campus anti-Semitism
campus anti-SemitismINN:JTA

In light of the rise of antisemitic incidents on American college campuses following the Hamas massacre of over 1,400 people in Israel on October 7, a Jewish high school in Bergen County, New Jersey, has announced that only colleges that present a plan to keep Jewish students on campus safe will be welcome to send representatives to the school to recruit prospective students.

The statement from the Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) reads: "As we continue to mourn the atrocities that our brothers and sisters in Israel; experienced, we are simultaneously following the frightening rise in antisemitism in the United States."

"While antisemitic hate crimes have been steadily increasing in recent years, they have become alarmingly brazen in recent weeks.

"The conditions for Jewish students on many college campuses is intolerable. We are carefully monitoring the statements that universities have (or have not) issued, scrutinizing actions that college administrators have taken and hearing directly from our alumni about the discrimination they are currently experiencing. We applaud the leaders who have written to university presidents to express their shock and disappointment for their dereliction of duty to ensure the safety of their Jewish students," the statement continued.

The school told parents: "We feel strongly that we cannot continue to invite college representatives to speak to our students as they have in the past. Your son's physical and emotional welfare is too important to us. As we proceed through the admissions season, we will require the following expectation of all universities who wish to recruit our students with visits to our school."

"Before college representatives can enter our building, they must bring a statement from their university leadership detailing their plans to protect and maintain the safety and security of our graduates on their campuses as Jews.

"We will continue to communicate to each college our serious concerns about the hostile environment permitted on their campuses based on the trends and incidents we are so closely tracking.

"It is our hope that our collective stance in prioritizing the safety of our students will compel universities to address the severity of the current situation. Those who cannot or will not accede to our valid and just request will not be welcome here at TABC," the statement concludes.

University campuses have become hotbeds of antisemitism in the weeks following the October 7 massacre, with many students and even professors blaming Israel for the massacre of its citizens and even supporting the massacre outright.

On Sunday, Jewish students at Cornell University were told to avoid the kosher dining hall at the university after threats were directed at the school’s Jewish students.

The threats were made in the form of messages that were posted on the university’s discussion forum, many of which called for physical violence against the Jewish students.

“if you see a Jewish ‘person’ on campus, follow them home and slit their throats. rats need to be elimination from Cornell,” read one message posted to the forum.

Another post referred to Israel as “the genocidal fascist Zionist regime” and claimed that “no Jew civilian is innocent of genocide.”

Last Wednesday, Jewish students at Cooper Union College in New York City were forced to lock themselves inside the library as a mob of anti-Israeli protesters blocked the doors.

About 40 minutes later, security escorted the students out of the building via a tunnel.

At Columbia University, an Israeli student was physically attacked by another student with a stick.