Watchdog group launches maps to track anti-Semitism on college campuses


( The AMCHA Initiative, a Jewish nonprofit focused on tracking and combating anti-Semitism, has launched new interactive maps to track patterns of anti-Semitism on American college campuses.

A swastika that was spray-painted on the AEPi Jewish fraternity house at University of California, Davis in 2015. Credit: YouTube.

“The anti-Semitism plaguing our nation’s colleges and universities continues to grow,” said Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA's founder and director.

“One of AMCHA’s main goals, one we take very seriously, is documenting and exposing the threat. We hope these new education and research tools will prove helpful to advocacy organizations, government officials, university administrators, researchers and concerned parents, students and university stakeholders,” she said.

Among the interactive maps the organization has published is an anti-Semitism tracker map that details all types of anti-Semitism on campuses since 2015; a swastika tracker map focusing on all reported swastikas and graffiti, signs, posters or letters found on campus; a BDS scorecard map that follows results of votes on BDS resolutions within student governments since 2012; and an academic boycott map that tracks faculty members at schools who have supported boycotts of Israel.

Additionally, AMCHA launched a campus anti-Semitism photo gallery on both its website and Facebook page to help expose and raise awareness about these incidents.

“It’s one thing to read about anti-Semitic incidents; it’s quite another to see it. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words,” stated Rossman-Benjamin.

“We hope these new social media tools will help give people a better understanding of what is going on," she said. "In addition, these days every student has ready access to a camera on their phone. They will now have the opportunity to take a more active role in documenting and exposing the anti-Semitism they witness regularly.” 

Posted on March 29, 2017 .