For Immediate Release: September 22, 2022
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD ADOPTS INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ALLIANCE DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISMWest Hollywood, California – During the regularly scheduled September 19, 2022 meeting, the West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism. ICAN and partner organizations advocated strongly in support of this historic move.
“The IHRA definition of antisemitism is an important tool in the fight against Jew-hatred,” said Dillon Hosier, ICAN CEO. “Our Jewish communities are diverse, and the means of discrimination targeting these communities are just as varied. This definition serves to educate our community leaders, law enforcement, and elected officials in the best ways to prevent hate and violence targeting the Jewish people.”
West Hollywood Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath announced her intention to introduce an agenda item calling for the City to adopt the IHRA definition at the Combating Antisemitism Summit held on August 25, 2022. The Combating Antisemitism Summit in West Hollywood featured stories of Jewish residents who faced hate and discrimination due to their identity, highlighted the importance of defining antisemitism, and presentations from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the ADL.
“The rise of antisemitism is disturbing, and we need to make sure that we are framing a conversation that we can have safely in our community,“ said Lindsey P. Horvath, West Hollywood Councilmember. “I hope that we will continue to have informed conversation about what antisemitism has looked like in our community, so we are able to root it out. I am grateful that people are taking this issue seriously and helping to highlight how we as a community can be better partners because Jewish people and Israeli-Americans should not be having this conversation on their own.”
West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister introduced the council item ensuring the City cosponsored the Combating Antisemitism Summit.
The Combating Antisemitism Summit in West Hollywood was cosponsored by ICAN the Israeli-American Civic Action Network, Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, WIZO California, the Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Combat Antisemitism Movement, JQ International, and the City of West Hollywood.
Upon consideration by the full council, the IHRA definition of antisemitism passed unanimously. You can read the entire council item here: https://weho.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=1391&meta_id=238707
Adoption of this definition comes amidst an environment of rising antisemitic incidents across the country, the State of California, and West Hollywood. The recent hate crime report released by the California Attorney General shows that among hate crime events involving a religious bias, anti-Jewish bias events were the most prevalent and increased 32.2%.The Israeli-American Civic Action Network is dedicated to empowering Israeli immigrants and American allies to create change for a better America, a more secure Israel, and a stronger U.S. – Israel alliance through advocacy education and civic action. Learn more at IsraelUSA.org.