Daines Sponsors Bill to Defund Colleges and Universities that Promote Antisemitism

“Antisemitism has no place in America, much less on our college campuses”

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today he is cosponsoring legislation to defund colleges and universities that promote antisemitism. The “Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act” would rescind federal education funding for colleges and universities that peddle antisemitism or authorize, fund or facilitate events that promote violent antisemitism.

“Antisemitism has no place in America, much less on our college campuses and is a rot that will destroy the fabric of our country from within,” said Daines. “Unfortunately, not only have we seen just how pervasive antisemitism is on our college campuses, but the failure of the leadership of what is supposed to be our nation’s most prestigious institutions to denounce calls for genocide of Jews is reprehensible. This is all of result of the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies of our universities that use race, gender and sexuality to enforce conformity to a liberal worldview. Our universities must reject these policies before it’s too late and instead stand on bedrock principles of free expression and free speech.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League, violent language and threats against the Jewish community and Israel increased 488% in the first 18 hours after Hamas’ attack on Israeli civilians. Some examples include:

  • Harvard University’s silence regarding over thirty Harvard student organizations releasing a statement blaming Israel for the Hamas terrorist attacks carried out against Israeli civilians;
  • A Cornell professor calling the Hamas terror attacks “exhilarating” and “exciting”; and
  • A Columbia professor praised Hamas’ actions as “astonishing,” “astounding,” “awesome” and “incredible.”