Trump Signs Executive Order Aimed at Combatting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on anti-semitism that he signed during a Hanukkah reception as White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as well as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others stand behind him in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at combatting anti-Semitism, especially when endorsed by academic institutions that receive federal funding.

The executive order directs federal agencies to treat anti-Semitism as a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination based on “race, color, and national origin” for activities and programs that receive federal assistance.

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI,” the order states.

To define anti-Semitism, the order relied upon the definition crafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

At a reception in the East Room of the White House held in honor of Hanukkah, Trump said the executive order “prohibits federal funding to any college or university that spreads, promotes, tolerates, or supports anything having to do with anti-Semitism.”

“We’re delivering a powerful message to American academia,” the president said. “If you want to receive federal dollars, you must reject anti-Semitism. And if they don’t, they don’t get hundreds of millions of dollars.”

“So we will not permit anti-Jewish bigotry on our college campuses. And if they want to do that, it’s going to be extremely costly. It will be amazing how quickly they stop.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski