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Brett Cohen

Midwest Director

SWU

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SWU

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Employment History

Scholars For Peace In The Middle East


Executive Director of Campus Affairs

StandWithUs


Web References(36 Total References)


www.standwithus.com

"The cancellation letter claimed that we had 'masked the true nature' of the workshop and were really trying to 'defend Israel,' but this is patently false," according to SWU Midwest Director Brett Cohen, an expert on gay issues in the Middle East who was approved by USSF to lead the session.
"We gave them our program plan and background about our organization, and website information months ago. In all that time, the conference organizers never asked for more information." Cohen has been harassed for several weeks by USSF participants who emailed him intimidating messages with thinly veiled threats that violence might break out at his session. The organizers of the USSF were unwilling to offer security at the workshop, and warned Cohen, "Security is important to the US Social Forum. At the same time, the social forum is an open space," implying that Cohen's physical safety might be at risk. I thought building these coalitions was the purpose of this conference," said Cohen. "Apparently, USSF was so afraid that participants might indirectly learn that Israel has an outstanding record on LGBT issues and is a refuge for persecuted gays in the Middle East that they chose to turn their backs on the cries for help from this suffering minority across the region. This was the only workshop about the plight of gays in the Middle East, but the organizers' unfortunate prejudice against Israel trumped their commitment to human rights. And they tried to 'shoot the messenger' by harassing and intimidating Brett Cohen, and to make sure the message for much needed help was never heard," said SWU CEO Roz Rothstein.


standwithuscampus.com [cached]

Brett Cohen, SWU's Midwest Regional Coordinator, was invited to give a workshop on campus anti-semetism at the Ohio Loves Israel summit at Ohio State University on Sunday,
November 2nd. The UC event was overrun by anti-Israel protesters, but SWU Midwest Regional Coordinator Brett Cohen, in conjunction with other campus staffers, were able to keep the event under control and facilitate a post-lecture dialogue.


www.romirowsky.com [cached]

"In a highly politicized Middle East studies department, professors report they feel intimidated and afraid," said Brett Cohen, executive director of campus affairs for StandWithUs.
Indeed, documented reports of students complaining about anti-Israel bias in the classroom have dropped markedly in the last two years, according to Cohen of StandWithUs. He attributes that in part to self-selection: Students who don't want an earful of anti-Zionist rhetoric simply avoid classes taught by professors known to harbor those views. Cohen of StandWithUs believes most professors, even those with critical views of Israel, hold the classroom "as a sacred space, thankfully, and at least address bias where it's perceived, outside of a few radicals."


www.campus-watch.org [cached]

"They help sustain and feed support for the campus movement in a way that would impossible without them," noted Max Samarov, a senior researcher, and Brett Cohen, director of campus affairs for StandWithUs.


www.standwithus.com [cached]

Brett Cohen
National Campus Program Director BrettC@standwithus.com Brett Cohen is the National Campus Program Director for StandWithUs. Based in Chicago, Brett oversees StandWithUs programming around the country, supervises staff, designs innovative new campaigns for campus, and serves as a mentor and resource for students and professionals dealing with anti-Israel problems on campus. A native of the South Side of Chicago, Brett graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 with degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Anthropology. He has also been a long time campaigner for LGBT rights, pioneering marriage equality in Illinois by marrying his husband in 2012. At StandWithUs, Brett seeks to build bridges between different activist communities.


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