American Civil Liberties Union Executive Direc…

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero issued the following statement:

harassment has no legitimate place in government-funded institutions,
just as anti-Muslim and racial and sexual harassment have no place. Jewish people, like people of other faiths, must be protected against
harassment and discrimination.“

“Unfortunately, the proposed bill risks chilling constitutionally
protected speech by incorrectly equating criticism of Israel with
anti-Semitism.  And there is no need for a new bill to protect students
from anti-Semitic harassment, because that is already prohibited under
Title VI. We worry that the law will lead colleges to suppress speech,
especially if the Department of Education launches investigations simply
because students have engaged in speech critical of Israel.”

“We urge Congress to reject this dangerous and unnecessary