The war between Israel and Hamas found its way to the halls of the federal government after complaints of discrimination at schools in America. Investigations are underway to determine whether federal laws have been broken and who might be responsible.
Protests favoring both sides of the issues have occurred on college campuses and even in high schools following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack against Israel. Students at these schools are the responsibility of the institutions and their care and protection is governed by federal law.
Now the Biden administration’s U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is taking up cases of alleged discrimination involving complaints from Jewish and Muslim students at the schools. The investigation ultimately pits the liberal-leaning Biden DOE against liberal arts colleges and one large Blue city.
From the Washington Examiner:
“Hate has no place in our schools, period,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told Axios in a statement earlier this month. “When students are targeted because they are — or are perceived to be — Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, or any other ethnicity or shared ancestry, schools must act to ensure safe and inclusive educational environments where everyone is free to learn.”
That assurance of safety is at the heart of the DOE investigation. The inquiries revolve around complaints from Jewish and Muslim students who have alleged discrimination resulting from tensions over the war in Gaza.
The latest DOE inquiry centers on Harvard University and the New York City Department of Education. This adds to the list of six colleges and a school district where investigations have already started. Reports show students complained about harassment following the terror attacks with Jewish and Israeli students claiming that administrators did not respond properly to complaints.
Opinions about conflict in the Middle East have been a struggle for schools in the states. Jewish and Muslim students have been pitted against each other during protests following the Hamas attack against Israel. Critics have pounded the Biden administration for not adequately handling the situation while the Department of Education began investigating discrimination complaints from students.
Other DOE discrimination investigations have been started against Lafayette College, Cornell University, Columbia University, Wellesley College, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and the University of Pennsylvania.
- Biden’s DOE begins more discrimination investigations at schools.
- Students claim school administrations have failed to act on their behalf.
- Head of DOE says there is no place for hate in U.S. schools.
Source: Washington Examiner