How do you differentiate between legitimate criticisms of the Israeli state and anti-Semitic sentiment? And how do you promote freedoms of expression while still curtailing anti-Semitic hate speech? Hannah Rosenthal, State Department Special Envoy to Combat and Monitor Semitism, joins Jacques Berlinerblau on Faith Complex to explain how her office deals with these and other difficult questions. Created by a 2004 Congressional mandate, the Office of the Special Envoy aims to monitor the status of anti-Semitism and Jewish communities in [...]
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What is the obligation of universities to protect freedom of speech? In 2010, Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren spoke at UC Irvine, where he was interrupted by anti-Israel protesters. Three years earlier, Columbia University hosted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prominent denier of the Holocaust, homosexuality in Iran, and human rights. And this year marks the seventh annual Israeli Apartheid Week, which consists of university lectures and gatherings to protest the Israeli state. David Friedman is regional director [...]