The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism
Newsletter
Volume 1 No. 14
13 April 2007

YIISA SEMINAR SERIES ANTISEMITISM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

On April 19, Wolfgang Benz, Director, Center for Research on Antisemitism, University Technical Berlin, will speak on “Antisemitism as Phenomenon of Every Day Life in Contemporary Germany.” This seminar will be held at ISPS, 77 Prospect Street, room A002.

On April 26, Gerald Steinberg, Professor at Bar Ilan University, will speak on “NGOs and the Durban Strategy: Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and the Distortion of Human Rights.” This seminar will be held at Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, room 101.
This will be our last seminar of the year.

Please see the seminar website for the Spring semester schedule. Please note that many of our seminars this semester will be held in room 101 at Linsly-Chittenden.

EVENTS AT YALE

Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00
The Failure of Israeli Studies in the Arab World
Speaker, Hassan A. Barari, U.S. Institute of Peace
ISPS, 77 Prospect Street, Room A001
Sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies

April 15 to June 30, 7 a.m.-4 p.m
“Memory and Legacy,” a multi-media exhibit on the New Haven Holocaust Memorial
Oral history interviews conducted by Yale students
Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd. in Woodbridge
Sponsored by the New Haven Oral History Project (NHOHP) and Greater New Haven Holocaust Memory Inc.

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day
Beginning at sunset on the 27th of the month of Nisan and ending the following evening, this day is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized.
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TV, VIDEOS, YOUTUBE

(MEMRI TV) Louis Farrakhan, leader of the “Nation of Islam”, declares his support of Iran’s nuclear program on Al-Jazeera TV and claims that since the U.S. administration ignored his warnings, “the time for the chastisement of Allah is here.”
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(MEMRI TV) IRINN (Islamic Republic of Iran News Network) commentary on the new film “300”
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(YouTube) A public service announcement against racism and anti-Semitism from rapper Jay-Z and Russell Simmons
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REPORTS

Hamas calling for the “liberation of Palestine”
(Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan delivered a hate-filled sermon calling for the “liberation of Palestine” through terrorism rather than through inter-Arab and international conferences. Delivered two days after the Riyadh Summit, the sermon, which included a call to slaughter the Jews, was broadcasted on Palestinian television, controlled by Abu Mazen.
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The Totalitarianism of Jihadist Islamism and its Challenge to Europe and to Islam
(Journal of Totalitarian Movements and Politics of Religion) Professor Bassam Tibi, University of Gottingen and our YIISA speaker on March 1, writes in this article how in contemporary Islamism – to be distinguished from Islam – one finds two features united: a totalitarian movement combined with a political religion.
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

