Welsh bishops’ statement on anti-Semitism

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The Bishops of the Church in Wales have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-semitism.

In a statement, they say:

“We regard anti-Semitism as abhorrent and recognise that the Christian Church has need of repentance for the ways in which it has contributed in the past to anti-Jewish sentiment. We note that the IHRA definition itself does not preclude criticism of the State of Israel, and that legitimately holding the Israeli government to account is not anti-Semitic. In making the decision we recognise the excellent relationships between faith communities in Wales.”

The IHRA definition has been adopted by the Welsh and UK Governments, by all four Welsh police forces, and by a number of local authorities in Wales.

The definition is:
“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.”