Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs legislation against antisemitism into law

The legislation defines as antisemitism calls for violence against Jews, advancing conspiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
June 4, 2019 04:26
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the Israel-USA Business Summit 2019, May 29, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the Israel-USA Business Summit 2019, May 29, 2019. (photo credit: OHAD GIGI)

 
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed into law legislation against antisemitism two days after a ceremonial signing in Jerusalem.

DeSantis had held the ceremonial signing during a Florida Cabinet meeting at the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday. He officially signed the bill on Friday in Tallahassee.



Using the State Department definition as its template, the legislation defines as antisemitism calls for violence against Jews, advancing conspiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial. It also includes “applying double standards” to Israel “by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”



The measure also mandates that discrimination against Jewish people be treated the same as acts of racial discrimination in Florida’s public education institutions.



“I’m proud to sign this bill to make clear through a bipartisan effort that antisemitism has no place in our state and our educational institutions will not tolerate discrimination against the Jewish people,” DeSantis said at Friday’s signing.



He called Florida “the most Israel-friendly state in the country.”

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