Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch introduces Antisemitism Awareness Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), along with Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-9) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10) in the House and Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate, introduced the Antisemitism Awareness Act. This bill would combat the rise in antisemitism across schools and college campuses nationwide.
Anti-Semitic attacks have risen on college campuses in recent years. Currently, the Department of Education lacks guidance on how to define anti-Semitism. This act directs the Department of Education to use a widely-accepted definition of anti-Semitism when determining if incidents of harassment or discrimination that are potentially in violation of U.S. anti-discrimination law were motivated by anti-Semitism.
“I’ve heard far too many stories from Jewish students of the anti-Semitism they face in schools and on college campuses every day," Congressman Deutch said. "Jewish students, like students of any religion, should not live in fear of attacks because of their religion. They shouldn’t have to fear wearing Judaic symbols or expressing their support for Israel. As we work to combat all forms of discrimination and hate, Congress must act to protect Jewish students on campus, and this legislation would help the Education Department stem this troubling trend.”The text of H.R.5924 is available here.