In recent decades, campuses have become a new proving ground for the tactics of diverse hate groups, forcing some colleges and universities onto the front line in the fight against extremism, racism, and anti-Semitism. Below are some of the major challenges facing universities today.
The past decade has seen an increase in anti-Israel activity on campuses across North America. Anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rallies and events have gone beyond legitimate criticism of Israel and have been marked by hateful attacks against Jews and the Jewish state, sometimes crossing the line into blatant anti-Semitism.
Extremist and anti-Semitic speakers are invited to campus by student organizations where they spew anti-Semitic vitriol and create divisiveness among student groups.
Propagandists target campus newspapers to place advertisements questioning the established history of the Holocaust. See Fighting Holocaust Denial in Campus Newspaper Advertisements: A Manual for Action (PDF).
In an effort to delegitimize the state of Israel, boycott and divestment campaigns against Israel and Israel-affiliated institutions have been launched at an increasing number of college campuses nationwide.
Some students and faculty suffer malicious forms of harassment including threats, physical attacks and verbal abuse.
Conflicts often arise when exams or course registration are scheduled on Jewish and other religious holidays. Students are placed in the difficult position of choosing between religious observance and the fulfillment of an academic requirement.