Publications : Opinion Pieces  
 

LDB authors are active in a wide range of research publication. These opinion pieces are some of the most recent contributions in areas relevant to LDB's mission." The following opinion pieces may illuminate issues of interest to LDB readers, although they do not necessarily reflect the views of LDB.

Mark Bloome: Community Leader and Coalition-Builder
July 21, 2016

Mark Bloome, the Seattle-based, national and local Jewish community leader and strategist, has become an expert at coalition-building and finding innovative ways to fight the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel and its anti-Semitism on a national basis.


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Major Party Platforms Combat BDS
July 14, 2016

In a pair of positive steps, both the Democratic and Republican parties have inserted language in their party platforms that push against the forces of BDS.


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UNESCO Delays Temple Mount Vote
July 12, 2016

On July 12th, UNESCO (The UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) delayed a vote on a draft resolution that would damage ties Israel and the Jewish people as a whole have with the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque.


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New York’s Landmark Executive Order and the Battle Against BDS
June 15, 2016

On June 5, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Executive Order No. 157, directing state agencies and authorities to divest public funds from supporting BDS campaigns against Israel.

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AAA Boycott Fails; LDB Lawsuit Credited
June 10, 2016

The Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel took a big blow earlier this week when the American Anthropological Association (AAA) narrowly rejected a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions (2,423 against; 2,384 in favor).

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We Support Milan Chatterjee
June 7, 2016

You might remember reading about Milan Chatterjee, the President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at UCLA, who came under fire last November for his decision, and that of his GSA cabinet, to remain neutral on the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel Movement.

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Lawsuit reveals disturbing tactics by BDS supporters
May 30, 2016

The American Anthropological Association has been voting this entire month on a resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Today marks the final day for members to cast their votes.


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Are Anti-Israel Boycotts Legal? Doesn't Look Like It
May 19, 2016

Boycotts against Israel are making headlines again. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is voting this month on whether to boycott Israel.


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Serious concerns about anti-Semitism at Vassar
May 12, 2016

We are 34 Jewish and civil rights organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are concerned for the safety and well-being of Jewish students on your campus.

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LDB’s Kenneth L. Marcus to Testify in Support of Ohio’s Anti-BDS Legislation
May 11, 2016

On Tuesday, May 10, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will testify in support of Ohio’s anti-BDS bill, H.B. No. 476, “to enact section 9.75 of the Revised Code to prohibit a state agency from contracting with a company that is boycotting Israel or disinvesting from Israel.”


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Why we sued the American Studies Association
May 8, 2016

In the past few years, the American Studies Association (ASA) has been diverted from its scholarly mission—promoting the study of American culture—to a political one, by leaders seeking to turn the ASA into an organization that advocates for social change far beyond American borders, and with an unwavering focus on delegitimizing Israel.

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Protecting Free Speech and Banning Hecklers
May 4, 2016

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest is proposing a bill that would impose punishments on hecklers who “interrupt the free expression of others” by shouting down speakers on the state’s 17-campus public university system, according to the Associated Press.


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The Growth of Anti Semitism
April 26, 2016

From racist Halloween costumes to freedom of speech issues, universities have been home to a number of controversies.


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Robbins: Anti-Semitism hits Harvard Law
April 25, 2016

Against a backdrop of intimidation and ugliness that increasingly sullies academia when it comes to discussions of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Harvard Law School was treated on April 14 to an illustration of just how bad things have gotten.

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Professors file lawsuit against academic association for allegedly violating corporate law in Israel boycott
April 20, 2016

Today, several prominent members of the American Studies Association have filed a lawsuit against the organization in the D.C. federal district court. The lawsuit argues that the boycott of Israel implemented by the organization in 2014 violates the group’s own rules and constitution, as well as laws governing corporations and nonprofits.


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When Does Anti-Israelism Turn Into Anti-Semitism?
April 12, 2016

On Monday, March 28, Professor William Jacobson of Cornell University spoke to a room packed with law students at the University of Chicago, on the topic of “When Does Anti-Israelism Turn Into Anti-Semitism?”

