A new article posted by The Washington Post claims that the ‘hotbed’ of antisemitism today exists on college campuses, compared to the foreign countries in which we have seen a decline. A report conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University found data from 40 countries that revealed that violent anti-Semitic incidents, “which include attacks with and without weapons, arson, and vandalism or desecration, have been on a downward trend in the past few years” (Phillips). The report rather concluded that American college campuses have seen a rise to the amount of 45 percent in anti-Jewish sentiments. I found this to be very interesting based on our most recent discussion of modern antisemitism. Today college campuses are the hub of free-speech and progressive thought, but some of these thoughts have been taken to the extreme. Being “academic racist,”seem to be much more accepted on college campuses in the past few years. However I do feel it is important to note that the article stated “The drop in the number of violent incidents does not indicate that anti-Semitism is dissipating. It simply means that anti-Jewish sentiments have been manifested in other ways” (Phillips). A big trend we have seen is anonymous antisemitism, which is less violent and carries little accountability. Although acts committed have become less violent I still believe that the Jewish community is suffering to the same extent mentally. Phillips states,” the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities remains precarious ” (Phillips). Overall, this semester we have seen various acts of hatred in and outside the United States which proves to us that antisemitism is still alive and well, and still very much plaguing the Jewish community.
Published by Washington Post, April 4th, 2017: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/24/the-hotbed-of-anti-semitism-isnt-a-foreign-country-but-u-s-college-campuses-report-says/?utm_term=.92bb03590474
University related Antisemitism, United States