U.S. Department of Education Adopts New Definition of Anti-Semitism in Schools

(Politico) Michael Stratford - The U.S. Department of Education is changing how it investigates allegations of discrimination against Jewish students. Kenneth Marcus, who leads the department's Office for Civil Rights, outlined the policy change in a letter last month in which he re-opened a 2011 investigation into Rutgers University in connection with alleged discrimination against Jewish students. Marcus wrote that the Education Department would adopt the "working definition" of anti-Semitism that is "widely used by governmental agencies" including the State Department. That definition includes examples in which demonizing or delegitimizing Israel, or holding it to a double standard not expected of other democratic nations, are deemed anti-Semitic. In 2016, the Senate overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that would have forced the department to use the State Department definition in evaluating discrimination complaints.

2018-09-13 00:00:00

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