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Open Letter to the Edinburgh University Students' Association
April 7, 2016

As a concerned Edinburgh graduate, I write you with a sense of déjà vu, as I have done this before.
I want to restate and expand on my objections to your 2016 motion and resolution to boycott the Jewish state of Israel. Let me put that a little differently: the only liberal parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, one of the very few genuine democracies in the world today.

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Selective, Biased and Discriminatory: The American Anthropological Association Task Force Report on Israel-Palestine
April 6, 2016

This document addresses the selective, biased and discriminatory nature of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Task Force Report (TFR) in respect to Public Health, the ethics of Operation Protective Edge and the effects of cradle-to-grave incitement in Palestinian society. The working paper recommends retraction of the TFR.


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The California Regents Provide a Purim Present, But There’s Still Work to Be Done
March 24, 2016

Yesterday, on the eve of Purim, the Regents of the University of California unanimously adopted a historic statement against intolerance.

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Battle Against Campus Anti-Semitism Gets Help from Landmark Academic Statement
March 23, 2016

The Regents of the University of California (UC) are preparing to issue a policy statement that could be a major advance in the battle against campus anti-Semitism.


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In Praise of Justice Alito’s Statement in Ben-Levi v. Brown
March 21, 2016

The government’s relationship with religion, if anything, means that the government may not categorically subject a particular religious group to heightened requirements for religious exercise, may not endorse and codify a particular interpretation of religious doctrine, and may not limit the religious exercise of an individual because the government disagrees with the individual’s interpretation of his faith.

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Landmark academic statement would ensure there is no place for anti-Zionism
March 18, 2016

The Regents of the University of California (UC) are preparing to issue a policy statement that could be a major advance in the battle against campus anti-Semitism.


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Alabama and Georgia pass new Anti-BDS Measures
March 17, 2016

More and more state legislatures are passing measures to combat the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The BDS movement seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel, and BDS campaigns on campus often lead to increased incidents of anti-Semitism.


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Israeli Apartheid Week in Britain: Why Students’ Unions Are Acting Unlawfully
March 11, 2016

Israeli Apartheid Week sits within a global social movement, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement, which aims to exclude Israel from the economic, cultural and educational life of the rest of the world.

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BDS and the First Amendment
March 3, 2016

As part of its public relations campaign to lure unwitting American citizens into supporting unlawful activity, the BDS movement, through affiliated groups, has published a number of quasi-legal memoranda that wrongfully portray BDS support as being absolutely protected by the First Amendment.

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BDS movement suffers legal setbacks globally as nations and states impose restrictions, but legislative provisions split the White House and Congress. University protests continue with prominent antisemitic harassment
February 29, 2016

February saw dramatic setbacks for the BDS movement as legislators and politicians imposed restrictions and voiced unprecedented opposition. At the same time, BDS in universities and elsewhere continued to degenerate into overt antisemitism.

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Counter-BDS Movement Has a Good Month
February 24, 2016

Last week the British government issued guidance banning local government and public sector Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) actions toward any country not blacklisted by the Foreign Office.

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An Oberlin Student’s Message to Student Zionists
February 18, 2016

The following essay was written by a current student at Oberlin College who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Inaugural Cornell LDB Trip to Israel
February 17, 2016

It was probably one of the stranger moments in my life, sitting on a plane to Israel. Well, that part was not so strange, I’d been several times before, but the kicker was that I was leading a Cornell Law School trip to Israel, the Jewish homeland, and almost everyone on the trip was not Jewish.

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Pseudo-Scholarship, Intersectionality, and Blood Libels Against Israel
February 15, 2016

Jews have been accused of harming and murdering non-Jews since the twelfth century in England, when Jewish convert to Catholicism, Theobald of Cambridge, mendaciously announced that European Jews ritually slaughtered Christian children each year and drank their blood during Passover season.


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Harold Brackman Reports on Campus Anti-Semitism
February 8, 2016

In a recent report, “Anti-Semitism on Campus: A Clear-and-Present Danger,” Dr. Harold Brackman, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, examines the continuing issues of discriminatory cases of anti-Semitism occurring on many college campuses across the nation.

