WASHINGTON (Yaakov M / VINnews) — Republican Congressman Mike Lawler wants to ban CUNY from receiving federal taxpayer funds.
And unlike other ‘lip-service’ politicians, he is taking action.
Lawler, who in only a few months in Congress has stood by the Jewish community as much as any other member, is introducing legislation Thursday to prevent universities that “authorize antisemitic events on campus” from receiving student loan and grant programs.
The landmark proposal comes in response to a viciously antisemitic commencement address delivered by Fatima Mohammed at CUNY Law School several weeks ago. She accused the U.S. military and Israel of “indiscriminate” murder, and asked students to join a “revolution” against Zionism, capitalism and racism. And those were not even the worst parts.
Mohammed said that Israel “continues to indiscriminately rain bullets and bombs on worshipers, murdering the old, the young, attacking even funerals and graveyards” and encourages “lynch mobs to target Palestinian homes and businesses as it imprisons its children.”
Lawler’s district in Westchester and Rockland includes Monsey, New Square, and other orthodox Jewish communities. He has been a staunch proponent of Jewish causes, a close friend of the frum community, and an outspoken critic against antisemitic hate.
The ‘‘Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act’’ was proposed in response to a recent controversial CUNY Law School commencement speech, where the speaker, student Fatima Mousa Mohammed,
Lawler is calling to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to add that an institution cannot “authorize, facilitate, provide funding for, or otherwise support” antisemitism.
“No college or university should receive a single dollar of federal education funding if they peddle in the promotion of antisemitism at an event on their campus, “ Lawler saud
“CUNY should be ashamed of itself for allowing this ridiculous antisemitism to permeate on its campus,” he added. “Stopping antisemitism dead in its tracks is critical for supporting our Jewish communities in New York.”