ADL reports a twofold increase in Anti-Israel campus activism within a year

The Anti-Defamation League identified 665 incidents in the 2022-23 school year, up from 349 in the previous year.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a new report showing a significant increase in anti-Israel activism and anti-Israel student advocates on school campuses.

The organisation identified 665 anti-Israel acts on universities in the 2022-23 school year, which included nine vandalisms, 24 incidents of harassment, three BDS resolutions, 303 events and 326 protests. However, there were no violent assaults, down from one the previous year. Nevertheless, about half as many incidents (349) were recorded in the previous school year, in 2021-2022.

Researchers found that in the last two years, anti-Zionist activism increased most in events (from 143 to 303) and protests (165 to 326.) The ADL warned that “many but not all incidents may be characterised as antisemitic.”

The report revealed that “the largest and most active campus anti-Israel group in the U.S.” is the Students for Justice in Palestine, which this year “appeared to be less restrained in expressing support for U.S. State Department-designated terrorist organisations and individuals who are known to have killed Israelis.”

According to the ADL, the Students for Justice in Palestine organised anti-Zionist campus events featuring sessions advocating for BDS, promoting anti-Zionism or the idea that Israel is an apartheid state.