Study shows pro-BDS faculty members contribute to campus anti-Semitism

0
42
Supporters of the BDS movement against Israel. Photo by Alex Christy/Flickr.

Titled “Faculty Academic Boycotters: Ground Zero for Campus Antisemitism,” it explored anti-Semitic activity at universities starting from the onset of the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last May through the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

 

 A new study by the watchdog group AMCHA Initiative revealed that university faculty members who endorse an academic boycott of Israel are directly contributing to the anti-Semitic activity taking place on their campuses.

The study, titled “Faculty Academic Boycotters: Ground Zero for Campus Antisemitism,” explored anti-Semitic activity at universities starting from the onset of the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last May through the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Those same schools were also 3.6 times more likely to host harmful activities targeting Jewish and pro-Israel students; 4.5 times more likely to have pro-BDS incidents on campus; and 3.3 times more likely to have incidents related to anti-Zionist rhetoric from students.

The study also found “an extremely strong correlation between the number of faculty academic boycotters prior to the onset of the Israel-Hamas [conflict] and the surge of new faculty endorsers of academic BDS during May and June 2021, suggesting that faculty academic boycotters are successfully influencing their colleagues to embrace an academic boycott of Israel.”

The USACBI-backed boycotts are also “directly linked to behavior that harm Jewish and pro-Israel students, and were the apparent motivation for the vast majority of the incidents involving the harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students considered in this study.”

Rossman-Benjamin said: “With the MESA vote looming, and 3,000 primary purveyors of Israel-related courses and departmentally-sponsored events about to endorse an academic boycott of Israel—providing disciplinary legitimacy for such faculty abuse—the problem is likely to grow exponentially worse for Jewish students.”

 

Leave a Reply