73% of Jewish college students report antisemitism on campus this school year: ADL
The vast majority of Jewish college students say they have seen or experienced antisemitism on their campus since the start of the school year, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel International published Wednesday.
By the numbers: Of those surveyed, 73% of Jewish college students say they have experienced or witnessed antisemitic incidents on their campuses since the start of the 2023-24 school year.
- 44% of non-Jewish students said the same.
- Prior to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, roughly 67% of Jewish students said they felt "very" or "extremely" physically safe on campus. Since the attack, fewer than half (46%) said the same.
- The portion of Jewish students who said they feel comfortable with others knowing they are Jewish has been nearly cut in half, from 64% prior to the start of the war to 39% after, the survey found.
Context: For the report, the ADL and Hillel conducted two rounds of surveys.
- The first part was conducted from July 26 to Aug. 30 and surveyed 3,084 college students — 527 of whom were Jewish — from 689 campuses across the country.
- The second part was conducted from Nov. 6-10 and surveyed 1,706 students. About 70% of respondents in the first survey participated in the second one.
What they're saying: "Since the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel, Jewish students feel increasingly threatened on campus – but college leaders are not doing enough to address this very real fear of antisemitism," said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO, in a press release.
- "No student should feel threatened or intimidated on campus. No student should feel the need to hide their religious or cultural identities," he said.
Of note: The Education Department opened investigations into six colleges over alleged incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia earlier this month.
The big picture: Police across the U.S. have been on alert for an uptick in hate crimes against Jews and Muslims. Both the ADL and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have warned of a surge in antisemitic and anti-Muslim cases since Oct. 7.
- Three college students of Palestinian descent were shot in Burlington, Vermont last weekend.
- Cornell University's Jewish community experienced antisemitic, violent threats in the form of online posts last month.
- Two Jewish groups filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley on Tuesday alleging "unchecked antisemtitism" at the school. It is one of the first lawsuits against a major university to be filed in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.