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.
Pro-Israel Students Called ‘Kike,’ ‘Dirty Jew’ at University of Michigan
The University of Michigan would not explain how it is responding to death threats and racial epithets that were reportedly issued by pro-Palestinian activists at students who oppose a resolution to divest from Israel.
Northeastern University Law School Students form Brandeis Center Chapter
The Brandeis Center (LDB) today announces the formation of an LDB student chapter at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. LDB student chapters advance LDB’s mission to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. In particular, LDB chapters share the organization’s mandate to combat campus anti-Semitism through legal means.
Pres. Gould Publicly Apologizes to 4 Pro – Israeli Students After CUNY Investigation
In the midst of Israel Apartheid Week, Brooklyn College President Karen Gould released a public apology last Friday afternoon, to the four pro – Israeli students who were ejected from the BDS forum last February.
B’klyn College Pro-Israel Students Deserve More than Late Apology
It’s been more than a year since four Jewish pro-Israel students (the JPI Students) were forcibly ejected from an anti-Israel talk given by two proponents of BDS, co-sponsored by and held at Brooklyn College. Finally, this past Friday, March 7, Brooklyn College president Karen Gould issued a public apology to the JPI Students. But that very-late apology should be only the very first step taken, according to the public interest law center representing those students.
Brooklyn College apologizes for ejection of Jewish students at anti-Israel event
The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) for Human Rights Under Law said it “welcomes” an apology by Brooklyn College President Karen Gould for the school’s forcible ejection of four pro-Israel Jewish students at an anti-Israel event hosted by the college last year.
Brandeis Center Welcomes Brooklyn College Administration’s Apology for its Handling of 2013 Anti-Israel Event
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today welcomed the public apology by Brooklyn College President Karen Gould for the school’s forcible ejection of four pro-Israel students from a 2013 anti-Israel event sponsored in part by the school. In representing three of the students removed from the lecture, LDB called for a public apology from Brooklyn College, and the apology was issued late Friday afternoon.
Marquardt-Bigman Calls Out Max Blumenthal and the New America Foundation for “Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism”
Washington DC - The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law today published Petra Marquardt-Bigman’s research paper calling out anti-Israel activist/journalist Max Blumenthal and the New America Foundation their his role in the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.”
Brandeis Center Praises Resolution of Jewish Prisoners’ Rights Case
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law today praised the successful resolution of the Becket Center for Religious Liberty’s lawsuit establishing the right of Florida prison inmates to kosher food.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law announces that its newly formed law school chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its inaugural event on February 5, 2014.
Brandeis Center withdraws anti-Semitism complaint against UC Santa Barbara
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law said it is withdrawing a civil rights complaint on anti-Semitism that it had directed at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), after the school pledged to implement several recommendations to combat discrimination against Jews on its campus.
Backlash Against Israel Boycott Puts American Studies Assn. on Defensive
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Louis D. Brandeis Center, among others, is putting the American Studies Association "on the defensive" for its controversial anti-Israel boycott resolution.
LDB President Publishes New Paper on Global Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) announces the publication by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus of an important paper on “The Definition of Antisemitism” in a newly published volume on contemporary global anti-Semitism.
Philadelphia Litigator Judd Serotta Joins Louis D. Brandeis Center Board
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a public interest advocacy organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all, announces the election of Philadelphia litigator Judd Serotta, Esq., to the Center’s Board of Directors. Mr. Serotta previously served as a member of the Brandeis Center’s legal advisory board.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights today announced two superstar additions to the faculty of the inaugural national law student leadership conference: international lawyers Richard Heideman and Abraham (Avi) Bell.
LDB Announces National Law Student Leadership Conference
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights today announced today that it will conduct an inaugural national law student leadership training conference in Los Angeles, California on January 2-3, 2014.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights announced today that its president, Kenneth L. Marcus, will testify tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on
Financial Services on disparate impact theories of discrimination.
"There is a critical need for an organization such as the Louis D. Brandeis Center to give students and faculty who suffer harassment and intimidation a place to fight back against administrative silence in the face of hate and bigotry.”
Samuel Edelman, Ph.D.
Former Executive Director
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
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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.