The AMCHA Initiative (“AMCHA” means “Your People” in Hebrew) this week unveiled four new user-friendly interactive maps that give viewers the ability to visually understand the distribution and geographical patterns of anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college and university campuses.
A photo gallery capturing 2017 incidents was added to its website and Facebook page as well.
The Anti-Semitism Tracker Map details all types of anti-Semitic incidents that occurred on U.S. college and university campuses between 2015-present.
The Swastika Tracker Map documents all swastikas and graffiti, signs, posters or letters found on campus between 2015-present that call for the killing of Jews. Some recent examples from 2016 include, “Kill all kikes,” “Gas Jews die,” and “Gas the kikes.”
The BDS Scorecard Map depicts the voting results of campus BDS resolutions from 2012-present.
The Academic Boycott Map is comprised of faculty members who have signed one or more public documents endorsing an academic boycott of Israel. This map also contains subdivisions that calculate the number of faculty boycotters per school.
The photo gallery serves as a clearinghouse for the myriad of images of campus incidents posted online and organizes them into a single easy-to-find location. Through the webpage, students can also submit photos of the anti-Semitism they witness in real time.
“It’s one thing to read about anti-Semitic incidents; it’s quite another to see it. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words,” said Rossman-Benjamin in a statement. “We hope these new social media tools will help people better understand what is going on.
“In addition, these days every student has ready access to a camera on their phone. They will now have the opportunity to take a more active role in documenting and exposing the anti-Semitism they witness regularly.”
AMCHA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism at colleges and universities in the United States, which monitors more than 400 college campuses across the U.S. for anti-Semitic activity and incidents.