Trump’s expected executive order on campus anti-Semitism draws praise and concern
by Laura Meckler, Julie Zauzmer and Ashley Parker
December 11, 2019
President Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday that defines the Jewish people as a nationality for purposes of federal civil rights law, an effort to step up enforcement against episodes of anti-Semitism on college campuses, two administration officials said. Defining Jewish people as an ethnic group and not just a religious one allows the government to consider discrimination against the group as a violation of a key civil rights law. That means schools could lose federal funding if they fail to combat discrimination against Jewish students. READ MORE
ISRAEL HAYOM Left labels Trump an anti-Semite for defending Jews Trump’s executive order protecting Jews against anti-Semitism on campus is embraced by Republicans, but slammed by liberals.
TIMES OF ISRAEL Jewish groups divided on Trump order targeting college anti-Semitism However, the left-leaning J Street lobby group said in a statement that “Trump’s executive order is a cynical, harmful measure designed to suppress free speech on college campuses, not fight anti-Semitism.