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American Jews protest after Trump announces exec order clamping down on campus free speech to “fight anti-Semitism”

American Jews protest after Trump announces exec order clamping down on campus free speech to “fight anti-Semitism”

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump announced plans to sign an executive order that defines Judaism as a nationality in a major escalation of the right-wing’s pet campaign to squash out criticism of Israel’s appalling human rights record under the hood of “fighting anti-Semitism” on college campuses.

The sweeping action by the president sidesteps Congress and allows the federal government to police speech on college campuses using federal funding as a weapon, using guidelines so broad that many activists fear that any expression of support for Palestinian human rights or political self-determination or demands for peaceful protestors to not be shot by snipers using bullets deliberately designed to maim could be characterized as “anti-Semitism” — which, of course, is the ultimate aim of the radical far-right evangelist and Zionist groups behind the imaginary crisis of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Many prominent Jews are arguing that President Trump’s executive order itself is anti-Semitic for equating Judaism with the state of Israel itself, otherizing American Jews and playing into the “dual loyalty” tropes prominent in the anti-Semitic white supremacist ideas that his worst supporters love so much.

Trump has previously engaged in the “dual loyalty” tropes himself, having previously said that the vast majority of American Jews are disloyal and ignorant for not voting for the GOP.

Just a few days ago, he told the American Israeli Council summit that “you’re not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax.”

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Now Trump is back out here pretending to care about American Jews with a disgustingly disingenuous attack on the First Amendment and on the rights of American students to protest the discriminatory, undemocratic, and inhumane policies that Israel imposes on its Palestinian minority, fueled by billions in American taxpayer dollars.

Jewish activists on social media were quick to speak out in protest of the move:

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