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The 40 Worst Colleges


Jewish Students, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus


36. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

The University of Texas Austin's local Hillel center was vandalized in February 2017. Shortly afterwards, a member of the Jewish group detailed a number of antisemitic incidents that occurred on campus — including the slurring of a student visibly identified with a Jewish fraternity as a “baby-killing Jew”; the harassment of Jewish students tabling for the Israeli medical charity Save A Child’s Heart; and comments by a professor who interrupted his calculus lecture to share “his favorite way they murdered Jews [during the Holocaust].” In an expression of solidarity, the school's student government unanimously passed a resolution in March 2017 supporting Jewish students on campus. The author of the resolution — which was drafted after antisemitic posts were made on the UT class of 2020 Facebook page — said “several Jewish students that I know don’t even feel comfortable wearing their [Star of David] necklace out or small things like that just to express their religion.” Later that March, the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) held its annual protest of the large Israel Block Party hosted by Texans for Israel, holding signs with inflammatory statements including, "Zionism Is Racism" and “A Proud Zionist? Yikes.” Earlier in the year, a speaker at a protest organized against President Donald Trump's inauguration by groups including the International Socialist Organization and PSC — which was attended by 400 people — shared a number of demands for UT, including "divestment in companies complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land." (Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

Jewish Population on Campus


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