South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster called on the state Senate to immediately pass H. 3643, legislation that adopts the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to be used by institutions of higher learning in determining whether a violation of a college or university policy prohibiting discriminatory practices on the basis of religion has been breached.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in South Carolina, and the passage of this bill would go a long way towards ensuring that our state and its college campuses provide a welcoming environment for those from all walks of life,” said McMaster.
The Republican governor added, “I’m proud that South Carolina continues to lead the fight against anti-Semitic discrimination and would ask that the Senate immediately bring this bill to the floor for a final vote, so that we may send the strongest possible message to the world.”
State Rep. Alan Clemmons, who authored the nation’s first legislation condemning the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, introduced H. 3643 last February. The original bill had 115 co-sponsors and passed the House 103-3.
“This is an important bill that will effectively combat the rising tide of anti-Semitism we are witnessing across our country,” explained Clemmons.” Studies show that Jews are the single most likely group to be victimized by hate crimes. It is vital that we now provide the Jewish community with the same measure of protection that has long since been afforded to other minority groups.”