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New Bill Introduced to Combat Religious Discrimination

September 2010 Contents

New Bill Introduced to Combat Religious Discrimination

Participants Defend Yale Antisemitism Conference

September Articles of Interest


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New Bill Introduced to Combat Religious Discrimination

Kenneth L. MarcusOver the last few years, the Institute for Jewish & Community Research has produced research demonstrating why Congress should prohibit discrimination in schools and colleges. Our new book, Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America argues that both congressional action and OCR enforcement are needed to address the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.

Last week, after much work by the Institute and its colleagues at the Zionist Organization of America, bills were introduced into both houses of Congress which would implement IJCR's legislative recommendation

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Participants Defend Yale Antisemitism Conference


The Institute joins an international group of scholars in defending "Global Antisemitism, a Crisis of Modernity," a conference that was held at Yale University last month and organized by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitsm. The PLO, several anti-Israel bloggers, and some Yale students had complained that the conference included too much information about anti-Semitism in the Islamic world.

Read the letter

September Articles of Interest

Higher Education

MSUSuspending MSU the Right Move for UCI
By Aaron Elias, The New University,
September 28, 2010
"Too many people and institutions all over the world think UC Irvine is a vile cesspool of Jew-hatred. Wouldn't it be nice if we could have just one year without all the saber rattling and mudslinging? This is a question that has become ever more pertinent, especially with the recent MSU suspension."

Civil Rights Commission Chairman: We're Still Relevant
By Ryan J. Reilly, TPMMuckraker
September 15, 2010
"The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has been integral to identifying and condemning the rise of anti-Semitism in American education. As it evaluates its efficacy and relevance, due credit should be afforded to the impact its independence and leadership has had, and hopefully will continue to have, on under-addressed issues in civil rights."


'Philly 500' Challenge: Renewal for Birthright?
By Deborah Hirsch, The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)
September 23, 2010
"Aryeh Weinberg, director of research at the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish & Community Research, said it's not uncommon for nonprofits to seek more from those they serve during tough times, even though grass-roots campaigns take extra work and don't necessarily generate as much money."

Larry EllisonAll the disadvantages required for success!
By Steve Linde, Jerusalem Post
September 8, 2010
"Why have some Jews been so good at making money, and using it well? Just ask Larry Ellison, who heads The Jerusalem Post's first annual ranking of The World's 50 Richest Jews."


Pink Floyd star in 'antisemitism' row
By Jennifer Lipman, Jewish Chronicle Online,
September 28, 2010
"An American Jewish organisation has become embroiled in a row with the lead singer of British rock band Pink Floyd. The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has criticised Roger Waters for 'crossing a line into antisemitism' after it emerged that he will use a planned concert to juxtapose a Jewish symbol with the dollar sign."


A Claim of Pro-Islam Bias in Textbooks
By James C. McKinley, New York Times
September 22, 2010
"Some conservative members of the Texas Board of Education assert that the history books used in this state have a pro-Islamic bias, and they are upset about it. Never shy about wading into the culture wars, they voted for a resolution that would send a blunt message to textbook publishers: Do not present a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian version of history if you want to sell books in one of the nation's largest markets."