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FACING THE CHARGE OF RACISM: New Research on Jewish Student Identity

FACING THE CHARGE OF RACISM: New Research on Jewish Student Identity

Aryeh Weinberg, IJCR, March, 2012


Accusations of racism have become a staple of anti-Israel protest on campus and, for Jewish students, these charges can negatively impact their college experience and raise important questions about their Jewish identity. The irony of the racism accusation is that young Jews arefirmly committed to the global world in which they live. They embrace a world with permeable boundaries and multiple identities that celebrate and validate diversity, as do most young Americans. It should come as no surprise that Jewish students are committed to an expansive and inclusive vision of the world. Many are raised in homes that reflect the changing demographics of the 21st century. Nearly half (45%) of Jewish college students arrived on campus having been raised in a family with some level of diversity. The most effective defense against charges of racism is to embrace and celebrate the full spectrum of Jewish identity.

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Call for Entries

CALL FOR STUDENT ARTICLES - WIN $1,000

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research announces the 2012 call for submissions for the Gary A. Tobin Awards for excellence in student reporting on anti-Semitism. Works produced by students are some of the most influential in setting the tone of campus discourse. The Tobin Award's goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus.

Opinion Makers
RomirowskyA new anti-Israel tactic
Asaf Romirowsky, Ynet News.com, March 15, 2012

The pro-Palestinian mantra revolves around the belief that the Palestinians are the Arab world's underdog; Israel is the Goliath and the Palestinians are the David. This message has been exported to the West and has engendered global sympathy for the Palestinian cause, as the quintessence of an injustice at the hands of the brutal, colonialist West.


Italian FlagAfter the Carnage in Toulouse, Together Against Anti-Semitism
Bernard-Henri Lévy, The Huffington Post, March 13, 2012

So France is a country where, in 2012, in the country's third largest city, one can shoot at a Jewish school and kill, point blank, children there.


UNRWA and Israel: Catch 22
Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman,The Times of Israel, March 15, 2012

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon recently challenged a long-standing Israeli policy towards UNRWA as part of his ongoing social media "hasbara" campaign intended to cast Israel in a positive light. In conjunction with the grass-roots Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs, Ayalon focused attention on UNRWA and its role in perpetuating the Palestinian refugee morass.


A Perfect Firestorm For Anti-Semitism
Steven Windmueller,The New York Jewish Week, May 1, 2012

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon recently challenged a long-standing Israeli policy towards UNRWA as part of his ongoing social media "hasbara" campaign intended to cast Israel in a positive light. In conjunction with the grass-roots Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs, Ayalon focused attention on UNRWA and its role in perpetuating the Palestinian refugee morass.


Ken, George and the Jews
Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman,The Times of Israel, March 15, 2012

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon recently challenged a long-standing Israeli policy towards UNRWA as part of his ongoing social media "hasbara" campaign intended to cast Israel in a positive light. In conjunction with the grass-roots Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs, Ayalon focused attention on UNRWA and its role in perpetuating the Palestinian refugee morass.

Philanthropy

Julius RosenwaldHome Depot co-founder stresses philanthropy for businesses

Emily Belowich, The Brandeis Hoot, April 27, 2012

Ken Langone talked about philanthropy as a great American phenomenon but commented that Jews have for years acknowledged philanthropy as a part of their culture. He emphasized that this must be rewarded, not in the form of medals or awards, but with appreciation for the fact that “the world is better because they were here.”


Jewish FederationThe future of … philanthropy

Toby Tabachnick, The Jewish Chronicle, April 5, 2012

As Jews become more globally conscious, and open their wallets to more nonsectarian causes, their impact on the wider community becomes more pronounced. But Jewish institutions, now sharing a finite pool of funds with the world at large, may find themselves trying to satisfy the needs of their own community with fewer resources.

Education
Harvard CrestNorman Finkelstein: From Hezbollah To ‘Zionist Bully’?

Stewart Ain, The Jewish Week, February 21, 2012  

 

Norman Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors whose anti-Israel statements and actions got him barred from the country until 2018 for suspected ties to Hezbollah terrorists, has now become the darling of pro-Israel bloggers — sort of — and a traitor to Palestinian supporters.


Louis FarrakhanEducation board grapples with loss of power over textbooks

Kate Alexander, American Statesman, April 20, 2012

 

The State Board of Education, long the gatekeeper to the enormous textbook market in Texas, has lost control over which materials enter public school classrooms.


Paris school websiteIsraeli Apartheid Week and BDS are not the answers  

The Progressive Zionist Club on Campus, The McGill Daily, March 5, 2012

One of the most harmful effects of the prominence of BDS on our campus is that it impedes the development of legitimate, nuanced criticism of Israel. There are many who have the moral integrity to recognize both Palestinian rights and Israel's right to exist.


Mark YudalWill the Beren Controversy Transform TAPPS?

Shira Schoenberg, San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 2012  

 

Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools.


Canadian FlagScholarship and Anti-Semitism at Yale

Ben Cohen, Jewish Ideas Daily, March 26, 2012  

 

Almost a year has passed since Yale University shuttered the five-year-old Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism, known by the unwieldy acronym "YIISA," and replaced it with the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism, or "YPSA." The organizational shuffle produced a torrent of criticism in the Jewish and general press. But nine months later, there is virtual radio silence about the new YPSA program. So, how is it doing?

World
Italian Flag'Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, anti-Israel incitement becoming increasingly interrelated'
Israel Hayom, April 18, 2012

Cyberspace, with its websites, social networks, forums and blogs, has become the major conveyer of bigotry and racism in general, and anti-Semitism in particular, a new poll on global anti-Semitism reported Wednesday.


GraffitiEmma Thompson backs Israel boycott for Shakespeare festival
Jennifer Lipman, Israel Hayom, April 18, 2012  

 

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs called for the Presbyterian Church to "take concrete actions to address the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, and at times anti-Semitic content that has been all too common in the church's Israel Palestine Mission Network".


Henrique CaprilesA Jew-free Europe
Giulio Meotti, Ynet News, March 22, 2012  

Seventy years after the Holocaust, a pogrom took place in Toulouse, one of the most pleasant French cities. An Israeli rabbi and three Jewish children were executed during a killing spree. Four Jews “returned” to Israel in a coffin.

 

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