ADL finds increased anti-Israel activity on college campuses

More than 75 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S. college and university campuses this fall, more than twice as many as last year, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

The anti-Israel events have increased in the wake of Israel’s 50-day operation in Gaza over the summer, according to the ADL report “Anti-Israel Activity on Campus after Operation Protective Edge.” There were 35 anti-Israel events during the same period in 2013, the report noted.

“Not all criticism of Israel is anti-Israel in nature, and not all anti-Israel rhetoric and activity reflect anti-Semitism,” the report said. “However, anti-Israel sentiment increasingly crosses the line to anti-Semitism by invoking anti-Semitic myths of Jewish control and demonic depictions of Israelis or comparing Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis during the Holocaust.”

According to the report, student groups hosted at least 374 anti-Israel events during the 2013-14 academic year, with about 40 percent of them focused boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. There also were at least 57 events sponsored by university academic departments over the last two years that presented a one-sided view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, according to the report. — jta