Combating Anti-Semitism

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 241 (Monday, December 16, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 241 (Monday, December 16, 2019)]
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Vol. 84
No. 241
December 16, 2019
Part IV
The President
Executive Order 13899--Combating Anti-Semitism
                        Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 84 , No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 /
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The President
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                Executive Order 13899 of December 11, 2019

Combating Anti-Semitism
                By the authority vested in me as President by the
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of
                America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
                Section 1. Policy. My Administration is committed to
                combating the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic
                incidents in the United States and around the world.
                Anti-Semitic incidents have increased since 2013, and
                students, in particular, continue to face anti-Semitic
                harassment in schools and on university and college
                Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42
                U.S.C. 2000d et seq., prohibits discrimination on the
                basis of race, color, and national origin in programs
                and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
                While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on
                religion, individuals who face discrimination on the
                basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose
                protection under Title VI for also being a member of a
                group that shares common religious practices.
                Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI
                violation when the discrimination is based on an
                individual's race, color, or national origin.
                It shall be the policy of the executive branch to
                enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of
                discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as
                against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by
                Title VI.
                Sec. 2. Ensuring Robust Enforcement of Title VI. (a) In
                enforcing Title VI, and identifying evidence of
                discrimination based on race, color, or national
                origin, all executive departments and agencies
                (agencies) charged with enforcing Title VI shall
                consider the following:
(i) the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism adopted on
May 26, 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA),
which states, ``Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be
expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of
antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or
their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious
facilities''; and
(ii) the ``Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism'' identified by the IHRA,
to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of
discriminatory intent.
                    (b) In considering the materials described in
                subsections (a)(i) and (a)(ii) of this section,
                agencies shall not diminish or infringe upon any right
                protected under Federal law or under the First
                Amendment. As with all other Title VI complaints, the
                inquiry into whether a particular act constitutes
                discrimination prohibited by Title VI will require a
                detailed analysis of the allegations.
                Sec. 3. Additional Authorities Prohibiting Anti-Semitic
                Discrimination. Within 120 days of the date of this
                order, the head of each agency charged with enforcing
                Title VI shall submit a report to the President,
                through the Assistant to the President for Domestic
                Policy, identifying additional nondiscrimination
                authorities within its enforcement authority with
                respect to which the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism
                could be considered.
                Sec. 4. Rule of Construction. Nothing in this order
                shall be construed to alter the evidentiary
                requirements pursuant to which an agency makes a
                determination that conduct, including harassment,
                amounts to actionable
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                discrimination, or to diminish or infringe upon the
                rights protected under any other provision of law.
                Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order
                shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or
the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
                    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with
                applicable law and subject to the availability of
                    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not,
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural,
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any
                other person.

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                THE WHITE HOUSE,
                    December 11, 2019.
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