Amended in Assembly July 13, 2015

Amended in Assembly July 9, 2015

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Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 35

Introduced by Senator Stone

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

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member Linder)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Linder, Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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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.

P2    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
16anti-Semitic acts occurring across the nation, including the display
17of the Nazi swastika symbol superimposed onto an American flag
18that was hung in the front of a private home in a Sacramento
19neighborhood, which tarnished the reputation of the Golden State;

21WHEREAS, Swastikas and other anti-Semitic sentiments have
22increased in recent months on college campuses across the country
23and around the world; and

24WHEREAS, In 2014, the kinds of recorded anti-Semitic acts
25committed in the United States and around the world included
26murders; violent attacks and death threats against Jews; arson,
27graffiti, and property desecration; and murders at Jewish
28cemeteries, places of worship, schools, and community events;

30WHEREAS, These types of anti-Semitic acts also extended to
31soccer stadiums, the Internet, editorial cartoons, and the use of
32Nazi salutes, leading many Jewish individuals to conceal their
33religious and ethnic identity; and

34WHEREAS, In April of 2014, the United States Department of
35State released the International Religious Freedom Report
P3    1recognizing that anti-Semitism continues to be internationally
2prevalent; and

3WHEREAS, The governments of France, Germany, Italy, and
4the United Kingdom, the four countries where the majority of
5anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in Europe, have strongly
6condemned anti-Semitism as unacceptable in European society
7and have all made clear statements that such attacks on their Jewish
8communities are intolerable; and

9WHEREAS, The State of California actively promotes tolerance
10to all faiths and religions; and

11WHEREAS, The United States government has played an
12essential role in counteracting the resurgence of anti-Semitism
13worldwide and has consistently supported efforts to address the
14rise in anti-Semitism through its bilateral relationships and
15participation in international organizations such as the United
16Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,
17and the Organization of American States; and

18WHEREAS, The Legislature joins with people everywhere in
19unequivocally condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and rejecting
20attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as an
21acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political
22events in the Middle East or elsewhere; now, therefore, be it

23Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
24thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby urges each
25University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning
26all forms of anti-Semitism and racism, including Islamophobia;
27and be it further

28Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any act of
29anti-Semitism at all publicly funded schools in the State of
30California in order to promote tolerance and acceptance of all
31religious beliefs in accordance with the rights afforded to each
32person by the Founding Fathers of this nation and the authors of
33the United States Constitution; and be it further

34Resolved, That nothing in this resolution is intended to diminish
35the rights of anyone, including students, to freely engage in any
36speech or other activity protected by the United States Constitution,
37including that which is critical or supportive of the policies of any
38country; and be it further

P4    1Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
2this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.