Antisemitism and the College Campus: Perceptions and Realities

By Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Graham Wright, Shahar Hecht

Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS), July 2015

In the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in summer 2014, US and Canadian college campuses were the settings for many anti-Israel activities, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This report has two aims: first, to understand the extent of hostility toward Israel and antisemitism on North American campuses and second, to assess the relationship between these trends and Jewish students’ support for and connection to Israel. The study, conducted in spring 2015, draws on a survey of US and Canadian college students and young adults who applied to Taglit-Birthright Israel.

More than one-quarter of undergraduate respondents describe hostility toward Israel on campus by their peers as a “fairly” or “very” big problem and nearly 15% perceive this same level of hostility toward Jews. Nearly one-quarter of respondents report having been blamed during the past year for the actions of Israel because they were Jewish. About one-third of college undergraduate respondents report having been verbally harassed during the past year because they were Jewish.

Topic: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Anti-Israel Sentiment, BDS, Israel's Impact on American Jewry, Higher Education, Students

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Canada , North America , United States (USA)

Language: English

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Saxe, Leonard. Sasson, Theodore. Wright, Graham. Hecht, Shahar. Antisemitism and the College Campus: Perceptions and Realities. Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS). July 2015:


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