Monday, July 25, 2016
New AMCHA Initiative Report reveals alarming surge in Campus anti-Semitic incidents
The Amcha Initiative is releasing a new report tomorrow that reveals a large surge in campus anti-Semitism during the 1st six months of 2016. It includes strong evidence linking student government divestment resolutions and anti-Jewish activity, a huge uptick in expression opposing Israel’s right to exist, and an alarming spike in shutdowns and suppression of speech compared with 2015. Specifically:
Incidents involving suppression of Jewish students’ rights, including the right to free speech and free assembly have doubled;
Expression denying Israel’s right to exist tripled and is highly correlated with conduct targeting Jewish students for harm;
Divestment resolutions are fueling an increase in campus anti-Semitism; and
Schools with the largest increase in anti-Semitic activity from 2015 to 2016 are Columbia, Vassar, U of Chicago, NYU, U of MN, UMass, U of WI, U of FL and U of WA.
These trends are frightening for Jewish students but also very illuminating to those battling this threat. Those who promote anti-Zionism on campus are becoming a great deal more brazen in their tactics and are exposing their true colors. Understanding this shift provides us valuable information on how to fight it.
For a copy of the full report click here