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Students report anti-Semitism.

WASHINGTON * A comprehensive survey, done by the National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students, found that 54 percent of Jewish students experienced anti-Semitism on American campuses in the first six months of the 2013-14 academic year.

The survey was given to students months before last summer's war between Israel and Gaza, which ignited much anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses, at times crossing the line into anti-Semitism.

The questionnaire sent to 1,157 Jewish students on 55 campuses asked whether they had personally experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on campus. Most of the 54 percent who responded "yes" reported one incident. That suggests that "Jewish students are not just being paranoid, because if they were, then we would expect each of them to identify more than one incident of anti-Semitism per year," the researchers wrote.

Similar percentages of religious (58 percent) and secular Jewish students (51 percent) said they had experienced hostility toward Jews or Judaism. And while 58 percent of those who say they are "always" open about being Jewish on campus said they had experienced anti-Semitism, 59 percent who said they "never" were reported the same.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 13, 2015
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