JUSTICE - No. 68

26 No. 68 JUSTICE antisemitism shall be used as an educational tool to familiarize staff and officials with antisemitism.56 When antisemitic ideas (including antisemitic forms of anti-Zionism) form the basis, or provide the intent behind illegal antisemitic acts, authorities must have access to the tools they need to protect the Jewish community. If a person is merely criticizing Israel, even harshly, then these laws should not worry them at all. But if people engage in the kind of destructive conduct that would be illegal if committed for discriminatory purposes, and their motive seems to be based on targeting Jewish people, then it is incumbent upon the person investigating to use a goldstandard definition of antisemitism as a measure to correct for any lack of knowledge or even implicit bias. These bills are designed to help the government do just that. n Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. is Director of the National Jewish Advocacy Center. A former law professor, he is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He served as the founding editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Law and Judaism. 56. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook? ba=HF2220&ga=89&utm_medium=emai l&utm_ source=govdelivery

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