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THE 40 WORST COLLEGES FOR JEWISH STUDENTS, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus

18%

1. University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University of Michigan catapulted to the top of our list this year, after its student government passed a divestment resolution targeting Israel in November. A swastika was found at the school hours after the divisive vote, exacerbating concerns among many Jewish students who, according to one freshman, said “they are afraid to walk around campus now.” With an active student group dedicated to advancing the BDS campaign, as well as a branch of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the current of anti-Zionist activism runs high at U-M. And while some of these tensions arise from the behavior of certain student groups, the school’s faculty members have at times only worsened the situation. Earlier this year, despite objections from some Jewish students, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies sponsored a lecture by former professor and BDS activist Steven Salaita, who has accused “Zionists” of “transforming ‘antisemitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948.” In an environment like this, it’s no surprise that in 2017 alone, there were over a dozen antisemitic incidents on campus. (Photo credit: Ken Lund.)

Jewish Population on Campus

18%

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