Presenting themselves as organizations that seek to foster harmonious relations between Israel and the rest of the world, a host of anti-Israel groups have sprouted up on college and university campuses across the United States. Many of these groups favor the dissolution of Israel as an independent state; they uniformly depict Israel as a human-rights abuser living on land stolen from the Palestinian Arabs; they mischaracterize the anti-terror operations of Israeli Defense Force bulldozers, which raze the houses and headquarters of terrorists and their collaborators, as unjustified home demolitions; they depict Israel's use of security checkpoints, designed to impede the actions of would-be suicide bombers and other terrorists, as a practice designed chiefly to humiliate and torment Palestinians; and they portray Israel's security barrier in the West Bank not as a bulwark against terrorism but as the tool of an "apartheid state."
The most prominent anti-Israel entity in academic settings today is the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which has chapters on nearly 600 college campuses across North America. Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in a May 1991 Brotherhood memorandum as one of its likeminded "organizations of our friends" that shared the common goal of subverting America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These "friends" were described in the Brotherhood memo as groups that could help teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions."
Another notable anti-Israel campus group is Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), whose mission is to pursue "freedom and self-determination for the Palestinian people," a goal that can be achieved only by ending "the Israeli military occupation, with its daily humiliation, abuse and brutal violence"; securing "the right of return and repatriation for Palestinian refugees of war and ethnic cleansing"; and enforcing "the cessation of settlement activity and the dismantling of settlements built outside of Israel's pre-1967 border." Toward the advancement of these objectives, SJP demands "divestment … from companies that invest or do substantial business in Israel," plus an "end to U.S. tax-funded aid to Israel."
To view profiles of anti-Israel groups based at various American colleges and universities, click on their respective links below.