In the past two weeks, close to 40 anti-Israel demonstrations and rallies took place on American college campuses in reaction to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. These rallies, most of which were organized by anti-Israel student groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, comprised more than 1/3 of the total anti-Israel rallies that took place across the country.
But this latest burst in anti-Israel activity did not take place in a vacuum. In fact, anti-Israel student groups are increasingly organized and deploy a variety of tools to spread vitriol about the state of Israel and encourage other potentially like-minded students to join the cause.
A new ADL report, which looks at the state of anti-Israel activity in the 2011-12 academic year, highlights several new trends and initiatives that have developed on American campuses, including accusations that Israel engages in “pinkwashing,” calls for a one-state solution, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, comparisons between Israel’s security fence and the U.S.-Mexico border, and anti-Semitic events that took place under the guise of anti-Israel activism.
Make sure to check out the new report on our website: Anti-Israel Activity on Campus, 2011–2012: An ADL Annual Review