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New Evidence of Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israelism,
and Holocaust Denial

January 2010 Contents

Student's Letter to Textbook Publisher Elicits Positive Response

Iran's Nuclear Anti-Zionism Is Genocidal, Not Political

A Restaurant in Tel Aviv and Hannah Rosenthalr

January Articles of Interest


New evidence of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and Holocaust denial

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

The first weeks of the new decade have brought troubling new evidence of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and Holocaust denial throughout the Western world, especially in Europe and in some North American university campuses. New reports show record levels of anti-Semitic violence in Western Europe as well as disturbing attitudes towards the Holocaust. The anti-Israel boycott movement continues to gain traction in Western universities, and this month has witnessed a particularly unfortunate development. Moreover, some efforts to combat these problems are having limited success. Fortunately, the emerging field of anti-Semitism studies brings hope for future efforts to monitor and control this global problem.

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Student's Letter to Textbook Publisher Elicits Positive Response

Student's Letter to Textbook Publisher Elicits Positive Response
by Dennis Ybarra

In the December Quad we published a letter from Nathan, a southern California sixth grader, who wrote a letter to Glencoe McGraw Hill protesting the double standard in his textbook lessons on Israel. In Discovering Our Past: Ancient Civilizations images comparing ancient and modern China and Greece were uniformly positive, but those for Israel featured only wars. At the end of December, Nathan received a reply from Glencoe's School Solutions Group in Columbus, Ohio. A senior editor told Nathan that his arguments were persuasive. The editor said that Glencoe would rectify the problematic page in the next edition. Glencoe is to be commended for its rapid and sympathetic response to the student's concerns. The company's reply demonstrates that when students and parents voice their objections, some publishers are willing to take corrective action.

Iran's Nuclear Anti-Zionism Is Genocidal, Not Political

Iran's Nuclear Anti-Zionism Is Genocidal, Not Political
by Kenneth L. Marcus

Charles Asher Small, director of Yale's Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism, tells the story of the reception he received from Rwandan activists at this year's Durban II Conference. As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rose to the Geneva stage, the Rwandans asked Small why the Jewish community is not doing more to prevent the obvious consummation of Ahmadinejad's fiery rhetoric. The Rwandans had heard similar propaganda before.
They used this language against your people in the 1940's, they said, and they used it against our people in the 1990's. Why do you not see that Iran's treatment of Israel today is no different?
From bitter experience, the Rwandans recognized genocidal intent in the Iranian leader's invective. They could not understand how a people that had its own state, organizations and resources is not able to understand and combat the growing threat that Iran presents.

Read Iran's Nuclear Anti-Zionism Is Genocidal, Not Political by Kenneth L. Marcus, inFocus, Winter 2009

A Restaurant in Tel Aviv and Hannah Rosenthal

A Restaurant in Tel Aviv and Hannah Rosenthal
by Gregg Rickman

In December, in a Tel Aviv restaurant, while I sat casually discussing my successor at the State Department with my dinner companions, I mentioned Hannah Rosenthal's J-Street affiliation, suggesting that this affiliation concerned me. Nearby sat a former US Foreign Service officer who upon the conclusion of her meal took it upon herself to-quite rudely-interrupt our meal to inform me in front of several other people, that in her opinion, J-Street was "a friend of Israel, not an enemy." She then ran off out of the restaurant in a huff, shooting me a dirty look as she left. As publicly offensive as this woman proved to be, her rude declaration seemed to suggest a bothersome arrogance. Worse was the very public repetition of this effrontery by Ms. Rosenthal, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism when she publicly criticized and insulted Israel's Ambassador to the United States for purely political reasons.


Read A Restaurant in Tel Aviv and Hannah Rosenthal by Gregg Rickman, The Cutting Edge, January 4, 2010

January Articles of Interest

K-12

Teacher's Holocaust denial causes uproar
Jewish students say comments led to jokes, threats
By James Haug, Dec. 18, 2009, Las Vegas Review-Journal
A teacher is accused of denying the Holocaust happened...the teacher's comments ... has led other students to make anti-Semitic jokes and threats against them, some of which are being investigated by police.

Higher Education

Israel in the American Classroom
By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2010
A study by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies found significant recent growth in courses focused on Israel. But the analysis did not consider whether the courses were taught in ways critical of Israel or taught by outspoken critics of Israel.

"The Lost Tribe"
By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, December 28, 2009
At the Modern Language Association annual meeting, literary scholars consider: Do English departments have "a Jewish problem"?


Philanthropy

Losing The 'Giving Gene'?
By Tamar Snyder, The Jewish Week Dec. 29, 2009
Debra Mesch: When Jewish women marry non-Jewish men, they lose their Jewish social capital.



World

More global anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2009 than any year since WWII
By Nir Hasson, Haaretz, January 24, 2010
Annual Jewish Agency report cites poll finding 42% of West Europeans believe Jews exploit past to extort money.

Back to the Future
British anti-Semitism returns-with a vengeance
By Gabriel Schoenfeld, The Weekly Standard, December 22, 2009

Indiana University to Launch Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
Jan 11, 2010
Indiana University will inaugurate its Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism direct by Alvin Rosenfeld, the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies.