Sept. 20, 2019
- Report: Anti-Semitic Harassment at U.S. College Campuses Hits Historic Levels – Adam Kredo
Anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses aimed at pro-Israel students jumped by 70% from 2017 to 2018, according to a new study by the AMCHA Initiative, that monitors anti-Semitism on more than 400 college campuses. It has recorded 2,500 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. since 2015. AMCHA found there had been a major spike in students being targeted with hate speech and violence due to their open support for Israel.
“Anti-Semitic acts involving the singling out of Jewish and pro-Israel students and groups for personal vilification more than doubled,” including a 147% increase in incidents of the students being linked to “white supremacy.” “Attempts to exclude” Jewish and pro-Israel students “from campus activities more than doubled, with expressions calling for the total boycott or exclusion of pro-Israel students from campus life nearly tripling.”
The findings are a sign that hatred toward Jews and pro-Israel students is primarily coming from activists aligned with the BDS movement, rather than classic anti-Semitic motivators. (Washington Free Beacon)
- See also The Harassment of Jewish Students on U.S. Campuses (AMCHA Initiative)
- UK Councils and Universities Face Being Named and Shamed in New Anti-Semitism Crackdown – David Maddox
Local councils and universities that refuse to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism will be named and shamed, in a move due to be announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick after a record 1,652 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the UK in 2018.
“Councils have a duty to stamp out anti-Semitism wherever they find it so it’s troubling that, in some cases, we’re seeing the reverse. I am also concerned with some of the stories coming out of our universities – Jewish students whose experiences on campus are not the same as everyone else’s….These organizations are recipients of public money. Failure to act is simply unacceptable,” Jenrick said. (Sunday Express-UK)