The Rising Tide of Campus Anti-Semitism

75%

of Jewish students

have seen anti-semitic acts on campus

45%

Increase in Anti-Semitism

on U.S. College Campuses in 2016

A report released by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of European Jewry titled Anti-Semitism Worldwide 2016, documented a rising tide of Jewish hatred in colleges. U.S. Researchers found a 45% increase in “all forms” of anti-Semitism(hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group), including harassment, insults, anti-Semitic graffiti, vandalism, and the utilization of swastikas and other Nazi paraphernalia. Even at non-Jewish K-12 grade schools, the first quarter of 2017 saw a doubling of anti-Semitic violence, vandalism, and bullying over the same period in 2016.

Schools are a microcosm of the country.  Children absorb messages from their parents and the media and bring them into their school.  We are very concerned the next generation is internalizing messages of intolerance and bigotry.
– Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO

What Is Causing the Rise of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses?

The rise of anti-Semitic activity on a campus is directly related to whether or not that campus has faculty or administration members who are anti-Israel or a vocal student-led anti-Israel group. Students learn by example and when student government organizations prevail in pressuring college administrations to pass measures against Israel, it sows seeds of doubt and often hostility within the student body that ultimately finds expression through anti-Semitic behavior.

For example, on June 8th, 2017 at the University of Chicago Campus, an anti-Israel group delivered 300 letters signed by students who are in opposition to the State of Israel to the university’s investment committee, demanding the university to divest from all financial investments in Israeli products. When university trustees give in to this kind of pressure it sends a message to the students that Jewish people are abnormal and must be marginalized – even despised.

A Dangerous Trend That Must Be Stopped

Sadly, the U.S. institutes of higher education are a new hotbed of anti-Semitism.  The ever-growing rise of Jewish hatred on U.S. campuses is not an anomaly, but a dangerously growing trend. Centers of learning should be places where freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression are allowed without fear of intimidation or violent assault. Bigotry toward Jewish people, or any other group for that matter, should never be tolerated.  Rather than free thought and expression, a frightening “group-think” is prevailing on U.S. college campuses. Anti-Semitism on college campuses is trending toward becoming vogue and mainstream. College campuses are microcosms of the country and this is why Israel Team is committed to teaching the next generation the truth about Israel and the Jewish people.



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