At last night’s Council meeting, the Waverley Liberals were elated when their motion for Council to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism was passed 9 to 1 with only Greens Cr Kanak voting against it.
Cr Tony Kay, who introduced the motion to Waverley Council, said: “The definition, including contemporary examples of antisemitic behaviour perpetrated against Jewish people, will be an excellent guide to new conversations and actions around antisemitism to create a safer and more welcoming Waverley”.
“We are leading the way at the local government level in Australia and making it clear that antisemitism has no place in our community”, Cr Kay added.
“This motion makes Waverley Council one of the first councils in Australia to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which has been adopted by countries across Europe, Asia and the United States.”
Cr Kay said that more than 15% of Waverley residents identify as Jewish, and it is therefore incredibly important for the Council to show leadership on this issue.
“I was hoping for bipartisan support and so it is sad to see the Greens councillor opposing this key initiative.”
“While there are obvious acts of antisemitism, such as the swastikas scrawled across Bondi Beach walls, other behaviours which too often fall below the radar need to be called out too. We want all our residents to feel safe and welcome.”
The IHRA definition includes contemporary examples, which can be found from the following link:
What is antisemitism? | IHRA (holocaustremembrance.com)