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April 2011 Contents
The Wrong Statement on Campus Anti-Semitism
A Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
April Articles of Interest

The Quad is a monthly publication of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR). It includes updates on research and publications; alerts about items in the news; original commentary by scholars; and news about our partners.

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR)
is an independent non-profit dedicated to the growth and security of the Jewish community.

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research 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.


Thank you.

The Wrong Statement on Campus Anti-Semitism    


The Wrong Statement on Campus Anti-Semitism

By Kenneth L. Marcus 

The Cutting Edge News, April 22, 2011  

Kenneth L. Marcus responds to "Anti-Semitism on Campus" by AAUP president Cary Nelson and American Jewish Committee's Kenneth Stern. Marcus refutes Nelson and Stern's charge that "many" of the "recent allegations" of campus anti-Semitism "simply seek to silence anti-Israel discourse and speakers." The public interest is not well served when establishment figures aim their criticism against the few people who are trying to address campus anti-Semitism rather than the many who are allowing it to persist. 

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A Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America 


Protecting Jews from Campus Antisemitism

Anne Herzberg, SPME Reviews and Recommendations, Mar. 21, 2011   The legal advisor for NGO Monitor reviews Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America by IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus

April Articles of Interest

Higher Education


Vanguard GroupBlack student leaders slam 'apartheid' characterization
Jordana Horn, Jerusalem Post, Apr. 9, 2011

The Vanguard Leadership Group based at historically black colleges took issue with the use of the term to describe Israel in a full page ad published nationwide in campus newspapers where Israel Apartheid Week events took place.   



Jonathan TobinThe Reality of Campus Anti-Semitism

Jonathan Tobin

Commentary Contentions, Apr. 22, 2011

"Should the federal government intervene when an American university permits its campus to become unsafe for Jews?"


C Stillwell

USA: Anti-Israel Studies 

Cinnamon Stillwell and Judith Greblya IsraelNationalNews, Apr. 26, 2011 

Surprisingly, "faculty members at departments of Jewish Studies in the USA are evidencing anti-Israel (anti-Semitic) tendencies as do their colleagues in Middle East Studies."

Hastings SealHastings' board pulls UC brand from rights meeting

Bob Egelko 

San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 13, 2011

Organizers of a conference called "Litigating Palestine" complained that the withdrawal of the law school's official sponsorship infringed on academic freedom. Yet the conference was held as planned, ensuring academic freedom.


Defending Israel on Campus

Rahel Musleah, Hadassah Magazine, April 2011  

IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus says the last 10 years have seen a reversal of the welcoming environment for Jews in the form of anti-Jewish animus related to Israel.



Peter WoodPreferred Colleagues

Peter Wood, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Apr. 6, 2011

"Substantial numbers of the sociologists [in a recent survey] said they would be 'less likely to hire' evangelical Christians and fundamentalists if they were aware that a candidate [for an academic appointment] fell into either of those categories."


Dichter Brandeis

Jewish leftists disrupt Kadima MK speech at U.S. University

Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz Service Haaretz, April 5, 2011

"Groups of Arab and Muslim students have disrupted speeches by Israeli officials on university campuses in the past, but recently some left-wing Jewish student groups have also joined the attacks."


UC Riverside SealDepartment of Education investigates allegations of anti-Semitism at UCSC

Kevin Keckeisen

Highlander Hews, April 4, 2011  

A student at UC Riverside looks at the "hotspots for high tensions among students regarding the Middle East" in the UC system.




B O'FarrellAustralian lawmaker threatens council over Israel boycott 

JTA, April 17, 2011

New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell "has told local council members to either drop their boycott of Israel or risk being fired."




David HirshNo such thing as victimless boycott 

David Hirsh
Mail & Guardian Online, Apr. 15, 2011

The UK anti-BDS activist explains, "Israeli universities are not part of a racist project; they are autonomous academic institutions like others across the democratic world."


U of T Austin SealU. of Texas Jewish studies center raises $10 million
JTA, Apr. 16, 2011

"The $10 million will enable the center to hire new faculty, expand course offerings and offer more public events highlighting Jewish culture and thought."