Brandeis Center and SPME Defend Tammi Rossman-Benjamin Against Attacks
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East today issued a Joint Statement in defense of University of California at Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin. Rossman-Benjamin, an activist known for her opposition to campus anti-Semitism, has recently been the target of a public campaign of character assassination because of her advocacy for the civil rights of Jewish college students.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an independent civil rights organization established to fight campus anti-Semitism, announced today that civil libertarian Greg Lukianoff will appear as a guest on its popular Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog next week.
April was a harsh month, bringing several unfortunate developments on and off campus. However, Brandeis Center lawyers have been busy, spending much of the month in California working with university students, professors and administrators to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.
The Daily Californian and J Weekly are reporting that the University of California at Berkeley student senate passed a resolution this morning calling for divestment from Israel. The debate had reportedly been “heated” and lasted over ten hours, with the final vote taken just before 5:30 a.m. this morning. Supporters reportedly reacted to the news with “cheering, stomping and cries of joy”:
Winston Pickett, former director of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, recently published this thoughtful essay about the study of anti-Semitism in the Jewish Chronicle (London) and The Algemeiner. Pickett kindly notes that LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has “lucidly written about” the definition of anti-Semitism “in all its complexity and in a way that should advance the discussion considerably.
In the April issue of the Brandeis Brief, litigator Alyza Lewin explains the Jerusalem passport case, internet guru Andre Oboler examines anti-Semitism on Facebook, historian Gil Troy compares anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and LDB Staff Attorney Danit Sibovits introduces herself to our readers.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog Announces Four New Writers: Cravatts, Lewin, Oboler and Sibovits
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today announced that two prominent guest bloggers and two important new regular bloggers will join the Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog this week: Alyza Lewin, Andre Oboler, Richard Cravatts, and Danit Sibovits. All four reflect the Brandeis Center’s commitment to combatting global and campus anti-Semitism, while protecting free speech and academic freedom, and promoting justice for all people.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Expands to Address Resurgence of Campus Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today announced that it is expanding its legal capacity to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism at American colleges and Universities. The Brandeis Center has just hired New York lawyer Danit Sibovits, a former criminal prosecutor who will join the Center’s Washington, D.C. headquarters staff.
Gil Troy Appears as First Guest on Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog
The Louis D. Brandeis Center has announced that McGill University author/historian Gil Troy will be the first guest blogger on the newly launched Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog. Dr. Troy is a distinguished scholar of American presidential history as well as a widely read columnist on issues relating to the Middle East.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Commends SPME Statement on Anti-Israel Boycotts
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today commends Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) for its bold new “Statement Condemning Current Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel,” issued March 11, 2013. The Brandeis Center specifically applauds the SPME’s principled condemnation of anti-Semitic elements within the in BDS movement.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center today launched a new blog which will address campus anti-Semitism, global anti-Semitism, religious discrimination, civil rights, academic freedom and the freedom of speech. The Brandeis Center, a national civil rights organization, has already established a strong reputation in each of these areas.
The March issue of the Brandeis Brief describes LDB's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism nationwide. This issue also includes a full-length review essay by Kenneth L. Marcus which asks the question, "Is Anti-Semitism Unique?" This essay explores an important recent controversy among contemporary scholars of anti-Semitism and the intervention of German political scientist Clemens Heni.
LDB Commends Minister Jason Kenney for Hate Week Statement
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an American civil rights organization, today commended the Honourable Jason Kenney for his forceful statement condemning international Hate Week.
he Brandeis Center is recruiting smart, hard-working, highly credentialed attorneys for the position of Staff Attorney/Civil Rights Litigation Counsel. This is an exciting opportunity for a lawyer who is passionate about LDB's mission to secure the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to advance justice for all.
Brooklyn College has been twice embarassed over its recent anti-Israel event: first, when it came out that its Political Science Department was co-sponsoring the event and, second, when four pro-Israel Jewish students were reportedly ejected from it. The Tablet reports on this fiasco, quoting LDB's Kenneth L. Marcus on how the Brooklyn College event may be part of a broader pattern of excluding pro-Israel voices.
The February issue of the Brandeis Brief asks whether we must really fight anti-Semitism, when so many activists prefer to focus on the positive. The Brief also discusses the Brandeis Center's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and reviews Gil Troy's new book on the United Nations' Zionism as Racism resolution.
