The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Trump's executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses. The President has made the right decision. For too long, hate, in the form of extreme anti-Israel rhetoric, has flourished on campuses across the country, making Jewish students feel unsafe and unwelcome while setting the stage for other forms of anti-Jewish hate.
In particular, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, a deeply anti-Semitic movement that has been linked to terror organizations, is widespread at universities and has led to the targeting of Jewish students. The U.S. Congress has already made clear its bipartisan opposition to BDS. We must be blunt, the government should not be in the business of funding hate and college campuses are no exception. Like members of any minority group, Jewish students deserve to feel welcome and protected at their schools, and President Trump's order brings us closer to attaining that reality.