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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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Jewish University Students and Double Standards 3/23/2015

Jewish University Students and Double Standards by Lindsay Schneider

The University of Oklahoma cut all ties with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chapter on campus after a video surfaced in which fraternity members were chanting a racist song on Monday, March 9th. [Note from LfF: We agree with the University's punitive actions in this sordid incident).

A statement from SAE’s national headquarters apologized for the “unacceptable and racist behavior.” The University of Oklahoma’s SAE chapter closed, all members have been suspended (including those not in the video), and those recognized in the video have been expelled... Read the full story...

Needed: "Islamist Apartheid Week" 3/22/2015

Needed: "Islamist Apartheid Week"
by Uzay Bulut

"The BDS movement is immoral because it violates the core principle if human rights: namely, 'the worst first.' Israel is among the freest and most democratic nations in the world. It is certainly the freest and most democratic nation in the Middle East. Its Arab citizens enjoy more rights than Arabs anywhere else in the world. They serve in the Knesset, in the Judiciary, in the Foreign Service, in the academy and in business... Read the full story...

From Durban to Los angeles: the BDS movement's long trail of anti-Semitism 3/13/2015

From Durban to Los Angeles: the BDS movement’s long trail of anti-Semitism
by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin/JNS.org

Last month, in a breathtaking display of anti-Semitism reminiscent of Nazi Germany, members of the student government at South Africa’s Durban University of Technology (DUT) called for the expulsion of all Jewish students from their campus. The very next day, halfway around the world, the student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) engaged in a similar display of anti-Jewish bigotry, nearly denying a highly qualified young woman a position on the student judiciary board after four student representatives brazenly argued that her Jewishness and affiliation with Jewish organizations should make her ineligible for the position.

Besides a shared proclivity for anti-Jewish bigotry, the DUT and UCLA student governments have something else in common: both bodies had previously voted to embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel... Read the full story...

Anti-Semitism in action at UCLA 3/9/2015

Anti-Semitism in action at UCLA
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, March 9, 2015

The sickness of anti-Semitism that afflicts too many institutions of American higher education came into view at UCLA when an impressive student sought to join the school’s undergraduate governing council.

When Rachel Beyda stood for an interview by members of the panel, a fellow student asked:

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community ... Read the full story...

Op-Ed: UCLA's Jewish Problem - Trending Far and Wide 3/9/2015

Op-Ed: UCLA’s Jewish Problem – Trending Far and Wide
To be Jewish at UCLA or at any other Burka U is to be an outcast, primed for blacklisting and bullying.
by Jack Engelhard

The story has been circulating for quite some time, but finally The New York Times took notice, front page, about Rachel Beyda who failed to meet specifications at UCLA, namely for the mistake of being Jewish.

This demerit disqualified the 20-year-old sophomore from being admitted to an exclusive student council subgroup, the judicial board, although all her other papers were in order... Read the full story...

IS Erasing History in Nimrod 3/5/2015

IS Erasing History In Nimrod
by the BBC

Many of Nimrud's artifacts have been transferred to museums in Baghdad and overseas, but giant "lamassu" statues - winged bulls with human heads - remain on site © AFP Many of Nimrud's artifacts have been transferred to museums in Baghdad and overseas, but giant "lamassu" statues - winged bulls with human heads - remain on site

Archaeologists and cultural officials have expressed heartbreak and outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq.

Islamic State militants began demolishing the site on Thursday, Iraqi officials said.

The UN cultural body's Iraq director, Alex Plathe, called it "another appalling attack on Iraq's heritage".

"They are erasing our history," Iraqi archaeologist Dr Lamia al-Gailani told the BBC.

IS says ancient shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed.

Iraqi workers clean a statue at an archeological site in Nimrud, 35km (22 miles) southeast of Mosul, northern Iraq, in 2001: Nimrud lies just south-east of Mosul, where militants attacked artifacts with sledgehammers last week © AFP Nimrud lies just south-east of Mosul, where militants attacked artifacts with sledgehammers last week

Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, lies about 30km (18 miles) south-east of Mosul.

Many of the artefacts found there have been moved to museums in Baghdad and overseas, but larger artefacts remain on site.
'Levelled'

Nimrud covers a large area, and it is not yet clear whether it has been totally destroyed, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut, neighbouring Lebanon.

But a local tribal source told Reuters news agency: "Islamic State members came to the Nimrud archaeological city and looted the valuables in it and then they proceeded to level the site to the ground.

"There used to be statues and walls as well as a castle that Islamic State has destroyed completely."

Last week, IS released a video apparently showing militants with sledgehammers destroying historic artefacts in a museum in Mosul.

That attack was condemned by the UN as a war crime.

NOTE FROM LIBRARIANS FOR FAIRNESS: The Muslim Waqf has been doing the exact same thing on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem... Read the full story...

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...