StandWithUs has been fighting antisemitism and antizionism since its inception in 2001, and we recognize that now it is more important than ever to challenge anti-Jewish bigotry. For this reason, we opened the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism (CCA), a division exclusively dedicated to addressing the continued rise of antisemitism within the culture and around the globe. The CCA employs new strategies focused on aggressively confronting “the world’s oldest hatred,” including through legal means. The CCA works closely with our internal legal department, The StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, which was created to combat the bullying of pro-Israel students and community members. The legal department works in collaboration with over 200 pro bono attorneys across the country. Since the inception of the legal department, our pro bono attorneys have dealt with over 1000 different incidents. Our publication entitled Know Your Rights, helps students of all backgrounds understand their legal rights on campuses.
The mission of the CCA—the reason it exists—is to meet, head-on, the threat posed by the disturbing rise of antisemitism around the globe and across the political spectrum. We hope to collaborate with other organizations of like mind as we engage society, including on campuses and communities, with the tools to effectively implement our IDEA to Identify, Define, Expose and take Action against the world’s oldest hatred.
The CCA fulfills its mission through two distinct approaches: Education and Action.
With antisemitism on the rise across various institutions in our society, there is an urgent need for across the board education and responsive action to antisemitic acts. In addition to providing educational presentations to students and community members across the country, the CCA produces and publishes educational booklets and videos addressing the multi-faceted disease of antisemitism: its history, sources and harmful ramifications across society. The CCA also creates campaigns to expose antisemitism when it rears its head within the culture, especially by influencers such as celebrities and elected officials. Often antisemitic rhetoric is used without an understanding of its inherently bigoted nature. We work to expose and educate about common antisemitic themes and motifs and their resulting harm, not only to Jews but to society as a whole.
We communicate, often in partnership with the Saidoff Legal Department, directly with campus and community leaders, including university administrators and elected officials, to alert them to antisemitic activity within their respective jurisdictions, to encourage them to use their own voices to expose and condemn antisemitism, and to urge adoption and implementation of a consistent definition of antisemitism, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
And because of the ongoing rise in physical attacks fueled by antisemitic bigotry, the CCA works in partnership with the Mizel Family Foundation and law enforcement agencies to offer monetary rewards to individuals who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of antisemitic hate crimes against Jews and/or their property.
Working with our many partner organizations, we help local communities overcome the challenges they face from anti-Israel and antisemitic extremists. No matter who you are or where you are, we are here to help you to educate your peers and stand up for what is right.
The CCA welcomes other like-minded organizations with proven track records in the space of fighting antisemitism in a cooperative effort that continues and advances this common mission. We have started a coalition-style movement that operates with consistent messaging and coordinated strategies in educating about and fighting against antisemitism.
We are committed to doing our part to fight the world’s oldest hatred.