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Florida Senate approves antisemitism bill

Florida Senate unanimously passes bill that defines antisemitism in Florida law, based on IHRA definition.

Florida Senate approves antisemitism bill

'Attacker cursed Jews as he beat elderly man'

Chaim Rosenstein tells Arutz Sheva about the violent antisemitic incident he witnessed over the weekend in which an elderly Jewish man was assaulted.

'Attacker cursed Jews as he beat elderly man'

Man arrested over antisemitic assault of Jewish man

Suspect arrested for allegedly beating up an elderly Jewish man as he returned home from synagogue on Shabbat.

Man arrested over antisemitic assault of Jewish man

Antisemitic protests near Disney World

Protesters with swastika flags and antisemitic signs gathered in multiple locations near Disney World and in Orlando, Florida, over Saturday.

Antisemitic protests near Disney World

Running for the hostages in Gaza - in Florida

Eighteen boys and girls from Emunah Bet Sabah Elazraki Children’s Home ran a half marathon in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the aim of raising awareness of the hostages in Gaza.

Running for the hostages in Gaza - in Florida

Lawsuit after Anne Frank's diary pulled from schools

Anne Frank’s diary, ‘Schindler’s List’ among titles at center of major Florida book-ban lawsuit.

Lawsuit after Anne Frank's diary pulled from schools

Make it easier for Jewish students to transfer

Florida Governor directs state’s colleges and universities to make it easier for Jewish students to transfer to a Florida higher education institution.

Make it easier for Jewish students to transfer

One dead, one injured in mall shooting

One person killed in "targeted act of violence" inside an Ocala, Florida mall.

One dead, one injured in mall shooting

Florida Governor moves to impose sanctions on Iran

Governor Ron DeSantis called for several bills that would support Israel and severely sanction Iran and its proxies.

Florida Governor moves to impose sanctions on Iran

Florida man charged with threatening to kill Jewish people

21-year-old from Sarasota accused of calling World Jewish Congress and threatening "mass genocide of every single Israeli" in a voicemail.

Florida man charged with threatening to kill Jewish people

Florida 'Mom For Liberty' goes on antisemitic livestream

The first Mom For Liberty to successfully ban Anne Frank went on an antisemitic livestream.

Florida 'Mom For Liberty' goes on antisemitic livestream

'Florida will send drones, weapons and ammo to Israel'

Florida Governor announces he has arranged to send military aid to Israel as it prepares for an incursion of Gaza.

'Florida will send drones, weapons and ammo to Israel'

Florida Governor bans Students for Justice in Palestine

Governor Ron DeSantis orders 2 SJP branches in Florida 'dismantled' after organization supports Hamas massacre, destruction of Israel.

Florida Governor bans Students for Justice in Palestine

'Biden prioritizes 'humanitarian aid' to Gaza over US hostages'

Florida Governor criticizes US President for pushing hard for aid to Gaza 'that will be commandeered by Hamas.'

'Biden prioritizes 'humanitarian aid' to Gaza over US hostages'

Florida governor welcomes hundreds of Americans home

Governor Ron DeSantis announces first mission from Israel returns nearly 300 Americans home.

Florida governor welcomes hundreds of Americans home

DeSantis orders rescue operation to bring Floridans from Israel

State Department announces charter flights to bring US citizens and their families back from Israel to start tomorrow.

DeSantis orders rescue operation to bring Floridans from Israel

Human body found in jaws of massive alligator

Residents of Ridgecrest shocked to see 13-foot alligator carrying human remains. Alligator killed during retrieval of body.

Human body found in jaws of massive alligator

3 additional suspects arrested for hanging antisemitic banners

Officers arrested Anthony Altick, and Ronald Murray and Amanda Rains turned themselves in for hanging antisemitic banners on overpass.

3 additional suspects arrested for hanging antisemitic banners

In Florida, city council member walks on on antisemitism vote

Farrakhan follower on Florida city council leaves meeting rather than vote on antisemitism resolution.

In Florida, city council member walks on on antisemitism vote

Man arrested for displaying banner with swastikas

Florida man arrested for violation of new state law that makes it a crime to display images onto a structure without permission.

