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StandWithUs applauds South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster

South Carolina: First State to Codify Definition of Anti-Semitism on July 6, 2018

(Columbia, South Carolina - July 6, 2018) -- StandWithUs applauds South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster, who signed into law a Proviso which codifies the definition of Anti-Semitism on July 6, 2018


South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster Signs Proviso Into law  (Photo provided by Rep. Alan Clemmons)

A special thanks goes to Representative Alan Clemmons (R), who spear-headed the measure which provides South Carolina colleges with a new rubric to use when deciding if an on-campus crime was motivated by Anti-Semitism. The passing of the proviso, included in the state's budget, makes South Carolina the first state in the Union to adopt a uniform definition of Anti-Semitism.  It is aimed at addressing the alarming spike in Anti-Semitic incidents during the past year. 

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWIthUs, an Israel education organization that operates on campuses across the nation, lauded this landmark legislation. "We have seen a marked increase in Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, according to the ADL. We have not seen a comparable increase in prosecutions for these crimes. Law enforcement and administrators are often left powerless to act because of an unclear definition of what Anti-Semitism is.” The new legislation references the definition of Anti-Semitism as drafted by the U.S. State Department. “We need to define Anti-Semitism in order to defeat it. Thankfully, South Carolina is leading the way,” concludes Rothstein.

The Anti-Semitism proviso does not target speech, only unprotected conduct such as harassment, assault, and vandalism.

About StandWithUs

StandWithUs (SWU) is a seventeen-year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization. Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films, and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel. 

Based in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada, and Brazil.  

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