Florida bill defines anti-Semitism, prohibits discrimination

A bill that would put a definition of anti-Semitism into Florida law and add religion as a prohibited discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature.

The anti-Semitism definition also would prohibit expressing a hatred for Jews, calling for the killing or harming of a Jewish person, criticizing the collective power of the Jewish community, or accusing Jewish people or Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

The bill would require educational institutions to consider this definition when determining if some practice or action constitutes discrimination based on religion.