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Academic Freedom and Civil Discourse

November 2011 Contents
Invoking Academic Freedom to Silence Debate
Promoting Hate for Israel
November Articles of Interest

Call for Entries!

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research announces the 2012 call for submissions for the Gary A. Tobin Awards for excellence in student reporting on anti-Semitism. Works produced by students are some of the most influential in setting the tone of campus discourse. The Tobin Award's goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus.

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Invoking Academic Freedom to Silence Debate

Invoking 'academic freedom' to silence debate

Kenneth L. Marcus, New Jersey Jewish News

November 9, 2011

Academic freedom, like democracy, is one of those things everyone supports because it can mean anything to anyone. In this sense, it is the opposite of anti-Semitism, which everyone opposes because it can be defined so narrowly that it means virtually nothing at all. What's interesting is when the two concepts collide.


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Promoting Hate for Israel

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Promoting Hatred of Israel 

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Ynetnews,
October 30 2011   

Veteran researcher examines public education systems biased against Israel--in Europe, but also the US. He cites IJCR's landmark analysis The Trouble with Textbooks by Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra as one of the few studies to highlight the extent of anti-Israelism in American high school textbooks. Dr. Gestenfeld's findings are contained in the report Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism in Western schools.

November Articles of Interest

Higher Education


Amitiai EtzioniAnti-Semitic 'Jingle Bells' Song Heard at Oxford

Renee Ghert-Zand, The Forward,
November 16, 2011

Oxford University's Conservative Association has been the subject of new reports of anti-Semitic behavior among its members.



Uriel EpshteinStanding tall in Santa Cruz: U.C. lecturer wages war against anti-Jewish activity on campus

Ben Harris, Jweekly, November 3, 2011

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is determined to push back against what she sees as pervasive anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism on her campus.

Jerusalem Post BannerSurvey: 4 in 10 British Jewish students experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism

Alex Weisler, JTA, November 1, 2011

"More than four out of every 10 Jewish students at British universities reported witnessing or experiencing anti-Semitic incidents between October 2010 and this March." Read The 2011 National Jewish Student Survey.


JWeeklyKent State prof shouts 'Death to Israel' at former diplomat

JTA, October 27, 2011

Professor Julio Pino confronted former Israeli diplomat Ishmael Khaldi at a post-lecture Q & A session at the school, shouting the epithet as he left the hall.





ILGYO logoAnother anti-Semitic act of vandalism; the Ave. J subway station defaced to read 'Avenue Jew'  

Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, November 16, 2011

In a troubling development, a second act of anti-Semitic vandalism was reported in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn.


Saleigh'Ireland most hostile country in Europe'

Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews, November 16, 2011

The Dublin City Council sponsored an anti-Israel display on the city's main street, which portrayed Israeli soldiers as Nazis.





Italian FlagAs Berlusconi exits, new report shows rising anti-Semitism in Italy

Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA,

November 15, 2011  

Before the recent departure of the Italian Prime minister a parliamentary report showed widespread anti-Semitic attitudes. Italian Jews express their views on the change.


SaleighReport Shows anti-Semitism is strong in Germany

JTA, November 13, 2011

A national commission of experts has delivered the first report of its kind to the Bundestag, the national parliament.



Italian FlagAnti-Semitism is the new black

Robert Marchant, The New Statesman,

October 28, 2011  

A series of anti-Semitic incidents across the UK, particularly emanating from the labor movement, seems to indicate an alarming trend.


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Italian FlagOhio family sues school for anti-Semitism, bullying
JTA, November 14, 2011  

A lawsuit alleges that officials at an Ohio school district did nothing to stop years of anti-Semitic bullying of a female student.




U of TorontoCarl Lindner Jr., major non-Jewish donor to Jewish causes, dies
JTA, November 2, 2011
Lindner, a devout Christian, once told the Cincinnati Jewish community "I don't share your religion but I share your faith."