Over the last several years, parliamentarians from dozens of countries have united to develop formal statements on the extent of contemporary anti-Semitism, either globally or in their particular countries, and on effective means of combating it. The following selective examples illustrate some of the most important work generated by these lawmakers.
The U.K.'s All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Antisemitism developed this important report [hyperlink] on anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, which is internationally important for its early adoption of the EUMC Working Definition.
The London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism provides the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism's (ICCA) endorsement of the EUMC Working Definition in the course of providing important recommendations for combating global anti-Semitism.
The Ottawa Protocol On Combating Anti-Semitism, which relied in part on the testimony of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, expands upon the London Declaration, for example, by describing how colleges and universities should utilize the EUMC Working Definition and has been officially adopted by the government of its host country, Canada.
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism demonstrated in this multi-party report, which relied in part on the testimony of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, both the persistence of anti-Semitism in Canada and more generally the problem of the new anti-Semitism globally.
The Italian parliamentary report on anti-Semitism, included here because it continues the series of national multi-party reports begun in London and Ottawa, is especially important because it is an official document of the Italian parliament, rather than an unofficial report of select parliamentarians.
Ruth R. Wisse Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and has taught at McGill, Stanford, New York, Hebrew and Tel Aviv universities.