Fall 2015 Campus Trends Report
The fall 2015 semester was a critical time for Israel on campus. In a central development on American campuses, anti-Israel groups maximized the benefits of existing coalitions, capitalizing on partnerships formed during previous years. Efforts to collaborate with fellow campus groups sparked dramatic changes in the BDS movement, with anti-Israel students contributing to causes unrelated to Israel. Cooperation between Israel’s detractors and their allies resulted in shared ideological platforms, with students issuing joint “lists of demands” to campus administrations. By expanding relationships with campus and community partners, BDS supporters broadened the reach of their activism. This development posed a significant challenge for pro-Israel students, who must redouble their efforts to build relationships on American campuses.