New York, NY, October 27, 2014 … In the wake of Israel’s Gaza operation this summer, student groups seeking to isolate and delegitimize Israel have dramatically stepped up their activity on college and university campuses, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The fall semester has seen a doubling in the number of anti-Israel events taking place on U.S. college campuses, according to ADL’s online report, Anti-Israel Activity on Campus after Operation Protective Edge.
So far this semester, more than 90 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S campuses, compared with 45 events taking place during the same period in fall 2013.
“There has been a dramatic increase in anti-Israel activity reported on campus. But while the activity is intensifying, it is still not widespread,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “As of now the vast majority of Jewish students on campus are not effected and do not encounter these events.”
Anti-Israel student groups are known for using confrontational tactics, such as staging “die-ins,” constructing “apartheid walls” on campus, and distributing mock eviction notices in dorms. Their false claims of Israeli ethnic cleansing, genocide and war crimes are rarely, if ever, balanced with an acknowledgement of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians or recognition of Israel’s continual efforts to make peace with the Palestinians.
According to ADL data, student groups have become increasingly active and effective in recent years, disrupting campus life with confrontational tactics and rhetoric that has often led to administration intervention:
ADL’s report also cited several instances during the current semester where anti-Israel sentiment crossed the line into anti-Semitism, including fliers at the University of California, Santa Barbara depicting the Twin Towers and a Star of David and alleging that the 9/11 attacks was “an outside job” and “9/11 was Mossad.”
The fall semester began with a high-profile example of BDS advocacy when the Student Senate president at Ohio University dumped a bucket of “blood” over her head to supposedly represent the blood of Palestinians killed by Israel.
“While anti-Israel activity is certainly a challenge many students encounter on campus, it must also be noted that for the most part, Jewish and pro-Israel students do not feel unsafe or insecure on their campuses,” the ADL report said. “Furthermore, while anti-Semitism does occur too often at colleges throughout the country, generally respect is the norm, and anti-Jewish bigotry is not openly tolerated."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.