on our Philadelphia Convention theme of Combating Antisemitism. Our committee will periodically ask clubs and regions to actively engage with their community, to draw attention to antisemitism and its impact on club members and community residents. FJMC is already partnering with organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League to fight antisemitism.
FJMC’s Convention 2023 theme was combating antisemitism and the role that clubs and their members can play in this fight. We call on our clubs and members to demonstrate their rejection of this startling explosion of antisemitism.
FJMC Committee on Combating Antisemitism – Mission Statement
The FJMC Committee on Combating Antisemitism’s mission is to encourage FJMC clubs to take positive actions to combat the ever-increasing threat of antisemitism, along with identifying other faith based organizations to partner with in combating hate. The Committee will provide source material, tools, suggest actions and encourage active participation that clubs can use in their efforts.
The Committee will use the recognized definition of Antisemitism, as adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA):
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
To guide IHRA in its work, they cite the following examples as illustrations:
Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.
Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.