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Dr. Gary Tobin Hosts Press Conference to Present Study Finding Pervasive Anti-Semitism in American Higher Education

Event Comes Day Before Dr. Tobin to Testify Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON -- (Nov. 15, 2005)

WHAT: Dr. Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, will be hosting a press conference to discuss findings from his latest book, The UnCivil University: Politics and Propaganda in American Education. The event comes one day before Dr. Tobin is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the pervasive problem of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses. This marks the first time the Commission is examining this issue.

Tobin's book examines how the ideology and expression of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism have become systemic throughout much of the American higher education system. In many cases this has been under the rubric of "legitimate" criticism of Israel where anti-Israel rhetoric draws from traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes and where universities and government have failed to provide the necessary oversight to prevent the insidious institutionalization of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The discussion will also focus on how anti-Israel groups have targeted U.S. campuses and how a few committed activists have been able to capture the institutional decision-making process to such an extent that intimidation and threats against Jewish students and faculty have become acceptable. Tobin will conclude with his policy recommendations on how to combat this virulent strain of anti-Semitism and the negative consequences the trend holds for all Americans if action is not taken.

Copies of The UnCivil University: Politics and Propaganda in American Education will be available to press as takeaways at the event.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Columbia Foyer
   
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2005
11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM
Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

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