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Harvard suspends purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel pressure

December 17, 2014

After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria.

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Brandeis Center Castigates Harvard Boycott of Sodastream
December 17, 2014

This morning, the Brandeis Center blasted Harvard University’s decision to suspend purchases of Sodastream do-it-yourself soda and water machines.

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Jewish Group Accuses New York Times of “Crossing Red Line” By Publishing American Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal

December 8, 2014

Less than one month after being indefinitely banned from entering the German parliament following an attempted violent assault on Gregor Gysi, the parliamentary leader of that country’s Left Party

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Brandeis Center Addresses BDS, Anti-Semitism and the Law
November 20, 2014

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will address “The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Anti-Semitism and the Law” at the Dan Eilat Red Sea Hotel on Thursday, November 20, 2014, during the annual meeting of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in Eilat, Israel.

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UVA Chapter Hosts IDF Lt. Gen. Eran Shamir-Borer
November 17, 2014

The LDB chapter at the University of Virginia Law School will host a presentation by Lt. Col. Dr. Eran Shamir-Borer, Head of the Strategic Affairs Branch in the International Law Department of the Israeli Defense Force on Monday, November 17.

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Cardozo Chapter Launch
November 10, 2014

LDB chapter launch at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. This marks the first official LDB Law Student Chapter in New York.

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LDB 101
November 5, 2014

The University of Pennsylvania School of Law LDB Chapter will host “LDB 101” – an info session and discussion on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Higher Education with LDB attorney Aviva Vogelstein.

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Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on “Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom” to Hanoch Dagan, Shahar Lifschitz and Yedidia Z. Stern’s new edited volume on Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Democracy Institute, 2014).

The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on anti-Semitism in the anti-Israel boycott movement in Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, Jr.’s upcoming volume, “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.”

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Contact Brandeis Center Lawyers About Campus Anti-Semitism

Students and professors: If you are aware of anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli incidents on your college or university campus, please contact lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Gloria Greenfield teamed up with Emmy Award-winning editor Raoul Rosenberg to create this important film on the Brandeis Center and its campaign against campus anti-Semitism.

Campaigning for Justice on College Campuses ~Kenneth L. Marcus, President and General Counsel, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
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Promoting diversity isn’t trying to stifle free speech
Kenneth L. Marcus, The Hill
December 8, 2014

Who wants to “stifle” free speech on campus, and who wants to protect it? In their Nov. 21 op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog (“Stifling of free speech on campus”), Sondra Hale and Bekah Wolf criticize the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s efforts to ensure that federally funded Title VI outreach programs provide the “diversity of perspectives” that the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) already requires.

Ode to the Anarchists Among Us, Then and Now
Harold Brackman, The Brandeis Blog
December 3, 2014

In the U.S., “anarchist” was once a dirty word. Following the 1886 Haymarket Bombing in Chicago, in which 11 including seven policemen were killed by anonymous bombers, cartoons appeared nationwide of wild-eyed, suggestively Germanic anarchists blowing America to hell.

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The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies

Six years ago, Congress recognized the need for “diverse perspectives” in federally funded Middle East Studies programs. Congress had created the so-called “Title VI programs” in 1958 to address Cold War national security demands. After September 11, 2001, it was more important than ever to provide United States intelligence and armed services agencies with a pipeline of skilled workers. Unfortunately, Title VI programs were not serving their intended purpose.

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Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse

Law Student Chapter Fact Sheet - LDB is committed to combating anti-Semitism on college and university campuses across the nation.

Title VI Fact Sheet - Short Guide to the Law Against Campus Anti-Semitism

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  “Marcus can feel proud of the singular role that he has played in helping to secure civil rights protections for Jews faced with anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination on US campuses.”

Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor, in SPME Reviews and Recommendations (March 21, 2011)
If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

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Campus Anti-Semitism
Over 40% of Jewish American college students report that they have experienced or are aware of anti-Semitism on their campuses. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, as endorsed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and U.S. Department of State.
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Kenneth L. Marcus
Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010). Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.
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