‘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.
Harvard suspends purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel pressure
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.
Student-led law school chapters to fight anti-semitism open in the Twin Cities
As we develop our skills to be the next generation of lawyers, we must be aware of the social issues today both in the Twin Cities community and nationally. As Jewish students, in many ways, we have an even larger responsibility.
Twin Cities students launch legal chapters to fight anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) has announced the launch of two new chapters at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
Three New Law School Chapters Join the Fight Against Campus Anti-Semitism
In response to the dramatic spike in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents on college campuses in the U.S., the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today announced the launch of three new law school chapters at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.
When it was his turn to speak, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stalked right up to the microphone at the 2012 United Nations General Assembly in New York City and proudly declared that the state of Israel should be “eliminated.” It was a sentiment common in the Arab world, common enough that Ahmadinejad knew there would be no retaliation for openly questioning and attacking Israel’s legitimacy.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Nov. 4, 2014: The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is proud to announce the launch of two new chapters at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
US High Court Hears Whether US Passport Can Say Jerusalem, Israel
On Monday, Nov. 3, the United States Supreme Court heard argument on the claim of a young American citizen who was born in Jerusalem to have his passport identify the place of his birth as Jerusalem, Israel.
Tufts University Hosting Islamists to Train Students in ‘Direct Action’
A controversial Islamist group will gather at Tufts University on Friday for a weekend-long conference that will include training students to take “direct action” against pro-Israel and Jewish students on U.S. campuses, according to a schedule of the conference obtained by the Free Beacon.
Appointment of Jeffrey Robbins to the Brandeis Center’s Legal Advisory Board
The Brandeis Center today is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Robbins to the Brandeis Center’s Legal Advisory Board. As a member of the board, Robbins will advise the Center regarding legal aspects of the Center’s fight against campus anti-Semitism.
The Brandeis Center announces the appointment of Aviva J. Vogelstein to Staff Attorney
The Brandeis Center announces the appointment of Aviva J. Vogelstein to Staff Attorney. Vogelstein’s appointment marks the Brandeis Center’s continued commitment to fight the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism on American University campuses through legal and public policy approaches.
Loyola U. ‘Suspends’ and Reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine
Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine following an anti-Israel protest this month by the SJP chapter that blocked an event promoting Birthright Israel.
14 Groups Urge Colleges to Protect Jewish Students From Anti-Semitism
A varied group of 14 organizations has issued a letter to more than 2,500 U.S. colleges and universities that urges them to protect Jewish students on campus in light of rising anti-Semitism in America and abroad.
Brandeis Center Commends Loyola University Chicago for Temporary Suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine Activities or Events
This afternoon, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) commended Loyola University Chicago for presenting the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student organization with a letter indicating that SJP is temporarily prevented from hosting any on-campus activities or events until their leadership meets with Loyola University Chicago representatives and the group complies with stated policies and procedures that apply to all student organizations.
There is little doubt that the tide of anti-Semitism, often masked as anti-Israel criticism, is on the rise in Europe. In the Middle East, anti-Semitism is pandemic. The good news is that serious pushback is underway. The better news is that it is bipartisan. The bad news is that the problem is not solely in Europe.
Pro-Israel Groups Question Federal Funds for Middle East Centers
A coalition of Israel advocacy organizations concerned by what they describe as the prevalence of anti-Israel programming at federally-funded Middle East studies centers are lobbying for changes in the Title VI program that would 1) “[r]equire recipients of Title VI funds to establish grievance procedures to address complaints that programs are not reflecting diverse perspectives and a wide range of views” and 2) “[r]equire the U.S. Department of Education to establish a formal complaint-resolution process similar to that in use to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs
Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem.
Groups to Congress: No Taxpayer Funds for Biased, Politicized Middle East Studies
With Congress considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in several individual bills, leading organizations focused on education policy, the Jewish community, and civil rights announced today a coordinated effort to provide lawmakers with solutions to prevent misuse of federal funds under HEA Title VI.
Brandeis Center Welcomes Guest Blogger Mike Gonzalez
The Brandeis Center has announced the appearance of Mike Gonzalez as new guest blogger on the popular Brandeis Center Blog . In introducing Mr. Gonzalez, the Brandeis Center underscores the immediate need to address Title VI funding to universities under the Higher Education Act. Mr. Gonzalez will appear at the Blog over the two week period beginning September 15.
LDB Commends ESA Network 31 on New Anti-Boycott Resolution
This afternoon, the Brandeis Center commended the European Sociological Association (ESA)Network 31, after the Network passed the first pro-active anti-boycott resolution by a professional European academic association late last week.