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Robbins: Ex-Soviet dissident tackles moral indifference
February 2, 2016

The sweet faces of the two young Israeli women hacked to death by Palestinians last month pain Israelis deeply, and the indifference to these murders and so many others confounds them. Dafna Meir, a 38-year-old mother of 6, was stabbed to death in her home on Jan. 17; Shlomit Krigman, slaughtered Jan. 26 near her local grocery, was 23.


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Hitler’s Presence Online
January 28, 2016

The Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism (ISCA), a project by The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS), recently released a media report examining Adolf Hitler’s presence online.

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To those who want to push Israel off campus: you will fail
January 19, 2016

Malicious campaigns to intimidate Jewish and other pro-Israel students and faculty into silence are occurring on far too many North American college campuses. Driven by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and its many off-campus enablers, the campaigns are loud and they do not care about appearing extreme.

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American Colleges Ignore Violence Against Jewish Students in Israel and the U.S.
January 19, 2016

When New Jersey lawyer Stephen Flatow sent an email to some history professors earlier this month he may have hoped for a different response.

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The Academic Council for Israel Anti-BDS Petition
January 5, 2015

The Louis D. Brandeis Center is joining with the Academic Council for Israel (ACFI) and other groups on this important petition.


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EU Labeling Guidelines Stir Global Controversy, Rest on Shaky Legal Foundations
December 31, 2015

The new EU labeling policy calling for special labelling for Israeli goods related to “settlements,” as well as other restrictions and outright exclusions on some such products, has stirred up a global controversy and left many in the Jewish and international community greatly concerned.


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The Need for an ‘Educational’ Birthright Program
December 21, 2015

Numerous studies have documented that college campuses are increasingly hostile not just to Israel, but to all Jewish students. Most Jewish high school graduates are unprepared for the onslaught of antisemitic and anti-Israel propaganda they will encounter.


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The Definition of Anti-Semitism
December 10, 2015

Founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law Kenneth Marcus offers an indispensable book about the manner in which anti-Semitism has evolved from the ancient world to the present, from religious anti-Judaism to secular anti-Semitism.

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Students Supporting Israel at Indiana University Passes Resolution Adopting the U.S State Department Definition of Anti-Semitism in Student Government.
December 4, 2015

On Tuesday, December 2, Students Supporting Israel at Indiana University passed a resolution in its student government that adopts the United States’ State Department’s Definition of Anti-Semitism.


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New Books in Jewish Studies: Interview with Kenneth L. Marcus
November 18, 2015

Recently, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus gave an enlightening interview to Jason Shulman for the New Books in Jewish Studies podcast series. The interview focused not only on Marcus’ new book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, but also on the troubling resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.

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European Sociological Association Passes New Anti-Boycott Guidelines
November 5, 2015

In August, the European Social Association (ESA), an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 2000 member scholars, approved ethical guidelines holding that “its members, conference participants and partners are not to be discriminated against in any way, direct or indirect, including boycott of themselves or their institutions, based on their ethnic, national [or] religious…backgrounds.”

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The Spooky New Face Of Anti-Semitism
October 30, 2015

On Wednesday, Pope Francis waded into the ongoing discussion about anti-Semitism. He told a Jewish audience, “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism.”


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The BDS Solidarity Wave
October 27, 2015

Activists campaigning for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel recently called for an “international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle” and promoted the planned events on social media under the hashtag #SolidarityWaveBDS.

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The Continuity of the New Anti-Semitism and Anti-Semitic Hate Acts and Terrorism
October 26, 2015

The Times of Israel reported last week that according to the latest annual US State Department Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, the level of anti Semitic incidents continues to rise in Europe. That report found that the rise in European anti Semitism was tied to criticism of Israeli policy.


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Rabbi Finman Interview with LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus: The Definition of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Semitism on Campus
October 26, 2015

Earlier this month, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus had an online interview with Rabbi Herschel Finman for his radio show, The Jewish Hour, to discuss his latest book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism on American college campuses.


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Kenneth Marcus: The Definition of Anti-Semitism
October 4, 2015

The Jewish Hour with Rabbi Finman, for October 4, 2015. Rabbi Finman talks to Kenneth Marcus, author of “The Definition of Anti-Semitism“.


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Anti-Semitism: a lot harder to define than you might think
October 9, 2015

One might think that a book entitled “The Definition of Anti-Semitism” would be very short. The author would explain it means hatred of and bigotry toward Jews and that would be it.


