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January 17, 2024

How to be an Anti-Antisemite: Responding to the Growth of Antisemitism in 21st Century America

The incidence of antisemitism in America has reached heights not seen in well over half a century.  In the past year, antisemitic incidents have spiked by more than 400%, a level that FBI director Christopher Wray calls “historic.” This panel discusses how we have reached this point as a nation, how to recognize antisemitism when we see it, and how to combat it. The program discusses ways to empower individuals and communities that experience or observe antisemitism to oppose it, including through education, allyship, legislation and litigation. Importantly, there is discussion as to how to combat antisemitism in a fashion consistent with the protections afforded other groups, and respecting the protections afforded by the first amendment. 

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice's "21-Day Practice on Combating Antisemitism," which includes accessible sources and resources that provide a broad understanding of many facets of antisemitism.  Attendees are also directed to ABA Resolution and Report 514M23, adopted by the ABA in February 2023, which condemns, and calls for action to oppose, antisemitism.

Keynote Address

  • Aaron Keyak – Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, U.S. Department of State
  • Keynote Address Moderated by Richard T. Foltin – Fellow for Religious Freedom, Freedom Forum; Special Counsel, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Panelists

  •  Tyler Gregory – Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Relations Council, Bay Area
  •  Alexandra T. Herzog, PhD – Deputy Director, William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, American Jewish Committee (AJC)
  • Alyza D. Lewin – President, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (“LDB”); Co-founder and Partner, Lewin & Lewin, LLP
  • Nadine Strossen – John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita, New York Law School; Author, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship and Free Speech: What Everyone Needs to Know

Moderator

  • Mark I. Schickman – Delegate, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Principal, SchickmanLaw

Resources

1/17 Program Presentation

21-Day Practice on Combating Antisemitism

ABA Resolution 23M514 (28:00 minute read)

Audit of Antisemitic Incidents 2022 (Executive Summary) | Anti-Defamation League

Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial

Combating Discrimination Against Jewish Students | U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (2:10 minute read)

Lawyers Without Rights | American Bar Association & German Federal Bar

ADL Global 100: Index on Antisemitism | Anti-Defamation League (interactive map)

ADL Announces The COMBAT Plan to Fight Antisemitism | Anti-Defamation League, June 28, 2022 (2:50 minute video)

A Call to Action Against Antisemitism in America | American Jewish Committee (52:14 minute read)[AK1]

VIDEO |  Disturbing Antisemitism at 11/27 Oakland City Council Meeting

VIDEO |  Tye Speaks at 11/27 Oakland Resolution Meeting

State Department's 2010 Definition of Anti-Semitism

IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism

PRESS RELEASE | U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Resolves Investigation Addressing the University of Vermont’s Responses to Allegations of Antisemitic Incidents

Anti-Zionist Harassment Is Against the Law, Too | Sapir Journal, By Alyza D. Lewin

AJC Translate Hate Glossary

AJC’s State of Antisemitism in America Report 2022 (the new study will come out in a month)

AJC Guides for America on Countering Antisemitism

AJC’s Call to Action

Campus Antisemitism Legal Line (CALL)
ADL, Brandeis, Hillel Legal helpline information form www.legal-protection.org

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