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Congressional Leadership on Campus Anti-Semitism

July 2010 Contents

U.S. legislators seek action against campus anti-Semitism

IJCR supports Florida textbook complaint

July Articles of Interest


Congressional Leadership on Campus Anti-Semitism

Kenneth L. Marcus
Ken Marcus, Director
Anti-Semitism Initiative

In response to information the Institute for Jewish & Community Research and other organizations provided at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, three dozen members of Congress wrote to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this month to protect Jewish students from harassment. , admonished Duncan that "discrimination against Jewish students remains a significant and disturbing problem on some campuses." More importantly, the letter embraced the Institute's long-stated position that the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights must use Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prosecute campus anti-Semitism as it committed it would in 2004 policy guidance.

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IJCR supports Sarasota, Florida textbook complaint

World History Textbook

IJCR's Dennis Ybarra submitted a letter to the five members of the Sarasota County School Board in support of a complaint against World History: Pattern's of Interaction published by McDougal Littell. Some parents and citizens determined that the text engages in apologetics for Islam and does not treat Jewish and Christian beliefs with the same devotional language used for Muslim beliefs. On July 20, a public hearing was held by the board. While the members voted unanimously to deny the complainants' appeal, the protest indicates that problematic textbook material is increasingly on the radar screen of communities and future efforts at the school district and state levels can be expected.

Read IJCR's letter to the members of the Sarasota County School Board

July Articles of Interest

Higher Education

Mark YudoffJewish organizations protest UC President's handling of reports of anti-Semitism
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times,
July 7, 2010
The groups assert that the university's reaction has been too weak. University chief Mark G. Yudof says the groups may be basing their responses on an unreliable sampling of student opinion.

Jewish, Muslim tensions rise at UC Irvine after suspension of Muslim group
By Stephen Clark, FOX News.com,
June 19, 2010
Tensions are high at the University of California-Irvine after the school recommended suspending a Muslim student group for its role in the disruption of the Israeli ambassador's speech earlier this year.


A Hatred that Resists Exorcism
By Edward Rothstein, New York Times,
July 5, 2010
Is there anything left to be said about anti-Semitism? Why then during the last six months have new tomes been published devoted to the hatred of Jews?

Education minister defends decision to penalize Israel professors who back boycott
By Or Kashti and Haaretz Service, Haaretz,
July 8, 2010
After being petitioned over the matter by hundreds of academics, Minister Gideon Sa'ar says "Supporters of boycott are harming academic freedom."

Anti-Semitic Alliance: The Shared Extremism of Neo-Nazis and Migrant Youth
By Sven Röbel, Spiegel Online International,
July 14, 2010
Following an anti-Semitic attack in Hanover, German authorities have identified a new source of anti-Semitic hatred in Germany: young migrants from Muslim families. The ideological alliance has officials concerned.