US Commission on Civil Rights

Public Education Campaign to End Campus Anti-Semitism

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  • Some anti-Semitic acts may rise to the level of hate crimes


  • Some state hate crimes statutes provide for separate hate crime charges when a person is threatened or attacked because of his or her race, religion, ethnicity, or other protected characteristics. Other state hate crime statutes provide for enhanced punishments for various criminal offenses when the perpetrator was motivated by the race, religion, ethnicity, or other characteristics of the victim


  • Federal law makes it a crime to use force or threat of force to interfere with a person on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin in the person�s engagement in various federally protected activities, including attending a public college or university. Federal law also prohibits using threats or force to interfere with someone�s exercise of their religion, as well as conspiracy to deprive a person of his federal rights


  • Federal sentencing guidelines provide for sentencing enhancements when any crime is motivated by the victim�s actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, or other protected characteristics