The lower house of France’s parliament has  approved a draft resolution that calls hate of Israel a form of anti-Semitism, drawing praise from Israel and Jewish groups.

The resolution also calls on the government to join other European nations in adopting the definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

The resolution was backed by 154 lawmakers while 74 opposed it.

 The IHRA definition states that some forms of vitriol against Israel, including comparing it to Nazi Germany, are examples of anti-Semitism, though criticizing Israel’s policies is not.

 Israel welcomed the move, with Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz calling it “an important step in the battle against anti-Semitism” and urging more countries to follow suit.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Giles Taieb, the Vice President of CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewry.