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Campus Anti-Semitism: Misleading Data

“Israel and the Campus: The Real Story”… Not Quite

Aryeh Weinberg, The Institute for Jewish & Community Research, December 7, 2012

A recent report by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” presents what seems to be a blockbuster finding: only 3% of American universities report any anti-Israel activity. Yet we know that a vastly larger percentage of Jewish students are being impacted by anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism. Institute for Jewish & Community Research’s (IJCR) national survey of students found 43% of Jewish students reported anti-Semitism during their time on campus. Buried further down in AICE’s own study is another disturbing figure; 78% of Jewish students report witnessing or personally experiencing anti-Semitism (not necessarily on campus).

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Opinion Makers
Student going to collegeThe Courage of Ronnie Fraser

Ben Cohen, Commentary, November 1, 2012  


Win or lose, Ronnie Fraser is truly deserving of the designation of a hero. With little more than a modest lecturer’s salary to support him, he has flung himself into the frontline battle against anti-Semitism,
thereby achieving more than all the established Jewish communal organizations, particularly here in America, combined.

Burning Star of DavidSpeaking Out Against Muslim Anti-Semitism
Stewart Ain, The New York Jewish Week, November 27, 2012

Born and educated in Great Britain, Kasim Hafeez, 28, is Muslim. Since visiting Israel in 2007, he has been speaking out against the anti-Semitism he says he was taught in his community.

ProtesterAnti-Semitism and George Galloway’s Party
Liam Hoare, Tablet, October 26, 2012

Israel, the Respect party asserts, is a “settler colonial state” founded on “toxic mix of racism and exceptionalism” that has “led to the existence of a state that since its formation has viewed its repeated violations of international law and its crimes against humanity entirely justified.”

Burning Star of DavidCooper & Brackman on the Gaza flotilla: Born of anti-Semitism, preying on naïveté
Rabbi Abraham Cooper & Dr. Harold Brackman, National Post, October 23, 2012

For this moment at least, we are all — Jews, Middle East Christians, and innocent Syrian Muslims — victims of history’s oldest hatred: anti-Semitism.

Burning Star of DavidAttack on Israel Must End Interfaith Sham
Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary, October 11, 2012

Despite their protestations of a desire for peace and non-violence, these churches have been remarkably silent about the religious persecution going on in Iran. It is only little, democratic Israel that is beset by enemies seeking its destruction that attracts their passionate opposition.


Wayne FirestoneBuilding America

Andrew Ferguson, Philanthropy Roundtable, Fall 2012

Not so long ago Bernie Marcus was best known as the man who made his billions co-founding the Home Depot. Now he’s known for the charitable use to which he’s putting a large chunk of that fortune.

Charles Bronfman‘Insuring’ a legacy: Goldman brothers revive grandfather’s firm with eye on philanthropy
Dan Pine, J Weekly, October 25, 2012  

Family connections matter to company co-founders Matthew and Jason Goldman. G2 is a veritable reincarnation of Goldman Insurance Services, a brokerage firm founded and led for a half-century by their late grandfather, noted Bay Area philanthropist Richard Goldman, who died in 2010.

Charles BronfmanAmong Eastern European Jews, philanthropy is taking root
JTA, Haaretz, October 7, 2012  

A growing culture of local volunteerism and fundraising among Jews in the former Soviet bloc is evidence of increasing self-reliance.

Ron HendelFeds investigate claims of anti-Semitism at UC Berkeley

Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2012  


The federal government is investigating charges that UC Berkeley officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to sufficiently tamp down anti-Israel protests.

Student going to collegeAtonement in the Ivy League

Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2012  


Jews are thriving at America’s top universities, but they are increasingly reluctant to come to Israel’s defense.

Student going to collegeThe UCU, anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel

David Newman, The Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2012  


Only when it is clear that such latent forms of racism have been rooted out will criticism of this or that policy of an Israeli government be taken seriously.

Burning Star of DavidYes, anti-Semitism is still a problem on campus
Roz Rothstein & Roberta Seid, The Jerusalem Post, November 6, 2012

The authors of a new poll suggest that campus anti-Israelism have been with us since the 1950s, so there is no reason for undue concern.

Burning Star of DavidMorton Klein: Anti-Semitism On Campus
Menachem Greenfield, Jewocity, November 6, 2012

It is heartening that most of the Boycott, Sanctions and Investment (BDS) campaigns have been largely unsuccessful but it is also important to understand that BDS is far from the only anti-Israel activity taking place in our universities.


Hitler Clothing StoreAnti-Semitism Continues To Grow Worldwide
Ryan Jones, Israel Today, October 23, 2012  

Various recent studies, including one by the US State Department, have noted a marked increase in anti-Semitism worldwide over the past several years.

Hitler Clothing StoreCall for ‘Jewish list’ raises the spectre of renewed anti-semitism in Hungary
Araminta Wordsworth, National Post, November 29, 2012  

Márton Gyöngyösi, foreign policy critic for the far-right Jobbik party, called for a “Jewish list,” arguing Jews were a security risk.

Hitler Clothing StoreReport: Anti-Israel attitudes fueling anti-Semitism in Norway
JTA, October 22

Anti-Israel attitudes in Norway may be fueling anti-Semitism there, the international security organization OSCE warned.

Hitler Clothing StoreDoes Scotland manage to be anti-Israel without being anti-Semitic?
Anshel Pfeffer, National Post, November 2, 2012  

Increasingly, also, anti-Semitism - which is rarely felt by the communities within cities - is occurring on university campuses. "Families living within their community and neighborhood may not feel it," says one source, "but it's very different for a young student far away from home."

Hitler Clothing StoreFootball grapples with anti-Semitism storm
Tom McGowan, CNN, November 27, 2012  

Violent attacks, the chanting of Adolf Hitler's name and anti-Semitic abuse -- not dark memories of the 1930s but four days in the life of English Premier Leage club Tottenham Hotspur.

Spotlight: France

Mohammed MorsiClimate of fear takes hold in France's Jewish community
Valentin Bontemps, Associated Foreign Press, October 8, 2012  

Sarcelles, a community of 60,000 in the northern suburbs of Paris, has been at the centre of an investigation into Islamist groups after the bombing of a Jewish grocery here last month.

Syrian RebelsThe Cowardice of French Anti-Semites
Euny Hong, The Daily Beast, October 16, 2012  

Jewish organizations like the powerful SOS Racisme and the Jewish advocacy group Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) have called upon Twitter to step in, arguing that the social media site is complicit in a violation in French law.

Hitler Clothing StoreTwitter agrees to pull anti-Semitic, racist posts after French lawsuit threat, group says
Lori Hinnant, Associated Press, October 19, 2012  

Twitter agreed to pull racist and anti-Semitic tweets under a pair of French hash tags after a Jewish group threatened to sue the social network for running afoul of national laws against hate speech.

Maureen DowdAnti-Semitic flyers distributed in French town
JTA, October 26, 2012  

Authorities in the French town of Aix-les-Bains near Lyon reportedly have received numerous complaints about anti-Semitic flyers disseminated in letterboxes.


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