Anti-Semitism is on the rise across the U.S., including on college campuses. It’s important to keep students safe by ensuring that anti-Semitic acts are punished accordingly. Properly defining “anti-Semitism” will ensure federal law enforcement officials know what to look for.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act already explicitly prohibits discrimination against Jewish people. Adding the State Dept.’s definition of anti-Semitism would only create a chilling effect on college campuses, making legitimate criticisms of Israel into federal civil rights violations.