The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law welcomes Katherine Hung as a winter intern. Katherine, a freshman at Harvard College, will work with the organization this month to combat anti-Semitism and promote the civil rights of Jewish students.
When the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly meets this Saturday in Philadelphia, its members will take up three proposed resolutions: one endorsing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, one opposing it and a third condemning alleged attacks on academic freedom in Palestinian universities by Palestinian political organizations.
Legal Group Threatens Action Against Modern Language Association Over BDS Motion That Counters Academic Organization’s Tax-Exempt Status
A Jewish civil rights organization threatened a prominent academic body with legal action on the grounds that an anti-Israel motion it is considering runs counter to the group’s founding principals and tax-exempt status, The Algemeiner has learned.
Lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) have cautioned the Modern Language Association (MLA) against a controversial anti-Israel resolution that some MLA members are urging upon the association.
After decades of an apparent diminishment of anti-Semitism following the end of World War II, prejudice against Jews has resurfaced in recent years, often intertwined with anti-Israel bias, and nowhere has it been felt more than on college campuses.
On a November night in 2004, almost four hundred students at Columbia University sat crowded into the theater of the University’s Lerner Hall to watch a troubling 25-minute film that was finally being released to the public, “Columbia Unbecoming,” produced by Dr. Charles Jacobs and Avi Goldwasser.
Author Kenneth L. Marcus will share details from his latest book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, in which he elaborates on the link between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and how this is impacting the critiques of Israel on university campuses at a Beyond the Book Festival event.
Human Rights Expert Says Unanimous Passage of Senate Antisemitism Bill Will Have ‘Ripple Effect’ on US Campuses
A newly passed US Senate bill advancing the fight against antisemitism will have a “ripple effect” on educational institutions, the head of a Jewish human rights organization told The Algemeiner on Friday.
US Intifada: A fire-storm of lies is setting US campuses ablaze
Have you ever escaped a raging fire? I have--twice, and one never, ever forgets the heat, the smell, the bright red-and-orange flames, the horror, the near-brush with death, the loss of one's possessions or of one's home--and the overwhelming gratitude that one's life has been spared.
“Hate Spaces”: American Colleges and Their Jewish Students
There is a brand-new documentary that focuses on the relationship between American universities and their Jewish students, particularly those who support Israel. The movie is called “Hate Spaces” and that gives you an idea of how those Jewish students are treated.
Anti-Semitic BDS Campaign Rejected by U of Michigan Students
On Tuesday night, the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel took yet another blow: the University Michigan Student Government voted down a BDS resolution by a wide margin of 34 against, 13 in favor, and 3 abstentions.
Antisemitism Expert: ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ Legitimizing ‘Obvious Bigotry’ Through Alliance With Anti-Israel Jews
A national anti-Israel student organization is spending “much of its energy trying to deny its obvious bigotry,” the head of a Jewish rights-focused legal group told The Algemeiner, adding that it is “significant” the organization is now “increasingly on the defensive.”
Vandalism at University of Minnesota Law School Prior to LDB Presentation
Last week, I visited the University of Minnesota Law School to deliver a lunch lecture on anti-Semitism in higher education. It was one of a few campus visits I made this fall, and until now, the law students have been gracious hosts.
LDB to Appear at Bard College “Real Talk” Conference
This week, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) President Kenneth L. Marcus will be a featured speaker at the "Real Talk Conference 2016: Difficult Questions About Race, Sex, and Religion" at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is pleased to welcome two new Civil Rights Legal Fellows to the staff, Hana Ma and Rachel Leach. LDB is a national non-profit civil rights legal advocacy organization committed to combating anti-Semitism in higher education.
BDS: The Worldwide Movement to De-legitimize Israel
Activists in the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement will tell you they are only defending the rights of Palestinians, but when they chant "from the river to the sea," they're calling for the complete destruction of Israel.
