U.S. Congress Split Over Whether Criticizing Israel Constitutes Anti-Semitism

A potential addition to the federal anti-discrimination statute says verbal attacks on Israel count as anti-Semitism

A U.S. House of Representatives committee heard tough exchanges between proponents and opponents of a bill that would codify a definition of anti-Semitism that incorporates a controversial component addressing attacks on Israel.

The nine witnesses appearing Tuesday at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee were split: Five among those said the proposed addition to federal anti-discrimination statutes is a necessary means of stemming anti-Semitism on campuses, and four who argued it infringes on speech freedoms. The law if enacted would apply to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which addresses institutions — including universities — that receive federal funding.

The witnesses at times directly addressed one another, violating congressional protocol. Barbs were exchanged, with each side questioning the bona fides of the other in defining anti-Semitism. In a bizarre twist, the coauthors of the language that the bill would codify argued opposing viewpoints.

Lawmakers — who also bickered at times — marveled at the Jewish family food fight they were witnessing.

“It’s like throwing a ball and having a scrum and seeing who wins,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said.

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  • owr

    Split? You mean like dual citizens vs. us citizens?

  • Tom

    This is opening up a can of worms liberals will hate. I’m itching for the first case of someone criticizing “whiteness” to be arrested for “anti-Caucasianism”. Then maybe we can get back to good old-fashioned free speech where the simple truth wins the day and lies slink back into the darkness

  • Jurgen

    Such a disgusting public display of anti American values openly played out in the halls
    of congress makes a normal person cringe with revulsion. But not the
    shameless bought and paid for Israeli hacks trying to get this
    repulsive piece of legislation passed. They truly have lost their
    souls and hopefully their constituents as well.

  • doodaa

    Screw Israel.

  • Edward Huguenin

    “Anti-semite” has lost its sting, because every justified criticism of the Zionist Israeli government is declared to be anti-semitism. The word is so overused and misapplied as to be useless. Indeed, to be declared “anti-semite” by the Israel Lobby is to be declared a person of high moral conscience.

  • Steve

    Isn’t this covered under your first amendment guaranteeing free speech? A foreign subversive virus has infiltrated the body politic. Just so you don’t feel alone, the same virus has infected the Canadian government here as well.

  • desertspeaks

    Criticizing palpable and provable crimes committed by Israeli zionist fake jews against the Palestinians, IS NOT ANTI SEMITISM ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT UPWARDS OF 95% OF THOSE CLAIMING TO BE OF JEWISH SEMITIC ANCESTRY HAVE ZERO SEMITIC DNA!



    “Anti-semitic, its a trick we always use it”

  • chris

    uh HELLO parasites of the govt! the first amendment mean anything to you clueless traitors? who gives a flying crap if isn’treal doesn’t like criticism! you cannot stop people from expressing their opinions. auntie-semitism is a false construct to begin with.

  • Zaphod Braden

    PROsemitic ——- what is it?
    If there is an “antisemitism” you must ask: “What is PROsemitism?”
    PROsemitism must be a supporter of “semitism”, which really means Judaism (though most Moslems are SEMITIC and most JEWS are NOT). So what are you supporting if you are a PROsemite? Well first of all we must define Judaism:
    Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
    A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
    2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.
    So right off the get-go you hate all NON-Jews, NON-members of YOUR group(TRIBE).
    You “bundle together” for support and safety, the very definition of Fascism
    THAT means, that if I am not one of the TRIBE, you do not like me.
    Since Jews BRAND all NON-Jews “gentile” automatically denigrating them, to be PROsemitic one must by definition be ANTI-GENTILE.
    They hate all NON-Jews so fundamentally, that they have to SPECIFICALLY name “RIGHTEOUS GENTILES”.
    Those are NON-Jewish HUMANS that went so far out of their way to help/save Jews that the Jews were FORCED to ACKNOWLEDGE the humanity of that specific ‘gentile”. You see, PROsemites do not acknowledge the EQUALITY of spirituality and humanity of “gentiles”
    What the Jewish Rabbis think of JESUS “As for Christianity, there is a dispute among Halachic authorities, but the vast majority consider it idolatry as well. Islam, on the other hand, is not considered idolatry.” Read that last bit again VERY SLOWLY so the “christianzionists” can follow: “ISLAM, on the other hand, is NOT considered idolatry.” ………..

    According to the SPLC & ADL an organization is a “HATE GROUP” if it has
    “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people”.
    Jews have HATED Egypt for 3,500 years.
    Jews have HATED Babylon for 2,500 years.
    Jews have HATED CHRIST and his followers for 2,000 years.

    David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel, described Zionist aims in 1948: “A Christian state should be established [in Lebanon], with its southern border on the Litani river. We will make an alliance with it. When we smash the Arab Legion’s strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate Transjordan too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo… And in this fashion, we will end the war and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram “………….. read that again
    “and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram”
    They are STILL HATING and planning deadly attacks after 3,500+ YEARS .
    How do you think they feel about JESUS CHRIST whom they HATE most of ALL.
    Israel’s MOTTOES:
    (1) NEVER forgive & NEVER forget.
    (2) By Way of Deception you will Do War.
    Their ONLY(monotheistic) “god” is a WAR god
    PROsemitism is ANTI-HUMANism

    “…the general cause of anti-Semitism has always resided in Israel itself and not in those who have fought against Israel. ” Bernard Lazare (1894)

  • Zaphod Braden

    anti-GENTILISM is the problem. Cavemen did not sit around their caves:
    GROK: “HEY, me hate Jews.”
    HORG: “What a Jew?”
    GROK: “Me not know …. but me hate”
    Then non-Jews sat for tens of thousands of years waiting for a Jew to come along, so we could all be mean for no reason. Sorry, what happened was Jews created a social system of Xenophobic Tribalism (look it up) wherein THEY hate all NON-Jews, and this hate of all non-Tribe members has, naturally, caused People to not like them.
    anti-semitic … that’s what they called Jesus of Nazareth in the Galilee …
    JUDAS ISCARIOT was a JEW beloved by the Temple Priests.
    Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
    A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
    2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.
    Quick summation? They are the enemy of anyone who is not a TRIBAL MEMBER …… and only “tolerate” Gentiles.

