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Columbia University student first to file anti-Semitism complaint under Trump order

RACHEL FRAZIN

The Hill

Thu Dec 26 2019

A student at Columbia University has filed a complaint with the Department of Education alleging anti-Semitism on campus, with lawyers representing him saying he is the first to do so under a new executive order from President Trump.

A press release on the complaint from The Lawfare Project accuses Columbia's administration of knowing about a "hostile environment" but doing nothing to fix it.

The legal group last week filed the complaint with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights on behalf of Jonathan Karten, a Jewish Israeli American student.

President Trump earlier this month issued an executive order stating that the administration will take action against anti-Semitism "as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination.” The White House has said the order is intended to counter a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses and elsewhere.

Some Jewish groups praised the order as protecting Jewish students from discrimination, while others, particularly left-wing organizations, expressed concerns about free speech and Trump's past statements about Jewish people. ...

Columbia University student first to file anti-Semitism complaint under Trump order