The United States Senate has passed a bill before the Christmas break that will give a substantial legal boost to Jewish students who are experiencing anti-Semitism an America’s college campuses.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the new legislation adopts the U.S. State Department's definition of anti-Semitism.
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative contends that Jewish students have not been protected under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as other minority groups have.
"For a long time now, those of us who have cared about protecting Jewish students on college campuses – from the kinds of things they're experiencing, the harassment and the anti-Jewish hostility – have bemoaned the fact that they really have not been protected at the federal level," Rossman-Benjamin argued.
She points out that until this definition was adopted, the U.S. Department of Education did not recognize certain hostilities against Jewish students as actionable under federal law.
"And now, the Department of Education needs to use that information in order to properly and adequately review complaints that are filed on behalf of Jewish students," Rossman-Benjamin impressed.
Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Tim Scott of South Carolina proposed the legislation to address the recent uptick in hate crimes against Jewish students around the nation, according to Inside Higher Ed.