Virginia and America must always stand with our Jewish friends and Israel allies against the tide of hate and discrimination. https://t.co/LldJseK0OW— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 30, 2021
As I said in June, when I’m governor, there will be no place for anti-Semitism in Virginia. We must lead the nation in living up to our most cherished ideals. https://t.co/rgmFruZFWF— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 30, 2021
According to Glenn Youngkin, the grocery tax and fighting anti-Semitism are two of the most important issues on the minds of Virginians in 2021.
“FALLS CHURCH, VA – Political outsider, successful businessman, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin today announced a plan to combat anti-Semitism in Virginia. With crime increasing and the Commonwealth’s murder rate at a two-decade high, Youngkin is committed to prioritizing public safety as governor. As he seeks to make Virginia the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family for all people, one area of particular concern to Youngkin is the increasing number of crimes targeting Jews. That is why as governor he will form a Virginia Holocaust, Genocide and Anti-Semitism Advisory Commission and push the Virginia General Assembly to pass a state law adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism.
“Virginia must take clear and concrete action to stop all forms of anti-Semitism, and when I’m governor, we will,” said Youngkin. “I will push the General Assembly to pass a law adopting the internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism, and I will form a commission to examine and address anti-Semitic incidents in Virginia. Our Jewish friends and neighbors must know that we stand with them against the tide of hate and discrimination. Virginia must lead the nation in living up to our most cherished ideals and being a welcoming, safe community where everyone enjoys dignity and respect regardless of their identity, color or creed.”
According to FBI crime statistics, the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States is on the rise. This week, Texas became the first state in the nation to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.”
Will it work?
Who knows? Who cares?
How would Glenn Youngkin define “anti-Semitism” in Virginia law? He would use the IHRA definition which holds that “anti-Semitism” should be criminalized. This is the scope of what “anti-Semitism” means to these people and what would qualify as an “anti-Semitic incident.”
“Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.
Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries. …”
In other words, it is “anti-Semitic” to criticize Jews and Israel and that is an “anti-Semitic incident” should be a “hate crime” which is against the law and Glenn Youngkin supports this.
Note: Election Day in Virginia is November 2.