10 Gennaio 2012

The International Working Definition of Antisemitism and Its Detractors


Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Dina Porat


On January 28, 2005, the European Union Monitoring Center on Racism and


Xenophobia (EUMC), then based in Vienna, reached a definition of antisemitism


that was later prominently referenced at the Organization for Security and


Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Cordoba Conference in June of that year.


Since then, many other bodies have advocated its usage. The one-page “Working


Definition of Antisemitism” (WDA) (reproduced below) evolved as a result of


the concerted efforts of a large number of institutes and individual experts. Those


efforts lasted for two years (2003–2004), during which time many questions were


elaborated regarding both the principles and parameters of the definition…