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Bipartisan legislation suggests ‘antisemitism monitors’ and revoking funding for colleges that don’t comply

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Bipartisan legislation will be introduced to place federally sanctioned “antisemitism monitors” on certain college campuses. Representatives Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and Mike Lawler (R-NY) introduced the bill “College Oversight and Legal Updates Mandating Bias Investigations and Accountability Act – or COLUMBIA Act.”

The legislation would have the Department of Education send a “third-party antisemitism monitor” to colleges that receive federal funding and evaluate “the progress that a college or university has made toward combating antisemitism.”

If colleges don’t comply, funding will be revoked.

“My office and I have spoken with countless Jewish students from campuses across America who feel deeply unsafe, purely as a result of their religious and ethnic identity,” Torres said in a statement.

Anti-Israel protests have erupted at numerous U.S. colleges, most notably at Columbia University, where several protesters have already been arrested.

Just The News reports that despite the arrests, protests resumed and the university’s president decided to move classes online on Monday to protect Jewish students. After setting deadlines for the encampments to be removed, the university president backed down each time, saying that negotiations with the protesters were continuing.

However, the protesters said they had reached an impasse in the negotiations on Friday, and planned to keep their encampment until their demands are met, namely that the university cut all financial ties to Israel, according to The Associated Press.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is against the legislation, arguing that it is unconstitutional:

“Some of my colleagues are introducing legislation to create federally sanctioned ‘antisemitism monitors’ at colleges,” Massie wrote on the social media platform, X. “I’ll vote No. Policing speech, religion, and assembly is not the role of the federal government. In fact it’s expressly prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.”

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Leader of the radical pro-Palestine group Manolo De Los Santos arrested in New York

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The head of a radical organization in favor of the Cuban regime and that also openly supports the Hamas terrorist group in New York, was arrested Tuesday after the NYPD evicted an anti-Israel camp at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan.

A video posted by The People’s Forum (TPF) on X, formerly Twitter, depicts Manolo De Los Santos, executive director of TPF, an anti-Israel organization that sympathizes with the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested by several NYPD officers wearing riot helmets near the institute’s campus on West 27th Street.

On April 29, more than 100 masked activists met in Manhattan at the office of the TPF, an organization backed by American businessman Neville Roy Singham, a self-proclaimed socialist known for financially supporting left-wing causes, to plan their next moves, while protests Anti-Israel protests reach a fever pitch across the country, reports ADN America.

Manolo De Los Santos urged the group to “give Joe Biden a hot summer” and “make it unsustainable for politics as usual in this country.” Likewise, he asked to recreate “the summer of 2020,” in reference to the violence that besieged major cities in the United States months after the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

A few hours after the meeting was called, dozens of protesters illegally broke into Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall and gained entry through a glass-paneled door that one of those involved broke with a hammer.

Police arrived at the scene after being called by Columbia President Minouche Shafik. In total, 44 people were arrested, including two university staff members and 13 “outsiders” who were not affiliated with the school, Columbia confirmed in a news release Thursday.

The People’s Forum, an organization that describes itself as “a movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities,” has been a mainstay of anti-Israel protests since Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state on October 7, 2023.

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