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The Biden Administration Announces New Measures to Combat Anti-Semitism on College Campuses


The Biden administration is set to announce new measures to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses following a "disturbing" rise in incidents since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in early October.

According to a plan exclusively provided to NBC News, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will collaborate with campus law enforcement to monitor online hate-related rhetoric and provide federal resources to schools.

A White House representative stated that dozens of cybersecurity and DHS protective security experts have been tasked with working with schools during the highly tense situation.

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will meet with leading Jewish organizations on Monday to discuss the issue of growing anti-Semitism in colleges, the official said.

The White House will also clarify how the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has expedited the complaint form. For the first time, it will be clear that Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits certain forms of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Later this week, Cardona and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden will visit a college campus and hold a roundtable discussion with Jewish students.

The Department of Education conducted field visits to gather additional information on anti-Semitism in schools in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Maine in recent weeks, with stops planned in New York and Baltimore this week.

The White House recently expressed deep concern about the "extremely troubling trend of anti-Semitic messages" on university campuses following the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 people, including protests calling for the destruction of the state of Israel or the genocide of the Jewish people.

"These grotesque sentiments and actions shock the conscience and disgust. They also remind us of our unbreakable commitment: 'never again,'" said White House spokesperson Andrew Bates.

According to Palestinian health officials, more than 8,000 people, including women and children, have died in the Gaza Strip.

Last week, anti-Israel messages were projected onto George Washington University's building in Washington, D.C., and a pro-Palestinian rally was held at Cooper Union College in New York.

According to various social media reports, more than 100 colleges and universities across the country planned strikes in support of the Palestinian people last Wednesday.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, which combats anti-Semitism and extremism, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. increased by 388% following the terrorist attacks in Israel compared to the same period last year.