Trump is Going to Target Antisemitism on US Colleges Campuses

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday to cut off aid to US colleges that tolerate antisemitism. The executive order aims to extend the scope of the section in the Civil Rights Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. It would now include antisemitism as well, said an administration statement on the new executive order.

The statement said: “The President will be signing an executive order on antisemitism to enshrine the definition from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of antisemitism into an executive order, and clarify that Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to anti-Semitic acts.”

Previous attempts to clarify and codify the application of Title VI to anti-Semitic acts have stalled in debates on whether Judaism should be considered a race or an indication of national origin. President Trump has been very committed to Israel, including moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and reversing decades of U.S. policy that considered Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank illegal under international law. Recently, at a weekend conference in Florida, President Trump said: ´the Jewish state has never had a better friend in the White House than your president, Donald J. Trump.´

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