Non Government Organizations

Several non-governmental organizations have issued reports documenting, monitoring or commenting on contemporary anti-Semitism. The following are illustrative examples:

In April 2014, Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Modern European Jewry issued its annual report on global anti-Semitism, documenting and analyzing incidents around the world.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a March 2013 report on anti-Semitism in the boycott, sanctions and divestment movement, authored by Dr. Harold Brackman, and entitled, “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel: An Anti-Semitic, Anti-Peace Poison Pill.”

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The Community Security Trust’s 2012 report, “Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2011,” reports that “fears and concerns about antisemitism, as expressed by mainstream Jewish communities and bodies, are routinely ignored, or even maliciously misrepresented, within supposedly ‘progressive’ circles, including some media, trade unions and churches.” CST adds that “few, if any, other minority representative groups are treated with such reflexive suspicion and ill-will.”

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The Anti-Defamation League’s 2011 audit, released in late 2012, shows a relative decrease in U.S. anti-Semitic events but nevertheless reports that “troubling manifestations of anti-Semitism in school bullying incidents and vandalisms continued to be reported in significant numbers.”

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The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise issued this October 2012 report on “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story.” Media accounts focus on this study’s finding that anti-Israel events occurred at fewer than 3 percent of American colleges during 2011-2012. The study also finds, however, that “A shocking percentage of Jewish students report experiencing anti-Semitism on campus and administrators have shown far less sensitivity to these incidents than persecution of other minorities or women on campus.”

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The David Project issued a high-profile 2012 white paper on “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and Colleges.” This report is not primarily about campus anti-Semitism, but it does address the topic briefly, and it relies on the work of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus

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In May 2012, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs issued an important resolution endorsing appropriate usage of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to combat campus anti-Semitism. The JCPA statement also calls on Congress to prohibit religious harassment in federally funded educational institutions.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s report, Anti-Semitism Goes to School examines a few recent examples of campus anti-Semitism.

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Human Rights First has issued a series of reports spotlighting contemporary European anti-Semitism as a human rights concern.

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The Orange County Independent Task Force on Antisemitism issued a hard-hitting report on anti-Semitism at the University of California at Irvine, chiding not only university administrators but also major Jewish organizations for failing to address the problem adequately.

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LDB Advisor Dr. Dina Porat and fellow Tel Aviv Professor Roni Stauber provide the best available annual account of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide during the prior year, formerly under the aegis of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.

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The Anti-Defamation League’s annual anti-Semitism survey provides the best available annual account of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States during the prior year.

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The Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Legal Task Force, chaired by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, issued a Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and the Freedom of Speech, which elucidates the application of these important principles with special attention to disputes involving the Middle East and/or the rights of Jewish students.

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The CASHE Statement provides the report of an internationally scholarly workshop on Contemporary Antisemitism in Higher Education co- convened at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus.

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