Sunday, March 7th | 23 Adar 5781


The 40 Worst Colleges


Jewish Students, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus


2. Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University rises 21 spots on our list this year, after passing a BDS resolution in April 2017. The measure was rushed through the student senate on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, when many members of the Jewish community were home and unable to respond — not an uncommon tactic among anti-Zionist groups. The resolution’s language, “that was deliberately vague enough to allow for an interpretation that meant there should not be a state of Israel, is antisemitism," one student senator said after it passed. Forty-five pro-Israel organizations also denounced the timing of the senate vote, which proceeded despite requests from some 50 people that it be postponed, as an effort to deprive Jewish students “of their freedom of expression and the right to full participation in campus life." That month, an Israeli student wrote that it was not the first time she felt marginalized at Tufts, but warned that “when Jews address antisemitism on this campus, we are seen as inflammatory, abrasive and unaware of our own privilege.” Later in the year, campus activists published an unauthorized guidebook describing the university's Hillel as "an organization that supports a white supremacist state" and “exploit[s] black voices for their own pro-Israel agenda.” The guide's "divisive and offensive assertions" were condemned by the university's president and removed from the official Tufts class of 2020 and 2021 Facebook pages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

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