Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 35

Introduced by Senator Stone

(Coauthors: Senators Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Block, Gaines, Mitchell, Roth, Vidak, and Wolk)

March 26, 2015

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 35—Relative to Anti-Semitism.


SCR 35, as introduced, Stone. Anti-Semitism.

This measure would urge each University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and racism, and would condemn any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly funded schools in the State of California.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The United States Department of State defines
2anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be
3expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical
4manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or
5non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
6community institutions and religious facilities”; and

7WHEREAS, There is clear evidence of increasing and alarming
8incidents and expressions of anti-Semitism throughout the world;

10WHEREAS, From sea to shining sea one can witness the
11proliferation of anti-Semitic activity; and

12WHEREAS, In February of 2015, the California Legislature’s
13Jewish Caucus held a press conference addressing anti-Semitic
14acts and in the same week an estimated 500 people gathered on
15the steps of the State Capitol to protest the recent rise in
P2    1anti-Semitic acts occurring across the nation, including the display
2of the Nazi swastika symbol superimposed on to an American flag
3that was hung in the front of a private home in Sacramento’s River
4Park neighborhood, which tarnished the reputation of the Golden
5State; and

6WHEREAS, Swastikas and other anti-Semitic sentiments have
7increased in recent months on college campuses across the country
8and around the world; and

9WHEREAS, In 2014, the kinds of recorded anti-Semitic acts
10committed in the United States and around the world included
11murders; violent attacks, and death threats against Jews; arson,
12graffiti and property desecration; and murders at Jewish cemeteries,
13places of worship, schools, and community events; and

14WHEREAS, These types of anti-Semitic acts also extended to
15soccer stadiums, the internet, editorial cartoons, and the use of
16Nazi salutes, leading many Jewish individuals to conceal their
17religious and ethnic identity; and

18WHEREAS, In April of 2014, the United States Department of
19State released the International Religious Freedom Report
20recognizing that anti-Semitism continues to be internationally
21prevalent; and

22WHEREAS, The governments of France, Germany, Italy, and
23the United Kingdom, the four countries where the majority of
24anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in Europe, have strongly
25condemned anti-Semitism as unacceptable in European society
26and have all made clear statements that such attacks on their Jewish
27communities are intolerable; and

28WHEREAS, The State of California actively promotes tolerance
29to all faiths and religions; and

30WHEREAS, The United States government has played an
31essential role in counteracting the resurgence of anti-Semitism
32worldwide and has consistently supported efforts to address the
33rise in anti-Semitism through its bilateral relationships and
34participation in international organizations such as the United
35Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,
36and the Organization of American States; and

37WHEREAS, The Legislature joins with people everywhere in
38unequivocally condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and rejecting
39attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as an
P3    1acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political
2events in the Middle East or elsewhere; now, therefore, be it

3Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
4thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby urges each
5University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning
6all forms of anti-Semitism and racism, including Islamophobia;
7and be it further

8Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any act of
9anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly
10funded schools in the State of California in order to promote
11tolerance and acceptance of all religious beliefs in accordance with
12the rights afforded to each person by the Founding Fathers of this
13nation and the authors of the United States Constitution; and be it

15Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
16this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.