The Austrian government has decided to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. The definition is clear and detailed, leaving no doubt as to what antisemitism is. In particular, the definition tackles the full spectrum of antisemitism, from ancient slurs to conspiracy myths to antisemitism in discourse about Israel.
The decision was taken by Austria’s Council of Ministers. The definition will now be used by Austria’s government and judiciary, as well as in educational establishments such as universities.
A spokesman for the Austrian People’s Party said that the decision sent a “national and international signal”.
Britain was the first country to adopt the definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Sir Eric Pickles and others worked hard over many meetings.