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The New OCR Antisemitism Policy
Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 2, No. 2

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued important policy guidance on bullying and harassment in October 2010. Although easily overlooked within this policy document, OCR's new guidance includes an important statement regarding OCR's position on anti-Semitism within federally funded educational programs and activities. In a nutshell, OCR has reinstated its long-disregarded 2004 policy, which had established that OCR would prosecute cases of harassment that are based on ethnic or ancestral discrimination, even though OCR lacks jurisdiction to address cases of purely religious discrimination.



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