ADL Urges Ed. Sec. to Protect Jewish Students

Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 07:16 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joined with a dozen other Jewish organizations in a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, urging him to interpret existing law to ensure that Jewish students are protected against anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and discrimination on campus.

The League urged Secretary Duncan to clarify the authority of the Department’s Office for Civil Rights to protect Jewish students who are threatened, harassed, or intimidated on their campuses because of their religion or ethnic identity.

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued the following statement:

ADL has significant concerns about harassment and intimidation of Jewish students on college campuses – including in the context of heated debate over Israel. We believe the Department of Education should use its civil rights enforcement power to investigate and remedy serious incidents in which Jewish students are threatened, harassed, or intimidated to the point where their college experience is impaired.

Though “religion” is not explicitly included in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment or intimidation that holds Jewish students responsible for the acts of other Jews, or of Israel is better understood as ethnic or “national origin” discrimination than as religious discrimination. This is especially true in the context of severe anti-Israel activities directed against Jewish students.

In 2004, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced that the agency would interpret its mandate to include jurisdiction over claims alleging the harassment of Jewish students. But subsequently, OCR narrowed the policy, casting doubt on whether the Department would investigate anti-Semitic harassment absent allegations that included other forms of discrimination over which OCR has explicit jurisdiction.

In addition to ADL, the organizations that signed the letter are: American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith International, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Institute for Jewish and Community Research, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and the Zionist Organization of America.

ADL has been a leader in tracking anti-Semitic incidents on campus and in preparing tools for students, professors, and campus administrators to combat anti-Israel propaganda and anti-Israel organizing activities on campus, including "Fighting Back: A Handbook for Responding to Anti-Israel Rallies on College and University Campuses" and "Israel: A Guide for Activists."

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Crime-Riddled Baltimore Poised to Impose Strict Curfew

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 09:17 AM

City officials in crime-ridden Baltimore on Tuesday defended plans for one of the toughest U.S. youth curfews against cr . . .

Yosemite Fire Threatens Giant Sequoia Trees in Merced Grove

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 06:57 AM

A fire in Yosemite National Park is threatening a grove of giant sequoia trees after burning through more than five squa . . .

Pedophiles Turn to Bitcoin

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 08:24 AM

Anonymous wire transfers and virtual Bitcoin currency are replacing Western Union, PayPal, and credit cards as the prefe . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved