California community college students adopt universal definition of anti-Semitism

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Entrance to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The resolution mentions that “Jewish students constitute a part of a diverse ethnic group at Foothill College not currently protected by student government appropriately.”

 The student government at a community college in Northern California unanimously adopted on Thursday the widely accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, becoming the first student government in the Bay Area to do so, according to Students Supporting Israel.

Foothill College’s student government passed the resolution to adopt the IHRA definition in a 28-0 vote, noting that there’s been “record levels” of hate crimes against Jewish individuals and institutions.”

It also mentions that “Jewish students constitute a part of a diverse ethnic group at Foothill College not currently protected by student government appropriately.”

The resolution did not go into specifics such as mentioning any anti-Semitic incidents on campus.

But it did call on the college itself to adopt the IHRA definition, stating a copy be sent to members of the school administration, including college president Thuy Nguyen.

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