Campus survey finds lots of anti-Semitism

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More than half of today’s American Jewish college students have recently witnessed or experienced an anti-Semitic incident, according to a new study.

Some 54 percent of the participants in the survey released Feb. 23 by the Louis D. Brandeis Center and Trinity College said they had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism within the past academic year. The survey was conducted in the spring of 2014, prior to the outbreak of hostilities last summer in Gaza.

The online survey of 1,157 students, conducted by Trinity College professor Barry Kosmin and associate professor Ariela Keysar, found that the percentages of students reporting encounters with anti-Semitism were relatively consistent across gender, religious outlook and geographical region.

Students who affiliate with the Conservative and Reform movements were more likely to report such experiences than Orthodox students, with 69 percent of Conservative students, 62 percent of Reform students and 52 percent of Orthodox students reporting anti-Semitic encounters.

The data came from the 2014 National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students as part of a broader series of questions. What constituted an anti-Semitic incident was self-defined by the participants. — jta


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