Fighting Back Against Threats to the Jewish Community
March 2017 
As spring approaches, the United States is reeling from a surge in anti-Semitic incidents, including threats to Jewish Community Centers and attacks on Jewish Cemeteries. We are fighting back -- on campus, in Washington, and in the state capitols. Lately we are making progress, advancing reforms in pending legislative efforts to combat BDS and oppose anti-Semitism. One good example is South Carolina, where pending anti-Semitism legislation "speaks directly to a critical public policy need ... and ... is a necessary compliment to state laws that regulate against commercial manifestations of anti-Jewish bigotry," as Joseph Sabag, U.S. National Director of the Israel Allies Foundation, has commented. The March Brandeis Brief discusses continuing efforts in Washington, D.C., and in several states.  Once again, w e thank you for your tax-deductible  donations  and acknowledge that w ithout you our work could not be done.

Morning Education: A Daily Overview of Education Policy News
Benjamin Wermund, Politico

A few years ago, Kenneth Marcus, the former head of the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, could tick off a few campuses that were "hot spots" for anti-Semitism. Now, he says: "It's really all over." Marcus, now president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, drafted the policy OCR uses to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism.

Bill Would Define anti-Semitism on South Carolina Campuses
Seanna Adcox, Tri City Herald 
A new bill in South Carolina, one designed to curb a national rise in anti-Jewish bigotry on campuses, fights against unsubstantiated concerns regarding first amendment freedoms.

Last fall, five Loudoun County, Virginia teenagers vandalized the  historic African-American schoolhouse  in Ashburn with an array of graffiti that included white supremacist slogans and Nazi swastikas. The fact that they desecrated a monument to black history with the symbol most closely associated with Jewish oppression was not lost on those monitoring anti-Semitism.

Campus Anti-Semitism Rising, Expert Says
David R. Cohen, Atlanta Jewish Time

Reports in August from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville of anti-Semitic behavior by students caught the eye of Kenneth Marcus, an anti-Semitism expert and the president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

Despite a temporary setback, efforts to bring an end to the growing incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses in Virginia have garnered some key support.
Virginia Delegates Dave LaRock and Mark Cole introduced HB 2261 to recognize anti-Semitism as a form of unlawful discriminatory practice.

UC Berkeley Responds to Yiannopoulos Outrage by Stifling Free Speech
Paul Miller, Observer 

Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak at the University of California's Berkeley campus. At the reported direction of campus police, university officials canceled the speech, citing public safety concerns, after a violent protest resulted in a reported six injuries and over $100,000 in property damage. Days earlier, a letter had been sent to the UC Board of Regents, expressing concern over "a sharp rise in hateful, intolerant acts directed at individuals holding divergent ideological and political viewpoints."

UH Students Want Leaders to Respond to anti-Semitic Tweets
Houston Jewish, Herald Voice 

Houston Hillel is reassuring students and the local Jewish community that Houston's largest university remains a safe place for Jewish students. The effort follows revelations that a small cadre of current and former University of Houston students has taken to Twitter to praise the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust and to foment anti-Semitic and anti-Israel points of view.

ISGAP Publishes New Volume Including LDB Campus Anti-Semitism Research
Caitlyn Carmichael, Brandeis Blog 

The Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP) has announced the publication of  "ISGAP Papers: Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective-Volume Two," featuring an original article by LDB's Kenneth L. Marcus .

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus at StandWithUs Anti-BDS Conference
Katherine Hung, Brandeis Blog 

StandWithUs, an international non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about Israel and combatting anti-Semitism, will be holding their third annual Anti-BDS conference in Los Angeles from March 4-6. For the past three years, StandWithUs has invited international experts to discuss strategies to combat the global boycott movement against Israel. LDB President & General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus will be participating as an expert speaker for the third year in a row, discussing "BDS in Lawfare."

LDB Welcomes Michael Grant

The Brandeis Center is pleased to announce the arrival of Michael Grant as a Civil Rights Legal Fellow. Michael brings great energy and skill to the advancement of justice for all. He will conduct research on issues of federal and state law and provide general legal and policy support to LDB.

LDB Welcomes Caitlyn Carmichael and Edward Kunz

The Brandeis Center is proud to announce its new spring interns for 2017, Caitlyn Carmichael and Edward Kunz.

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