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Librarians for Fairness

A librarians' association that advocates for academic balance in our libraries

Librarians for Fairness is an organization dedicated to bringing information about Israel to libraries around the world and to promoting democratic values. We work to ensure that Israel is represented fairly in libraries through books, periodicals, audiovisuals, and online resources.

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The Case for Democracy: The Power to Overcome Tyranny & Terror

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Now offering Israel 4 Kids CD

American Children can now take a virtual tour of Israel with Srulik, a popular sandal-footed Israeli cartoon character. This fun and interactive tour will make Israel come alive as students experience the story of Israel that rarely gets told. Children and educators alike can learn about Israel’s cool Internet technologies (i.e. AOL instant messaging), watermelon picking robots, live-saving cancer drugs, and other joint U.S.-Israeli projects and become better informed about Israel’s unique history, national languages, climate, food, branches of government, and currency.

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Israel in the World

This colorful volume takes an in-depth look at a remarkable achievement: how one small and very young country has successfully become one of the world's technological leaders.

From agriculture to medicine, Israel stands right at the forefront of technological development. Learn about the country's many achievements and breakthoughs, and how it's poised to remain on the industrial cutting edge in the foreseeable future. The countless accomplishments outlined here would be dazzling, even if they hadn't emerged from a nation that didn't even exist 60 years ago: Israel created the ICQ chat facility that is now used by hundreds of millions of internet surfers each day; the technology that allows you to leave voicemail messages on a mobile phone; the medical diagnostic equipment (including magnetic resonance imaging) found in most hospitals; and the surveillance equipment that alerts security officials to suspicious activities at airports. Find out about the people who made such progress possible; the educational system that allowed these citizens, many of them recent immigrants, to reach their full potential; and how Israel uses its knowledge for the well-being of the world.

If you would like to catalog and add Israel in the World to your library’s collection, please send us an e-mail with your name, the library’s shipping information, and phone. Please accept the CD as a DONATION as long as our supply lasts.

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Report on PA education system shows widespread glorification of terrorism 7/22/2015

Report on PA education system shows widespread glorification of terrorism
by Hayah Goldlist-Eichler

“The PA teaches its children to reject Israel’s right to exist, encourages them to view Jews as evil and directs them to embrace terrorist murderers as role models.”

An Israeli teachers’ association will present a comprehensive report about anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist education in Palestinian Authority schools, at a global education conference that opened on Tuesday.

The Association of Secondary School Teachers in Israel, in partnership with the group Palestinian Media Watch – which monitors and analyzes the PA through its media and schoolbooks – is set to present the 57-page report at the Education International World Congress.

In the foreword of the document, the association writes that “the PA teaches its children to reject Israel’s right to exist, encourages them to view Jews as evil and directs them to embrace terrorist murderers as role models.”

It also accuses the PA of depriving their own children of a peaceful future.

The report, which Palestinian Media Watch compiled, includes a detailed list of examples of Palestinian children’s exposure to what the monitor group’s director, Itamar Marcus, has called “terror glorification.”

Marcus was invited to be one of the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Israel’s delegates at the congress, and will be the one to present the report.

Copies will be handed out at the start of the conference to delegations representing 400 teachers’ unions from 171 countries.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week ahead of the conference, Marcus said he thinks the evidence will shock those in attendance.

“When you hear the problematic issues one by one, you don’t get the same sense as when you really see the totality of it – the world of the Palestinian child,” he said.

According to Marcus, the world of the Palestinian child means “you can wake up and walk to school on a street named after a terrorist and then go to school on a street named after a terrorist and in the afternoon play in a sporting event named after a terrorist... Read the full story...

Note From Librarians for Fairness: 7/20/2015

We hope a lot of people saw the newspaper photographs of Ku Klux Klan members burning an Israeli flag, in South Carolina this weekend. Essentially, so-called "progressives" (including some librarians) who hate Israel, disrupt the presentations of pro-Israeli speakers, boycott its products, and burn Israeli flags, have much in common with the racist KKK.

How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students 7/3/2015

How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students
by Jill S. Schneiderman

Jill S. Schneiderman is a professor of earth science at Vassar College.

In March 2014, I and my co-teacher stood with 27 Vassar College students at the sparkling Auja Spring in the parched West Bank of the Palestinian territories. We listened attentively as environmental educators from the Auja Eco Center and a Palestinian graduate student from Al-Quds University explained the Auja village’s dependency on this sole water source... Read the full story...

Boston U Features Pro-Hamas Workshop 7/2/2015

Boston U Features Pro-Hamas Workshop

BU adopts biased program that forces Jewish students to empathize with terrorists into its School of Education.
by Cynthia Blank

An anti-Israel education program that has made the rounds across high schools in the United States has now been fully incorporated into Boston University's curriculum.

According to Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), a workshop by the founder of the Axis of Hope organization, "Whose Jerusalem," has found a permanent home at The Global Literacy Institute at BU's School of Education... Read the full story...

How anti-Zionism has turned into anti-Semitism on UC campuses 6/26/2015

How anti-Zionism has turned into anti-Semitism on UC campuses
by Leila Beckwith

Scholars have struggled to understand the many faces of anti-Semitism, a phenomenon which has existed for almost two millennia, and which the great scholar Robert Wistrich labeled “the longest hatred.”

In the Middle Ages when Jews were forced into conversion, exile, and/or ghettos, Jew hatred took a religious form.

Even in the 1930s, when I was growing up in Brooklyn, there were children who ran after me, taunting me as a Christ killer.

Later, Jew hatred morphed into economics, with Jews hated either as greedy capitalists with power over the world, or its opposite, as revolutionary Communists.

By the 1930s, the Nazis labeled Jews as an inferior “race” who contaminated the earth by their existence, and therefore, deserved to be exterminated.

But now, and particularly on university campuses, it is the land of Israel that is the medium through which hatred, now of the Jewish collective, is expressed.

Hatred that is irrational and obsessive is other than mere scholarly criticism... Read the full story...

Study by German commission: Schoolbooks biased against Israel 6/24/2015

Study by German commission: Schoolbooks biased against Israel
Why are Germans so quick to remove Israeli flags?
by Benjamin Weinthal

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BERLIN – German schoolbooks present a one-sided view of Israel as an aggressive, warlike country while ignoring that the Jewish state is the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, according to a new study by a joint Israeli-German commission reported on Monday by the daily Tagesspiegel paper.

“Pupils connect Israel with a warmongering society,” said Simone Lässig, director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

The institute sponsored the work of the commission, made up of German and Israeli academics and pedagogical experts... Read the full story...

A Year After His Death, Fouad Ajami's Detractors Look Even Worse 6/22/2015

A Year After His Death, Fouad Ajami’s Detractors Look Even Worse
by Winfield Myers 0 Comments

He came with conceptions, but he made a voyage of discovery. And so he caught truths, deeper and more durable truths about himself and about us all. (The Traveler’s Luck)

So wrote Fouad Ajami, who died one year ago today, about Joseph Conrad, whose talents for capturing the clash between East and West he judged superior to V.S... Read the full story...

Op-Ed: Code Words for Genocide 6/21/2015

Op-Ed: Code Words for Genocide
by David Singer

BDS is a way to cloak a desire to destroy the Jewish state.

The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) instituted in 2005 by “Palestinian civil Society” against Israel and its civil society continues to attract people from all around the world – including Jews and Israeli Arabs - who support the campaign without realising its genocidal objective.

The BDS manifesto makes clear that its punitive measures are to be pursued until Israel ends “its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands”

These are code words effectively calling for Israel’s destruction since according to the PLO: Israel is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab home land, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation... Read the full story...