According to the widely read newspaper, "academic public opinion is turning against Israel" because of its violent attacks on the Gaza Strip.

As Israel's war on Gaza escalated since October 7, following Hamas's surprise attack, many international universities organized angry demonstrations, arguing that the Israeli war went beyond reaction and self-defense to targeting civilians, including children and women.

Regarding the conditions of Israeli students and professors in universities, Yedioth Ahronoth said in a report published on Tuesday:

  • Recently, news pages have been filled with disturbing reports about how hostile universities and campuses in the United States, Canada and Europe are to Israeli students.
  • Higher education institutions, including some of the world's most prestigious institutions, fail to protect Israeli students.
  • Faculty members and others who reveal their Israeli identity are targeted.
  • Israeli students are also targeted in streets and cities such as New York, Los Angeles and London.
  • Incidents against Israelis around the world have increased by more than 500 percent, many of them against Israeli students at universities.
  • There is an Israeli student killed by Americans angry with Israel in Los Angeles.
  • Students abroad have come to believe that Israel is the only aggressor state, and many refuse the presence of Israeli colleagues.
  • It is time for us to hold accountable academic institutions that do not speak out and do not act against these attacks, and we should not tolerate a reality in which students are at risk in institutions that should focus on enriching the world and be a safe haven for all.

Israeli media machine 'disrupts'

International relations researcher Jasser Matar concludes from this new scene on universities outside the Middle East that "the Israeli media machine has been disrupted by the great activity of Palestinians and their solidarity to communicate the facts to the world through social media."

Regarding the differences caused by the activity on websites and pages on the Internet, Matar said in an interview with Sky News Arabia:

  • Previously, these universities were literally owned by Israeli students, and they had a great influence on their classmates, and they could charge them against the Palestinians.
  • In the ongoing war, Palestinians and Arab and international channels were able to convey the truth of what is happening inside the Gaza Strip, and publish thousands of videos of the Israeli massacres through the exploitation of "social media", after Israel was hiding them by controlling the traditional media.
  • Students in the world are getting the picture right today, and they started organizing demonstrations even in the world's most famous universities attacking Israel, and when pro-Israel marches took place, they were attacked by pro-Palestine students.

Earlier this November, the Financial Times reported that universities in the US had become a "focal point" for opposing views on what is happening in Gaza, including Harvard and Pennsylvania.

Demonstrations denouncing the Israeli bombardment organized by the "Students for Justice in Palestine" coalition took place and coordinated marches took place at several universities, including Arizona, Virginia, Ohio, New York and Georgetown, according to the same newspaper.

A coalition of 34 student organizations at Harvard University also issued a statement saying that Hamas's attack against Israel on Oct. <> "did not come out of nowhere."

In contrast, some groups have taken warning and punitive measures against students, whether pro or anti-Israel, in an attempt to limit "intellectual conflict" and attacks with political backgrounds.

Columbia University suspended two student associations, Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, until the end of the semester.

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an official sent a clarification to students of the limits of the protests, describing a pro-Palestine demonstration as "disruptive and loud."

Wealthy Americans have threatened to stop their donations to institutions such as Harvard and Pennsylvania, according to the Financial Times, which also explained that more than 20 law firms have warned they will not hire graduates who stand against Israel.