In case you haven’t been following the Yale controversy, first see these GTJ blog posts: News story, Mitzvah Maker Alvin Rosenfeld responds, and an article in the Washington Post from a GWU professor.
Letter from JCRC’s Arielle Farber
Yale University has announced that the well-respected Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism is scheduled to be closed down. The Center was the first university-based center in North America dedicated to the study of anti-Semitism, and as George Washington University’s Professor Walter Reich, a member of the international academic board of advisers of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, stated in a Washington Post Op-Ed, “The quality and output of the Yale Institute have been superb and wide-ranging.”
While we understand that Yale has concerns that the Center has not met certain academic standards set by the university, we are asking the administration to reverse what seems to be a hasty decision and to instead provide the Center with a grace period to improve and achieve the goal of meeting those standards.
Yale’s own distinguished Law School alumnus Professor Alan Dershowitz, added in an op-ed in the Hudson New York, “The precipitous decision to close YIISA, made without even a semblance of due process and transparency, could not have come at a worse time. Nor could it have sent a worse message.” At a time of increased global anti-Semitism, the closure of this Center will send a dangerous message that combating anti-Semitism should no longer be an academic priority, or perhaps even a national priority. For more information about global anti-Semitism, please see the website of the ADL and the website of the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
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Director of Israel & International Affairs