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March 2011 Contents

Deadline For New Tobin Student Awards
April 11

Fighting Back Against Campus Anti-Semitism

IJCR urges UC Irvine to Respond to Secret Student Meeting with Hamas in West Bank

IJCR Co-convenes Major Conference on Genocide

March Articles of Interest


Award for Student Reporting of Anti-Semtisim Launched

Institute for Jewish and Community Research | Student Free Press Association

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association announce the launch of the Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism. This first in a series of awards recognizes exemplary student reporting on anti-Semitism and related prejudices in education. The Tobin Award's goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus. Read more...


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Thank you. Over the years you have helped establish IJCR as a leader in research and programming in the areas of racial and religious identity, anti-Semitism and philanthropy. The Institute continues to fulfill a unique role in American Jewish life. It is the only non-partisan Jewish think tank dedicated to addressing combating anti-Semitism coupled with a vision for growth and an expansive future.

The last few months have been busy, productive and enormously successful for the Institute. The Anti-Semitism Initiative has achieved significant progress in its efforts to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination on their campuses.


Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism

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Fighting Back Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Kenneth L. MarcusFighting Back against Campus Anti-Semitism
Kenneth L. Marcus,
MindingtheCampus.com, March 28, 2011

A wave of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents have rippled across the country, nowhere more so than in the "Golden State," which has become an epicenter for the New Anti-Semitism in America. The recent Jessica Felber and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin stories are just the tip of the iceberg. Over the last decade - since 9/11 and the start of the Second Intifada - there has been a persistent drumbeat of allegations by students and professors at many university campuses across the country. But some targets of anti-Jewish animus are taking action.

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IJCR urges UC Irvine to Respond to Secret Student Meeting with Hamas in West Bank


Cal Irvine students met with Hamas leader
JTA, March 31, 2011

"The Institute for Jewish and Community Research said it learned recently that the university's branch of the Olive Tree Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian peace organization, arranged for a meeting between the Irvine students and a Hamas leader in the West Bank while the students were on a trip to Israel in September 2009. The institute is protesting the meeting." Link to IJCR Press Release

IJCR Co-convenes Major Conference on Genocide


On April, 8 2011 - IJCR Executive Vice President Kenneth L. Marcus will co-convene a major academic conference at Loyola University Chicago on "Hate Speech, Incitement, and Genocide." The conference will highlight legal aspects of the genocide in Rwanda, Darfur and the former Yugoslavia, as well as incitement to genocide in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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March Articles of Interest

Higher Education

Education Dept. investigates complaint of anti-Semitism at UC-Santa Cruz
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2011
"The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has announced plans to investigate the University of California at Santa Cruz for anti-Semitism."
Link to IJCR Press Release

Lawsuits launched against colleges on Israel de-legitimization
Neal Sher, The Cutting Edge, March 28, 2011
Attorneys in the U.S. and Canada "have initiated legal proceedings against universities for condoning and legitimizing such intimidation and hostility and for their failure to take adequate measures to prevent it."

Threatening tweets shake McGill campus
Andrew Chung, The Star, March 16, 2011
"A McGill University student is under investigation by police after he allegedly made death threats using his Twitter account."

Brandeis Hillel excludes a controversial group on Israel, generating debate
Sue Fishkoff, JTA, March 14, 2011
"Brandeis University's Hillel voted not to accept the membership bid of the local campus chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace."

Charges against Amb. Oren's hecklers won't be dropped
Aryeh Ben Hayim, IsraelNationalNews.com, March 8, 2011
"District Attorney Tony Rackauckas...[said that ] the accused could hardly rely on freedom of speech for it was they who 'meant to stop [Oren's] speech and stop anyone else from hearing [the ambassador's] ideas.'"

Pro-Israel students harassed at Carelton
Sheri Shefa, Canadian Jewish News, March 3, 2011
"Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) members" harassed pro-Israel students "after the group's anti-Israel motion was shelved at a student council meeting."


South African university Is first to open academic boycott of Israeli counterpart
Matthew Kalman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24, 2011
"The University of Johannesburg Senate voted to pull out of a two-year-old joint research project with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to battle algae that are infesting the South African city's reservoir."

SOAS: A story of violence, anti-Semitism, and one-sided repression
James Gourlay, StudentRights.com.uk, March 24, 2011
"A microcosm of the [Israel-Palestine] conflict and its vile nature was open for all to see at [the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies:]... an event called 'Celebrate Palestine: Stories of the Resistance.'"

Birmingham stands firm against anti-Semitism
The Union of Jewish Students of the United Kingdom and Ireland, March 21, 2011
"Birmingham Guild of Students...confirmed its strong stance against racism, ensuring that guest speakers adhere to the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism."

Dior designer fired over alleged anti-Semitic slurs
JTA, March 1, 2011
"British fashion designer John Galliano was fired by the Christian Dior fashion house after allegedly harassing a couple using anti-Semitic and racist slurs...A video of Galliano saying he loves Hitler also came to light."


History is not on their side
The Austin American-Statesman, March 19, 2011
Three GOP Texas state legislators expressed concern about the history and social studies curriculum adopted last year amid national controversy.


Japan disaster and Itamar killings put Jewish giving on the spot
Uriel Heilman, JTA, March 15, 2011
Multiple tragedies at the same time cause a dilemma for Jews who want to help.