This is excellent news. The bill that was just signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis goes much further than the anti-BDS legislation that the Republicans are trying to pass in Congress.
The “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” passed by the Senate (which has been discarded by Speaker Pelosi) does not address the crisis of pro-Israel Jewish students being terrorized on college campuses by the pro-Palestinian and pro-BDS Left.
Jewish (and non-Jewish) pro-Israel American students are having their First Amendment rights violated, if they dare to advocate for Israel on campus. More legislation to protect the civil rights of pro-Israel American students is urgently needed in all 50 states. No American student should ever be assaulted, abused, marginalized or intimidated for expressing their support for Israel.
In his short time as Governor, Ron DeSantis is proving to be a star. There is zero chance that such legislation would have been signed if Andrew Gillum had been elected Governor of Florida. If DeSantis can maintain his popularity he will most certainly run for President in 2024.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Anti-Semitism in Schools, Universities
By The Tower.org, June 4, 2019:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed into law on Friday legislation prohibiting anti-Semitism in public schools and universities, two days after a ceremonial signing in Israel.
The bill unanimously passed the Florida House earlier this year and adopts the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. It was first introduced after a deadly synagogue shooting in Poway, California sent shock waves through U.S. Jewish communities.
Under the new guidelines, all public education institutions will be required to treat anti-Semitism the same way as all other forms of racial discrimination.
“I’m proud to sign this bill to make clear through a bipartisan effort that antisemitism has no place in our state and our educational institutions will not tolerate discrimination against the Jewish people,” DeSantis said at Friday’s ceremony.
The definition has been adopted by the 31 states of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), of which the United States is a member. The definition notes that accusations of dual loyalty and the use of double standards against Israel, as well as anti-Zionism like the denial of Jewish rights to self-determination, are also considered manifestations of anti-Semitism.
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