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Las Vegas City Council adopts IHRA definition

Councilwoman Victoria Seaman said “we will not tolerate bigotry in our city.”

Welcome sign to Las Vegas. Credit: lacarabeis/Pixabay.
Welcome sign to Las Vegas. Credit: lacarabeis/Pixabay.

Another U.S. city has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

The Las Vegas City Council voted on Feb. 6 in favor of  R-5-2024, which adopted the definition. It will be used to train city employees, including law enforcement.

Councilwoman Victoria Seaman introduced the measure, saying timing this to “the four-month anniversary of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel adds significance to this important act and makes it clear that we will not tolerate bigotry in our city.”

Seaman called the resolution’s passage “a powerful statement against hatred, showing solidarity with the Jewish community and a commitment to fighting antisemitism.”

Organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), Seaman previously spoke at the 2023 North American Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism this past November in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

CAM CEO Sacha Roytman said the group was proud that Seaman served as “the driving force” behind the measure, noting that it will be “a crucial tool for the city to identify and fight antisemitism citywide.”

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