Amended in Assembly July 9, 2015

Amended in Assembly June 30, 2015

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)

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Linder)

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-Semitism 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;

P2    1WHEREAS, From sea to shining sea one can witness the
2proliferation of anti-Semitic activity; and

3WHEREAS, In February of 2015, the California Legislature’s
4Jewish Caucus held a press conference addressing anti-Semitic
5acts and in the same week an estimated 500 people gathered on
6the steps of the State Capitol to protest the recent rise in
7anti-Semitic acts occurring across the nation, including the display
8of the Nazi swastika symbol superimposed onto an American flag
9that was hung in the front of a private home inbegin delete Sacramento’s River
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11of the Golden State; and

12WHEREAS, Swastikas and other anti-Semitic sentiments have
13increased in recent months on college campuses across the country
14and around the world; and

15WHEREAS, In 2014, the kinds of recorded anti-Semitic acts
16committed in the United States and around the world included
17murders; violent attacks and death threats against Jews; arson,
18graffiti, and property desecration; and murders at Jewish
19cemeteries, places of worship, schools, and community events;

21WHEREAS, These types of anti-Semitic acts also extended to
22soccer stadiums, the Internet, editorial cartoons, and the use of
23Nazi salutes, leading many Jewish individuals to conceal their
24religious and ethnic identity; and

25WHEREAS, In April of 2014, the United States Department of
26State released the International Religious Freedom Report
27recognizing that anti-Semitism continues to be internationally
28prevalent; and

29WHEREAS, The governments of France, Germany, Italy, and
30the United Kingdom, the four countries where the majority of
31anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in Europe, have strongly
32condemned anti-Semitism as unacceptable in European society
33and have all made clear statements that such attacks on their Jewish
34communities are intolerable; and

35WHEREAS, The State of California actively promotes tolerance
36to all faiths and religions; and

37WHEREAS, The United States government has played an
38essential role in counteracting the resurgence of anti-Semitism
39worldwide and has consistently supported efforts to address the
40rise in anti-Semitism through its bilateral relationships and
P3    1participation in international organizations such as the United
2Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,
3and the Organization of American States; and

4WHEREAS, The Legislature joins with people everywhere in
5unequivocally condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and rejecting
6attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as an
7acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political
8events in the Middle East or elsewhere; now, therefore, be it

9Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
10thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby urges each
11University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning
12all forms of anti-Semitism and racism, including Islamophobia;
13and be it further

14Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any act of
15anti-Semitism at all publicly funded schools in the State of
16California in order to promote tolerance and acceptance of all
17religious beliefs in accordance with the rights afforded to each
18person by the Founding Fathers of this nation and the authors of
19the United States Constitution; and be it further

20Resolved, That nothing in this resolution is intended to diminish
21the rights of anyone, including students, to freely engage in any
22speech or other activity protected by the United States Constitution,
23including that which is critical or supportive of the policies of any
24country; and be it further

25Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
26this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.