Monday, July 22, 2019

DOJ Summit On Combating Anti-Semitism Held Last Week

Last Monday, the Department of Justice held a Summit on Combating Antisemitism.  Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen delivered Introductory Remarks (full text) and Attorney General William Barr delivered the keynote speech opening the Summit (full text). He said in part:
The first panel will focus on combatting anti-Semitism while respecting the First Amendment. Hate-crime and civil-rights prosecutions are important tools but they cannot solve the problem on their own. Hearts and minds must be changed, but that is not always a task to which the government is particularly well-suited. We have a legal obligation to respect the free speech rights of even despicable speakers and our harshest critics. But lines can be drawn by our society, sometimes easily and sometimes not so easily, between that commitment and repudiation of anti-Semitism.
Another panel will focus on the problem of anti-Semitism on campus. On college campuses today, Jewish students who support Israel are frequently targeted for harassment, Jewish student organizations are marginalized, and progressive Jewish students are told they must denounce their beliefs and their heritage in order be part of "intersectional" causes. We must ensure – for the future of our country and our society – that college campuses remain open to ideological diversity and respectful of people of all faiths.
The DOJ website contains photos of the Summit. JTA reports on additional speakers at the Summit.