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A invoice filed Monday by Republican state Rep. Randy Fine would require Florida faculties and legislation enforcement to deal with anti-Semitism in an equivalent trend to racism.

“We now dwell in a time the place open anti-Semites are promoted in Congress, and firms discriminating in opposition to American Jews imagine they will maintain public choices,” stated Nice. “That is merely unacceptable.

“The State of Florida must clarify that anti-Semitism sits on the intersection of racism, sexism, and discrimination based mostly on a incapacity or nationwide origin. This laws doesn’t legislate how anti-Semitism must be handled in training, however it should get rid of the power for any establishment to discriminate in how they deal with such discrimination.”

Below HB 741, legislation enforcement could be required to find out whether or not anti-Semitism was a motivation in felony investigations. If anti-Semitism was an element, the violation could be handled as a hate crime in the identical method as racially motivated crimes.

Discrimination based mostly on faith would even be banned in Florida faculties, becoming a member of race, ethnicity, nationwide origin, gender, incapacity and marital standing.

Nice’s announcement stated state Sen. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican, will file the Senate companion invoice.

“The US has at all times been a secure haven for Jews, and like so many different individuals teams, they’ve thrived right here,” Gruters stated. “However the ugly stain that’s anti-Semitism is starting to indicate in, of all locations, Congress.

“It’s nothing in need of disgraceful. We merely can not sit again and permit such bigotry towards our fellow Individuals and our shut ally, Israel, to be tolerated. The land of the free stands for higher.”

The payments outline anti-Semitism as “a sure notion of the Jewish individuals, which can be expressed as hatred towards Jewish individuals. Rhetorical and bodily manifestations of anti-Semitism directed towards a Jewish or non-Jewish particular person or his or her property or towards Jewish group establishments or spiritual amenities.”

It consists of the next examples of such habits:

— Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews, typically within the identify of a radical ideology or an extremist view of faith.

— Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the facility of

— Jews as a collective — particularly, however not solely, the parable a couple of world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, financial system, authorities or different societal establishments.

— Accusing Jews as a individuals of being answerable for actual or imagined wrongdoing dedicated by a single Jewish individual or group, the State of Israel, and even for acts dedicated by non Jews.

— Accusing Jews as a individuals or the State of Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

— Accusing Jewish residents of being extra loyal to Israel, or the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the curiosity of their very own nations.

— Demonizing Israel through the use of the symbols and pictures related to basic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel, Israelis, drawing comparisons of latest Israeli coverage to that of the Nazis, or blaming Israel for all interreligious or political tensions.

— Making use of a double customary to Israel by requiring habits of Israel that isn’t anticipated or demanded of some other democratic nation, or focusing peace or human rights investigations solely on Israel.

— Delegitimizing Israel by denying the Jewish individuals their proper to self-determination and denying Israel the precise to exist.