AMCHA Unveils List of Anti-Semitic Activity on College Campuses

The organization hopes the list will shed light on contemporary anti-Semitism.
Published: January 26, 2016

As a resource to campus community members, elected officials, researchers and donors, the AMCHA Initiative released a database that chronicles anti-Semitic incidents that occurred over the past academic year by state and university on Jan. 19.

The incidents are organized into three categories: Targeting Jewish Students and Staff, Anti-Semitic Expression and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Activity. Each act is further classified under the 10 recognized forms of anti-Semitic behavior. In addition, AMCHA announced a dynamic, 2016 incident tracker that will be updated in real time.

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The AMCHA Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to combating, monitoring and documenting anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America.

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Examples of the 302 incidents from 2015 that took place at 109 schools in 28 states are listed below:

  • Brooklyn College: “Jews – the root of all evil” was scrawled on a wall in the library.
  • Clark University, Cleveland State University, Framingham State University, George Washington University, John Jay College, Montclair State University, Rowan University, SUNY Purchase, Tufts, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, Valdosta State University, Vanderbilt, Western New Mexico State University: Swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs were scrawled on school buildings and property.
  • Columbia University: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was one of 10 local SJP chapters endorsing an advertisement for a rally that contained several classic and contemporary anti-Semitic tropes including that the administration’s ties to Israel were responsible for tuition hikes.
  • Delaware Valley College: Female student athlete tweeted, “Can I kill all the [expletive deleted] Jews in Lakewood pleeeasse?!?!!”
  • Drexel University: A swastika and “Jew” was found written near an Israeli flag.
  • Farleigh Dickinson University: A swastika was drawn outside Hillel Director Rabbi Ely Allen’s office.
  • Hunter College: “Zionists out of CUNY” and “Long live the Intifada” was chanted during a rally protesting tuition hikes.
  • Indiana University: Thirty members of the Traditionalist Youth Network marched on campus holding anti-Semitic signs and wearing Nazi memorabilia. 
  • Medgar Evers College: An Orthodox Jewish student was punched in the face and told “Leave the school, you Jew.”
  • Miami University Ohio: Two students wrote anti-Semitic graffiti on a dormitory hallway.
  • Northeastern University: Following a divisive divestment vote, a mezuzah was vandalized and multiple swastikas were drawn on school property.
  • Northwestern University: Following an active and vocal divestment effort, multiple swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were found in four different locations on campus over a three-month-period.  During that same time a Jewish student reported being targeted and harassed at an SJP “Israel Apartheid Week” event and filed a bias incident report.
  • Pace University: A student’s Snapchat account featured the University’s football captain giving the Nazi salute.
  • San Diego State University: Convicted terrorist Rasmeah Odeh was the keynote speaker at a national SJP conference at SDSU promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement.
  • Towson University: A Jewish star with a cross through it, “Hitler was right,” and “With Jews you lose” were scrawled on campus.
  • UC Berkeley: “Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber” found etched on school property.
  • UC Davis: A Jewish fraternity was defaced with swastikas the day after a contentious divestment vote; “grout out the Jews” was etched into the Hillel house; and vandals carved swastikas and “F**k the Jews” into cars and slashed tires on campus.
  • UC Irvine: An Anteaters for Israel I-Fest event was disrupted by anti-Israel protesters who chanted loudly to drown out the event and physically blocked a walkway.
  • UCLA: A UCLA student and employee posted anti-Semitic comments on social media including, “F**king Jews. GTFOH with all your Zionist bullshit. Crazy ass f**king troglodyte albino monsters of cultural destruction. F**king Jews. GTFOH with your whiny bullshit. Give the Palestinians back their land, go back to Poland or whatever freezer-state you’re from, and realize that faith does not constitute race.”
  • UC Santa Cruz: SJP set up mock checkpoints on campus insisting that students show ID cards before entering the library.  The event demonized Israel and Jewish students reported feeling targeted and harassed.
  • University of Central Florida: A rash of anti-Semitic posters swept through campus over a period of a week. One had a Star of David and the words “1%” and “Bankers” underneath, a second had a swastika on a flag with a message calling for an Israel boycott and others contained the phrases “Muh Holocaust” and “Truth is Treason In the empire of lies.”
  • University of Chicago: Threatening anti-Semitic comments were posted on Yik Yak including, “Gas them, burn them and dismantle their power structure.  Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew.”
  • University of Oregon: A male yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish student and threatened to assault him with a firearm.

AMCHA has been leading a coalition of more than 40 groups that is calling on the University of California, the nation’s largest public school system, to adopt a different definition of anti-Semitism that can be used to identify and educate the campus community about contemporary Jew-hatred.

Specifically, the groups have urged the inclusion of the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism. The State Department definition acknowledges a distinction between criticism of Israel’s policies and calls for the destruction of Israel which are anti-Semitic and breed additional anti-Semitism. Pope Francis, President Obama, British Prime Minister Cameron and French Prime Minister Valls have all stated, as is concluded in the State Department definition, that denying Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism.

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