Conference of Presidents Welcomes Executive Order Adopting IHRA Definition

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We welcome the historic executive order to be signed by President Trump today formally adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and applying it to the Department of Education.
 
With a dramatic rise in antisemitism at home and abroad in recent years, particularly on college campuses, the Jewish community has persistently advocated for the protections this measure provides against Jew-hatred. Jewish students are now included in the groups protected under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, meaning US institutions of higher education risk federal funding if they fail to act against antisemitic discrimination on their campuses. We hope this will abate the increasingly virulent Jew-hatred on display at some colleges and universities across the country.
 
We also thank Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) as well as Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) for the legislation they introduced to this end which has long been sought.”

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