YIISAYale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism
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In the aftermath of the "Crisis of Modernity" conference and the controversy that ensued, Yale took a series of measures to reform YIISA, but to Small's mind the die was cast: He had treaded on a subjectanti-Semitism in the Muslim worldthat was simply too controversial for the university.
"YIISA suffered the same fate as other initially promising programs that were eventually terminated at ISPS because they failed to meet high standards for research and instruction," Donald Green, a professor of political science and director of the university's Institution for Social and Policy Studies, which oversaw YIISA, told the Yale Daily News.
Yale then announced, in a move that would receive mixed reactions from YIISA's supporters, that this was not to be the end of the university's pioneering work in the study of anti-Semitism after all.
Due to the nature of its subject matter, YIISA was bound to be contentious.
In August 2010, YIISA sponsored an international conference entitled "Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity," (187) which featured scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds; (188) some of these scholars highlighted instances of antisemitism in the Arab-Muslim world.
In early June 2011, the university announced that it would be closing YIISA because it "had not met its academic expectations." That decision sparked widespread criticism from the American Jewish community.
Others charged that Yale's decision to close YIISA was primarily political in nature, due to its focus on Muslim antisemitism, because it "refused to ignore the most virulent, genocidal and common form of Jew-hatred today: Muslim anti-Semitism." (193) Walter Reich, a member of the board of advisors of YIISA and a former director of the U.S.
Opening conference remarks were made by YIISA Director, Dr.
Noticeably absent were notable figures from the Palestinian community as well as US truth and justice scholars and analysts who base their views on facts YIISA wants suppressed.
Benny Morris at YIISA's Second Annual William Prusoff Honorary Lecture, Yale University, February 3, 2009.
See also the discussion related to the lecture of Brigitte Sion at YIISA on December 4, 2008, on "blood," "Christian projection," and Horkheimer/Adorno, online at http://www.yale.edu/ yiisa/Sionoutline12408.pdf (accessed February 26, 2009).
Clemens Heni has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), Yale University.