MIDDLE EAST

Iran Claims Nuclear Advances
(Guardian) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that his country is now capable of industrial scale uranium enrichment. This comes just weeks after the United Nations demanded Iran halts its nuclear expansion program. The US and its allies accuse Iran of intending to produce weapons, a charge that Ahmadinejad strongly denies.
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Iran Enters New Nuclear Phase
(BBC) Iran can now produce nuclear fuel on an industrial level, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced, in a move likely to further strain tensions with the West. Some officials claim that Iran now has 3,000 uranium gas enrichment centrifuges running at the Natanz plant.
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Iran’s President Sees Progress in Nuclear Program
(New York Times)  Following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s announcement that his country has started to produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale, some diplomats wonder whether this statement may be a partial bluff.
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US ‘Concerned’ about Iranian Nuclear Advance
(UK Times) The White House has said that it is ‘very concerned’ about Iran’s announcement that it has recently entered the industrial stage of its nuclear program. State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said that Iran’s actions are the reason that the UN Security Council do not believe that Iran’s program is of a peaceful nature.
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Moscow ‘confused’ at Iran Wargame
(BBC News) Iranian air defence forces carried out drills near the plant last Friday without telling Moscow, BBC Moscow correspondent James Rodgers says. He said the decision to make the news public showed Russian frustration over Iranian actions.
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Doubts Remain Over Iran’s Nuclear Claims
(Washington Post) Experts and some world powers are expressing doubt that the country has been able to assemble the complicated system it needs to enrich uranium – a potential pathway to nuclear arms. This skepticism is due to the inaccuracy of some past claims and Iran’s present drive to defy the U.N. Security Council.
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J’lem dismisses Iran’s ‘nuke boasting’
(Jerusalem Post) In Jerusalem, senior officials accused Ahmadinejad of engaging in “nuclear boasting.” Israel’s assessment is that Iran has still not passed the “preliminary threshold, and that Ahmadinejad can still be stopped. Sanctions are effective, and need to be continued,” an official said.
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IAEA Predicts Iran Could Make Bomb Within Six Years
(Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty) A spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran will have the capacity to build its own nuclear bomb in four to six years.
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Weighing the Iranian Nuclear Threat
(Newsweek) An interview with David Albright, a former United Nations nuclear inspector and one of the world’s most respected experts on rogue nuclear programs, on Ahmadinejad’s announcement of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities and his assessment of Iran’s nuclear program.
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Interesting Times: Three races
(Jerusalem Post) Saul Singer writes in his column about Iran’s announcement of enriched uranium production. He says “As in poker, Iran responds to each raise with one of its own, hoping it will scare its opponents out of the game and take the pot as well.”
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The Region: Once Britain ruled the waves. Now Iran does
(Jerusalem Post) In his column, Barry Rubin asks, why is Iran being so aggressive? Why is Britain being so weak? And what is the wider meaning of Iran’s seizure of 15 British navy personnel from Iraqi waters in this new hostage crisis?
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Tough swagger can’t disguise a basic weakness
(The Times) The eruption of propaganda from Tehran ­ including the showy release of the captured British sailors and Marines ­ does not conceal either the weaknesses of the regime or the signs that sanctions are working.
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Editor’s Notes: The great humanitarian
(Jerusalem Post) David Horovitz writes a critical piece about how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent façade of benevolence is being lapped up in the Arab world, where Iran is perceived to have easily outmaneuvered the UK, and far beyond – deep into the West.
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Iran’s win-win tactic: kidnapping
(Globe and Mail) Both the seizure of 15 Royal Navy personnel by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah last July added to Iran’s luster and strengthened the hard-line Islamists in Tehran.
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Arab street warms to showman Ahmadi-Nejad
(Financial Times) The Iranian president’s eye-catching showmanship as he announced the release of the 15 British sailors and marines seems to have generated admiration laced with a hint of frustration as some ordinary Arabs wonder why their leaders do not act like him and “stand up to the west.”
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Nasrallah vows Hezbollah will stay armed to offset Israel
(Ha’aretz) Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed that Hezbollah will keep its weapons until a strong Lebanese army capable of defending the country against Israeli attacks is established.
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Report: Hezbollah says rearming, prepared for summer war with Israel
(Ha’aretz) Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Kassem told the British newspaper the Guardian that the group is rearming in the wake of the Second Lebanon War and is prepared for another war this summer.
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Israeli Security Agency Warns of Hamas Attacks
(NY Times) A recent wave of arrests of Hamas militants in the West Bank town of Qalqilya provided evidence that members of the Palestinian faction there are primed to resume attacks in Israel, the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet asserted today.
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Security sources: Hamas is arming Islamic Jihad with Qassams
(Ha’artez) Security sources said Hamas is supporting Islamic Jihad’s rocket attacks against Israel with behind-the-scenes activities that include arming the organization’s militants with Qassam rockets. They said Hamas is emerging as the lynchpin of Palestinian terrorist activities against Israel.
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PA police deny Shin Bet claims of Hamas plans for major attack
(Ha’aretz) Palestinian Authority police officials denied Shin Bet claims that a terrorist from Hamas had managed to infiltrate Tel Aviv from the West Bank city of Qalqilyah last month in a car laden with about 100 kilograms of explosives.
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Are Hamas’s claims of moderation a ploy?
(Jerusalem Post) The new face of Hamas, Local Affairs Minister Mohammed Barghouti says he wants a Palestinian state alongside Israel, not instead of it. In hopes of breaking an international boycott, Hamas has filled its Cabinet seats in the new Palestinian Authority unity government with professionals and pragmatists, keeping its ideologues at home.
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Palestinians release Shalit kidnap training video
(YNet) The internet site of Salah Al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, released a video clip Monday night showing some of the members of the unit that kidnapped Gilad Shalit training for the operation in Kerem Shalom. (Site includes video showing the training scheme for Shalit’s capture.)
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Fears mount for missing BBC reporter
(Jerusalem Post) Fears mounted within the Israeli defense establishment regarding the fate of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was abducted a month ago by masked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Security officials noted that a month was the longest a foreign national had been held in the Strip.
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Iraq in the Balance
(NY Times) An op-ed from Fouad Ajami, writing from Baghdad. With respect to the current situation in Iraq, he says there is panic in Washington, while in Baghdad, there is cautious optimism.
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How North African nations are dealing with Islamist resurgence
(Christian Science Monitor) The challenge for the leaders of Morocco and Algeria, say analysts, is how to subdue the growing Islamist movement without empowering more radicals or undercutting mainstream, moderate Muslim force.
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Analysis: Don’t underestimate Syria’s military
(Jerusalem Post) While the Knesset heard about potential scenarios for reaching peace with Damascus on Thursday, senior defense officials warned of an unprecedented military buildup in Syria and said that prevailing in a war with Israel’s northeastern neighbor would not be as simple as some might have been led to believe.
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A War Of Narratives
(NY Times) An op-ed by David Brooks about his experience at a conference co-sponsored by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan and the American Enterprise Institute. The idea was to get Americans and moderate Arab reformers together to talk about Iraq, Iran, and any remaining prospects for democracy in the Middle East, but the Arab speakers mainly wanted to talk about the Israel lobby.
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In Iran, web-savvy clerics reach out to Shiite faithful
(LA Times) In the ancient city of Qom, theologians get training in running websites and writing blogs.
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‘Israeli melons have AIDS’
(YNet) Text message spreading through Saudi Arabia claiming melons entering the kingdom from Israel are infected with AIDS causes frenzy. Officials deny rumors.
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NORTH AMERICA

