What's Hot 
February 2016

During this cold winter, two things are hot at the Brandeis Center :campus controversies and legislative advances. To get a sense of the campus challenges, read what's going at at Oberlin College -- and what brave alumni and students  are doing about it. To understand the public policy counter-efforts, consider the anti-BDS bills that legislators like Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Travis Allen are introducing across the country. The February issue of the Brandeis Brief updates you on the problems that Jewish college students face and the solutions that we and our allies are developing. Once again, w e thank you for your tax deductible  donations   and observe that without you our work could not be done.

Articles 
American Colleges Ignore Violence Against Jewish Students in Israel and the U.S.
Jeff RobbinsObserver.com

An Israeli father shows his child a picture of late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin 
LDB Legal Advisor Jeff Robbins explains that "a number of faculty associations have embraced the anti-Israel fashion metastasizing in circles holding themselves out as progressive." Over the past few years, many academic associations have considered resolutions singling out and condemning the Jewish state. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus notes, "There is obviously a connection between the academic association boycotts and the outbreaks of anti-Jewish bigotry on campus."

Roz Rothstein and Yitzhak Santis, JNS.org

SJP features convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh as the keynote speaker at its national conference 
Malicious campaigns to intimidate Jewish and other pro-Israel students and faculty into silence are occurring on far too many North American college campuses. They create chaos and feed off the ensuing controversy to gain attention for their anti-Israel accusations. The goal: to create an atmosphere of political conformity based on an assumption of ill-will against Israel and its supporters. Yet the campaigns will not succeed. Read this insightful commentary by Roz Rothstein and Yitzhak Santis of StandWithUs.

Student Expelled From Prestigious French University for Anti-Semitism
Jonathan Molina, Brandeis Blog

Jonathan Molina, a past intern for the Brandeis Center, reports that his former classmate, Amira Jumaa, was expelled from their prestigious French University, Sciences Po Paris, for anti-Semitism. 

Alex Goldberg, Brandeis Blog


Oberlin Campus
On January 3,  "Oberlin Alumni Against Anti-Semitism", a newly formed group, denounced a recent trend of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel acts on Oberlin's campus in a letter to Oberlin President Marvin Krislov. Oberlin College, a small private school in northern Ohio, has a long history of peaceful political activism. However, as the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has grown more active on campus, this activism has turned into attacks and threats.

Journal Pioneer
 
During the past year, there has been an increase in anti-Israel activity on American college campuses. 
According to the Anti-Defamation League, there are over 150 explicitly anti-Israel programs at colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, 2015 saw multiple troubling anti-Semitic incidents on campus across the nation.  LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus noted, "Universities should be oases of reason and tolerance, but they are not." 

Hitler's Presence Online
Michelle Yabes, Brandeis Blog

The Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism (ISCA), a project by The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS), recently released a media report examining Adolf Hitler's presence online. ISCA  notes how the glorification of Hitler and promotion of Nazi ideology is a widespread trend on the internet. A wide range of websites, and  even profiles on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram, are dedicated to perpetuating such content.

Legislators Introduce California and New York Anti-BDS Bills

Senator Jack Martins (NY) and Assemblyman Travis Allen (CA)
In January, legislators in California and New York introduced bills that would forbid business dealings  with companies supporting or participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel. By the end of the month, the New York State Senate passed the bill that was sponsored by Senators Simcha Felder, a Democrat from Brooklyn , and  Senator Jack Martins, a Republican from Long Island. This legislation joins similar anti-BDS resolutions in  Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina,  Florida, and Tennessee.


LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributed important scholarship on "The Ideology of the New Anti-Semitism" to Indiana University scholar Alvin Rosenfeld's landmark new edited volume, Deciphering the New Antisemitism.
 
Rosenfeld is a distinguished member of LDB's Academic Advisory Board, and is an internationally distinguished scholar that serves as the Director of Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, as well as Professor of Jewish Studies and English, at IU Bloomington. His latest edited volume addresses the issue of anti-Semitism through a global perspective, with essays that examine how anti-Semitism molds into various forms in all parts of the world.

Alex Goldberg
The Brandeis Center welcomes their newest team member, Alex Goldberg, a junior who joins LDB for a Spring 2016 Communications & Development internship.  Alex looks forward to contributing to supporting LDB's  mission  of advancing the civil and human rights of Jewish people and promoting justice for all.

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