Report: First Anti-Semitism Complaint of Trump Order Filed

Cathy Burke


Thu Dec 26 2019

A Columbia University student's federal complaint alleging anti-Semitism on campus is the first filed under a new executive order from President Donald Trump, the student's legal team says.

In a news release, The Lawfare Project accuses Columbia's administration of knowing about a "hostile environment" created on the campus, and doing nothing about it.

The complaint to the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights was filed on behalf of Jonathan Karten, a Jewish Israeli American student.

Trump's executive order Dec. 11 stated the administration will take action against the growing problem of anti-Semitism on campuses "as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination."

Some Jewish groups have praised the order as protecting Jewish students from discrimination, while others worry the order will stifle free speech, The Hill reported.

According to The Hill, which said it viewed a redacted version of the complaint, one Columbia professor allegedly pointed at Karten and yelled, "Don't believe a word he is saying. He is Mossad," referring to Israel's intelligence agency. ...

Report: First Anti-Semitism Complaint of Trump Order Filed