Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council Applauds Passage of House Enrolled Act 1002

March 8, 2024

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is grateful to the Indiana General Assembly for standing with us in the fight against antisemitism. The bipartisan support demonstrates that hate is not a political issue.

House Enrolled Act 1002 formally recognizes that antisemitism, whether expressed by an individual or through an institutional policy, is a prohibited form of discrimination in educational institutions in this state. The bill references the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. JCRC is proud that Indiana now joins 35 states, the federal government, 45 countries and over 1,200 institutions around the world that have adopted this definition.

We look forward to continuing to work with Indiana’s governmental agencies and educational institutions to ensure the proper interpretation and implementation of the IHRA definition, including the context and referenced examples widely recognized as a critical component of its use. We are grateful for the Indiana House and Senate for listening to our community and for protecting Jewish Hoosier students across the state. We urge Governor Holcomb to sign this critical piece of legislation into law as soon as possible.