Heating Up
December 2016

This past week, we saw a successful bipartisan legislative effort in the Senate as the landmark Scott-Casey "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act" was passed unanimously. This bill, if approved by the House and signed by the President, will implement a hugely important change to the way in which the federal government addresses campus anti-Semitism. The December Brandeis Brief reviews this and other developments.
Lea Speyer, Algemeiner

A national anti-Israel student organization is spending "much of its energy trying to deny its obvious bigotry," the head of a Jewish rights-focused legal group told The Algemeiner, adding that it is "significant" the organization is now "increasingly on the defensive." 
"Hate Spaces": American Colleges and Their Jewish Students

Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Jewish Press

"Hate Spaces," a brand-new documentary that focuses on the relationship between American universities and their Jewish students, particularly those who support Israel, gives you an idea of how certain Jewish students are treated on college campuses. LDB's Kenneth L. Marcus is featured.

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In late November, the Ohio Senate passed an anti-BDS bill with a vote of 83-11. This important victory marks yet another blow to the anti-Semitic Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.  
Two New Blows to BDS
Rachel Leach, Brandeis Center

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 ushered in two significant failures of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in the U.S. - at the University of Michigan - and in Canada - at the University of Toronto.
Federal Legislation Strengthens Anti-BDS Movement 
Rachel Leach, Brandeis Center
Several United States Congressmen, in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, have introduced federal anti-BDS legislation. On November 14, U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act.
Victory against U.K. Campus Anti-Semitism 
Aviva Vogelstein, Brandeis Blog

The decision cited the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia's Working Definition of Anti-Semitism ("Working Definition") in determining that the anti-Israel incidents had crossed the line into anti-Semitism. 
Fighting Anti-Semitism with Legal Advocacy

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus discusses how we can use the law to fight against anti-Semitism, and his book "The Definition of Anti-Semitism" (Oxford University Press: 2015) at talks in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

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Kailee Jordan, one of LDB's Communications & Development Interns, will speak at the CAMERA Conference, "War by Other Means: Israel, BDS, and the Campus," taking place at Harvard University on Sunday, Dec. 4. 

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