New Jersey state Senate cancels hearing on bill condemning antisemitism due to ‘safety’ concerns

The New Jersey Senate has canceled a hearing on a bill that would define antisemitism in the state due to alleged “safety and security concerns.”

The hearing, which was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, was marked “canceled” on the state legislature’s website. No additional details as to why it was canceled were provided online.

“The NJ Senate cited safety and security concerns as the reason for cancelling the committee hearing that would have voted on codifying the IHRA definition of antisemitism in the state of New Jersey,” Jason M. Shames, CEO of the Jewish Federation, told Fox News Digital.

“Jewish Federation of Northern NJ is very disappointed that such a crucial piece of antisemitism legislation is not being heard. It is ironic that a bill designed to protect the rights and safety of Jews was cancelled due to concerns about keeping the community safe,” Shames added. “We look forward to working with our elected officials to pass this critical legislation in the near future and thank our community leaders and fellow organizations for their incredible partnership in mobilizing behind essential protections for Jews.”

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