Education Department Investigates Ivy League Antisemitism

Seven different schools are facing investigations by the Department of Education for antisemitism and Islamophobia. The Education Department opened the investigations Friday. They’re the first of their kind since the Israel-Hamas War began.

The schools under investigation include, among others: Cornell University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Other than a school district in Kansas, all three schools reside in deep blue districts that voted for President Joe Biden in 2020.

While Elon Musk’s recent stand against anti-white racism stoked by groups like the ADL was soundly dismissed as antisemitic by the mainstream media, there hasn’t been the same fascination with keeping students safe from antisemitism as the war in Gaza rages on.

Complaints alleging antisemitism as well as Islamophobia have poured into the Office of Civil Rights at record levels. Yana Tartakovskiy, a junior at UConn, says she now hides her Star of David necklace on campus. “It’s very scary,” she said.

In an interview with ABC News Friday, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said, “Ultimately, removal of federal dollars is something that can happen, but that would require someone to refuse to create safe learning environments.”

“The goal is not to punish students by withdrawing money from universities. That’s never the goal. The goal is to create safe learning environments,” Cardona added.

Students have taken the fight to Congress, testifying at a hearing earlier this month that they are being suppressed on campus and facing increasing threats because of the war against Hamas in Israel.

The number of antisemitic incidents recorded by the Anti-Defamation League has risen 388% since last year. The ADL has logged 312 incidents from Oct 7 – 23. Moreover, 190 of them have been linked to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Since the outbreak of the war on Oct 7, over 10,000 people have died in Palestine according to estimates. The Israeli government says over 1,200 died in the sudden terrorist strike by Hamas on Oct 7, and over 240 people were taken hostage.