Campus Report on Anti-Israel Activism

Pro-Israel students are increasingly being targeted with antisemitic vitriol that is deeply unsettling and makes colleges and universities feel less safe and secure for Jewish students.


In the Anti-Defamation League’s {ADL} just-released annual Campus Report of Anti-Israel Activism, they tracked and analyzed hundreds of anti-Israel incidents nationwide in the past academic year, many of which crossed the line into antisemitism. They have seen the outsized impact anti-Israel activity has on Jewish students. ADL is now broadening educational and programmatic investment on campus, including the launch of an expanded online resource to support students and combat antisemitism and anti-Israel bias on campus.


This report from the ADL Center on Extremism identified a range of disturbing anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions on campus — from physical assault to vandalism to targeted harassment to anti-Israel events, BDS resolutions and referenda. University leaders must learn how to recognize and adequately respond to antisemitism whenever it arises, including when anti-Israel activities cross the line into antisemitic hatred.


It’s important for Jewish students and their families to know that they aren’t alone. Here’s how ADL is taking action to address the rising tide of anti-Israel activities on campus:


ADL has dramatically expanded Think. Plan. Act., a comprehensive online resource to help students identify and respond to anti-Israel bias and antisemitism. Think. Plan. Act. uses real-life situations as examples and provides tools for Jewish students to use.


ADL is partnering with Hillel International to roll out a digital training module teaching about antisemitism for students and student leaders later this year, adding to ADL’s already robust work on campus, including their partnership with Hillel International for tracking and responding to incidents, as well as Words to Action trainings and Hate Uncycled. ADL’s 25 regional offices across the country provide on-the-ground support and expertise for campus stakeholders — including administrators, students and more.


ADL is gathering signatures on a petition encouraging full funding of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which can be used to protect religious spaces on campus.