Giving Thanks 
November 2016

Whatever your feelings about the recent U.S. election, we all have much to give thanks about. This past month, we faced many challenges. On college campuses, extremist organizations continued their efforts to suppress speech that deviates from established academic orthodoxies. We saw recently, for example, at San Francisco State, where  an event with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was disrupted. LDB's own Jennie Gross faced a similar problem at the University of Minnesota, where she spoke out against the movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel (BDS). We have been fighting back against the haters and censors. Fortunately, we are winning and making our message heard. Further, at the state level, decency continues to prevail in successful legislative efforts to combat BDS.  Once again, as we begin a new fiscal year, w e thank you for your tax-deductible  donations  and acknowledge that w ithout you our work could not be done. As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful to the progress that is being made.

Vandalism at University of Minnesota Law School Prior to LDB Presentation
Jennie Gross  ,Brandeis Blog

University of Minnesota
Last month, LDB's Jennie Gross visited the University of Minnesota Law School to present on anti-Semitism in higher education. However, before Ms. Gross's speech, the promotional flyers were torn down by vandals. This was yet another example of efforts to suppress speech that is believed to deviate from campus orthodoxies. Dean Garry W. Jenkins responded well, admonishing that "Any efforts to shut down communication, including removing notices, undermine the values of our school and our profession." Determined to make her message heard, Ms. Gross went ahead with a well-received LDB presentation. 

Jeffrey Robbins, Observer 

San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University's recent report on anti-Israel students' disruption of a campus event featuring Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat casts new light on a spreading phenomenon: pro-Palestinian activists channeling the tenor and tactics of Nazi Brown Shirts while fancying themselves "progressives." As LDB's Kenneth L. Marcus said of the event, " The Mayor was not able to conduct his speech as planned. Instead, a small group of students interested in hearing him huddled closely around him. Several Jewish students were crying and others left because they felt unsafe. The chanting lasted for over 45 minutes while the law enforcement officers in attendance stood by doing nothing."

Next Steps for Oberlin College

Melissa Landa, Algemeiner

On September 22, 2016, more than 60 members of the Oberlin College community gathered for an important event: an off-campus symposium sponsored by the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness (OCACF).  Called "Building a Hate-Free Campus Through Civil Discourse" and featuring three distinguished speakers - renowned legal thinker, leading young activist Chloe Simone Valdary and community organizer Stacey Aviva Flint, the symposium focused on the topics of defining modern-day antisemitism, maintaining courage in the face of antisemitism and asserting one's individual identity. 

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Governor Tom Wolf
2016 has state legislatures taking a firm stan ce against the Boycotts, Disinvestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This past summerCalifornia, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York all enacted various laws against this invidious form of discrimination.  In early November, PA  Governor Tom Wolf signed  Pennsylvania Bill HB 210 into law.

Why all Labour members need to read parliament's antisemitism report
Lesley Klaff, The Conversation

Some recent developments in the U.K. should  give hope to Americans. For example, England's parliamentary  Home Affairs Committee recently recommended that the British government adopt the excellent and important definition of antisemitism proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This is substantially similar to the approach that LDB has taken in the United States.

Brandeis Center Welcomes Two New Legal Fellows

LDB is pleased to welcome two new Civil Rights Legal Fellows to the staff, Xiao Ma and Rachel Leach. Xiao Ma, who also goes by Hana, joins us from Harvard Law School. Rachel Leach joins us from George Washington University Law School.

Kenneth L Marcus Featured at Jewish Book Fairs

Kenneth L. Marcus
For book lovers, November is shaping up as an exceptional month. LDB's Founder Kenneth L. Marcus spoke about his book, "The Definition of Anti-Semitism" (Oxford 2015) on November 6th at the 65th annual Detroit Jewish Book Fair .
For those of you who missed it, there is another opportunity. On November 16, Marcus will appear at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.

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