UKLFI Charitable Trust held a webinar on Anti-Zionism as National Origin Discrimination with Alyza D Lewin, chaired by Natasha Hausdorff on Sunday 30 April 2023.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a milestone Resolution Agreement with the University of Vermont in a case involving anti-Semitic harassment. It was alleged that the University failed to respond adequately to anti-Zionist harassment and discrimination. The agreement requires the University to recognize and address anti-Zionist harassment as a form of national origin discrimination based on shared ancestry.
Alyza D. Lewin, president of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the organization that filed the University of Vermont complaint, discussed how the case can serve as a model for global efforts to protect Jews from “new antisemitism”.
More about the speakers:
Alyza D Lewin is President of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a non-profit organisation established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. Ms Lewin is also co-founder and partner in Lewin & Lewin LLP where she has specialized in litigation, mediation and government relations.
She led the successful litigation team representing the Israeli licensee of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the lawsuit against Unilever. In 2014 she argued the Jerusalem Passport case in the US Supreme Court, which eventually gave American citizens born in Jerusalem the right to list Israel as their place of birth on US Passports. Together with her father Nathan Lewin, she successfully represented the Boim family in a landmark civil litigation case establishing the right of American victims of terror to obtain damages under US law against organisations that knowingly provide financial support to terrorist groups.
Ms Lewin served as president of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists from 2012-2017. She obtained a BA from Princeton University and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers and a frequent speaker on International Law. She has a law degree from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor at Skadden, and subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict. She clerked for Miriam Naor, President of Israel’s Supreme Court, and was a Fellow at Columbia Law School’s National Security Program. Natasha is legal director of UKLFI Charitable Trust.