(November 12, 2020 / JNS) The student government at St. Lawrence University in New York unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday night that calls on the school’s administration to adopt the widely accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.
The IHRA definition says: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
In a statement, Achiad Kalman, president of the Students Supporting Israel chapter at SLU, said the resolution’s passage was “a big step towards combating anti-Semitism and ensuring the safety of the St. Lawrence Jewish community.”
Out of 2,392 undergraduates, about 50 are Jewish, or 2 percent of the undergraduate population. There are just 42 graduate students, with none recorded as Jewish, according to Hillel International.
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