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The Anti-Anti-Semitism Bill the ADL Is Pushing Is (Still) Such a Free-Speech Mess Op-Eds & Analysis
Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

The Anti-Anti-Semitism Bill the ADL Is Pushing Is (Still) Such a Free-Speech Mess

Last week, Senators Bob Casey and Tim Scott introduced, and the Senate passed, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (PDF), a bipartisan bill aimed at tackling what appears to be a real problem: an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents on campus (which significantly predates Trump’s election).

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Congress’ Rotten Idea for Fighting Anti-Semitism Op-Eds & Analysis
Jacob Sullum, New York Post

Congress’ Rotten Idea for Fighting Anti-Semitism

Last week, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016, a k a S. 10, was introduced in the Senate, read three times, and approved by unanimous consent without debate or amendment — all on one day. That sort of bipartisan consensus, which suggests a bill...

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How Legitimate Fear Over Bias-Motivated Crimes Is Generating Potentially Unconstitutional Policies Op-Eds & Analysis
Tana Ganeva, Washington Post

How Legitimate Fear Over Bias-Motivated Crimes Is Generating Potentially Unconstitutional Policies

In November, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) met with a diverse group of students at the University of Pennsylvania to listen to their concerns about bigotry and hate speech on campus. In a Nov. 14 news release coinciding with the reported...

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Antiboycott Groups Pay for State Officials’ Israel Trips News Roundup
Frank Phillips, Boston Globe

Antiboycott Groups Pay for State Officials’ Israel Trips

Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers are touring Israel this month on trips financed by groups opposed to a growing anti-Israel boycott movement, which is at the center of a legislative fight on Beacon Hill.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Blacklist Is a McCarthyist Scare Tactic Designed to Silence Political Speech News Roundup
Brendan O'Connor, Jezebel

Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Blacklist Is a McCarthyist Scare Tactic Designed to Silence Political Speech

Late on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a list of 13 companies and institutions that his administration determined had supported or participated in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Per an executive order he issued over the summer...

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Keith Ellison Isn’t an Anti-Semite. He’s the Victim of a Vicious Smear News Roundup
Jesse Myerson, Washington Post

Keith Ellison Isn’t an Anti-Semite. He’s the Victim of a Vicious Smear

Which is the more bitter irony: That the Anti-Defamation League’s specialty should have become defamation, or that its latest target, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), should be among the country’s most important opponents of political anti-Semitism? Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress and a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter...

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Senate Anti-Semitism Bill Targets Student Activists While Letting Real Bigots off the Hook Op-Eds & Analysis
David Palumbo-Liu, AlterNet

Senate Anti-Semitism Bill Targets Student Activists While Letting Real Bigots off the Hook

Under the cover of the outrage that has accompanied the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and his appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, a man the Anti-Defamation League has condemned as a facilitator of “a loose-knit group of white nationalists...

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Freedom of Information Request Reveals Pro-Israel Lobbying Push Behind Gov. Cuomo’s Disturbing BDS.. News Roundup
Max Blumenthal, Sarah Lazare, AlterNet

Freedom of Information Request Reveals Pro-Israel Lobbying Push Behind Gov. Cuomo’s Disturbing BDS..

On December 2, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a blacklist of 13 institutions and companies that will be punished for their alleged support of the international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The blacklist was the result...

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Are Jared Kushner’s West Bank Donations the Trump Team’s Latest Conflict of Interest? News Roundup
Alison Durkee, Mic

Are Jared Kushner’s West Bank Donations the Trump Team’s Latest Conflict of Interest?

President-elect Donald Trump's business career will likely bring an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest into the Oval Office. However it became clear this week there's another conflict of interest might come from a different member of Trump's team: son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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