Brandeis Center Urges Action from Tennessee Legislature
Today, following recent reports of anti-Semitic, racist, and hateful social media postings at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) called on the Tennessee State Legislature to address whether the series of anti-Semitic incidents violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Oberlin Student Senate Condemns Symposium Promoting Self-Respect and Civil Rights for Jews
You can’t make this stuff up.
Some alumni at Oberlin College are unhappy with the way things are going at their alma mater. Some students at Oberlin are unhappy with the alumni’s meddling. A tempest in a teapot, perhaps, except that the issues are large and also sprouting on many other campuses.
Brandeis Center Urges Stronger Action from San Francisco State University
Earlier this month, San Francisco State University released a 24-page investigative report, compiled by the Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation, detailing the disruption by anti-Israel student activists of an April 6, 2016, event featuring Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
Embattled Oberlin President Announces Resignation After String of Scandals
Following a string of scandals that erupted after The Tower reported that an Oberlin College professor had posted anti-Semitic material on Facebook, Marvin Krislov announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president of the private liberal arts school at the end of the 2017 academic year.
Major Jewish Groups Bitterly Rebuke UCLA Over Departure of Student Leader Due to BDS Harassment
The heads of major Jewish groups told The Algemeiner on Friday that they were outraged over the handling by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) of the harassment and relentless attacks against a former student leader by anti-Israel activists.
UCLA Chancellor Block’s assertion that BDS ‘isn’t going to be sustained' on this campus’ has never appeared to be anything but lip service as UCLA succumbs to a virulent form of anti-Semitism that has a Hindu in its cross-hairs.
UCLA Student President Leaves Law School Over BDS Harassment; Blasts College for Capitulation to Anti-Israel Movement (INTERVIEW)
The capitulation of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has set a “dangerous precedent” for the further harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students, a former UCLA student leader, who recently left the university due to BDS pressure, told The Algemeiner on Thursday.
‘Slap on Wrist’ of Violent Anti-Israel Student Protesters at UC Irvine ‘Feckless Punishment,’ Say Campus, Legal Groups
The heads of major campus and legal groups told The Algemeiner on Monday that they are outraged by the mild response of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to the violent behavior of an anti-Israel student organization on its campus.
Tennessee Jewish Federations Outraged by University’s ‘Tepid Response’ to Virulent Antisemitism, Racism on Knoxville Campus
Jewish groups in Tennessee expressed “anger, disappointment and worry” over the “tepid response” of university administrators to antisemitism and racism on the Knoxville campus, The Algemeiner has learned.
LDB Urges University of Tennessee to Condemn Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts
Yesterday, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) urged the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK) Chancellor Jimmy Cheek to condemn recently reported anti-Semitic social media postings by current and former University of Tennessee – Knoxville students, demonstrating a long-standing problem on the UTK campus.
As the summer draws to a close, the battle against campus anti-Semitism is only heating up. We at the Brandeis Center have been working throughout the heat to ensure that all Jewish students will be safe in their studies this fall.
Canadian Jewish Student Group Files Discrimination Complaint
On August 3, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, a pro-Israel campus activism organization and the country’s largest grassroots campus advocacy organization, announced that a complaint had been filed with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against both the Student Association and the Faculty Association of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College.
2016 is unfolding as another unsettling year for Jewish students across U.S. college campuses. According to a report released this week by the AMCHA Initiative, anti-Semitic activities have surged over the past six months.
LDB Pleased to Participate in Civil Society Consultations
Yesterday, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) submitted a statement to several federal agencies as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Civil Society Consultation process, urging officialsto more effectively address campus anti-Semitism.
It’s been a rough year for the American Studies Association (“ASA”), legally speaking.
Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in New York State Court against the New York Metro chapter of the ASA, alleging “unlawful discrimination under the New York City and State Human Rights Laws,” in relation to the ASA’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
LBD Deeply Concerned by UCLA Response to Milan Chatterjee
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is disturbed by a recent report from the UCLA Discrimination Prevention Office (DPO) alleging that Milan Chatterjee, former President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), violated university policy by stipulating that the GSA would maintain neutrality regarding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in allocating funds for a campus event.
