New Year, Old Problems
September 2015

As college students prepare for a new academic year, LDB is ready to combat continuing anti-Semitism on campuses across the country. While preparing for potential legal challenges, we have been working with administrators to more effectively respond to the potential ugly incidents on their campuses. At the University of California, we have been urging a more effective Statement of Principles against intolerance. As LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus described in his article for the Jewish Journal, "It is not just that we need to be clearer about what should be condemned as anti-Semitic. We also need to be clearer about what is not anti-Semitic and should not be unjustly maligned." 

In this issue, we offer fresh ideas for confronting anti-Semitism, including Dr. Peter Weinberger's innovative approaches to conflict resolution, neuroscience, and campus anti-Semitism. We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Marcus's book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism, has been officially published by Oxford University Press. Proceeds from this book will help support LDB and its ongoing campaign against campus anti-Semitism. LDB appreciates your continued support and hopes that you will join in the effort to better define, as well as educate about, anti-Semitism on college campuses throughout the U.S.
Matisyahu, the Iran deal, and the college campus
Kenneth L. Marcus, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

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Do we need to have a definition of anti-Semitism? Most people think they already know what it means. However, 
the amount of anti-Semitic incidents across world, and particularly within American college campuses, proves otherwise.
Conflict Resolution, the Arab-Israel Conflict, and Campus Anti-Semitism: An Interview with Dr. Peter Weinberger of the Institute of Peace
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Peter Weinberger
Peter Weinberger offers a fresh
perspective on how to apply conflict analysis tools can not only to the Arab-Israel conflict, but also to the resurgence of campus anti-Semitism. Dr. Weinberger, a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, works with the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. 

Jews, Israel, and the War of a Million Cuts
Lee Sutherland, Brandeis Blog
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The Brandeis Center's Lee Sutherland reviews Manfred Gerstenfeld's latest book, "The War of A Million Cuts", which describes the growth of anti-Semitism throughout the world and how it is often masked behind anti-Israel comments. Gerstenfeld is the former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and has authored many other important books on anti-Semitism earning a reputation as a leader in this field. Giving an eye-opening look on the continuing development of anti-Semitism, not merely in the Middle East but also in the West, the bottom line is this: "The War of a Million Cuts" is a must-read.

The Anti-Semitic BDS Campaigns on Campus: What is Their Impact?
Mitchell Bard, Jerusalem Post  

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Dr. Mitchell Bard argues that today's conventional wisdom is that American campuses are rife with anti-Semitism and hostility toward Israel stoked by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. While the BDS movement has grown, Bard maintains its campaigns on college campuses have been ineffective. However, BDS has created significant backlash and as LDB President Kenenth L. Marcus observes, one danger is "that an entire generation of Americans will have a lesser view of Israel."
The Definition of Anti-Semitism
Kenneth Marcus,
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What is anti-Semitism? Rooted in history, it remains a malady to this day, as evidenced by the recent and widely publicized terrorist attacks in a Parisian market. But as times change, so does the term's meaning. Published on September 1st by Oxford University Press, THE DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM by Kenneth L. Marcus is the first book-length study to explore what anti-Semitism means in the contemporary world. As Professor Dina Porat, Head of the Kantor Center, Tel Aviv University, and Chief Historian of Yad Vashem describes, "Well written and well documented...Marcus offers insights and solutions that should be carefully listened to." Proceeds from this book, now available on Amazon, will benefit the Brandeis Center.
Leading Anti-Semitism Scholars Urge Adoption of Anti-Semitism Definition
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On August 31st many of the world's leading scholars of anti-Semitism, including LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, issued the following joint letter urging University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California regents to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism.

University of Toronto Rejects BDS
Steven Isaacson, Brandeis Blog
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This past year has been a busy one in the educational, political, and legal BDS realms. By the start of August, the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) voted, as first reported by Shalom Life, to reject creating and funding a side committee to explore the possibilities to develop the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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