LDB Commends Rep. Chris Smith for Anti-Semitism Hearing
February 25, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, -- The Louis D. Brandeis Center, a national civil rights organization, today commended Chairman Christopher Smith and his congressional subcommittee for bringing public attention to the surging problem of European anti-Semitism. In particular, the Brandeis Center commended Rep. Smith and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations for scheduling a potentially landmark hearing on February 27th, 2013, to investigate patterns of European anti-Semitism and explore the historic connection between the failure to combat anti-Semitism and the well-being of other religions and civil democracy.
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus commented, “This is no ordinary hearing. The range and quality of experts, especially from Europe, is quite extraordinary and will make this an important event."
Marcus added: "Chairman Chris Smith has long been at the forefront of the battle against global anti-Semitism, and we are delighted that he is continuing to lead the battle through this important hearing. The recent increase in European anti-Semitism should be alarming to all people of good will. We are hopeful that Chairman Smith and his colleagues will make a substantial contribution to addressing this serious problem.” The Louis D. Brandeis Center was established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center works primarily to combat campus anti-Semitism through research, education and legal advocacy.
About the Louis D. Brandeis Center
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, or LDB, is an independent, nonprofit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education, and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. It is not affiliated with the Massachusetts University, the Kentucky law school, or any of the other institutions that share the name and honor the memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice.
For more information, write email@example.com, contact Kenneth L. Marcus (202) 756-1822, or find us at www.brandeiscenter.com
About the Subcommittee Hearing: "Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths"
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations | 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Feb 27, 2013 9:00am
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
SUBJECT: Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths
WITNESSES: Panel I
Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.
American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D.
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Ms. Elisa Massimino
President and Chief Executive Officer
Human Rights First
Mr. John Garvey
The Catholic University of America
Mr. Eric Metaxas
Author and Commentator
Rabbi Andrew Baker
Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism
Office of the Chairperson-in-Office
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Tamás Fellegi, Ph.D.
(Former Minister of National Development
Government of Hungary)
Rabbi David Meyer
Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Contemporary Jewish Thought
Pontifical Gregorian University
Mr. Willy Silberstein
Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism
Rabbi Yaakov Bleich
Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine
Mr. Andrew Srulevitch
Director of European Affairs
“Although much work still needs to be done, there is no doubt that Marcus’s campaign struck a significant chord that consequently allowed groups such as the Zionist Organization of America to file a complaint against the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on grounds of anti-Semitic harassment”
Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Forum, in Jewish Political Studies Review (Spring 2011)
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Alan Gura, Esq. Alan Gura is a founder and partner in Gura & Possessky, PLLC. Previously, Mr. Gura served as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight; as Deputy Attorney General for the State of California; and as an attorney with Sidley & Austin.