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Law students in huge show of support for UT-Austin Israel Studies Prof. attacked by BDS

November 25, 2015

The disruption of an event hosted by UT-Austin Israel Studies Professor Ami Pedahzur by anti-Israel students from the UT-Austin Palestine Solidarity Committee continues to reverberate.

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Documents Reveal How Anti-Israel Group at California Public Universities Got Campus Funding for Highly Charged Political Activities
The Blaze

November 25, 2015

Documents from several California public universities reveal that activists with campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine received thousands of dollars in campus grants for their activities, which included funding for controversial anti-Israel speakers and highly charged political campus events.

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LDB Law Students Petition in Support of Embattled Texas Law Professor
November 25, 2015

This morning, students at eighteen United States law schools issued a statement in support of Dr. Ami Pedahzur, an Israel Studies professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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LDB Praises Hunter College Statement, While Urging Further Action
November 24, 2015

This afternoon, the Brandeis Center applauded the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Hunter College for condemning anti-Semitism on its campus as an important first step, while still urging further action from CUNY administrators.

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Anne Herzberg at University of Chicago Law School - "NGO Fact-finding: War by Other Means?"
December 2, 2015

Anne Herzberg, legal advisor for NGO Monitor, will speak to LDB students at the University of Chicago Law School on Wednesday, December 2.

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Aviva Vogelstein on "Fighting Campus Anti-Semitism"
November 24, 2015

On Tuesday, November 24th, LDB Attorney Aviva Vogelstein will speak to LDB students at CUNY Law School and provide them with legal tools to combat anti-Semitism and the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Alyza Lewin: A Conversation about Zivotofsky
November 16, 2015

On November 16, Alyza Lewin will address students at Cardozo School of Law on her work litigating the "Jerusalem Passport" case in front of the Supreme Court.

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The Definition of Anti-Semitism

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism.

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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New Books in Jewish Studies: Interview with Kenneth L. Marcus
Michelle Yabes, Brandeis Blog
November 18, 2015

Recently, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus gave an enlightening interview to Jason Shulman for the New Books in Jewish Studies podcast series. The interview focused not only on Marcus’ new book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, but also on the troubling resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.

European Sociological Association Passes New Anti-Boycott Guidelines
Michael Kleinman, Brandeis Blog
November 5, 2015

In August, the European Social Association (ESA), an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 2000 member scholars, approved ethical guidelines holding that “its members, conference participants and partners are not to be discriminated against in any way, direct or indirect, including boycott of themselves or their institutions, based on their ethnic, national [or] religious…backgrounds.”

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LDB-Trinity College Report
Barry A. Kosmin & Ariela Keysar
LDB and Trinity College have issued this important 2015 “Anti-Semitism Report,” presenting results from a national demographic survey of American Jewish college students. This report shows that more than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses nationwide who took part in an online survey reported having having experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the last academic year.

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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If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

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Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. 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 U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
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Advisory Board Spotlight

Dawinder S. Sidhu
Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico and has held positions at Oxford University Faculty of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University's Pluralism Project, the University of Baltimore School of Law, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
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