Democrats have taken a beating, rightfully so, for defending the racist comments of Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar took her bigoted views to Twitter and openly slammed Jews and those who support Isreal. Omar, a Muslim, has hardly been apologetic and dismissed her comments as a ‘learning experience’ as if it’s hard NOT to be racist.
According to the Jewish Journal, Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act on March 26 to help combat anti-Semitism taking place on college campuses. Where hate crimes have increased over the last year.
The bill uses 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. The bill goes on to state that this definition of anti-Semitism should be used by the Department of Education (DOE) when it’s reviewing if there is a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on campus.
The bill is reportedly expected to pass the Senate.
Scott said in a statement, “It is crucial to have clear and concise language defining anti-Semitism in the event that violence and hatred occurs. The unfortunate rise in these incidents across the country must be met with swift and unwavering condemnation. We must stand together against racism and bigotry by ensuring that justice is served against those who seek to divide us.”
Certain colleges, such as ACLU, detest the bill and claim that it impedes on the rights of others. “Unfortunately, the proposed bill risks chilling constitutionally protected speech by incorrectly equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. And there is no need for a new bill to protect students from anti-Semitic harassment because that is already prohibited under Title VI.
We worry that the law will lead colleges to suppress speech, especially if the Department of Education launches investigations simply because students have engaged in a speech critical of Israel. College campuses should be havens for free expression, and students must be free to express their opinions and viewpoints, so long as they avoid harassment. We urge Congress to reject this dangerous and unnecessary bill,” the school said in a statement.