On December 11, U.S. President Donald Trump signed order to combat anti-Semitism acts.
The head leader performed the activity during a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
This order directs federal agencies to treat anti-Semitism as a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Besides, this order bars discrimination based on “race, color, and national origin” for activities and programs that receive federal assistance.
At a reception, President Trump said the executive order “prohibits federal funding to any college or university that spreads, promotes, tolerates, or supports anything having to do with anti-Semitism.”
“We’re delivering a powerful message to American academia,” the president said. “If you want to receive federal dollars, you must reject anti-Semitism. And if they don’t, they don’t get hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“So we will not permit anti-Jewish bigotry on our college campuses. And if they want to do that, it’s going to be extremely costly. It will be amazing how quickly they stop.”
Opinions about the new order
Pastor John Hagee was on the event. Besides being a pastor, Hagee is the founder and chairman of Christians United For Israel. In a statement, he praised the executive order calling it “historically important.”
“You cannot change what you’re unwilling to confront. So thank you, Mr. President for confronting the scourge of anti-Semitism head on,” Hagee said.
“Thank you for issuing this executive order, which will protect our Jewish brothers and sisters and continues the United States’ vital partnership with the state of Israel and its people.”
CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee was on hand at the White House today as the President signed an executive order adopting the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism for the purposes of government agencies tasked with enforcing Title VI. This was CUFI’s top 2019 policy priority. pic.twitter.com/jqA5IYySn2
— CUFI (@CUFI) 11 de diciembre de 2019
Many agree with the executive order that benefits Jews. However, others expressed their concern about this executive order saying it is “readily evident threat to expressive rights”.
That is the case of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). It is a nonpartisan group focused on defending free speech rights on college campuses.
In response to the order, they released a statement denouncing it as creating a “readily evident threat to expressive rights.”
“… its ambiguous directive and fundamental reliance on the IHRA definition and its examples will cause institutions to investigate and censor protected speech on their campuses,” FIRE said.
While noting that the “apparent rise in campus anti-Semitism is a real problem,” FIRE warned that the executive order could “impermissibly threaten the expressive rights of students and faculty at institutions across the country.”
Source: The Christian Post