A study released by The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” shows that 97 percent of North American college campuses report no anti-Semitic or anti-Israel activity, meaning that the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) effort has largely failed on those campuses.
The study tracked 674 anti-Israel events at 108 U.S. and Canadian universities during the 2011-12 academic year. Most of the anti-Israel events were organized by only two groups, the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. So far no American university has officially divested from Israel.
“Rather than weaken the relationship between U.S. colleges and Israel, the BDS movement has largely backfired and ties are stronger than ever and continue to grow,” wrote Mitchell Bard, AICE’s executive director, and Jeff Dawson, AICE’S campus liaison, the authors of the report.
The report also showed a significant decline from a 2011 AICE survey with The Israel Project that found 78 percent of Jewish students had witnessed or were personally subjected to anti-Semitism. The new report shows only 43 percent, “a significantly lower, but still a disturbing figure,” the authors wrote.