Congress Expands Probe

( – In a new decisive measure to fight vicious antisemitism inspired by leftist ideologies on US college campuses, six key congressional oversight committees had launched a comprehensive investigation into reported incidents of antisemitism at ten leading universities, thus expanding an earlier probe.

This initiative marks the beginning of a process that could potentially result in these institutions being deprived of significant federal financial support, Newsmax reports.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, which claims to have seen a series of correspondences, the chairs of these six Republican-led committees sent formal inquiries to a select group of prestigious educational institutions.

These included Harvard University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Barnard College, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Rutgers University, and the University of California’s campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles.

In their communications, the congressional leaders expressed profound concern regarding what they described as “ongoing and pervasive acts of antisemitic harassment and intimidation” occurring within these academic environments.

The letters emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “Failing to act decisively to ensure a safe learning environment for all students would be a grave dereliction of your responsibilities.”

The core of the congressional inquiry revolves around potential violations of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by these institutions.

This pivotal legislation requires that entities receiving federal funding must ensure the protection of minorities, which includes Jewish students.

The intent of the investigation is clear, as the committee chairs assert, “This Congress will not stand idly by and allow an environment hostile to Jewish students to persist.”

The scrutiny by these committees has been catalyzed by a surge in anti-Israel demonstrations, which have coincided with an increase in antisemitic sentiments on these campuses.

These events have thrust the institutions into the limelight, highlighting the challenges they face in maintaining a harmonious and inclusive educational atmosphere.

The report notes that the House Committee on Education and the Workforce had already commenced a separate inquiry into the issue of antisemitic harassment on campuses several months prior.

In mid-May, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability joined this ongoing investigation.

Now, some of the most influential committees within the House of Representatives are intensifying their efforts.

They aim to determine whether these ten universities have failed in their obligations to protect Jewish students’ civil rights, which could lead to a reduction or complete withdrawal of federal funding.

It is pertinent to note that these universities are heavily reliant on federal contributions. For instance, in 2021, Harvard University reportedly received approximately $625 million in federal funding, which constituted 67% of its total sponsored revenue.

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