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LDB Submits Input for United Nations Report on Space for Civil Society
September 30, 2015

Today, LDB submitted comments to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in response to a request to contribute to a UN report about space for civil society.

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The real problem with the University of California’s statement of principles against intolerance
September 29, 2015

Geoffrey R. Stone and Will Creeley were two-thirds right in their Sept. 27 Sunday Opinion commentary, “Restoring free speech on campus.” They were right to denounce academic censorship.

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UC Regents Reject Weak Intolerance Statement
September 24, 2015

On September 16th UC regents decided to reject the proposed statement of principles against intolerance because it inadequately addressed the problem of anti-Semitism on UC campuses, the reason for which it was first proposed.


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When an obsession with Israel enters the abyss of anti-Semitism
September 12, 2015

The California Legislature recently took a courageous step and unanimously passed a resolution that "urges each University of California campus to adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism."


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The mighty stream and the Jewish trickle
September 4, 2015

This summer, the Jewish community was rightly focused on the existential threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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The Red Herring of the Definition Debate
September 2nd, 2015

As we all know, anti-Semitism is on the rise globally. Here in the U.S., it is our campuses and students that are experiencing the brunt of it. A recent study published by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law found that 54% of Jewish college students had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism in the past year.

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Leading Anti-Semitism Scholars Urge Adoption of Anti-Semitism Definition
August 31, 2015

Many of the world’s leading scholars of anti-Semitism, including LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, have just issued the following joint letter urging University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California regents to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism:


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Matisyahu, the Iran deal, and the college campus
August 26, 2015

Do we need to have a definition of anti-Semitism? Most people think they already know what it means.


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Conflict Resolution, the Arab-Israel Conflict, and Campus Anti-Semitism: An Interview with Dr. Peter Weinberger of the Institute of Peace
August 14, 2015

Peter Weinberger is a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace who has interesting ideas about how conflict analysis tools can be applied not only to the Arab-Israel conflict but also to the resurgent problem of campus anti-Semitism.

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Jews, Israel, and the War of a Million Cuts
August 7, 2015

In The War of a Million Cuts, Manfred Gerstenfeld describes the growth of anti-Semitism in the world and how it is often hidden behind anti-Israel comments.

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Why universities need a definition of anti-Semitism
July 2, 2015

Does it matter how we define our words? Sometimes it does. The U.S. Department of Education understands this point, as do the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Universities need to learn it, too.


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Attorneys: Sign Petition to UC Regents on State Department’s Definition
July 1, 2015

An important decision is coming up at the end of July that could be a major step forward in fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

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The Campus War over Israel
Summer 2015

No issue on American college campuses today is more toxic and divisive than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For a decade now, “Israeli Apartheid Weeks,” which posit Israel as another South Africa, have featured extreme anti-Zionist events.

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New Congressional Legislation Aimed at Countering BDS
June 10, 2015

The vote on the Trade Promotion Authority bill (“TPA”) is still up in the air. Having already passed through the Senate, the House will vote on the bill in the coming weeks.

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Zivotofsky: A Victory for the Executive Branch
June 9, 2015

In 2002, Congress passed Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which permitted American Citizens born in Jerusalem to identify on their passport that they were born in Israel.

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LDB Makes Higher Education Act Case to Congressional Staffers
June 8, 2015

On Wednesday, Brandeis Center President Kenneth L. Marcus and Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) President Sarah Stern educated congressional staff and others on the history, current status, and problems of Title VI of the Higher Education Opportunities Act.

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BDS Defeated at Washington Supreme Court
June 1, 2015

In a major setback to the BDS campaign, the Washington State Supreme court reversed a lower court’s ruling yesterday and struck down the state’s anti-SLAPP statute as unconstitutional.


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Kicked Out And Pushing Back: Melanie Goldberg, 23
June 1, 2015

In 2013, Goldberg was one of four students forced to leave an anti-Israel forum at Brooklyn College because they were holding pro-Israel fact sheets.

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Will Anti-Semitism Spread From American Universities to American Culture?
May 12, 2015

At the end of her sweeping probe into the normalization of anti-Semitism on American campuses, Ruth Wisse lays down a double challenge.

