Kenneth Marcus of Baruch College writes that, despite setbacks, support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has led to some positives signs in the battle against anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Admittedly, many incidents are minor. However, on some campuses serious anti-Jewish harassment has been reported. Frequently this harassment relates to animosity against Israel but impacts individual Jewish students. Advocates have filed complaints against the University of California at Berkeley, Irvine, and Santa Cruz, and Rutgers and Columbia universities. In general, the complainants ask the universities to take firm action in response to anti-Semitic harassment. They ask administrators not to censor anyone but rather to denounce anti-Semitism with firmness and specificity. Lawsuits arise when administrators refuse.
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