Of Holocaust Deniers, Terrorists, 
and Presbyterians
The Brandeis Brief
July 2014
 
Summer is finally here, and many students have headed off to summer jobs, internships, or graduation. Nevertheless, higher education controversies continue to simmer.  Consider, for example, recent revelations about the Modern Language Association's anti-Israel resolution. You may be surprised about some of the things that MLA scholars have said in postings that they thought were private.  Or think about the professor who got her public university to pay for a political solidarity trip to the Middle East in which she met with terrorist organizations. The July issue of The Brandeis Brief is packed with updates and analyses on these incidents, as well as the Presybterian Church's divestment resolution, a resurgence in Holocaust denial, the Anti-Defamation League's global survey, and Harold Brackman's analysis of terrorism.  Once again, we thank you for your continued support for the Brandeis Center and our continuing campaign against campus anti-Semitism.
Articles 

Does Anti-Semitism Threaten American Jews?

Kenneth L. Marcus, The Jewish Press
Rabbi Eric Yaffie

 

JNS.org -- In a recent issue of Time magazine, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, writes that anti-Semitism is "not a threat to American Jews." He could not be more wrong. 

 

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Terrorism and Anti-Semitic Violence: Complex New Realities Defy Simple Ideological Labels

Harold Brackman, Brandeis Blog

 

Elliot Rodger
It's not much of an exaggeration to say that we live in an age when almost every headline story has become a Rorschach Test for spin doctors on cable news or in cyberspace. 
 
Their purpose is not to promote dialogue leading to some sort of shared understanding but to further fuel current political polarizations with wildly different, ideologically driven interpretations. 
 

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The Presbyterian Church and the KKK

Kenneth L. Marcus, Algemeiner
 
The Newest Fan of the
Presybterian Church

At their General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to divest from three companies that supply Israel with equipment used in the West Bank and in the blockade of Gaza. Enemies of the Jewish community are rejoicing.  Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke exulted, "Bravo to the Presbyterian Church for standing up to Jewish racism and supremacism!"  

 


The Horror of Holocaust Denial
Kenneth L. Marcus, Algemeiner
Holocaust Memorial

 

Over the last few weeks, the Holocaust has appeared surprisingly often in the news.  In most cases, the reason has been the surprising degree of ignorance or denial that so many people have about this cataclysmic event. The most disheartening reports have addressed the role of educators in spreading misinformation. Worse, they have illustrated that Holocaust denial is not just an ordinary form of ignorance but rather a modern cloak for the return of old-fashioned anti-Semitism. 

 


Brandeis Center and AMCHA Initiative Seek Answers 
Steven Isaacson, Brandeis Blog
 
SFSU
Should taxpayer money be used to pay for a professor's political solidarity trip tot he Middle East to meet with members of groups that the U.S. Department of State has designated as "terrorist organizations"?  The Brandeis Center had joined the AMCHA Initiative in pressing for an investigation into San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Professor Rabab Abdulhadi's potential misuse of public university funds."

 

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Brandeis Center Urges Temple University to Denounce Holocaust Minimization

Temple University
The Brandeis Center has urged Temple University President Neil Theobald to respond to Holocaust minimization at his university. 
LDB contacted Theobald in the wake of reports that Temple University Adjunct Professor Alessio Lerro has publicly argued that Jews are exaggerating the extent of the Holocaust to obtain political advantages. 
 

 

What Me Worry: The "New York Times" and Hitler in 1924
Harold Brackman, Brandeis Blog

Adolf Hitler
In a recent blog entry, I wrote that nobody -- not even H.G. Wells -- would have predicted in 1914 that, less than 20 years later, a megalomaniacal, anti-Semitic dictator would seize power in enlightened 
Germany. He behavior during imprisonment convinced the authorities that he, like his political organization, known as the Völkischer, was no longer to be feared. 
 
Welcome Brandeis Center Interns
Steven Isaacson, Brandeis Blog
 
Steven Isaacson
It's that time of year again! The Louis D. Brandeis Center has extended warm welcomes to three new members of the the team: Steven Isaacson, Mandy Jiang, and Kaitlyn Boyle. 
 
Said LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, "We are excited to introduce Steve, Mandy, and Kaitlyn to our team. They will be a vital part of our day-to-day business." 
 

 

In This Issue
Recent Anti-Semitism
New Anti-Semitic Realities
The Presbyterian Church
Holocaust Denial
SFSU
Temple U
NY Times & Hitler
New Interns
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