Headline RoundupMay 8th, 2024

Should President Biden Sign the Antisemitism Awareness Act?

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Should President Joe Biden sign the Antisemitism Awareness Act into law if it reaches his desk?

From the Left: A writer in Salon (Left bias) argued that “American Jews who care about fighting antisemitism” should be against the act, determining that the language of the bill could be interpreted to categorize criticism of the state of Israel as antisemitic. “A bill that effectively restricts speech on the country’s foreign policy has no business being passed in the United States,” the writer states. Noting the possibility that former President Donald Trump could be elected back to the White House in November, the writer concluded, “Establishing a precedent for more violent crackdowns mere months before the arrival of an administration that will push policies opposed by most American Jews seems, at best, shortsighted.”

From the Right: A writer in the National Review (Right bias) argued critics of the bill are “mistaken” about its contents, stating, “Leftists who are currently accusing Israel of genocide or comparing Israelis to Nazis will be able to continue to do so.” The bill “ensures that Jewish students have statutory protection from discrimination based on ethnicity.” The writer determined that left-wing criticism is rooted in fear that it would disrupt Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs, stating that if the act incentivizes universities to “treat members of all protected classes (including white students discriminated against based on race) equally, then the whole ideological structure of DEI as we know it, which depends on preferences for favored groups, collapses.”

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