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senate Bill S. 852

Should 'Anti-Semitism' Be Defined Under Federal Civil Rights Law?

Argument in favor

Anti-Semitism is on the rise across the U.S., including on college campuses. It’s important to keep students safe by ensuring that anti-Semitic acts are punished accordingly. Properly defining “anti-Semitism” will ensure federal law enforcement officials know what to look for.

Alex's Opinion
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06/21/2019
Why are we even asking such a ridiculous question? Why aren’t any hateful acts against anyone already illegal?
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/21/2019
👍🏻Senate Bill S.852 AKA the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019👍🏻 I support and recommend the passage of the Senate Bill S. the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 which would aim to combat anti-Semitism taking place on college campuses. It would use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which includes the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, and mentions that subjecting Israel to a double standard is an example of anti-Semitism. It’d direct the Department of Education (DOE) to use this definition of anti-Semitism when it’s reviewing whether there’s a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on campus. Anti-Semitism is on the rise across the U.S., including on college campuses. It’s important to keep students safe by ensuring that anti-Semitic acts are punished accordingly. Properly defining “anti-Semitism” will ensure federal law enforcement officials know what to look for. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S.852 👍🏻👍🏻. 6.21.19.....
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Christa's Opinion
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06/21/2019
Yes so should ableism and we should recognize that everyone deserves protection work insurance and housing suitable for human beings
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Argument opposed

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act already explicitly prohibits discrimination against Jewish people. Adding the State Dept.’s definition of anti-Semitism would only create a chilling effect on college campuses, making legitimate criticisms of Israel into federal civil rights violations.

