by Arnold Samlan
Universities are supposed to be places of learning and tolerance for the ideas and beliefs of others. But a new study finds just the opposite when it comes to anti-Semitism. The study, conducted by AMCHA Initiative, focused on 113 U.S. campuses with large Jewish populations. It found alarming rates of anti-Semitic activity — more than 300 incidents at these schools in 2015 alone. The AMCHA Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about and combating anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America.
Although disturbing, the results of the study are not surprising. Incidents of anti-Israel and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) activism, which in many cases are thinly disguised anti-Semitism, are on the rise.
Some of the incidents are the work of naive students, in most cases ill-informed about Israel’s history and its continued commitment to a peaceful two-state solution. But more troubling are incidents in which university faculty, operating under the cover of “academic freedom” and “free speech” have put blatantly anti-Semitic statements in writing, in articles, in op-ed pieces and on social media. In fact, the study found a “strong correlation between the presence of faculty who have expressed public support for an academic boycott of Israel and anti-Semitism.”