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Another Anti-BDS Lawsuit Filed
Brandeis Blog

July 22, 2016

It’s been a rough year for the American Studies Association (“ASA”), legally speaking.

Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in New York State Court against the New York Metro chapter of the ASA, alleging “unlawful discrimination under the New York City and State Human Rights Laws,” in relation to the ASA’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

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LBD Deeply Concerned by UCLA Response to Milan Chatterjee
July 18, 2016

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is disturbed by a recent report from the UCLA Discrimination Prevention Office (DPO) alleging that Milan Chatterjee, former President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), violated university policy by stipulating that the GSA would maintain neutrality regarding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in allocating funds for a campus event.

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LDB Praises Rejection of Charges Against Saint Louis Jewish Students
July 15, 2016:

Today, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (“LDB”) praises St. Louis University (“SLU”), for rejecting retaliatory charges brought against two Jewish students by an anti-Israel activist. LDB advised the students who faced these charges after filing an appropriate and legitimate bias complaint against another student.

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Here We Go Again: Another Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine Deadlock at UC Irvine
OC Weekly

July 14, 2016

As Hillel International and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law continue to push for a strong response from UC Irvine administrators to a May 18 incident, when more than 50 protesters allegedly threatened 10 Jewish and pro-Israel students, campus officials say they are still investigating.

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The Law and Politics of Defining Anti-Semitism
September 12, 2016

Please join UK Lawyers for Israel at an 8:30 a.m. breakfast event with Kenneth L. Marcus, President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of The Definition of Anti-Semitism in London.

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Campus Anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement
July 10, 2016

On Sunday morning, July 10, LDB Attorney Aviva Vogelstein will speak at Tifereth-Israel Congregation on the topic of, "Campus Anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement."

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The J Report on JLTV
June 7, 2016

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will appear on The J Report, JLTV's weekly primetime news magazine program, on June 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET & PT.

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The Definition of Anti-Semitism

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism.

Deciphering the New Anti-Semitism

LDB Academic Advisor Alvin Rosenfeld, Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University Bloomington has edited an important new volume on Deciphering the New Antisemitism (Indiana University Press 2016).
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes an important chapter on “The Ideology of the New Anti-Semitism” to the volume.

Antisemitism in North America: New Wold, Old Hate

In Antisemitism in North America (Leiden: Brill, 2016), editors Steven K. Baum, Neil J. Kressel, Florette Cohen, and Steven Leonard Jacobs have brought together an impressive array of scholars from diverse disciplines and political orientations to assess the condition of the Jews in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.


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Contact Brandeis Center Lawyers About Campus Anti-Semitism

Students and professors: If you are aware of anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli incidents on your college or university campus, please contact lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Gloria Greenfield teamed up with Emmy Award-winning editor Raoul Rosenberg to create this important film on the Brandeis Center and its campaign against campus anti-Semitism.


Kenneth Marcus, Esq., President and Founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, discusses his book - "The Definition of Anti-Semitism."
 
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Mark Bloome: Community Leader and Coalition-Builder
Aviva Vogelstein, Brandeis Blog
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.

Major Party Platforms Combat BDS
Juan Pablo Rivera Garza, Braindeis Blog
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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LDB-Trinity College Report
Barry A. Kosmin & Ariela Keysar
LDB and Trinity College have issued this important 2015 “Anti-Semitism Report,” presenting results from a national demographic survey of American Jewish college students. This report shows that more than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses nationwide who took part in an online survey reported having having experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the last academic year.

The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies

Six years ago, Congress recognized the need for “diverse perspectives” in federally funded Middle East Studies programs. Congress had created the so-called “Title VI programs” in 1958 to address Cold War national security demands. After September 11, 2001, it was more important than ever to provide United States intelligence and armed services agencies with a pipeline of skilled workers. Unfortunately, Title VI programs were not serving their intended purpose.


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Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse

Law Student Chapter Fact Sheet - LDB is committed to combating anti-Semitism on college and university campuses across the nation.

Title VI Fact Sheet - Short Guide to the Law Against Campus Anti-Semitism

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Students
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If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

Our attorneys and experts are here to help!
 
 
 
Research Articles
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Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. 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 U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
 
 
 
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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Jeffrey S. Robbins
Jeff specializes in complex civil litigation, including litigation involving allegations of fraud, First Amendment issues, and claims of defamation.
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