It’s sad that we have to do an annual recap on this topic. It’s even sadder that we could do more frequent updates.
The Amcha Intiative at the University of California, led by the estimable Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer in the UC system, has compiled a “Swastika Tracker” which gives “a partial list of incidents where swastikas were found on U. S. campuses.” Swastikas have been display on at least 14 campuses so far this year including:
- The University of Missouri
- Framingham State University
- Farleigh Dickinson
- SUNY Purchase College
- George Washington University
- CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Cleveland State University
Moreover, “In the 2013-2014 school year, 54 percent of Jewish students reported experiencing or observing Anti-Semitism,” Sarah Stern of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) pointed out in a meeting on Capitol Hill on Friday, May 8, 2015. Stern was citing a study done by Trinity College and the Louis Brandeis Center.
At the EMET meeting, Stern screened a documentary on anti-Semitism in which students from around the country told tales of their experiences on campuses such as NYU and the University of New Orleans. That film, produced by Jerusalem U, will be featured in an upcoming Accuracy in Academia author’s night.