The New Face of Anti-Semitism On Campus

A scary statistic was recently released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research. A recent study shows that more than 40 percent of Jewish students experience anti-Semitism on college campuses. In other words, out of every five Jews, two report having experienced anti-Semitism on campus.

Anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses, is not a new phenomenon. But while “classic” anti-Semitism focused on stereotyping and discriminating against Jews, modern-day anti-Semitism on campus focuses mainly on vilifying Israel, distorting the facts, and using Israel as a vehicle for persecuting the Jewish people.

In a recent op-ed, lawyer and pro-Israel advocate Alan M. Dershowitz writes about a telling incident that occurred several years ago at the University of California at Irvine, which is a hotbed of anti-Israel hate speech:

“About a year before that incident, I spoke to a full audience of students that included some of the same radicals that tried to shut Oren down. About 100 of them sat to my right. Another 100 or so students, wearing pro-Israel shirts and kipot, sat to my left. Several hundred additional students were in the middle – both literally and ideologically. I know that because I asked for a show of hands before I began my remarks.

I first asked for students to raise their hands if they generally support Israel. All the students to my left and several in the middle raised their hands. I then asked how many students supported the Palestinian side. All the students to my right and several in the middle raised their hands. I then posed the following question to the pro-Israel group: “How many of you would support a Palestinian state living in peace and without terrorism next to Israel?” Every single pro-Israel hand immediately went up. I then asked how many on the pro-Palestine side would accept a Jewish state within the 1967 borders, with no settlements on territory claimed by the Palestinians. There was some mumbling and brief conversation among the people to my right, but not a single hand was raised.

The debate was essentially over, as everyone in the middle now recognized that this was not a conflict between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine groups, but rather, a conflict between those who would accept a two-state solution and those who would reject any Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East. The pro-Israel view had prevailed because I was able to use the extremism of the anti-Israel group to demonstrate the ugly truth about Israel’s enemies to the large group of students in the middle with open minds.”


This incident highlights the real conflict between the pro-Israel and radical anti-Israel groups. It is not about the disputed territories, border conflicts, or Israel’s security fence. It is about Israel’s right to exist at all. In which case, there is no amount of evidence or Israeli policy change that will ever meet the approval of Israel’s harshest critics.

Join the discussion:

  • Amos
    June 25, 2012

    I am of the opinion, that only a stronvg Israeli and jewish, teaching and informing mechanism will counter anti semitism. The lies and rewritten history that floats out of the Muslim world have to be aggressivly countered. The unthinkable has happened. Who would have expected that Israel would ever have to protect itself from the white house? Will we lie down and be led to slaughter again?

  • Susan
    June 11, 2012

    I have to agree that anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country and college campuses are no exception to the rule. I feel it is time and past time for all Bible-believing Christians to insist that our country should continue to stand with Israel, the apple of God’s eye and also to assist the Jewish people in the fight to remain free and independent. I also agree that the attitude of our President in demonizing Israel is a very poor move on his part as well as in the liberal news media. Satan has not changed his tactics, but as far as I am concerned he will lose this battle.

  • Ron
    June 7, 2012

    This is remarkable. In many respects this highlights the shift in American attitudes and policies in the last four years. I view this as a direct reflection of the Obama administration’s attempt to demonize Israel and Israeli leadership that has faced acts of terrorism for decades. What is happening to our country, especially since the Carter administration? I blame the radicalized Democratic leadership for this in much the same way as they isolated Senator Lieberman!

  • Vickie
    June 7, 2012

    My husband said something recent that man doesn’t want peace, because in war money is the strongest belief. We are either born into a ethnic group except what this group says and never question anything except what they say as gospel. WRONG, we can choose to love and honor the Lord and his wishes to love his chosen people, for before we knew anything he loved us first…

  • Lindy
    June 7, 2012

    Really well put… very telling!!

  • steve
    June 7, 2012

    The adversary hasn’t changes. He was,is and always will be filled with hate of ISRAEL. The apple of YHVH’s eye. You know Satan and his children. We should not be surprised he’s here in the U.S. He’s the god of this world system.

  • Carolyn Wiebe
    June 7, 2012

    I am and will always be pro Israel Israel is the apple of God’s eye Israel will always exist we pray for peace in Israel We love our Bible Praise God It’s roots are in Irael we thank Jesus that we are grafied into His Vine which had it’s beginning with the Jewish people.We will continue to stand with you in prayer

  • Marilyn
    June 7, 2012

    It is tragic that this anti-Semitic poison is acceptable in our colleges and universities and is thinly disguised as fighting for the “rights of the Palestinians”. In actuality, it is nothing more than an insane evil desire for the annihilation of Israeli people. Let’s look at it for what it is and condemn it. Our young people must be presented with the truth, not radicalized by pro-palestinian propaganda that desires only the destruction of Israel.

  • Joseph
    June 6, 2012

    Anti-semitism in any form is unconscienable. I support Israel, as well. However, the secular government of Israel has been very repressive toward Christians who have lived there for years. That situation needs to be reversed, while fighting anti-semitism in the US. What say you?

  • Habakuk
    June 6, 2012

    Any encroachment of the Palestinians onto G-d given land, would be unacceptable. I’m more concerned with regaining the Temple Mount.

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