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The 40 Worst Colleges


Jewish Students, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus


25. University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

In March, SJP at the University of California, Santa Cruz shared images on Facebook of Palestinian women, including terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled, holding pistols and assault rifles. The images and accompanying captions — initially uploaded by SJP at UC Santa Barbara — called for armed violence against Israelis, according to some advocates. Yet SJP is not the only group exacerbating tensions on campus. In 2017, protesters led by the African/Black Student Alliance surrounded a Hillel table at an Israeli Independence Day celebration, shouting "F*** Jewish Slugs" and “Free Palestine” while tearing down an Israeli flag. Later in the year, days before the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, a swastika was found on campus. It was the 11th report of an antisemitic incident that quarter. Some students told Haaretz in 2016 that they remove any outward signs of their Jewish or Zionist identity — like a Chai pendant or a yarmulke — in order to avoid dirty looks. "There's pressure here not to act Jewish," one senior said. In 2015, a Jewish member of the student government was told to abstain from voting on a BDS resolution because he'd been elected with “a Jewish agenda.” The resolution later passed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

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