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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2005 / 9 Nissan, 5765

A double-barreled scandal

By Jonathan Tobin


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Two New York institutions sully their reputations in a cover-up of anti-Israel bias



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A generation or more ago, Columbia University in the City of New York (as its official title reads) was considered a hotbed of radical activity, and made news for campus student strikes, police riots and other unpleasantness.


Today, Columbia is again in the headlines amid charges that its Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department is a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, where Jewish students are not only bombarded with Palestinian propaganda but made to feel unwelcome.


Though a Jewish student being told by a professor that if she wishes to contest his slanted version of events then she can just get out of his classroom isn't nearly as dramatic as the mayhem that disfigured the Morningside Heights campus in 1968 and 1972, the consequences are just as bad. The university's place in the pantheon of elite American educational institutions, as well as in the hearts of alumni such as myself, has been placed in jeopardy.


But the difference between the two situations is that the driving force beh ind today's campus radicalism, whose focus increasingly seems to be on anti-Israel activity, is not the student body. There is no question that the career-oriented and loan-encumbered students of today are not as likely to confront professors and administrators as their predecessors.


TITLED RADICALS
Instead, all the incidences of anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli indoctrination that were documented by disgruntled students were the result of faculty misbehavior.


As intimidating as mobs of unruly students might have seemed to academicians in the past, the weight of official authority now stands behind the titled radicals of the present. The effect is a growing perception that some forms of discussion — namely, the defense of Israel — are simply off-limits in some university departments and classrooms. The result is an atmosphere where bad scholarship thrives and academic freedom withers on the vine.


And when university administrations whitewash this situation and treat the victims — students who were intimidated by faculty extremists, and those who spoke against the practice — as the threat to university protocol, then what hope is left for the reputation of the institution?


Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened this month at Columbia when a report on the complaints of anti-Israel bias was issued.


Though the report admonished professor Joseph Massad for threatening to throw a Jewish woman out of his classroom for questioning his rants about Israel, it took no action against him. Nor did it choose to take seriously other incidents concerning other faculty members.


Far worse, the report heaped most of the responsibility for the problem on the protesters, including some outraged Jewish faculty members who wanted the school to take action. In particular, it singled out the school's Jewish chaplain for supporting the victims of anti-Semitic bias as lacking "collegial civility."


Most egregious is that the investigating committee (which included supporters of the campaign to divest university holdings of any company that does business with Israel, in addition to close colleagues of Massad) treated the willingness of students to try to monitor anti-Jewish bias as an attempt to intimidate those faculty members who were themselves guilty of bias.


By allowing a department to enforce a rigid anti-Israel orthodoxy in its classrooms, Columbia is stifling academic freedom and chilling dissent by students who remain vulnerable to intimidation.


But this disgraceful abandonment of principle by Columbia is not the end of the story. Just as bad is the collusion that another great New York City institution played in the cover-up.


Prior to the release of this slanted report, university officials contacted The New York Times and offered them an exclusive look at the document. But, as the rival New York Sun later reported, there was a catch. The newspaper could have the report only if it agreed not to contact "other interested parties" — in other words, the very students and protesters whose outrage had prompted the investigation.


OOPS, WE FORGOT!
That led to a March 31 front-page story that gave only one side of the story, except for a comment from Massad, who was given the opportunity to blast the report for its mild criticism of him. Only later, after other media reported a more balanced version of the tale, did the Times allow the Jewish victims to have their say, but, of course, not on Page 1.


This was a violation of New York Times policy, (as well as a widely accepted cannon of journalistic practice) as was later conceded in an editor's note. According to an explanation that appeared on April 6, the "editors and writers did not recall the policy" when they agreed to Columbia's terms. This "apology" reminds me of comedian Steve Martin's old routine in which he advised tax evaders to simply tell the IRS, "Well, excuuuuse me!"


A week later, the Times compounded its misreporting with a fawning Public Lives feature about Massad, who was portrayed as a courageous advocate of unpopular beliefs committed to academic freedom.


And when, on April 10, Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent had his say about the incident, the attitude of this erstwhile scourge of the Grey Lady's staff was a barely concealed yawn.


For Okrent, the desire for a "scoop" excused the scandalous collusion with Columbia. Though he conceded that readers "deserved better journalism than that," the whole thing was "as surprising as a tuition increase," said Okrent. The tone of the article screamed indifference.


So in order to save its good name and avoid confrontations with leftist foes of Israel, Columbia whitewashed a record of prejudice. And America's newspaper of record allowed its news pages to filter out a version of the tale that might disagree with that of the university.


It is sad to contemplate what Columbia has let Joseph Massad and others do in its classrooms. It's even sadder when you realize that Columbia is probably far from alone in this practice.


As for the Times' role in all this, it may be no great surprise to friends of Israel to learn that its news pages are just as biased, but it is a sorry day for American journalism when its foremost outlet is willing to conspire to cover up prejudice.

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