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November 2010 Contents

The Ottawa Protocol

As College Crisis Looms, Time To Rethink Goals

Ancient Hatred at a Campus Near You

November Articles of Interest

 


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The Ottawa Protocol

Kenneth L. Marcus This month saw a major advance in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism on university campuses. On November 10, the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) issued an international declaration which will be known as “The Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism.”

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As College Crisis Looms, Time To Rethink Goals

Joffe

Since at least the 1930s, American Jews, like other ethnic minorities, have taken it for granted that a college or university education is necessary for economic success, social advancement and meaningful civic participation. Institutions of higher learning actively compete for Jewish students, and Jews are represented disproportionately among the faculty and as donors and mega-donors. Several changes threaten this highly successful equation, primarily outlandish costs and out of touch values. Each has a disproportionate impact on Jews.

Read As College Crisis Looms, Time To Rethink Goals by Alex Joffe, The New York Jewish Week, November 2, 2010

Ancient Hatred at a Campus Near You

Yale

IJCR's Kenneth L. Marcus, reporting from the second conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, bemoans animus against Jews that "emanate from the very institutions usually thought to be bulwarks against irrational prejudice-the major research universities." Marcus points out the connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism on campuses and advances three principles for universities: the treatment of anti-Semitism the same as any other bias, insistence on both equal opportunity and freedom of speech, and calling out anti-Semitism by name when it occurs.

Read Ancient Hatred at a Campus Near You by Kenneth L. Marcus, The Toronto Globe and Mail, November 8, 2010

November Articles of Interest

Higher Education

Seeking intellectual integrity: Israeli academia must engage in some searing soul-searching without delay
By Martin Sherman, YNetNews
November 10, 2010
"The furor over allegations of post/anti-Zionist bias in the Israeli academe refuses to subside. Last week a heated debate on the topic was held in the Knesset's Education Committee with the participation of Education Minister Gideon Saar. Clearly the charges as to deliberate ideological imbalance were not directed at the faculties of the natural or exact sciences but focused on the social sciences and the humanities."

UC President says Muslim student groups’ anti-Semitism can’t be censored
By Lisa Armony, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
November 10, 2010
"Addressing the tension between free speech and hate speech on University of California campuses at a forum in Orange County, UC President Mark Yudof told a Jewish group that university administrators cannot censor anti-Semitism propagated by Muslim student groups, even while he condemns the hateful rhetoric arising from their anti-Israel programs."

Anti-Semitism

The Anti-Semite’s Pointed Finger
By Ruth R. Wisse, Commentary Magazine
November 10, 2010
"Why can’t we set ourselves the goal of eradicating anti-Semitism? All across the civilized world, people track anti-Semitism, expose it, oppose it, decry it. And yet no one seriously considers the possibility of bringing about its end. Is this because of some lack of capacity or courage? Or do we face in anti-Semitism something, to use the phrase of the Yiddish writer L. Shapiro, as eternal as the eternal God?"

Excerpt: Harper’s speech on Israel, anti-Semitism
By Scott Maniquet, National Post
November 8, 2010
"Two weeks ago I visited Ukraine for the first time. At the killing grounds of Babyn Yar, I knew I was standing in a place where evil – evil at its most cruel, obscene, and grotesque – had been unleashed. But while evil of this magnitude may be unfathomable, it is nonetheless a fact."