(Los Angeles, CA -- July 15, 2019) -- StandWithUs announces the establishment of the "StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism (CCA)." This new effort will be led by Carly Gammill, who brings ten years of expertise in litigation and First Amendment law to her role as Director and Counsel for Litigation Strategy.
The Anti-Defamation League and others have documented a disturbing rise in antisemitism in the U.S. in recent years, and there are similarly disturbing trends across Europe. There is mounting evidence that this hate, coming primarily from the far right, far left, and Islamist extremists, is seeping into the mainstream. As such, the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism will work to identify, define, expose, and act against antisemitism in high schools, on college campuses, in communities, and beyond. This will include legal action whenever necessary.
“We are witnessing a disturbing rise in antisemitism around the world and across the political spectrum,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. “As the daughter of Holocaust survivors and the CEO of an expanding international organization, I have always known that we cannot stand idly by in the face of this dangerous hate. That is why we are launching a very focused, strategic effort through the new StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism.”
The CCA will produce educational materials like the new Antisemitism: Then and Now publication in a variety of formats and assist people of all ages and backgrounds in understanding and confronting antisemitism in their communities and institutions. Ultimately, the CCA will work in cooperation with a large network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to representing American victims of antisemitic discrimination in court—a powerful new tool for everyone in the StandWithUs network across the United States.
“We are meeting the threat of antisemitism head on,” said Gammill. “We look forward to working as a unified front with many partners and to bringing new resources to the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.”
“With our new, additional strategies, we expect to be successful in fulfilling our mission to fight the oldest hatred. We are proud of our 18 years of experience in effecting positive change in the hearts and minds of people of all ages regarding Israel and the Jewish people. We feel confident in our strategic leadership and impressive partnerships as well as our new CCA advisory board in formation,” said Jerry Rothstein, COO and co-founder of StandWithUs.
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StandWithUs (SWU) is an eighteen-year-old, international, nonprofit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films, and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has 18 chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada, and Brazil.