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ANALYZING ISRAEL, MIDDLE EASTERN, AND JEWISH ISSUES
--THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH
Founded 25 years ago, the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research is an independent Israel- and Jewish issues-centered think-tank, focused on Middle Eastern foreign policy and international relations. Current topics studied include Judaism, Islam, the Arab world, antisemitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and nuclear weapons, Holocaust and Holocaust denial, and Egypt and the Arab rebellions.
CIJR is an academic institute unique in speaking directly to the public, Jewish and non-Jewish. It addresses key issues like Iran, Iraq and nuclear weapons, Holocaust revisionism after Auschwitz, the status of the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel civil rights and the Gaza boycott. It addresses the Middle East conflict, Arab and European delegitimation of Israel, and Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations through the up-to-date analyses of its respected on-line, e-mail, fax and print publications.
The Institute’s massive on-line Israel & Middle East DataBank holds tens of thousands of articles, op eds and data on Israel and Judaism, Islam and the Arab world, Middle Eastern human rights issues, international affairs perspectives, anti-Semitism, terrorism, Iran and regional nuclear-weapons development, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah, and Muslim countries’ socio-economic dynamics and their persecution of Christians.
CIJR also works closely with students on- and off-campus, supporting their unique Dateline: Middle East journal and administering the innovative Student Israel-Advocacy Program, training students in responding to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic issues and events on campus. Students learn to research and write Israel- and Middle Eastern-related articles, and study Jewish thought and history, U.S., Canadian, and European foreign policy, and international relations and human rights issues generally.
Enriching both CIJR’s publications and its work with students is a vigorous annual program of Israel-, Middle Eastern-, anti-Semitism- and boycott and delegitimation-related public speakers, seminars and colloquia. Most recently, Moshe Arens--Israel’s former Ambassador to the U.S. and Foreign Minister--spoke on opposing the delegitimation of Israel; Wall St. Journal foreign news editor Brett Stephens analyzed the implications of Iran’s nuclear-weapons drive, and famous Israeli human-rights hero Natan Sharansky addressed the “new global anti-Semitism”.
Supported by a distinguished Academic Council, National Board and International Board, grouping internationally-recognized scholars, specialists, and public figures, the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research today is an internationally-recognized source of informed analysis and data. Its website guides readers to the best work on current and historical Israel, Middle Eastern, and Jewish issues, on Holocaust denial, antisemitism, and delegitimation of Israel, and on American, Canadian, European, and Arab-world foreign policy issues.
And the Institute’s creative work with college and university students over the last 24 years makes it one of North America’s leading, and most effective, repositories of techniques, data, and experience for understanding and opposing the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divest, and Sanction [BDS]” campus movement.
(Dr. Krantz, a Professor (History) at Montreal’s Liberal Arts College,
Concordia University, is Director of CIJR and Editor of its
Daily Isranet Briefing and Israfax publications..)