College faculty faulted for denouncing Israel in classroom

Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-Israel BDS protestersA new report on college campuses suggests incidents of classical anti-Semitism have decreased but Israel-related anti-Semitism has grown.

The figures from the 2017-2018 school year were released by watchdog group AMCHA Initiative.

AMCHA director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin tells OneNewsNow that classical anti-Semitism decreased 42 percent while Israel-related anti-Semitic harassment jumped 70 percent.

She says the increase can mainly be attributed to students and faculty who want an academic boycott of Israel.

"What we saw,” she says, “was that the acts of harassment were directly tied to attempts to implement what we call this academic BDS or the academic boycott of Israel."

The jump in Israel-related anti-Semitism, Rossman-Benjamin alleges, comes from ideologically-driven faculty who want to see the downfall of the Jewish State.

"Faculty were very complicit in this,” she complains. “We found a quadrupling of incidents, where faculty were responsible for either promoting or implementing an academic boycott of Israel, that hurt their own students."

Although it is true that anti-Zionist speech is protected under the First Amendment, the behavior it sometimes incites must be addressed by campus administrators, she tells OneNewsNow.

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