LDB Praises Rejection of Charges Against Saint Louis Jewish Students
Today, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (“LDB”) praises St. Louis University (“SLU”), for rejecting retaliatory charges brought against two Jewish students by an anti-Israel activist. LDB advised the students who faced these charges after filing an appropriate and legitimate bias complaint against another student.
Here We Go Again: Another Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine Deadlock at UC Irvine
As Hillel International and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law continue to push for a strong response from UC Irvine administrators to a May 18 incident, when more than 50 protesters allegedly threatened 10 Jewish and pro-Israel students, campus officials say they are still investigating.
Brandeis Center and Hillel Urge UC Irvine to Respond to Anti-Semitic Incident
Hillel International, Hillel of Orange County and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) wrote this week to University of California – Irvine (UCI) Chancellor Howard Gillman urging a strong response to the physical intimidation of a Jewish student, Eliana Kopley and the campus climate of intimidation aimed at Jewish and Pro-Israel students.
With the summer in full swing, the Louis D. Brandeis Center is pleased to report on more good news. States across the U.S. have made bold steps to curb the BDS movement -- including recently New York and Rhode Island.
Successful Appeal Against NYU Grad Student BDS Motion Has Great Implications in Fight Against Global Anti-Israel Movement, Say Leaders of Campaign
A successful appeal against New York University’s (NYU) Graduate Student Union’s (GSOC) motion in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has great implications in the fight against the global anti-Israel movement, students who led the appeal campaign told The Algemeiner on Friday.
Fear of Reprisal Leads UC Davis Administration to Capitulate to Violent Anti-Israel Students, Say Pro-Israel Campus Activists
The administration at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) has capitulated to violent and disruptive anti-Israel student groups — as seen through its weak response to recent anti-Israel campus activities — out of fear of their reprisal, members of the pro-Israel community at UC Davis said this week.
Antisemitism Expert: Nazi Relics Sold at German Auction Highlight Growing Far-Right Obsession With Holocaust Revival
The popularity of a recent controversial auction in Germany, which sold relics belonging to high-level Nazi officials, highlights a growing obsession on the part of the far-Right to revive its connection with the perpetrators of the Holocaust, a leading antisemitism expert told The Algemeiner on Monday.
LDB Commends Portland State University for Condemning BDS
Today, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) commended Portland State University President Wim Wiewel for issuing an excellent statement condemning a proposed student Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution.
This week, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Justice Louis D. Brandeis's confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States, we are pleased to reflect on several powerful efforts underway to defeat BDS and campus anti-Semitism.
Painful Lessons from the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of the Farhud
June 1-2 is the 75th Anniversary of the 1941 Farhud pogrom, the pro-Nazi Arab attempt to exterminate the Jews of Baghdad. Hundreds were murdered, raped, and many Jewish homes and business looted and burned during a two-day orgy of hate and violence orchestrated by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.
Human Rights Activists Celebrate Multi-Country Adoption of New Definition of Antisemitism
Human rights activists told The Algemeiner on Wednesday why they consider last week’s adoption by 31 countries of a new working definition of antisemitism to be a major step towards combating the reemerging phenomenon.
Last week, on May 26, 2016, the 31 member nations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), under Romanian Chairmanship, officially adopted the “IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.”
Methodist Church Rejects Israel Divestment Resolutions
The United Methodist Church took a stand this weekend against the anti-Israel and arguably anti-Semitic Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. At their quadrennial 10-day policy making conference, beginning May 10, the church rejected four resolutions that sought to sanction Israel and companies that do business with Israel.
On Thursday, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee about a troubling connection between past financing for terrorism and current support for the BDS movement.
Sides Spar Over Bill Aimed At Israel Boycott Movement
Dozens of opponents spoke out Tuesday against a measure they say stifles free speech and damages the Middle East peace process. Supporters, however, said the movement to boycott and disinvest from Israel will harm its citizens and damage Ohio's economy.
The Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement opposes Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and maintains that Israeli policy can be pressured to change through a combination of boycotts, divestment of assets and other sanctions.
Hate Crimes Handbook Highlights Kenneth Marcus’ Civil Rights Work
The newly released issue of one of the most comprehensive reference resource on bias-motivated violence committed in the United States, Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, Third Edition (ABC-CLIO), features of the work of Kenneth L. Marcus, President of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB).
Jewish Rights Advocate: ‘BDS Making a Laughing Stock out of the American Studies Association’
“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has really made a laughing stock out of the American Studies Association (ASA),” the head of a Jewish rights-focused legal organization told The Algemeiner.
Congressional Taskforce Urges Federal Guidance on Anti-Semitism
Yesterday, the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives announced the issuance of an important letter from 38 Members of Congress to Secretary of Education John King, Jr.
Professors Sue American Studies Association for Illegal Boycott of Israel
A lawsuit filed on behalf of four professors against the American Studies Association for its boycott of Israel accuses the ASA of “blatant politicization” of an academic association, in violation of Washington, D.C law governing nonprofit organizations.
Congressional panel queries Education Dept. on campus anti-Semitism
Citing reports of an increase in anti-Israel activity on college campuses, a bipartisan congressional task force on anti-Semitism asked U.S. Education Secretary John King to outline how his department is tracking anti-Jewish bias.
Professors Sue American Studies Association, Say Israel Boycott Violates Group’s Charter
A group of award-winning professors affiliated with the American Studies Association (ASA) are suing the organization to oppose its boycott of Israel, saying that the boycott violates the ASA’s charter as well as laws governing non-profit organizations.
Professors sue American Studies Association for boycott of Israel
Several members of the American Studies Association (ASA) announced Wednesday that they are suing their own academic association for its boycott of Israel, arguing that the boycott violates a District of Columbia (DC) law that applies to non-profit organizations.
Lawsuit: ASA’s Boycott of Israel Violates Law, Professors sue American Studies Association
A group of distinguished professors and longtime members of the American Studies Association (ASA) today announced that they are suing ASA for its boycott of Israel. The lawsuit charges that ASA’s blatant politicization of an academic association violates District of Columbia (D.C.) law governing nonprofit organizations.
Indiana University to Hold Major Anti-Semitism Conference
Starting this weekend, The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University (ISCA) will host its third international scholars conference, from Saturday evening, April 3 through Wednesday, April 7, on “Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and the Dynamics of Delegitimization.”
Brandeis Center Appoints Oren Gross to Academic Advisory Board
Today, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for International Legal & Security Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School, to LDB’s Academic Advisory Board.
Lawsuit Alleges Widespread Anti-Semitism at CUNY Campus
A lawsuit filed by CUNY Kingsborough professor and department chair Jeffrey Lax, represented by the law firm of Corey Stark PLLC and The Lawfare Project, exposes a climate of discrimination and rampant harassment on campus, endemic to the administration and targeting recognizable persons of the Jewish faith, or "outward Jews."
UC Regents’ Condemnation of Anti-Semitism & Anti-Zionism is Timely for UC Davis
Wednesday’s announcement from the Regents of the University of California is particularly timely for the Davis campus, where a disruptive protest temporarily halted a lecture by Israeli diplomat George Deek earlier this month.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’S ‘PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE’ SAY OPPOSITION TO ISRAEL CAN BE ANTI-SEMITIC
The Board of Regents of the University of California on Wednesday unanimously adopted what it is calling "Principles Against Intolerance," in response to reports of anti-Semitic incidents on UC campuses.
Lawsuit Against CUNY Alleges Pervasive, Explicit Antisemitism Among Kingsborough College Administrators
A lawsuit filed last month by a faculty member at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Kingsborough Community College alleges explicit antisemitic discrimination and harassment by senior administrators, The Algemeiner has learned.
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.