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President Biden to Address Rise of Anti-Semitism and Unveil New Measures to Combat Hate | The Epoch Times

President Joe Biden is taking steps to address the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, with a focus on combating discrimination and hate on college campuses. In a keynote address at an event hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, President Biden will reaffirm the nation’s commitment to the Jewish people and the pledge of “Never again” that arose from the Holocaust.

The President will emphasize the importance of recounting the crimes of the Holocaust and the events that led to it. He will also highlight how some people are downplaying both the Holocaust and the deadly rampage in Israel carried out by the Hamas terror group on October 7, 2023.

One of the measures to be announced is new guidance from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to every school district and college in the country. This guidance will provide examples of anti-Semitic discrimination and other forms of hate that could lead to investigations for violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The OCR has already opened over 100 investigations into complaints alleging discrimination based on shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, including anti-Semitism, in the past seven months.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will collaborate with other agencies to develop an online campus safety resources guide to assist colleges in addressing targeted violence and terrorism prevention. Additionally, the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism will convene technology firms to identify best practices for addressing anti-Semitic content online.

These actions build upon the work of the President’s National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, which includes over 100 actions taken by the Biden administration. The strategy involves various departments and agencies, including the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, which have provided greater security to Jewish institutions, and the Department of Education, which has addressed anti-Semitism in educational environments.

The rise of anti-Semitism on college campuses has been a cause for concern since the deadly attack on October 7. Pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel protests at universities have led to disruptions in education and instances of harassment, intimidation, and violence. The White House has noted an alarming rise in anti-Semitic incidents around the country, particularly during these protests.

In response to these incidents, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona issued a letter to college and university leaders, urging action to combat hate and ensure safe learning environments. The letter reminded institutions of federal anti-discrimination laws under Title VI and emphasized that anti-Semitic discrimination is prohibited. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is ready to support schools in fulfilling their promise of providing a discrimination-free environment for all students.

President Biden’s measures aim to address the rise of anti-Semitism and promote unity against hate in all its forms. By taking a comprehensive approach that involves education, technology, and collaboration with various agencies and institutions, the administration hopes to combat discrimination and ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish Americans.

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