Presstv/ Anti-Israeli events more than double on US campuses

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – Anti-Israeli events on university campuses across the United States have more than doubled in the fall compared to the same period last year, according to a new report.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League said in a report Friday that anti-Israeli activism has risen significantly on US campuses following the recent 50-day Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The pro-Israeli organization recorded more than 75 events against Israel in US universities and colleges since the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year as opposed to 35 events during the same time period last year.

Student activists hosted at least 374 events critical of Israel during the previous academic year, the report said.

Some 40 percent of the events were focused on initiating boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, it added.

Student groups also organized at least 30 demonstrations in the US to condemn the latest Israeli war on Gaza.

The offensive started on July 8 and left over 2,100 Palestinians dead and more than 10,000 others injured.

In many protests on US campuses, students drew parallels between Israeli crimes in Gaza and the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown’s death in August sparked weeks of racially-charged protests across the United States, which continued into October.

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