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SILENCING THE STAKEHOLDERS

February 2011 Contents

The Academic Establishment and Democratic Accountability

Award for Student Reporting of Anti-Semitism Launched

Jews Top Philanthropy's Top 50 Donors

February Articles of Interest

 

Award for Student Reporting of Anti-Semtisim Launched

Institute for Jewish and Community Research | Student Free Press Association

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association announce the launch of the Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism. This first in a series of awards recognizes exemplary student reporting on anti-Semitism and related prejudices in education. The Tobin Award's goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus. Read more...

 

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Thank you. Over the years you have helped establish IJCR as a leader in research and programming in the areas of racial and religious identity, anti-Semitism and philanthropy. The Institute continues to fulfill a unique role in American Jewish life. It is the only non-partisan Jewish think tank dedicated to addressing combating anti-Semitism coupled with a vision for growth and an expansive future.

The last few months have been busy, productive and enormously successful for the Institute. The Anti-Semitism Initiative has achieved significant progress in its efforts to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination on their campuses.

 

New Report by Professors Group

Kenneth L. MarcusThe Academic Establishment and Democratic Accountability
Kenneth L. Marcus,
February 28, 2011

"During this month of global democratic rebellion, one major establishment organization has boldly staked out a position against democratic accountability, political transparency, and public participation. On February 18, the American Association of University professors issued for comment a 73-page report, Ensuring Academic Freedom in Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions. This new draft report, whose recommendations AAUP President Cary Nelson has urged university officials to adopt immediately, essentially demands that the public butt out of the management of colleges and universities, particularly with respect to the hiring, tenure and firing of controversial professors. Although the report is not limited to decisions involving the Middle East, it is clearly intended to reduce whatever influence Israel's supporters may have in university processes. "

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Award for Student Reporting of Anti-Semitism Launched

Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism

Students urged to win awards for reporting on anti-Semitism
Jewish Tribune, February 24, 2011

Canadian students are eligible to participate in the Gary A. Tobin Award. IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus said: "We've been very concerned about the resurgence of antisemitism on North American college campuses. Although much of our research tracks United States institutions, I've been to Canada three times in the last year or so to address the alarming incidents we've seen there. We would be quite pleased to receive submissions from Canadian students."

Jewish Philanthropy 2.0

Joffe

Jewish Philanthropy 2.0
Alexander Joffe Jewish Ideas Daily, January 18, 2011

"Jewish mega-donors are hardly news. It is also a commonplace that wealthy Jews allocate less than 25 percent of their giving to specifically Jewish causes. Of the two facts, the latter has understandably puzzled and frustrated fund raisers for Jewish causes as well as students of American philanthropy. But is it really so mysterious?"

February Articles of Interest

Higher Education

ACLU Leaders Are Supporting Censorship of Israeli Speakers
Alan M. Deshowitz, Hudson New York, February 25, 2011
"The international campaign to prevent speakers from delivering pro-Israel talks at universities has been assisted by leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union-an organization that is supposed to protect freedom of speech for all. The method used to silence these speakers and preclude their audiences from hearing their message is exemplified by a now infamous event at the University of California at Irvine."

Why Americans are losing the battle of the campus
Charles Jacobs, Spero News, February 16, 2011
"The international campaign to prevent speakers from delivering pro-Israel talks at universities has been assisted by leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union-an organization that is supposed to protect freedom of speech for all. The method used to silence these speakers and preclude their audiences from hearing their message is exemplified by a now infamous event at the University of California at Irvine."

Carelton Council says no to anti-Israel group
Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 19, 2011
"Carleton University's student council has rejected a campus fringe group's demand that it support efforts to have the university adopt an anti-Israel policy when it comes to investing the faculty pension plan."

Charges filed against 'Irvine 11'
JTA, February 8, 2011
"Criminal charges were filed against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech at the University of California, Irvine, by Israel's U.S. ambassador....The charges were filed late last week against nine Irvine students and two students from the University of California, Riverside. Arraignment is set for March 11 in Santa Ana, Calif."

Adjunct Wins Back Course
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2011
"Defenders and critics of Kristofer Petersen-Overton still disagree over whether he lost a job teaching a course on Middle Eastern politics because of his political views or because he lacks a doctorate. But on Monday, he won the job back."

Is it time to forge legal interventions against antisemitism?
Winston Pickett, Jewish Chronicle Online, Jan. 31, 2011
"...British Jews may want to take a page from the American Jewish community's playbook and seriously consider legal intervention... At the end of the last Congress, legislation was introduced to protect Jews...from discrimination at federally funded secular institutions."

World

Visiting Italian author Umberto Eco calls anti-Israel boycotts 'racism'
Daniel Estrin, The Canadian Press, February 23, 2011
"Renowned Italian writer Umberto Eco said at an Israeli book fair Wednesday that boycotting scholars for their governments' policies is akin to racism. It was his response to British writers who called on prominent British novelist Ian McEwan to reject an Israeli literary prize this week as a way of protesting Israel's treatment of the Palestinians."

Media Watch: The Lara Logan Cover-Up?
Jonathan Mark, New York Jewish Week, February 22, 2011
"Were her attackers shouting 'Jew, Jew,' or not? Hidden from publication we the details that "when CBS correspondent Lara Logan suffered '"a brutal and sustained sexual assault,' according to CBS, the 200-man Egyptian mob was chanting, 'Jew, Jew,' as they assaulted her, if indeed they did. The Times didn't have that. You could only have read that in the New York Post (Feb. 16), which cited an unnamed person at CBS as its source."

The War on Israel's Goods
Yedioth Ahronoth, YNet news.com, February 18, 2011
"The boycott of Israeli products across Europe [is] not a new phenomenon, but its effects on the Israeli economy are marginal. It has been far more damaging when it comes to the negative image that it spreads."

Exclusive: Tunisians protestors shouted 'Death to Jews'
Chana Ya'ar, IsraelNationalNews.com February 23, 2011
"Protesters demanding the ouster of their new unity government in Tunisia are also now calling for 'Death to the Jews'" says a local source who wishes to remain anonymous. But this was not included in other media reports.

Israeli ambassador warns of anti-Semitism in Serbia after incident in reality show
he Associated Press (CP), February 8, 2011
"Israel's ambassador in Serbia has warned of growing anti-Semitism after a popular singer publicly blasted Jews in a reality show. Singer Maja Nikolic was expelled last week from the Dvor (Court) reality show on Serbia's Pink television after she said she 'disliked Jews.'"