Ontarios Adoption of IHRA Definition Weakens Our Collective Fight Against Discrimination

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Ontario’s Adoption of IHRA Definition Weakens Our Collective Fight Against Discrimination

Khaled Mouammar

On October 25, Doug Ford’s Conservative government, through an order-in-council, adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition of anti-Semitism.”

Not only is this unilateral move in keeping with the Ford government’s anti-democratic tendencies, the flawed IHRA definition poses a direct threat to freedom of expression. It also fails, as David Feldman has written in The Guardian, to “make any ethical and political connections between the struggle against anti-Semitism and other sorts of prejudice.”

More worryingly, the order-in-council only addresses racism and bigotry directed against Jews and implicitly relegates to a lesser status the racism faced by other racial and religious minorities in Ontario reported below...

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