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A new approach to fighting campus anti-Semitism

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin | JNS.ORG | Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:17 am

For Jewish and pro-Israel students, intolerant campus behavior has become prevalent and challenging. On many campuses, not only are positive statements about Israel demonized, but individuals who express these opinions are often intimidated, ostracized and bullied into silence. In the past few months, pro-Israel events have been disrupted at NYU, Syracuse, UCLA and UC Irvine; flyers, graffiti and chalking stating “Zionists Not Welcome on Our Campus” were found at San Francisco State University after a professor wrote on her department’s Facebook page that welcoming Zionist students on campus was a “declaration of war”; and a formal complaint was filed by Jewish students at Columbia University against anti-Zionist student groups for systematically harassing them for more than a year.

In the wake of controversies involving the disruption and cancelation of campus events, many university leaders have adopted the University of Chicago’s statement on freedom of speech. Not only does the statement commit to upholding students’ rights under the First Amendment, it makes it crystal-clear that to do so, it must ensure students are protected from the harassment and intolerant behavior that directly impedes this right.

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