Wednesday, July 25th, 2022
Today, Wednesday, the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the 38th state to adopt the IHRA definition.
This important decision, which took place at the parliamentary level and President’s office is due to the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Dargan Čović, and the Serb Member of Presidency Cabinet, Milorad Dodik, following their visit to Israel last month. The adoption is a joint effort by different governmental and non-governmental entities, including the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and the Center for Jewish Impact (CJI). Bosnia and Herzegovina is the 38th state to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.
Results of the IHRA adoption vote
Tonka Krešić-Gagro, Head of Cabinet of Dragan Čović, said: “I am excited to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, an effort that was made by Mr. Dragan Čović. For me, as a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a Jewish legacy in my family, it is a step forward for our people. It is a way to show a deep respect for the millions who were murdered during the Holocaust, and to those who survived, and to preserve their legacy and remember history.”
The Chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact (CJI) and Senior Advisor of the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), Mr. Robert Singer, said: “We are pleased with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. Bosnia and Herzegovina is now in a position to lead the Balkan states in interfaith relations. The Center for Jewish Impact calls for more countries to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism as but an initial step in combatting antisemitism across the world.”
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