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ADL blasts Yale for closing antisemitism center

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The Anti-Defamation League says the decision by Yale University to shut down the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism at the end of July was “particularly unfortunate and dismaying” given the persistence of anti-Jewish hatred in the United States and around the world.

“Whatever purported issues and problems arose regarding the Yale Interdisciplinary Center, what was required was a concerted effort to work out the problems rather than ending the program,” said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman.

“Especially at a time when antisemitism continues to be virulent and anti-Israel parties treat any effort to address issues relating to anti-Zionism and antisemitism as illegitimate, Yale’s decision is particularly unfortunate and dismaying.”

A faculty review group concluded the center failed to meet the research and educational criteria required to keep it open.

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