In the wake of Israel's Gaza operation, student groups seeking to isolate and delegitimize Israel dramatically stepped up their activity on college campuses. ADL's exclusive new report explores how and why.
There was an increase in anti-Israel activity on American college campuses during the latest academic year with students actively working to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel. Student groups that are well-known for their efforts to isolate the Jewish state advocated for a variety of BDS-related initiatives in an effort to push forward their agenda and punish Israel.
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student organization with over 126 chapters at American universities, is the primary organizer of anti-Israel events on U.S. college campuses and the group most responsible for bringing divestment resolutions to votes in front of student governments. SJP chapters throughout the U.S. routinely initiate Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against corporations and individuals that do business with Israel and frequently organize events that at times accuse Israel of war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
In response to Israel's military operations targeting Hamas this summer, more than 300 anti-Israel rallies took place in cities across the United States. These rallies were often marked by extreme - and even anti-Semitic - messages that accuse Israel of perpetrating a Nazi Holocaust against Palestinians, express support for violence against Israel, and call for Israel's destruction.