Executive order to crackdown on anti-Semitism stirs controversy

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President Trump to combat anti-Semitism with new executive order protecting Jews on college campuses

Title VI does not now include religion status as a protected identity. The civil rights unit alleged that a conference on Gaza at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discriminated against "students of Jewish descent on the basis of national origin" rather than simply "Jewish students" because the law does not recognize religious discrimination.

The executive order instructs agencies to "consider" a definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in investigating complaints of discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Trump administration has previously acted to constrain perceived campus anti-Semitism, past year reopening a case of alleged discrimination against Jewish students at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The order will force the U.S. government to withhold funding from colleges and universities if they fail to confront discrimination against Jewish students, CNN reported.A senior administration official was quoted as saying that the order "does not "define" Judaism at all".

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel-a founding member organization of the BDS Movement-said the EO was "anti-democratic".

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Among those welcomed by Trump on the platform was Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat, who proclaimed that the executive order would "turn universities from being bastions of discrimination and hatred" and "go down in history as one of the most important events in the 2,000-year battle against anti-Semitism". It gave Algerian Jews the privilege of French citizenship (and all of the rights and protections that came with it) while Muslim and Amazigh Algerians remained second-class citizens. He also noted his proclamation that recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing decades of US policy. "There's a lot of fear among many Jewish leaders all throughout the past century about that".

Anti-Semitism is pernicious and risky wherever it appears, including on college campuses. "The president is changing Jewish status in an artificial way for callous political purposes".

The Republican president has been a staunch supporter of Israel. "The fight against anti-Semitism and BDS is existential and it is good that we have a friend in the White House". And make no mistake, an attack on the BDS movement from this high up in the USA government sends the racist message that Palestinians' efforts to live with freedom and dignity are unacceptable - even when those efforts are nonviolent like those of the BDS movement.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, an organization that defines itself as "pro-Israel, pro-peace", said the real objective of the order was to crack down on campus critics of Israel.

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"The same right-wing groups who turn a blind eye to the president's hateful rhetoric have promoted this executive order as part of a cynical push to turn the issue of anti-Semitism into a partisan political weapon, instead of seriously combating it in all its forms", he added.

Rush contended that Trump "does not care about Jewish safety". "The rise of anti-Semitic incidents is not theoretical, it's empirical".

"That's something we have long advocated for and does not break new ground in identifying Jews as a protected class", he tells NPR. "He calls us disloyal when speaking to American Jews, he refers to Israel as "your country" because he believes we do not really belong here".

Trump delivered a speech on Saturday night that featured remarks from a recent New York University graduate who had accused the school of failing to protect its Jewish students from harassment.

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We refuse to let white supremacist governments use our safety as a tool for the repression and oppression of the Palestinian people - especially because we know that the safety they offer is a lie.

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