United States / 11-03-2017

Antisemitism bill passes SC House

Source: The State

The S.C. House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an antisemitism bill that pro-Palestinian student groups denounced last month as an effort to suppress criticism of Israel on S.C. college campuses.


House members voted 103-3 in favor of state Rep. Alan Clemmons’ bill. The Horry Republican assured representatives that his proposal addresses an uptick in antisemitic activity without censoring free speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Jewish community centers across the United States, including one in Columbia, recently have been targeted with bomb threats. Passing the bill, which now heads to the state Senate, sends a message “that South Carolina opposes bigotry,” Clemmons said.


The bill (H.3643) would require S.C. colleges to use a 2010 U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism when investigating alleged civil rights violations on campus.