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.
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.
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.