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Kantor Center Reports on Surging Global Anti-Semitism
April 26, 2015

The 2014 Kantor Center annual report highlights a 38% worldwide increase in violent anti-Semitic incidents compared to 2013. The Kantor Center, based at Tel Aviv University, specializes in contemporary European Jewry and publishes an annual detailed report on anti-Semitism worldwide.


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After condemning anti-Semitism, UCSB Student Senate rejects BDS resolution
April 23, 2015

On April 15th, the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) Student Senate rejected a BDS resolution by a short majority, with 13 no, 12 yes and one abstention.

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3 New LDB Chapters Open in the Windy City
April 21, 2015

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law’s (LDB) Law Student Chapter Initiative, started last year, continues to expand!

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BDS in Paris
April 16, 2015

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement is not only growing on American college campuses, but also at European universities.

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Understanding and Addressing Anti-Semitism on College Campuses
March 25, 2015

Anti-Semitism is a combination of religious, ethnic, and racial prejudice aimed at those who are or are thought to be Jewish. It can take many forms, including bigotry, bullying, defamation, stereotyping, hate crimes, acts of bias, or scapegoating.


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Climate of Opinion
March 19, 2015

Last year, the British scholar Alan Johnson spoke up against a resolution to boycott Israel at the National University of Ireland, Galway. As he recounts the experience, “Anti-Israel student activists tried to break up the meeting by banging on the tables, using the Israeli flag as a toilet wipe, and screaming at me, again and again, ‘Fuck off our fucking campus you fucking Zionist!’”

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Viewpoint: I choose not to be silent
March 12, 2015

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”


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Oklahoma-style hate is everywhere
March 12, 2015

As we were reminded this week, hate is alive and well on our nation's campuses.


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American-Jewish Students Are Feeling the Hate
March 11, 2015

Yishai Fleisher interviews LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus on Voice of Israel. Their topic is recent campus anti-Semitism and the new LDB-Trinity College study of anti-Jewish incidents.


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ASUC Senate Passes Bill Condemning Anti-Semitism
February 26, 2015

Fantastic news for UC Berkley’s Jewish students came this week. On Wednesday, February 25th, the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) unanimously passed a bill in their senate that condemns campus anti-Semitism.

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Ken Marcus: One on One
February 26, 2015

During his Boston stay, Kenneth Marcus (pictured above) answered these questions for The Journal:

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New Study: Jewish, Pro-Israel Students on US Campuses Not ‘Legitimate’ Victims
February 23, 2015

A study released today reveals the shocking height and geographic and denominational breadth in anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. campuses over the past year.


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LDB Builds Law Student Chapter Initiative to Fight Anti-Semitism
February 17, 2015

The Brandeis Center works to combat anti-Semitism on college and university campuses across the nation, through, research, public outreach, legal advocacy, and most recently, our law student chapters.


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Academic Progressivism Descends into Moral Madness
February 16, 2015

In the campus war against Israel, the all too familiar refrain from anti-Israel activists, many of whom form the loose coalition of groups and individuals spearheading the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, is that their quarrel is only with Israelis and their government’s policies, not with Jews themselves.

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Will Jewish Human Rights Consciousness Survive in the Virtual Future?
February 6, 2015

Though Jews believe in the coming of the Messiah to set everything straight, I would argue that Judaism is a present-oriented religion in a praxis with the past.

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Former Harvard President Larry Summers on Academic Freedom and Anti-Semitism
February 3, 2015

I am delighted to help inaugurate this forum on academic freedom. Academic freedom is essential if universities are to succeed in their missions of creating and disseminating knowledge.

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UK Report on Anti-Semitism Highlights Rising Tide and Government’s Strides
January 28, 2015

The UK Home Secretary Theresa May recently proclaimed, “We must all redouble our efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism.”

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University of Chicago and Free Speech on Campus
January 20, 2015

Earlier this month, the University of Chicago released a praiseworthy update to its policy on freedom of speech.

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UC’s Moment of Truth
December 18, 2014

The University of California—once home of the legendary Free Speech Movement—has an academic freedom problem.



