The Trump administration is adopting a new definition of anti-Semitism in schools which is favored by pro-Israel groups and could threaten the right to free speech, a report says.
The change is outlined in a letter Kenneth Marcus, who leads the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, wrote last month and a copy of that was obtained by Politico.
The letter, in which Marcus re-opened a 2011 investigation into Rutgers University in relation to alleged discrimination against Jewish students, worries critics who believe it will limit free speech on campus.
In its investigation, the department would adopt the “working definition” of anti-Semitism that is “widely used by governmental agencies” including the US State Department, Marcus wrote.
The examples included in the new definition show that demonizing or delegitimizing Israel, or holding it to a “double standard”, are deemed anti-Semitic.
While it is a definition some…