In response to Israel's ongoing military operations targeting Hamas, more than 50 anti-Israel rallies have taken place in cities across the United States. These rallies are 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.
ADL has reviewed the social media profiles and websites of more than 25 of the leading anti-Israel groups and individuals to gauge their reaction to the horrific and tragic murder of three Israeli teenagers. All except one group failed to acknowledge the kidnapping or condemn the murders. Many had the audacity to challenge the fact that the teens were even kidnapped at all.
There are hundreds of anti-Israel groups operating in the United States today. ADL has identified ten of those groups as the "worst of the worst." They lob any and every accusation against Israel – including charges of Nazi-like crimes, apartheid policies, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide – in an effort to liken Israel to the world’s true past and present evils.
There was a flurry of anti-Israel activity in the 2011-2012 academic year, including a renewed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel; academic department sponsorship of anti-Israel events; pinkwashing accusations; coalition-building with minority groups and anti-Semitism in the context of anti-Israel activity.