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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.

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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.

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Swastikas deface fliers at Northeastern University

Police at Northeastern University have launched an investigation after swastikas were drawn on two fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture this week by an Israeli military official.

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Law school students create Jewish human rights legal chapter

Two Twin Cities law schools are starting pro-bono, student-led legal chapters to advance the civil and human rights of Jewish people.

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An Old Hatred Returns

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.

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Twin Chapters in the Twin Cities

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.

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November Brandeis Brief - Fall Forward

Over the next week, the Brandeis Center is rolling out three new Law Student Chapters in New York, Minneapolis, and St. Paul.

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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.

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Fighting the New Campus Anti-Semitism" at Northeastern University

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will be presenting to the LDB Student Chapter at Northeastern University School of Law on the topic, “Fighting the New Campus Anti-Semitism," on October 29th.

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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.

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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.

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Pro-Israel groups thank UC schools for affirming policy against anti-Semitism

Twelve pro-Israel organizations on Tuesday thanked the University of California (UC) system for affirming a policy that prohibits bringing anti-Semitic materials into classrooms on its campuses.

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October Brandeis Brief - Reforming Middle East Studies

This month, the Brandeis Center rolled out our newest initiative -- to reform biased, politicized, federally funded Middle East Studies programs around the country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pushing back against the world’s oldest hatred

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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September Brandeis Brief - After Gaza

After the violent turmoil in Gaza, we are prepared to face an exceptionally difficult year for Jewish and pro-Israel students on American college campuses.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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Temple University — Latest Antisemitic Hotspot Protested Amid Record Donation Drive

Temple University has become the latest focal point for groups concerned about the spreading wave of campus antisemitism and academic-based Holocaust minimizing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Brandeis Center Appoints Dawinder S. Sidhu to Academic Advisory Board

The Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a Washington, D.C.-based national civil rights organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all, announced today that it has appointed Professor Dawinder ‘Dave’ S. Sidhu to its Academic Advisory Board .

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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.

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August Brandeis Brief - Capitol Update

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.

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Jewish groups in U.S. file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

A number of Jewish groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthplace on their passports.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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U.S. Human Rights Council envoy vows to target anti-Israel bias

The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council said battling anti-Israel bias on the body was a “key priority.”

Keith Harper, addressing a conference of pro-Israel groups meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, also advocated for continued U.S. engagement on the council.

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July Brandeis Brief - Of Holocaust Deniers, Terrorists, and Presbyterians The Brandeis Brief

Summer is finally here, and many students have headed off to summer jobs, internships, or graduation. Nevertheless, higher education controversies continue to simmer.

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SFSU challenged for funding professor’s trip

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brandeis Center Welcomes Three New Team Members

The Louis D. Brandeis Center Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced this afternoon that it has brought on two new Communications and Development Interns and one Law Clerk.

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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.

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Brandeis Center Congratulates Cotler

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.

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June 2014 Brandeis Brief - Season Finale

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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החרם האקדמי על ישראל - אנטישמיות וג'יהאד"

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.

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LDB President to Deliver Keynote Address Blasting BDS Movement

This evening in Tel Aviv, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law (LDB) President Kenneth L. Marcus will deliver an important keynote address at an important conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brandeis Center President Publishes Article on Academic Freedom

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law (LDB) President Kenneth L. Marcus has just published a short but important article on academic freedom in the current issue of the Florida International University Law Review.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Column One: Campus brownshirts rising

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.

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Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar

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.

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Pro-Israel students targeted by anti-Semitism at University of Michigan

Pro-Palestinian students last week directed threats of violence and anti-Semitic slurs at pro-Israel students at the University of Michigan.

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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.

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Ken Marcus Joins Online Hate Prevention Institute’s International Advisory Board

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law (LDB) today announces the appointment of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus to the International Advisory Board of the Melbourne-based Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 2014 Brandeis Brief: The Changing Threat from the New BDS

The March 2014 issue of the Brandeis Brief focuses on the changing threat from the movement to boycott Israel, as well as legislative responses, and the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.

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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.”

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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.

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Brandeis Center Congratulates Irwin Cotler Upon Retirement from Parliament

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law formally congratulated former Canadian Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler  for his distinguished service to Canada and the world upon the announcement that Cotler would not seek reelection to the Canadian parliament.

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February 2014 Brandeis Brief: Taking the Offensive

When The Chronicle of Higher Education observes that the American Studies Association is now on the defensive, it is a sign that efforts by LDB and its allies are bearing fruit.

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Danit Sibovits to Address Penn Law Student Group

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.

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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.

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UC Santa Barbara Agrees to Strengthen Civil Rights Protections for Jewish Students

Brandeis Center agrees to withdraw Title VI complaint against university over prior incidents of anti-Jewish discrimination

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January 2014 Brandeis Brief

The first 2014 issue of the Louis D. Brandeis Center's popular electronic newsletter discusses the five big takeaways from the American Studies Association's BDS debacle -- and a lot more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brandeis Center Announces Launch of Penn Law School Chapter

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law announces the establishment of its first Ivy League law school chapter at the University of Penn Law School.

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National Law Student Conference Gains Star Power

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.

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Happy Thanksgivukkah!

What a month! You may have heard about the Brandeis Center's successful anti-BDS mini-conference at Fordham Law, which Ari Plaut covers below.

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LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus to Address Campus Anti-Semitism at Harvard Law School

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights announces that its president, Kenneth L. Marcus, will address campus anti-Semitism tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, 2013, during an invited lecture at Harvard Law School.

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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.

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Congressional hearing on the disparate impact theory

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has just testified before Congress on the advantages and disadvantages of the disparate impact theory of discrimination.

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LDB President to Testify Before Congress

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.

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Brandeis Center to Present Mini-Conference at Fordham Law

Next Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is thrilled to present a Fordham Law School mini-conference on "Israel, BDS, Academic Freedom and the Law." The event will be hosted by the Fordham Law School Jewish Students Association.

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Brooklyn College to Play Host to Another Anti-Israel Event

Brooklyn College is courting controversy again by hosting another speaker with contentious anti-Israel views. This Algemeiner report quotes LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus on Brooklyn College's legal responsibilities.

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LDB Urges European Union to Respond to Surging Anti-Semitism

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights today called on the European Union and its member nations to take more effective measures in response to surging incidents of anti-Semitism.

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LDB President to Address Campus Anti-Semitism at UCLA Law School

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law announced today that LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will address “Law, Civil Rights, and Campus Anti-Semitism” next Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, at 12:15 p.m. at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

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New center protects Jewish students’ rights

A center that focuses on fighting purposeful discrimination of Jewish students established a new chapter at the UCLA School of Law Oct. 15, making it one of the first collegiate branches in the country.

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  “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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Campus Anti-Semitism
Over 40% of Jewish American college students report that they have experienced or are aware of anti-Semitism on their campuses. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, as endorsed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and U.S. Department of State.
 
 
 
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Ruth R. Wisse
Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and has taught at McGill, Stanford, New York, Hebrew and Tel Aviv universities.
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