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Trump administration adopts new definition of anti-Semitism in schools

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President Trump is going to change the way the U.S education department investigates anti-Semitism, to include delegitimizing Israel or holding Israel to a double standard that would not be expected from any other democratic nation. This is fabulous news. Anti-Israel and pro-BDS activity is raging on campuses all over the United States. As a result, pro-Israel Jewish students are being terrorized on college campuses.

“Palestinian” and pro-BDS groups criticized the decision harshly, claiming that their free speech rights are being violated. They’re lying. It is the free speech rights of pro-Israel Jews (on college campuses) that have been violated by the supporters of the BDS movement and other radical left-wing groups.

Pro-“Palestinian” groups refuse to allow civilized debate on the Israel-“Palestinian” conflict, because they know they can’t win. Instead, they bully, marginalize, intimidate, humiliate, and assault pro-Israel Jewish students, making it next to impossible for pro-Israel Jews (and non-Jews) to exercise their freedom of speech rights. President Trump’s decision was not only a victory for pro-Israel Jewish students, but also for Americans who care about freedom of speech.

President Trump has quite simply been a godsend for Israel and the Jewish people. President Trump has done more for Israel in less than two years than AIPAC has done in 50. Significantly more. Sadly, President Trump can expect to receive only 25 percent of the Jewish vote in 2020, at best.

“Trump administration adopts new definition of anti-Semitism in schools,” by Michael Stratford, Politico, September 11, 2018:

The Trump administration is changing how the Education Department investigates allegations of discrimination against Jewish students, backing an approach that is favored by pro-Israel groups but that critics worry will stifle free speech and criticism of Israel on campus.

The policy change was outlined in a letter last month by Kenneth Marcus, who leads the department’s Office for Civil Rights, in which he re-opened a 2011 investigation into Rutgers University in connection with alleged discrimination against Jewish students. The letter was obtained by POLITICO.

Marcus wrote in the letter that the Education Department, in its investigations into discrimination, would use the “working definition” of anti-Semitism that is “widely used by governmental agencies” including the State Department.

That definition includes examples in which delegitimizing Israel, or holding it to a double standard not expected of other democratic nations, are deemed anti-Semitic.

That meant the Office for Civil Rights for the first time was using a definition of anti-Semitism that some Jewish activists have long sought as a tool to curb discrimination on campuses. But some civil liberties organizations and advocates for Palestinian rights believe that the definition is so broad that it would label criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic.

Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill denied that the administration had made a change. “The Department has not adopted a definition of anti-Semitism,” Hill said in an email.

“Secretary DeVos has made clear that OCR will look at the specific facts of each case and make determinations accordingly,” she added. “The facts in the Rutgers case, many of which were disregarded by the previous administration, are troubling.”

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