USING TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER: Jewish Student Files Anti-Semitism Complaint at Columbia University


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A Jewish-Israeli student at Columbia University has filed “the first legal action since [President] Trump’s Executive Order that asserts a university is in violation of Title VI for discrimination against Jews,” his lawyer told Fox News on Tuesday.

In the complaint, Jonathan Karten, a senior at Columbia University, alleges he was subjected to anti-Semitism on campus. It was filed last Tuesday, about one week after President Trump signed an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

The order broadens the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism to include the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition, which can include criticism of Israel, and instructed it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses under Title VI.

Under the order, the Department of Education could withhold funding from schools that it finds in violation of Title VI.



  1. Not very helpful in terms of not specifying what actions by Columbia this student considers to be “anti-semitic”. A professor expressing an opinion criticizing Israeli policy on the settlements does not violate the Executive Order whereas a policy by a university refusing to allow representatives of EY or Jewish Organiations to appear on campus or refusing to participate in research programs with Israeli institutions likely would be problematic.

  2. Correction: If you scroll down to the bottom of the article, there is a link to a much more detailed storey on the Fox News website which describes actions and behaviors by campus organizations and one faculty member which more likely than not could violate the Executive Order. The longer story no Fox,also notes an investgation of complaints of anti-semitic behavir at NYU as well

  3. Here’s the actual text of the Executive Order:
    whitehouse DOT gov SLASH presidential-actions SLASH executive-order-combating-anti-semitism

    It’s much different than most of its critics are reporting.