Civil Rights Act to protect Jewish students

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November 4, 2010

9:55 PM

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been extended to protect Jewish students, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced last week.

Title VI will now shield Jewish students from harassment, intimidation and discrimination at federally funded elementary and secondary schools and universities. The extension of the legislation is the result of years of lobbying by the Zionist Organization of America, which filed a complaint on behalf of Jewish students at the University of California at Irvine. The pupils were physically and verbally threatened, and a campus Holocaust memorial was destroyed.

The Office for Civil Rights has mandated that schools must take remedial steps against anti-Semetic actions, including counseling the aggressors, publicizing how students may report harassment, and creating educational programs about the history and dangers of anti-Semitism.

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