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  • Yotam Gubbay, Yardena Rosenblum

U of T’s Jewish Students Call for Adoption of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Recently, The Varsity published an opinion piece on President Meric Gertler and Dr. Ayelet Kuper’s discourse surrounding U of T’s decision not to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

We believe that the refusal of the university to adopt the IHRA’s definition or proposal of an alternative definition of antisemitism is not only a step backward but also a worrying sign that U of T is failing to protect its Jewish students and listen to our concerns. It is our belief that not having a clear and agreed-upon definition of antisemitism allows antisemitic people to capitalize on the ambiguity surrounding antisemitism, and to escape accountability for their words and actions.

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