Anti-Semitism Lives Among Academics
(Jewish Week) Jews are again facing an academic world where professors espouse views that could have tragic results for a significant portion of the Jewish people.
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Ending Campus Anti-Semitism Public Education Web Site to Be Launched by U.S. Commission on Civil Rights(PRNewswire) The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will launch a Web site that contributes to ending campus anti-Semitism by educating college students and others about anti-Semitism, urging victims and witnesses of anti-Semitism to report such incidents, and listing sources of assistance for students.
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US senate urges quick action by six European countries to open vast Nazi archives
(YNet) In a resolution passed Wednesday, the Senate urged a the international commission that controls access to the archives to speed up its process of allowing the opening of a secret Nazi archive holding millions of pages that document the lives and deaths of millions of World War II concentration camp inmates.
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Imus’ Suspension For Racist Remarks ‘A Long Time In Coming’
(Anti-Defamation League) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the suspension of talk-show host Don Imus for racist and sexist remarks he made about the Rutgers women’s basketball team was “a long time in coming,” given his history of racist and anti-Semitic invective on his “Imus in the Morning” program.
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Jewish refugee families press for equity
(Chicago Tribune) Sephardic groups use Coca-Cola trespass suit to reveal misfortunes of thousands in era of Middle East conflict.
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Halliburton winds up Iran work
(Australian Broadcasting Coporation) US oil services giant Halliburton says it has wrapped up its work commitments in Iran and is no longer conducting any projects in the Islamic republic. Halliburton announced in January of 2005 that it was shutting down its Iran operations, but would honour existing “contractual commitments” until they were fulfilled.
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EUROPE

