Congress Introduces ADL-Backed 'Countering Antisemitism Act' to Police Online Speech

Chris Menahan
Apr. 11, 2024

A bipartisan pair of AIPAC-funded senators have introduced a new bill backed by the Anti-Defamation League aimed at silencing criticism of Jews and Israel and policing Americans' online speech.

The bill comes as Israel is committing an active genocide of Palestinians with US-supplied bombs and inducing a man-made famine in Gaza.

"The Countering Antisemitism Act is the most far-reaching antisemitism initiative to be introduced in Congress," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Thursday on X. "It offers a smart, bipartisan, whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to combating this hatred and protecting Jews around the country."

Here's how the ADL describes the bill in a statement on their website:
The Countering Antisemitism Act (CAA)—the most comprehensive antisemitism initiative to be introduced in Congress—will implement the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism and ensure its policies and infrastructure are made permanent.

As ADL data shows, the U.S. Jewish community is facing the worst crisis of antisemitism that we have seen in a generation. As we reach the conclusion of the National Strategy's 12-month timeline, we must guarantee the important policies within the plan continue to protect Jewish lives. The Countering Antisemitism Act will ensure these policies endure and create lasting executive structures to prioritize and fight antisemitism, including a domestic National Coordinator and a dedicated Task Force that meets regularly to coordinate efforts to fight antisemitism across federal agencies.

As we face such historic levels of antisemitism, the Countering Antisemitism Act offers a smart, innovative whole-of-government approach to combating this hatred and protecting Jews around the country.

The Countering Antisemitism Act is authored by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK) and Reps. Kathy Manning (D-NC) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairs of the House and Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.

Key Provisions

- Establishes a National Coordinator to Counter Antisemitism to serve as the President's principal advisor on countering domestic antisemitism and coordinate Federal efforts to counter antisemitism.

- Establishes an Interagency Task Force to Counter Antisemitism to coordinate the implementation of Federal strategies to counter antisemitism.

- Requires federal agencies to submit a report to Congress detailing their implementation of the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.

- Requires the FBI, DHS, and National Counterterrorism Center to jointly produce an annual threat assessment of antisemitic violent extremism.

- Requires the National Coordinator to conduct an annual analysis of online antisemitic content, including Holocaust denial and distortion, and prepare recommendations for Congress on how to counter the spread of antisemitism online.

- Requires the Department of Education to designate a senior official to advise and oversee the Department's efforts to counter antisemitic discrimination at colleges and universities.

- Requires the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to study Holocaust education efforts across public K-12 schools.

- Requires FEMA to ensure they have sufficient resources and personnel to carry out the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

- Formally designates May as "Jewish American Heritage Month."
The bill is supposed to work in concert with the Biden administration's "National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism" which called on "all online platforms" to ban "extremist websites," ban "hate speech" and institute "zero tolerance" policies to protect Jews from antisemitism.

If someone introduced the same bill but replaced "Jews" with "Whites" or "Christians" and demanded policing of "antiwhiteism" and "anti-Christianism" they would be laughed out of Congress.

Instead, we're getting "conservative" states like South Dakota, Georgia, Florida and Texas passing what amounts to hate speech laws to silence all criticism of "God's chosen people."

Two and a half centuries of free speech needs to come to an end to prevent the Jewish State from being criticized while they're actively committing genocide.

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