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BILL NUMBER: HR 35 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY AUGUST 23, 2012
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Members Halderman and Bonnie
Lowenthal and Bonnie Lowenthal
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Beall,
Block, Blumenfield, Butler, Cook,
Fong, Furutani, Galgiani, Gatto,
Gordon, Hagman, Mansoor, Miller,
Monning, Portantino, and Williams)
AUGUST 6, 2012
Relative to anti-Semitism.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
HOUSE OR SENATE RESOLUTIONS DO NOT CONTAIN A DIGEST
WHEREAS, The frequency and severity of incidents of contemporary
global anti-Semitism are increasing according to reports by
representatives from nations around the world, including the United
States Department of State in 2008, the Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe in 2004, and the Inter-parliamentary
Coalition for Combating Antisemitism in 2009; and
WHEREAS, On July 20, 2009, the United States Senate unanimously
approved a resolution that unequivocally condemns all forms of
anti-Semitism and rejects attempts to rationalize anti-Jewish hatred
or attacks as a justifiable expression of disaffection or frustration
over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere, and decries
the comparison of Jews to Nazis perpetrating the Holocaust or
genocide as a pernicious form of anti-Semitism; and
WHEREAS, The United States Department of State, the United Kingdom'
s All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-semitism
Antisemitism , and the Organization for Security
and Co-operation in Europe have adopted or endorsed the European
Union Agency for Fundamental Rights' working definition of
anti-Semitism, which notes that in context certain language or
behavior demonizes and delegitimizes Israel or attacks Israel with
classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as denying the Jewish people
their right to self-determination, applying double standards by
requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of any other
democratic nation, drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli police
to that of the Nazis, and accusing the Jewish people, or Israel, of
inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust; and (see link for good time)
The resolution was opposed by a wide variety of groups, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Asian Law Caucus, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, yet the Republican-sponsored measure received wide bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled legislature.
Originally posted by gladtobehere
Ive thought the same thing, when I criticize the US government, am I anti-Christian?
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
Originally posted by gladtobehere
California passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism
So now its a crime to speak against other crimes...
Resolved, That the Assembly recognizes recent actions by officials of public postsecondary educational institutions in California and calls upon those institutions to increase their efforts to swiftly and unequivocally
condemn acts of anti-Semitism on their campuses and to utilize existing resources, such as the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights' working definition of anti-Semitism, to help guide campus discussion about, and promote, as appropriate, educational programs for combating anti-Semitism on their campuses; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
I don't see anything in that bill that says you must not criticize Israel, it's just a denouncement of antisemitism.
Of course the anti-Semites are going to paint themselves as victims of the Jewish lobby no matter what Israel does or say. They have a real persecution complex, because of their bigotry towards Jews. You can always spot these bigots a mile away.
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Originally posted by lee anoma
Gee could it have something to do with the fact that:
"Israeli Ambassador To U.S., Michael Oren, Rejects International Investigation Of Flotilla Deaths" ? - Huffpost.com
No, no...it's always just "antisemitism" right?
And why do people who criticize Israeli policies get called racists?
Lets ask a former member of Israels own cabinet:
“Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel then we bring up the holocaust. When in this country US) people are criticizing Israel then they are antisemitic. And the organization (Israel Lobby) is very strong and has lot of money. And the ties between Israel and american estab- Jewish establishment are very strong – and they are strong in this country as you know. And they have power which is ok.”
– Former Israeli cabinet minister, Shulamit Aloni (born 1928), during her August 14, 2002 interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
One of the few ways the Obama administration has attempted to show its displeasure with Israel following the death of pro-Palestinian activists aboard a flotilla was by stressing its support for an international investigation into the incident.
On Sunday, however, Israel's ambassador to the United States stated firmly that the country wouldn't go along with that type or probe and even threw a subtle dig at U.S. officials who felt it was a necessary course of action.
"Israel is a democracy," said Michael Oren, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "Israel has the ability and the right to investigate itself, not to be investigated by any international board. I don't think the United States would want an international inquiry into its military activities in Afghanistan, for example."
Asked flatly if he was rejecting the very idea of an international commission, Oren confirmed he was.
"We are rejecting the idea of international commission and we're discussing with the Obama administration the way in which our inquiry will take place, but the notion of an international commission coming along and judging Israel's right to defend itself, that's not [going to happen]," he said.
Oren's stance leaves very little wiggle room for Israel to satisfy the demands of the world community over the flotilla incident. As for the implications it has with U.S.-Israel relations, that's harder to define. The Obama administration has been very careful in leveling critiques at Israeli forces over the seemingly botched raid. And while the president has stressed his support for an international investigation into what happened, that might mean having Israelis run and oversee the investigation but including a few international figures in the investigatory body -- something that Oren didn't necessarily rule out.