Opinion: Redefining anti-Semitism is vital to protecting American Jews from discrimination

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

The Trump administration is taking unprecedented steps to protect Jewish people across the country.

The change is in how the Department of Education investigates allegations of discrimination against Jewish students on campuses across the country.

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is now going to be using a new “working definition” of anti-Semitism, in which de-legitimizing Israel or holding it to a double standard that is not expected of other democratic nations is deemed anti-Semitic.

Jewish advocacy groups have long called for this new, broader, definition as a tool to prevent discrimination against Jewish students at educational institutions across the country.

However, advocates for the rights of Palestinians claim that the definition is so broad it would label any criticism of Israel or pro-Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.

That is a false narrative. Hatred and criticism are two very different things.

Hatred of the State of Israel is, often, rooted in anti-Semitism.

On the increasingly extreme liberal college campuses of today, this new policy will protect those who have otherwise been stifled by political correctness and anti-Semitism.

Here’s the Bottom Line: Re-defining and broadening the term "anti-Semitism” is crucial to protecting the Jewish people and the Jewish community in America.

I want to commend the Trump administration for taking this action and I hope the media as a whole gives the new policy the coverage it deserves.

Those that have ludicrously called President Trump and the Republican Party anti-Semitic need to, once again, take a good, long, look at themselves in the mirror.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations

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