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    Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism

    Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

    WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said on Tuesday.

    The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, to trigger a federal law penalizing colleges and universities deemed to be shirking their responsibility to foster an open climate for minority students, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the matter before the announcement.

    In signing the order, Mr. Trump will use his executive power to take action where Congress has not, essentially replicating bipartisan legislation that has stalled on Capitol Hill for years. Prominent Democrats have joined Republicans in promoting such a policy change at a time of rising tension on campuses over anti-Semitism as well as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or B.D.S. movement against Israel.

    But critics have complained that such a policy could be used to stifle free speech and legitimate opposition to Israel’s policies toward Palestinians in the name of fighting anti-Semitism. The definition of anti-Semitism to be used in the order, which matches the one used by the State Department, has been criticized as too open-ended and sweeping.

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    For instance, it describes as anti-Semitic “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,” and offers as an example of such behavior “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

    Opponents of the definition fear that it could be used to declare any defense of Palestinian autonomy to be anti-Semitic, with federal education funding as a cudgel.

    Mr. Trump, who over the years has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks or turning a blind eye to anti-Jewish tropes, has also positioned himself as a strong supporter of Israel and a champion of Jewish Americans. The executive order to be signed on Wednesday stemmed from an effort spearheaded by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, who is the Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors.

    The order to be signed by Mr. Trump would empower the Education Department to go further. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the department can withhold funding from any college or educational program that discriminates “on the ground of race, color, or national origin.” Religion was not included among the protected categories, so Mr. Trump’s order will have the effect of embracing an argument that Jews are a people or a race with a collective national origin in the Middle East, like Italian Americans or Polish Americans.

    The definition of anti-Semitism to be adopted from the State Department and originally formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance includes “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.”

    A group of 80 education, civil rights and religious organizations sent a letter to Ms. DeVos last week complaining that some Middle East studies centers on college campuses financed by the government under Title VI have sought to boycott Israel or shut down their universities’ study abroad programs in Israel.

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    Update: He signed it...

    Donald Trump pays tribute to victims of New Jersey kosher supermarket massacre as he signs executive order tackling anti-Semitism on college campuses saying: 'American weeps for the lives lost'

    Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses and he paid tribute to the victims of a shooting at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey.

    Trump touted his support for Jewish Americans before he signed the executive order, which broadens the definition of anti-Semitism.

    'This is our message to universities. If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-Semitism,' the president said at a White House Hanukkah reception, where he signed the order.

    He was joined by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are Jewish. First lady Melania Trump was also on hand for the signing, as were a few prominent Jewish Americans.

    The order has drawn criticism from free speech advocates who say it will allow Judaism to be interpreted as a nationality in order for it to be covered by the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires educational institutions receiving federal funding to not discriminate based on national origin, and thereby restrict students' ability to criticize Israel.

    White House Counselor Jared Kushner - who is reported to have pushed for the order - defended it in an oped published Wednesday in The New York Times.

    'With Wednesday's executive order, the president takes crucial action to support and defend Jewish students in the United States. For the first time, a president is making clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act's prohibition against discrimination based on race, color or national origin covers discrimination against Jews,' he wrote.

    The president's son-in-law also addressed critics of the order.

    'The executive order does not define Jews as a nationality. It merely says that to the extent that Jews are discriminated against for ethnic, racial or national characteristics, they are entitled to protection by the anti-discrimination law,' Kushner noted.

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    Btw, what a coincidence the same day Trump says he was going to sign it on Wednesday the "black hebrews" attack a jew supermarket...

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    Good information. Government abuse of anybody wanting to be a individual will increase for sure as it has in the past.(being morally outraged by wrong doings of a individual or group is more important than facts) At he same time ;The genocide of White people of course will never get media coverage as we know.

    I know by experience police brutality in the name of anti antisemitism will increase on everybody who lives by facts not emotionalism. another word for it; emotional barbarism will continue to rise.

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    Ultimately man cannot save us, only god alone. All the world is a pantomime and the tares are the actors. We must be obedient servants of Yah. As the hymn goes "HalleluYAH". "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." I believe this verse (2 Timothy 2:3) is essentially saying that we as soldiers of god must not be distracted by petty affairs. But serve as a warrior for god in times of physical war. But for now as warriors for truth, having fellowship & focusing on what god is trying to teach us with the holy spirit. I hope you had a good reast from work over the holidays my friends and brothers in christ.

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