Anti-Semitic Incidents On US Campuses Nearly Doubled Last Year, ADL Reports! [VIDEO]By Vinay Patel, UniversityHerald Reporter
Although, the total number of anti-Jewish hate crimes remained comparatively low last year, anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. university and college campuses have nearly doubled, the Anti-Defamation League watchdog divulged on Wednesday.
Moreover, there was a 60 percent hike recorded in the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the United States.
In 2015, a total of 90 anti-Semitic incidents were reported on 60 college campuses, as opposed to 47 incidents on 43 campuses recorded in 2014. Anti-Semitic incidents on campus accounted for 10 percent of the total, Haaretz reported.
In one such episode, swastikas were spray-painted on the outer wall of a Jewish fraternity at the University of California in Davis. This incident occurred on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz from the Nazis.
In another similar incident in November, students carried on a protest at Hunter College in Manhattan, chanting anti-Semitic slogans. The protest was reportedly initiated by organizers on Facebook who invited participants to protest the "Zionist administration" of the school.
Protesters assembled to fight for a slew of benefits including free tuitions, shouting "Zionists out of CUNY."
According to the ADL report, a total of 941 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded last year, which encompassed assaults, threats, harassment as well as vandalism.
Chances are that the aforementioned figures may not comprise of episodes of assaults that were not reported by victims. The figures are based on reports accumulated by the group at their regional offices and inputs from law enforcement agencies, IsraelHayom reported.
Anti-Semitism on college campuses in the United States - the on-campus anti-Israel protests and appeal to ban the Jewish state, led by on-campus activists - have been a matter of concern for many in the Jewish community.
In March, the University of California's regents made it clear that the institute would not put up with anti-Semitism on campus; however they shunned the idea of citing anti-Zionism and religious bigotry on equal grounds, in a bid to smooth over tensions between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli students.
Onslaughts on Jews have accounted for a large share of hate crimes in the U.S.
More than 56% of the anti-religion crimes in the U.S. were sparked by anti-Jewish bias, according to FBI's latest hate crime statistics issued in November.