Victories in Europe
June 2017 
The end of May and the beginning of June led to developments in the fight against anti-Semitism in America and Europe. This period saw a large surge in positive developments, such as the adoption of the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism in Romania, the European Parliament adopting that same definition, progress made by Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 in the U.S. Congress, and victories against BDS and anti-Semitism on college campuses. Regrettably, the end of the month also saw delays in the passage of South Carolina's landmark anti-Semitism legislation, which is now expected to pass the state senate next January. This issue of the Brandeis Brief updates you on these and other important developments around the country. 

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Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog

On June 1st, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on European Union member states and European Union institutions to adopt and apply the working definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The text of the resolution further urges EU member states to "protect their Jewish citizens and Jewish institutions from hate crime and hate speech; support law enforcement efforts to identify and prosecute anti-Semitic attacks...[and] appoint national coordinators on combating antisemitism." 

Romania Adopts Anti-Semitism Definition
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog

On May 26 th , Romania  pledged to apply  the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. The official statement from the Romanian governments asserts that "...Romanian society will be provided with an efficient guide that will contribute toward better understanding and definition of anti-Semitic actions as well as of the consequences deriving therefrom.

LDB Statement on South Carolina Anti-Semitism Bill
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Kenneth L. Marcus, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, made the following statement after the South Carolina General Assembly adjourned before final passage of a bill to combat campus anti-Semitism.

The Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 Advances
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog

Earlier this month, H.R. 672 was received in the U. S. Senate after passing the House of Representatives unanimously. H.R. 672, the "Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017," is a bill that "expresses the sense of Congress that it is in the U.S. national interest to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad."

Earlier this month, the University of Wisconsin - Madison's Student Judiciary stood up for the rights of Jewish students on campus. The Student Judiciary ruled in favor of five students (the "Petitioners") who filed a complaint against the Chair and Vice Chair of the Associated Students of Madison ("ASM") Student Council, for violating the Constitutional rights of Jewish students and the ASM's bylaws.

Victory at UCSB
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog

On May 11th, the BDS movement suffered a major defeat at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) when a resolution to divest from Israel met zero votes in favor. 

Bill defining anti-Semitism on South Carolina college campuses stalls for the year 
Maya T. Prabhu, Post and Courier 

The South Carolina Senate on Thursday put the brakes on a bill that would spell out a specific definition for anti-Semitism on state college campuses.

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