Anti-Semitism? Let's define it first ...

Monday, June 11, 2018
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-SemitismLawmakers on Capitol Hill have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at lowering the rising tide of anti-Semitism on campuses across the U.S.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, if enacted, would require the U.S. Department of Education to adopt the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism. The State Department defines anti-Semitism as "a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."

According to Alyza Lewin of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, a hindrance to prosecuting incidences of anti-Semitism has been knowing how to define it. The Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education, she says, has never found a single violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"If there are anti-Semitic incidents that are reported for investigation to the Office of Civil Rights, then they would use Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to evaluate those complaints," she explains. "... This law would give them a definition of anti-Semitism so that they could use that definition in their investigation."

The U.S. Senate approved a similar bill in 2016 but the companion House bill was introduced too late in the term to pass. Lewin says the bill now before the House has also been reintroduced in the Senate.

"It's been tweaked a little bit to address any of the First Amendment concerns," she tells OneNewsNow. "And so our hope now is that this new bill that's being introduced in both the House and Senate will be able to move forward."

One of the Senate sponsors is Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina). His state recently became the first to pass legislation to fight anti-Semitism on campuses.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Who is most responsible for the violent political rhetoric so prevalent in America today?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Report: WH may dial back Obama's definition of gender
Ragged, growing caravan of migrants resumes march toward US
Trump says he's reducing Central American aid over migrants
Florida's culture clash pits Gillum against Trump voters
Services scheduled for slain Georgia officer
Category 5 Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

LATEST FROM THE WEB

How dare Kanye West think for himself?
The real enemies of the people
Senator Cory Booker accused of sexual assault by gay man
Annoy Liberals by refusing to care about their stupid fake outrages
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ madness reaches north to Canada

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Muslim prof makes students take shoes off, honor Allah

crescent and starIn addition to requiring that his students remove their shoes before entering his office, a Muslim professor in Connecticut is demanding that they say, "Bismillah” – which is Arabic for "in the name of Allah."