WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2018) – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) joined in introducing the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to combat anti-Semitism at educational institutions by incorporating a workable definition in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“Anti-Semitism and other hate and discrimination have no place in Eastern Washington and no place in our country. America was founded on the idea of providing safe, welcoming communities where no matter your faith, background, color, or creed, you’re able to live without persecution,” said McMorris Rodgers. “As we see an uptick of anti-Semitic incidents in our communities and at our educational institutions, something must be done to protect Jewish students and their peers. This bill will help protect Jewish students by requiring the Department of Education to follow the definition of anti-Semitism used by the State Department. This will provide the Department of Education necessary clarity to pursue allegations and incidents of anti-Semitism and protect these students and their faith.”
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