Anti-Semitism on campus is growing
The Washington Post recently reported that hatred of Jews is spreading on the Internet, with some of them taking steps against them on campuses and elsewhere.
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a nonprofit organization that fights campus anti-Semitism, there were more than 3,000 "anti-Semitic events" at college campuses nationwide last year. Jewish organizations, including California's AMCHA Initiative and the American Jewish Committee, which track and report anti-seniority incidents at colleges, say they are on the rise.
According to a recent report by the Center for Media and Democracy, students and faculty worldwide are seeing an increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incidents at colleges and universities, both on campus and off.
In the United States, the universities are considered "hotbeds of anti-Semitism" by the Center for Media and Democracy, the American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League.
In some universities, anti-Semitic harassment and hostility seem to be largely driven by hostility toward Israel. In Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Illinois, hostility to Jews and anti-Semitic harassment are relatively high, but do not seem to be particularly associated with criticism of Israel.
Those who speak out against anti-Semitic forms of "anti-Zionism" in their universities are often accused of acting with malicious intent to silence criticism of Israel, according to the study.
If you are at your local college, you must demand that campus leadership provide a safe place for all students, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or support for Israel.
The university management should react decisively and vigorously to anti-Semitic acts at university sites, including incidents directed against Jewish students because they perceive the State of Israel as a support, and as such we call on our universities to combat anti-Semitism at their university sites.
Jewish students on college campuses are affecting the well-being of ethnicities and religions, not just Jews and their families. Part of the problem is that we see anti-Semitism as a historical problem that has faded after the Holocaust. We believe that this should not be a political issue, but a matter for all Americans, not just Jews.
Jewish students have been exposed to thousands of years - old hatred alone makes them victims, a new reality has emerged that defines them and their families.
At some American universities, where they are advised to wear hats under their sheaves and Jewish skulls, the tension is real. Anti-Semitism bubbles in the classrooms, where it masquerades as a legitimate discourse about Israel and the Middle East. Jewish students who have emerged from the teaching of falsehoods against Israel, and in schools that seem to be driven by a perceived hostility toward Jews. This has created an environment in which they cannot participate in, let alone participate in, activities.
Most universities in the United States are not awash with anti-Semitism, but they are hotbeds of it in one form or another.
Hate groups on campus want to define anti-Semitism in such a way that they can continue to be discriminated against, intimidated, vilified and demoralised. University leaders can use identity-building prejudices to educate the campus community about contemporary anti-Semitism, including the irrational fear and loathing of Israel and Zionism that characterize the new "anti-Semitism."
A working definition of anti-Semitism has been developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It is a certain perception of Jews that can express hatred against Jews and often accuses them of conspiracy to the detriment of humanity. Anti-Semitic slurs, such as those used to compare Israelis to Nazis, are commonplace and can provoke feelings of hatred and disgust toward "Jewish" students, though the campaign's umbrella organization denies anti-Semitism and is often used as an excuse to blame Jews for the failures.
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