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Dubious distinction: California colleges tally most incidents of campus antisemitism

Something to be “proud” of: California universities have the notable feature of experiencing the most episodes of antisemitism on American campuses for the calendar year 2015.

The AMCHA Initiative has released the report — Antisemitic Activity in 2015 at U.S. Colleges and Universities With the Largest Jewish Undergraduate Populations — and four of the top five schools ranked for “Highest Overall Antisemitic Activity” are located in the Golden State: UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCLA.

It found that there is a strong correlation between “anti-Zionist” campus groups (like Students for Justice in Palestine) and antisemitism: “99% of schools with one or more active anti-Zionist groups had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity, whereas only 16% of schools with no active anti-Zionist student group had incidents of overall anti-Semitic activity.”

More from the study:

Strong correlation between the presence of faculty who have expressed public support for an academic boycott of Israel and antisemitism.

–81% of the schools with one or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of overall antisemitic activity, whereas only 17% of schools with no faculty boycotters had incidents of antisemitic activity.

–100% of the 33 schools with 10 or more faculty boycotters had one or more incidents of antisemitic activity.

–46% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of targeting Jewish students for harm, 74% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of antisemitic expression, and 62% of schools with faculty boycotters showed evidence of BDS activity.

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BDS activity strongly correlates with antisemitic activity.

–56% of schools with evidence of BDS activity had one or more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 23% had incidents targeting Jewish students. In fact, schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents that targeted Jewish students for harm.

–95% of schools with BDS activity had one or more incidents of antisemitic expression, whereas of the schools with no evidence of BDS activity, only 33% had antisemitic expression. Schools with more incidents of BDS activity tended to have more incidents of antisemitic expression.

Adding to the point about anti-Zionism: “At one-quarter of the schools, speakers and writers were explicit about their anti-Zionist stance, indicating that they were not simply critical of Israel’s policies but opposed to the very existence of the Jewish state.”

UC-Irvine’s Gary Fouse has more.

Read the full overview.

Read the executive summary and full report.

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  • chris_zzz

    Which is more offensive? “I hit it first!” or “F*ck you, b*tch!”

    If a guy had yelled “I hit it first!”, I think this could be considered sexually abusive toward the woman on the street. But, it was a woman who yelled, “I hit it first!”, and I doubt the guy involved felt sexually harassed. Men and woman are different. The woman he was with obviously didn’t like it, but it’s not all that rude toward her. It’s a criticism of her judgment perhaps but not a particularly sexual remark directed at her. In any case, yelling “I hit it first!” out a window, while rude, is protected speech at a public university.

  • Nullifidian

    Interestingly, in the description of the study’s ‘methodology’ (and never before has a term been so abused), they don’t give any clear, objective standard for rating a book as “conservative”, so it can hardly be any surprise when they fail to find any.

    “Yet another propaganda outfit tells the far-right what they want to hear” isn’t perhaps as snazzy a title for this article, but it has the benefit of being more accurate.