The dismal reality of how American universities have fared in Anti-Semitic incidents has been highlighted by the Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), who on Thursday, released a groundbreaking report outlining the 50 most flagrant anti-Semitic incidents at American universities, whilst detailing recommendations for alumni to combat bigotry at their alma maters.
The report that was tagged- Guide to Protect Jewish Students, included some of the most abhorrent anti-Semitic incidents out of a sample of more than 2,000 that occurred over the past three years on the campus of U.S. colleges. The report divides incidents into five categories: Campus Activities; Vandalism, Harassment and Hate Speech; Virtual Antisemitism; In the Classroom; and Campus Policy. Incidents are classified as anti-Semitic using the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA’s) working definition of anti-Semitism.
Out of these incidents, some stood out due to their gut-wrenching details like swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish professor’s office, the resignation of a student government vice president due to harassment for her Zionist identity, and a performer at a school-sponsored conference inviting the audience to join in his “anti-Semitism song.”
“Across the nation, Jewish students are targeted, harassed and discriminated against because of who they are and what they believe. AEPi members were assaulted at Towson University, NYU students burned an Israeli flag, a University of Michigan professor refused to write a recommendation letter for a student to study abroad in Israel, and vandals defaced the UMass Amherst Hillel on Holocaust Memorial Day. This is only a snapshot of what Jewish students are up against,” said Alums for Campus Fairness executive director Avi D. Gordon.
“It is more important now more than ever for alumni to mobilize and combat this hate. ACF’s report outlines the steps alumni should take to help protect Jewish students on campus and curb rising antisemitism,” he added.
Apart from stating these flagrant incidents of Anti-Semitism on campus, the report also recommends that alumni press their alma maters to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism; swiftly and unequivocally condemn hate; mandate staff training on anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias; take precautions against Zoombombing; and issue prompt statements condemning BDS resolutions, among a number of other actions.