The Silver State’s higher education body officially adopted a definition of anti-Semitism, in an attempt to combat rising anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Local news outlet News 4 reported that the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) adopted the anti-Semitism definition from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which reads as follows:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The definition, though not legally binding, will allow higher education officials in Nevada to use the definition in deliberations and procedures. The definition will be included in Nevada’s anti-bias and anti-discrimination education. It appears to be the first time that Nevada defined anti-Semitism in higher education.
Anti-Semitism is not new for the Jewish people, having endured centuries of persecution by countries through their history. It appears that many anti-Semites are aligned on the political Left, with many adopting the false narrative that Jews died of typhus in the Holocaust instead of dying of forced labor, starvation, torture, and outright extermination in concentration camps.
Nevada’s adoption of an anti-Semitism definition is meaningful progress, considering that anti-Semitism tropes continue to surface in popular culture.