Friday, May 17, 2024

House Republicans Launch House-wide Initiative to Combat Antisemitism on College Campuses

by BIZ Magazine

Washington D.C. – Speaker Mike Johnson, alongside House Republican leadership and committee chairs, announced today a comprehensive effort to combat antisemitism on college campuses across the United States. The initiative aims to hold universities accountable for failing to protect Jewish students and address the rise of antisemitic incidents.

“Antisemitism is a virus, and it’s spreading unchecked on college campuses across the nation,” stated Speaker Johnson during the press conference. “The federal government has a critical role to play in higher education, and we will use all available tools to address this scourge.”

The House-wide effort will involve multiple committees, including the Education and Workforce Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Oversight Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Each committee will play a role in investigating various aspects related to antisemitism on college campuses.

Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx emphasized the seriousness of the issue, stating, “No stone must go unturned while buildings are being defaced. College campuses are not playgrounds for radical activists, and everyone affiliated with these universities will face consequences for their actions.”

Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Frank Lucas highlighted the importance of compliance with federal obligations, stating, “Universities that fail to protect their students may not be in compliance with federal funding obligations. It’s time we review whether universities allowing harassment or intimidation of Jewish students are meeting their federal obligations.”

Energy and Commerce Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers pledged increased oversight of institutions receiving public funding, stating, “We will be cracking down on those who violate the Civil Rights Act and ensuring that taxpayer-funded research grants are not supporting institutions that tolerate antisemitism.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan raised concerns about national security threats posed by individuals advocating for the destruction of Israel. “We believe these actions constitute a national security threat, and we demand answers,” stated Jordan.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith highlighted ongoing investigations into antisemitism and terror financing networks, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability from universities.

Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer pledged to investigate the funding sources behind radical protests targeting Jewish communities, stating, “The House Oversight Committee will follow the money trail, expose it to the American people, and hold bad actors funding hate accountable.”

The House Republicans’ initiative signals a concerted effort to address the rise of antisemitism on college campuses and ensure the safety and security of Jewish students nationwide.

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