Ottawa Protocol

The Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism is an action plan which “notes and reaffirms the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism as a template document for the fight against Antisemitism”. It was developed during the second annual Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), which took place in Ottawa in November, 2010, by Parliamentarians and experts from over 50 countries around the globe. [1] [2]


The ICCA has brought together some 46 countries and over 250 parliamentarians from around the world to lead the fight against global Antisemitism. The ICCA’s main purpose is to share knowledge, experience and recommendations in an attempt to deal more effectively with contemporary antisemitism (ie old and new antisemitism ). [2] The first annual conference of the ” Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ” was held in London, England in February, 2009. [3] Canada has hosted the second gathering of the ICCA, from November 7-9th, 2010, in Ottawa. Antisemitism around the world The conference “provided the opportunity for delegates to explore and exchange best practices.[2] The Ottawa Protocol was the outcome of the 2010 Conference on Combating Antisemitism.


The protocol deals with 3 fundamental issues: [1]


We are concerned that, since the London Conference in February 2009, there continues to be a significant increase in the number of crimes committed by Jews and property, and Jewish religious, educational and communal institutions. We remain alarmed by ongoing state-sanctioned genocide Antisemitism and related extremist ideologies […] We are appalled by the resurgence of the classic anti-Jewish libels […] We are alarmed by the explosion of Antisemitism and hate on the Internet […] We are concerned by the reported incidents of Antisemitism on campuses.


We renew our call for national Governments, Parliaments, international institutions, political and civic leaders, NGOs, and civil society to affirm democracy and human values, build societies based on respect and the fight against discrimination and all forms of discrimination. We reaffirm the EUMC […] working definition of Antisemitism.


Calling on our Governments to uphold international commitments on combating antisemitism […] Calling on Parliaments and Governments to adopt the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism and anchoring their enforcement in existing law […] Encouraging countries throughout the world to establish Antisemitism and […] Encouraging the leaders of all religious faiths – also represent this conference – Antisemitism and all forms of hatred and discrimination […] Calling on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Community of Democracies to make the combating of hatred and antisemitism a priority in their […] Working with universities to encourage them to fight Antisemitism with the same seriousness with which they confront other forms of hate […]] Universities should use the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism as a basis for education, training and […] Establishing an International Task Force of the Internet experts of parliamentarians and experts to create common indicators to identify and monitor Antisemitism and other manifestations of hate online and to develop policy recommendations for International Relationships.Establishing an International Task Force of Internet experts on the role of parliamentarians and experts in the field of international communication.Establishing an International Task Force of Internet experts on the role of parliamentarians and experts in the field of international communication.


Jason Kenney, Canada Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, said:

“The Ottawa Protocol complements what Canada is already doing to combat hatred and discrimination, including anti-Semitism.” We are a member of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. integration and social cohesion of Canadians from all backgrounds. ” [4]

John Baird, Canada Foreign Affairs Minister has said:

“Signing the Ottawa Protocol is a global effort to fight against anti-Semitism.” National Holocaust Monument in the National Capital Region around the world and suggesting that they join the Protocol. ” [4]

Professor Irwin Cotler, MP and Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism, said that:

“Parliamentarians Ordinarily Doing Uncompromisingly”, “Anti-Semitism”, “The Ways of Describing the Ottawa Protocol”, “What Does the Ottawa Protocol Captured?” This evening is becoming and giving expression to a person who is at the heart of the world, and is most likely to be affected by this condition. compelling characterization and indeed definition of anti-Semitism [5]

Kenneth L. Marcus, Director, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism Initiative in America’s Educational Systems, has written:

“This protocol, which was unanimously adopted by representatives of over fifty countries’ parliaments, including the US Congress, will resurface anti-Semitism […] What is most notable, however, is the manner in which the Protocol proposes anti-semitism, ie, by naming and condemning it with the same specificity in other instances of hate and racism. ” [6]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “The Ottawa Protocol is Combating Antisemitism” . ICCA . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c “Final Report of the Inquiry Panel Released – July 7, 2011” . CPCCA . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ “About the ICCA” . ICCA . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b “News Release – Canada becomes the first country to sign the Ottawa Protocol” . Citizenship and Immigration Canada . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ “Irwin Cotler delivers remarks at the signing of Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism” . CFCA . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ “The Ottawa Protocol” . Institute for Jewish and Community Research . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .

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