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A working definition of antisemitism

A Working Definition of Antisemitism

Prof. Dina Porat, Prof. Steven T. Katz

Over the years attempts have been made by various bodies to create a standardized working definition of antisemitism that would serve as a guiding definition not only for the monitoring of the phenomenon, but also for policy making and for legislation attempting to confront and combat it.

Is it important to have a working definition of antisemitism?

For the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism please see “downloads” below.


  • Gilman, Sander L. and Steven T. Katz, eds., Anti-semitism in Times of Crisis (New York: New York University Press, 1991).‏

  • Marcus, L. Kenneth, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

  • Langmuir, Gavin I., Towards a Definition of Anti-Semitism (Berkley: University of California Press, 1996).

  • Porat, Dina, “The International Working Definition of Antisemitism and Its Detractors,” The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, vol. 5, no. 3 (2011), pp. 93 – 101.

  • Porat, Dina, “The Road That Led to an Internationally Accepted Definition of Antisemitism,” in Charles Asher Small, ed., The Yale Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective (New York: ISGAP, 2015), pp. 19 – 32.

  • Porat, Dina and Esther Webman, Compilation booklet of the proceedings of “The Working Definition of Antisemitism – Six Years After,” (Tel Aviv: The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University, 2010).

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