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Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel bias take many forms on college campuses.


With that in mind, it is important for students to recognize and be empowered to respond to both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel narratives. Anti-Semitism is a form of prejudice or discrimination directed towards Jews as individuals or as a group. Anti-Semitism is based on age-old stereotypes and myths that can target Jews as a people, their religious practices and beliefs, or in some cases, Israel as a Jewish State. Words or actions about Israel are anti-Semitic when they blame all Jews for the actions of the state, deny the country’s right to exist as a Jewish state, use anti-Jewish stereotypes or conspiracy theories, or employ traditional anti-Semitic imagery or comparisons to Nazis. Anti-Israel bias refers to extreme or illegitimate criticism of Israel.  It can take various forms, including false accusations directed against Israel, often with the aim of delegitimizing the country.

Anti-Israel sentiment does not include legitimate critiques of the Israeli government, its policies or politicians. People can support the Palestinian cause without being anti-Israel. Recognizing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias will equip you to act. For additional support, contact ADL.

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