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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.

If you would like to catalog and add Israel 4 Kids 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.

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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In the News

Jewish Group Shocked by US Support of Muscat International Book Fair... 3/2/2015


Jewish Group Shocked by US Support of Muscat International Book Fair, a ‘Hothouse of Antisemitic Hate’
by Shiryn Ghermezian


The Muscat International Book Fair features antisemitic texts including Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Photo: Muscat International Book Fair.

Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday lamented US participation and support of the 19th annual Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF), a literary event which is rife with antisemitic texts.

Shimon Samuels, the Center’s director for International Relations, sent a letter to the United States Ambassador to Muscat, Greta Holtz, urging the US Embassy in Oman to condemn the Fair, which is open to the public until March 7... Read the full story...

For Victim Adele biton, Palesatinian Rock-Throwing is Murder... 2/20/2015


For Victim Adele Biton, Palestinian Rock-Throwing is Murder, Not ‘Resistance’
by Stephen M. Flatow / JNS.org

Adele Biton was injured in a rock-throwing incident in 2013 and died this week from pneumonia that relatives said was "complicated by her neurological trauma.”

JNS.org – Parents in Israel are in mourning over the death of their child at the hands of Palestinian terrorists... Read the full story...

How and Why Reporters Get Israel So Wrong, And Why It Matters 2/19/2015

How and Why Reporters Get Israel So Wrong, and Why It Matters
by Matti Friedman

"Yes, we are afraid"

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza?

When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important...People were killed...This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last.

The Israeli campaign was little different in its execution from any other waged by a Western army against a similar enemy in recent years, except for the more immediate nature of the threat to a country’s own population, and the greater exertions, however futile, to avoid civilian deaths.

You will not know true fear until you experience an explosion a few feet from your home and then scurry to your television set to see what may have happened or who may have been wounded, only to find the latest rotation of reality TV shows.

You will not understand true rage until a rocket explodes in your backyard and you do not find so much as a single mention of it in the following day's newspapers.

You cannot feel the frustration we felt after the IDF chief of staff told us to return to our homes, while the defense minister - despite his security detail and armored cars - canceled his visit to the area because the situation was just too dangerous.

The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself... Read the full story...

Antisemitism Alive and Well 2/3/2015

Antisemitism Alive and Well
by Asaf Romirowsky


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Dear Colleagues:

We recently marked 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and yet, we are clearly still learning the lessons of the Holocaust with the growth of anti-Semitism worldwide. The recent attacks in Paris are truly emblematic of an intensifying global trend... Read the full story...

Islamic State Burning All Books Except Islamic Texts 1/31/2015

Islamic State Burning All Books Except Islamic Texts

Of course they’re burning books. They’re the Nazis of the 21st century. But there are no Churchills, no one among today’s world leaders determined to stand up to them.

Mideast Iraq Libraries In Danger

“Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul,” by Sinan Salaheddin and Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press, January 31, 2015:

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks... Read the full story...

THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES STATEMENT ABOUT ALA 1/30/2015

THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES’ STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION
“On ALA Divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions”

The Association of Jewish Libraries is an international professional organization that fosters access to information and research in all forms of media relating to all things Jewish. The Association promotes Jewish literacy and scholarship and provides a community for peer support and professional development.
The AJL is an affiliate of ALA and stands firm in its opposition to any attempt to politicize the ALA through bigoted and hateful targeting of the State of Israel and its citizens, through veiled threats against any American company doing business in Israel... Read the full story...

LIBRARIANS FOR FAIRNESS STATEMENT RE: ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION 1/30/2015

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Charting Academia's Movement to Isolate Israel 1/29/2015

Charting Academia’s Movement to Isolate Israel
by Roberta P. Seid/JNS.org

While the global anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has officially hit America’s scholarly associations over the last two years, even considering academic boycotts is a dramatic rupture with the past.

In 2005, the prestigious American Association of University Professors (AAUP) wrote that it “condemned any such boycotts as prima facie violations of academic freedom.” This bedrock principle was so valued that the AAUP opposed academic boycotts of apartheid South Africa... Read the full story...