Anti-Semitism on U.S. College Campuses Skyrockets

Pro Palestinian demonstrators march through central London on July 25, 2014 in London, England.
TEL AVIV – Anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college campuses with the largest Jewish undergraduate populations has skyrocketed during the first half of 2016 compared to the same time last year, a new report shows. The Amcha Initiative, a nonpartisan anti-Semitism watchdog group, found that 287 anti-Semitic incidents occurred at 64 schools during that time period, reflecting a 45% increase from the 198 incidents reported in the first six months of 2015. The alarming statistics make Jewish college students the largest group of university students “coming under systematic attack,” with an increasing number seeing their civil rights infringed upon, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Amcha director and co-founder, told the Algemeiner on Tuesday. The report said that the strategy and tactics employed by anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic groups are “significantly more brazen” today than in the past. It cited the egregious violation of basic civil rights, including suppressing Jewish students’ “free speech, blocking their movements, or hindering their assembly,” as occurring on 12 different campuses. Anti-Semitic activity “was twice as likely to occur on campuses where BDS [the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign] was present, eight times more likely to occur on campuses with at least one active anti-Zionist student group such as SJP [Students for Justice