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HB 741 - Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities - Florida Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (40-0) - (Key vote)
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Title: Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits "anti-semitic speech" at public schools, colleges, and universities.

Highlights:

 

  • Expands the prohibition on discrimination to include religion (Sec. 1).

  • Requires a public K-20 educational institution to treat discrimination by students or employees or resulting form institutional policies motivated by anti-Semitic intent, in an identical manner to discrimination motivated by race (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies examples of anti-semitism to include (Sec. 1):

    • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews, often in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion;

    • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews or the power of Jews as a collective, especially the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions;

    • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews; 

    • Accusing Jews as a people or Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust; and

    • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations.

  • Specifies examples of anti-Semitism related to Israel to include (Sec. 1):

    • Demonizing Israel by using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis, drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis, or blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions;

    • Applying a double standard to Israel by requiring behavior of Israel not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation; and

    • Delegitimizing Israel by denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination and denying Israel the right to exist.

  • Specifies that criticism of Israel that is similar to criticism toward any other county, is not anti-Semitic (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (114-0) -

Title: Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities

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