The green municipality passed a motion incorporating only part of the definition on anti-Semitism formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The city hall text notably ruled out the passage to Israel.
The three hours of debates on May 3 and 4 were heated, according to the story of AFP and Latest news from Alsace (DNA), during the vote on motions aimed at defining anti-Semitism within the municipality of Strasbourg, administered by Europe Ecologie – Les Verts (EELV).
Already under fire from critics for not having adopted the definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on March 22, the mayor has this time decided to take only part of it for his motion. The councilor Jeanne Barseghian underlined that Strasbourg was “fully committed against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination”, but also considered that if the definition of the IHRA had “certain virtues”, it also had its “limits”.
In the text, 11 concrete actions to fight against anti-Semitism are specified, such as support for memorial actions or the promotion of Jewish heritage.
It is also stated: “We reject and fight against anti-Semitism in all its forms.” It is also asserted that anti-Semitism constitutes “a certain perception of Jews which can manifest itself in hatred towards them”. “The rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism target Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and / or their property, community institutions and places of worship”, continues the motion which adds to fight “firmly against any prejudice, any discrimination and any anti-Semitic violence based on a real or supposed link with Israel, including those which took the form of a new expression by the negation of the very existence of the State of Israel ”. On the other hand, this passage is excluded: “The refusal of the right to self-determination of the Jews, by asserting for example that the existence of the State of Israel is the fruit of a racist enterprise”.
Indeed, the motion adopted with 46 votes (out of 65) insists on claiming “freedom of expression and criticism of the policy of any government”, including Israel, as “inalienable rights”.
All motions carried
Opposed to this, the elected representatives of La République en Marche (LREM) and Republicans (LR), as well as the former Minister of Culture and ex-mayor of Strasbourg, the Socialist (PS) Catherine Trautmann, tabled two other motions faithfully adopting the definition proposed by the IHRA but received only 15 votes. However, these were also adopted because, as the local newspaper indicates DNA, “The elected officials decided not to oppose the text (s) not having their assent in order to avoid the spectacle of rejection votes as during the meeting of March 22, both not taking part in the votes according to the motions ”.
“So the three texts were adopted in three successive votes”, continues the regional daily. This allows the opponent PS Catherine Trautmann to assert that the Strasbourg city council has just as much “adopted the definition” developed by the IHRA. Is that what is called voting not to choose?