SJP Punished
September 2017
In a major victory for free speech on American campuses, the University of California Irvine has placed their chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on probation for a two-year period. This success, following swift and decisive actions taken by the Louis D. Brandeis Center and various other groups, has put BDS and its proponents on university campuses across America on alert. More information about this victory, and other stories chronicling the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias can be found in this edition of the Brandeis Brief. Once again, we thank you for your tax-deductible  donations  and acknowledge that without you our work could not be done.

California University Puts Students For Justice in Palestine on Probation
Danielle Ziri, Jerusalem Post 

The University of California, Irvine, has sanctioned its local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine with disciplinary probation for two academic years for disrupting an event held by a pro-Israel student group on campus the evening of May 10, 2017.

SJP Sanctioned at UC Irvine
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog
Following years of disruptive behavior by the University of California at Irvine's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, UCI  announced  last week that it has sanctioned SJP "with disciplinary probation for two academic years." The university's action follows steadfast action by several organizations that have spoken up for UCI's Jewish and pro-Israel students, including the Louis D. Brandeis Center, StandWithUs, Students Supporting Israel, and the AMCHA Initiative.

Indiana University Reports on Social Media Anti-Semitism
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog 

"With the advent of the Internet, antisemitic messages are disseminated more quickly and widely than ever before, and often go unchallenged," opens a new report from the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism based out of Indiana University.

In August, Ryerson University, located in Toronto, Canada, printed a definition of anti-Semitism that the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) had adopted earlier this year, making it official school policy. Back in March, the RSU adopted the definition of anti-Semitism as found in the "Ottawa Protocol."  
British Retailer Banned in Four US States for Support of BDS
Michael Shapiro, Brandeis Blog

In response to the Co-operative Group's boycott of Israeli goods, four U.S. states have banned investments in the company as a result of their respective anti-BDS laws: Arizona, New York, Illinois, and Florida. The  New York State Office of General Services  and the  State Board of Administration of Florida  placed the Co-Op Group in a list of institutions determined to participate in acts of boycott, divestment, and sanctions and both  Arizona  and  Illinois  included them in their list of "prohibited investments."

How Anti-Semitism Infiltrates the Left
Ali Rosenblat, Brandeis Blog

The United Kingdom's Labour party and its trade unions, like the University College Union (UCU), consider themselves progressive and "antiracist" spaces. As such, these arenas pride themselves on being free of prejudice in the form of sexism, racism, or otherwise. And, yet, these same institutions have come to tolerate, and perhaps promote, hatred in the form of anti-Semitism.

Whitewashed: Anti-Semitism in the U.K. Labour Party
Ali Rosenblatt, Brandeis Blog 

The film, "Whitewashed: Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party," can be found online at J-TV, a YouTube channel dedicated to global Jewish interests and issues. This short documentary is a partner film to a book of the same title and both are part of the Whitewashed Project David Hirsh is the main narrator of the film. As a member of a trade union, a member of the Labour party, and as a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London - while being Jewish - he was inspired to partake in the project.

Zioness Movement Roars Into Progressive Politics
Amy Sara, Clark Times of Israel 
"Unabashedly  Progressive. Unquestionably Zionist," group aims to take its place at the progressive table. Amanda Berman  and between one and two dozen other co-founders launched the movement after organizers of the annual march against rape culture said publicly that people wearing Stars of David would not be "invited to participate." 

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