    The World should insist Israel live by the standards Israel demands of others. Be judged as Ye judge others. If Israel wants to be recognized, Israel must recognize the EQUALITY and HUMANITY of ALL People. Quit calling NON-Jews SHISKA, GOYIM, GENTILE. If Israel wants Hamas to ‘repudiate’ their charter, Israel must REPUDIATE their manual of hate, the TORAH, which openly proclaims that all ‘gentiles’ should be ‘Hewers of wood, and bearers of water’ …….. for Israel.
    Israel must recognize the Native People’s RIGHT to a Palestinian state.
    Israel REFUSES to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty or open It’s NUKES to inspection, Israel should have the exact same sanctions that were put on Iran.

    • Ben

      I agree with your opinions, however the Torah does not state gentiles are only to be “hewers of wood, bearers of water…” That is yet another scripture that Rabbis twisted. The Torah actually states many times that Israel was supposed to be a “light to the gentiles”, in other words, behave in such a way that gentiles would be impressed with their goodness. Gentiles were also to be treated with respect-a Jew was not allowed to even ask a gentile to work on the Sabbath. And if a gentile wanted to become part of the “tribe”, they were supposed to be welcomed. Don’t confuse Torah with the corrupted teachings of self-serving people. Of course, its all been twisted, as so many others twist religious beliefs into their own self-serving views. And the Zionists who created this Israel cared nothing for Torah and were actually atheists. Israel has become the very thing it blames everyone else of, and it needs to stop!

      • DebL.

        Twisted, yes, by the Talmud. It is the Talmud that reviles Gentiles (aka “Cutheans” or “goyim” which is cattle.), Then you have Dueteronomy which says that the Israelites MUST NOT OPPRESS THE STRANGER! (That is the gentile), on two occasions. By the Jews and Pharisees following the Talmud, the Jews are violating God. The whole “hewers of wood” thing is in the Talmud, not the Torah.

  • Zaphod Braden

    WHY are my taxes going to people who SPIT on MY GOD?
    Every year YOU give $4+ BILLION of your taxes to Israel.
    Israel where Israelis SPIT everytime they see a CROSS or Priest..
    Israel who, if it acknowleges The Christ at all, claims HE is boiling in excrement in Hell
    Then “your” politicians give some bogus excuse why they HAVE to take a trip to Israel.
    Then they come back with STUFFED SUITCASES .
    How much of YOUR money is being used to BRIBE “your” politicians?
    YOUR taxes coming back to YOUR country in “your” politician’s pockets, so they will vote to give MORE money to those who HATE Jesus.
    Jews lived in peace in that land before Zionism. Do you know what they called themselves at the turn of the 19th century? PALESTINIAN Jews
    Israel demands the Palestinians “recognize Israel’s right to exist” —-
    How can People that “Do not EXIST” recognize their DENIER’S “right to exist”?!
    Israel DENIES that Palestinians even EXIST!
    Where is Israel’s Recognition of the PALESTINIAN’S EXISTANCE!?
    Palestinian DENIERS are Christ DENIERS.
    Israel is attempting to create a MYTH that the Palestinians “do not exist”
    That is standard “dehumanizing prior to exterminating”
    Israel also DENIES Jesus Christ.
    WHEN Israel acknowledges HIM at all
    Israel calls Jesus “the BASTARD of a Roman soldier and Mary, a PROSTITUTE”
    Israel claims that JESUS is in HELL, boiling in excrement.
    Israel DENIES the Human and Spiritual Equality of NON-Jews with Jews.
    Israel is a HUMANITY DENIER.

  • Cranford Ducain

    We CAN criticize our wives, but we can not criticize Israel. We CAN criticize our husbands, but we can not criticize Israel. We CAN criticize our mother-in-laws, but we can not criticize Israel. We CAN criticize our bosses, but we can not criticize Israel. We CAN criticize congress, BUT we can not criticize Israel. We CAN criticize our president, BUT we can not criticize Israel. We were once a country which championed the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. That’s in the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution: I guess they will go after the Second Amendment next.

  • Sink Chicken

    Isn’t Israel a nation and not a religion or ethnic group?

  • The very lunacy of all this kind of thing grows from the kind of dark thing Israel unfortunately has become.

    It is obvious you should be able to criticize a state, any state, for its behavior. And if Israel is to be a state like any other state, its behavior must be subject to criticism.

    But many Israelis and apologists for Israel think that that one state is somehow immune from all normal criticisms. What happened three-quarters of a century ago by one group of criminals somehow confers special immunity upon Israel from all the norms of law and convention and just plain decency.

    But it is so clear that that cannot be the case.

    Shutting up criticism of terrible behavior is a licence for endless terrible behavior.

    Not a little unlike telling all the women speaking up about Harvey Weinstein’s crimes and abuses that they must shut up.

    Completely unacceptable.

  • kikz2

    if any more legal incursions against Americans’ free speech are won….. we won’t.