Definitions

Antisemitism is hatred, bigotry, prejudice or discrimination against Jews.

The word “Antisemitism” came into use in the late nineteenth century to describe pseudo-scientific racial discrimination against Jews. Now, it generally describes all forms of discrimination, prejudice or hostility towards Jews throughout history; and has been called “the Longest Hatred”.

The Working Definition of Antisemitism was created by the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) to act as a basic guide for law enforcement and other agencies to help identify possible examples of antisemitism, taking into account the overall context of each possible incident. The Working Definition has no legal basis and should be regarded as a helpful set of guidelines, rather than a strict legal definition of antisemitism. For more detailed information about how CST defines and categorises antisemitic incidents, see our leaflet ‘Definitions of antisemitic Incidents’.

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