ZOA Praises Kentucky’s Passing Resolution Adopting IHRA Definition of Antisemitism
News Press Release
March 2, 2021

Zionist Organization of America President Morton A. Klein and Chair Mark Levenson, Esq. praise the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate for passing strong resolutions against antisemitism. We deeply appreciate that they incorporated in the resolutions the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, as well as language condemning those who attack Jews for supporting Israel or question an American Jew’s patriotism if they also support Israel. 

We are especially gratified that the Kentucky lawmakers chose to note in the “Be It Resolved” portion of the resolution that: 

“This body rejects the perpetuation of antisemitic stereotypes in the United  States  and  around  the  world,  including  the  pernicious  myth  of  dual  loyalty  and foreign  allegiance,  especially  in  the  context  of  support  for  the  United  States-Israel alliance.” 

And: 

“This  body  rejects  attempts  to  justify  hatred  or  violent  attacks  as  an acceptable  expression  of  disapproval  or  frustration  over  political  events  in  the  Middle East or elsewhere.” 

We are also especially grateful that among the Whereas clauses, there is this language: 

“WHEREAS,   accusing   Jews   of   being   more loyal   to   Israel   or   to   the   Jewish community  than  to  the  United  States  constitutes  antisemitism  because  it  suggests  that Jewish  citizens  cannot  be  patriotic  Americans  and  trusted  neighbors,  when  Jews  have loyally  served  our  nation  every  day  since  its  founding,  whether  in  public  or  community life or military service.” 

The resolutions were introduced respectively by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) and Representative Daniel Fister (R- Fayette). 

ZOA calls on the legislatures of the 49 other states to adopt similar resolutions that include the IHRA working definition of antisemitism as well as language that affirms that Jewish Americans who are pro-Israel are loyal Americans, and we encourage residents of those states to ask their lawmakers to introduce such legislation.

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