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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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New York Times Uses Antisemitic Imagery to Describe Israeli Academy 2/17/2017

The New York Times has an article about Beit El, a West Bank settlement that has been supported by David Friedman, who is President Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel.

“The yeshiva complex is a multitentacled enterprise,” the Times reports.

Tentacles? When the National Rifle Association’s magazine depicted Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York on its cover as an octopus, the Times described it in a headline as “an Anti-Semitic Symbol,” noting, accurately, that “the image has been used in anti-Semitic propaganda, from the Nazis to the modern Arab world.” Now it is the Times portraying religious Jews in Israel using the same negative imagery.

It’s a double standard... Read the full story...

No Lessons Learned: Campus Intolerance Intensifies in the Trump Era 2/15/2017

No Lessons Learned: Campus Intolerance Intensifies in the Trump Era
by Alex Contarin

At this year’s Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting, held in late January in San Francisco, a sense of misgiving filled the conference hall.

Panelists raised, implicitly, the question whether higher education has become out of touch with Donald Trump’s America. They fretted over their belief that the current social and political climate is a threat to the liberal arts and, in a time of “fake news,” to the pursuit of truth itself.

The Association’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, concluded that it is the average American—giving in to the alleged anti-intellectualism of the day—who is misguided.

Higher education leaders, she argued, must therefore work to “destabilize the attitudes at the basis of proposals that devalue education.”

While there were some speakers who called for tolerance and understanding—including Wesleyan University president Michael Roth, who advocated greater respect for “traditional conservative religion and thought”—they were a mere footnote during the four-day gathering.

Rather, workshops such as “Reclaiming the Racial Narrative,” case studies on implementing progressive agendas on campus, and strategies on how to engage students in support of “racial and social justice” dominated the conference’s agenda.

Unfortunately, in these early days of Trump’s presidency, similar politicization seems to persist throughout much of academia... Read the full story...

The Spread of "New Civics" is Cause for Alarm 2/15/2017

The Spread of “New Civics” Is Cause for Alarm
by George Leef

One of the ways the college curriculum has changed for the worse in recent decades is the rise of what David Randall terms “the New Civics” in a hefty report published in January by the National Association of Scholars (NAS). This is a development that should alarm Americans who care about the integrity of higher education, not to say the future of the country.

Randall, Director of Communications for NAS, observes that the old education in civics for Americans consisted of high school courses in which students learned the basics of citizenship, followed usually by a course or two in college that deepened their understanding of our law and governmental institutions.

The old civics, however, has eroded badly since the 1960s.

High school civics has mostly been replaced with mushy “social studies” classes that are often geared toward degrading everything about the U.S... Read the full story...

National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books 2/15/2017

National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books
by Graham Bowleyan. 18, 2017

The Valmadonna Trust Library when it was shown at Sotheby’s. Credit Sotheby's
The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled.

Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a reference to the Italian town that Mr... Read the full story...

'Stuff Jews in the oven' Among Antisemitic Social Media Posts...U. of Texas 2/15/2017

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Amazon selling books in US, UK that deny the Holocaust 2/14/2017

Amazon selling books in US, UK that deny the Holocaust
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Amazon has removed books that deny the Holocaust from online stores in countries where Holocaust denial is illegal, but they remain available in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The British newspaper The Independent reported that the books were removed in some countries, including Italy, France and Germany, after Amazon was contacted about the sale of such books by The Sunday Times of London.

Among the books still available on Amazon’s US and UK online stores are “Did Six Million Really Die?” by Richard Harwood; “The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?,” and “The Myth of the Extermination of the Jews.”

Gideon Falter, chairman of the British charity Campaign Against Antisemitism, told The Independent: “Every day, Amazon promotes a selection of literature advocating Holocaust denial and Jew hatred... Read the full story...

Columbia University Protesters Call for Elimination of Jewish State... 2/14/2017

Columbia University Protesters Call for Elimination of Jewish State During Speech by Israel’s UN Ambassador
by Lea Speyer and Rachel Frommer.

Shouting “From the river to the sea, Palestine must be free,” protesters gathered Monday evening at Columbia University to disrupt a lecture by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

The popular chant calling for the elimination of Israel was used during one of seven organized interruptions of Danon’s speech by individuals associated with the New York City school’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and other left-wing groups.

As the protesters were escorted out by security — to cheers from the audience — Danon said the slogan’s message demonstrates “a very important point”: that there are those who “don’t want to see the existence of a Jewish state,” within any borders.

“Some Palestinians — not all, but some — don’t want a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but a Palestinian state that will replace Israel,” the ambassador said, referring to the chant of the demonstrators about the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea — the entire Jewish state

Event co-sponsor Victor Muslin of Columbia Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) — part of a national network engaged in combating antisemitism and anti-Israel bias on campuses — told The Algemeiner that Danon “masterfully called attention to Palestinian incitement and to the fact that the Palestinians’ interest is Israel’s total destruction, not peace.”

Among the other slogans chanted by some 70 demonstrators gathered on the street and in the lecture hall were: “Racists not welcome,” “Danny Danon you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide” and “One, two, three, four, occupation’s gotta go... Read the full story...

McGill Student Council Silence Over Member's Tweet... 2/13/2017

McGill Student Council Silence Over Member’s Tweet Calling on Followers to ‘Punch a Zionist’ Outrages, Frightens Jews, Pro-Israel Activists on Campus
by Lea Speyer

Igor Sadikov, McGill student and a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University. Photo: SSMU.
Igor Sadikov, McGill student and a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University... Read the full story...