Dear Editor,

The University of Toronto (U of T) declared that that it will not adopt the divisive International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s new definition

of antisemitism now includes “Holding Jews collectively responsible

for actions of the State of Israel.” That is false and misleading! Reasons?

* Israel doesn’t represent all Jews and not all Jews support

Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

* It falsely conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.

* Many Jewish groups like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), CODEPINK, and

Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) oppose Israel’s oppression of


* Progressive Jewish organizations expressed their strong opposition to the

Israeli occupation of Palestine and endorse the Boycott, Divestment,

Sanctions (BDS) movement as a nonviolent strategy to bring about

peace, justice, and freedom for Palestinians.

By the same token, no one should blame Islam or Muslims if a Muslim commits a crime.

Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Retied USAF Veteran

Westerville, Ohio