Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and their staff members, render honors during the playing of the national anthem during an honor arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 24, 2011. Defense Department photo by Cherie Cullen (released)
The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into possible anti-Semitism at the University of Illinois.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Department of Education launched an investigation into a series of anti-Semitic incidents at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, school officials said on Monday.
Three prominent Jewish groups filed a complaint against the school with the department’s Office for Civil Rights this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. The complaint lists more than 30 allegations of anti-Semitism at the university over the past five years, including the vandalism of Jewish religious ornaments, swastikas spray-painted on campus buildings, and heated attacks from anti-Israel student groups.
The Department of Education informed the school of the investigation on Friday.
The complaint notes members of the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine have harassed pro-Israel students by calling them “colonizers,” “Nazis,” and “white supremacists.” Last year, the group also gave resident advisers a presentation called “Palestine & Great Return March: Palestinian Resistance to 70 Years of Israeli Terror.”
Students at the university also snuck anti-Israel language into a student government resolution against racism, The Beacon reported.