‘State of Anti-Semitism’ conference at LIU Post

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According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents grew a startling 86 percent in the first three months of 2017, compared to the same quarter in 2016.  In the wake of this increase, The Global Institute at Long Island University will host a groundbreaking conference to combat anti-Semitism.  The urgency of this event was made even more apparent by the White Nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., that erupted in violence.

The conference, “The State of Anti-Semitism: Local and Global,” will bring national and international leaders together to collaborate with key regional leaders on effective strategies to identify, confront, and overcome anti-Semitism both in our communities and abroad.  Led by former Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the Global Institute at LIU, the conference will be held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post (720 Northern Blvd., Brookville) on September 13 from 4:30-9:30 p.m.

“At a time when anti-Semitism is rising at home and abroad, it is critical to come together and work together for the common good,” Congressman Israel said. “This conference will help bring our community together to have an open dialogue, share ideas, and educate ourselves on the history of religious violence and global trends, so we can stand vigilant against anti-Semitism.”

The event will be headlined by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History, and one of the world’s most respected Holocaust historians and anti-Semitism experts. Dr. Lipstadt was recently portrayed in the 2016 film ‘Denial,’ which was based on her extensive work in combating Holocaust Denial and anti-Semitism.

Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul-General of Israel in New York will provide opening remarks.  There will also be a panel of local law enforcement leaders talking about what we can do to protect communities, including Taryn A. Merkl Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Chief of Civil Rights for the Criminal Division, Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney, and Timothy Sini, Suffolk County Police Commissioner.  Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League will also present updated information.

The goals of the event are to assess the state of anti-Semitism throughout the world and throughout our region, and to work with law enforcement to identify best practices and better partnerships to improve safety for Jewish institutions in our communities on Long Island.

Event sponsors include NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Counter Extremism Project, and Bruce Pergament.

The event is free and open to members of the public.  RSVP is required to attend the event.  People can RSVP at (516) 299-2560 or by emailing Harrison Feuer at harrison.feuer@liu.edu.

Combatting anti-Semitism is a long-standing issue for Congressman Israel.  As head of the anti-Semitism Task Force in Congress, Steve Israel dedicated much of his career in government to stemming the tide of anti-Semitic attacks. The Task Force worked to spearhead initiatives aimed at addressing the rise of anti-Semitism around the world and served as an incubator for innovative methods to combat intolerance while bringing public officials, foreign leaders, and civil society organizations together to share best practices and cooperate on solutions to end this disturbing trend of religious intolerance.

About the Global Institute at LIU
Chaired by former Congressman Steve Israel, The Global Institute at LIU is a premier regional platform for understanding a world that’s increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex. The Institute’s non-partisan mission includes bringing world leaders, thinkers and analysts to campus; serving as a resource for the University as well as regional business leaders and social activists for information and analysis of world events; and helping to prepare students to change our world with new models of innovation and social entrepreneurship. Past speakers have included General (Ret.) Colin Powell and upcoming speakers include President Bill Clinton and General (Ret.) David Petraeus.

About Long Island University (LIU)
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers hundreds of accredited programs to approximately 20,000 students, with a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit
liu.edu for more information.

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