Scottish Government adoption of full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02128  
Date received: 5 August 2018   
Date responded: 3 September 2018

Information requested

Whether the Scottish Government has adopted the full International Holocaust
Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, including the
examples which follow the definition.
Whether the Scottish Government has adopted the following four examples:

  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.


The Scottish Government formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in June 2017, and our adoption includes all of the accompanying examples of contemporary anti-Semitism provided by the IHRA.

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