jimK's Opinion
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06/21/2019
I believe that discrimination against anyone due to religion, race or heritage needs to be vigorously opposed by our government. Hate based protests and fear mongering of any kind needs to be stopped. However, I do not think it appropriate to single out a single “group” of people the way this bill does. I am particularly troubled by legislation that could be interpreted to protect another sovereign nation (Israel) from legitimate criticism in ways that is not afforded to other nations or “groups” of people. If, for example, we applied this standard to our own country- rallies chanting “Lock her up” could be interpreted as illegal. We all know that this was unethical and immoral- but our country allows even unreasonable dissent to be heard. Why should another sovereign nation receive more protection from irrational dissent than our own?
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/21/2019
I am Jewish. This bill isn’t even about protecting Jews. This bill is about protecting the government of Israel. Anti-Semitism is discrimination against Jews. Anti-semitism is NOT THE SAME as criticizing the government of Israel. Israel is not all Jews. Israel’s government is not representative of all Jews, Israelis government can be wrong, and not all Jews agree with Israel’s government actions. As long as it is abundantly clear that “the Jewish people” which are a culture, a distinct genetic cluster, and a religion are not conflated with “the government of Israel” then please go ahead. Certainly as a Jew myself in a predominantly Baptist area I have experienced discrimination because I’m Jewish. But I also certainly have criticism for the actions of the government of Israel and that is not the same thing as anti-Semitism.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/21/2019
No. This smacks of politics, not civil rights. Were this to define anti-Islam, anti-Christian, anti-Hindu, anti-Palestinian, anti-Mexican, anti LGBTQ and on and on and on it might be different, but it doesn’t.
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    Are nazis bad? Yes! They are
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    I believe that discrimination against anyone due to religion, race or heritage needs to be vigorously opposed by our government. Hate based protests and fear mongering of any kind needs to be stopped. However, I do not think it appropriate to single out a single “group” of people the way this bill does. I am particularly troubled by legislation that could be interpreted to protect another sovereign nation (Israel) from legitimate criticism in ways that is not afforded to other nations or “groups” of people. If, for example, we applied this standard to our own country- rallies chanting “Lock her up” could be interpreted as illegal. We all know that this was unethical and immoral- but our country allows even unreasonable dissent to be heard. Why should another sovereign nation receive more protection from irrational dissent than our own?
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    I am Jewish. This bill isn’t even about protecting Jews. This bill is about protecting the government of Israel. Anti-Semitism is discrimination against Jews. Anti-semitism is NOT THE SAME as criticizing the government of Israel. Israel is not all Jews. Israel’s government is not representative of all Jews, Israelis government can be wrong, and not all Jews agree with Israel’s government actions. As long as it is abundantly clear that “the Jewish people” which are a culture, a distinct genetic cluster, and a religion are not conflated with “the government of Israel” then please go ahead. Certainly as a Jew myself in a predominantly Baptist area I have experienced discrimination because I’m Jewish. But I also certainly have criticism for the actions of the government of Israel and that is not the same thing as anti-Semitism.
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    No. This smacks of politics, not civil rights. Were this to define anti-Islam, anti-Christian, anti-Hindu, anti-Palestinian, anti-Mexican, anti LGBTQ and on and on and on it might be different, but it doesn’t.
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    By equating criticism of the governmental policies of the state of Israel with the horrific and pervasive pain of anti-Semitism, the falsely-titled Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 politicizes and trivializes the very real discrimination faced by thousands of American Jews. We have seen a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes and vandalism recently and a decisive policy solution is needed to combat this disturbing trend and root out bigotry. Criminalizing free speech that targets the abusive policies of a foreign government is not that solution.
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    Why are we even asking such a ridiculous question? Why aren’t any hateful acts against anyone already illegal?
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    I’m Jewish but the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 sounds like a sneaky way to outlaw legitimate criticism of the Israeli government. If that’s the case then Jews like myself who express concerns about Israel will get in trouble because of this law, which would be cruel and ridiculous.
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    I would normally say that sometimes we need to put into writing that a group is protected. But where this bill goes wrong is all the language about Israel. This seems like pandering to a specific group of evangelicals who have very specific beliefs about the nation of Israel. In the end, I feel this bill would suppress the voices who are speaking out against the atrocities that Israel is committing against its non-Jewish citizens. One can speak out against a group or nation’s atrocities without being racist.
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    This just seems like yet another way to prohibit people from criticizing Israel for its government’s treatment of Palistinian people. No deal.
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    This bill seems redundant and a thinly veiled attempt to squash critics of Israel’s policies toward Palestine.
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    Some Americans are still waiting to be included in Civil Rights Law. It doesn't protect gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex people at all. I support protections for Jewish people, but they at least have their names in the law.
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    I cannot support the language of this bill. Criticism of the current Israeli regime doesn’t constitute anti Semitism. Why are they the only country this government says has the right to exist?
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    I find it hard to support this, not because I am personally anti-Semitic, but because I think it should be acceptable to criticize Israel without that free speech being perceived as anti-Semitic. I don’t support any hate speech against any group of people unless it is directed at people who are naturally inclined to hate. Speaking disrespectfully about those who hate is a fine expression of displeasure with the intolerant, no matter which group it is you are talking about.
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    👍🏻Senate Bill S.852 AKA the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019👍🏻 I support and recommend the passage of the Senate Bill S. the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 which would aim to combat anti-Semitism taking place on college campuses. It would use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which includes the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, and mentions that subjecting Israel to a double standard is an example of anti-Semitism. It’d direct the Department of Education (DOE) to use this definition of anti-Semitism when it’s reviewing whether there’s a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on campus. Anti-Semitism is on the rise across the U.S., including on college campuses. It’s important to keep students safe by ensuring that anti-Semitic acts are punished accordingly. Properly defining “anti-Semitism” will ensure federal law enforcement officials know what to look for. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S.852 👍🏻👍🏻. 6.21.19.....
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    Let's properly define all levels of discrimination first, so we don't prioritize the Zionist narrative.
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    The problem with this is the lack of separation of hatred of a person based on race, sex, or religion, and the dislike of or opposition to a nation’s policies. In the case of anti semitism, just because you don’t agree with Israel’s policies doesn’t mean you hate the people.
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    Yes so should ableism and we should recognize that everyone deserves protection work insurance and housing suitable for human beings
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    While Anti-Semitism is a major issue in the United States and all across the world, this bill is a thinly veiled attempt to protect Israel from criticism
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    While I’m against Anti-Semitism, I think this bill is too narrow. It should be much more broad, and include other things that we also know are wrong. If we’re going to do something good, let’s not do it in half measures.
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    This bill is all about politics. It’s misleading. Say no to this bill.
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