Senate Approves Controversial Jewish Rights Activist For Top Civil Rights PostNo Democrats voted for Kenneth Marcus, who backs a definition of anti-Semitism that includes some forms of Israel criticism
Times of Israel
Jun. 08, 2018
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WASHINGTON — Kenneth Marcus, who founded a Jewish organization dedicated to fighting bias, won Senate approval for a top Education Department civil rights post without a single Democratic vote.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 50-46 to support the Marcus nomination as assistant secretary for civil rights.
A number of centrist and right-wing pro-Israel groups had pushed hard to find any Democrat who would back the nomination, while a number of pro-Palestinian and liberal pro-Israel groups had opposed him for the same reason — his backing of a definition of anti-Semitism that includes some forms of criticism of Israel.
Marcus had aggressively litigated that position as the founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. The group was among the first to praise his Senate approval.