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Watchdog Launches Pictoral Social Media Project to Expose Antisemitic Activity on Campus

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Photos gathered by the AMCHA Initiative of antisemitic expression on college campuses.

A new social media project aims to visually expose anti-Jewish activity on campus, the head of the organization behind the initiative told The Algemeiner.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, head of campus watchdog group the AMCHA Initiative, was referring to her organizations’s latest venture of gathering the myriad of images of antisemitic incidents at universities posted online and organizing them in a single easy-to-find location. Viewers of the photographs, she said, “hopefully will be left with a better understanding of what is going on.”

“It’s one thing to write and read about an antisemitic incident; it’s quite another to see it. The phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ could not be more apt,” she said.

The AMCHA Initiative regularly monitors more than 400 campuses across the US for classical forms of Jew-hatred — such as a Hitler-themed Valentine’s Day card handed out at Central Michigan University that read, “my luv 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews” — or its newer form of rabid anti-Zionism. According to Rossman-Benjamin, while many of the photographs — which only highlight activity from 2017 — are of classical antisemitism, “an overwhelming majority of the activity we have been recording overall is related to Israel.”

Over the last few months, college campuses have seen an uptick in antisemitic activity. As recently as last week, as reported by The Algemeiner, fliers reading “ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege” were distributed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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