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Clueless on Campus

Clueless on Campus: Candid Advice for Jewish Organizations

Jessica Felber
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
October 4, 2012

It has been more than a decade since the campus climate began deteriorating for Jewish students. Over the years, a myriad of Jewish organizations have devoted time and resources in a well-meaning, but too often ad-hoc effort to restore honesty, civility and tolerance to the campus. While these organizations deserve praise for their work, they are also in need of some guidance.

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Opinion Makers
ProtesterSupporting Israel 101 - Does it Get a No-Pass at the University of California?
Edmon J. Rodman, Virtual Jerusalem, September 13, 2012

As we send our daughters and sons off to a new year of college, are they entering an environment that is friendly to Jews? Is what they bring from their cultural and political backgrounds welcomed as part of the campus discussion?

Burning Star of DavidAnti-Semitism in left-wing online media
Julie Nathan, The Jerusalem Post, September 27, 2012

Why does an article defending the right to boycott Max Brenner elicit a call for gassing Jews? And why does an article on Israelís security barrier elicit a call for the drowning of all Jews in Australia?

Jeffrey Goldberg'Sam Bacile, Israeli Jew,' May Actually Be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Coptic Christian
Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, September 12, 2012

So, if this is true, then a group of Christians, or at least one Christian, eager to slander Muslims have endangered Jews. How so? The story that "Sam Bacile" is an Israeli Jew, with "100 Jewish donors," has spread across the Middle East. It is not possible to withdraw such a story.


Wayne FirestoneAs Hillel Head Steps Down, Questions Mount For Campus Organization

Steve Lipman and Gary Rosenblatt, The New York Jewish Week, September 27, 2012

The announcement this week that Wayne Firestone is stepping down as president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life next spring has set off a flurry of speculation as to why the 48-year-old professional would leave the top post he has held since 2006.

Charles BronfmanCharles Bronfman, other Jewish philanthropists, sign Giving Pledge
JTA, September 19, 2012  

Bronfman, Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, and Peter Lewis were announced Tuesday as among 11 philanthropists to sign the pledge, which was initiated by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates. Under the pledge, the wealthiest American individuals and families agree to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes during or after their lifetimes.

Student going to collegeAnti-Semitism at Northeastern University

Israel National News, September 27, 2012  


Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) released a 30 minute video showing how Northeastern Professor Denis Sullivan and other Northeastern faculty abuse academic freedom to promote anti-Israel lies and anti-Semitism as defined by the U.S. State Department.

Ron HendelProtesting against Israel ó valid or anti-Semitic?
As BDS season opens at Cal, anti-Semitism begins

Ronald Hendel, The J Weekly, September 27, 2012  


Itís that time of year. The fall semester has begun, the leaves are turning orange and scarlet in Berkeley, and the radical leftist student groups on campus have started their annual push for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.


Mohammed MorsiAnti-Semitism in the new Egypt: even the president refuses to say the word 'Israel'
Jake Wallis Simons, The Telegraph, September 2, 2012  

Virulent anti-Semitism is a force to be reckoned with in contemporary Egyptian culture, as well as throughout much of the Muslim world, where such views have become a mainstream fact of life. Unless the impossible is achieved and these entrenched views are reversed, the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt will always have the potential to be undermined, and cordial relations between Israel and her neighbours will remain elusive.

Syrian RebelsRebels with an anti-Semitic cause
Kapil Komireddi, Haaretz, September 21, 2012  

What will happen in Syria? The answer to that question holds immense significance for Israel. Yet, preoccupied with Iran's nuclear program, Israel is neglecting the more immediate threat to its security that's crystalizing on the other side of the Golan Heights.

Maureen DowdMaureen Dowd meets anti-Semitism charge
Dylan Byers, Politico, September 16, 2012  

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd set the Jewish political community on fire today with a column about the Republican ticket's foreign policy proposals that, according to her critics, peddled anti-Semitic imagery.

Hitler Clothing StoreIndia's 'Hitler' clothing store to change name after protests
AFP and EJP, European Jewish Press, September 4, 2012  

The owner of an Indian store called "Hitler" said Tuesday he had agreed to drop the Nazi dictator's name and re-brand his shop following protests from the Jewish community and the government.


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