In recent years, there has been a widespread sense that college campuses have become increasingly tolerant of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment.
A research team from the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies at the Graduate School of Education, led by Taube Center for Jewish Studies Director Ari Y. Kelman, set out to ask Jewish students at five Californai university campuses how they experience everyday life, whether they feel they are under attack or if their campuses are "hotspots of antisemitism," as some reports have claimed.
Contrary to widely shared impressions, the team found "a picture of campus life that is neither threatening nor alarmist. In general, students reported feeling comfortable on their campuses, and, more specifically, comfortable as Jews on their campuses."
Interviewees reported low levels of antisemitism or discomfort, but did encounter discomfort particlarly from tensions within campus debates about the Israel-Palestine conflict, which they characterized as "strident, inflammatory, and divisive."
Based on interviews with 66 undergraduate students at five California universities, the report, entitled "Safe and on the Sidelines: Jewish Students and the Israel-Palestine Conflict on Campus," finds:
Read the full report online.