Despite pressure from pro-Israel groups, Education Department doesn’t adopt controversial antisemitism definition

January 20, 2023

...However, while groups like the Louis Brandeis Center continue to pressure the federal government to embrace pro-Israel policies, there are a number of activists fighting to protect free speech. In August 2022, seventeen civil rights organizations (including Palestine Legal, Adalah Justice Project, American Muslims for Palestine, and the Center for Constitutional Rights) sent a letter to Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Llahmon detailing the dangers of the definition. “Adopting the IHRA definition would infringe on bedrock First Amendment protections and establish a federal requirement for universities to abrogate their educational missions and violate campus free speech principles,” it reads. ...

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January 25, 2023