The Lawfare Project has just published a legal analysis paper it believes will “demolish the claims of Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights” that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed against Israel is impervious to legal threat.
On January 3, 2016, the newly formed group, “Oberlin Alumni Against Anti-Semitism” denounced a recent trend of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel acts on Oberlin’s campus, in a letter to Oberlin President Marvin Krislov.
Legislators Introduce California and New York Anti-BDS Bills
On January 8th, Senator Jack Martins introduced a bill into the New York State senate that would forbid New York from offering contracts to companies that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel, and against any companies otherwise boycotting, divesting, or sanctioning Israel.
Louis D. Brandeis Center President Kenneth L. Marcus has contributed important scholarship on “The Ideology of the New Anti-Semitism” to Indiana University scholar Alvin Rosenfeld’s landmark new edited volume, Deciphering the New Antisemitism.
Jewish College Students Face an Increasingly Chilly Climate
As pro-Palestinian groups proliferate at American colleges, student protesters have taken to shouting down invited Israeli guest lecturers at various campuses and disrupting other events organized by Jewish students.
This week, the Brandeis Center welcomed Jesus Moran as a “wintern,” or winter intern for the 2015-2016 winter break. This is the sophomore year of the winter internship program developed by Harvard College and the Harvard Club of Washington.
Q&A with Kenneth L. Marcus : Defining Anti Zionism as Anti Semitism
Kenneth L. Marcus is the founder, president and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. He recently wrote a book entitled The Definition of Anti-Semitism, in which he elaborates on the connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and how anti-Semitism is sparking critiques of Israel across North American college campuses.
Brandeis Center Warns Tower Foundation Against Divestment
The Brandeis Center applauds San Jose State University’s (SJSU) Tower Foundation for voting not to divest from companies that do business with Israel but regrets that it permitted a discriminatory anti-Israel boycott to be brought forward for a vote.
Feds Seek Diversity in Middle East Studies Programs
The Department of Education has started requiring universities that receive federal funding for Middle East Studies centers to report on how their programs are including diverse perspectives and a wide range of views.
LDB Signs Joint Letter Urging University of Central Florida To Publicly Condemn Anti-Semitic Posting
Today, the Brandeis Center joined the AMCHA Initiative and 32 other organizations issuing a letter in response to a series of anti-Semitic stickers and flyers that were found at the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus.
As the Fall semester draws to a close, LDB is engaging against anti-Semitism at a large number of universities nationwide, where anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incidents have intensified, as well as appearing before a congressional task force and in the media.
Documents Reveal How Anti-Israel Group at California Public Universities Got Campus Funding for Highly Charged Political Activities
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.
Landmark Programs On Confronting Uncomfortable Realities Coming To Baltimore
We know a swastika was daubed on a suburban Washington, D.C., synagogue’s wall not long ago. Meanwhile, the chief rabbi of Paris recommends that men wear a baseball hat instead of a kippah. And in the past few years terror attacks have hit Jewish targets in Kansas City, India, Poland, Germany and elsewhere.
LDB Praises Hunter College Statement, While Urging Further Action
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.
Academics Call for a Stop to Boycott Votes of Israel
The Academic Council for Israel, The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Stand With Us and the Louis D. Brandeis Center issued a statement in advance of the shocking vote to expected to pass, to boycott Israeli academy by members of the American Anthropological Association gathered for its annual meeting in Denver, Colo.
Rachel Lerman Elected Vice President of National Civil Rights Group
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is pleased to announce that Rachel Lerman was elected Vice President during the organization’s Annual Meeting on October 26, 2015. Rachel Lerman is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office, a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group.
LDB and StandWithUs Urge University to Condemn Mistreatment of Israeli Lecturer
On Friday, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and StandWithUs issued a joint letter to President Eric W. Kaler of the University of Minnesota expressing concerns regarding free speech and anti-Semitism at the law school. LDB, a national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C., is best known for its work fighting anti-Semitism in higher education.
Brandeis Center Urges CUNY to Condemn Anti-Semitism
On Friday, November 13, the Brandeis Center issued a letter to CUNY Vice Chancellor Frank Sanchez, and CUNY Hunter College President Jennifer Raab, urging them to strongly condemn recent anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the CUNY system, specifically, the “Million Student March” at Hunter College that took place on Thursday, November 12.