Man arrested for displaying banner with swastikas

Miami Jewish school evacuated after latest bomb threat

Students reportedly hear bang before being evacuated from Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach.

Miami Jewish school evacuated after latest bomb threat

Hurricane Idalia weakens to tropical storm after hitting Florida

The storm now threatens parts of Georgia and the Carolinas with strong winds and flooding.

Hurricane Idalia weakens to tropical storm after hitting Florida

DeSantis: No confirmed deaths from Hurrican Idalia

Florida Governor to visit areas most affected by powerful hurricane after eye of the storm leaves state.

DeSantis: No confirmed deaths from Hurrican Idalia

At least 270,000 without power from Hurricane Idalia

Florida governor declares state of emergency as Big Bend area struck by most powerful hurricane in 125 years.

At least 270,000 without power from Hurricane Idalia

Florida residents urged to leave as Hurricane Idalia approaches

Idalia strengthens to a Category 2 system and could reach Category 3 as it hits Florida.

Florida residents urged to leave as Hurricane Idalia approaches

Jacksonville shooting under investigation as a hate crime

Man who killed 3 Black shoppers in Jacksonville carried a swastika-decorated gun.

Jacksonville  shooting under investigation as a hate crime

Three dead in shooting in Jacksonville

Gunman opens fire, kills three Black people before shooting and killing himself. Police say the shooting was racially motivated.

Three dead in shooting in Jacksonville

Deputy acquitted of child neglect charges

Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson acquitted over charges that he failed to act during the 2018 Parkland school massacre.

Deputy acquitted of child neglect charges

Watch: Shark bites fisherman, pulls him into water in Everglades

Man dipping his hands in water to wash them attacked by large shark which pulls him overboard after saying '2 seconds won't do anything.'

Watch: Shark bites fisherman, pulls him into water in Everglades

Florida horse rescued from swimming pool by tractor

Mo got himself trapped in his owner's pool after being spooked and attempting to jump over the pool.

Florida horse rescued from swimming pool by tractor

Florida mom apologizes for promoting antisemitic book

The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman’s poem says she’s sorry for promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Florida mom apologizes for promoting antisemitic book

Florida dog rescued from 12-foot alligator’s jaws by owner

Heroic man saves dog's life by jumping on back of giant gator, lucky canine recovering from surgery after traumatic ordeal.

Florida dog rescued from 12-foot alligator’s jaws by owner

Florida teen attacked by bull shark, suffers multiple injuries

13-year-old girl bitten multiple times by shark in waist-deep water at state park.

Florida teen attacked by bull shark, suffers multiple injuries

South Florida high school vandalized with swastikas

High school bathroom covered in swastikas less than two weeks after bill increasing penalties for antisemitic harassment signed into law.

South Florida high school vandalized with swastikas

Miami area police cruiser vandalized with antisemitic slur

Vandal smashes window and writes pro-Nazi message on police car parked outside Chabad house as a security deterrent.

Miami area police cruiser vandalized with antisemitic slur

Man arrested for pulling off Jewish man’s kippah, punching him

Elderly Jewish man attacked in Boca Raton Walmart by antisemite who spits on his kippah and punches him twice.

Man arrested for pulling off Jewish man’s kippah, punching him

Free speech vs. hate speech in a time of rising antisemitism

Amid wave of antisemitism, Florida bill would strengthen laws against distribution of bigoted written materials.

Free speech vs. hate speech in a time of rising antisemitism

Sheriff is on warpath against Nazi ‘scumbags’ who want him dead

Florida sheriff fights back against Goyim Defense League which targeted him and his family after he exposed antisemitic activists.

Sheriff is on warpath against Nazi ‘scumbags’ who want him dead

Florida marks Independence Day with largest event in the world

A record 6,000 students from over a dozen Jewish schools come together to celebrate Israel's 75th anniversary.

Florida marks Independence Day with largest event in the world

Florida: Man who attacked Chabad center in March is arrested

Florida man arrested for attacking Chabad center in Cape Coral in March.

Florida: Man who attacked Chabad center in March is arrested

Florida Legislature passes antisemitism bill

Measure to curb activity by neo-Nazi groups in the state moves on to Governor Ron DeSantis to be signed into law.

