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Florida cites Poway shooting to pass controversial anti-Semitism bill

RT | April 30, 2019

Just days after the fatal shooting at a California synagogue, the Florida Senate passed an anti-Semitism bill that critics say will criminalize any criticism of Israel.

The bill prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida public schools and universities, and defines it broadly as any speech that makes stereotypical depictions of Jews, Holocaust denial, inciting of violence or explicit expressions of racial hatred – as well as “criticizing the collective power of the Jewish community.”

Such a broad definition could be used to outlaw the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, critics have pointed out, arguing that the bill violates the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

BDS campaigns for businesses to desist from enterprise with Israeli companies until certain demands are met by the Israeli government in regards to rights and territories for Palestinians.

The Senate bill has been sent to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican who was elected in the 2018 mid-terms.

One woman was killed and three other people injured in the Saturday attack at the Chabad of Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California. The 19-year-old gunman targeted the synagogue during the week of Passover, and was arrested after his AR-15 jammed during the attack.

The shooting came six months after the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that killed 11 and injured seven.

Both attacks have been cited by gun control advocates and pro-Israel activists in support of their respective causes. Last week, a federal judge blocked a 2017 Texas law that would have prohibited state employees and contractors to engage in BDS, saying it “threatens to suppress unpopular ideas” and would “manipulate the public debate through coercion rather than persuasion.”

April 30, 2019 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Not being allowed to criticise the actions of a Jew and/or Israel is a very dangerous move in the USA. Everyone needs to be subject to criticism for the good of ALL, if they do something unacceptable.
    If you can criticize the President of the USA but you can’t criticize a Jew who commits a crime, or Israel commits one of its regular acts of bastardry towards the Palestinians, what sort of country has the USA become?
    The USA needs to treat EVERYBODY the same for the good of EVERYBODY…….
    Is it any wonder that Israel and or Jews are resented so much?

    Comment by Brian Harry | April 30, 2019 | Reply

  2. Funny there were no laws passed when there were/are “church” shootings, or “mosque” shootings. Mossad was the mastermind behind Sri Lanka Christian Church bombings as is all of these Mossad/Cia false flags to ultimately, right on cue, pass some kind of illegal law for israel/jews. To Brian…[“what sort of country has the USA become?…KSA/IS If I lived in FL I would seek out the ACLU and sue them for breaking Constitutional Laws. They won the case of anti BDS laws by standing on the Constitution in TX.

    Comment by Sparrow | April 30, 2019 | Reply


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