Assemblyman Gary Schaer: New Jersey Must Act to Protect its Jewish Population. Now.

Assemblyman Gary Schaer today released the following statement:

I am gratified to see the North Carolina House advance legislation by a vote of 105-4 to adopt the working definition of antisemitism as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). By creating a working definition of antisemitism, we can begin to objectively address and effectively curtail the rampant antisemitism we are seeing in New Jersey. North Carolina is poised to become the 36th state in the country to adopt this important and necessary working definition to end the scourge of unprecedented levels of antisemitism we are seeing. New Jersey is no outlier. We are one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to combating incidents of antisemitism. We have a vibrant Jewish population in NJ that makes up 7% of the state, yet sadly, the Jewish community has been the subject of the majority of all religious hate and 20% of all bias reports. Currently, municipalities, schools, departments, and other jurisdictions are left to their own interpretation of what constitutes antisemitism. By establishing a clear, defined, understanding of antisemitism, we can begin to objectively and consistently address the hatred of Jews.

The time is now. Never again is now.

The NJ legislature must pass my bipartisan legislation, A3558/S1292, to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism and join the US State Department, 35 states, 40+ countries, and thousands of local municipalities. We cannot be silent in the face of rising antisemitism, and the passage of this legislation will signal to all residents of NJ that antisemitism and bias has no home in New Jersey. New Jersey cannot remain an outlier in its dereliction of adopting the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. Failure to pass this crucial legislation is not just unacceptable, it is unconscionable and dangerous. I urge my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly to support this bill and to join with soon to be 36 states and growing in committing that it cares about antisemitism.

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  1. BS”D
    It seems to me that criminalizing parts of Scripture holy to most Americans and many millions worldwide would create more anti-Semitism than it prevents.
    Also, as Rabbi Jonathan Gross pointed out in his Gateway Pundit article, “People who live in glass synogogues shouldn’t throw stones.”
    In a recent parsha, and on Yom Kippur, we read that homosexuality is an abomination.
    What would we say if homosexuals ask for a similar bill?
    I hope that this bill does not pass.

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