President Donald Trump proposed to sign an executive order Wednesday that could efficiently reclassify Judaism as either a race or nationality and also a faith under national law so the Education Department could take immediate actions against what he perspectives as anti-Semitism on school campuses, government officials said Tuesday.
The law says that the Education Department can take such actions against an app that discriminates based”on the ground of race, color, or national origin” — although not based on faith.
The arrangement comes mostly in reaction to this Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement contrary to the Israeli government for its treatment of Palestinians. The motion is now notable on several campuses and led to activities that have abandoned some Jewish pupils feeling concentrated. In making the shift, the Trump government could be recognizing Jews as using a collective national source.
Trump”will soon be signing an executive order on anti-Semitism to enshrine the definition in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of anti-Semitism to an executive order, also explain that Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to anti-Semitic functions,” a senior government official told reporters Tuesday.
“The National Policy Council started to concentrate on this issue from the late winter-spring of the season, when we had been alerted, frankly, in an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric, for example, sadly, from major political figures,” the official continued. “We looked at the information and we found that there has been an increase in anti-Semitic episodes since 2013, and we started a policy procedure to work out, especially, what we can do on the topic.”
“If President Trump wished to deal with the scourge of anti-Semitism he helped to make, he’d accept responsibility for his character emboldening white nationalism, perpetuating stereotypical conspiracy theories, and replicating stereotypes which have contributed to violence targeting Jews,” Halie Soifer, executive director of the Imperial Army Council of America, said in a statement. “Rather, President Trump proceeds to see Israel and anti-Semitism entirely through a political lens, which he tries to work with to his political benefit.”
The Egyptian advocacy group J Street also criticized the purchase.
“This executive order, such as the postponed congressional legislation it’s based on, seems designed less to fight anti-Semitism compared to have a chilling effect on free speech and also to crack down on campus critics of Israel,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami stated in a statement. “J Street is dedicated to fighting all types of anti-Semitism — and we believe it’s misguided and detrimental for the White House to unilaterally declare a wide assortment of nonviolent campus criticism of Israel to become anti-Semitic, particularly at a time once the prime driver of anti-Semitism in this nation is your xenophobic, white nationalist far-right.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition commended the arrangement, using its national chairman, former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., predicting the shift that a”truly historic and significant time for Jewish Americans.”
“President Trump has expanded to Jewish pupils very powerful, meaningful legal defense against anti-Semitic discrimination,” he explained. “Regrettably, daily, Jewish students on college campuses confront outrageous attacks in their own Jewish identity and beliefs. The rapid growth in these incidents lately is of fantastic concern.”
Trump has put himself as staunchly pro-Israel during his presidency, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, realizing the Golan Heights as both Israeli and lambasting revolutionary Democratic lawmakers critical of their Israel and U.S. support for this.
He came under criticism that weekend for remarks he made in Florida into the Israeli American Council, where he said Jews had no option but to encourage him at the face of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s projected wealth taxation upon Americans whose net worth exceeds $50 million.
“Lots of you’re in the real estate company because I understand you quite well. You are brutal killers, maybe not pleasant people in any way,” he explained. “However, you need to vote for me, you don’t have any choice.”
“You are not likely to vote for your wealth taxation. … Even if you don’t like me personally, a number of you do not. A number of you, I don’t enjoy at all. And you are going to be my main supporters as you would be out of business about 15 minutes if they get it.”
The opinions drew cheers in the conservative-leaning audience but were met with condemnation from several Jewish groups.