Governor Abbott signs bill after passing state legislature with no dissenting votes
Texas on Wednesday became the first US state to officially adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill after passing nearly unanimously in the State Senate and House of Representatives with no legislators voting against.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations praised Texas for adopting the working definition of antisemitism that includes a 38-word statement on what antisemitism is followed by 11 examples, including seven related to Israel.
"[Texas adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism] sets an example for the rest of the country by joining the growing global coalition of countries, major cities, and institutions that have rallied behind this key instrument in addressing the urgent threat of antisemitism," the Conference of Presidents said in a statement. "It is essential to define antisemitism in order to combat it successfully."
Earlier this month, Switzerland became the 36th country to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.