More than half of Jewish students feel scared on U.S. college campuses

One in three Jewish students reported witnessing or experiencing acts of hate or violence against Jews on campus, with a majority dissatisfied with their university’s response to these incidents.

There are 37% of Jewish college students in the United States who report feeling compelled to hide their Jewish identity due to safety concerns, according to a new survey from Hillel International on Monday. This significant percentage underscores the growing challenges and fears experienced by Jewish students in the current academic environment, particularly following the October 7 Hamas attack.

Further findings of the survey include a substantial 84% of Jewish students say the situation in Israel and Gaza affects them emotionally, with many reporting feelings of sadness and fear. In addition, one in three Jewish students reported witnessing or experiencing acts of hate or violence against Jews on campus, with a majority dissatisfied with their university’s response to these incidents.

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