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CAIR Leads Fight for ‘Right’ of Universities to Promote Anti-Semitism

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A pro-BDS protest in California (Photo: Flickr-Alex Chris)
A pro-BDS protest in California. Under the expanded Title VI, federal institutions which promote anti-Semitism would be denied funds (Photo: Flickr-Alex Chris)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is leading the fight for the “right” for universities who receive government funds to promote anti-Semitism.

CAIR’s fight is against the announcement by President Trump last week to expand Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to include protection against discrimination based on religion.

Title VI currently prohibits institutions from receiving federal funds if they discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin.

The expansion of Title VI comes at a time when Jewish students on U.S. college campuses are facing widespread anti-Semitism — and violence, at times — due to extreme actions being taken by supporters of the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement against the state of Israel.

According to the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the U.S. State Department and 31 other countries, the BDS movement is anti-Semitic because it holds Israel to a different standard than that required of other countries.

CAIR promotes anti-Semitism by being huge supporters of the BDS movement. Linda Sarsour, Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are also outspoken proponents of the BDS movement .

In announcing their opposition to the executive order, CAIR disingenuously framed the issue as a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech. They called the executive order an attempt “to suppress academic freedom.”

Ironically, CAIR just recently called on Amazon, Audible and Kindle, Amazon, Google Play Books, AudioBooks, and Barnes and Noble “to remove all white supremacist and pro-confederate digital audio books and related social media ads.”

CAIR obviously has no problem stifling “First Amendments rights” in these above cases since they fit the organization’s Islamist agenda.

In April, CAIR voiced its opposition to the proposed “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019” in Congress.

The act directs the Department of Education to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which has been officially adopted by the U.S. State Department and 31 other nations, including the UK, Germany and other European nations.

The definition addresses traditional and current forms of anti-Semitism, specifically labeling as anti-Semitism anything that “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation [in the world].”

Accordingly, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is by definition anti-Semitic, since there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

CAIR’s leaders are heavily invested in supporting the BDS movement, particularly across college campuses in the U.S. The BDS movement aims to strangle the Jewish state economically while at the same time calls for the flooding of Palestinians into Israel to destroy the Jewish character of the state.

While the BDS movement purports to be about Palestinian rights, voices in support of BDS have been deafeningly silent about the horrific abuse of Palestinians who moved decades ago to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon during the Arab states’ war with Israel in 1948.

On a state level, CAIR has been busy bringing law suits against individual states who have passed anti-BDS legislation.

Trump’s announcement of the executive order came on the same day as a deadly anti-Semitic attack that left four victims dead in New Jersey.

Since then, a synagogue in Los Angeles was vanadalized over the weekend by what police believe was a “lone male suspect.”  Although the police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, they said they found “no overt sign of anti-Semitism.”

(It is likely that the LAPD would also find no “no overt sign of anti-Semitism” in CAIR’s opposition to an executive order which forbids discrimination of Jews.)

Meanwhile, it is also likely that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) will join with CAIR in advocating for the right to receive government funding while promoting anti-Semitism.

AOC recently shared a video promoting British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of last week’s UK elections. Corbyn and his party have been engaged in virulent and shameless anti-Semitism for years.  They were soundly defeated in the election by a landslide, with many districts voting against Labour for the first time since 1935.

In fact, the election was, to a large part, a referendum against Corbyn’s overt promotion of anti-Semitism.

“This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States,” says AOC who urged British voters to vote for the Labour party.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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