After the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, and in the midst of the continuing Arab/Israeli conflict and the dramatic setbacks in the Oslo peace process, anti-Israel advocates on the nation’s campuses greatly intensified their anti-Israel efforts.  These activities have included anti-Israel protests, the launching of a nation-wide campaign to convince universities to divest their holdings in companies doing business in Israel, the passing of anti-Israel resolutions by student governments, anti-Israel “teach-ins”, and in some cases outright anti-Jewish harassment against Jewish students, faculty, and on-campus institutions.   In the aftermath of the September 11th terror attack against America, there was only a momentary pause in these activities.  

Under these very difficult circumstances, thousands of Jewish students nationwide have, with the help of Hillel and off-campus resources, organized themselves into pro-Israel activist groups on American college campuses.  These students have, with fortitude and determination, succeeded in creating credible pro-Israel voices, while promoting peace with security for Israel, on often-hostile campuses.  

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs applauds these students for their superb efforts and successes to-date.  Their leadership and commitment have set an example of which the entire American Jewish community can feel proud.    Yet, these students are in need of increased support from the organized Jewish community. The JCPA recommends the following steps be taken by its member agencies, in partnership with Hillel, to further assist these students’ efforts on campus:

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