House Passes Bill That Conflates Criticism of Israel With Antisemitism

By Dave DeCamp –

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that conflates criticism of the modern state of Israel with antisemitism and will mandate that definition be used by the Department of Education when enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws.

The bill could be used to crack down on pro-Palestine protesters at college campuses across the country, who have been falsely labeled “antisemitic” despite Jewish students participating in the protests.

The legislation adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which lists “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” as an example of antisemitism.

The IHRA also defines antisemitism as applying “double standards” to Israel by “requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation” and “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” by “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

The bill passed in a vote of 320-91 and now heads to the Senate for a vote, and received “no” votes from 21 Republicans and 70 Democrats. Opponents said they voted against the legislation because it threatened the First Amendment.

“Antisemitism is wrong, but this legislation is written without regard for the Constitution, common sense, or even the common understanding of the meaning of words,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wrote on X ahead of the vote.

Gaetz pointed to another part of the IHRA’s definition that lists “claims of the Jews killing Jesus” as an example of antisemitism. “The Gospel itself would meet the definition of antisemitism under the terms of this bill!” he said.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) opposed the bill and said it was put forward with the intent to “increase prosecutions of activity on campuses.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) also criticized the bill. “Speech that is critical of Israel alone does not constitute unlawful discrimination,” he said. “By encompassing purely political speech about Israel into Title VI’s ambit, the bill sweeps too broadly.”

Nadler made similar comments last year when opposing a bill that conflated anti-Zionism with antisemitism, noting that there are Jews who oppose Zionism. “This resolution ignores the fact that even today, certain orthodox Hasidic Jewish communities—the Satmars in New York and others—as well as adherents of the pre-state Jewish labor movement have held views that are at odds with the modern Zionist conception,” he said.

2 thoughts on “House Passes Bill That Conflates Criticism of Israel With Antisemitism

  1. In another article I posted a comment stating they also want to BAN BIBLE SCRTPTURE that they consider “anti-semitic” such as scripture that the Pharisees (Jews) had Christ put to death, and more.

    So what they are saying is THE BIBLE, the WORD OF GOD, is “anti-semitic”?
    Congress is the modern-day Pharisees, who are of their father, the devil (John 8:44), are under “strong delusion” (2 Thessalonians Chapter 2) that they “believe a lie” (that some of the Word of God is “anti-semitic”).

    1. I like the toothpaste tube analogy. It’s like the little kiddies in the bathroom got hold of it and squeezed so hard that it’s making such a sticky mess of everything, that the harder they try to put it back in, the more of it comes out! Now, it’s making a mess of the Bible! Okay, so, you don’t really read the Bible while you’re taking a dump, or playing with the toothpaste, but I threw that in there just in case. Uh oh! I think Jesus is watching me write this comment. A huge lightning bolt and loud thunder just now gave me quite a jolt!

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