Press Release: IAF Honored to Assist in Passage of Bal Harbour Ordinance Defining Antisemitism
Washington, D.C. – The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) congratulates the city of Bal Harbour for their unanimous passage and historic adoption of an ordinance defining anti-Semitism for law enforcement. This is the first time that a uniform definition of anti-semitism has ever been statutorily codified in the USA.
“We applaud the Bal Harbour Village Council and Mayor Gabriel Groisman for setting a new standard in the battle against anti-Jewish bigotry. It was truly an honor for our organization to contribute our expertise and educational resources to this effort,” stated Joseph Sabag, U.S. National Director of the IAF.
“Our work on this issue has only just begun. Other city and state governments are already preparing to take up similar legislative efforts,” Sabag continued. “IAF’s team of experts, along with our many partner organizations, are ready to provide all of the supporting resources legislators need to pass and implement this important point of public policy.”
Mayor Gabriel Groisman issued the following statements in response to the ordinance’s passage:
“I wish to thank the South Carolina Congressman Alan Clemmons, Joseph Sabag from Israel Allies Foundation (IAF), and Kenneth Marcus from the Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB), amongst others, who provided useful research, policy and support in making this happen.”
“I applaud the Bal Harbour Village Council for standing with me and supporting the passage of this historic ordinance. This ordinance protects the interests of our residents by providing our law enforcement officers a clear definition of anti-Semitism, thereby helping to ascertain the intent of persons who engage in unlawful activities, such as assault or vandalism.”
Bal Harbour has stood out in recent years as the first municipality to pass an anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) ordinance in the country.
Mayor Groisman also thanked Congressional Israel Allies Caucus Members Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-26) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-27) for providing public letters of support of the ordinance to the Council.
“The support of our US Congressional leaders on this important issue meant a great deal for our community,” he said.
The IAF also applauds the neighboring cities of Miami Beach, Surfside and Sunny Isles Beach that have followed the lead of Bal Harbour and are moving ahead with similar ordinances and resolutions.