ADL Welcomes New U.S. Effort To Monitor Campus Anti-Semitism
New York, NY, April 17, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed a new Web site launched by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as "an important tool" in the effort to monitor and raise awareness about anti-Semitism on the college campus.
"We encourage and welcome any attempt to monitor and to increase reporting of anti-Semitism on the college and university campus," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This site is an important new tool in the fight against anti-Semitism."
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights launched the site at http://www.eusccr.com/ in an effort to raise awareness of the problem of anti-Semitism on college campuses and to encourage reporting of incidents.
ADL has long been at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism wherever it appears, including on the college campus. In November 2005, the League provided a statement before a Civil Rights Commission briefing on anti-Semitic incidents on the college campus. The commission later issued recommendations for monitoring, awareness and reporting that led to the creation of the new site.
The League has a number of resources available to college and university students, administrators and others:
• Fighting Back: A Handbook for Responding to Anti-Israel Rallies on College and University Campuses. This resource answers common questions about what type of speech is protected by American law and campus code of conduct, and what type of speech crosses these lines. The guide provides specific action steps for responding to anti-Israel protests on campus.
• Responding to Bigotry and Intergroup Strife on Campus: A Guide for College and University Presidents And Senior Administrators encourages campuses to engage in contingency planning to develop appropriate and effective interventions in order to overcome bigotry and conflict on campus.
• ADL's Confronting Anti-Semitism Program empowers the Jewish community to respond to anti-Semitic incidents and to challenge the persistent anti-Semitic stereotypes that are often at the root of these incidents.
The A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ program, a component of ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, is a leading provider in the development and delivery of diversity and anti-bias training and resources on college and university campuses throughout the United States.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.