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Old October 16th, 2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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Bush signs global anti-Semitism law


Bush signs global anti-Semitism law

Sat Oct 16, 1:13 PM ET
SUNRISE, United States (AFP) -
US President George W. Bush said he had signed into law a bill requiring the State Department to monitor global anti-Semitism and rate countries annually on their treatment of Jews.

"This nation will keep watch; we will make sure that the ancient impulse of anti-Semitism never finds a home in the modern world," Bush said as he campaigned in the key battleground state of Florida. The state's Jewish population is the third largest in the world after Israel and New York.

The US State Department had opposed the legislation, saying it was unnecessary as the department already compiles such information in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom.

"Defending freedom also means disrupting the evil of anti-Semitism," Bush told thousands of cheering supporters packed into a sports arena usually used by the Florida Panthers professional ice hockey team.

"Today, I signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. This law permits the government to keep a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout the world, and also a record of responses to those acts," he said.

Florida is the richest haul among the battleground states expected to decide the November 2 presidential election, with 27 electoral college votes out of the 270 needed to win.

Jewish voters are thought to favor Democrats historically, but the Bush campaign hopes that his strong support for Israel and aggressive outreach efforts could win a majority of Florida's sizeable Jewish community.

The State Department had drawn fire for its position from Jewish groups -- which wield significant political power especially during a presidential election year -- and in September, more than 100 prominent Americans signed a letter to US Secretary of State Colin Powell saying that stance was "wrong."

"The fight against anti-Semitism deserves specific, focused attention," said the letter which was signed by former Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp and ex-UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick among others.

The bill, known as the Global Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, was introduced by California Democratic Representative Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor in the US Congress, in response to recent acts of anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East.

Jewish groups have hailed passage of the bill which they said provided a new avenue to fight anti-Semitism.

Under the legislation, the State Department will have to produce an annual report on anti-Semitism around the world and form a specific office headed by a special envoy to document anti-Semitic abuses and design strategies to combat them.

It requires the department to document acts of physical violence against Jews, their property, cemeteries and places of worship abroad, as well as local governments' responses to them and take note of instances of anti-Jewish propaganda and governments' readiness to promote unbiased school curricula.

By tradition, Bush, who signed the legislation on his official Air Force One jet on his way to Florida, will treat the law's requirements more like strong advice and guiding principles because of the separation of powers.
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Old October 16th, 2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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The US State Department had opposed the legislation, saying it was unnecessary as the department already compiles such information in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom.
So, he signed a law that outlined a process already in place? Hmm...sounds like a political stunt.
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Old October 16th, 2004, 04:10 PM   #3
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So, he signed a law that outlined a process already in place? Hmm...sounds like a political stunt.
And, if he hadn't signed the bill, proposed by a Holocaust survivor and supported by Jewish groups, I'm sure he'd be labeled a racist...
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Old October 16th, 2004, 04:20 PM   #4
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And, if he hadn't signed the bill, proposed by a Holocaust survivor and supported by Jewish groups, I'm sure he'd be labeled a racist...
No he wouldn't. By him signing a something into law that is already being practised under current laws, is just pain stupid. GWB likes to put "LABELS" on everthing if it seems to play to his advantage. Well this one won't, like all the others won't either.


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Old October 16th, 2004, 04:24 PM   #5
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So, according to your logic, he should have sided WITH the US State Dept. and AGAINST the Jewish groups and the Holocaust survivor that began the process. And nobody would have called him a racist...?
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Old October 16th, 2004, 04:32 PM   #6
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So, according to your logic, he should have sided WITH the US State Dept. and AGAINST the Jewish groups and the Holocaust survivor that began the process. And nobody would have called him a racist...?
No you have gotten me all wrong. There is no need to re-invent the wheel is all that I am saying. Gosh can anyone born after 1980 ever understand the english language.

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Old October 16th, 2004, 04:53 PM   #7
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So, according to your logic, he should have sided WITH the US State Dept. and AGAINST the Jewish groups and the Holocaust survivor that began the process. And nobody would have called him a racist...?
Hmm, BIM, I don't think that's it at all. My point was that if he hadn't signed it, nothing would have happened, and it'd be a dead story. If it was already in place, why sign a new bill for it unless there's a political motivation

Next, Bush will be outlawing murder, or saying that burglary is bad. I mean, it's borderline rediculous, BIM, don't you see that?
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Old October 16th, 2004, 06:43 PM   #8
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Hmm, BIM, I don't think that's it at all. My point was that if he hadn't signed it, nothing would have happened, and it'd be a dead story. If it was already in place, why sign a new bill for it unless there's a political motivation

Next, Bush will be outlawing murder, or saying that burglary is bad. I mean, it's borderline rediculous, BIM, don't you see that?
Exactly.

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Humans across the World applaud. Zulus and Plane crash surviving Soccer players across the World are disgusted with the decision. It is rumored that deceased born-again Christian Jeffrey Dahmer turned over in his grave.
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Old October 17th, 2004, 12:03 AM   #9
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Hmm, BIM, I don't think that's it at all. My point was that if he hadn't signed it, nothing would have happened, and it'd be a dead story.
I disagree. Had he not signed it, the next day, Kerry would have been telling the Jewish community that they evidently do not matter to the President.

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BTW: The President didn't come up with this, he just signed it. If you think it's ridiculous, why not go after both Houses which passed the thing?
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Gosh can anyone born after 1980 ever understand the english language.
I find this funny, just for the shear irony in quoting BIM, and questioning the english language.

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FYI: Kerry supported this act also.

Anti-Semitism act

Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said in an editorial in August that he supported the creation of the office and the additional reporting requirements.

“As president, I will use bold diplomacy to get governments to recognize the growing crisis of resurgent anti-Semitism, and take action to deal with it — not hide it,” he said in the editorial in The Forward. “Silence will never prevail — either abroad or at home.”
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Plus the fact that BIM was born long before 1980.
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Some of you are a little overly critical of Bush. Sure sometimes he warrants it, but when you flail at everything he does, it cheapens your message when it counts.
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