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JIMENA Urges Governor Newsom to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism
Twenty-four Jewish organizations in the state of California are urging Governor Gavin Newsom to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The campaign commends Governor Newsom for his past efforts in addressing antisemitism and hate, and notes that the current climate compels further action. Antisemitism must be defined at the state level in order to properly counter it.
Antisemitic crimes remain the most prevalent religious-based hate crime in both the United States and California. They are increasing, now comprising 62% of all religious-based hate crimes in California, even though the Jewish community represents only 2% of the population. This is an increase of 24% from the previous year. Source Despite the scale of this issue, only about a quarter of the people in our nation are aware that antisemitism exists. Furthermore, a third of these individuals feel that antisemitism isn’t regarded as seriously as other forms of hate, despite its deadly consequences. Source Definition To counter antisemitism, it