U.S. Anti-Semitism Official: Harassment Is Not Free Speech

(Ha'aretz) Allison Kaplan Sommer - Elan Carr, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, told Ha'aretz in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that the White House executive order aimed at protecting Jewish students at U.S. universities "has nothing to do with free speech. Harassment and intimidation is not protected speech. All the executive order says is that the same kind of racism that is prohibited as a civil rights violation when applied to blacks and Hispanics is equally a civil rights violation when it's applied to Jews. You can't be racist against Jews any more than you can be racist against Hispanic Americans or black Americans. That's all this order does." "Every time you try to label something anti-Semitic, the people who traffic in anti-Semitism yell about free speech and censorship....Surely it can't be that the only people who have free speech are the anti-Semites. You also need free speech to call it anti-Semitism."

2019-12-19 00:00:00

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