Civil Rights Leader Addresses the "Conundrum of Race"
Hon. Kenneth L. Marcus, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, will deliver the Winter 2013 Lecture at Kalamazoo College on "The Conundrum of Race: Civil Rights, Law & Jewish Identity."
Civil Rights Group Takes Campus Anti-Semitism Legal Initiative to Chicago
The Brandeis Center has announced that Chicago will be the next stop on its nationwide Continuing Legal Education initiative to train lawyers to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism through legal means. On Monday, January 28, 2013, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will launch the Midwestern opening of the Brandeis Center’s Continuing Legal Education initiative with a special program on “Campus Anti-Semitism and Legal Efforts to Combat It” in Chicago.
The January issue of The Brandeis Brief presents our first Year in Review, describing a momentous year. Additionally, the Brief contains a new Brandeis Book Note section as well as original analysis on "How Much Campus Anti-Semitism?"
Brandeis Center Appoints Nationally Prominent Professionals
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today the expansion of its Board of Directors to include two nationally prominent professionals. The Brandeis Center, or LDB, was established last year to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on American college and university campuses.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Cautions Universities on Gaza Incidents
The Louis D. Brandeis Center cautioned university administrators today about the prospect of Gaza-related anti-Semitic incidents on their campuses. Over the last few days, scores of anti-Israel protests have been planned on American college and university campuses.
Brandeis Center President Ken Marcus Named to Forward 50
With the Israel debate roiling college campuses around America, there has been no shortage of hand-wringing from the organized Jewish community about the welfare of Jewish students. Ken Marcus has taken a different approach.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law congratulates its President, Kenneth L. Marcus, upon his inclusion in the prestigious Forward 50. Kenneth Marcus is honored in the Forward’s current issue for launching the Louis D. Brandeis Center earlier this year and for pioneering legal tools to combat discrimination against Jewish college and university students.
The Brandeis Center's November Brandeis Brief highlights the Office for Civil Rights' investigation into whether Jewish students at the University of California at Berkeley are facing unlawful discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Louis D. Brandeis Center Appoints Genocide Scholar Gregory H. Stanton
The Louis D. Brandeis Center announced today that it has appointed genocide scholar Gregory H. Stanton to its Academic Advisory Board. This move strengthens the Brandeis Center’s depth in genocide studies, which is critical to the Center’s work on campus anti-Semitism.
Brandeis Center President to Testify Against Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Discrimination
The Louis D. Brandeis Center, a Jewish civil rights organization, announced today that its president, Kenneth L. Marcus, has been invited to testify about discrimination against Arabs and Muslims before a federal civil rights agency which he once directed.
Louis D. Brandeis Center Joins International Alliance to End Genocide
The Brandeis Center, which combats campus anti-Semitism, has long stressed the continuities between genocidal rhetoric on some American college and university campuses and the gathering genocidal hatred in some parts of the Middle East. The Brandeis Center has also published important original research on genocidal incitement, especially in the case of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Federal Investigators Open Campus Anti-Semitism Case at UC Berkeley
Two Louis D. Brandeis Center legal advisors, Neal M. Sher and Joel Siegel, announced today that federal investigators had agreed to investigate their complaint of unlawful discrimination against Jewish students at the University of California at Berkeley.
LDB's October Brandeis Brief analyzes the latest battles over campus anti-Semitism and the First Amendment and provides the latest news on the Brandeis Center's efforts to eliminate discrimination against Jewish college and university students.
LDB President Speaks Out Against Human Rights Violations
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus speaks out against human rights violations in Singapore and expresses concerns about Yale University's new venture there. The College Fix reports on Marcus' concerns, just one year after Marcus criticized Yale's closure of its well-known anti-Semitism research program.
Campus Anti-Semitism Watchdog Group Appoints Stephen R. Greenwald
The Brandeis Center has just made another high-profile addition to its prestigious Legal Advisory Board, appointing Stephen Greenwald, the Immediate Past President of both the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and Metropolitan College of New York. The appointment is yet another indication of LDB's growing strength and capacity to combat campus anti-Semitism.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today commemorates the 9/11 attack on the American homeland and rededicates itself to the mission of advancing the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promoting justice for all.
