'Striking' rhetoric on display

Monday, January 16, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-Israel flag BDS anti-SemiticAccording to one pro-Israel organization, there has been an increase in anti-Semitic activity on college campuses.

Tammi Rossman Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative, which tracks anti-Semitism on campuses across the country, tells OneNewsNow that Students for Justice in Palestine at Pomona College in Claremont, California painted a mural on the wall that calls for a one-state solution to the Mideast problem.

"I would put it this way: It really denies Jews the right to self-determination," she explains about the mural. "It presumes they have no right to a homeland, to a state."

Benjamin's organization conducted a study of anti-Semitic instances on campuses for the first half of 2016 and compared that to the first half of 2015.

"One of the things that we found that was very striking, maybe the most striking increase, was in the amount of rhetoric that, just like this, denies the right of the existence of the Jewish state and the right to self-determination of the Jewish people," the AMCHA director relays. "That tripled between 2015 and 2016."

According to The Times of Israel, pro-Israel students painted a mural advocating peace next to the SJP mural, but it was vandalized just two days later.

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