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California bill equating student activism with anti-Semitism is rubber-stamped with no debate


One of the many complaints about HR 35, a California bill that conflates activism in solidarity with Palestinians with anti-Semitism, is that it passed quickly with no debate. Now, video has emerged from the vote in late August that shows just how little discussion preceded the vote, which has been decried by students and Palestine solidarity and civil rights groups. It's the perfect example of how U.S. democracy works when it comes to the question of Israel.

The video was recently dug up and posted on YouTube by Rebecca Pierce, a Jewish student activist and member of the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz's Committee for Justice in Palestine.

As Pierce notes, "author [of the bill] Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) made unsubstantiated and vague claims connecting student criticism of Israel to violence and vandalism targeting Jewish students." But in a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Education, the American Civil Liberties Union noted that instances of violence against Jewish students "appear to be isolated incidents and/or carried out by unknown persons. They are not part the expressive activities of the SJP and MSA, like Apartheid Week." Halderman, though, sought to make student activists' connection to anti-Semitic incidents explicit without any evidence.

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