South Carolina is the first state to adopt a uniform definition of anti-Semitism. Signed into law on July 6 by Gov. Henry McMaster (R), the new measure requires universities to take the definition into account when reviewing charges of anti-Semitism, which has been increasing on college campuses at an alarming rate.
Contained in a proviso to the annual state budget bill, the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism serves as a guideline for college administrators. The new measure was set into motion last year by Republican State Rep. Alan Clemmons who authored the nation’s first legislation condemning the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.