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Expert: ‘Paralyzed’ Education Department Unable to Protect Jews on Campus Due to System’s Lack of Antisemitism Definition

January 13, 20175

A legal expert last week called the US Department of Education (DoED) “paralyzed” when it comes to protecting Jewish students, due to the absence of a system-wide definition of antisemitism.

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Michigan Governor Signs Anti-BDS Bills into Law
Brandeis Blog

January 13, 2017

On New Year’s Eve, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed two anti-BDS bills into law.

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The Second Bristol-Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Anti-Semitism
Brandeis Blog

January 13, 2017

This past fall, LDB President and General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus spoke at the Second Bristol-Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Anti-Semitism.

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Terrorist Speech Over the Internet
February 21, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21, Professor Alex Tsesis will be speaking to the LDB chapter at the University of Chicago on the topic of, "Free Speech in the Age of the Internet."

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Hate Crimes in the U.S. at Penn Law
February 8, 2017

The LDB chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Law School has invited Nancy Baron-Baer, the Philadelphia Regional Director of the Anti Defamation League, to discuss the state of hate crimes in the country on February 8.

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BDS and the Law
February 6, 2017

On Monday, February 5, Professor Mark Goldfeder, Director of Law and Religion Student Program and Spruill Family Senior Fellow in Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law, will speak to the LDB chapter at the University of Chicago Law School on "BDS and the Law." A scholar of law and religion and comparative Jewish Law, Goldfeder's work examines issues of marriage, polygamy, and religious liberty.

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International Law, Lawfare, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
January 31, 2017

On Tuesday January 31, 2017, Prof. Abraham Bell will address the LDB chapter at Emory University Law School on the topic of "International Law, Lawfare, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict."

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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.

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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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‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain’: Progressive activists try to deflect blame for their own campus anti-Semitism
Richard L. Cravatts,Times of Israel
January 18, 2017

In early December, a bipartisan Congressional bill, H.R. 6421/S.10, the “Antisemitism Awareness Act,” took on a long-overdue task, namely, increasing “understanding of the parameters of contemporary anti-Jewish conduct and will assist the Department of Education in determining whether an investigation of anti-Semitism under title VI is warranted.”

The Beginning of the End for BDS in Spain
Daniella Hovsha, Brandeis Blog
January 12, 2017

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is being defeated and in perhaps the most surprising of nations – Spain.

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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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Student Chapter Fact Sheet

The Louis D. Brandeis Center FAQs About Defining Anti-Semitism

Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse

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

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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

Dawinder S. Sidhu
Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico and has held positions at Oxford University Faculty of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University's Pluralism Project, the University of Baltimore School of Law, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
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