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Georgia Strengthens Hate Crimes Law Against Antisemitism in Landmark Legislation sparked by Hamas

The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday defining antisemitism and incorporating it into Georgia’s hate crimes law. The state Senate approved the bill 44-6 after a nearly two-hour debate. The Georgia House of Representatives followed in a 129-5 vote.

The House had passed a similar version of the legislation last year, only to have it die in the Senate. Since then, however, incidents of antisemitism have been on the rise across Georgia, sparked by the Oct. 7 massacre of Israeli civilians by Hamas militants and its aftermath. The bill allows prosecutors to seek enhanced penalties when crimes have been committed because the victim is Jewish.

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