House passes bill expanding definition of antisemitism as protests engulf college campuses

The House passed a bill on Wednesday that will expand the definition of antisemitism used when applying the Civil Rights Act to universities despite Democratic pushback as pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel demonstrations are spreading across college campuses. 

House members voted 320-91 to require the Education Department to codify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Though a majority of Republicans voted for the bill, 21 Republicans joined 70 Democrats in opposing the measure.

The Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2023, introduced by Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), is the latest step being taken by House Republicans to combat antisemitism on campuses after protests sprouted up at colleges like Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and George Washington University, among others.
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