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Trump executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirs up controversy


Added 12-14-19 05:58:01pm EST - “President Trump's executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirred up controversy this week as Jewish groups questioned the president's political motivation considering his past statements about Jewish peopl” - Thehill.com

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE’s executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirred up controversy this week as Jewish groups questioned the president's political motivation considering his past statements about Jewish people.

Questions have also emerged about how the policy will affect free speech and the impact the order will have on pro-Palestinian advocacy and criticism of the Israeli government. 

The order, signed by Trump on Wednesday, states that while the Civil Rights Act's Title VI does not cover religious discrimination, “it shall be the policy of the executive branch to enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination.”

It also adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism, which states that it is “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The White House has said the order was prompted by the rising number of anti-Semitic incidents in schools, particularly on college campuses, and language in the president’s new policy explicitly references those events. 

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