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Promoting diversity isn’t trying to stifle free speech
December 8, 2014

Who wants to “stifle” free speech on campus, and who wants to protect it? In their Nov. 21 op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog (“Stifling of free speech on campus”), Sondra Hale and Bekah Wolf criticize the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s efforts to ensure that federally funded Title VI outreach programs provide the “diversity of perspectives” that the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) already requires.

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Ode to the Anarchists Among Us, Then and Now
December 3, 2014

In the U.S., “anarchist” was once a dirty word. Following the 1886 Haymarket Bombing in Chicago, in which 11 including seven policemen were killed by anonymous bombers, cartoons appeared nationwide of wild-eyed, suggestively Germanic anarchists blowing America to hell.

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Terrorism, “Lone Wolves,” and “Virtual Wolf Packs”
December 2, 2014

Violence to change or impact the existing order may be as old as humankind. In terms of collective violence—let’s use the term “mob” for a phenomenon that may start small but can even morph into a revolution—it has had varied political, economic, and religious-ethnic motives over the course of the last thousand years in western societies.

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Never again? New wave of anti-Semitism challenges students on campuses across state
November 26, 2014

Attacks on kosher restaurants in Paris. Anti-Jewish extremist groups growing in Latin America. Anti-Semitism repeatedly rearing its ugly head on American college campuses.


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Jewish students have the right to feel safe on campus
November 25, 2014

It all started when I took out some anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) information sheets at a Brooklyn College-sponsored event last year that featured Omar Barghouti, the founder of the BDS movement. You’d expect that of any student opposed to the speaker’s anti-Israel views.

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The Return of the Malevolent Jew: The Academic Nazification of Israel
November 16, 2014

“What if the Jews themselves were Nazis?,” mused French philosopher, Vladimir Jankélévitch in 1986. “That would be great. We would no longer have to feel sorry for them; they would have deserved what they got.”
The recasting of Israelis, and, by extension, Jews as Nazis has, in fact, taken place, just as Jankélévitch envisioned.

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The Hamas Book Club
November 7, 2014

Writing shortly after the publication of Max Blumenthal’s anti-Israel screed “Goliath” a year ago, Eric Alterman noted that it would be “no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed).”

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Is BDS Anti-Semitic?
November 3, 2014

Is the academic boycott against Israel anti-Semitic?
Variations of that question come up again and again in a new book of essays, The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm.

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Title VI and campus bias
September 19, 2014

As Congress considers measures to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), members should know that academic integrity on U.S. college campuses is under assault, and so is our national security – from the same source.


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Battling the New Anti-Semitism on Campus
September 18, 2014

It’s bad enough to see anti-Semitism stalking our universities again; it’s even worse to discover that your tax dollars are paying for it.


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JOINT STATEMENT ON THE MISUSE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER TITLE VI
September 17, 2014

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the misuse of federal funds under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”). Despite congressional reforms adopted during the 2008 reauthorization of the HEA, many recipients of federal aid under Title VI continue to use taxpayer funds to support biased, politicized, and imbalanced programs of Middle East Studies.

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Hate Speech: Ancient, But Still Relevant
September 2, 2014

After this summer’s events in Israel and Gaza, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college campuses this academic year has the potential to be explosive.

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Is the U.S. Next?
August 27, 2014

While everyday anti-Semitism has become part of the fabric of Western European life in a way it has not been since the 1930s, the situation in the U.S. is also becoming troubling. I would compare American manifestations of anti-Semitism to ugly boils on the body politic whose poisons have not yet entered the bloodstream.


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J’Accuse: The World Needs to “Impose a Solution”—on France—for it Betrayal of French Jewry and the Values of French Civilization
August 4, 2014

According to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, “the world needs to impose a solution” on Israel to achieve Mideast peace.

Of course, he gave lip service to “Israel security” without any concrete suggestions for curbing Hamas’ genocidal campaign against the Jewish state.

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Richard Cravatts
Dr. Cravatts has published over 350 articles, op-ed pieces, columns, and chapters in books on campus anti-Semitism, campus free speech, terrorism, Constitutional law, Middle East politics, real estate, and social policy, and is the author of the newly-released Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s War Against Israel & Jews.
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