President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will allow the administration to cut funding from colleges and universities that have failed to quell anti-Semitism on their campuses.
Trump’s order will be delivered on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. The order reclassifies Judaism as a race or nationality, affording Jews Title XI anti-discrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement calls for cracking down on Israel for its treatment of Palestinians living in Israeli-controlled territory. Congress passed a bipartisan condemnation of BDS as a movement that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.”
The BDS movement has gained traction on college campuses in recent years. The movement, along with a rise in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews, has motivated lawmakers on both sides to push for legislation through Congress similar to Trump’s executive order.
David Krone, who was chief of staff to Sen. Harry Reid, applauded the expected move by Trump.
“I know people are going to criticize me for saying this, but I have to give credit where credit is due,” Krone said.
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