By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
Two people who have some of the closest connections with hundreds of Jewish students in Oxford assured me that the press has blown up reports of anti-semitism out of proportion. They are aware of a single unpleasant case that led to disciplinary action to protect a female student. Moreover, Jewish students have not made it known they feel harassed or intimidated. No doubt other examples will emerge from the current inquiries. Whether they will show a widespread, deep problem is far from certain.
...a subsidiary but relevant factor has been the perhaps unwise tactics of Zionist hardliners and the current Israeli government to confront anti-Israeli campus campaigns in general and pro-BDS (boycott, disinvestment, sanctions) events such as IAW in particular. A California-based organisation, StandWithUs, has trained and financed activists to combat anti-Israeli activities on US campuses and to characterise them as inherently anti-semitic. It appointed an Oxford student as its UK campus director. Israeli students at Oxford condemned its position as too hawkish and disputed the role of the US donor body. The fallout led to the closure of the Oxford University Israel Society.Source