By Tobias Siegal on the Australian Jewish News

Jewish students feel more threatened than ever and are naturally drawn to a sense of community they wouldn’t otherwise actively seek. That’s left AUJS membership up 70%.

As anti-Israel rhetoric and antisemitism become increasingly rampant on campuses across the world, Jewish students feel more threatened than ever and are naturally drawn to a sense of community they wouldn’t otherwise actively seek.

This became evident to me during my visits to nearly a dozen campuses throughout Australia and New Zealand during the month of February for Orientation Week (O Week). Student societies and clubs use O Week to introduce themselves to students and potential new members. Visiting stalls run by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) allowed me to witness first-hand the challenges Jewish students are facing right now and the coping mechanisms they rely on.

During my visits to AUJS stalls in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland, I encountered numerous incidents of verbal abuse, Israeli flags being ripped down and torn and constant gestures and smirks that would make anyone feel vilified and unwelcome.

Read the full article on the AJN here.