As students and faculty return to campus for the Fall semester, The Louis D. Brandeis Center has developed a Best Practices Guide to inform and guide university administrators who want to take campus anti-Semitism seriously
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today urged St. Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J., to speak out against anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate speech in advance of the controversial conference which is scheduled to be conducted at St. Louis University next month. The Brandeis Center is a Jewish civil rights organization established to combat campus anti-Semitism.
This Reuters article discusses the issue which is heading to the Supreme Court, mentioning the brief which the Brandeis Center jointly filed with a coalition of Asian civil rights organizations. The Brandeis Center has likened the discrimination which Asian students today face in Texas to the treatment which Jewish students faced in the Ivy League during the last century.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today that its Founder and President, Kenneth L. Marcus, will address tomorrow’s 99th Annual Convention of Alpha Epsilon Pi at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
Rachel Lerman Joins Louis D. Brandeis Center Legal Board
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today that litigator L. Rachel Lerman has joined the Brandeis Center’s Legal Advisory Board. This development will strengthen the Washington, D.C.-based Brandeis Center’s expertise in appellate practice.
UC reports clarify, cloud campus controversies over Middle East
An opinion piece in the San Diego Jewish World quotes the Brandeis Center’s analysis of the University of California’s new campus climate council report. The op ed acknowledges LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus’ long-time work combating campus anti-Semitism and discusses the mixed results of the UC’s recent reports.
Brandeis Center Urges University of California to Adopt Campus Anti-Semitism Recs
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today urged the University of California to adopt recommendations contained within the report of the University’s system-wide campus climate committee.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today that Dr. David Menashri, President of The College of Law & Business, Israel, has joined the Brandeis Center’s Academic Advisory Board.
How serious is campus anti-Semitism? This Sunday, June 10, eJewishPhilanthropy will publish the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s response to this controversial question. Surprisingly, some commentators have recently argued that the Jewish community is too focused on campus anti-Semitism, despite the fact that 40% of Jewish American students report experiencing or witnessing anti-Semitism on their campus.
Inside Higher Ed reports on LDB's role in partnering with four Asian American civil rights groups to challenge an admissions system at the University of Texas which these groups believe to discriminate against Asian students. The brief explains the parallels between anti-Asian and anti-Jewish discrimination in university admissions policies.
LDB Challenges Traditional Ideas About Religious Freedom
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is releasing new research which challenges traditional approaches to religious freedom. In new work posted to the Social Science Research Network, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus argues that America’s traditional form of religious freedom does not protect all Americans equally. Marcus will deliver this research in Jerusalem on May 16 at the Israel Democracy Institute’s (IDI) International Conference on the Role of Religion in Human Rights Discourse.
Jewish Umbrella Group Urges Cooperation with the Louis D. Brandeis Center
Yesterday, the National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA), a national umbrella organization, issued a strong resolution urging Jewish leaders to cooperate with efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism. The NCJA’s new resolution specifically praises the Louis D. Brandeis Center: "We urge Jewish leaders to cooperate, in serious cases, with organizations like the Louis D. Brandeis Center and the ZOA Center for Law & Justice, which have been established to combat campus anti-Semitism through legal means.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the Brandeis Center's work on campus anti-Semitism and the efforts of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus. Unfortunately, the Chronicle also highlights divisions within the Jewish community over how best to combat discrimination against Jewish students.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) announced today that it is “seriously concerned” about the manner in which Rutgers University is responding to allegations of anti-Semitism. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus explained, “We are carefully evaluating the situation at Rutgers, but our preliminary review discloses reason for significant concern. We are offering to work with Rutgers’ administration to resolve these problems.”
LDB Criticizes Florida Atlantic University Over Eviction Notices
This afternoon, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a Washington, DC-based civil rights organization, expressed "disappointment" with Florida Atlantic University's response to the "Eviction Notice" incident on its campus.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced today that its board of directors has appointed two new independent directors. The new directors are Dr. Richard Cravatts, President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, and the Hon. Tevi Troy, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Deputy White House Cabinet Secretary and White House liaison to the Jewish community.
New Think Tank Formed to Combat Campus Anti-Semitism
The Louis D. Brandeis Center is recognized for the key role that it plays, and that its founder has played, in protecting the rights of college and university students, especially Jewish students who face anti-Semitism in higher education.
San Francisco, February 15, 2012 – Former Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Kenneth L. Marcus, announced the launch of the newly formed, independent Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.
“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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