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‘Anti-semitic rhetoric’ at Duke-UNC event prompts Rep. Holding to ask for federal probe

Apr 17, 2019 by

Rep. George Holding has asked the Department of Education to investigate whether a joint conference on Middle East studies by Duke University and the University of North Carolina that allegedly contained “anti-semitic rhetoric” should be the basis for pulling federal funding from a consortium of university foreign language and studies programs.

In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Holding criticized the “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” conference in March in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he says he saw “reports of severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric at a taxpayer-funded conference.”

The schools used $5,000 of federal grant money from DOE for the event, the News and Observer in Raleigh reported.

Holding, a North Carolina Republican, is asking DOE to determine whether the rest of the four-year, $235,000-per-year grant should be “revoked” over the use of some funds for an “overtly biased” event against Israel.

“Honest academic debate featuring diverse perspectives and a wide-range of views is critical in a democratic society and a central tenet of American’s educational system,” Holding wrote to DeVos.

Source: ‘Anti-semitic rhetoric’ at Duke-UNC event prompts Rep. Holding to ask for federal probe

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