President Biden's Education Department is still futzing around without addressing campus anti-Semitism. True to form, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is urging DOE to continue ignoring the problem. In letter to DOE, Legal Insurrection Foundation (LIF) has urged DOE to address anti-Semitism as soon as possible by implementing President Trump's Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism.
Back in 2019, then-President Trump signed Executive Order 13899, entitled "Combating Anti-Semitism." EO 13899 basically suggested that anti-Semitic discrimination was or could be prohibited under existing federal law because it is, or often is, also racial or ethnic discrimination. Think of the Nazis, who murdered Jews because they allegedly belonged to an inferior race. More to the point, think of today's Israel-haters, who discriminate against Jews because of their ethnic ties to Israel.
For legal geeks looking for a more detailed explanation, EO 13899 directed that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism be taken into account in enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal funding, and is the go-to provision used to enforce anti-discrimination rules in education; but it doesn't specifically prohibit religious discrimination. The EO states:
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