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Controversial Bill Expanding Definition of Anti-Semitism Passed by US House amid Israel-Gaza Conflict

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to expand the federal definition of anti-Semitism with a large majority, sparking concerns from civil liberties groups. The bill, if passed into law, would codify the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the IHRA’s definition includes examples to illustrate anti-Semitism, critics argue it could suppress campus protests against Israel. Concerns have been raised that the definition could stifle free speech and criticisms of Israel, with accusations of conflating anti-Semitism with political speech. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.


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