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In New Jersey:

Fortunately, two New Jersey lawmakers have decided to tackle this crisis head-on. State Sens. Steve M. Sweeney (D-N.J.) and Robert W. Singer (R-N.J.) proposed an amendment to New Jersey’s Statute 18A that would establish protections for Jewish people against discrimination on the basis of their religion. It extends protections to specifically include the Jewish people as a religious/ethnic group. It prohibits acts of antisemitism in public schools, colleges and universities.
The amendment’s tenets include:
Calling for, aiding or justifying the killing or harming of Jewish people, often in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion;
Asking mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing or stereotypical allegations about Jewish people or the power of Jewish people as a collective, especially, but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jewish people controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions;
Accusing Jewish people as a whole or the State of Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

No, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and their fellow travelers don't like this. It's always such a drag to have one's anti-Semitism exposed for what it is.

In other news designed to outrage progressive Jew haters and jihad supporters:

Left-wing academics are up in arms about the threat by the Trump Administration to cut federal funds for a program promoting Islam that may violate the Constitution, promote anti-Semitism and advance “ideological priorities” that have nothing to do with the purpose of the program.
As reported by AP, the program in question is run by University of North Carolina and Duke University. The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies received $235,000 last year from the government for the program which was to promote foreign language instruction for the purpose of preparing students for careers in diplomacy and national security.
Yet, an investigation showed that the program unfairly promoted “the positive aspects of Islam” but not Christianity or Judaism. Moreover, a conference put on by the program titled “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities,” featured a rapper who performed a “brazenly anti-Semitic song.”
The investigation into the program was ordered by Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after North Carolina Rep. George Holding exposed the conference for its “severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”
Predictably, academics who don't like their bigotry challenged are whining about "academic freedom" and "Right-wing political correctness."

We at MJAC always thought that academic freedom was based on academics, not anti-Semitic indoctrination.

In Minnesota, home state of Ilhan Omar and Betsy McCollum, there is rot on both sides of the aisle.

Former House representative and current Senate candidate Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) said six years ago that Republicans have “dual loyalties” to Israel, thanks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and a “very strong American Jewish lobby.”
He also called Israel the “51st state.”
These comments resurfaced in a CNN report published on Friday.
“You’ve got a number of dual citizens, by the way—citizens of Israel and citizens of the United States serving in government,” said Lewis in a February 2013 radio show. “In any other country that might be seen as a problem, but it’s not here because of that special relationship.”
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“[Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations] John Bolton’s a dual citizen, for instance, of Israel and America,” added Lewis. “There’s no question that there are a number in—during the Bush years—there were a number of dual citizens, citizens of Israel, citizens of America who were making policy.”
Bolton isn’t Jewish nor does he hold Israeli citizenship.

Maybe David Duke will express the same love for Lewis he's expressed for Omar.

Right here in Michigan, you may recall that Rep. Debbie Dingell withdrew her support for an anti-Israel bill sponsored by the previously mentioned Betsy McCollum. Predictably, many of her constituents were less than pleased with Dingell's decision.

Many community members, including Nasser Baydoun, the chairman of the Arab American Civil Rights League, were also disappointed.
"Debbie's been a friend for a long time, we don't agree with this decision, we've made our opinion known and we'll work together to make sure that we pursue the best for the Palestinian people," he said.

Best for whom? You're loyal to which country?

Amer Zahr,  president of the New Generation for Palestine, said that Dingell let the community down by not offering a principled, moral stance on behalf of one of the world's most vulnerable and oppressed populations, the children of occupied Palestine.
"We're very disappointed, many of us are angry,"  said Zahr, a Palestinian American who is also a writer, filmmaker, comedian and University of Detroit Mercy adjunct law professor.
"We expect more from her in moral situations like this...Standing with Palestinians and Palestinian people and children especially is not something to be done through political calculations, it's something to be done because it's right.
"Standing with us is not a part-time job, it's a full-time moral endeavor," Zahr said. "So we won't stand for these kinds of moves even if most of the other times she's doing the right thing."
He added that Dingell did not consult with his organization, the only Palestinian member organization in her district.

Zahr was also instrumental in making sure that Dearborn was denied a Burgerim franchise because Burgerim is an Israeli franchise. Denying people a choice of food and increasing the number of local jobs was much more important than allowing people to possibly make a choice that Zahr found disagreeable.