Many Jewish students, anxious and fearful, hiding their religion on campus: survey

Anti-Israel protests on campuses have left a majority of Jewish college students feeling much less protected at college, with 40% saying they really feel they need to conceal their Jewish identities, a brand new survey discovered.

Hillel International, a Jewish campus group, polled 310 college students throughout the nation and discovered 4 in 10 admitted to hiding their Jewish identities on campus and 32% have been too afraid to attend non secular occasions.

The ballot discovered six in 10 say encampments, which began with Columbia University’s final month, have made it harder to study, research or focus.

Students protesting and camping out on the campus of Columbia University, New York City, during Gaza Solidarity Encampment event on April 25, 2024.
A majority of Jewish school college students really feel much less protected due to anti-Israel protests and encampments at their colleges and need their administrations to remove the potential of disruptions at commencement, in keeping with a brand new survey. Melissa Bender/NurPhoto/Shutterstock
Pro-Palestinian supporters burning an Israeli and US flags during a 'Day of Rage' demonstration in New York City on May 6, 2024
Pro-Palestinian protesters burn Israeli and US flags throughout a “Day of Rage” demonstration on May 6, 2024. John Lamparski/Shutterstock

The tent cities led to mass arrests as college students referred to as on their administrations to divest funds from Israel.

Forty-two % of scholars polled stated they not have the identical stage of belief in their faculty’s school following the protests and 38% stated they’ve effected their friendships.

And 15 % even stated they not need to return to their faculty subsequent fall.

Graduating Brown University senior, Jillian Lederman, outgoing chair of Hillel International's Israel Leadership Network, smiling
Jillian Lederman is a senior at Brown University and the outgoing chair of Hillel International’s Israel Leadership Network. Jeff Song
Globalize the Intifada sign in the center of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Pro-Palestine/Pro-Hamas/Anti-Israel encampment.
Campus encampments in help of Palestine have sprung up throughout the nation and led to widespread arrests and disruptions.

“There is a lot of anxiety about disruptions to commencement, whether or not they will be tolerated and what the response to them will be,” stated Jillian Lederman, a senior graduating from Brown University on May 26.

“I graduated high school on YouTube because of the pandemic and we’re now entering graduation season and a lot of the same anxieties about events being canceled and ceremonies being disrupted are cropping up again in a way that many of us didn’t anticipate,” Lederman, 21, instructed The Post.

A petition demanding college directors do extra to help college students and safeguard commencement ceremonies has garnered over 32,000 signatures.

David Lederer, a Columbia sophomore, holding a flag among other protestors in support of Israel near a pro-Palestinian encampment at Columbia University
Forty % of the scholars polled have felt the necessity to conceal their Jewish identification from others on campus. James Keivom
USC students attending a support rally for Israel during an evening vigil, with a man prominently wearing a kippah and flag
Some Jewish college students even reported not eager to return to campus subsequent fall. Los Angeles Times through Getty Images

Columbia and the University of Southern California are amongst those who have cancelled their foremost ceremonies.

Lederman stated Brown college students are fortunate occasions haven’t been cancelled and Jewish college students haven’t been focused with violence — however that it’s an “interesting” factor to need to be thankful for.

“I think that’s really a reflection of how terribly other schools have handled it,” she stated.

Hillel has tracked nearly 1,600 incidents of campus antisemitism since Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on Israel.

“Jewish students, and all students, deserve to pursue their education and celebrate their graduations free from disruption, antisemitism, and hate,” stated Adam Lehman, president and CEO of Hillel. 

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