Trump Signs Executive Order, Vows To ‘Crush’ Anti-Semitism | NBC News
Trump signs decree to combat anti-Semitism on student campuses
Colleges and universities that do not fight anti-Semitism will lose federal funding
President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Wednesday To Combat Anti-Semitism On US Student Campuses.
The executive orders cut federal funding for colleges and universities that have failed to take action to combat anti-Semitism. The decree extends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to people affected by anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. According to the decree, all followers of Judaism are now considered to be people of Jewish nationality..
A section of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or nationality in the territories of federally funded organizations. Now anti-Semitism will also be classified as manifestations of such discrimination..
Major Jewish and Jewish organizations welcomed the signing of the decree. Other organizations have stated that the creation of “ethnic categories” is not acceptable and that they are concerned that the order could potentially be used to suppress freedom of expression in educational institutions..
“This critical step by the President of the United States will create an environment in which Jewish students suffering from anti-Semitism on American university campuses will receive some semblance of protection,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a major Jewish rights organization..
“President Trump has done more for American Jews than any other president in history,” says Matt Brooks, President of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Cooper said in an interview with Voice of America that the move was supported by both Democrats and Republicans. He added that Trump’s order is based on a bill that has passed through the Senate twice and has received bipartisan support over the years. Cooper called it “complete nonsense” to comment on the decree’s critics who believe Trump set a precedent for determining Jewish nationality on the basis of religion..
The 1964 law does not provide protection against discrimination on the basis of religion. Thus, according to the administration, it was decided to interpret Judaism as a nationality, in order to apply punishment to those who encourage manifestations of anti-Semitism in colleges and universities..
Students of Hinduism, Islam and the Sikh religion are already protected from discrimination under Title VI of the law, on the basis of “their origin or ethnicity,” the administration says..
Some of Trump’s opponents suggest that the decree will be used to suppress the right to freedom of opinion, especially “in relation to criticism of the Israeli authorities for violating the civil rights of Palestinians.”.
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