LDB Joins AMCHA and Others Urging University of California to Monitor SJP Actions at So-Called “International Day of Action"
Earlier today, fifteen national organizations urged Chancellor Dirks of the University of California at Berkeley to monitor the behavior of Students for Justice for Palestine (SJP) and other student organizations involved in the so-called September 23 "Day of Action."
After Gaza conflict, preparing for a potentially stormy year for Israel on campus
This summer’s 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which has come to a close if a cease-fire reached last week holds, has spurred a sharp rise in both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents around the world.
Brandeis Center Introduces Resource Guide for Identifying Anti-Semitic Behavior on U.S. College Campuses
As the fall semester begins, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today introduced a resource guide to help promote civil discourse and prevent hateful and anti-Semitic activity on campuses.
Organizations Sign Statement Against Assault on a Student at Temple University
We are deeply troubled by the physical assault against a Jewish student at Temple University. Daniel Vessal, a CAMERA Fellow and member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, was punched in the face and knocked down and called "baby-killer, racist, Zionist pig" by individuals at the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) table that was part of "Templefest," an organizational exhibition on August 20, 2014.
Letter warns U.C. president of union’s ‘anti-Israel propaganda’
A letter signed by 12 groups was sent this week to Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, urging her to intervene to ensure anti-Semitic propaganda is not brought into university classrooms.
Pro-Israel college students prepare for a tough year
When Israel declared its statehood 65 years ago, there was little ripple effect at American universities. At the time, “campus anti-Semitism” referred to the Jewish quotas applied to student and faculty applicants to certain institutions of higher learning. But those rebuffed candidates could and did turn to alternative institutions, put the institutionalized racism behind them, and get on with their education or teaching.
Brandeis Center Publishes New Research on Religious Freedom
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has contributed a chapter on “Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom” to Hanoch Dagan, Shahar Lifschitz and Yedidia Z. Stern’s newly released volume on Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Democracy Institute, 2014)
Brandeis Center and AMCHA Caution University Against Anti-Israel Measure
Earlier today, the Brandeis Center joined the AMCHA Initiative and ten other groups writing to University of California President Janet Napolitano to condemn a statement by the joint council of the UAW 2865 union announcing the union's intent to support the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
So, Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman walk into a brief…
On behalf of a group of constitutional law scholars, and the Louis B. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, Alan Gura and I have authored an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in the Supreme Court case of Zivotosfky v. Kerry – the Jerusalem Passport Case.
This summer has been unusually busy for the Brandeis Center in Washington, D.C. With most American universities in summer session, we have focused our efforts on public policy advocacy and appellate litigation.
Duke Gives Muslim ‘Holocaust Inversion’ Professor $3M Gig
Duke University has hired as the new director of its $3 million Islamic Studies Center a controversial Iranian-American professor whose scholarship has come under fire for anti-Israel bias and who once used a picture of dead Jews in Nazi death camps to illustrate his writing on the Palestinians.
Supreme Court receives briefs for ‘born in Jerusalem’ passport case
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) have separately filed amicus curiae briefs in support of Menachem B. Zivotofsky, the petitioner in Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, which has become known as “born in Jerusalem” passport case.
LDB Urges Supreme Court to Protect Rights of Persons Born in Jerusalem
Earlier today, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), a national civil rights organization, presented the U.S. Supreme Court with an amicus curiae brief in support of Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, the petitioner in the so-called Jerusalem passport case, Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State.
LDB President to Testify on Federal Sexual Harassment Policy
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced today that Louis D. Brandeis Center President Kenneth L. Marcus will at the Commission’s Briefing on Federal Enforcement of Title IX Sexual Harassment Law in Elementary, Secondary, and Post-secondary Schools on Friday July 25, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
Brandeis Center Appoints Joshua Brewster to Legal Advisory Board
The Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization dedicated to eradicating anti-Semitism on college campuses, has appointed Joshua Sol Brewster, Esq.. to its Legal Advisory Board. Joshua was previously a senior civil rights legal fellow with The Brandeis Center.
Eight pro-Israel groups, headed by the AMCHA Initiative, sent a letter June 24 demanding that the California state controller investigate San Francisco State University for funding a professor’s trip to the Middle East that included meetings with members of terrorist organizations.
Louis D. Brandeis Center and AMCHA Initiative Urge Investigation of Misuse of Taxpayer Funds
This morning the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) joined the AMCHA Initiative and six other groups urging California State Controller John Chiang to investigate misuse of university and state funds by Professor Rahab Abdulhadi at San Francisco State University.
State Controller asked to probe professor’s expenses
ease)– Outraged at online reports that San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Wong is defending a professor’s use of thousands in taxpayer dollars to meet with terrorists and promote political advocacy, eight groups on Tuesday, June 24,, demanded that California State Controller John Chiang conduct a state audit of SFSU.