LDB Urges University of Missouri to Condemn Anti-Semitic Incident
The Brandeis Center, together the AMCHA Initiative and several other organizations, has urged the University of Missouri to respond to anti-Semitic graffiti found in one of University’s residence halls.
Students liked Connecticut College philosophy professor Andrew Pessin. Earning a 4.2 ranking out of a possible 5 at ratemyprofessors.com, Pessin drew praise from students, who called him passionate and helpful; one declared him the best teacher at the institution.
Today, the Brandeis Center issued a statement condemning anti-Muslim hate. In response to reports that extremist groups are designating October 10, 2015, as “World Anti-Mosque Day,” the Brandeis Center issued a call for tolerance, inclusion, and understanding.
THE BRANDEIS CENTER URGES U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO ADVOCATE FOR BOTH FREE SPEECH AND CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS
Today, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), a national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C., submitted invited by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on practical recommendations for creating and maintaining space for civil society.
LDB Praises UC Regents' Rejection of Weak Intolerance Statement
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), a national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C., commended the Regents of the University of California this morning for their vigorous statements concerning anti-Semitism during last weeks Regents Meeting at U.C. Irvine.
The Anti-Semitic BDS Campaigns on Campus:What is Their Impact?
The conventional wisdom today in the United States and Israel is that American campuses are rife with anti-Semitism and hostility toward Israel stoked by the boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) campaign.
This past year has been a busy one in the educational, political, and legal BDS realms. Just this past week, the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) voted, as first reported by Shalom Life, to reject creating and funding a side committee to explore the possibilities to develop the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Available for Pre-Order: Kenneth L. Marcus’s New Anti-Semitism Book
The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) is pleased to announce that LDB President and General Counsel, Kenneth L. Marcus’ new book, entitled The Definition of Anti-Semitism, is now available for pre-order, published by Oxford University Press.
California State Assembly Passes Important Resolution
The state of California has taken another important step forward in combating anti-Semitism. On Monday, July 13, the California State General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the University of California to condemn anti-Semitism.
Following a series of political victories against BDS, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, at the church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City, UT refused to divest from companies that do business with Israel in the West Bank, rejecting the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
CA Legislative Committee Passes Important Anti-Semitism Resolution
Last week, the Higher Education Committee of the California State Assembly approved State Senator Jeff Stone’s resolution (SCR-35) condemning anti-Semitism at California college campuses, by a vote of 8-0.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) announced today that it is bringing on two new Law Clerks, Jacky Beda and Corey Celt, and three Communications and Development Interns, Steven Isaacson, Ilan Kaplan, and Lee Sutherand.
U.S. Supreme Court bungles the Jerusalem passport case
In a major ruling issued last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a 2002 law that allows Americans born in Jerusalem to have their place of birth listed on their passports as "Israel."
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), expresses its disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Congressional law that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports.
The Brandeis Center has released “The Heat Continues to Rise," the June 2015 issue of The Brandeis Brief, with updates on current higher education developments, the state of global anti-Semitism, LDB’s campaign against campus anti-Semitism.
Emory Law students join battle against campus anti-Semitism
In September, swastikas were discovered in Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. In October, students vandalized the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, a historically Jewish fraternity, with spray-painted swastikas.
THE BRANDEIS CENTER PRAISES UC PRESIDENT JANET NAPOLITANO’S SUPPORT FOR STATE DEP’T DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), a national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C., commends University of California President Janet Napolitano for personally supporting the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.
BDS on campus Part II: When does ‘anti-Israel’ become anti-Semitic?
Liana Kadisha, a senior at Stanford University, says some Jewish students on her campus feel they have to hide who they are. The 22-year-old knows of several who tuck their Star of David necklaces inside their shirts, self-conscious about drawing attention to their Jewish identity.
Hundreds of UC Alums Join 23 Groups Urging Schools to Adopt State Department Antisemitism Definition
Fueling a roiling debate over antisemitism on college campuses, more than 500 alumni from the University of California wrote a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano on Tuesday urging the UCs to adopt a number of measures to rein in antisemitic acts against students.
How interfaith groups are combating the rise in anti-Semitism
The rise in anti-Semitism, highlighted by murderous attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year, suggests a looming concern on the global stage, and a conflict between elements of radical Islam and Jewish people.
