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The Controversy Over Yale's Anti-Semitism Institute

June 2011 Contents
Yale's Anti-Semitism Blunder
How OCR's Guidelines on Bullying Affect Religion
Tobin Award 2011 Winner Reports on Rutgers Hillel
June Articles of Interest

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Yale's Anti-Semitism Blunder       

Yale University sparked international outrage when it announced, in early June, that it would shortly close the highly regarded, academically productive, and financially healthy Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Antisemitism, known as "YIISA."  YIISA's high-profile director, Dr. Charles A. Small, had emerged as an international leader in anti-Semitism research, culminating in his election to the presidency of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism.  Nevertheless, he had also become controversial for taking positions that critics contended were overly sympathetic to Israel or overly hostile to Israel's enemies.     


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How OCR's Guidelines on Bullying Affect Religion 

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The New OCR Anti-Semitism Policy 

Kenneth L. Marcus, Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 2, No. 2    

IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus explains the significance of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights important policy guidance on bullying and harassment issued in October 2010.

Tobin Award 2011 Winner Reports on Rutgers Hillel

Rutgers Hillel celebrates successes in combating anti-Israelism on campus 

Jacob Binstein, New Jersey Jewish Standard, June 3, 2011    

Jake Binstein 

Gary A. Tobin Awards 2011 alum Jacob Binstein describes his campus Hillel as thriving both in fund raising and in opposition to anti-Israel campus events. At a recent gala the organization held, student leader Raffi Mark presented a program entitled Fighting the Delegitimization of Israel on Campus.

June Articles of Interest

Higher Education


Amitiai EtzioniYale's Flip Flop on anti-Semitism center

Amitai Etzioni, 

CNN, June 28, 2011
"Between the closing and opening [of Yale's anti-Semitism institutes] lies a telling tale about research in a politically charged world." 


Jerusalem Post BannerYale University launches new program on anti-Semitism

Jordana Horn, Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2011

IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus comments on the implications of the replacement of Yale's Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of anti-Semitism (YIISA) by  the new Yale Program for the Study  of anti-Semitism (YPSA).


Uriel EpshteinWhy Did Yale End Anti-Semitism Program?

Uriel Epshtein,, June 22, 2011

A Yale sophomore and former intern with YIISA analyzes the institute's closure.


JWeeklyCivil rights ace now seeks to trump anti-Semitism

Dan Pine, JWeekly, June 16, 2011

Veteran JWeekly reporter Dan Pine profiles IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus, Director of the Anti-Semitism Initiative, and describes the organization's work to document anti-Semitism and bolster civil rights protections for Jewish students.


Jewish LedgerQ & A with... Prof. Kenneth Marcus

Cindy Mindell, Jewish Ledger Connecticut Edition, June 15, 2011

The Ledger interviews IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus about YIISA and the controversy. 


Alex JoffeAnti-Semitism and Man at Yale

Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily, June 13, 2011

IJCR Research Scholar Alex Joffe examines the factors that led Yale to close YIISA.







ILGYO logoPalestinians fail in bid to cancel international gay youth conference 

Ilan Lior, Haaretz, June 17, 2011

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel has, for now, narrowly failed to get a December meeting of the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organization moved from Tel Aviv. Though neither the Palestinian Authority nor the Hamas regime has a progressive record on LGBT rights, Palestinian activists, including the Palestinian Queer BDS movement, said they would continue to pressure the organizers.



SaleighArgentine gov't official joins campaign to expose junta's anti-Semitic past

Alex Weisler, JTA, June 16, 2011    

In an unusual twist, Jewish banker Eduardo Saiegh has enlisted the support of the Argentine secretary of human rights in his quest to convict former leaders for anti-Semitic discrimination and state terrorism.  


Italian FlagItaly against the Jews

Giulio Meotti, Ynetnews, June 13, 2011  

The journalist with Il Foglio chronicles an alarming increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activity in the country.


David MametPlaywright Mamet says Brits inherently anti-Semitic         

Jerusalem Post Staff, Jerusalem Post,

June 13, 2011   

The Jewish-American dramatist said in an interview with the Financial Times that contemporary anti-Israelism in Britain is based on centuries of negative stereotypes of Jews in British society.


Capriles Radonski

Rival to Chvez, demonized for his Jewish roots, is opposition's new hope in Venezuela

Jasmina Kelemen, JTA, June 6, 2011

Governor Enrique Capriles Radonski is increasingly vilified for his Jewish background in his campaign to replace President Hugo Chvez, although he says he is a devout Catholic.   


US Dept of StateU.S cites anti-Semitism on skipping UN conference 

Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg, June 1, 2011

The Obama administration has given notice that it will skip the U.N. World Conference on Racism in New York in September because past meetings have included "ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism."

Limmud OzNo Place for BDS at Limmud-Oz  

J-Wire (Australia), May 19, 2011

In a statement by the Limmud-Oz organizers, supporters of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel will be barred from airing their views at the organization's June event.



U of TorontoToronto: Fund Created for Jewish Studies
Nelly Lalani, Ynetnews, June 7, 2011

The University of Toronto Centre for Jewish Studies plans to expand with additional funding in the amount of $36 million.