Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(JNS.org) Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, following an Arab summit hosted in the Hashemite kingdom last week and amid talk of a new regional peace initiative headed by the Trump administration.

Trump and Abdullah are expected to discuss the Arab consensus on the Middle East peace process as well as the possibility of convening Israel, the Palestinians and Arab leaders from Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf states for a U.S.-backed regional summit this summer.

Wednesday marks the second meeting between the American and Jordanian heads of state since Trump took office in January, and comes after the U.S. president met Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Additionally, Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later this month.

During their previous meeting in February, Abdullah and Trump had discussed “Jordan’s critical contributions to defeating ISIS and “the possibility of establishing safe zones in Syria,” according to a readout provided by the White House. Trump also emphasized Jordan’s “essential role in serving as a model of tolerance and moderation in the region.”

College Campus Anti-Semitism Increased 40 Percent in 2016, Watchdog Group Says

(JNS.org) The AMCHA Initiative, a Jewish nonprofit focused on tracking and combating anti-Semitism, said in a new report that campus anti-Semitism increased by 40 percent in 2016, while genocidal expression doubled last year.

According to the report—which investigated activity at 113 schools with the largest Jewish populations—anti-Semitic incidents on campuses rose 40 percent from 2015 to 2016, with “classic anti-Semitism” being the motive in 57 percent of incidents and anti-Zionism being the motive 43 percent of the time.

While the total number of schools affected by campus anti-Semitism did not increase in 2016, a select number of schools experienced a surge in anti-Semitic activity.

Additionally, the report found that “classic anti-Semitism rose sharply,” with anti-Jewish genocidal expression doubling from 2015 to 2016. This increase also involved targeting students from other campus groups, such as students of color, LGBTQ students and students with differing political opinions or ideologies, the report said.

“On college campuses, Jewish students have often been subjected to severely intolerant behavior: actions that target them for harm and deprive them of their freedom of expression, as well as hateful speech and imagery that threaten violence against them or portray them as worthy of harm,” wrote Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, the study’s lead researchers.

“In the current climate of increasing polarization and acts of extreme intolerance, we believe that Jewish students, and all students, will be best served when university administrators treat anti-Semitism and other acts of bigotry as forms of intolerant behavior that must be addressed with a single behavioral standard applied equitably to all forms of intolerance,” they wrote.

The report listed several recommendations for university administrators to reduce intolerance and promote free expression, including: reviewing campus policies, ensuring prompt and appropriate disciplinary measures, developing protocols for student groups, condemning intolerance and developing educational and training programs for staffers and campus communities.

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