Trump's Redefining of Anti-Semitism: Implications for Freedom of Speech in Higher Education
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CMES Director Nader Hashemi moderated the discussion between Professors Andrea Stanton (Religious Studies), Jonathan Sciarcon (History and Judaic Studies), and Adam Rovner (English and Judaic Studies).
The U.S. Department of Education, in re-opening a 2011 discrimination case at Rutgers University, has outlined a new and controversial definition of anti-Semitism that is drawing support from pro-Israel groups and concern from critics who foresee violations of freedom of speech.
In his letter to the Zionist Organization of America, Kenneth Marcus outlined a definition of anti-Semitism that included “denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination” by, for example, “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and “applying double standards by requiring of” Israel “a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”
See the full New York Times report: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/us/politics/rutgers-jewish-education-civil-rights.html
See the full text of Marcus' letter: