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Gov. DeSantis condemns antisemitism after demonstrations in North and South Florida – Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s is denouncing antisemitism after a weekend that noticed hateful shows throughout the Sunshine State.

The assertion, despatched by DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin Monday afternoon, comes after Florida Democrats criticized the Republican Governor for not instantly condemning the acts. A householders’ affiliation property was defaced in Weston this weekend after different, anti-Jewish sentiments have been displayed round Jacksonville Friday and Saturday, most prominently at a full-capacity soccer recreation between the the College of Florida and the College of Georgia on the TIAA Financial institution Subject.

“Governor DeSantis rejects makes an attempt to scapegoat the Jewish neighborhood — it has no place in Florida,” Griffin mentioned in an announcement. “By legislative proposals, legal guidelines, and decisive govt motion, Governor DeSantis has a confirmed document of supporting the Jewish neighborhood and preventing anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) motion in Florida.”

Griffin additionally listed a number of of the Governor’s achievements in supporting the Jewish neighborhood and combating antisemitism. Among the many named measures was a legislation DeSantis signed in Israel in 2019 that formally banned antisemitism in colleges. One other piece of laws signed the next 12 months mandates school curriculum in regards to the Holocaust.

The Governor has additionally accepted funding for Florida’s Jewish neighborhood, together with $4 million in safety funding for Florida’s Jewish Day Colleges, $1.35 million for the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, $400,000 for the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Seaside, $100,000 for the Holocaust Activity Drive and $250,000 for the Florida-Israel Enterprise Accelerator. One other $1 million in recurring funds helps collaboration between Israel and Area Florida.

DeSantis has additionally used Florida’s “anti-BDS” legislation in opposition to firms like Ben & Jerry’s to cease shopping for shares of firms that take positions in opposition to Israel. Within the Ben & Jerry’s case, the ice cream model and its dad or mum firm initially introduced they might not promote merchandise within the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories on the finish of 2022 earlier than later reversing its place.

DeSantis was at Saturday’s Georgia-Florida recreation earlier than heading to New York state to marketing campaign with Lee Zeldin. His workplace didn’t remark till two days later, leaving time for critics to sentence each the demonstrations and the Governor.

Earlier Monday, the Florida Democratic Get together derided DeSantis for his silence — now damaged — on the latest demonstrations.

“This 12 months alone, Ron DeSantis has had a disturbingly excessive variety of alternatives to sentence anti-Semitism, together with neo-Nazi supporters waving a flag that bears his title, however he’s chickened out each time. For somebody who seemingly launches a brand new tradition conflict every single day, this can be very telling that he gained’t confront any such hatred,” mentioned Florida Democratic Get together spokesperson Travis Reuther.

“It’s clear that that is DeSantis’ electoral technique to court docket essentially the most excessive and hateful segments of his base and that he’ll all the time be an excessive amount of of a coward to guard his constituents from neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate teams when the time comes.”

Democrat Charlie Crist, who’s difficult DeSantis for the Governor’s Mansion on Election Day subsequent week, blamed the Governor’s “absolute failure of management” for facilitating the shows earlier than and after the occasion.

“I’m disgusted and horrified on the hateful, antisemitic rhetoric that was displayed in Jacksonville this weekend. Hate shouldn’t have any dwelling in Florida, interval,” Crist asserted on Sunday.

“However whereas antisemitism is spreading in our state, Governor DeSantis refuses to sentence it – even when it’s broadcast on the facet of a stadium he’s in,” Crist added. “It’s a disgusting and absolute failure of management. In the present day and all the time, I stand with our Jewish neighbors in Florida and throughout the nation.”

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