On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, we welcomed Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chief Representative of the SWC to the United Nations in New York to Bellingham. He presented “Defining Antisemitism and Why it Matters” to a full house in Academic West. His visit was made possible by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Equal Opportunity Office, the Provost’s Office, The Ray Wolpow Institute, University Residences, and the Western Libraries. We will make the video of the lecture available in a few days.
Mr. Weitzman is a member of the official US delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Authority (IHRA) where he chairs the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. He spearheaded IHRA’s recent adoption of the Working Definition of Antisemitism, which is the first definition of antisemitism with any formal status, and also was the lead author of IHRA’s Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, which was adopted as well by the 31 member countries of IHRA.
Currently, Mr. Weitzman is a participant in the program on Religion and Foreign Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a board member and former Vice-President of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and was member of the advisory board of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy at Yale University as well as a longtime member of the official Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Group of New York.
The author of numerous publications, Weitzman co-edited “Antisemitism, The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal,” which won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in the category of anthologies. He is also the co-author of “Dismantling the Big Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”