(April 30, 2021 / JNS) The student government at Penn State University in State College, Pa., voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, reported the school’s online publication Onward State.
The University Park Undergraduate Association met virtually on Wednesday night for its third and final meeting for the spring semester. Resolution 02-16, concerning anti-Semitism, was the final legislation of the evening to be discussed.
“Penn State is not immune to the disease of anti-Semitism,” the resolution stated, according to The Jerusalem Post. “In 2019, the Daily Collegian released an article ‘History of Hatred: An in-depth look at anti-Semitism at Penn State,’ which documented the history of anti-Semitic events at Penn State, including 17 between the years 2001 and 2018.”
The resolution also cited the October 2018 deadly shooting at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, about three hours from State College.
The vote took place after an April 8 resolution by the student government to fight anti-Semitism on campus.
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