The Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog

Brandeis Center Responds to “Conflict over Gaza” Conference Hosted by UNC and Duke

In late March, the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University departments of Middle East and Islamic Studies co-sponsored a conference titled “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities.” The weekend-long gathering claimed to “shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza strip,” though it was wrought with Israel bashing and misinformation.

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Anti-Israel Protesters Disrupt Event at UChicago Law

Anti-Israelprotesters disrupted a talk by George Mason University School of Law Professor Eugene Kontorovich, an International Law expert who was invited to speak to the LDB chapter at the University of Chicago Law School about anti-BDS laws and the First Amendment. The disruptors, one of whom was a UChicago law student, were first asked to leave by the law school administration. When the non-students refused to leave and continued chanting and disrupting, the police had to be called to remove them from the room.

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California State University Agrees to Landmark Settlement – Zionism is Important Part of Jewish Identity

California State University (CSU) agreed to a landmark settlement with The Lawfare Project and Winston & Strawn LLP to safeguard Jewish students’ rights. The settlement came shortly before the case was set to go to trial this month for a lawsuit brought by two Jewish students who alleged that San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the Board of Trustees of CSU discriminated against them.

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World Council of Churches Trains Volunteers to Advocate for BDS and Uses Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is currently training their volunteers to promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and uses blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric. Interestingly, the WCC receives funding, either directly or indirectly, from nations that have accepted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. While the WCC recently denied charges of anti-Semitism against them, evidence suggests that they have been spreading anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment for years.

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Before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Surveys Show Fading Memory of Holocaust and Growing Anti-Semitism

Knowing the horrors of the Holocaust, and ensuring that it is not a forgotten footnote in history, are general themes to consider with International Holocaust Remembrance Day soon approaching on Sunday, January 27th.  While this may read as intuitive, polling data within the last year shows that a disturbingly high number of Americans and Europeans…

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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Declares BDS Anti-Semitic

In a recent town hall meeting at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic and contrary to “Canadian values.” He specifically accused the BDS movement of intimidating Jewish students on university campuses, claiming that the movement is often linked to discrimination…

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Chile Declares BDS Illegal for its Cities

Last week, the Chilean National Comptroller, a body that serves as the government’s auditor, established that it is against the law for Chilean municipalities to boycott Israel. This landmark decision was in part due to the complaints from the Chilean Jewish Community and the Chilean community in Israel about the Valdivia municipality’s ban on companies doing…

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Pitzer President Condemns Faculty Motion to Suspend Israel Study Abroad

On November 29th, Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver condemned the resolution passed by the school’s faculty to suspend the college’s study abroad program at the University of Haifa in a speech before the Pitzer College Council. The faculty’s resolution garnered severe backlash from students and outside organizations alike. The Brandeis Center joined a letter, organized by the AMCHA Initiative and signed by 75 civil rights, education, and student organizations expressing dismay over the Pitzer Faculty’s vote.

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