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Anti-Semitism: Jewish Students in Europe and Australia Experience Racism

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May 15, 2024

The second common denominator among Jewish and Israeli students studying abroad is the rise in anti-Semitic incidents since October 7. These incidents take various forms, from verbal abuse and demonstrations to physical violence and graffiti with anti-Semitic messages. Despite media coverage of violent demonstrations at universities like Columbia and UCLA, similar incidents are occurring at other universities worldwide without as much attention.

For Noa, a Jewish student studying abroad, the tension and anti-Semitic sentiment escalated about a month after the start of the conflict. Graffiti with hateful messages, demonstrations, and threats against Jewish students became more prevalent on campus. In some cases, like the violent attack at the University of Amsterdam, pro-Palestinian students armed themselves and physically assaulted Jewish students.

Similar incidents have been reported in Germany, where Jewish students face threats and violence on campus. In France, noisy demonstrations and verbal threats have created a hostile environment for Jewish students. University administrations often condemn these actions but fail to take effective action to ensure the safety of Jewish students.

In locations like Australia, South Africa, and Belgium, similar incidents of anti-Semitism on campuses have been reported. From intimidating graffiti to violent demonstrations, Jewish students worldwide are facing increased hostility and threats due to their identity. Despite calls for action from government officials and student bodies, the situation remains unresolved, leaving Jewish students feeling unsafe and marginalized.

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