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Forging a Consensus for Civil Discourse

October 2011 Contents
The JCPA's Controversial Proposed Resolution
Creating the Master Race
Italian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism Publishes Report
October Articles of Interest

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The JCPA’s Controversial Proposed Resolution

The JCPA’s Controversial Proposed Resolution

Kenneth L. Marcus,

October 28, 2011

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an important umbrella organization, drafted a statement on combating anti-Semitism in higher education. The JCPA's initial draft resolution had many problems and was justly criticized on several grounds. To its credit, JCPA substantially revised its resolution in response to criticism and wisely postponed a final vote until its Detroit plenum. At the same time, more work is still needed.


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Creating the Master Race

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Creating the Master Race 

Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily, October 28 2011   

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Deadly Medicine exhibit on Nazi race science is an occasion to reflect on modern questions, not only those that pertain to Germany. The advancement of knowledge in biology, genetics, and medicine, and their enlistment in the service of evil illuminates troubling moral dilemmas that still resonate today.

Italian Parliamentary Fact-Finding Inquiry Into Anti-Semitism Publishes Final Report

Following similar actions by parliaments in the United Kingdom and Canada, committees of the Italian parliament have completed a Fact-Finding Inquiry on Anti-Semitism. This action was taken in coordination with the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA), which actively promotes inquiries into anti-Semitism by national parliaments in the West.

Read the Introduction to the Final Report by Sub-Committee of Inquiry Chairperson M.P. Fiamma Nirenstein. Read the Italian Parliamentary Fact-Finding Inquiry into Anti-Semitism Final Report.

October Articles of Interest

Higher Education


Amitiai EtzioniJCPA backs statement urging selective use of Title VI protections

JTA, October 26, 2011
The umbrella organization endorsed a resolution that calls for the application of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to Jewish students in "appropriate cases" and forwarded it to member agencies for a vote.


Jerusalem Post BannerIrvine 11 students appeal conviction

LA Times, October 19, 2011

The Irvine 11 appeal their conviction for willfully disrupting the speech of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California but have little chance of success.


Uriel EpshteinFederal Discrimination Investigation Assumes Students, Like Home Buyers, Can Be Illegally 'Steered'

Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11, 2011

The Chronicle interviews several experts including IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus about the allegations of civil rights violations at Columbia.

JWeeklyPro-Palestinian Student Activists Plan Push

Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Forward,

October 11, 2011

Students for Justice in Palestine, a "diffuse" collection of campus groups, is meeting this month for a national conference.


Jewish LedgerUnwelcome

David Fine, The Tablet, October 7, 2011

A Columbia junior interviews the Jewish student at the center of the accusations of steering at Columbia.

Jewish Ledger'UK university students okay with being openly Jewish'

Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2011

The 2011 National Jewish Student Survey reveals attitudes about Jewish identity and Israel, including 38% who feel Israel is treated unfairly in their student union and 27% who think it is treated unfairly in classes.



ILGYO logoPope called on to condemn bishop's new anti-Semitic slur 

JTA, October 19, 2011

"A group of European rabbis has called on the pope to condemn the latest anti-Semitic remarks by a Holocaust-denying Catholic bishop."



SaleighPalestinian official in Canada apologizes for offensive tweet

JTA, October 19, 2011

The charge d'affaires in Ottawa was called in for a rebuke by the Foreign Affairs Department for retweeting a video whose English subtitles called for "millions" to "destroy the Jews."



Italian FlagService as usual at New York Durban conference

Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post,

August 10, 2011  

The UN's "anti-racism" conference fulfilled expectations of a repeat performance of the Israel-bashing that occurred at its two predecessors.


SaleighThe Arab Spring and the Jews: The Necessary Litmus Test

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi,

Israel National, October 6, 2011

The attitude toward Jews in post-revolution Arab societies is a key test of their ability to transition to liberal democracies.



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Italian FlagAt Newton South High, a lesson in propaganda
Richard L. Cravatts, The Jewish Advocate,

October 20, 2011  

The 13-year old propaganda piece Arab World Studies Notebook is still making its way into classrooms, this time a high school in greater Boston. IJCR highlighted the Notebook as one of the most problematic of the unregulated supplemental materials that teachers introduce into their classrooms in its exposé The Trouble with Textbooks.


Italian FlagLAUSD Fires Teacher Over Anti-Semitic Comments at 'Occupy' Protest
KTLA TV, October 19, 2011  

After saying in a video "the Zionist Jews who are running these banks...need to be run out of this country," a substitute teacher was relieved of her duty by the district.



U of TorontoMadoff Trustee Sues Jewish Association for $5.2 Million
Linda Sandler, Washington Post,
October 14, 2011
In an attempt to "claw back" some of its "non-existent profits," the liquidator sued the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged.