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Congress Must Pass Legislation

to Prohibit Religious Bullying  

May 2011 Contents
IJCR Blasts Religious Bullying
Anti-Semitism 101
May Articles of Interest


Gary A. Tobin

Award Winners 


Student accounts of anti-Semitic environments on various California campuses and at Rutgers University were selected in the first annual Gary A. Tobin Awards for college student journalism on anti-Semitism. The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and Student Free Press Association partnered to establish the competition recognizing excellence in student reporting about the campus environment for Jews. Read more 

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 IJCR Blasts Religious Bullying     

Fresh from his May 13 testimony before the US Commission on Civil Rights at a hearing on bullying in the public schools, IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus offers a number of options for federal legislation to protect students from bullying based on religion.  IJCR has been fighting this problem for several years. A legislative solution to the problem of bullying and harassment of Jewish students must include a straightforward statutory bar on religious harassment accompanied by enforcement by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.


Read full column


See testimony of Mr. Marcus at the USCCR   

Anti-Semitism 101

Alex Joffe

Anti-Semitism 101 

Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily, May 6, 2011   

"One of the many dismaying things about anti-Semitism is its lack of originality. The rhetoric and setting change, but the substance persists. Anti-Semitism on American campuses is no exception; but the ... fact that it exists, and that it is virulent, is sufficient to merit the alarm it has caused."

May Articles of Interest

Higher Education


UCU UK LogoUCU Antisemitism Motion Passes 

Martin Bright, The Jewish Chronicle,

May 30, 2011

UK faculty's University and College Union distanced itself from the European Union's definition of antisemitism at its annual congress. It also adopted a motion boycotting Israel.


Dissent LogoThe Politics of Defining Racism: The Case of Anti-Semitism in the University and College Union

                             Ben Gidley, Dissent Magazine, May 26, 2011 

 "Defining anti-Semitism has become one of the most difficult instances of defining racism...because of the particularly strange mutation of anti-Semitism in recent years, including...'the new anti-Semitism.'"  


Apartheid SignUC Debates Free Speech Vs. Federal Protection
Rex Weiner,  The Forward, May 18, 2011

Against the backdrop of an investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, UC Santa Cruz Jewish students and faculty, and IJCR's Anti-Semitism Director Kenneth L. Marcus, discuss the merits of federal involvement.


NY Sun LogoCUNY's Principles

Editorial, New York Sun, May 7, 2011    

The Sun's take on the Tony Kushner controversy is: "If principles are the issue here, what is the logic of the decision of a full board of trustees being overturned a few days later by a subset of the trustees?"


Jeffrey GoldbergWiesenfeld: 'My Mother Would Call Tony Kushner a Kapo'

Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, May 6, 2011  

Goldberg interviews the CUNY trustee who objected to the awarding of an honorary degree to the playwright.




Guy MilliereThe Full-Blown Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe         

Guy Millière, Hudson New YorkMay 16, 2011   

 "After World War II, anti-Semitism seemed to disappear in Europe. It is back, to a very disquieting degree."




Scottish Flag

Scotland: Glasgow districts boycott Israeli books

Yaniv Halily, YnetNews, May 24, 2011

A Scottish local council has implemented a boycott of Israeli goods, including books.  


Stanley FishWhat's up with the Jews? 

Stanley Fish, The New York Times, May 23, 2011 

Longtime academic and author Stanley Fish offers a fresh take on anti-Semitism in light of several recent events and Matthew Biberman's book Masculinity, Anti-Semitism, and Early Modern English Literature


Press TV LogoUniversity of London boycotts Israel  

Press TV, May 22, 2011

The largest students' union in Europe voted to campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

Kantor-EJCEJC's Kantor slams Belgian minister for comments on Nazis

Gil Shefler, Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2011  

Comments by the Belgian justice minister supporting pardons of Nazi collaborators drew fire from European Jewish leaders.



Lars Von Trier Director Von Trier at Cannes calls himself a Nazi

JTA, May 18, 2011    

The Danish director's comments, supposedly made in jest, made him persona non grata at the Cannes Film Festival.




Jack MandelJack Mandel was influential Jewish philanthropist
Cleveland Jewish News, May 17, 2011

The successful businessman and his brothers became internationally known for supporting Jewish causes through the Mandel Foundation.