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Brandeis Center sues Berkeley for withholding requested records

The legal group aims to learn more about anti-Zionist student group policies and talk about adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Aerial view of buildings in the University of California, Berkeley campus. Credit: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock.
Aerial view of buildings in the University of California, Berkeley campus. Credit: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock.

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law recently sued the University of California, Berkeley for failing to promptly make documents available.

“It is part of civil rights to be able to get access to government documents, and that’s what California promises us and has very strong rules about that,” said Rachel Lerman, general counsel for the Brandeis Center.

The center is currently researching a number of anti-Israel and discriminatory incidents at the university.

It has filed three document requests to learn more about a bylaw of the Students for Justice in Palestine against Zionist speakers and about student senate meetings considering the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

The public university has said the center’s requests involve thousands of documents.

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