President Trump's executive order against anti-Semitism is a much-needed protection of US Jews, asserts Jonathan S. Tobin of National Review. While criticism of Israel is not inherently wrong or anti-Semitic, some colleges allowed outright bigotry on their campuses. In particular, the BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) movement, which targets Israel exclusively, often crosses the line from legitimate criticism to anti-Semitism. Reeling in such hate is a good thing. Additionally, Trump's bill only enacts policies that previous administrations had proposed to protect Jews from discrimination. Anti-Semitism must be fought, however it may express itself.
President Trump is trying to blur the lines between legitimate criticism of the state of Israel and anti-Semitism, writes Masha Gessen of The New Yorker. Calling out Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine is warranted; Jews themselves are among the loudest critics in this regard. Trump's executive order seeks to stifle free speech on US campuses and will drown out legitimate and much-needed conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anti-Semitism in the US is real and must be addressed, but this bill has other priorities. It appears that Trump is prioritizing Israel over US Jews, as his own rhetoric has anti-Semitic undertones.