EU Says No to Aiding Palestinian Unity Government
(Deutsche Welle) New Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad has failed to convince the European Union to agree to resume aid to the Palestinian Authority despite what he called a “very acute financial crisis”.
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Britain’s Humiliation — and Europe’s
(Washington Post) An op-ed by Charles Krauthammer. He says, “Iran has pulled off a tidy little success with its seizure and release of those 15 British sailors and marines: a pointed humiliation of Britain, with a bonus demonstration of Iran’s intention to push back against coalition challenges to its assets in Iraq.”
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‘Mideast policy hurts UK’s good name’
(Jerusalem Post) Oxfam, a British charity with a mandate to overcome poverty and suffering in the world, has said that its country’s policy on Israel and the Palestinians is among the errors in foreign policy that has damaged the country’s reputation in the world and undermined its status as “an international force for good.”
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Jewish students attacked by Israeli academic
(YNet) Dr. Ilan Pappe, of Haifa University, has been instrumental in organizing previous, failed attempts to boycott Israeli institutions in Britain, and is now set to leave Israel and take up a chair of history at the University of Exeter in south west England, where he hopes to set up a “center for Palestinian studies.”
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Historian hits out at Jewish student lobby
(Times Higher Education Supplement) An Israeli academic has suggested that Jewish student groups are courting Muslim anger by aligning themselves with the state of Israel by becoming “ambassadors of Israel”.  Click here to read

Britain Asks College to Fight Antisemitism
(Chronicle) In a recent report, the British government expressed concern over a rise in Antisemitism on university campuses and asked universities to do a better job dealing with the problem.
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Jewish Students Say UK Groups Ignore Antisemitic Act on Campus
(United Jewish Communities) After three Jewish students resigned from the National Union of Students in protest against apathy to Antisemitism, Jewish students have demanded action.
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Antisemitism in the UK cannot be brushed aside
(Jerusalem Post) The British government, in a response to a recent parliamentary inquiry into the recent escalation of UK Antisemitism, claims to “share the concerns of Jewish communities, and fully support the police and prosecuting authorities in taking a tough line to stamp out anti-Semitism wherever it occurs.”
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England and radical Islam (Idaho Mountain Express) David Reinhard asks, where does multi-cultured political correctness end and professional cowardice begin?
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Polish Teenagers Demonstrate against Antisemitic Graffiti
(European Jewish Press) Concerned Polish teenagers have held a vocal demonstration against Antisemitism in Lodz, the second largest city of Poland, displaying pictures of Antisemitic slogans painted on many of the buildings in the city.
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  Fears of Antisemitism
(Budapest Sun) The Hungarian ambassador to the US tried to calm fears expressed by US congressman Edolphus Towns over alleged Antisemitism in Hungary. He claimed that Antisemitic individuals were a small minority in Hungary and that most Hungarians are outraged by hate speech and actions.
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Vatican ambassador to boycott Holocaust memorial because of rift over photo
(International Herald Tribune) The Vatican and Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial got into a public spat Thursday over the wartime conduct of Pope Pius XII during the Nazi genocide, threatening to upset fragile relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish state.
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Un nouveau sondage pointe une progression de Jean-Marie Le Pen
(LeMonde) In a recent opinion poll right-wing extremist and noted xenophobe, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has made significant advances.
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MISCELLAENOUS

Venezuelan Jews fear for their future
(Canadian Jewish News) In the past few years, Coro, which had considered itself among the most well-established communities in South America, has lost up to one-fifth of its members, prompted by an increasingly hostile environment under the government of President Hugo Chavez, a radical leftist who has been in power since 1999.
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The Last King of Java
(WSJ’s Editorial Page) A piece on Abdurrahman Wahid, a former president of Indonesia and the spiritual leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), an Islamic organization of some 40 million members. In the U.S. and Europe he is barely spoken of at all–which is both odd and unfortunate, seeing as he is easily the most important ally the West has in the ideological struggle against Islamic radicalism.
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BOOK REVIEWS

The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: Jews, Israel and Liberal Opinion
By Bernard Harrison
Reviewed by Suzanne Selengut in Jerusalem Post Click here to read
Reviewed in Commentary Magazine Click here to read