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Anti-Israel / Anti-Semitic: Where to Draw the Line?

July - August 2011 Contents
AJC Gets It Right at Last
A Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
A Critique of the Dept. of Education's Approach to Harassment
July-August Articles of Interest

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American Jewish Committee Gets it Right on Campus Anti-Semitism, At Last       

AJC Gets it Right on Campus Anti-Semitism, At Last 

Kenneth L. Marcus, The Forward,

August 23, 2011

"In early August, the American Jewish Committee's executive director, David Harris, finally renounced his organization's highly controversial joint statement on campus anti-Semitism. The initial statement, which AJC anti-Semitism expert Kenneth Stern had published four months before, with Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, had generated considerable criticism within the Jewish community. Interestingly, the AJC reversal coincided with disturbing revelations in the University of California, Berkeley campus anti-Semitism case."

 

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A Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America

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Protecting Jewish Rights on Campus 

Asaf Romirowsky, Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 23, No. 1-2, August 2011   

The adjunct scholar for the Middle East Forum reviews Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in the context of Edward Said, the takeover of Middle East Studies, and IJCR's groundbreaking 2005 study of campus anti-Semitism The UnCivil University.

A Critique of Dept. of Education's Approach to Harassment

Civil Rights: Bullying as a Civil Rights Violation: The U.S. Department of Education's Approach to Harassment

Kenneth L. Marcus, Engage,

August 2011     

Writing for Engage, a Federalist Society journal, Marcus takes a close look at the Obama Administration's stand against bullying in public schools, identifying what's really new in the policy, what is a reiteration of established principles, and what rights may appear to be newly extended but really are not.

July - August Articles of Interest

Higher Education

 

Amitiai EtzioniScottish university student guilty of anti-Israel racism

JTA, August 24, 2011
A university student in Scotland was found guilty of racism for lewdly insulting a fellow student's Israeli flag. He has been expelled from St. Andrew's University.

 

Jerusalem Post BannerLine Between Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic Protests split AJC

Rex Weiner, The Forward,

August 16, 2011

Weiner provides the background for Marcus' Op-Ed, detailing dissension among executives at the American Jewish Committee who held differing opinions about how to "distinguish legitimate debate about Israel from anti-Semitism."

 

Uriel EpshteinCollege Instructor gets job back, plus $550,000, after complaining about anti-Semitism

Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, August 12, 2011

A federal judge ordered a history instructor reinstated based on his complaints about anti-Semitic discrimination at Madison Area Technical College.


JWeeklyProminent Belgian Jew quits university board to protest campus anti-Semitism

Danna Harman, Haaretz,

July 26, 2011

Jacques Brotchi, an internationally known neurosurgeon and honorary professor at Brussels Free University, decried an increasing tide of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents at the school.

 

Jewish LedgerUK Academic sues University College Union over anti-Semitic treatment

Elka Looks, Haaretz,

July 7, 2011

"A British academic and pro-Israel activist has filed a lawsuit against the University College Union...claiming it has created a 'degrading, humiliating and offensive environment' for its Jewish members."

 

 

World   

 

ILGYO logo'Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas' 

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Ynetnews,

August 30, 2011

The veteran researcher on anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Europe explains the origins of anti-Semitic chants by soccer fans in the Netherlands.

 

 

Saleigh Will Egypt be too busy to hate?

James Kirchick, Haaretz,

August 26, 2011

"The intense and academic debate in the West about where legitimate criticism of Israel ends and anti-Semitism begins doesn't resonate in Egypt, or anywhere in the Arab world."

 

 

Italian FlagWhy do non-Jews bashing Israel claim to be Jewish?

Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post,

August 10, 2011  

It turns out a few participants in the 2010 and 2011 Gaza flotillas claimed a false Jewish indentity, and media outlets accepted their claims without question.

ILGYO logoNo Jews Allowed: Spokane Bomber's Anti-Semitic Beliefs Are Inadmissible Evidence, Judge Says 

Keegan Hamilton, Seattle Weekly,

July 27, 2011

Despite legal precedent on Jewish identity recognizing ethnic and national origin components, detailed in Marcus' book Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America, a judge in the Washington prosecution of an alleged bomber will not allow a jury to hear about his neo-Nazi affiliations and beliefs because "being Jewish is technically a religion, not a 'race' like being white, black, or Asian."

 

 

SaleighStanding up against antisemitism

Mario Silva, Jewish Tribune,

July 5, 2011

The chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism advocates "a common understanding of what constitutes an antisemitic crime" and recommends that "police agencies, human rights commissions, and not-for profit agencies, must work to coordinate and pool information about antisemitic incidents."

  

 

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Italian FlagGroup Plans lawsuit over textbook adoption changes
Lilly Rockwell, News Service of Florida, WCTV, Aug 11, 2011  

Florida's textbook adoption process was dramatically revamped earlier this year. Citizen groups, educators, and school board members are expressing concern about where the new process will lead. First up for adoption under the new rules: social studies.

 

Philanthropy

U of TorontoCharities balk at rule change
Larry Yudelson, New Jersey Jewish Standard, Aug 12, 2011

A proposed requirement that charities inform all potential donors of their right to designate their gift to specific programs or risk them being used for administrative or fundraising purposes is being met with objections by Jewish federations and others.