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RCA Urges University Leaders to Battle Campus anti-Semitism

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Jan 25, 2017 -- Addressing a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents on US and Canadian campuses, the 1000 members of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) today issued a resolution calling upon the leaders of universities and colleges to take action against campus organizations engaging in such activities.

The resolution, “Anti-Semitic Intimidation on North American College and University Campuses,” notes that Jews remain the primary victims of religiously-motivated hate crimes, with anti-Israel campus agitation a primary cause of these attacks, which have occurred at UCLA, Oberlin College, CUNY, and numerous other prominent campuses. “Israel Apartheid Week” events, “die-in”s, mock evictions, and abuse of pro-Israel or Israeli students and speakers are outrageous examples of such agitation, where potentially legitimate criticism of Israel regularly crosses the line into vile anti-Semitism.

Freedom of speech does not require an institution to welcome, tolerate, or provide any type of financial or organizational support for individuals and organizations whose speech and behavior defame others and disrupt their freedom of expression, which advocate or intimidate others with physical violence against others, or which receive money from federally recognized terrorist organizations.

The professional and lay leadership of North American colleges and universities must be at the forefront of preventing these and similar activities on the campuses for which they are responsible. The RCA membership applauds those who actively fulfill the above duties towards Jewish and pro-Israel students and organizations on their campuses – while at the same time urging far stronger policies on the many campuses where these problems remain a significant issue.

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