Republican Congressman Mike Lawler from New York is introducing legislation aimed at preventing universities that allow “antisemitic events on campus” from participating in student loan and grant programs.
The proposed legislation, known as the “Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act,” is a response to a recent anti-Semitic commencement speech delivered at CUNY Law School. During the speech, student Fatima Mousa Mohammed made accusations of “indiscriminate” murder by the U.S. military and Israel. She also called for students to join a “revolution” against Zionism, capitalism, and racism.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New York and New Jersey tweeted, “We are appalled to see such an egregious display of hostility toward ‘Zionists’ (which is how many Jews see themselves) and Israel in CUNY Law’s commencement address. This is yet another example of the harm Jewish students experience on campus.”
Lawler’s bill seeks to hold CUNY accountable by imposing significant penalties if they continue to permit hate on campus. The proposed amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 would prohibit institutions from authorizing, facilitating, funding, or otherwise supporting antisemitism.
“CUNY should be ashamed of itself for allowing this ridiculous antisemitism to permeate on its campus,” Lawler said. “Stopping antisemitism dead in its tracks is critical for supporting our Jewish communities in New York.”
Source: (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)