Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Hostility on US Campuses

Leonard Saxe, Graham Wright, Shahar Hecht, Michelle Shain, Theodore Sasson, Fern Chertok

October 2016

Report coverThis report follows our 2015 study that found that a substantial portion of Jewish students reported having been exposed to antisemitism and hostility toward Israel on their campuses. Because the extent of the problem varied considerably across campuses, we attempted in this report to identify "hotspots," or campuses where antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment were especially acute. Based on findings from a 2016 survey of Jewish undergraduates at 50 US campuses, this study also looks at the particular manifestations of hostility at different campuses and the ways in which hostile climates influence the lives of Jewish students.

Key Findings

In terms of the variation in antisemitism and anti-Israel hostility across campuses:

In terms of the relationship between hostile environments and students’ connection to Israel, the study found that: