United States / 09-03-2017
State Senate passes anti-hate crime bills after JCC threats
A week after Jewish institutions across the country received dozens of antisemitic threats, the state Senate passed a package of bills from the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) aimed at cracking down on hate crimes.
The first bill (Senate Bill S4777) was sponsored by IDC member Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland) and creates a hate crime offense for graffiti that targets a person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation.
A second bill (Senate Bill S1786) sponsored by leader Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) increases penalties for damaging property in a house of worship or desecrating a cemetery.
Another bill by Klein prohibits colleges from using state aid to fund any academic entities that are boycotting Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at causing economic harm to Israel.