From academics to social life to extracurriculars, your college experience will offer an exciting menu of activities, some of them familiar and some new. One thing you’ll probably encounter on campus that may be new to you is vigorous discussions about hot-button issues.
You’ve probably heard that one of those issues is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And you may be concerned that you’ll encounter some challenging situations on your campus.
If you do, the most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. You have many resources available to help you deal with whatever situations you face, from Hillel, to your school’s student life professional, to fellow students, and Jewish organizations like ADL.
Maybe you’re an activist, eager to take on challenging situations and engage in heated discussions with your peers. Maybe you’d rather keep your head down and focus on your studies and your social life. And most likely you’re somewhere in between.
Whatever your style, you may find yourself in a position where you want some guidance on how to react.
Sometimes anti-Israel and anti-Semitic language and actions are really obvious—you can’t miss them. Other times, the situation is more nuanced. That’s why it’s important to be informed.
We’ve put together some scenarios that represent situations you might face, along with suggested steps you could take to prepare beforehand, or to take action at the time.
Of course, every situation is different, and there’s no cookie-cutter response that always works. You should always contact your campus Hillel, ADL or another organization or campus leader to discuss the specific set of circumstances you’re facing and get advice on a potential plan of action.
ADL monitors anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes in the U.S.