In the wake of the unprecedented number of antisemitic threats on American college campuses, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is calling on the FBI to coordinate with local and state law enforcement and U.S. colleges and universities to actively address antisemitic threats on college campuses, as well as develop meaningful strategies to prevent future incidents.
“Statements of condemnation and meetings with the victims are great first steps, but without a plan to confront and eliminate on-campus antisemitism, we will continue to see these incidents arise,” said CAM CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa.
In the past week alone, Jewish college students have faced multiple threats of violence against them, in some cases so imminent that Jewish students had to be barricaded in campus buildings at Cooper Union and instructed to avoid the Center for Jewish Living at Cornell University. Jewish college students don’t feel safe — a recent Hillel International survey revealed that 56% of Jewish students report feeling scared and 58% report feeling unsupported by their school.
“Unfortunately, Jewish students feeling unsafe on campus is a trend that started even before October 7th,” Roytman Dratwa noted. “College is supposed to be a place where students can safely learn and gather, however, for Jewish students, we know that that is not currently the case. It is incumbent on these institutions and local, state, and federal law enforcement to be proactive in protecting Jewish students at this critical time.”