Last Friday, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) (www.brandeiscenter.com) wrote to California Senator Jeff Stone, commending him for his work on Senate Concurrent Resolution #35 (SCR-35)
LDB & SPME Urge Connecticut College Re: Andrew Pessin
This morning, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) have joined together to express concern over hate and bias at Connecticut College, specifically regarding the recent vicious retaliation suffered by Philosophy Professor Andrew Pessin.
Our Legal Advocacy Initiative continues to expand as we welcome three new LDB law student chapters in the Windy City. Our new chapters at the University of Chicago, DePaul, and Kent could not come at a better time. The recent Kantor Center Report shows a 38% worldwide increase of anti-Semitism.
Watchdog groups: Northwestern must do more to combat anti-Semitic graffiti
Twenty-three anti-Semitism watchdog groups from across the country have signed a letter to the president of Northwestern University expressing their concerns for Jewish students on campus after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered on campus last week.
A flag of Israel, ripped down the middle, fluttered above the heads of two Israeli students, one formerly in special combat forces in the IDF, on the evening of March 24 as they walked into Jeepers, a student eatery on the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University
Obama anti-Israel sentiment spreads to Virginia State Bar Association
The White House is coming under increasing fire for fueling anti-Israel sentiment in the United States, particularly among Democrats, stoked by President Obama’s feud with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
‘Jew-hating campaign’ seen with Israel divestment movement on campuses
The three swastikas found over the weekend inside a Jewish fraternity house at Vanderbilt University weren’t the first — the Nazi symbols were painted recently on Alpha Epsilon Pi houses at Emory University and the University of California, Davis.
Law Students Combat Anti Semitic Incidents At Emory With Legal Help and Advocacy
Following a string of anti-Semitic acts on campus, Emory University law students last month formed a campus chapter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, which defends Jewish college students.
LDB Commends UCLA Student Campus Anti-Semitism Resolution But Urges More Action
Today, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law commends the University of California at Los Angeles’ Undergraduate Student Assembly Council (USAC) for recently passing a resolution that will fight anti-Semitism.
Response to Oklahoma SAE’s Racist Chant Highlights Lack of Response to Campus Antisemitism
The controversy surrounding the video of the racist chant made by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma received swift condemnation across the board.
UCLA Passes Resolution Against Campus Anti-Semitism
In a 12 to 0 vote, the student government at University of California at Los Angeles passed an initiative that will improve the lives of Jewish students on campus. This five-page resolution denounces all forms of anti-Semitism and protects Jewish students from future discrimination.
New study: Over half of Jewish students face anti-Semitism in U.S. colleges
A study titled "National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students 2014," conducted in the spring of 2014 by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, revealed that over half of Jewish college students have experienced anti-Semitism on campus.
National Survey of American Jewish College Students Shows High Rate of Anti-Semitism on Campuses
More than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses nationwide who took part in an online survey reported having been subjected to or having witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses, according to a new report issued jointly by Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (Washington, D.C.).
Monday, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law fired off a letter condemning the anti-Semitism within the University of California at Los Angeles’ Undergraduate Student Assembly Council (USAC).
LDB Outraged by UCLA Treatment of Jewish Candidate
This afternoon, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law www.brandeiscenter.com expressed “outrage” at anti-Semitism within the University of California at Los Angeles’ Undergraduate Student Assembly Council (USAC).
Brandeis Center Launches Winternship Program with Harvard
This month, the Brandeis Center launched a new Harvard Winternship (or winter internship) Program based on a new model for January internships developed by Harvard College and the Harvard Club of Washington.
January 2015 Brandeis Brief - LDB Hosts Student Confab
The Brandeis Center ended 2014 on a high note with the success of our second annual National Law Student Leadership Conference, which was attended by student leaders from fifteen law schools across the country.
The Brandeis Center Holds Second Annual National Law Student Leadership Conference
The Brandeis Center hosted its second National Law Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC on December 29-30. This event took place as part of the Center’s recent law student and public outreach initiatives. Many of the students in attendance were members of their universities’ chapters of the Brandeis Center.
Harvard president probes HUDS move to stop purchases from Israel's SodaStream
After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria.