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December 2010 Contents

Recent US Policy Protecting Jewish Students

Israel on Campus: Where Are We?

December Articles of Interest


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Recent US Policy Protecting Jewish Students

Kenneth L. MarcusU.S. must enforce policy on campus harassment
By Kenneth L. Marcus,
JTA, December 8, 2010

"Buried in the recent policy statement on bullying in the public schools, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights announced a major policy on anti-Semitism: For only the second time in its history, OCR pledged that it would use its civil rights enforcement powers to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment." But this good news is only a first step towards protecting Jewish students.

Israel on Campus: Where Are We?


Read Israel on Campus: Where Are We?
By Alexander Joffe,
Hudson New York, December 16, 2010

"The situation on campus continues to change for Israel's supporters: abuse is now almost everyplace. There have been important successes...but there have also been notable failures, such as the continuing unwillingness of the administration of the University of California at Irvine to take harassment of Jewish and Israeli students and speakers seriously."

December Articles of Interest

Higher Education

Students, city respond to anti-Semitic damages
By Jake New and Michael Auslen, Indiana Daily Student
December 1, 2010
Indiana University students recount details of the five anti-Semitic attacks in Bloomington since November 23 that "have caught IU students and city residents off guard."

Stolen menorah lights up student fundraising drive
By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen
December 1, 2010
"Jewish students at the University of Ottawa have rallied to build a new menorah after one was stolen from the university grounds on the weekend....The metal and wire religious structure was too badly damaged and could not be returned."

UF Hillel group upset after finding menorah vandalized
By Nathan Crabbe, Ocala.com
December 5, 2010
"The menorah was pulled up, thrown down, and its oil lamps were damaged."

DePaul University eyes return of Sabra hummus
December 1, 2010
"DePaul University in Chicago has asked its food service to reinstate the sale of Sabra hummus. The sale of Sabra hummus had been suspended last week following a request by a pro-Palestinian student group, even though the request did not go through the university's internal Fair Business Practices Committee, as is customary."

Holocaust denial from U.S. professors: Academic freedom?
By Alex Joffe, Pajamas Media
December 1, 2010
Professor Kaukab Siddique of Lincoln University thinks the Jews have "taken over America" by "devious and immoral means."

U of T slammed over ‘Jewish racism’ thesis
By Daniel Dale, The Star
December 7, 2010
"The University of Toronto is being criticized by Jewish groups, a prominent historian and Holocaust survivors for accepting a master's thesis that calls two Holocaust education programs 'racist.' The thesis, titled 'The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education,' was written by Jenny Peto, a Jewish activist with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid."


Israeli student attacked by Palestinians in Italy
By Menachem Gantz, Ynet News.com
November 14, 2010
"Student in Italian university threatened by Palestinian students, one of whom was armed. Police fail to apprehend suspects. Israeli: They shouted 'slaughter the Jews'"

Top Dutch politician: Jews should emigrate to Israel or U.S.
By Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz.com
July 12, 2010
"In a book written by Holocaust survivor, Frits Bolkestein quoted as saying Jews have no future in Holland; fellow coalition members rebuke comment, say emigration is not the answer."


Jesus was a Palestinian-"no one denies that," says PA TV
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PMW Palestine Media Watch
December 24, 2010
The Palestinian Authority's media presented Samih Ghanadreh from Nazareth, author of Christianity and its Connection to Islam, asserting that "Jesus was the first Palestinian Shahid (Martyr)," not a Jew. This revisionism eerily echoes the lessons of American textbook The World, published by Pearson, Scott Foresman. IJCR's 2008 study The Trouble with Textbooks found The World teaches "Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus."