In the face of rising anti-Israel agitation on U.S. college campuses, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee asked the Department of Education to withhold funding from programs with an anti-Israel bias.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) sent a letter on Monday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, urging that measures be taken to prevent any college or university found guilty of such bias from receiving federal Title VI funding, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reportd.
“Incidents of anti-Semitism have spiked worldwide in recent months, including many that were borne out of protests against Israel’s acts of self-defense against the terrorist group Hamas,” Lowey said in the letter. “It is vital to ensure that academic programs do not become tilted against Israel in a way that engenders anti-Semitism or criticism of Israel that devolves into the defamation of the Jewish people.”
She asked the Department of Education “to immediately adopt standards to prevent imbalanced programs, particularly those that may spread anti-Semitic attitudes, from receiving funds.”
The Higher Education Act Title VI funding was established to enhance the study of foreign language and international studies in colleges and universities.