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OCR to Investigate Columbia University

September 2011 Contents
Office for Civil Rights to Investigate IJCR Complaint
Upcoming Event!
Kenneth L. Marcus to speak at two San Diego Campuses
Civil Rights Commissioners Support IJCR
September Articles of Interest
Shanah Tovah from IJCR

Diane Tobin
The High Holidays are a time for reflection, for feasting and fasting, for prayer and ritual. Around the world, Jews have one thing to say as Rosh Hashana approaches: Shanah Tovah and Happy New Year! From all of us at IJCR, may 5772 be a year of blessings, growth, sweetness and joy for everyone!

The New Year provides each of us with the possibility of renewal. We are meant to account for our mistakes and ask forgiveness. For Victoria Washington, the business of making mistakes and asking for forgiveness is a year round concern. She shares insights for all of us from what she has learned working with death penalty trial
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Office for Civil Rights to Investigate IJCR Complaint against Columbia University       

Office for Civil Rights to Investigate IJCR Complaint against Columbia University 

Kenneth L. Marcus,

September 28, 2011

IJCR recently filed a complaint with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights alleging a Middle East studies department chair unlawfully "steered" a Jewish student away from enrollment in a class taught by controversial Professor Joseph Massad. Massad is "notorious for his animosity towards Zionism.... OCR has just agreed to open an to whether the chair violated the Jewish student's civil rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."


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Upcoming Event!
Kenneth L. Marcus to speak at two San Diego campuses

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The Palestinian Bid for Statehood at the UN: Breakthrough or Setback for Palestinian Nationalism and for Peace? 

IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus will be featured as a panelist on
October 3, 2011 at SDSU and UCSD.


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Civil Rights Commissioners Support IJCR Call for Legislation to Protect Students on the Basis of Religion

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has just issued its 2011 annual report, Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response. This important federal report relies heavily on IJCR research to document the problem of religious discrimination in the American public school system. The Civil Rights Commission also endorsed IJCR's recommendation that the U.S. Department of Education clarify First Amendment limitations on the Office for Right's anti-bullying policy. Most importantly, perhaps, Vice Chair Thernstrom and Commissioner Achtenberg commendably urged Congress, based on IJCR's testimony, to pass legislation prohibiting religious discrimination in education, with the apparent concurrence of Commissioners Kirsanow and Gaziano.

September Articles of Interest

Higher Education


Amitiai EtzioniBoth sides agree, Irvine verdict sends message to campus activists

Dan Klein, JTA, September 26, 2011
The conviction of the UC Irvine Muslim Students Association members who disrupted Israeli Ambassador Oren's speech at the campus in February 2010 is already altering the climate for campus activism.


Jerusalem Post BannerJewish groups complain of anti-Semitism at UC campuses

LA Times,

September 23, 2011

A new request by Jewish activists, UC alumni and professors has been sent to UC administrators asking that they "take more forceful action against...anti-Semitism on UC campuses."


Uriel EpshteinAnti-Semitism at Hampshire College

Sara Dogan,, September 20, 2011

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

JWeeklyAcademics Against Israel

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Ynet,

September 14, 2011

The veteran researcher and author recaps the individuals and movements "leading the fight against anti-Israel schools."


Jewish LedgerUS Colleges to Receive Warning Letters on Anti-Semitism

Johanna Paraszczuk, Jerusalem Post,

September 8, 2011

An Israeli NGO sent letters to hundreds of campus administrations warning them of their legal obligations to protect Jewish students.





ILGYO logoKenney, Baird sign pledge to fight anti-Semitism 

Laura Payton, CBC News,

September 19, 2011

Two Canadian government ministers have signed onto the Ottawa Protocol, a declaration on combating anti-Semitism signed by legislators from various countries.



SaleighAn everyday tale of anti-Semitism in Cairo

Thomas Dinham, The BBC,

September 15, 2011

A non-Jewish BBC correspondent relates his shocking experience in a Cairo crowd where he narrowly escaped an assault by convincing the crowd he wasn't a Jew.



Italian FlagAnother Jewish Memorial defaced in Poland, in latest String of anti-Semitic Incidents

Reuters, Haaretz,

September 15th, 2011  

Police say vandals defaced a monument for a former Jewish cemetery in the city of Bialystok.

ILGYO logo10 years on, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about 9/11 persist

Dan Klein, JTA,

September 2, 2011

"Myths that blame the Jews are spreading freely from neo-Nazi and other whites supremacists into new areas whose acolytes are not necessarily anti-Semitic but are unknowingly adopting the tropes of classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories."


SaleighAnti-Israel protest disrupts Philharmonic show in UK


September 2, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters' shouting and heckling of the Israel Philharmonic forced the shutdown of a live radio broadcast by the BBC.



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Calabasas LogoTeens admit defacing Calabasas High campus with anti-Semitic graffiti
News Wire Services, Los Angeles Daily News,
September 14, 2011  

Two teens admitted in court that they vandalized the school in April 2011.



U of TorontoYounger Soros Tries to Learn From Father's Giving
Melanie Grayce West, The Wall Street Journal September 16, 2011

Alexander Soros, 25, is following in the footsteps of his father, with an eye toward "unpopular causes."