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The news about antisemitism on campus and the Hamas-Israel War changes daily. At the same time, you may find yourself having difficult conversations with classmates, professors, and friends. Use this page to get up-to-date news, brush up on the history and impact of antisemitism, and find guidance on how to navigate difficult questions and conversations.

Top Five Things You Need to Know This Week

A new poll from Hillel International found a majority of Jewish college students feel less safe because of anti-Israel protests and encampments at their school, and report the use of antisemitic, threatening, or derogatory language toward Jewish students during those protests. Jewish students also say that campus protests and encampments have had a detrimental impact on their ability to learn, study, and even attend class. Six in ten Jewish students (58%) say the encampments have made it more difficult for them to learn, study or concentrate. And more than half (51%) have had their classes canceled, interrupted, moved to Zoom, or been blocked from attending. Read more.

At the University of California, Irvine, police cleared hundreds of anti-Israel protesters from a lecture hall, after they had occupied the building for hours. They also dismantled an encampment that had stood for more than two weeks. Orange County Hillel’s petition, which demanded the university clear the encampment, garnered more than 3,000 signatures.

California State University placed Sonoma State President Mike Lee on administrative leave following his announcement earlier in the week that the school would agree to an academic boycott of Israel – becoming the first university in the nation to do so – and that it would not collaborate with Israeli universities. CSU Chancellor Mildred García said Lee had made these concessions to protesters “without the appropriate approvals” and was being placed on leave “because of this insubordination and the consequences it has brought upon the system.”

Harvard University also reached an agreement this week with anti-Israel protesters to end their encampment at Harvard Yard – though the university and protesters disagree on what was offered in return for dismantling the encampment. While the “student coalition suggested that Harvard had caved in to its demands… Harvard asserted that it was willing merely to open a dialogue about the demands, and had not committed to taking any action.”

On Thursday, a variety of Jewish student groups at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including MIT Hillel hosted a music festival called “We Will Dance Again,”  a “powerful celebration of Jewish joy” that brought together Jewish students and the larger Boston Jewish community. “Through the power of music and rhythm, the event aims to unite attendees, honor those who have passed, and support those facing challenges while celebrating joyful Judaism,” said event organizers. The evening included performances by Israeli singer Idan Raichel; rapper and reggae artist Matisyahu and his son, LAIVY; singer-songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting; rapper Kosha Dillz; and a DJ from the Nova music festival.

Hillel International’s Teach-in Tour is bringing Hillel’s educational approach and diverse perspectives on the history of Israel and the current conflict to dozens of college campuses.

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Get guidance on caring for yourself and your friends in tough times. Learn how to report and respond to antisemitic incidents on your campus.

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What is Zionism? How are Israel and Gaza connected? What does Hamas want to accomplish? Go in depth on these topics and more in Hillel’s Israel Explainer.

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Want to have respectful conversations about tough topics related to Israel and antisemitism? Check out some commonly asked questions and suggested answers below.

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