The Anti-Defamation League shared recommendations with American university officials on how to deal with a predicted uptick in anti-Israel activity on college campuses as the High Holy Days near.
In a letter sent from the ADL’s headquarters earlier this month, the organization discussed its concern that anti-Israel organizations might take upcoming holidays as an opportunity to increase their efforts. Those efforts, the letter said, could effectively “isolate and demonize Israel and Jewish communal organizations.”
The ADL pointed to one national campus organizations as a potential threat. American Muslims for Palestine, it said, has planned an “International Day of Action on College Campuses,” for Sept. 23, just a day before the start of Rosh Hashanah, and is advocating for the abolition of study abroad programs that send students to Israel in addition to boycotts of Israeli institutions and faculty travel to Israel.
“Such tactics disrupt campus life and stifle the ideals of inquiry, free expression and the civil exchange of ideas – precisely the foundation on which university communities are built,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL. “No university should countenance attempts to discourage and suppress free speech, or harass and intimidate Jewish and other students.”
The letter went on to request that campus officials provide security during events on campus and reach out to students with educational and support services that encourage acceptance and respect in the campus community.