The Jerusalem University’s academic guidance on “cultural sensitivity,” which requires students to take part in cultural and cultural activities, was published on Tuesday in a paper titled “Hate speech is not acceptable in academic institutions” in which the university’s vice president for academic affairs, Nasser Abdulla, said the university would not tolerate racism or other forms of discrimination.
The paper, entitled “The role of culture in academic decision-making,” includes examples of hate speech, anti-Arab or anti-Semitic rhetoric, and discriminatory language used in lectures, workshops and other educational activities.
It says that a minority of students have a tendency to see these as “intolerable” or “offensive,” and that these incidents are often overlooked by their peers.
The report notes that the University of Toronto, which has seen an increase in racist incidents, has been able to improve its cultural sensitivity by increasing awareness among staff and students.
It also says that “the use of language that could be construed as offensive or discriminatory” has been banned at the University.
The Jerusalem University was founded in 1787, the same year as the first Arab-majority university in the Middle East.
It was later renamed the Hebrew University, and today is home to more than 10,000 students.
The university’s new president, Shlomo Zalman Shapiro, said in a statement on Tuesday that the university is committed to “protecting and promoting human dignity in all of its actions and its programs.”
He added that the publication of the paper will “help guide our students to achieve a better understanding of their own personal and social dimensions, and to learn how to respect and defend the values of diversity, equity and tolerance.”
In a statement, the University said it was committed to diversity and tolerance, which includes fostering a climate in which students feel comfortable speaking their mind and participating in diverse conversations.
The University of Oxford, a British university that has been called one of the “worlds most liberal,” has also been criticized for its failure to ban hate speech.
In an internal email, Oxford University said in its response to the Tiger publication that it was “disappointed” in the paper, adding that it had taken steps to ensure that it “does not become a distraction from its mission of learning, advancing knowledge and understanding.”
It also said it would be publishing a separate report on “the role of cultural sensitivity in the decision- making process” in January.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also criticized the publication, calling it a “victim of hate and bigotry.”
“This shameful attack on black students is just the latest example of a college administration that is pandering to racism and intolerance to achieve an agenda that it knows is deeply offensive to black students,” said NAAVP Executive Director N.C. Johnson.
“This racist paper is part of a pattern of hate-filled attacks on students, faculty and staff that has resulted in a steady drip of incidents of racial and ethnic violence at institutions across the country.”
The Atlantic Media Group, a global media company, also condemned the publication.
“The publication of this racist, discriminatory, anti-” article, as well as other forms and manifestations of hatred, should not be tolerated in our universities,” the company said in the statement.”
It is important to underscore that this is not the first time that a campus publication has been published to support racist, anti–black, anti‐immigrant, antiSemitic and other forms or manifestations of bigotry, which are not only unacceptable in our society, but antithetical to the values we hold as Americans.
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