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House committee to vote on Jew-hatred awareness act at end of Passover

The act is more important than ever "with Jewish students increasingly fearing for their safety," stated Sacha Roytman, CEO of the Combat Antisemitism Movement.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Credit: pogo_mm/Pixabay.
The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Credit: pogo_mm/Pixabay.

The House Committee on Rules is scheduled on April 29, at the end of the Passover holiday, to vote on H.R.6090, the Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2023.

The bill provides “for the consideration of a definition of antisemitism set forth by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for the enforcement of Federal anti-discrimination laws concerning education programs or activities, and for other purposes.”

The IHRA working definition of Jew-hatred, per the bill, “is a vital tool which helps individuals understand and identify the various manifestations of antisemitism.”

“With Jewish students increasingly fearing for their safety as protests driven by antisemitic hatred continue to intensify on college campuses across the United States, passage of the Antisemitism Awareness Act is now more important than ever,” stated Sacha Roytman, CEO of the Combat Antisemitism Movement.

“We look forward to the House passing this legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Education to treat campus antisemitism as a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and utilize the IHRA working definition when assessing cases of antisemitism, ensuring Jewish students can pursue their education without discrimination or harassment,” he added.

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