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.”
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.
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.