Campus eviction notices are fake, but their anti-Semitism is real, experts say
The latest anti-Israel trend to gain momentum on college campuses has been the distribution of mock eviction notices in dormitories by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Whether or not the notices have specifically targeted Jewish students, experts say the tactic highlights the convergence of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism on campus, creating a hostile environment for Jewish students.
Brandeis Center Urges Temple University to Denounce Holocaust Minimization
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization, has sent Temple University President Neil Theobald a written request to respond to Holocaust minimization at his university. The Washington, D.C.-based Brandeis Center writes President Theobald in the wake of reports that Temple University Adjunct Professor Alessio Lerro publicly argued that Jews are exaggerating the extent of the Holocaust to obtain political advantages.
Brandeis Center Legal Advisory Board Member Garners Major Title VI Victory
Civil Rights Attorney, Joel H. Siegal, a member of the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s Legal Advisory Board, reports a major Title Six victory brought on behalf of a 14 year old African-American student against St. Charles Borromeo School, a private elementary school operated by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
This afternoon the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization established to combat campus anti-Semitism, congratulated Hon. Irwin Cotler, the Canadian parliamentarian and human rights lawyer, on being named by the Jerusalem Post as one of the top 50 most influential Jews of 2014.
In the June issue of the Brandeis Brief, several writers address anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents at Vassar College, New York University, and elsewhere, as well as the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s tireless efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and support Jewish college students
Brandeis Center Joins AMCHA Initiative Urging Investigation into Misuse of California Taxpayer Funds to Support Professor’s Meetings with Terrorists
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today joined with the AMCHA Initiative in demanding an investigation into the misuse of taxpayer funds in a San Francisco State University professor’s trip to the Middle East to meet with persons who are affiliated with terrorist organizations.
Nazi propaganda by members of the Vassar chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law, a national civil rights organization, has urged Vassar College President Catherine Bond Hill to take strong disciplinary action in response to the posting of Nazi propaganda by members of the Vassar chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
Brandeis Center Lauds University of California Statements on Civil Discouse
The Brandeis Center praised University of California President Janet Napolitano for her strong stand against the inappropriate badgering of UCLA student leaders who travel to Israel. At the same time, the Center points out that more must be done.
The Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper covered LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus’ keynote address on “What is Anti-Semitic About the Movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel?” at Tel Aviv University.
Civil Rights Groups Urge NYU to Discipline ‘Mock Eviction’ Leafletters
On Friday, May 2, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law and The Lawfare Project urged New York University President John Sexton and his administration to “firmly and forcefully” discipline the students who shoved inflammatory materials into students’ private rooms at two New York University dormitories on April 24.
Brandeis Center and Lawfare Project Urge NYU to Discipline Students Who Shoved Inflammatory Fliers into Students’ Dorm Rooms
This morning, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law and The Lawfare Project urged New York University President John Sexton and his administration to “firmly and forcefully” discipline the students who shoved inflammatory materials into students’ private rooms at two New York University dormitories on April 24.
May 2014 Brandeis Brief - From Ukraine to the U.S.
Recent weeks have seen very disturbing anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from the Ukraine flyers to the Kansas shooter to the Hungarian elections, as well as another spate of incidents on American college campuses.
New Civil Rights Legal Fellows Join Brandeis Center’s Growing Staff
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law (LDB) today announces the appointment of two new civil rights legal fellows, Stephen A. Cohen and Aviva J. Vogelstein. Cohen and Vogelstein’s appointments marks the Brandeis Center’s continued expansion, as the Washington, D.C.-based civil rights group grows to face the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism on American University campuses.
April 2014 Brandeis Brief : A Tale of Two Cities: Bad News in Ann Arbor, Good News in Brooklyn
Several disturbing anti-Semitism reports are coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Brandeis Center lawyers are investigating. Anti-Israel activists failed in their efforts to convince the University of Michigan student government to adopt a boycott resolution.
Students for Justice in Palestine’s actions at Northeastern U. raise civil rights concerns
American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestinian student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation.
University of Michigan Official Denounces Free Beacon
University of Michigan officials are asking that the Washington Free Beacon remove from its website an article that reported on a pro-Palestinian student leader who posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a traditional Arab headscarf and inserting a knife into a pineapple.
Jill Schneiderman is an unlikely warrior for Jewish rights. A professor of Earth sciences at Vassar College and a lesbian activist, Schneiderman’s political passions put her smack in the middle of the far-Left academic mainstream.
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has been in the headlines this year because of anti-Israel agitation related to Hillel. But that’s only part of the story, and the only part to receive mainstream media attention.
“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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Catherine Chatterley Catherine Chatterley is the founding director of the newly established Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) and a respected historian of the Holocaust and Antisemitism.