Anti-Semitism Defined

Sep 13, 2018

The Trump administration has now adopted the international definition of anti-Semitism that is widely used by governmental agencies including the State Department. It explicitly defines Judaism as not only a religion but also an ethnic origin.

The policy change was announced by Kenneth Marcus, who leads the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, stating that the office was “ill-equipped to recognize anti-Semitism when it sees it and is failing in its mission to protect Jewish students.” Marcus recently re-opened a 2011 investigation into Rutgers University in connection with alleged discrimination against Jewish students.

The Obama administration previously closed the case, ignoring evidence that suggested the school allowed a hostile environment for Jewish students. Marcus said he would vacate the 2014 decision and re-examine the conservative Jewish group’s cause not as a case of religious freedom but as possible discrimination against an ethnic group. 

Marcus said anyone who acts “to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination, on the grounds that the State of Israel's existence is a racist endeavor or applies double standards to Israel that it does not apply to any other democratic country will be deemed an anti-Semite.”

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