Florida Legislature passes antisemitism bill

Report: Florida surgeon general edited Covid-19 vaccine study

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo accused of making false claims of cardiac issues in study on safety of two Covid-19 vaccines.

Report: Florida surgeon general edited Covid-19 vaccine study

Florida Jewish schools support tuition affordability initiative

Schools promise to keep tuition increases to a minimum as state moves to give grants to all parents sending children to non-public schools.

Florida Jewish schools support tuition affordability initiative

Antisemitic flyers found in Florida on Holocaust Memorial Day

Hate group behind nationwide antisemitic flyer campaign distributes propaganda in heavily Jewish Palm Beach.

Antisemitic flyers found in Florida on Holocaust Memorial Day

Elderly Florida Jewish woman choked by condo manager

71-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman recounts assault by condo employee who viciously attacked her and hurled antisemitic abuse.

Elderly Florida Jewish woman choked by condo manager

Florida high school pulls graphic novel of Anne Frank’s diary

Graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's diary removed over complaints it 'minimizes' the Holocaust and is not 'age appropriate.'

Florida high school pulls graphic novel of Anne Frank’s diary

Jewish chair of Florida Democrats arrested at abortion protest

Chairwoman of Florida Democratic Party arrested while protesting against new law banning abortion after six weeks pregnancy.

Jewish chair of Florida Democrats arrested at abortion protest

'Florida won't assist in any extradition request of Trump'

Florida Governor blasts indictment of former President as “un-American”.

'Florida won't assist in any extradition request of Trump'

DeSantis to visit Israel, speak in Jerusalem

Florida Governor, a likely Republican presidential contender, will speak at a conference in Jerusalem on April 27.

DeSantis to visit Israel, speak in Jerusalem

Jewish orgs praise bill to fund private schools for all parents

Proposed legislation would enable families sending their children to private Jewish schools to receive $8,000 grants per child.

Jewish orgs praise bill to fund private schools for all parents

Bill banning ‘ethnic intimidation’ flyers takes aim at neo-Nazis

Goyim Defense League a prime target of Florida bill which would ban racist and antisemitic flyers.

Bill banning ‘ethnic intimidation’ flyers takes aim at neo-Nazis

NJ man threatens sheriff who called out antisemitic extremists

Florida sheriff has been outspoken in his opposition to antisemitic far-right group targeting Jews in his county.

NJ man threatens sheriff who called out antisemitic extremists

Holocaust novel removed as school district purges libraries

South Florida school district removes Holocaust novel over its portrayal of sexual assault by Nazi guards.

Holocaust novel removed as school district purges libraries

'Angry man' tries to break down Chabad House door during Shabbat

Assailant unsuccessful in forcing way into Cape Coral synagogue proceeds to trash rabbi's car with bricks.

'Angry man' tries to break down Chabad House door during Shabbat

Florida's Day Schools put us to shame

No Jewish child should be left behind.

Florida's Day Schools put us to shame

Florida commissioner continues to defend use of antisemitic slur

Santa Rosa County official doubles down after being caught using hateful trope, claiming in his defense phrase was not directed at Jews.

Florida commissioner continues to defend use of antisemitic slur

'They had venom in their eyes'

Rabbi Yosef Konikov, Director of Chabad of South Orlando, speaks to INN about the antisemitism he encountered outside the Jewish center.

'They had venom in their eyes'

Florida sheriff calls out neo-Nazi group operating in his county

Sheriff of Volusia County slams antisemitic Goyim Defense League as 'cowardly,' dares them to try to 'put a bullet in the back of my head.'

Florida sheriff calls out neo-Nazi group operating in his county

Florida Jewish retirement community targeted with swastika

Police investigating after antisemitic graffiti at largely Orthodox gated community singles out homeowner association president.

Florida Jewish retirement community targeted with swastika

Antisemites harass Orlando Jews attending Shabbat services

Members of hate group 'Goyim Defense League' hurl antisemitic abuse at Jews outside Chabad house before Friday night services.

Antisemites harass Orlando Jews attending Shabbat services