Penetrating the Campus: Understanding How Anti-Western Biases Relate to Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

By Aryeh K. Weinberg

Institute for Jewish and Community Research, May 2012

Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on campus often uses the language of resistance against Western power and is embedded within a loosely defined set of ideologies that include, but are not limited to, anti-Americanism, opposition to free markets and distrust of business. In this framework, Israel is viewed as an extension of Western neo‐colonialism and Jews as the epitome of the oppressive powerful elite. The mischaracterization of Israel as a colonizing apartheid nation and Jews as powerful white oppressors has framed them as primary antagonists in the greater conflict between the "West" and the "rest." Previously unacceptable anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment is then repackaged and reintroduced in a more palatable form by leaning heavily upon more acceptable expressions of discontent against the West. This research provides an exploratory look at the relationship between critical views of the West and negative views of Jews and Israel. The findings presented in this report reveal consistent and significant differences that shed light on the relationship between existing criticisms of America, capitalism and business, and rising anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views. Conclusions are based on data from an IJCR national survey of over 1400 college students fielded in 2010-2011.

Topic: Liberalism, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Anti-Israel Sentiment, Survey, Ideology, Higher Education, Students

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Language: English

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Weinberg, Aryeh K. Penetrating the Campus: Understanding How Anti-Western Biases Relate to Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism. Institute for Jewish and Community Research. May 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14206


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