Amended in Senate May 6, 2015

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 amended, 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-Semitismbegin delete augmenting education programsend delete 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
P2    1acts and in the same week an estimated 500 people gathered on
2the steps of the State Capitol to protest the recent rise in
3anti-Semitic acts occurring across the nation, including the display
4of the Nazi swastika symbol superimposedbegin delete on toend deletebegin insert ontoend insert an American
5flag that was hung in the front of a private home in Sacramento’s
6River Park neighborhood, which tarnished the reputation of the
7Golden State; and

8WHEREAS, Swastikas and other anti-Semitic sentiments have
9increased in recent months on college campuses across the country
10and around the world; and

11WHEREAS, In 2014, the kinds of recorded anti-Semitic acts
12committed in the United States and around the world included
13murders; violentbegin delete attacks,end deletebegin insert attacksend insert and death threats against Jews;
14arson,begin delete graffitiend deletebegin insert graffiti,end insert and property desecration; and murders at
15Jewish cemeteries, places of worship, schools, and community
16events; and

17WHEREAS, These types of anti-Semitic acts also extended to
18soccer stadiums, thebegin delete internet,end deletebegin insert Internet,end insert editorial cartoons, and the
19use of Nazi salutes, leading many Jewish individuals to conceal
20their religious and ethnic identity; and

21WHEREAS, In April of 2014, the United States Department of
22State released the International Religious Freedom Report
23recognizing that anti-Semitism continues to be internationally
24prevalent; and

25WHEREAS, The governments of France, Germany, Italy, and
26the United Kingdom, the four countries where the majority of
27anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in Europe, have strongly
28condemned anti-Semitism as unacceptable in European society
29and have all made clear statements that such attacks on their Jewish
30communities are intolerable; and

31WHEREAS, The State of California actively promotes tolerance
32to all faiths and religions; and

33WHEREAS, The United States government has played an
34essential role in counteracting the resurgence of anti-Semitism
35worldwide and has consistently supported efforts to address the
36rise in anti-Semitism through its bilateral relationships and
37participation in international organizations such as the United
38Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,
39and the Organization of American States; and

P3    1WHEREAS, The Legislature joins with people everywhere in
2unequivocally condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and rejecting
3attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as an
4acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political
5events in the Middle East or elsewhere; now, therefore, be it

6Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
7thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby urges each
8University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning
9all forms of anti-Semitism and racism, including Islamophobia;
10and be it further

11Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any act of
12anti-Semitismbegin delete augmenting education programsend delete at all publicly
13funded schools in the State of California in order to promote
14tolerance and acceptance of all religious beliefs in accordance with
15the rights afforded to each person by the Founding Fathers of this
16nation and the authors of the United States Constitution; and be it

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18Resolved, That nothing in this resolution is intended to
19 diminish the rights of anyone, including students, to freely engage
20in any speech or other activity protected by the United States
21Constitution; and be it further

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22Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
23this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.