A new study found diversity, equity, and inclusion officials at U.S. universities are keen to criticize Israel on social media and, by comparison, heap praise on China and its communist government.
The report was authored by Jay Greene, a senior research fellow in education policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation and James Paul, director of research at the Education Freedom Institute. They analyzed the social media feeds of 741 diversity, equity, and inclusion officials at 65 universities and found that 96% of all tweets that mentioned Israel “were critical of the Jewish state.” In contrast, the report found that 62% of tweets by diversity officials about China were uncritical or even favorable.
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“While criticism of Israel is not necessarily antisemitic,” the report’s authors wrote, “the inordinate amount of attention given to Israel and the excessive criticism directed at that one country is evidence of a double-standard with respect to the Jewish state, which is a central feature of a widely accepted definition of antisemitism.”
“Frequently accusing Israel of engaging in genocide, apartheid, settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and other extreme crimes while rarely leveling similar criticisms toward China indicates an irrational hatred that is particularly directed toward Jews and not merely a concern for human rights,” they added.
Greene and Paul said the findings indicated that university diversity, equity, and inclusion officials “are better understood as political activists with a narrow and often radical political agenda rather than promoters of welcoming and inclusive environments” and could be to blame for increases in antisemitism on college campuses.
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“Rather than promoting diversity and inclusion, universities may be contributing to an increase in anti-Jewish hatred by expanding DEI staff and power,” Greene and Paul wrote.