Concealed in State’s 2018-19 Budget

Rachel Blevins

The news that Israel killed more than 60 Palestinians on Monday alone, has sparked criticism from Americans who are frustrated with the United States’ failure to hold one of its closest allies accountable for the human rights violations it is committing—and individuals in one state will soon be labeled as “anti-Semitic” for openly voicing their opinion.

South Carolina will become the first state to legally define criticism of Israel as “anti-Semitism” when a new measure goes into effect on July 1, targeting public schools and universities. While politicians have tried to pass the measure as a standalone law for two years, they finally succeeded temporarily by passing it as a “proviso” that was slipped into the 2018-2019 budget.

Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir asks, “What is anti-Semitism today?” in his 2009 documentary, Defamation.

According to the text of the measure, the definition of “anti-Semitism” will now include:

  • a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities;
  • calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews; making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective; accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews;
  • accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust;
  • accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations;
  • using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis;
  • drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis;
  • blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions;
  • applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation;
  • multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations;
  • denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist, provided, however, that criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

As can be determined by the long list of ways in which South Carolina will now define “anti-Semitism,” individuals will be forced to tiptoe around a legitimate subject, and expressing an opinion that is no longer considered politically correct can now be legally used against them.

Calling out this bill is not antisemitic, it is pro free speech. Criticizing the Israeli government as well as any other government is the right and duty of all free humanity. Just as TFTP advocates for the freedom of Americans, we advocate for the freedom of Israelis and the Palestinians. Only through discussion and peaceful criticism will peace ever be achieved.


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4 thought on “South Carolina to Equate Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism”
  1. The created a special victim class for Jews with the Holocaust narrative. Then they weaponized an invented word and use it as a Jedi Mind Trick to silence people that oppose the Zionist agenda of a greater Israel and milking the US dry. You know what’s kryptonite to the Zionists? Mention the attack on the USS Liberty and ask are you really an ally why you machine gunned the life rafts ?

  2. This disgusting law is totally unconstitutional and illegal for a variety of reasons which would easily fill up a large book. I am quite sure those who wrote it already know this. Unfortunately the U.S. Supreme Court can pick and choose its battles. Only the Good Lord knows if and when they might decide to chuck this one. Until then many lawyers will be enriched and many innocent victims will be harmed all over a totally bigoted, prejudiced piece of legal garbage which contradicts every basic principle on which this country was founded. South Carolina, you are a shameful disgrace to yourselves and the country today. Ignorance is bliss isn’t it?
    I am sure you are so ignorant you do not have a clue that Israel did 9/11/01 do you? There is a mountain of evidence and facts to prove it which I would bet most of you have not read and will not read if presented to you. Shame on you.
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
    • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”
    We eagerly await your next “legal” gem South Carolina, a law requiring the engineers who design our bridges, cars, buildings, airplanes, ships, homes, appliances, etc. be trained in religion instead of the laws of mathematics and physics. We all look forward to see how such a foolish and nonsensical ignorant proposal, like this one, works out to the safety of the public you purport to serve. Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics.

  3. In order for one to be Semitic, one has to be Arabic.

    The Palestinians are Arabic.
    The jews are not Arabic.
    So, it’s the JEWS that are Anti-Semitic to the Palestinians for the last 70 YEARS!

    How’s that for a TRUE holocaust against Palestine?
    The jews are liars, murderers and thieves of Palestinian land, life and Freedom to live in Peace.

    Even the jewish MOSSAD’S motto is evil,
    “Through Deception, Thou Shall Make War.”

    “False Flag Event,” anyone?

    They have lied about their own alleged holocaust for 45 years BEFORE WWII.
    Poor persecuted 6 million jews here, there and everywhere from Egypt, Europe, Russia and finally back to Europe.

    Here’s two video’s as proof.

    It’s INCREDIBLE that 6 million jews SURVIVED all those years before WWII even started and Hitler wasn’t a threat yet, just to finally have ALL 6 million perish WITHIN 7 years.

    And there is NO PHYSICAL ecological evidence to support the jewish lie of those alleged deaths.
    Only 150,000 jews lost their lives during that war.
    The rest fled to other parts of the World and most CHANGED THEIR LAST NAMES.
    The population of over 50 million jews today is also proof 6 million could not have died in that war.

    May Palestine Rise and Live Forever in Peace & Abundance for All!


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