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Major Civil Rights Victory

October 2010 Contents

Civil Rights for Jewish Students

Education Dept. takes stand that could draw it into free-speech fights

Yale University's International Conference on Antisemitism: A Canadian View

October Articles of Interest


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Civil Rights for Jewish Students

Kenneth L. Marcus The Feds have issued a policy reversal that protects Jews on campus buried within its response to bullying in schools. The new guidance letter by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) warns schools of penalties if they fail to correct hostile environments for Jewish students. The new policy affirms a 2004 letter by then-OCR chief Kenneth L. Marcus, current director of IJCR's anti-Semitism Initiative, which until now had not been followed.

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Education Department takes stand that could draw it into free-speech fights


In a move being hailed by many Jewish organizations as an essential policy reversal, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has signaled that it plans to step up its efforts to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitism under a federal law that bars colleges from discriminating based on national origin or ethnicity.

Read Education Department takes stand that could draw it into free-speech fights by Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 29, 2010

Yale University's International Conference on Antisemitism:
A Canadian View


The director of the Canadian Insititute for the Study of Antisemitism publishes a thoughtful recap of the Yale conference and the participating major global institutes for the study of antisemitism including IJCR and its initiative for the study of antisemitism.

Read Yale University holds international conference on Antisemitism by Dr. Catherine Chatterly, September 1, 2010

October Articles of Interest

Higher Education

MSULincoln prof's comments on Israel draw fire
By Julie Shaw, Philadelphia Daily News
October 21, 2010
"A professor at Lincoln University, a historically black college, has called for the destruction of Israel 'if possible by peaceful means' and called the Holocuast a 'hoax.' Two state legislators said the comments were 'disheartening' and 'blatant hate speech.'"

New moment for campus alienation
By Aaron Rosenberg, The Jewish Tribune
October 20, 2010
"At York University in Toronto, a political science class called "Protest Movements and Democracy" includes a unit on "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign Against Israel." The author labels this unit "outrageous" and yet another element that creates an atmosphere of "alienation" for Jewish and pro-Israel students."


Jewish groups fare poorly on annual fundraising list
By Jacob Berkman, JTA Fundermentalist
October 18, 2010
"The Chronicle of Philanthropy released the findings of its annual Philanthropy 400 survey of the country's largest nonprofits, and the news for Jewish charities was not good as giving was off significantly between 2008 and in 2009, even as the economy started to thaw and the recession is officially over."


Murdoch on Anti-Semitism
New York Sun Editorial
October 14, 2010
"Rupert Murdoch recently spoke at an ADL conference in New York, warning of "the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it." Identifying university campuses, international organizations and elite society in Europe, he remarked that '[t]he battleground is everywhere.'"

A survey to deny a problem
By Robin Stoller and Alejandro Baer, Jerusalem Post
October 17, 2010
"The results of a recent government-funded anti-Semitism poll in Spain proved to be an effort to address the phenomenon in the country by simply pretending it doesn't exist. On the eve of Rosh Hashana, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos presented results of the first sociological study on anti-Semitism in Spain. 'Public opinion in Spain is not anti-Semitic,' he declared."


Virginia textbook adoption process to undergo full review
By Rosalind S. Helderman and Kevin Sieff, Washington Post
October 26, 2010
"An embarrassing error in a history of Virginia text adopted by the state has not only caused the book to be pulled from classrooms but prompted the governor to order a full review of the adoption process. The controversy highlights anew the serious drawbacks of statewide textbook adoption."