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What Matters Now to Haviv Rettig Gur: Campus antisemitism makes new Zionists

Just back from a speaking tour at US colleges, ToI’s senior analyst describes increased ostracism of Jewish students on campus – and an unexpected rebound effect

Welcome to What Matters Now, a weekly podcast exploration of one key issue shaping Israel and the Jewish World — right now.

ToI’s senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur recently gave a series of lectures at North American college campuses. At some, including Harvard, his lecture was met with a performative walk-out from a contingent of pro-Palestinian protesters.

Since Hamas’s October 7 murderous onslaught, accounts of campus antisemitism have filled the pages of newspapers, from The Times of Israel to mainstream international media.

On this week’s What Matters Now, Rettig Gur and host Amanda Borschel-Dan look at a series of data sets, analyses and essays on the topic of campus antisemitism to get a fuller picture of what’s happening on the ground.

One large-scale study was started in August 2023 by the ADL Center for Antisemitism Research (CAR), in partnership with Hillel International and facilitated by College Pulse. The groups conducted a nationally representative survey of more than 3,084 American college students — of whom 527 were Jewish — from 689 campuses in the United States to assess the climate on campus for Jewish students.

Following the October 7 terror attack, the researchers conducted a follow-up survey with the same respondents in November 2023. We learn how the campus climate changed between the first and second rounds of polling.

So this week, we focus on antisemitism on campus and ask Haviv Rettig Gur, what matters now.

What Matters Now podcasts are available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. This episode was produced by the Pod-Waves. 

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