HonestReporting's petition to support the media's adoption of the definition of anti-Semitism
July 2, 2013: Süddeutsche Zeitung

Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 2

Stop the Demonization of Israel

January 27, 2013: Sunday Times

Sunday Times, Jan. 27

I believe recent portrayals of Israel are forms of demonization as outlined by the EU and U.S. Working Definitions of Anti-Semitism. (See definitions below.)

I demand that all media outlets publicly adopt these EU and U.S. Definitions and stop the demonization of Israel.

Why This Campaign Matters

Recent cases of anti-Israel bias have crossed the line. Demonization of Israel is recognized as a form of anti-Semitism in both the U.S. State Department and European Union Working Definitions of Anti-Semitism.

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The EU's Working Definition

Includes examples of the ways in which anti-Semitism could manifest itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

view full EU working definition

The U.S. State Department's Definition

Includes examples very similar to the EU's Working Definition.

Demonize Israel:

  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
  • Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions

Double Standard for Israel:

  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
  • Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations

Delegitimize Israel:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist
view full U.S. State Dept. definition